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Lose Well

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by HarperOne
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Ella
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
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Kye
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
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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.
Kat
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.
Bethany
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
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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
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Dan
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
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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.”
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.
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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