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Author: Ty Tashiro Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780062659767
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In the vein of Quiet and The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth comes this illuminating look at what it means to be awkward—and how the same traits that make us socially anxious and cause embarrassing faux pas also provide the seeds for extraordinary success.

As humans, we all need to belong. While modern social life can make even the best of us feel gawky, for roughly one in five of us, navigating its challenges is consistently overwhelming—an ongoing maze without an exit. Often unable to grasp social cues or master the skills and grace necessary for smooth interaction, we feel out of sync with those around us. Though individuals may recognize their awkward disposition, they rarely understand why they are like this—which makes it hard for them to know how to adjust their behavior.

Psychologist and interpersonal relationship expert Ty Tashiro knows what it’s like to be awkward. Growing up, he could do math in his head and memorize the earned run averages of every National League starting pitcher. But he couldn’t pour liquids without spilling and habitually forgot to bring his glove to Little League games. In Awkward, he unpacks decades of research into human intelligence, neuroscience, personality, and sociology to help us better understand this widely shared trait. He explores its nature vs. nurture origins, considers how the awkward view the world, and delivers a welcome counterintuitive message: the same characteristics that make people socially clumsy can be harnessed to produce remarkable achievements.

Interweaving the latest research with personal tales and real world examples, Awkward offers reassurance and provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential—and more comfortably navigate our complex world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tashiro has become an evangelist for his kind…positing that there’s an upside to all this nerding out…In many ways Awkward is a memoir…packed with vignettes from the author’s childhood, even as it loops in scientific studies and Darwinian theory.”

    Washington Post

  • “Professor and relationship expert Tashiro draws on decades of research into human intelligence, neuroscience, personality, and sociology to offer not so much self-help as insight into how gawky awkwardness can be turned to advantage.”

    Library Journal

  • “Complete with exercises, quizzes, sound advice, and a practical yet supportive tone, Tashiro offers the closest thing to a roadmap for ‘happily-ever-after.’”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “George Newbern’s low-key narration is a big part of the audiobook’s engaging appeal. His vocal humility and conversational phrasing create a comfortable space for learning, especially for people with shame or doubts about their social effectiveness…The author’s friendly writing and the inviting narration will encourage them to adjust their skills to achieve more poise and confidence.”

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About the Author

Ty Tashiro, PhD, is the author of The Science of Happily Ever After. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time.com, TheAtlantic.com, and on NPR and National Geographic radio. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Minnesota, has been an award-winning professor at the University of Maryland and University of Colorado and has addressed TED@NYC, Harvard Business School, MIT’s Media Lab, and the American Psychological Association.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.