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The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
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Feb 12, 2009

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bookshelves: memoir, feminist
Recommended to jill by: Lani

Lani lent me this one, and I lent her Jacobs' other book, The Know-it-all. Both are about Jacobs' taking a huge book most of us would never bother to read all the way through and parsing the meaning of the parts that interest him most. Both have a bit of a scatter-shot feel to them; the sections that really interest me never feel fully explored, and the sections that don't interest me are frequent. Some of the segments did really make me think, and I noted a lot of things in the notebook I had with me; I think the appeal of such a scattered book is that it gives you the opportunity to think in depth about the parts you care about and skim over the rest. They're really more memoirs of a couple of experiments this guy has made than studies of the books themselves, and I tend to like Jacobs' voice. I'm not sure I'd bother to re-read either of the ones I've read, but if he writes another, I'd pick it up.

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