256 pages, 8.4 × 5.8 × 1 in
September 8, 2009
Simon & Schuster
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."
Read from the Book
Chapter OneMy Life as a Beautiful Woman I’ve been a beautiful woman for fifty days, and no one has compared me to a summer’s day. No one has said my lips are like rose blossoms or my throat is as smooth as alabaster. Men don’t have time for that anymore. We live in the age of transparency. Say what you mean and mean what you say. As in: “You are a very pretty lady.” “I think you are very attractive.” “You look hot.” I’ve been approached by more than six hundred men, and that’s one of the big themes I’ve discovered in their method: cut to the chase. The directness has its charms, but like everything else about being a beautiful woman, it has its dark side as well. One suitor tried to seduce me with this line: “I would like to stalk you.” Another said, “I am in a committed relationship but am looking for a girl on the side.” Are these guys honest? Sure. To the point? Yes. Creepy? As hell. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up. I stumbled into this experiment as a hot woman. This one wasn’t premeditated. As a general rule, I dislike female impersonation. I have too many bad associations of men in skirts—Benny Hill, Uncle Miltie, Idi Amin. But sometimes there are good—or at least excusable—reasons to pose as a female. The reason in this case is my two-year-old son’s nanny, Michelle. She’s a stunning woman. Before my wife and I hired her, I thought that hot nannies existed only in vintage Penthouse Forum letters and Aaron Spelling dramas. But Michelle—though I’ve changed her
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.
About the Author
A.J. Jacobs is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically. He is the editor-at-large of Esquire magazine, a contributor to NPr, and a columnist for mental_floss magazine. He lives in New York City.
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.
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