Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Guinea Pig Diaries (April 12)

guinea pig diaries largeThis week’s book of choice for my weekly Friday meme combo is The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs. I borrowed this book from our local library today, so hopefully I’ll get it read before it is due back in three weeks time. The back cover gives the following description:

One man. Nine extraordinary quests.

Bestselling author and human guinea pig A.J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports back on the surprising and entertaining results. Learn what it’s like to go undercover as a woman. And impersonate a movie star. and say whatever is on your mind (as in, no filter, ever). And outsource every part of your life to India – including reading your kids bedtime stories. Plus several other life-altering experiments – one of which involves public nudity.

Filled with humor and wisdom, The Guinea Pig Diaries will change the way you think about everything – from love to work, from national politics to breakfast cereal.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The Guinea Pig Diaries:

Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot of suggestions.

Some are intriguing. My brother-in law suggested I spend a year growing my own food in my Manhattan apartment.

Some are intriguing, but possibly come with a hidden agenda. A friend – at least I think he’s a friend – told me I should spend a year without human contact.

I like this beginning because it has great potential. Jacobs is a great writer and I think this book has lots of promise.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Guinea Pig Diaries:

I had to do some apologizing post-piece, as you might imagine. I apologized to the woman whose cleavage I checked out. And to Julie’s parents. And to the poor Esquire intern who transcribed the tapes – not just because of Brad Blanton’s obscenities, but because I forgot to turn off my tape recorder when I went to pee. Three times.

Something similar happened to a pastor I know once, when he forgot to turn off his wireless microphone whilst going to the bathroom. anyway, I am looking forward to getting into this book soon.


2 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Guinea Pig Diaries (April 12)

  1. I love the idea of this book and the lines you quoted are really good. I hope my local library has this, too.

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