It's All Relative

Pages: 352
Subject: Humour
Imprint: Oneworld

It's All Relative

Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree

A.J. Jacobs

Paperback
9781786073754 (1 Feb 2018)
RRP £12.99

The Book

New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, heartfelt quest to understand what constitutes family—where it begins and how far it goes—and attempts to untangle the true meaning of the "Family of Humankind”.

Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest: "You don't know me, but I'm your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database”. So began a three-year adventure to build the biggest family tree in history.

Jacobs's journey would take him to all seven continents. He drank beer with a US president and coffee with Harry Potter, found himself singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and unearthed genetic links to Hollywood actresses and real-life scoundrels. After all, we can choose our friends, but not our family.

Additional Information

Subject Humour
Pages 352
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

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.

Reviews

A hilarious read from beginning to end

- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

A terrific read and A.J. is a terrific writer…funny and super-interesting.

- Michael Ian Black

Esquire contributing editor Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically) muses on the nature of family and the interconnectedness of humanity in this entertaining introduction to the world of genealogy...With short, lively chapters and an easygoing voice, Jacobs keeps the story flowing.

- Publishers Weekly

‘[W]hether the author is being ruminative or rollicking, he is consistently thought-provoking in his "adventure in helping to build the World Family Tree,” and his natural gift for humor lightens the mood of even the most serious discussion. A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book.'

- Kirkus, starred review

‘[A] very entertaining exploration of one of the weirdest things to have come out of recent breakthroughs in genetic mapping: the idea that all of us, if you track back far enough through history, are related…Whimsical but also full of solid journalism and eye-opening revelations about the history of humanity, the book is a real treat.'

- Booklist, Starred Review

‘Esquire contributing editor Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically) muses on the nature of family and the interconnectedness of humanity in this entertaining introduction to the world of genealogy...With short, lively chapters and an easygoing voice, Jacobs keeps the story flowing.'

- Publishers Weekly

'A hilarious read from beginning to end.'

- —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg.

'It's All Relative is the funniest, most thoughtful, most original and entertaining book about family that you will ever read and wish you'd written.'

- Mary Roach

'Whimsical but also full of solid journalism and eye-opening revelations about the history of humanity, the book is a real treat.'

- Booklist, Starred Review

'The astonishing discoveries he makes... remind us of the common bonds that unite us as a single global family. As Jacobs's (however distant) cousin, I admit I may be biased in singing his praises, but as It's All Relative proves, who isn't?'

- Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

'Consistently thought-provoking...and his natural gift for humor lightens the mood of even the most serious discussions. A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book.'

- Kirkus

'A.J. Jacobs... takes us on another unique adventure that pits idealism vs. practicality: Bringing about world peace and harmony by finding "cousin” connections among people throughout the globe and then hosting a "Global Family Reunion.”'

- Scott Fisher, host of Extreme Genes