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Lose Well

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A laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants self-help narrative for anyone who ever felt like they didn’t fit in or couldn’t catch a break—comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard shows us how to get over our fear of failure and start living life on our own terms.

Let’s face it: we all want a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. But most of us won’t be able to achie
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by HarperOne
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Colly J
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s honestly probably just a 3-star book, but I find Gethard just so damn charming that it earns the book another star. This books teeters between self-help and autobiographical humor. Unfortunately, the chapters seem to focus on just one or the other genres, making the book seem disjointed and unrelated at some points. Don’t get me wrong, the self-help portions are genuinely helpful and inspiring and the autobiographical chapters are funny and engaging, but it’s just trying to do a little too ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of the audiobook, which surprisingly included a whole 2 hours and 32 minutes of bonus content! After the book there were a bunch of interviews with people who were mentioned in the book, who had some significant impact on Chris's life. I think the bonus interviews were a real treat, and it was interesting to hear other perspectives from people who shared certain experiences with him.
I've seen some reviewers saying that The Chris Gethard Show got cancelled after this was written, so
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy
3.5 stars.

I really wasn’t looking for an inspirational book (and didn’t realize that’s what the book was when I bought it), I just wanted to support Chris Gethard as a small payment for the hours of entertainment he’s provided me with. It’s a good book... I dig the sentiment. I guess I’d rather hear about his life than have him give me an inspirational speech though. So maybe I’ll just stick to his podcast and tv show... I DEFINITELY appreciated all his extra content on the audio version. More
Gena Radcliffe
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
About 30% humblebrag, 70% useful. I think I would have gotten more out of it if I shared Gethard's rather liberal definition of "failure," but overall it was an encouraging, warm and funny book about pursuing your dreams, even if they don't make sense to anyone but you.
Todd Vanderwerff
Had Gethard on the podcast, and it was a ton of fun. As such, I read this book before doing so. It's the sort of thing I needed more at 19 than I do in my 30s, but I still got great insights into the way he sees the world!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chris Gethard is probably one of the coolest and most original human beings alive. This book, while being a “self help” book is also part memoir, and made me laugh SO hard numerous times. I listened to the audiobook, but plan on purchasing a hardcover as well. No spoilers- but the audiobook extra content is the absolute BEST. So glad I downloaded it. Thanks Chris for several hours of a good time.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-recommend
I received a complimentary advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

While Gethard is known for The Chris Gethard Show and the Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People podcast, I’m only familiar with him as musical-guest-Jeff-Rosenstock-host and author of the consistently funny A Bad Thing I’m About To Do.

My stomach dipped a little upon quick realization that Lose Well would not be following the humorous essay format, but was a “self-help narrative.” I had just read Faili
Ruby  Reviews Books
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
winning by losing what you don't want (or need)

A sort of self-help love letter to weirdos with nascent creative ambitions, this book is a blend of advice, anecdote, and a philosophy of productive failure. For those of you who don’t know Gethard, a primer: he’s a comedian-improviser known for his call-in podcast Beautiful/Anonymous, a HBO comedy special called Career Suicide, and one of the zaniest variety shows to ever be produced, the recently canceled Chris Gethard Show.
Perhaps the best way
Taylor Johnson
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s a slow start with the first few essays not really giving that great of a first impression but as you get further into it, MAN, Gethard’s passion really shines through. I want all my friends who are pursuing creative work to read this because it will light a fire. A lot of the time when someone stands up and says “look at what I’ve been able to accomplish! Look at what I’ve done!” I get turned off but Gethard is so self deprecating and so honest about the lowest lows he went through, when yo ...more
Katie Palazzolo
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Odi Shonga
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A blend of self-help and memoir for outsiders with lofty ambitions. Thesis: you will lose and you will suffer. It will not be fun, and it might not even necessarily lead to quote-unquote success. But beauty can come from it. By confronting the fear and taking risks, you can lead an enriched life that produces personally valuable stories and connections. By not letting losing (or the fear thereof) overwhelm you, you can give yourself the opportunity to lose your way up.

