Book Jacket of the Week: The Front Nine


I love this cover. It’s modern and minimalist-inspired and it’s a great reflection of what you’ll find inside the book – golf metaphors and guidance for living a more organized and productive life.

In addition to being an author, Mike Vardy is also the founder of Productivityist – a blog for productivity enthusiasts where he offers advice and encouragement for getting things done. If you’re in need of a little motivation to recharge your life, this is one book that should be on your digital shelf!


The Front Nine is a a brief and fun read by one of the web’s leading productivity experts, former Editor-in-Chief, Mike Vardy, to help you get ready, get set, and go forward with your new year anytime you want. Taking elements from the game of golf and applying them to productivity and goal-setting, The Front Nine aims to put you in a position to make a fresh start on a project, a goal, or even a deeper desire, whenever you’re ready.

The Front Nine is a resource that is specific in structure and yet fluid in content in that it is accessible to anyone who has an open mind. You don’t need to be a “productivityist” to wrap your head around it — and you certainly don’t need to be a golfer. You don’t need to use a task management system to make it work for you. All you need is the willingness to want to change and see things through.

“The only golf I play is putt-putt with my kids. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. This book really resonated with me. It made me think about productivity in a productive way. Mike Vardy teaches us to say “Hell yeah!” to projects. So do I recommend this book? Hell yeah!” –A.J. Jacobs, Editor at Large at Esquire magazine and bestselling author of Drop Dead Healthy and The Year of Living Biblically

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Karla Clark

Karla Clark is the author of forthcoming picture book YOU BE MOMMY (Macmillan), a rhyming story in which a tuckered out mother asks her child to "be mommy" at bedtime, and the sequel YOU BE DADDY (Macmillan). Clark has made over 100 visits to local women’s book clubs to promote her work and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Rockford Arts Council, and the Chicago Writers’ Association. She lives in Rockford, Illinois, with her husband and adult autistic son.