Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

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Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

by A J Jacobs

Simon & Schuster | September 8, 2009 | Hardcover

3.5 out of 5 rating. 8 Reviews
The uproarious New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All gathers his adventures as a human guinea pig into one of the funniest and most enlightening books of the year.

• An irresistible page-turner filled with surprising wisdom: For his first hit book, Jacobs read the Encyclopedia Britannica. For his second, he followed every single rule in the Bible. Now comes a collection of his most outrageous and thought-provoking experiments yet. In The Guinea Pig Diaries, Jacobs goes undercover as a beautiful woman. He outsources everything in his life to India, from answering his emails to arguing with his wife. He spends two months saying whatever is on his mind. He lives like George Washington. Plus several other life-changing experiments-one of which involves public nudity.

• Amazing sales record: The humor of A.J. Jacobs has produced sales that are anything but laughable. His books have more than half a million copies in print, and they have spent a combined twenty-nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists and counting. He has inspired many imitators, but none has matched his ability to combine side-splitting entertainment with profound life lessons.

• A media favorite: To promote his books, Jacobs has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, Conan O'Brien, and NPr's Fresh Air. Jacobs is all over the Internet as well, from Slate to the Huffington Post to Playboy.com. He is a regular contributor to NPR's Weekend Edition. And he's the editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, where versions of some of these experiments have appeared.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: September 8, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416599061

ISBN - 13: 9781416599067

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Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

by A J Jacobs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: September 8, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416599061

ISBN - 13: 9781416599067

About the Book

A book of essays on all of A.J.'s hilarious adventures as a human guinea pig, including "My Outsourced Life" and "My Life as a Hot Woman."

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Chapter One The Unitasker I’m writing this chapter with the stereo silent. The TV black. The room dark. The pinging of the e-mails silenced. I am focused on nothing else but this glowing computer screen, the blinking cursor, and the words appearing in Helvetica twelve-point font. I’m not paying attention to the honking taxis on the street, or the clanking drum solo of my radiator. I’m certainly not paying attention to my two-year-old son, Zane, who is outside my office door, apparently doing an impression of Fran Drescher impersonating Alvin the Chipmunk. I’m trying to do this because I realize I have a problem focusing. My brain is all over the place. Consider this: multitasking almost killed me. Maybe I’m being melodramatic here. You be the judge. Two years ago, Julie and I were driving a rented Taurus to my cousin’s wedding in Woodstock, New York. The kids were at home with our babysitter, Michelle. I was at the wheel, weaving my way north, listening to the audio book we’d brought along: the biography of Albert Einstein by Walter Isaacson. It’s a good book. Dangerously good. Interesting, I thought to myself, as we listened to chapter 8. When Einstein was a clerk at the patent office, he did a lot of work on clocks that were synchronized at the speed of light, which led to his early ideas on relativity. His day job was crucial. If he’d been a regular old tenured professor, we might not have relativity and our kids would
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From the Publisher

The uproarious New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All gathers his adventures as a human guinea pig into one of the funniest and most enlightening books of the year.

• An irresistible page-turner filled with surprising wisdom: For his first hit book, Jacobs read the Encyclopedia Britannica. For his second, he followed every single rule in the Bible. Now comes a collection of his most outrageous and thought-provoking experiments yet. In The Guinea Pig Diaries, Jacobs goes undercover as a beautiful woman. He outsources everything in his life to India, from answering his emails to arguing with his wife. He spends two months saying whatever is on his mind. He lives like George Washington. Plus several other life-changing experiments-one of which involves public nudity.

• Amazing sales record: The humor of A.J. Jacobs has produced sales that are anything but laughable. His books have more than half a million copies in print, and they have spent a combined twenty-nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists and counting. He has inspired many imitators, but none has matched his ability to combine side-splitting entertainment with profound life lessons.

• A media favorite: To promote his books, Jacobs has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, Conan O'Brien, and NPr's Fresh Air. Jacobs is all over the Internet as well, from Slate to the Huffington Post to Playboy.com. He is a regular contributor to NPR's Weekend Edition. And he's the editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, where versions of some of these experiments have appeared.

From Our Editors

INDIGO RECOMMENDS REVIEW: Ever wonder what it would be like to outsource your life to a stranger overseas? To live like George Washington? To spend months speaking your mind according to a system of Radical Honesty? Well sit back and let the author of the bestsellers The Know It All and The Year of Living Biblically A J Jacobs do it all for you. In the spirit of openness and sincere curiosity that informed his attempts to read the entire Encyclopedia Britanica and to live faithfully according to the rules of the Good Book, A J Jacobs puts himself to the tests. Watch him squirm as he poses nude to accompany an article on Mary Louise Parker. Look over his shoulder as he dates online in the guise of his single nanny. Stare in amazement as he forgoes multitasking in a fruitless effort to concentrate on completing just one task at a time. In this series of human experiments Jacobs comes up against his own weaknesses, everyone else’s expectations and even George Washington’s 101 Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour. With the same gusto and humour shown in his two previous bestsellers Jacobs gives the reader a ringside seat in his adventures as a human guinea pig. Highly recommended.

Editorial Reviews

"He''s not just in it for the yuks-though there are plenty of yuks. (He''s very funny.) He has a curious, questioning mind and is always looking for larger meaning.... [My Live as an Experiment] is intelligent, insightful shtick."-Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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