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American Nerd

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American Nerd

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Benjamin Nugent
publisher:
Scribner
genre:
Nonfiction, History

We gave it a B-

American Nerd Benjamin Nugent Nonfiction

Based on its genius subtitle (”The Story of My People”) and its blurb from Chuck Klosterman, you might expect American Nerd to be the latest in the recent spate of clever-yet-premature memoirs to spring from NYC literati. But Benjamin Nugent — who’s written for n+1, a sort of McSweeney‘s for the hyper-intellectual — aims a little higher, and the result is a choppy sociological text exploring the journey of the nerd archetype through history. Despite all the research, the book most succeeds when Nugent drops his wordy, scientific tone and allows humanity to seep through — his own, and that of others. B-

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