July 13, 2010
July 13, 2010
A book of essays on all of A.J.'s hilarious adventures as a human guinea pig, including "My Outsourced Life" and "The Truth About Nakedness."
A. J. Jacobs has carved out a niche for himself in the memoir sub-genre known as "experimental autobiography." (Other examples include Barbara Ehrenrich's NICKEL AND DIMED or, most famous of them all, John Howard Griffith's BLACK LIKE ME.) Previously Jacobs has read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica (THE KNOW-IT-ALL) and lived a year according to the bizarre strictures of the Bible (THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY). In MY LIFE AS AN EXPERIMENT, he recounts a few other outlandish self-experiments such as: obeying George Washington's "110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation"; becoming a member of the "Radical Honesty" movement (which resulted in offending everyone he came in contact with); pretending to be a bombshell female on an internet dating site; outsourcing his entire life to India; and obeying for a month his wife's every whim (she even writes the chapter on this experiment). As always Jacobs writing is hilarious, absurd, and wonderfully insightful. His bizarre populist performance pieces are a delight. This title was previously released in hardcover with the title THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES.
- Genre: Literary Collections, Humor
- Subgenre: Form / Essays, Essays
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: A. J. Jacobs
- Online Item #: 12829768
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-2628
- ISBN: 9781439104996
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported