Title: The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
Author: Susan Gloss
Source: PaperBack Swap
Review Summary: I thought A.J. Jacobs might be too irreverent for me, so I was surprised to find his passion for knowledge and success both relatable and fascinating.
The Know-It-All is a classic stunt memoir, in which author A.J. Jacobs attempts to read the entire print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica… all 33,000 pages of it. Organized by letter, A.J. shares fun facts he learned in each section as well as words that were relevant to his life while he was reading. This included things relating to everything from his job to his attempts to have baby, from his drive to accomplish something to his relationship with his father. Along the way, he also explores the nature of intelligence, testing different definitions with activities like joining Mensa and auditioning for Jeopardy. Read more »
Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!
Non-Fiction News and Resources
- I enjoyed this list of non-fiction on strange topics, including Stiff by Mary Roach, which I’ve heard great things about
- This eShorts seem like an interesting new way of publishing non-fiction
- I liked this list of non-fiction recommendations too, but I mostly thought it was awesome that these librarians are giving personalized recommendations!
- It also reminded me of Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness‘s new feature – the Non-Fiction Recommendation Engine – in which she also shares fantastic personalized recommendations.
- Out of the three Andrew Carnegie Medal Non-Fiction nominees, I’ve only read Five Days At Memorial
- and the exciting non-fiction being published this week includes:
Title: The Humor Code
Author: Peter McGraw and Joel Warner
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: This book was amusing, well-written, inspiring, moving, and educational, as well as containing surprisingly valuable research.
If you’ve ever thought about why some things are funnier than others, you’ll probably realize that this is a tough question to answer. Other difficult questions include why we’d evolve a sense of humor and what purpose humor serves. Although scientists still don’t agree on answers, professor Peter McGraw and journalist Joel Warner decide to tackle these questions in an epic, around-the-world journey. Their trip includes everything from talking to comedians and researchers to dressing as clowns and trying their hand at stand-up comedy. The perfect read for April Fool’s Day 🙂 Read more »