It’s All Relative (audiobook)

Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree

Read by A. J. Jacobs
8.1 hrs • 7 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Family & Relationships
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 11/07/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 11/07/17 9781442376069
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New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, A .J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, heartfelt quest to understand what constitutes family—where it begins and how far it goes—and attempts to untangle the true meaning of the “Family of Humankind.”

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’ three-year adventure to help build the biggest family tree in history.

Jacobs’s journey would take him to all seven continents. He drank beer with a US president, found himself singing 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. It’s All Relative is a fascinating look at the bonds that connect us all.

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“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.”


“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.”

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