A.J. Jacobs

13 A.J. Jacobs Recommended Books

A. J. Jacobs is an American journalist, author, and speaker. He is best known for his New York Times bestsellers such as The Year of Living Biblically and My Life as an Experiment. He has written for many publications including The New York Times, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. He is an editor at large at Esquire magazine and a regular contributor on National Public Radio.

13 Books recommended by A.J. Jacobs

The Righteous Mind

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Author :Jonathan Haidt

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"All about trying to figure out the gap between the red and blue states – Republican and Democrat – and it’s really interesting." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

Go the F**k to Sleep

Go the F**k to Sleep

Author :Adam Mansbach

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A.J. Jacobs mentioned this book on "The Tim Ferriss Show" podcast. [Source]

Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Author :Steven Pinker

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"We should be thrilled to be alive now." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

You Can Be Right (or You Can Be Married)

You Can Be Right (or You Can Be Married)

Looking for Love in the Age of Divorce

Author :Dana Adam Shapiro

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"After reading [this] fascinating and revealing book, I will never again take my marriage for granted." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

Author :Rachel Bloom

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"Hilarious memoir. Her chapter her delayed potty training makes her the Proust of poop." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Author :Rebecca Skloot

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"Great writer." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

What We Owe the Future

What We Owe the Future

Author :William MacAskill

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"So good and so important." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

The Unlikely Disciple

The Unlikely Disciple

A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

Author :Kevin Roose

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"Great book." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

Lying

Lying

Author :Sam Harris

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"A great book." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Why Violence Has Declined

Author :Steven Pinker

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"Traces the history of violence and how we are in the safest time ever." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

Free Will

Free Will

Author :Sam Harris

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"I don’t believe in free will [...] Some people see that as depressing but I actually find it liberating because it’s so much easier to forgive yourself for doing stupid things." - A.J. Jacobs [Source]

FAQs

Q1: Which books does A.J. Jacobs recommend?

A.J. Jacobs offers his take on various classic novels, philosophical works, and other books, such as Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book, and Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow.

A.J. Jacobs has been recommending books for over a decade, citing various literature and philosophy as the cornerstone of his work.

Jacobs primarily recommends and discusses books within the science, philosophy, and literature genres; from authors such as Charles Dickens, Marcel Proust, and Franz Kafka.

Yes, Jacobs hosts a monthly reading and discussion group known as the 'Rationalist Book Club'. It is a curated selection of texts discussed by Jacobs and other intellectuals.

A.J. Jacobs' primary purpose in recommending books is to spread knowledge and foster meaningful discussion. He believes that literature is a great way to improve perspective and learn valuable life lessons.