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Praise and Reviews

The Year of Living Biblically
The Know-It-All
My Life as an Experiment
Drop Dead Health

The Year of Living Biblically

 


At the risk of overreaching, I'm just going to say it: It's better than the Bible. Or not better, necessarily. But it is funnier, moves faster, and doesn't bog you down with any of those genealogies. –Matt Labash, Slate Magazine

Jacobs' book is highly entertaining but it touches on an age-old debate that centuries ago drove Martin Luther's reformation of the Christian church and gave birth to Protestantism. The issue that continues to divide Bible believers is the purpose of the Biblical rules, commonly referred to as the Law or ''good works,'' in one's spiritual justification or acceptance by God. –Salt Lake Tribune

Somewhere between growing his beard to Moses lengths, stoning an adulterer with a pebble and limiting his wardrobe to white garments, A.J. Jacobs had a spiritual awakening. –Miami Herald

A book that is at one and the same time delightfully readable and profoundly memorable is a wonder! The Year of Living Biblically is exactly that. A. J. Jacobs has perceived the distinction between the wisdom of the Bible and its absurdities.  It is shame that so many of both our clergy and our politicians seem incapable of making that distinction. –John Shelby Spong, Author of JESUS FOR THE NON-RELIGIOUS and former Episcopal bishop

Where his last book was a quest for smarts, this one is a quest for his spiritual roots. And it's very funny. –St. Louis Dispatch

Watching a man, particularly a man as funny and self-effacing as Jacobs, attempt to live under those principles can be highly entertaining... a darned entertaining read with some surprising revelations. –The Lima News (Ohio)

An inspired idea…Jacobs is alarmingly adept at keeping the joke alive for 365 days…For many of us…walking with Jacobs is the closest we’ll come to knowing what it feels like to be born again. –Hannah Rosin, The New York Times Book Review

The book is extremely humorous - the introduction alone leaves the reader grinning. It's also serious as it chronicles Jacobs' revelatory year. –Jeff Korelik, Lincoln Journal Star

A surprisingly moving memoir…This is a highly effective and affecting book. –The Orlando Sentinel

Seeing that most people violate at least three of the 10 commandments on their way to work - even people who work from home - says a lot about the scale of AJ's feat. The fact that you need to buy six copies of this book to unlock the code to save all humanity....well, that's just pure genius. –Ben Karlin, co-creator of The Colbert Report, and co-author of America: The Book

An achingly funny memoir. Its self-awareness rescues Jacobs' project from being merely quixotic or entertaining and elevates it to something beautiful. –Christianity Today, Books & Culture

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, offers an accessible way to think about religion in modern life. Yes, studying religion can be fun. –American Way


 

The Know-It-All

The Know-It-All is funny, original, and strangely heroic. I found myself rooting on Jacobs’s quixotic, totally endearing quest. –Jonathan Safran Foer, New York Times bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated

A great book. More than just a cute treatment of trivia. A letter perfect story about reading A-Z. –Rocky Mountain News

Mighty intelligent. . . . It would be so easy to write about the humorous passages and give short shrift to the underlying serious inquiry into the nature of knowledge. The Know-It-All is the most serious funny book I can recall reading during my 56 years. I cannot imagine any avid reader skipping a word. –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Know-It-All is a terrific book. It’s a lot shorter than the encyclopedia, and funnier, and you’ll remember more of it. Plus, if it falls off the shelf onto your head, you’ll live. –P.J. O'Rourke, New York Times bestselling author of Peace Kills

Eccentric, charming… amusing… –The Christian Science Monitor

Enormous fun… a comic triumph. –Kirkus Reviews (starred)

A.J. Jacobs turns the act of reading the entire Britannica into a hilarious memoir. . . . It’s the stunt of the book itself that allows the funny, touching memoir to be so stuffed with nutritious bits of trivia that you feel smart for reading it. –Time

Jacobs’ ability to juxtapose his quirky, sardonic wit with oddball trivia makes this one of the season’s most unusual books. –Publishers Weekly

Tender . . . Entertaining . . . This book really does seek a working definition of what it means to be smart. –Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Sidesplitting. –Time Out New York

The Know-It-All is a hilarious book and quite an impressive achievement. I’ve always said, why doesn’t someone put out a less complete version of the encyclopedia? Well done, A.J. –Jon Stewart, Host of The Daily Show and New York Times bestselling author of America (The Book)

Hilarious… –Premiere


 

