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Get It While You Can

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When his beloved guitar is stolen, Nick Jaina finds himself untethered from the dream he’s pursued since he was sixteen. No matter how many albums he’s released or tours he’s led, he still can’t shake the feeling that he has failed at life. So the critically acclaimed, endlessly heartbroken singer-songwriter checks himself into a ten-day silent retreat. As those silent day ...more
Paperback, First, 224 pages
Published January 8th 2015 by Perfect Day Publishing
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Kate Deeks
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I experienced the author, Nick Jaina, reading some sections of the book as well as playing music as a performance. The reading/music was an excellent pitch. I bought the book on the spot. "Get It While You Can" is a satisfying hybrid of memoir, prose, and essay. It has a story arch, but can be read in fits and spurts. I have not read another book like it. If you are looking for something modern, accessibly existential, and deep, I would recommend this book. ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this memoir. My copy is full of bookmarks for passages that spoke to me. 25 stars!! He is performing at the Sou'wester Lodge the Sunday eve after this review. ...more
Nick Santaro
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I believe musicians are geniuses. But rather than their “genius craft” is solving proofs with derivations, organizing the periodic table, or designing a tesla, instead, they create art that resonates with the complexities of human emotion. This books expresses what it’s like to be in the mind of this type of genius. If you love books and love music read this book.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Clearly trying hard to say something meaningful, but then actually does so
Janelle Bailey
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
36: Get it While You Can by Nick Jaina...which I bought from Nick and had signed two weeks ago when he visited the high school I taught at and performed with Stelth Ulvang in an intimate concert that was wonderful. As Nick inscribed in my copy of his book, "Dear Janelle, This is a book about wry things.<3 Nick" and it is, and I love it. Nick spends the entire book of his own non-fiction story, at a no-communication meditation retreat, writing love letters that he may or may not send, thinking ab ...more
Ted Prokash
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was enjoyable, though on a weird inter-referential level. I met Jaina at a book festival earlier this year and he struck me as being a cool person and on an admirable path creatively. So I went into this book biased in his favor. It's basically a lot of soul searching, self discovery, that kind of crap. Fellow artists beating their own heads against the wall of American indifference will find it easy to relate. A humbling memoir or a memoir of a humbling. Take a break from beating your ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Memoir's not really my thing, unless it's funny, like David Sedaris, or gorgeously written, like Amos Oz. Nick Jaina's Get It While You Can was original and well written enough to hold my interest. ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the best books I’ve read in a very, very long time. I found myself dog-earring so many passages to revisit that I started reading with a highlighter in hand.

Jaina is able to describe little pieces of life and love in a way that is very relatable and just the right amount of philosophical so that his writing is still accessible.
Acaciabee Blackwell
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I really appreciated about this book is the way that Jaina’s background in music emerges through the intricate lyricism of the prose. This book is something of a mixed media project, and, having seen Nick Jaina read material from this work, it makes perfect sense that his musical background would have such a strong influence on his writing. Jaina’s readings always incorporate some musical element, which seems to perfectly dovetail with the musical sensibility of the book’s structure and lyr ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nick weaves together unsent love letters, descriptions of famous live performances, stories of touring with his band, and stories of slowly realizing he's not going to make it in the music industry. Heartbreaking, funny, and insightful. ...more
Charlene Xiaolan
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the poetic imagery when I heard the author read several letters from this book between his songs at a show and bought the book there. It is a wonderful read especially on the recent raining days in the Bay area.
Michael Heald
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This statement should be taken with a grain of salt, as I am the publisher of this book, but with the publication of Get It While You Can, Nick Jaina joins Patti Smith, Keith Richards, and Dean Wareham atop the list of songwriters turned memoirists. Hilarious, heartfelt, and full of wonder...
Steven West
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant writer and poetic narrator of abstracts, especially multi-valent emotions like nostalgia, loneliness. Beautiful meandering daydream through bizarre human life, travel, art.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had the persistent suspicion that Nick was speaking for me in this book, but doing a better job of it than I would have.
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