Guinea Pig Diaries, The: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs


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I loved this book! If you’ve read any other of A.J. Jacobs’ works, you know that he has a passion for investigative experimentation. That is, he’ll get a crazy idea, then try it out on himself, usually with hilarious results. But beyond the humor, Jacobs always takes time to reflect on what he has learned from each experiment and how it has affected his life and the lives of those around him. Some of the results have proven long-lasting.

In his previous work, The Know-It-All, Jacobs documents his stunt of reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. In The Year of Living Biblically, he spends a year trying to follow Old Testament law as literally as possible.

The Guinea Pig Diaries follows the same line. The book is a collection of essays written for Esquire magazine concerning various other experiments that Jacobs has performed, such as outsourcing his life to India, using “Radical Truth,” and the craziest stunt of them all: doing EVERYTHING his wife says for a month.

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