The Guinea Pig Diaries

The Guinea Pig Diaries

My Life as An Experiment

Book - 2009
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A.J. explores the big issues of our time--happiness, dating, morality, marriage--by immersing himself in eye-opening situations. In his role as human guinea pig, Jacobs fearlessly takes on a series of life-altering challenges that provides readers with equal parts insight and humor. (And drives his patient wife, Julie, to the brink of insanity.) Among the many adventures: He outsources his life to a team of people in Bangalore, India. He spends a month practicing Radical Honesty, in which you say what's on your mind. He goes to the Academy Awards disguised as a movie star, to understand the strange and warping effects of fame. He commits himself to ultimate rationality, using cutting-edge science to make the best decisions possible. He attempts to follow George Washington's rules of life. And, for a month, he followed his wife's every whim.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416599067
Branch Call Number: 817 Ja
Description: xiv, 236 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: My life as an experiment


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Sep 19, 2017

I enjoy this author's writing; he's entertaining. I get a few laughs from his books.

vozzy May 02, 2015

The premise of the book sounded really interesting, but the actual book was just okay. To me, Jacobs comes across as a bit of a pig (thus the title? "The Guinea PIG Diaries").

Jan 03, 2014

The guinea Pig Diaries is a hilarious read! In this book Jacobs goes through a series of thought provoking experiments and records the results of these experiments. Some of his experiments include hiring a team of people in India to manage his entire life, he spends a month being radically honest, goes to the Academy Awards disguised as a movie star that he closely resembles, listening to everything his wife tell him to do for a month, and many other crazy social experiments. What I really enjoyed about A.J Jacobs’ The Guinea Pig Diaries was how funny and sweet his writing was. There is also something very real about the way he writes that you feel that you truly and personally know him and are experiencing what he is throughout all of his experiments he does, by the end of this book I felt that I was one of Jacobs close friends. I was told to read this book for one of my English assignments and I absolutely fell in love. A.J Jacobs is the King of Quirk, and he will keep you laughing throughout every chapter you read of the Guinea Pig Diaries. This non- fiction is a good and refreshing break from your typical novel or short story. It is 100% entertaining from the beginning ‘til end and is definitely a cute and quirky book everybody should read. I promise you, that you will not be disappointed. If I were to rate this book I would give it a 10/10! Great Job Jacobs I’m looking forward to reading more of your work!

Mar 01, 2012

After three books of abusing his body, mind and relationship with his family, one worries the next thing we'll read about A J Jacobs is his obituary outlining how he took his next book too far.

But until then, Jacobs continues to write well and entertain thoroughly.

Nov 21, 2011

AJ Jacobs writes with an accessible voice and shares the ups and downs of trying to live by the rules of others. I appreciate the honesty (not just the radical honesty) of his experiences.

Apr 08, 2011

Yah, I don't know about the views of the other commenters but I thought this book was a lot like liberal masturbation. You know on those videos where you see monkeys peeing into their own mouths, the look on their face should be something more, something different, anything other than boredom? I thought the idea for the book (what's written on the jacket)superceeded the actual product (content) 100 fold. This book sucked.

Mar 10, 2011

His experiments on online dating and outsourcing are laugh out loud funny. The rest are not as good but still fun. I looked up his articles in Esquire, and they are significantly better than the garbage that is in Cosmo. I will now justifiably buy men’s magazine for the articles AND the pictures of pretty ladies.

Nov 08, 2010

An entertaining read. Not deep, but fun.

ser_library May 27, 2010

another blog that needs editing

Jan 28, 2010

Several of these articles are available online in the GQ archive.

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