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One man. Ten extraordinary quests.

Bestselling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty," brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

And in a new adventure, Jacobs undergoes scientific testing to determine how he can put his wife through these and other life-altering experiments—one of which involves public nudity.

Filled with humor and wisdom, My Life as an Experiment will immerse you in eye-opening situations and change the way you think about the big issues of our time—from love and work to national politics and breakfast cereal.

Topics: New York City, Essays, Creative Nonfiction, Funny, Witty, Irreverent, Contemplative, George Washington, Honesty, Marriage, Happiness, Goals & Aspirations, and First Person Narration

Published: Simon & Schuster on
ISBN: 9781439110140
List price: $10.99
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"Write about what you know" is advice given to many writers without regard as to whether what they know is interesting or not. But this author takes it as a challenge. He deliberately introduces all manner of interesting experiments in his life. Outsourcing every detail of his personal life for a time. Practicing Radical Honesty for a time. Posing as a woman for a time. Etc. And he carries out these experiments with such gusto that the book is a fascinating read.more
This is a great book for a gift or to read on the plane. It's funny, somewhat informative and finishes with an essay at the end by the author's long-suffering but not necessarily quiet or patient wife. It's better than The Know-It-All (which was pretty good) in which AJ attempts to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica. But its not as good as A Year of Living Biblically - dressed in a long robe with sandals and a wild beard he makes some serious points while making a total fool of himself and writing about it.

I look forward to his next book, guaranteed humour with a definite analytical edge.more
I've enjoyed all of this author's books. His experiments on himself are unique, but always enlightening, and I find his ability to portray all his failings and foibles with a positive spin make the stories he tells work.more
Rented this book after a friend on Goodreads boosted about it, it was a good read and funny in parts. I enjoyed the read it was a quick read.  more
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"Write about what you know" is advice given to many writers without regard as to whether what they know is interesting or not. But this author takes it as a challenge. He deliberately introduces all manner of interesting experiments in his life. Outsourcing every detail of his personal life for a time. Practicing Radical Honesty for a time. Posing as a woman for a time. Etc. And he carries out these experiments with such gusto that the book is a fascinating read.more
This is a great book for a gift or to read on the plane. It's funny, somewhat informative and finishes with an essay at the end by the author's long-suffering but not necessarily quiet or patient wife. It's better than The Know-It-All (which was pretty good) in which AJ attempts to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica. But its not as good as A Year of Living Biblically - dressed in a long robe with sandals and a wild beard he makes some serious points while making a total fool of himself and writing about it.

I look forward to his next book, guaranteed humour with a definite analytical edge.more
I've enjoyed all of this author's books. His experiments on himself are unique, but always enlightening, and I find his ability to portray all his failings and foibles with a positive spin make the stories he tells work.more
Rented this book after a friend on Goodreads boosted about it, it was a good read and funny in parts. I enjoyed the read it was a quick read.  more
i guess he thought this was funny. some of it was interesting but a lot was reallyyyyyy boring.more
Having never read any of Jacobs other books, I was unsure what to expect from this book-which in turn, worked out for the best, as it usually does. I was both pleasantly surprised, and wholly entertained-it should also be said that this book has the ability to lend some knowledge on topics you may have never come across before. Jacobs "experiments" were comedic in theory, but once completed, they really made me want to start living differently..more positively...at least a little.more
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