A.J. Jacobs

in New York City, NY, The United States
March 20, 1968




A.J. Jacobs is a New York Times bestselling author, Esquire editor and human guinea pig.

Among Jacobs’ life experiments:
--The Know-It-All. The bestselling memoir of the year he spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to become the smartest person in the world.
--The Year of Living Biblically. The bestseller about his life as the ultimate biblical man. He followed every rule of the Bible, from the Ten Commandments down to stoning adulterers.
--"My Outsourced Life". An Esquire article about hiring a team of people in Bangalore, India to live his life for him – answer his emails, call his coworkers, argue with his wife, and read bedtime stories to his son.
--"My Life as a Hot Woman". A quest to find his beautiful nanny a boyfri

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If you read THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY, you might remember my biblical slave -- Kevin Roose. In the intervening couple of years, Kevin has been released from bondage and has written a remarkable book that comes out this week.

To back up: During my year, I was looking for a way to address slavery, because parts of the Bible seem to condone the practice. The closest thing to a legal slave in t... Read more of this blog post »
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The Year of Living Biblical...

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The Know-It-All: One Man's ...

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Drop Dead Healthy: One Man'...

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It's All Relative: Adventur...

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Fractured Fairy Tales

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Esquire Presents: What It F...

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A.J. Jacobs Omnibus: The Kn...

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The Two Kings: Jesus & Elvis

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America Off-Line

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"In It's All Relative , A.J. Jacobs explores the transformation of the modern family, including the impact of DNA tests and his own tangled family tree. Here he shares his favorite "ancestor-seeking" books." ...More

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“My reading list grows exponentially. Every time I read a book, it'll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It's like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.”
A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

“I've started to look at life differently. When you're thanking God for every little you - every meal, every time you wake up, every time you take a sip of water - you can't help but be more thankful for life itself, for the unlikely and miraculous fact that you exist at all.”
A.J. Jacobs

“Plus, in one of his e-mails, the guy said he didn't like pancakes. What kind of asshole doesn't like pancakes? ”
A.J. Jacobs, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
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