Monday, August 23, 2010
by A.J. Jacobs
completed April 2010
Each chapter covers a mini-experiment conducted by A.J. Jacobs. One month he outsourced everything possible to a company in India. He also practices radical honesty for a month and an entire month of unitasking (doing strictly one thing at a time).
One of my favorite chapters was the first one where he posed as a woman on an online-dating service. It was laugh out loud funny. His young and attractive nanny was single and he wanted to help her get back into dating. He talked her into signing up for an online-dating service and he wrote most of the correspondence for her. This was the first chapter in the book and it was a great start.
I loved the outsourcing chapter as well, and the fact that he outsourced apologizing to his wife. One of my other favorites was when he had pose nude for a photo shoot as quid pro quo for Mary Louise Parker posing nude for an Esquire Magazine article. His picture is at the front of the chapter. It is tastefully done but hilarious. He is so self-deprecating and his description of the photography session and photographers instructions were very funny.
Most of the book was incredibly entertaining, but I found my interest tapering off as I got towards the end. The chapter where he tried to follow George Washington's code of conduct for a month was quite dull. It also had some political opinions in there that I wish he had left out. Not that I mind people's political opinions, but it seemed self-indulgent of him to add it to this chapter when it didn't really fit with his experiment.
Overall it was a fun read and I look forward to reading more of A.J. Jacobs' books.
I read this book for the Take Another Chance Challenge as my genre switch-up. I have never read a humor non-fiction book. I'm excited to read more of this genre.
Posted by Kristi at 10:55 PM