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American Nerd by Benjamin Nugent
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Aug 22, 12


This is a surprisingly well-researched non-fiction that explores how certain things, like debate club, became associated with nerds, the origins of nerdy literary characters, the part that race plays and whether nerdiness is actually autism or Asperger's syndrome. Woven throughout, and especially at the end, are Nugent's personal memories of being a bullied child who grew into a nerd with friends who gathered to play D&D in the library, carefully avoiding discussions of each boy's unhappy home life. 3.5 stars
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