Dy's Take

November 28, 2009

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs

Filed under: audiobook,Humor & Satire,Memoir — Dy @ 22:50

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This was a totally random selection for me. I was waiting for help finding something else at the library and I saw the cover and was intrigued:Know-it-all audio cover

I decided to check it out — could be funny, could be cool, and I kinda admire anyone who sets out to read the entire Encylopaedia Britannica.

I enjoyed this, both the self-deprecating humor (with a bit of an edge–glad I’m not one of his ILs!) and the intellectualism of it.  Sadly, though, I lost some of the pleasure when I searched Amazon to find the above pic and discovered Jacobs is also the author of the Year of Living Biblically.  It took this book, for me, from an exploratory memoir, a personal quest, to just another in a series of schticks to sell books.  Admirable as a way to make a living, disappointing as part of a larger search for greater truth in our world.

Still, I enjoyed the book. But I don’t plan to read any of his other work now that I know the formula.

PS – go with the audio if you decide to try this, the reader, Geoffrey Cantor,  was frellin’ fantastic!


1 Comment »

  1. This one is on my list of “maybe” hmmmm… still maybe…

    Comment by Candy Beauchamp — November 29, 2009 @ 16:24 | Reply

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