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The Guinea Pig Diaries [Book Review]


I am a little obsessed with author, A.J. Jacobs at the moment.  Back in Spain, I flew through his book, The Year of Living Biblically, and once I got to the States, I immediately bought and read another of his books.  So, here is my newest review.   Enjoy!

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Title:  The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

Author: A.J. Jacobs

Synopsis: “Now comes a collection of his [A.J. Jacob’s] most hilarious and thought-provoking experiments yet. 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 which drives A.J.’s patient wife, Julie, to the brink of insanity.)” 

ISBN: 1416599061

The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

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 My Review:

Life is an experiment in and of itself.  Whether it’s when we fall in love, attend college, or have kids, each event brings a new and exciting adventure.  However, what happens when we decide to go beyond these common and everyday goals, and instead intentionally experiment with the bizarre and out of the ordinary?

Well, just ask A.J. Jacobs.  He has been living as his own personal guinea pig for most of his adult life.  From posing nude at the request of Mary-Louise Parker, to living like George Washington, to being his wife’s servant, Jacobs lives his life as if he is constantly being studied by a team of mad-scientists.  Add on more zany life-altering experiments such as being a human unitasker, having no filter between his brain and mouth, and outsourcing his entire everyday life, and you have yourself a book!

Jacobs is hard not to fall in love with.  His writing is witty, organized – his notes in the back of the book are as good to read as the actual stories themselves – and he’s hilarious as hell.  When you are actually able to laugh out loud at a sentence, or read a paragraph to your spouse, then you know you’re reading something good!  Not to mention that he is the definition of an “average Joe” (in a good way!), which makes all his books even more interesting to read.

The Guinea Pig Diaries is one of those books that is hard to put down.  Once one chapter – or experiment – is finished, the next one instantly calls as you want to see how crazier Jacobs’ life can get! 

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Purchase it at Amazon.com here: The Guinea Pig Diaries 

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Has anyone read this book?  If yes, what was your take on it?  If not, do you plan on reading it?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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*Note: The synopsis and photo were taken from Goodreads.com.  The review above is written by me.  © Kalie Lyn 2011*

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