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

  • Title: It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree
  • Author: A.J. Jacobs
  • ISBN: 9781476734514
  • Page: 184
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 theNew 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 s 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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    1. This book was interesting and amusing in some places, but I didn't get the sense that this was an A.J. Jacobs' usual in-depth ultra-obsessed project book. This felt more like A.J. Jacobs-lite. It did get me looking into my family history, which I'm thankful for. I've learned that my great-grandmother's second marriage was to a man almost 15 years her junior (go, grandma!) and my maternal grandmother's family was probably Amish. So, if you are interested in genealogy at all, you will enjoy this b [...]

    2. I would call this a book about genealogy for people who aren’t really all that interested in the subject. It is genealogy lite. Which is not to say that it isn’t a good book or that I didn’t like it. I enjoyed it a great deal.I’ve been doing genealogy since I was a teenager and discovered our family Bible, with my great-grandfather’s handwritten records of the family in it. It’s huge & heavy and he bought it from someone in a California train station for 25 cents back in the day. [...]

    3. I have loved everything A. J. Jacobs has written so far, and I'm happy to say that I loved his new book, It's All Relative, too. Jacobs takes on huge personal projects in his writing. This time, he takes on genealogy. He does all the DNA tests, and researches his family members from the past, and decides to put on a huge family reunion. Everything he does makes me laugh, and laugh out loud, and it takes something good to have me laughing out loud. It's All Relative is something good.

    4. I love AJ Jacobs but this wasn’t quite as strong as his other experimental ventures. I thought the idea of a global family reunion was pretty ridiculous, but the genealogy bits were interesting, and as always, his writing was very witty and fun. I know next to nothing about my family history so this might just inspire me to do some research.

    5. For those readers like me who have experienced an AJ Jacobs book before, we know that he has a seriously curious mind. And he doesn’t think small. This time around, he has been thinking of his own ancestors and the concept of the World Family Tree (i.e. that we are all, in essence “cousins” descended from a scientific Adam and Eve known as the “Y-Chromosomal Adam” and the “Mitochondrial Eve”). And, of course, Mr. Jacobs dreams up a project to dwarf anything a rational human being m [...]

    6. Meh. This would have been better if it spent more time exploring genetics, family trees, and human connections, and less time complaining about party planning.

    7. I became a fan of AJ Jacobs after finishing his first book, The Know-it-All. He expertly is able to combine humor with factual info and make a subject you wouldn’t expect to find entertaining, well, entertaining.His newest book starts with the idea that we are all related. It’s so timely, given the popularity of sites like Ancestry and mail-in DNA kits.This book gives us some examples of his family history, but it also covers genealogical connections to presidents, celebrities, and scientist [...]

    8. Who could get me to read an entire book about genealogy, without holding me hostage and/or threatening bodily harm? The list is very short, and A.J. Jacobs’ name is right at the top. He admits that it’s a topic he became interested in only after he had kids, and became old enough to start contemplating his own mortality. He also admits that it’s one of the most narcissistic pursuits ever. I like honesty in a person. He outlines the ways that genealogy has been used for less than noble purp [...]

    9. Did you know that we share an estimated 99.9% of DNA with each other? Did you know that most homo sapiens have a small percentage of Neanderthal DNA? Or an atom of Beethoven's? How about that we share 88% of the same DNA with mice? If information like this fascinates you, you'll like the writings of A.J. Jacobs. I read his first book 'Know It All' when it came out. It was his account of reading his way through the encyclopedia. I have never read an entire encyclopedia, but I have picked one up m [...]

    10. A.J. relates (pun totally intended!) his journey of finding his and the worlds’ proverbial and literal, shallow and deep family roots in It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree. An Israeli dairy farmer sends an e-mail to A.J. stating how he is a distant relative. Concerns only slightly aside, A.J. does some of his notoriously in depth research (Did you know that you and I are at most seventieth cousins?! Probably. ) to find out more about how to begin a genealogy [...]

