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Bestselling Author AJ Jacobs Thanked a Thousand People Who Help Provide His Coffee. You Should Too


A.J. Jacobs Thanked One Thousand People For His Morning Coffee—He Likes It That Much


James Altucher: The Ten Superpowers of Gratitude


The Journey of Gratitude


Thanks In Advance


To All the Authors I’ve Loved Before


Thanks a Thousand: This book shows how gratitude can be an actionable force


A.J. Jacobs Practices Extreme Coffee Gratitude in His Latest Book, Thanks a Thousand


Best bets for your weekend reading: A.J. Jacobs’ ‘Thanks a Thousand,’ 


Thanks for my coffee… On the great gratitude trail



Happiness Through Gratitude With AJ Jacobs


To Make a Cup of Coffee, It Takes More Than a Village


A.J. Jacobs Thanked Every Person Responsible For His Morning Coffee. Here’s What He Found.



GR8 READ…with M.H. Fryburg



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How I Write


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Know-It-All Night Out


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A.J. Jacobs Determined to Show How We’re Related


You’re Probably Related To Ryan Gosling


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The Year of Living Biblically


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The Year of Living Biblically


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Discussion with Matt Labash for The Year of Living Biblically


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The Year of Living Biblically


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The Year of Living Biblically


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Drop Dead Healthy


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20 Questions With pop Matters


Four Hour Workweek – Outsourcing my Life for the Four Hour Workweek


Radio Apperances

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NPR’s ask me Another

NPR’s Fresh air With Terry Gross

NPR’s Weekend Edition – Tennis’s Weird History

NPR’s Weekend Edition — Congress Behaving Badly


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Boing Boing Podcast


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

 


A. J. Jacobs has written about the Bible in a manner that is brilliantly funny but unerringly respectful, learned but goofy, deeply personal yet highly relevant. I am covetous and wish him smited. –Mary Roach, 
bestselling author of Spook and Stiff

Setting out to explore the consequences of strict adherence to Biblical laws, A.J. Jacobs encounters a series of experiences that are as hilarious as they are thought-provoking.  Along the way he teaches us both the fallacies of modern day religious fundamentalism and the joys of discovering the transcendent and timeless truths of faith. –Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Human Genome Project, Author of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

Both laugh out loud funny and enlightening…an entirely absorbing read. –People magazine (Four stars out of four)

As a man incapable of developing any facial hair aside from a really amazingly cruddy mustache, I would have bought this book for the astonishing big beard chronicle alone. That THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY grows, beard-like, into a long, hilarious, tangled, and ultimately moving story of spiritual growth is all the more astonishing. But why should I continue to be surprised at what springs from AJ's head? He is a brilliantly hilarious writer who truly lives up to that oft-misused adverb/adjective combination, and then some. Plus: HE IS GOING TO HEAVEN. So how can you not afford to tithe your salary to his cause and but this book? –John Hodgman Daily Show correspondent and author of AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE

Delightful, self-deprecating…fascinating. –Seattle Times

Jacobs is a good guide and you'll find the trip rewarding. –The New York Post

Funny and educational for those who've been playing hooky from church. Even better you get to sleep in on the Sabbath. –Entertainment Weekly

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

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


 

The Know-It-All

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

The Know-It-All has to be one of the most entertaining and informative book reports in existence. It is charming, humorous, instructive, fascinating, even kind of inspirational. But Jacobs’ book is more than that. He puts it all into the context of his life, and a text that could have been utterly dry winds up charming us with Jacobs’ honesty and vulnerability. Jacobs is courageous enough to risk looking stupid by sharing his quirks and insecurities . . . and he wins the gambit. He comes across as nothing short of endearing. –The Philadelphia Inquirer

Hilarious… –New York Post

Whatever genius it took to turn the weighty task of reading the entire encyclopedia into such an entertaining frolic of a book, my bet is that Jacobs had it all along. –Entertainment Weekly

A.J. Jacobs’ story of his quest is one of the year’s funniest books. –Indionapolis Star

Inspired and inspiring… –Vanity Fair

The Know-It-All is a clever, wise book. –Vancouver Sun


 

My Life as an Experiment

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

[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

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

‘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


 

Drop Dead Health

Jacobs achieves an instant intimacy with the reader, making his family life as much a part of the narrative as his many meetings with medical theorists and health gurus. He’s a clever humorist who successfully takes his readers on a round trip from reality to absurdity, dispensing solid, valuable health information along with fascinating oddities. –Publishers Weekly

Jacobs returns with another delightful look at self-improvement…[his] account of his journey is engrossing and will have readers chuckling at the measures he takes in pursuit of perfect health. Readers with health and fitness interests will eagerly devour this book; it may also provide inspiration for those attempting to make healthier lifestyle choices. –Library Journal

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

[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