Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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

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It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree
By A.J. Jacobs
Simon & Schuster, 2017, 352 pages, Nonfiction

Perhaps best known for his book, The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs has tackled a number of complex projects, and written comedic-yet-informative books about the experience. In It’s All Relative, his goal is to learn more about the world’s interest in family trees and DNA mapping, all while planning what he calls a Global Family Reunion—a genealogy conference focused on showing that we all have more in common than we have different.

While this is not a book dedicated to giving pro-tips to budding genealogists, it is a book that looks into why people get so interested in the subject. I thought Jacobs brought up some interesting points about the importance of realizing that we’re all connected, and he made me laugh while doing so. The audiobook is read by Jacobs himself, which helps his wry sense of humor come through.  This book will appeal to those interested in genealogy, and to those who like comedic memoirs.


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