The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

by A. J. Jacobs
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The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs

The uproarious New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All gathers his adventures as a human guinea pig into one of the funniest and most enlightening books of the year.

• An irresistible page-turner filled with surprising wisdom: For his first hit book, Jacobs read the Encyclopedia Britannica. For his second, he followed every single rule in the Bible. Now comes a collection of his most outrageous and thought-provoking experiments yet. In The Guinea Pig Diaries, Jacobs goes undercover as a beautiful woman. He outsources everything in his life to India, from answering his emails to arguing with his wife. He spends two months saying whatever is on his mind. He lives like George Washington. Plus several other life-changing experiments—one of which involves public nudity.

• Amazing sales record: The humor of A.J. Jacobs has produced sales that are anything but laughable. His books have more than half a million copies in print, and they have spent a combined twenty-nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists and counting. He has inspired many imitators, but none has matched his ability to combine side-splitting entertainment with profound life lessons.

• A media favorite: To promote his books, Jacobs has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, Conan O’Brien, and NPr’s Fresh Air. Jacobs is all over the Internet as well, from Slate to the Huffington Post to Playboy.com. He is a regular contributor to NPR’s Weekend Edition. And he’s the editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, where versions of some of these experiments have appeared.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416599067
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A.J. Jacobs is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically. He is the editor-at-large of Esquire magazine, a contributor to NPr, and a columnist for mental_floss magazine. He lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, NY

Date of Birth:

March 20, 1968

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Education:

Brown University

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The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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This book was so unique and entertaining. The situations are hillarious and thought provoking. Great read.
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This isn't as good as his other two books, because it's kind of choppy. A bunch of mini-books instead of one long experiment. However - some of the chapters are stand-out keepers. Made me laugh. This is really a fun read.
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harpospeaks More than 1 year ago
In the familiar style he perfected in "The Know It All" and "The Year of Living Biblically" Jacobs takes us through his life as a series of "experiments", from outsourcing to India such daily routines as reading bedtime stories to his young children to trying to live according to the 110 "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour" that George Washington formulated for himself as a young man. In the chapter "The Truth About Nakedness" Jacobs shares with us the full range of emotions he experienced while posing nude for an Esquire Magazine (his employer) photo shoot in order to induce Mary Louise Parker to similarly pose (the book includes only the photo of the writer). And his effort to become a disciplined "unitasker" by (among other matters) reciting out loud (seemingly to to himself) his shopping list while in the supermarket, and the reactions of bystanding shoppers, was among the many moments of droll humor in the book. Perhaps my personal favorite of the Jacobs experiments was "The Rationality Project", his effort to identify, as rationally as possible, the "right" toothpaste from among the 40 or so on the shelf. To do so, Jacobs explains the need to remove from the decision making process the "Halo Effect", the "Availability Fallacy", "Confirmation Bias", the"Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy" and other of the "irrational biases and Darwinian anachronisms" that influence all of us in making the most mundane of our choices. And once again it is his wife Julie who, in her long-suffering style, provides the necessary dose of reality to bring his over-the-top eccentricities back down to earth. Fans of A. J. Jacobs will once again be amply rewarded.