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

A. J. Jacobs



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One World
01 April 2018
Biography; Memoirs; Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours; Family & relationships; Humour
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. And so begins A.J. Jacobs's quest to build the biggest family tree in history. In an era of us-versus-them thinking, this book is a hilarious, heartfelt and profound exploration of what binds us all - where family begins, how far it goes, and the science that is revolutionizing the way we think about ethnicity, history and the human species. This book is about A.J. Jacobs's family. But it's also about your family. Because it is the same family.
By:   A. J. Jacobs
Imprint:   One World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 25mm
ISBN:   9781786073754
ISBN 10:   1786073757
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

A.J. Jacobs is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and The Guinea Pig Diaries. He is the editor at large of Esquire magazine, a contributor to NPR, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City with his wife and kids. Visit him at AJJacobs.com.

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

'An incredibly moving, funny and inspirational read, exploring the utopian dream that the endeavours of family historians across the planet can reunite us as one happy family.' * Nick Barratt, consultant geneaologist on <i>Who Do You Think You Are</i> * 'A hilarious read from beginning to end.' * Adam Grant, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Give and Take</i>, <i>Originals</i>, and <i>Option B</i> with Sheryl Sandberg * 'A terrific read and A.J. is a terrific writer...funny and super-interesting.' * Michael Ian Black * 'Esquire contributing editor Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically) muses on the nature of family and the interconnectedness of humanity in this entertaining introduction to the world of genealogy...With short, lively chapters and an easygoing voice, Jacobs keeps the story flowing.' * <i>Publishers Weekly</i> * 'It's All Relative is the funniest, most thoughtful, most original and entertaining book about family that you will ever read and wish you'd written.' * Mary Roach * '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 * 'The astonishing discoveries he makes... remind us of the common bonds that unite us as a single global family. As Jacobs's (however distant) cousin, I admit I may be biased in singing his praises, but as It's All Relative proves, who isn't?' * Henry Louis Gates, Jr. * 'Consistently thought-provoking...and his natural gift for humor lightens the mood of even the most serious discussions. A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book.' -- <i>Kirkus</i> 'A.J. Jacobs... takes us on another unique adventure that pits idealism vs. practicality: Bringing about world peace and harmony by finding cousin connections among people throughout the globe and then hosting a Global Family Reunion. ' * Scott Fisher, host of Extreme Genes *

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