A.J. Jacobs

Author, Journalist, Lecturer & Acclaimed TED Speaker

A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist and lecturer. He’s written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. He’s also editor-at-large at Esquire magazine and provides a bi-weekly advice column for Esquire.com called “My Huddled Masses.” In addition, he’s a commentator on NPR’s "Weekend Edition Saturday," has given several TED talks and is a columnist for both Mental Floss magazine and the health and fitness platform Upwave.com. 

Jacobs’ first two books, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World and The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, both made the New York Times bestseller list. They were praised by Time magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, USA Today, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review and others. 

Currently, Jacobs is working on a new book about ancestry, DNA and the history of the human race. For the finale of the book, he will attempt to throw the largest family reunion in history. You’re invited!


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