My Life as an Experiment

My Life as an Experiment

by A. J. Jacobs
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Overview

My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs

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 rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

And in a new adventure, Jacobs undergoes scientific testing to determine how he can put his wife through these and other life-altering experiments—one of which involves public nudity.

Filled with humor and wisdom, My Life as an Experiment will immerse you in eye-opening situations and change the way you think about the big issues of our time—from love and work to national politics and breakfast cereal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439110140
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 536,736
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

A.J. Jacobs is the author of It’s All Relative and the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and The Guinea Pig Diaries. He is the editor at large of Esquire magazine, a contributor to NPR, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City with his wife and kids. Visit him at AJJacobs.com.

Hometown:

New York, NY

Date of Birth:

March 20, 1968

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Education:

Brown University

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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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