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A.J. Jacobs

Biography

A.J. Jacobs

Jacobs is the editor at large at Esquire magazine and author of two New York Times bestsellers.

In 2004, Simon & Schuster published THE KNOW-IT-ALL. It subsequently spent eight weeks on the New York Times paperback bestseller list. It was praised by Time magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Janet Maslin in the New York Times and AJ’s uncle Henry on Amazon.com.
 

Jacobs is the editor at large at Esquire magazine and author of two New York Times bestsellers.

In 2004, Simon & Schuster published THE KNOW-IT-ALL. It subsequently spent eight weeks on the New York Times paperback bestseller list. It was praised by Time magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Janet Maslin in the New York Times and AJ’s uncle Henry on Amazon.com.

In 2007, THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY was released. It has spent TK weeks on the NYT bestseller list, and was praised by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and others. It appeared on the cover of the evangelical magazine Relevant, but was also featured in Penthouse. (Jacobs is proud to be a uniter, not a divider).

In September of 2009, his new book --- THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES: My Life as an Experiment --- will be published by Simon & Schuster. The book contains some previously published experiments (including “My Outsourced Life,” Jacobs’ quest to delegate every task in his life to India). But more than half will be new -- including life-changing quests featuring George Washington’s rules of life, marital harmony, marital disharmony, multitasking and nudity (not in that order).

In addition to his books, Jacobs written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine and Dental Economics magazine, one of the top five magazines about the financial side of toothcare.

He has appeared on "Oprah", "The Today Show", "Good Morning America" and "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" (though Conan did decline Jacobs’ offer to bring the remnants of his shaved beard in a plastic bag).

He is a periodic commentator on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, where he discusses important facts, such as the fact that opossums have 13 nipples.

The Year of Living Biblically is currently being developed by Paramount Pictures, and My Outsourced Life is being developed at Universal Pictures.

He's now working on a book called THE HEALTHIEST HUMAN BEING IN THE WORLD. It continues Jacobs’ experiential journalism series as he tries to perfect his physical condition while simultaneously dissecting the meaning of the word “healthiest.”

Jacobs grew up in New York City. His father is a lawyer who holds the world record for the most footnotes in a law review article (4,824). His wife works for a highbrow scavenger hunt called Watson Adventures. He lives in New York with his family. He wonders if he fooled anyone with this third-person thing, or if everyone knows that he wrote this bio himself.

A.J. Jacobs

Books by A.J. Jacobs

by A.J. Jacobs - Memoir, Nonfiction
Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.