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:352 pages pages

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

  • Linda
    Nov 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Caryn
    Nov 01, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Karyn
    Jan 12, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    At best, a very light introduction to genealogy and the world family tree. Not recommended for anyone with experience in genealogy seeking any insight. ...

  • Benjamin Thomas
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Wanda
    Jan 09, 2018

    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...

    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...

  • Randee
    Nov 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...