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My Life as an Experiment

My Life as an Experiment

One man. Ten extraordinary quests.

Bestselling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty," brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

And in a new adventure, Jacobs undergoes scientific testing to determine how he can put his wife through these and other life-altering experiments—one of which involves public nudity.

Filled with humor and wisdom, My Life as an Experiment will immerse you in eye-opening situations and change the way you think about the big issues of our time—from love and work to national politics and breakfast cereal.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439110140 | 
  • September 2009
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Chapter One
My Life as a Beautiful Woman


I’ve been a beautiful woman for fifty days, and no one has compared me to a summer’s day. No one has said my lips are like rose blossoms or my throat is as smooth as alabaster.

Men don’t have time for that anymore. We live in the age of transparency. Say what you mean and mean what you say. As in:

“You are a very pretty lady.”

“I think you are very attractive.”

“You look hot.”

I’ve been approached by more than six hundred men, and that’s one of the big themes I’ve discovered in... see more

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About the Author

A. J. Jacobs
Photograph by Michael Cogliantry

A. J. Jacobs

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.

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