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Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs
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Read in June, 2012

another AJ jacobs stunt memoir. this time, his quest is to become the healthiest man on earth, following a holistic interpretation of "health". he factors in everything from his body mass index to his gum health to the thickness of his hair. i went through a little phase where i really hated this dude's books, but i guess i'm over it. now that i've read so many mediocre-to-downright-terrible books in the stunt memoir genre, i can better appreciate the fact that this dude is actually not such a bad writer, & is often even quite funny. it's also refreshing to read a book written by someone who obviously reads on occasion. i have just read SO MANY humor books or humorous essays or whatever by people that are like, "okay, here's a story for you. i have this dog & she gets up to all kinds of hijinks. once she treed a raccoon. can you believe it? i had no idea what to do so i called animal control. boy, it was funny." i mean, a story like that probably goes over pretty well at the labor day BBQ over macaroni salad, when you're primary goal is to make conversation without offending anyone, but it gets really tiresome as a reader. jacobs, on the other hand, clearly at least makes the effort to read the occasional magazine article (he works for "esquire") & then find some applicable humor pertaining to current events or new scientific discoveries or something.

if you already like this dude, you'll like this. if you like stunt memoirs, this one is pretty entertaining--a fuck of a lot better than a lot of the crap out there (falling for me, i'm looking at you). if you're interested in self-help & health, this book will hopefully make you take yourself a little less seriously & rethink your self-diagnosed gluten sensitivity. there's greater literature out there, but this is a mighty fine choice for a long plane ride.
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