Search Results: "A.J. Jacobs"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A biblical travelogue—and far funnier than your standard King James."
Esquire editor-at-large Jacobs, who read the entire 2002 Encyclopedia Britannica for The Know-It-All (2004), embarks on his second lofty exploit: a year of living the Bible "as literally as possible." Read full book review >

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A.J. AYER by Ben Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A delightful discourse on an extraordinarily full life: Rogers succeeds in capturing the spirit of a philosophical maverick who many loved to hate."
A sympathetic treatment of one of the 20th century's best-known British philosophers. Read full book review >

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HARRIET JACOBS by Jean Fagan Yellin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Yellin's fine reconstruction of an impressive personality should firmly embed Jacobs in American cultural history. (16-page b&w photo insert, not seen)"
Graceful, honorable portrait, extensively documented and annotated, of the woman who wrote Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.Read full book review >

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THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A lightweight but endearing and nimble look at how pursuing absurd extremes can illuminate the more mundane aspects of contemporary existence."
Esquire editor at large Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically, 2007, etc.) continues his unique brand of immersion journalism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Doubtlessly more enjoyable than reading the EB itself, with lots of arcane nuggets readers can casually drop on the unsuspecting like sacks of flour from a great height."
Esquire editor Jacobs (The Two Kings, not reviewed) squares off against all 32 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and returns to his corner in comic triumph. Read full book review >

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IT'S ALL RELATIVE by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book."
The bestselling immersion journalist embarks on a world-spanning journey of family and genealogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"Unobtrusive reading material for your next trip on the treadmill."
The bestselling author of The Know-It-All (2004) and The Year of Living Biblically (2007) stretches the experiential journalist shtick to its limit with a cockamamie fitness quest to become the "healthiest man alive." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 14, 2010

"A messy entry in a category of sportswriting that's produced much better."
A grab bag of stories about the American boxing world and how the Mob transformed it in the 1950s. Read full book review >

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BEING SLOANE JACOBS by Lauren Morrill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A thoughtful reminder that it is difficult to walk a mile in someone else's shoes—or in this case, skates. (Fiction. 12-16)"
An on-ice case of traded identities. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT COMEBACK OF CAROLINE JACOBS by Matthew Dicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Heartwarming and often darkly humorous, this road trip for vengeance fairly cries out for filming."
Just as easily as a middle school friend can turn into an enemy, so can a wallflower turn into a suburban warrior in this tale of a woman seeking the best comeback to a bully. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING EVIL COMES by A.J.  Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Cross continues to refine her heroine, giving her the persistence to unravel ever knottier skeins."
A forensic psychologist looks beyond the physical evidence to solve a grisly murder. Read full book review >

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'74 AND SUNNY by A.J. Benza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"A warm and honest memoir."
A sometimes-abrasive radio and TV personality's unexpectedly touching memoir about "the best summer of [his] life." Read full book review >