    11. An interesting and funny account of Jacobs' efforts to research his ancestors, prepare a global family tree, and stage the world's biggest reunion. The book is well-written and will serve as a good guide for budding genealogists, but it's not as deep in content as Jacobs' previous works and I found the ending-his description of the actual reunion-a bit of a let-down. Unfortunately, Jacobs only touches on this event which the whole book had been building up to.

    12. Couldn't finish this one. Stopped at Chapter 10: Should Families Be Abolished. In this chapter, the author discusses the idea that instead of being building blocks of society, families are actually bad because they encourage an us-versus-them mentality. All people of goodwill should denounce their mothers, fathers and ancestors and embrace the Universe as your light-giving force. Or you might as well be a full fledged warlord. Okay, I exaggerate in the style of the author, but that seemed to be [...]

    13. TODAY’S GUEST: A.J. Jacobs, author, “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree,” and his wife, Julie JacobsA.J. Jacobs is always a great guest because he is always getting himself into situations that most people would want to avoid.You know, like that year he spend literally following the life instructions found in the Bible.Or when he turned himself into a lab rat trying out all sorts of ways to get healthy.And that time he outsourced his family obligations an [...]

    14. From the publisher -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 relativ [...]

    15. AJ Jacobs is always good for an entertaining read, and this latest book is no exception. If you've listened to AJ's podcast Twice Removed you'll already have an idea of what you will get in this book. (And if you haven't listened be sure to check it out. It was a short lived podcast, but kind of fun.) AJ is on a quest to show that everyone is all part of one big family.There is a light narrative through the book in which AJ is organizing a (hopefully) record breaking family reunion. It seems lik [...]

    16. A. J. Jacobs recounts how he brought another one of his over-the-top ideas to life. This time his interest in genealogy leads him to try to break the Guinness World Record for largest family reunion.

    17. This was a fun and interesting read--especially for this genealogy enthusiast--but the ending felt a little rushed. I wanted to know more about the Global Family Reunion this project was all leading up to!

    18. At best, a very light introduction to genealogy and the world family tree.Not recommended for anyone with experience in genealogy seeking any insight.

    19. Excellent primer on contemporary geneology/family science. I'm already a Jacobs fan and enjoy his cheeky humor in short form (magazine articles) but he was at his best when being serious about his immediate family and the power the past has over our present lives. Would have like more of this and without it, the book felt lighter than Jacobs normally comprehensive work.

    20. A very fun look at what constitutes family and how it has changed over time. As someone who does genealogy research on my own family I really enjoyed the author's experiences as he traced his own family. A great primer for anyone thinking of doing their own genealogy research to show the highs and lows of what can be a rewarding and frustrating hobby.

    21. Loved it, one big giant amazon forest, skip the bonsai tree, we are all globally related. Enjoyed it so much I am making this brief so I can order my DNA kit ;-)

    22. Funny, interesting and educational; I was sticking post it notes throughout the book. I'm excited to look further into my family tree.

    23. Jacobs has a knack of making topics interesting with a gentle form of Dad jokes that are more endearing than annoying.

    24. AJ Jacobs sets out on a quest to break the guiness book of world records for the largest family reunion ever--to create a global family reunionor in other words to combine all the little bonsai family trees into one world family tree. He invites all his relatives--some 80,000 to attendAlong the way Jacobs has many genealogical adventures:After spitting in a tube and having his DNA sequenced (23andMe)- Surprise-- Jacobs finds out his wife is his cousin (7th cousin)- but not all that uncommon. Eve [...]

    25. A.J. Does it again!I really enjoy all his books and this one does not disappoint. He takes a topic and makes it interesting, funny and relatable! Incredibly enjoyable read and can't wait for his next offering. I am a fan for life

    26. As most people who know me know, my father is a professional genealogist who ran a historical and genealogical library for most of my childhood. I was one of the fortunate few (I imagine Robert Louis Gates Jr. children in the same position) who grew up knowing a great deal about my ancestors - who they were, what they did, where they lived, even in some cases, their personalities. When my father was a very young man, he had the common sense (or maybe just the simple burning curiosity) to sit dow [...]

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