The Guinea Pig Diaries

The Guinea Pig Diaries

My Life as An Experiment

Book - 2009
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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 Playboy.com. 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
ISBN: 9781416599067
Characteristics: xiv, 236 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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bsstillman
Dec 15, 2017

Could you live without telling a lie for 30 days? How hard is it to focus on just one task at a time? Can you successfully outsource an argument with your spouse?

A.J. Jacobs is up to it again, this time instead of one big experiment, like his "The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible" or "The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World," this time he does a series of 30-day experiments.

A.J. takes on:
-Radical Honesty
-Living like George Washington
-Outsourcing his life
-Walking the Red Carpet
-Trying to be totally rational and remove bias from his life
-Being a unitasker and focusing on one task at a time
-Using his writing skills to get his nanny a date
-Posing naked for Esquire
-And for his "saintly" wife Julie, a month doing EVERYTHING she asks.

Jacobs writes of his "experiments" with his usual humor, insight, and journalistic approach that readers of his previous work have come to expect.

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cmfrakes
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").

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aishakhan
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!

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bbb1771
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.

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karensd
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.

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kenmcelroy
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.

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lilwordworm
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.

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c_anderson
Nov 08, 2010

An entertaining read. Not deep, but fun.

ser_library May 27, 2010

another blog that needs editing

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