It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree

It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree

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 New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs undergoes ...

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Title:It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree
Author:A.J. Jacobs
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree
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Number of Pages:336 pages pages

It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree Reviews

  • Ken Heard
    Jan 12, 2018
    I'm not that interested in geneaology; I've often said I could hold a family reunion in a telephone booth because I have no living relatives and come from a tiny family tree (a sapling, so be it). I am the last branch on whatever family tree I'm involved in. That said, though, I will r...
  • Linda
    Nov 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 en...
  • britt_brooke
    Jan 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...
  • Karen
    Nov 25, 2017
    Enjoyable. ...
  • Carol
    Feb 23, 2018
    Not what I was expecting and didn't find it that funny. ...
  • Jeanene
    Jan 23, 2018
    I really enjoyed this lighthearted look at the author's cousins genealogy project. ...
  • Caryn
    Nov 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...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Sep 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 th...
  • Bob Andelman
    Jan 23, 2018
    TODAY?S GUEST: A.J. Jacobs, author, ?It?s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World?s Family Tree,? and his wife, Julie Jacobs A.J. Jacobs is always a great guest because he is always getting himself into situations that most people would want to avoid. You know, lik...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Nov 20, 2017
    Loved it, one big giant amazon forest, skip the bonsai tree, we are all globally related. Enjoyed it so much I am making this brief so I can order my DNA kit ;-) ...
  • Angel Hench
    Aug 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 gr...
  • Liesl
    Sep 30, 2017
    Very informative and humorous, which is par for the course from Jacobs. His latest social experiment is a deep dive into the world of genealogy, and I enjoyed learning about the various aspects of this field and following where Jacobs' curiosity-fueled quest about his family tree took ...
  • Karyn
    Jan 12, 2018
    At best, a very light introduction to genealogy and the world family tree. Not recommended for anyone with experience in genealogy seeking any insight. ...
  • Dlmrose
    Nov 08, 2017
    3+ ...
  • J
    Dec 15, 2017
    Couldn't finish this one. Stopped at Chapter 10: Should Families Be Abolished. In this chapter, the author discusses the idea that instead of being building blocks of society, families are actually bad because they encourage an us-versus-them mentality. All people of goodwill should de...
  • Blue Cypress Books
    Oct 12, 2017
    Excellent primer on contemporary geneology/family science. I'm already a Jacobs fan and enjoy his cheeky humor in short form (magazine articles) but he was at his best when being serious about his immediate family and the power the past has over our present lives. Would have like more ...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    Aug 24, 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 ?...
  • Scottsdale Public Library
    Oct 23, 2017
    A.J. relates (pun totally intended!) his journey of finding his and the worlds? proverbial and literal, shallow and deep family roots in It?s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World?s Family Tree. An Israeli dairy farmer sends an e-mail to A.J. stating how he is a distant ...
  • Joe Jones
    Aug 17, 2017
    A very fun look at what constitutes family and how it has changed over time. As someone who does genealogy research on my own family I really enjoyed the author's experiences as he traced his own family. A great primer for anyone thinking of doing their own genealogy research to show t...
  • Sarah
    Jan 12, 2018
    This was a fun and interesting read--especially for this genealogy enthusiast--but the ending felt a little rushed. I wanted to know more about the Global Family Reunion this project was all leading up to! ...
  • Beth Jusino
    Dec 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. ...
  • Janet
    Oct 22, 2017
    From the publisher - 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 th...
  • John Lamb
    Nov 24, 2017
    Jacobs has a knack of making topics interesting with a gentle form of Dad jokes that are more endearing than annoying. ...
  • Wanda
    Jan 09, 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...
  • Jeimy
    Jan 15, 2018
    A. J. Jacobs recounts how he brought another one of his over-the-top ideas to life. This time his interest in genealogy leads him to try to break the Guinness World Record for largest family reunion. ...
  • Ann
    Sep 16, 2017
    Funny, interesting and educational; I was sticking post it notes throughout the book. I'm excited to look further into my family tree. ...
  • Jordan
    Nov 15, 2017
    AJ Jacobs is always good for an entertaining read, and this latest book is no exception. If you've listened to AJ's podcast Twice Removed you'll already have an idea of what you will get in this book. (And if you haven't listened be sure to check it out. It was a short lived podcast, b...
  • Daniel Chaikin
    Apr 14, 2018
    18. It's All Relative : Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (audio) by A. J. Jacobs read by the author published: 2017 format: 8:07 overdrive audiobook (~225 pages, 336 pages in hardcover) acquired: Library listened: Apr 3-11 rating: 2 Not much to this. This is my f...
  • Randee
    Nov 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 li...
  • Alex O'Brien
    Dec 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 work...