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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: The Know it all

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Know it all

Here's my latest book review.

AJ Jacobs' book, The Know It All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World.

AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically, has decided to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. He will take about a year to do this. Though he admittedly skims some parts of it, he generally reads all entires. 33,000 pages, 44 millions words, all of it. He decided to try out for Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and often tries to dazzle his friends and co-workers with his new found knowledge. This has hilarious consequences. Most people are less than interested and not impressed that there is a snail with five anuses.

I have not finished the book. I am only to the Q's, but I wanted to share with you some of the facts that I have learned thus far...

Quakers was originally a derogatory term for The Society of Friends because they would tremble at the word of God. They eventually adopted this term for themselves and now use it. That's why they are called Quakers.

Edgar Allen Poe married his thirteen year old cousin.

Impressionism was originally a used as a jeer by a journalist, but Monet and his pals liked it and adopted it as the name of their painting style.

Cool, right?

Though he is surely learning a world of knowledge, he often writes about the weird and factually obscure. He wants to be the smartest man alive, but only seems to remember the unusual.

This could have been a dry book about the inventor of the toilet and the storming of the Bastille, but he has turned it into a touching memoir full of unusual facts and entertaining anecdotes.

I am having a hard time remembering all of the fact that he has presented and am amazed at how much he is able to remember and call upon at will. I know I will be rereading this book... If not for the humor, then for the unusual tales of history.

1 Comments:

Blogger the girl with the pink teacup said...

Oh, Erin! You've done it again! Another excellent review that's got me hanging to read the next AJ Jacobs book. Still waiting for "A Year of Living Biblically" to come in at my local library, but I'll look up this one now, too, thanks to your sweet review.

(And thanks for sharing that little factoid about the Quakers. You really do learn something new every day, don't you?)

July 10, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

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