It’s All Relative by A. J. Jacobs audiobook

It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree

By A. J. Jacobs
Read by A. J. Jacobs

Simon & Schuster Audio

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781442376069

  • ISBN: 9781442376069

Runtime: 8.06 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Family & Relationships
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

#1 New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, poignant quest to understand what constitutes family—where it begins and how far it goes—in It’s All Relative, a “thought-provoking…delightful, easy-to-read, informative book” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

A.J. Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.”

That’s enough family members to fill Madison Square Garden four times over. Who are these people, A.J. wondered, and how do I find them? So began Jacobs’s three-year adventure to help build the biggest family tree in history. In It’s All Relative, he “muses on the nature of family and the interconnectedness of humanity in this entertaining introduction to the world of genealogy” (Publishers Weekly).

Jacobs’s journey would take him to all seven continents. He drank beer with a US president, sung with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and unearthed genetic links to Hollywood actresses and real-life scoundrels. After all, we can choose our friends, but not our family.

“Whether he’s posing as a celebrity, outsourcing his chores, or adhering strictly to the Bible, we love reading about the wacky lifestyle experiments of author A.J. Jacobs” (Entertainment Weekly). Now Jacobs upends, in ways both meaningful and hilarious, our understanding of genetics and genealogy, tradition and tribalism, identity and connection. “Whimsical but also full of solid journalism and eye-opening revelations about the history of humanity, It’s All Relative is a real treat” (Booklist, starred review).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A.J. Jacobs, a contributing editor to Esquire, is delightful delivering his amusing genealogical exploration of how we humans are all interconnected…Jacobs uses his signature humor…[in this] informative, easy-to-enjoy audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Whether the author is being ruminative or rollicking, he is consistently thought-provoking in his ‘adventure in helping to build the World Family Tree,’ and his natural gift for humor lightens the mood of even the most serious discussion. A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Whimsical but also full of solid journalism and eye-opening revelations about the history of humanity, the book is a real treat.” Booklist (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: A. J. Jacobs

Author Bio: A. J. Jacobs

A. J. Jacobs is the editor of What It Feels Like and the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy. He is the senior editor of Esquire and has written for the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, New York magazine, New York Observer, and other publications.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Family & Relationships
Runtime: 8.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English