A.J. Jacobs: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

A.J. Jacobs

Author, Journalist, Human Guinea Pig

Renowned as “the human guinea pig,” A.J. Jacobs has outsourced his life to India, read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to become the smartest person in the world, and lived modern life as the ultimate biblical man. Throwing himself into bizarre situations all in the name of a little curiosity and a lot of humor, Jacobs chronicles his experiences in his New York Times bestsellers The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All.

Known far and wide for his clever commentary and prose, Jacobs is the editor at large at Esquire magazine. He has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and New York Magazine. But, it has been his unique life experiments that have greatly defined him.

Ironically, by answering the questions that few would have even envisioned would come to mind, Jacobs surprisingly has earned a fresh understanding of how the most absurd of moments can become the most incredibly profound. There is deeper knowledge to be gained about the bigger lessons in life by keeping an open mind and finding inspiration everywhere.

Clever, incredibly witty, and quirky, Jacobs will help you see the world in ways never imagined—through the eyes of a man who has walked in the shoes of Moses and consumed 33,000 pages of knowledge on the road to his own life’s journey. The experiments continue in his latest book, The Guinea Pig Diaries, a compilation of essays exploring such hilarious adventures as "My Outsourced Life" and "My Life as a Hot Woman."

In April 2012, Jacobs will release an uproariously funny new book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection. For this book, he assembled a team of expert medical advisers, a group that included A-list doctors, researchers, nutritionists and trainers. He pledged to disentangle medical myths from reality. Then, over the course of two years, he subjected himself to a grueling but entertaining regimen of exercise, diets and experiments that yielded surprising insights. Part memoir, part adventure, part how-to manual, the book is as hilarious as it is informative and inspiring—all the all the while testing our culture's assumptions and obsessions with what makes good health and allowing the reader to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality.

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