Sure, that sounds very tri
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listened to the audiobook of this one, which I'm glad I did. After the book there were some good interviews with some of the folks mentioned in the text. It gave some good context and addressed the fact that The Chris Gethard Show got canceled between the writing of the book and the recording of the audiobook. I'm a big fan of that show and Gethard in general. His Career Suicide is one of the best standup specials to my mind. I enjoyed the memoirish bits of this more than the motivational bits, ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this book at one of Chris Gethard’s stand-up shows and didn’t quite know what to expect. This is a mix of comedy writing and self-help motivation, which was interesting. I had quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, but more reflective and heartwarming moments. His heart really comes through in his writing and made me feel like I was getting to know the real CG. He seems like a genuine, kind, and humble person. I recommend this book and his stand-up!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
as a fan of Beautiful Anonymous from the very first episode, listening from my part time job in college to kill time and during my summer walks in middle of nowhere Provo one summer, Chris tells me more about his own journey of failures and how being able to fail is what makes us human. his failures in all sorts and sizes are what pushes him to be a better person each day and reading about each story makes me think about all the risks I haven't taken
Andy Winder
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far the best self-help book I've read, especially for creative types who are trying to figure themselves and their career out. I mostly bought this book because Beautiful/Anonymous is one of my favorite podcasts but this book was really well-done. The balance between advice and personal stories especially made it enjoyable and hilarious in a purposeful way.
Mark Walz
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, earnest, honest and funny read! So glad to have it at my first read book of 2019. Chris Gethard is thought-provoking, extremely relatable, hilarious, and super encouraging too. He gives some non-traditional, reverse-psychology type advice and shares a lot of personal stories and insights from throughout his life and career. Very moving and funny and inspiring read!
Brian Anderson
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge Gethard fan and placed this book on hold before the library even had a copy. Overall I thought it was a good effort at a “motivational/inspirational” book. It was obvious the publishers were trying to make it longer- lots of 2 page chapters. If he would have concentrated on specific experiences and the lessons learned, it would have been a much better book.
Mike Kostka
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me in so many ways. When your trying to get what you want in life keep chipping away until you get it. It’s never too late. “I regret some of the things I’ve done, but I will never regret the things I haven’t done. Because anything I’ve wanted to try, I’ve tried it. I failed often. I failed proudly. I lost well.”
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm over the whole Silicon Valley "fail better" stuff but I gave this a shot because I love Gethard.

Earnest, repetitive, cliche, and kinda what I needed today. I think it works best if you have his voice in your head narrating and you are already invested in at least some other facet of his career.

Best DIY self help book I know of
Matt Ockmond
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book for frustrated artists and/or fans of Geth. Lots of funny stories. The audiobook has over 2 hours of bonus interviews with people referred to throughout the book making it the absolute best way to read this book.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book that makes you realize how to deal with what you want to do compared to what you’re doing now. Gethard really dives into his blue collar work ethic to see how it informs the hard behind his comedy projects.
Roger Bailey
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The self help angle falls flat sometimes, but Gethard has made a career of going all out; missing the mark comes along with that risk. At its heart there are good stories. If you didn't read his first book do that first.
Blake Shafer
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Love Gethard but just couldn't get into this book. Has some funny stories but the self help bits just didn't resonate with me and it probably just has to do with where I'm at in life. Still would recommend to someone someone feels like they are in a rut or need a kick in the ass to pursue a dream.
Stephanie Griffin
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really meant for people just starting their careers but still has a positive message for others. I enjoyed hearing about Gethard’s hijinks.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun read thanks to the friendly, honest tone. The personal anecdotes kept me reading. But the advice is repetitive. Repeatedly repetitive. Repetitive.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
An entertaining look at failure and how to thrive with it. Not as deep as I'd like
Kate Wedemeyer
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
we as humans can always use another earnest depiction of anxiety & depression. an earnest love letter to punk, diy & owning your weirdness.
Steve Clark
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful mix of memoir and inspiration. Very funny and very poignant.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining but made me question my lack of a personal dream
James Hunt
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Crushing It" for emotional weirdos.
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Chris Gethard is an actor, comedian, and writer, who most recently starred in Comedy Central’s series Big Lake. Longtime performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, he lives in Queens, New York.
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