It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs

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It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree Read Online Free - 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.”

A.J. 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.”

That’s enough family members to fill Madison Square Garden four times over. Who are these people, A.J. wondered, and how do I find them? So began Jacobs’s three-year adventure to help build the biggest family tree in history.

Jacobs’s journey would take him to all seven continents. He drank beer with a US president, 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.

“Whether he’s posing as a celebrity, outsourcing his chores, or adhering strictly to the Bible, we love reading about the wacky lifestyle experiments of author A.J. Jacobs” (Entertainment Weekly). Now Jacobs upends, in ways both meaningful and hilarious, our understanding of genetics and genealogy, tradition and tribalism, identity and connection. It’s All Relative is a fascinating look at the bonds that connect us all.

Title : It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree
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ISBN : 1476734496
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Angel rated it ★★★☆☆

August 24, 2017

This book was interesting and amusing in some places, but I didn't get the sense that this was an A.J. Jacobs' usual in-depth ultra-obsessed project book. This felt more like A.J. Jacobs-lite. It did get me looking into my family history, which I'm thankful for. I've learned that my great-grandmo...

Wanda rated it ★★★★☆

January 11, 2018

I would call this a book about genealogy for people who aren’t really all that interested in the subject. It is genealogy lite. Which is not to say that it isn’t a good book or that I didn’t like it. I enjoyed it a great deal. I’ve been doing genealogy since I was a teenager and discovered our fam...

Deb (Readerbuzz) rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

I have loved everything A. J. Jacobs has written so far, and I'm happy to say that I loved his new book, It's All Relative, too. Jacobs takes on huge personal projects in his writing. This time, he takes on genealogy. He does all the DNA tests, and researches his family members from the past, and...

britt_brooke rated it ★★★☆☆

January 29, 2018

I love AJ Jacobs but this wasn’t quite as strong as his other experimental ventures. I thought the idea of a global family reunion was pretty ridiculous, but the genealogy bits were interesting, and as always, his writing was very witty and fun. I know next to nothing about my family history so t...

Benjamin rated it ★★★★☆

October 25, 2017

For those readers like me who have experienced an AJ Jacobs book before, we know that he has a seriously curious mind. And he doesn’t think small. This time around, he has been thinking of his own ancestors and the concept of the World Family Tree (i.e. that we are all, in essence “cousins” desce...

Caryn rated it ★★★★☆

November 01, 2017

I became a fan of AJ Jacobs after finishing his first book, The Know-it-All. He expertly is able to combine humor with factual info and make a subject you wouldn’t expect to find entertaining, well, entertaining. His newest book starts with the idea that we are all related. It’s so timely, given t...

Beth rated it ★★★☆☆

December 06, 2017

Meh. This would have been better if it spent more time exploring genetics, family trees, and human connections, and less time complaining about party planning.

Randee rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2017

Did you know that we share an estimated 99.9% of DNA with each other? Did you know that most homo sapiens have a small percentage of Neanderthal DNA? Or an atom of Beethoven's? How about that we share 88% of the same DNA with mice? If information like this fascinates you, you'll like the writings...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

November 16, 2017

Who could get me to read an entire book about genealogy, without holding me hostage and/or threatening bodily harm? The list is very short, and A.J. Jacobs’ name is right at the top. He admits that it’s a topic he became interested in only after he had kids, and became old enough to start contemp...

Alex rated it ★★★☆☆

December 03, 2017

An interesting and funny account of Jacobs' efforts to research his ancestors, prepare a global family tree, and stage the world's biggest reunion. The book is well-written and will serve as a good guide for budding genealogists, but it's not as deep in content as Jacobs' previous works and I fou...

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