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Tuesday, January 22 2013

NY Times Bestselling Author Comes to Western Mass

From a Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts press release:

Enjoy a morning with A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling Author and Editor at Large at Esquire Magazine.  Jacobs will discuss his year of living biblically, ("A Year of Living Biblically") and his quest to achieve bodily perfection, ("Drop Dead Healthy").

In 2004, Simon & Schuster published The Know-It-All. It subsequently spent eight weeks on the NYT paperback bestseller list. It was praised by Time magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, USA Today, and the New York Times. Part memoir, part Cliff's Notes to every topic under the sun, The Know-It-All is about the year Jacobs spent reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z – all forty-four million words of it.

In 2007’s The Year of Living Biblically, Jacobs recounted his quest to live the ultimate biblical life. To follow every single rule in the Bible – as literally as possible. He obeyed the famous ones (the Ten Commandments, love thy neighbor, be fruitful and multiply) and the hundreds of oft-ignored ones (do not wear clothes of mixed fibers, do not shave your beard, stone adulterers). It spent three months on the NYT bestseller list and was praised by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and others.

In My Life as an Experiment: One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself, published in 2010, Jacobs brought us along on his mission to improve every aspect of his life – from love to work to happiness. He became a human guinea pig, immersing himself in a series of radical lifestyle experiments.

Jacobs’ most recent journey took him – and us – along the path of becoming the healthiest person in the world. In 2012’s Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, Jacobs explored every aspect of the body—from biceps to the brain, from testosterone to toenails—to get into shape. A self-described “mushy, easily-winded, moderately sickly blob,” Jacobs, at the urging of his family, vowed to retool every part of his long-neglected body. The task was massive.

In addition to his books, Jacobs has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine and Dental Economics magazine, one of the top five magazines about the financial side of tooth care. He has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He is a periodic commentator on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.

Jacobs grew up in New York City. His father is a lawyer who holds the world record for the most footnotes in a law review article (4,824). His wife works for a highbrow scavenger hunt called Watson Adventures. He lives in New York with his family.

Join us on, Sunday, January 27th at 11 am at Bay Path College (Mills Theatre, Carr Hall, 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow).  This program is free and open to the community.  Register online, (click "kaleidoscope").  Contact Rachel Berezin, Program Director at the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts,, 413-737-4313 with questions.

A.J. was fabulous. He was warm, engaging, funny and a great speaker. We have had many, many author events at our library, and he was by far the best.  -Spartanburg County Public Libraries, SC

This program is sponsored by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and is co-sponsored by:  Bay Path College and Bacon|Wilson Attorneys at Law.

For more information on A.J. Jacobs, visit