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Jacobs, A. J. 1968-

Overview
Works: 41 works in 262 publications in 11 languages and 11,811 library holdings
Genres: Humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Humorous fiction  Biographies  Autobiographies  Anecdotes  FAQs  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Adapter, Narrator
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Most widely held works by A. J Jacobs
The year of living biblically : one man's humble quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible by A. J Jacobs( Book )

28 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raised in a secular family but interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to stone adulterers. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes. Jacobs embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally: he tours a creationist museum and sings hymns with Amish; he dances with Hasidic Jews and does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the 21st-century brain, and he discovers ancient wisdom of startling relevance.--From publisher description
The guinea pig diaries : my life as an experiment by A. J Jacobs( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A.J. explores the big issues of our time--happiness, dating, morality, marriage--by immersing himself in eye-opening situations. In his role as human guinea pig, Jacobs fearlessly takes on a series of life-altering challenges that provides readers with equal parts insight and humor. (And drives his patient wife, Julie, to the brink of insanity.) Among the many adventures: He outsources his life to a team of people in Bangalore, India. He spends a month practicing Radical Honesty, in which you say what's on your mind. He goes to the Academy Awards disguised as a movie star, to understand the strange and warping effects of fame. He commits himself to ultimate rationality, using cutting-edge science to make the best decisions possible. He attempts to follow George Washington's rules of life. And, for a month, he followed his wife's every whim.--From publisher description
The year of living biblically : [one man's humble quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible] by A. J Jacobs( Recording )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the author's quest to live one year in literal compliance with biblical rules, from being fruitful and multiplying to growing a beard and avoiding mixed-fiber clothing
Fractured fairy tales by A. J Jacobs( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of humorous stories in which traditional fairy tales are transformed into wacky parables filled with puns, wit and irony, and twisted to have silly and unexpected endings
The guinea pig diaries : [my life as an experiment] by A. J Jacobs( Recording )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the author's essays on his adventures as a human guinea pig who engages in a series of humorous life-altering challenges
La biblia al pie de la letra by A. J Jacobs( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raised in a secular family but interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to stone adulterers. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes. Jacobs embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally: he tours a creationist museum and sings hymns with Amish; he dances with Hasidic Jews and does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the 21st-century brain, and he discovers ancient wisdom of startling relevance.--From publisher description
My life as an experiment : one man's humble quest to improve himself by living as a woman, becoming George Washington, telling no lies, add other radical tests by A. J Jacobs( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A.J. explores the big issues of our time--happiness, dating, morality, marriage--by immersing himself in eye-opening situations. In his role as human guinea pig, Jacobs fearlessly takes on a series of life-altering challenges that provides readers with equal parts insight and humor. (And drives his patient wife, Julie, to the brink of insanity.) Among the many adventures: He outsources his life to a team of people in Bangalore, India. He spends a month practicing Radical Honesty, in which you say what's on your mind. He goes to the Academy Awards disguised as a movie star, to understand the strange and warping effects of fame. He commits himself to ultimate rationality, using cutting-edge science to make the best decisions possible. He attempts to follow George Washington's rules of life. And, for a month, he followed his wife's every whim.--From publisher description
The know-it-all : one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world by A. J Jacobs( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

