Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection (Paperback)

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A.J. Jacobs has taken a uniquely hilarious and insightful approach to the pursuit of fulfillment through mind (The Know-It-All), and soul (The Year of Living Biblically). The body had to come next! In Drop Dead Healthy, his enthusiasm for extremes creates laugh-out-loud scenarios on every page and points out the inanity of various crazes as well as the difficulty of sorting through the maze of conflicting recommendations in the age of information. But, true to form, Jacobs also comes to share certain earnest, helpful conclusions on a topic at the forefront of American culture, and the poignant hope that through his travails he can stay healthy to see his young children grow up.

— Justin, Atlanta

This is the first ‘health book’ I’ve read that was hilarious and covered every part of the body, but not in a way that wouldn't be able to hold your attention. It’s amazing how Jacobs actually applies so many theories and related studies. This book is downright hilarious and should have a ‘laugh out loud’ warning for anyone who reads it in public (unless you like the weird looks from people around you). Great read, funny, and helpful all wrapped into one book.
Hudson Booksellers 2012 Book of the Year.

— Mark, Roanoke

April 2012 Indie Next List

“Anyone yearning to pursue a healthier lifestyle should read this book first! Jacobs spent two years on a quest to improve his health, one body part at a time. Besides being very funny - who knew there was a surgical procedure to change the timbre of your farts? - this book is a fount of useful information as Jacobs tries out all of the crazy medical advice so you don't have to. PS: Laughing at this book will make you healthier. (See Chapter 10.)”
— Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY


A New York Times bestseller in hardcover, a chronicle of A.J. Jacob's mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind--from his brain to his fingertips to his abs.

From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the truly hilarious story of one person's quest to become the healthiest man in the world.

Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as "a python that swallowed a goat," A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. To accomplish this epic task, he consulted an army of experts and subjected himself to dozens of different workouts, diets, and devices--from Finger Fitness to Strollercize sessions, veganism to extreme chewing.

The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. It will serve you up today's best health advice. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body's many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416599081
ISBN-10: 1416599088
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: November 13th, 2012
Pages: 402
Language: English