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About the Author

A.J. Jacobs is an editor at Esquire magazine and the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Year of Living Biblically, My Life as an Experiment, and The Know-It-All.
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Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me (2008) — Contribuinte — 360 cópias
My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew (2017) — Prefácio — 115 cópias
Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors (2014) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
The Right Way: Guidelines for Best Behaviour (2006) — Introdução — 13 cópias

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Jacobs, A. J.
Nome de batismo
Jacobs, Arnold Stephen, Jr.
Data de nascimento
1968-03-20
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
New York City, New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York City, New York, USA
Educação
Brown University (BA|1990)
Ocupação
author
writer
journalist
Relacionamentos
Sunstein, Cass (First Cousin)
Organizações
Esquire
Mental Floss
Agente
Sloan Harris (ICM)

Membros

Resenhas

A.J. Jacobs, an entertainingly geeky writer and journalist with a penchant for immersing himself deeply into his topic of research, takes on the topic of puzzles. Each chapter investigates the history and playing style of a different kind of puzzle including crosswords, Rubik's Cubes, jigsaws, mazes, Sudoku and KenKen, chess problems, riddles, puzzle boxes, and scavenger hunts.

Jacobs did a lot of work for this book during the isolation period of the COVID pandemic which is appropriate as the need to pass the time while staying at home lead to an increased interest in puzzles among the general public. Jacobs interviews a number of puzzle creators (such as New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz) and some of the world's greatest puzzle solvers. He also attends competitions, most memorably when he brings his family to Spain to represent the United States in an international jigsaw puzzle competition.

Each chapter includes a sampling of puzzles for the reader to try out themselves. For the audiobook, Jacobs provides some clever alternates to the more visually-oriented styles of puzzles. I never considered myself a diehard puzzler, although I do enjoy them from time to time, but I found this a fun and entertaining book that stoked my interest in doing more puzzling.
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Othemts | outras 8 resenhas | May 21, 2024 |
Enjoyable tale of one man’s quest to read the encyclopedia and lord his knowledge over the rest of mankind, and how it backfires on him and lea es him both wiser and humbler. Lots of neat little trivia and factoids to enjoy throughout and a good deL of humor as well
 
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cspiwak | outras 161 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |
Another enjoyable adventure with AJ. I don't think I'll ever enjoy him as much as I did in The Know-It-All but this was pretty good.

Light reading, funny, with some interesting factoids about healthy living.
 
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hmonkeyreads | outras 41 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
AJ is great. Not my favorite of his, but great light reading and I can't wait for his next experiment!
 
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hmonkeyreads | outras 54 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |

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Obras
15
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Membros
12,696
Popularidade
#1,843
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Resenhas
507
ISBNs
136
Idiomas
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