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A.J. Jacobs

Biography

A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs is the author of THANKS A THOUSAND, IT'S ALL RELATIVE, DROP DEAD HEALTHY, and the New York Times bestsellers THE KNOW-IT-ALL, THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY and MY LIFE AS AN EXPERIMENT. He is a contributor to NPR, and has written for The New York TimesThe Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City with his wife and kids.

A.J. Jacobs

Books by A.J. Jacobs

by A.J. Jacobs - Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction, Personal Growth

Author A.J. Jacobs discovers that his coffee --- and every other item in our lives --- would not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted: farmers, chemists, artists, presidents, truckers, mechanics, biologists, miners, smugglers and goatherds. By thanking these people face to face, Jacobs finds some much-needed brightness in his life. Gratitude does not come naturally to Jacobs --- his disposition is more Larry David than Tom Hanks --- but he sets off on the journey on a dare from his son. And by the end, it’s clear to him that scientific research on gratitude is true. Gratitude’s benefits are legion: It improves compassion, heals your body and helps battle depression.

by A.J. Jacobs - Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction

A.J. Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.” Who are these people, he wondered, and how do I find them? So began A.J.’s three-year adventure to help build the biggest family tree in history. His journey would take him to all seven continents. He drank beer with a US president, found himself singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and unearthed genetic links to Hollywood actresses and real-life scoundrels. After all, we can choose our friends, but not our family.

written and read by A.J. Jacobs - Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction

A.J. Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.” Who are these people, he wondered, and how do I find them? So began A.J.’s three-year adventure to help build the biggest family tree in history. His journey would take him to all seven continents. He drank beer with a US president, found himself singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and unearthed genetic links to Hollywood actresses and real-life scoundrels. After all, we can choose our friends, but not our family.

by A.J. Jacobs - Nonfiction
Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.