It's All Relative by A.J. Jacobs

It's All Relative

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. An...


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TitleIt's All Relative
ISBN9781476734491
Author
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor
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Reviews It's All Relative

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Angel Hench
    1970-01-01
    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 int...
  • Liesl
    1970-01-01
    Very informative and humorous, which is par for the course from Jacobs. His latest social experiment is a deep dive into the world of genealogy, and I enjoyed learning about the various aspects of this field and following where Jacobs' curiosity-fueled quest about his family tree took him. The updates that count down the weeks to the family reunion are especially amusing; while not everything came together perfectly in the end, it sounds like a v...
  • Blue Cypress Books
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Joe Jones
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    Funny, interesting and educational; I was sticking post it notes throughout the book. I'm excited to look further into my family tree.
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    1970-01-01
    Not my favorite of his.
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    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 y...
  • Denice Barker
    1970-01-01
    Geneology and history are kissing cousins and I’m into both. I spent years looking for a relative for my grandpa and found a jackpot but there are still so many unanswered questions I think will never be answered. But you move on, don’t you?Not our author, A. J. Jacobs. Especially now, in our fractured, glass shard splintered finger pointing times Mr. Jacobs thought it was important to try to figure out what family really means and if we are ...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    I love A.J. Jacobs' social experiments. My favorite will probably always be A Year of Living Biblically. Though none of his books disappoint.At a time where our country feels very divided, A.J's latest is about family. If we go back far enough in our family trees, we are all related. If we are all connected to each other, if we could acknowledge that, would we be a kinder society?A.J. Sets out to learn more about his family tree, the ties the con...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    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?! …Probabl...
  • Betsy
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars out of 5. Received this copy as Goodreads giveaway.When A.J. Jacobs comes out with a book, it’s usually about one of his large projects. You have to hand it to the guy, when he gets into a project, it’s “go big or go home”. His latest project is, It’s All Relative (Nov 2017 by Simon and Schuster) which is no different. In this case, he is entering the burgeoning field of genealogy, the study of ones heritage. But he isn’t ju...
  • Hailey
    1970-01-01
    In his book A.J. Jacobs delves into the world of genealogy, exploring his own family tree and the idea that everyone is a cousin. Sharing family anecdotes, research in the field, as well as chronicling his attempt at beating the Guinness World record for largest family reunion, Jacobs explores the question of what it means to be family and how we treat and relate to others. I found this book a funny, light-hearted and enjoyable read, as I have ma...
  • Nmsheed
    1970-01-01
    In yet another brilliant book looking at the state of the world as only he can, AJ Jacobs manages to bring the world a little closer with his pursuit of creating a single family tree of every human on the planet. His hilarious tales of cousin connections, while planning a record-breaking family reunion literally had me in countless laugh-out-loud moments. All the while, each chapter manages to shed new light on how intermingled family, history, D...
  • Nmsheed
    1970-01-01
    In yet another brilliant book looking at the state of the world as only he can, AJ Jacobs manages to bring the world a little closer with his pursuit of creating a single family tree of every human on the planet. His hilarious tales of cousin connections, while planning a record-breaking family reunion literally had me in countless laugh-out-loud moments. All the while, each chapter manages to shed new light on how intermingled family, history, D...
  • Ken
    1970-01-01
    Amusing anecdotal story of the author's project to "relate" as many people as possible using commercial software and have them attend a reunion in New York, called the Global Family Reunion. I thought he left it short at the end. He spent the entire book building up this global event then when it gets down to it, we get a few pages telling us about the event its self. I would have preferred a little more science in the details, but that's just my...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This is another great book by A.J. Jacobs! I love immersion journalism, and in this book Jacobs takes on another lifestyle experiment, as he calls it. He decides to try to host the world's largest family reunion. As he prepares he researches and writes about family - his direct family, other people's interesting family tales, what constitutes a family. And of course he writes it all with a sense of humor. You don't have to be into genealogy to en...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    I am a big A.J. Jacobs fan. His books are all funny and informative. This one is true to form with lots of smiles and a ton of information on family genealogy. When he decides to research and write about a subject he goes to extremes and does it with a humor and concise direct style. His concept of family has changed over the years as he now has children and uses his own family tree as examples.
  • Sarah Canfield
    1970-01-01
    I never tire of the way A.J. looks at the world and this one did not disappoint. As someone who has gone down the genealogical path and enjoyed learning about where my family camed from, I found this book to be encouraging regarding telling our family stories.
  • Red Book Buyer
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed it enough. Jacobs has thoroughly established himself as the new Bill Bryson. But there was a LOT of repetition in this book. Like, paragraphs lifted and replaced 20 chapters later. Eh.
  • AnnLouise
    1970-01-01
    So funny and informative! I want to start researching my own family tree now and have marked several pages that had helpful information.
  • Isabella Ticer
    1970-01-01
    As someone who is deep in the genealogy interest, I found this book enjoyable. I laughed, I nodded and then I found myself asking the questions I had not considered previously.
  • Jaime Wakelin
    1970-01-01
    InTeresting, fun read!
  • Laura Valentine
    1970-01-01
    Too superficial and too self-involved. If only Jacobs was a little more interested in actually reflecting on things rather than surface writing.
  • Craig Inzana
    1970-01-01
    It's All Relative was a wonderful and fun dive into the world of genealogy. The subject is something that piques my interest (and probably most people) but can take a great deal of effort to really get into it. Jacobs does a phenomenal job teaching you something but being hilarious while doing so.This is the first of his books I've read and I'm considering picking up some of the others. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed reading this book....