My Life as an Experiment

‘Immersive journalism’ is a rather popular trope these days, and GQ editor A.J. Jacobs is one of its most entertaining adherents, performing a public service with his quest for knowledge in his latest book, THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES…His experiments, alternately Herculean and banal, are emblematic of how difficult it is in this modern age to find enlightenment; ‘know thyself’ regularly brushes up against the cold, rocky bottom of daily life. –L.A. Weekly

His tongue-in-cheek writing style and breezy voice make the book an easy and enjoyable read. –Jewish Book World

Jacobs…could be the funniest nonfiction writer this side of Bill Bryson…The experiments themselves are fascinating and lead to genuinely surprising conclusions…and Jacobs’ storytelling is lighthearted and frequently laugh-out-loud funny…There aren’t a lot of nonfiction books you want to read over and over, but this is certainly one of them. –Booklist, starred review

Jacobs continues his unique brand of immersion journalism…[and] his style is crisp and often laugh-out-loud funny….[An] endearing and nimble look at how pursuing absurd extremes can illuminate the more mundane aspects of contemporary existence. –Kirkus Reviews

Jacobs, a kind of latter-day George Plimpton, tests…our funny bones once again with his smart-aleck, off-the-wall and uproarious experiments in living. –Publishers Weekly

We love the lifestyle experiments of author A.J. Jacobs –Entertainment Weekly

The virtuoso of the self-as-guinea-pig genre –Time magazine

Jacobs' experiments are about understanding oneself, making life more interesting and showing the reader a good time. And I love them for it. –San Francisco Chronicle

Over the years, [Jacobs' experiments] have grown more complex and deeper in potential meaning. Not to mention funnier and funnier. –Kansas City Star

Jacobs’ Diaries are delightfully unpretentious. –Washington City Paper

Jacobs truly lives what he reports, which makes his writing so absorbing. His books are well-researched but not boring, and his insights are both enlightening and often laugh-out-loud hilarious…brilliant. –Wisconsin State Journal

He’s not just in it for the yuks -- though there are plenty of yuks. (He's very funny.) He has a curious, questioning mind and is always looking for larger meaning….THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES is intelligent, insightful shtick. –Minneapolis Star Tribune


 

Drop Dead Health

Over the years, [Jacobs' experiments] have grown more complex and deeper in potential meaning. Not to mention funnier and funnier. –Kansas City Star

Jacobs’ Diaries are delightfully unpretentious. –Washington City Paper

Jacobs truly lives what he reports, which makes his writing so absorbing. His books are well-researched but not boring, and his insights are both enlightening and often laugh-out-loud hilarious…brilliant. –Wisconsin State Journal

He’s not just in it for the yuks -- though there are plenty of yuks. (He's very funny.) He has a curious, questioning mind and is always looking for larger meaning….THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES is intelligent, insightful shtick. –Minneapolis Star Tribune

[T]he most enlightening moments are driven by his honesty, his sense of humor, and his willingness to constantly challenge his ingrained assumptions… Hilarity, and quite a bit of learning, ensue…In the GUINEA PIG DIARIES, he once again achieves a rare literary balance––an intellectual study of human behavior that will make readers laugh out loud or, in the more daring cases, inspire them to try one of these experiments for themselves. –Providence Journal

consider ‘Guinea Pig’ a greatest hits volume, of sorts. Some fan favorites, but also some new material. –Buffalo News

We love the lifestyle experiments of author A.J. Jacobs –Entertainment Weekly

THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES is as funny and as instructive as memoir can get. –Knoxville News-Sentinel

We can become healthier by learning from A.J.’s discomfort in this very funny book. He moves us from theory to practice by dragging his body through all the longevity practices. –Dr. Mehmet Oz, host, “The Dr. Oz Show”

‘Immersive journalism’ is a rather popular trope these days, and GQ editor A.J. Jacobs is one of its most entertaining adherents, performing a public service with his quest for knowledge in his latest book, THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES…His experiments, alternately Herculean and banal, are emblematic of how difficult it is in this modern age to find enlightenment; ‘know thyself’ regularly brushes up against the cold, rocky bottom of daily life. –L.A. Weekly

Who wouldn’t want to be fitter, happier, more productive? In this riotous, madcap book, AJ Jacobs sets himself an ambitious goal: to become the person we all wish we could be. It’s vintage A.J. Do your future self a favor and buy this book. –Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein

His tongue-in-cheek writing style and breezy voice make the book an easy and enjoyable read. –Jewish Book World