The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 8, 2009 - Humor - 236 pages
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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 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.

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

Another very enjoyable book. Jacobs is so good at combining humor with meaning. There were lots of parts of the book I laughed out loud at, but also lots of parts that really made me want to be a better person. A good read. Read full review

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

I'm a huge Jacobs fan (he promised to come to my first book reading), so I'm biased. However, this wasn't his best. Each experiment - there are 9 - was hit and miss. Of the 9 chapters, 5 were fascinating and 4 couldn't hold my interest. A fun read nonetheless. Read full review


chapter one my Life as a Beautiful Woman
chapter two my outsourced Life
chapter three i think Youre Fat
chapter Four 240 minutes of Fame
chapter Five the rationality Project
chapter Six the truth About nakedness
chapter Seven What Would George
chapter eight the unitasker
chapter nine Whipped
Authors note
Appendix B

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About the author (2009)

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.

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