33,000 pages 44 million words 10 billion years of history 1 obsessed man Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impossible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z. To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs sets for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His wife, Julie, tells him it's a waste of time, his friends believe he is losing his mind, and his father, a brilliant attorney who had once attempted the same feat and quit somewhere around Borneo, is encouraging but, shall we say, unconvinced. With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recounts the unexpected and comically disruptive effects Operation Encyclopedia has on every part of Jacobs's life -- from his newly minted marriage to his complicated relationship with his father and the rest of his charmingly eccentric New York family to his day job as an editor at Esquire. Jacobs's project tests the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to explore the real meaning of intelligence as he endeavors to join Mensa, win a spot on Jeopardy!, and absorb 33,000 pages of learning. On his journey he stumbles upon some of the strangest, funniest, and most profound facts about every topic under the sun, all while battling fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing fear that attends his first real-life responsibility -- the impending birth of his first child. The Know-It-All is an ingenious, mightily entertaining memoir of one man's intellect, neuroses, and obsessions and a soul-searching, ultimately touching struggle between the all-consuming quest for factual knowledge and the undeniable gift of hard-won wisdom
What it feels like( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Have you ever wondered what it feels like: to be stuck in a tornado' "[It] is exactly the feel of a freight train approaching'that low, ever-louder howl and the shuddering ground." to participate in an orgy' "And all the while, the thought that keeps going through your mind (and through the cab ride home, and into breakfast the next day): 'I'm at an orgy! I'm at an orgy!'" to have a severe stutter' "The thing is, there's a disconnect thing between my mind and my tongue. My mind's processing a thousand words a minute, and the tongue is only squeezing out ten or twelve." to be a mob hitman' "It's nerve-racking. Don't let anyone tell you any different. Anybody who's any good at this is concentrating with every nerve in their body, trying to get it done right and trying not to get caught." to be 105 years old' "I was born in 1897 and I've seen a lot in the world. I've seen everything there is to see. You look back and tell yourself, 'What have I been doing all these years''" If these tidbits whet your appetite for real, first-person accounts of some of life's most exhilarating, harrowing, or downright strange experiences, then you'll be sucked in by Esquire Presents: What It Feels Like. Collected by the ever-curious editors of Esquire magazine, here are more than fifty gripping tales'straight from the mouths of the people who've lived them. From the Trade Paperback edition
The two kings by A. J Jacobs( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turned on : a mind-blowing Investigation into how sex has shaped our world by Ross Benes( )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Do you think sex only shapes our lives in the bedroom? Think again. Your breakfast cereal. Your neighborhood's crime rate. Even your Amazon Prime account. Believe it or not, nearly every aspect of modern life has been shaped in some way by sex. In this fascinating journey through the human psyche, journalist Ross Benes digs deep into the hidden relationship between everyday human existence-including religion, politics, technology, and more-and our sexuality. Ranging from discussions of how the U.S. military inadvertently helped make San Francisco a mecca of gay culture to the original purpose of vibrators, Turned On is a revealing look at just how much sex shapes our society, and how debunking common myths and attitudes about sex can help us better understand what really influences human behavior as we continue to grapple with the wide-ranging effects our sexuality has on the world around us
Drop dead healthy : one man's humble quest for bodily perfection by A. J Jacobs( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a hilarious account of one man's painful journey from slob to superman, and a fascinating and eye-opening examination of what it really means to be healthy
America Off-Line : the complete Outernet starter kit by A. J Jacobs( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saufit von einem, der auszog, nie wieder krank zu werden by A. J Jacobs( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The know-it-all : [one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world] by A. J Jacobs( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hilarious, intelligent-trivia-packed story from a man who read the entire Encylopedia Britannica. Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs found himself putting his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. After five years he learned which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This unsettling realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encylopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words. Jacobs accumulates useful and less-so knowledge, and along the way finds a deep connection with his father (who attempted the same feat when Jacob's was a child), examines the nature of knowledge vs. intelligence, and learns how to be rather annoying at cocktail parties. Part memoir/part-education (or lack thereof), the chapters are organized by the letters of the alphabet
It's all relative : adventures up and down the world's family tree by A. J Jacobs( Book )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, heartfelt quest to understand what constitutes family?where it begins and how far it goes?and attempts to untangle the true meaning of the "Family of Humankind." A.J. Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest: "You don?t know me, but I?m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database." That?s enough family members to fill Madison Square Garden four times over. Who are these people, A.J. wondered, and how do I find them? So began Jacobs?s three-year adventure to help build the biggest family tree in history. Jacobs?s journey would take him to all seven continents. He drank beer with a US president, found himself singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and unearthed genetic links to Hollywood actresses and real-life scoundrels. After all, we can choose our friends, but not our family. "Whether he?s posing as a celebrity, outsourcing his chores, or adhering strictly to the Bible, we love reading about the wacky lifestyle experiments of author A.J. Jacobs" (Entertainment Weekly). Now Jacobs upends, in ways both meaningful and hilarious, our understanding of genetics and genealogy, tradition and tribalism, identity and connection. It?s All Relative is a fascinating look at the bonds that connect us all
Baiburu man : Gendai NY de seisho no oshie o chujitsu ni mamottemita 1nenkan nikki by A. J Jacobs( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The influence of deacidification on the detorioration of paper by Jonathan S Arney( )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's all relative : adventures up and down the world's family tree by A. J Jacobs( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All; and The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, heartfelt quest to understand what constitutes family, where it begins, and how far it goes, and attempts to untangle the true meaning of the family of humankind
Je crève la forme ou L'humble quête d'un homme visant à la perfection corporelle by A. J Jacobs( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in French and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The year of living biblically : one man's humble quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible
Alternative Names
A. J. Jacobs Amerikaans schrijver

A. J. Jacobs giornalista e scrittore statunitense

A. J. Jacobs periodista estatunidenc

A. J. Jacobs periodista y escritor estadounidense

A. J. Jacobs US-amerikanischer Journalist und Buchautor

A・J・ジェイコブズ アメリカ合衆国のジャーナリスト、著作家

Jacobs, A. J. 1968-

Jacobs, A. J. (Arnold J.), 1968-

Jacobs, Arnold Stephen.

Jacobs Arnold Stephen 1968-....

Jacobs, Arnold Stephen 1968- Jr

Jacobs, Arnold Stephen Jr. 1968-

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제이콥스, A. J. 1968-

ジェイコブズ, A.J.

阿諾德·史蒂芬·賈各布斯

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The guinea pig diaries : my life as an experimentThe year of living biblically : [one man's humble quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible]Fractured fairy talesThe guinea pig diaries : [my life as an experiment]La biblia al pie de la letraMy life as an experiment : one man's humble quest to improve himself by living as a woman, becoming George Washington, telling no lies, add other radical testsThe know-it-all : one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the worldWhat it feels like