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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Mercy House; first edition (May 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977045463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977045464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,577,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A friend of mine once said, In college I studied Shakespeare, calculus, molecular biology. What I really wish I had learned was: How long do eggs keep in the refrigerator? How to be an Adult [set in italics] is packed with information required to make it in the real world where a person needs to rent an apartment, vote, set up a 401(K) and buy those eggs. If you know anyone who is graduating soon, buy them a copy of this book. It might be more useful than a car. --Gay Daly<br /><br />Spend LESS time on the mundane stuff, using Nerissa s beautifully written how-to guide, while spending MORE time experiencing the FABULOUS world of all-the-way-grown-up life-- and make no mistake, being grown up IS a blast; Nerissa has some vital words to add there, too! ---- Dar Williams, singer-songwriter<br /><br />This is a magical book-- I wish I d had it when I graduated from college! Nerissa Nields manages to combine the essence of Hints from Heloise with a spiritual wisdom reminiscent of Sharon Salzburg or Byron Katie, leavened with the humor of Anne Lamott. Even if you have no street smarts, and have spent the past ten years living under the North Pole, you will be ready for adult life with this engaging earth manual. Whether telling you how to pay taxes, change a flat tire, navigate a relationship with a house-mate, or stop beating yourself up with the club of perfectionism, Nields is amusing, smart, lively, and full of surprises. She is at her best when discussing psychological self-care, conscious living, self-acceptance, and the search for meaning. Every twenty-something (and many 40- or 50-year-olds, as well) should own and read How to Be an Adult. -- --Judith Hooper

Spend LESS time on the mundane stuff, using Nerissa s beautifully written how-to guide, while spending MORE time experiencing the FABULOUS world of all-the-way-grown-up life-- and make no mistake, being grown up IS a blast; Nerissa has some vital words to add there, too! ---- Dar Williams, singer-songwriter

A friend of mine once said, In college I studied Shakespeare, calculus, molecular biology. What I really wish I had learned was: How long do eggs keep in the refrigerator? How to be an Adult [set in italics] is packed with information required to make it in the real world where a person needs to rent an apartment, vote, set up a 401(K) and buy those eggs. If you know anyone who is graduating soon, buy them a copy of this book. It might be more useful than a car. --Gay Daly

About the Author

Nerissa Nields has been a member of the band The Nields since 1991. She has toured North America, been on major labels, played to tens of thousands from stages all across the continent and has passionate fans all over the world. Between the Nields and her duo with sister Katryna Nields, she has fifteen CDs out. Her first novel, Plastic Angel, was published by Scholastic Press in 2005. She is currently working on her second novel, The Big Idea. She is a cum laude graduate of Yale University and holds a BA with honors in English. She has taught creative writing, songwriting and the art of living well for her entire adult life. Trained as a life coach by Martha Beck, she brings her experience and her wisdom about life as a professional DIY-er to her clients. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her husband Tom and her daughter Lila. Nerissa coaches a limited number of clients.

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Nerissa Nields has been a member of the band The Nields since 1991. She has toured North America, been on major labels, played to tens of thousands from stages all across the continent and has passionate fans all over the world. Between the Nields and her duo with sister Katryna Nields, she has recorded and released sixteen CDs. Her first novel, Plastic Angel, was published by Scholastic Press in 2005. She is the author of How to Be an Adult: A Musician's Guide to Navigating One's 20s (Leveller's Press/Mercy House 2008 and 2013). With Katryna, she wrote All Together Singing in the Kitchen: The Musical Family, on Roost Books (Shambhala) which came out in September 2011. She is currently working on her second novel, The Big Idea, the story of a rock band who is also a family. She maintains three blogs: May Day Café (www.nerissanields.blogspot.com), Singing in the Kitchen (www.nields.wordpress.com)) and How to Be an Adult (http://nerissa-howtobeanadult.blogspot.com/). She is a cum laude graduate of Yale University and holds a BA with honors in English. She has taught creative writing, songwriting and the art of living well for her entire adult life. Trained as a life coach by Martha Beck, she runs writing workshops and retreats out of her home in Northampton, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and children. For more information, visit www.nerissanields.com.

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Format: Kindle Edition
In the information age, we think we can navigate most of life's twists and turns on our own with our electronic tools -- "Me and Google, we can figure out anything" -- but there's something missing. Guess what? We still need the human connection. We need a person to help us muddle through -- to be specific, someone we are willing to listen to (which eliminates many of the people in our lives whose advice comes across to us as condescending and prescriptive). We need -- well, we need Nerissa.

Get this book and you have a friend who is available to you at any time of the day or night, a friend who has just the right turn of phrase to help you a) understand yourself better, b) grok what kind of choices or changes would make a difference for you, and c) actually take action to get what you need. As useful for twenty-somethings as it is for forty-somethings who realize there are a few things that they still haven't quite figured out (shocking but entirely possible, as I can report from personal experience).
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By Tanya R. Royer on October 11, 2013
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I'm in my 40's and have re-read this book multiple times to revisit the practical, friendly advice inside. I recommend this book to soon-to-graduate students at a local college where I sometimes speak as a subject matter expert guest. You can't go wrong with this big-sister-in-a-book guide and the updates for the digital version are timely and relevant.
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I recently picked up "How to be an Adult" and I have to say I am totally engrossed. Even though this book would have been great when I was in my 20's, I am loving and appreciating all the practical advice mixed with real life anecdotes and stories. At 40, I still can't believe I have to make adult decisions. When did THAT happen?! Seeing as how I figure I could be 90 before I have life all figured out, I think I will keep this book as a reference for a very long time. So far I am about 2/3 of the way through (although I admit I have flipped ahead to the end where I found the family and relationships section) and am devouring the book. It doesn't read like a self-help book but more a series of interesting stories on how to navigate this crazy world. I'm loving it! Great gift for anyone starting out at any point in their lives.
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