It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs (4 out of 5)

This one’s not out until November 14, 2017. Put it on your list now! Especially if you are a fan of his previous books. What are those titles again? Let’s go over them. The Year of Living Biblically, Drop Dead Healthy, and the Know-It-All. This one is very similar to his others, as far as writing style goes. This book felt a little more personal, likely due to the magnitude of the project. This time around, A.J. decides to investigate genealogy and the Jacobs family tree. All of his investigating into his family line and beyond leads to checking out all of the genealogy websites. Could some be more legit than others? Do the Mormons and the Church of Latter Day Saints have more to do with genealogy than anyone is aware of? AJ finds out for us! His wife Julie and their twins get pulled into his project, as always. He decides to throw a large scale family reunion. Is he able to pull this off? Will he break a World Record? And why won’t Neil Degrasse Tyson cooperate with him? This book has a lot of scientific data, more than anything AJ has thrown at us in his previous books. I had to set it down a few times and go back to refresh. Not so bad as a damn calculus workbook or anything, but you may have to take chapters in small doses. Overall, you get great information, and that sarcastic humor hiding between the lines. It’s a great book and that perfect holiday book for the person who thrives on non-fiction balanced with a healthy dose of humor. This latest in Jacobs’ literography is brought to the masses by the fine folks at Simon & Schuster. Thank you to Wendy for sending me an advance! 

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~ by generationgbooks on September 4, 2017.

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