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My Life as an Experiment
     

My Life as an Experiment

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by A. J. Jacobs
 

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One man. Ten extraordinary quests.

Bestselling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty," brushes his teeth with the world’s most

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My Life as an Experiment: One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radic 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jacobs has s unique methodology that will leave you smiling page after page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read Jacobs' other work anf have really enjoyed his interesting and at the same time hilarious style. His commentary on life is insightful. However, this book had significantly less flow. It felt like a hurried commentary. It's almost as if he needed something to satisfy the publisher between books. I am unimpressed. I do, however, maintian hope that his better thought out books continue to entertain.
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SwimTeachRead More than 1 year ago
A.J. Jacobs returns to his forte - immersion journalism - by changing the way he lives his life. However, rather than conduct a year-long experiment -- as he did in "The Know-It-All" and "The Year of Living Biblically" -- the experiments in this book each last for about a month at a time. The presentation of the material is greatly helped by this shorter time-span. In both of his previous efforts, I felt that, in the last few months, he lost his momentum or his motivation, which translated into a dry, rushed narrative at the end, seemingly to "get it over with." Not so, here. Each month serving as a different experiment, each chapter has an introduction to the topic, several pages on his experiences, and his reflections at the end of the month. Simple format, entertaining to read. Two of the experiments really stand out as laugh-out-loud funny. First, the month during which he outsourced the majority of his life to India, inadvertently creating an industry in the process. Second, the month living by George Washington's rules of etiquette; though this was not so much because of his experiences, but rather because of the characters he encounters in his research. The book is short, and the format makes it easy to pick up, read a chapter, then come back later for another chapter. All in all I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good chuckle.
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