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Thanks A Thousand - A Gratitude Journey (Hardcover): A. J Jacobs Thanks A Thousand - A Gratitude Journey (Hardcover)
A. J Jacobs 1
R238 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R79 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs has undergone a life-changing and entertaining journey. The idea is deceptively simple: he takes one of our greatest pleasures- our morning cup of coffee - and tries to thank every single person involved in making it, from the barista to the coffee farmer and all those in between. This turns out to be a stunningly large number, including artists, chemists, presidents, mechanics, biologists, miners, smugglers and goatherds. Hundreds of people. Thousands. Maybe more. Through this seemingly straightforward quest, Jacobs reveals inspiring truths. The book is a reminder of the amazing interconnectedness of our world. It shows us how much we take for granted. It teaches us how gratitude can make our lives happier, kinder and more impactful. And it will inspire readers to follow their own "Gratitude Trails." Gratitude was not an emotion that came easily to Jacobs. His innate disposition is more Larry David than Tom Hanks. But he knew that gratitude is perhaps the most important key to human happiness, the chief of all virtues, as Cicero said. Science has shown gratitude's benefits are legion: it helps you sleep, improves your diet, and makes you more likely to recover from illnesses. Jacobs wanted to inspire his kids to embrace gratitude, so he decided to commit himself to a radical experiment. Over the course of several months, Jacobs went on a journey that took him across continents and up and down the social ladder. He experienced joy, wonder, guilt and depression. He met great characters. He learned just how far-flung are those involved - from the Minnesota miners who get the iron that makes the steel that makes the coffee roasters, to the Madison Avenue marketers who captured his wandering attention for a moment. His adventures include: A trip to a remote farm in Colombia, where he experienced first-hand how challenging it is to pick the coffee fruits. Several days with a coffee taster who taught Jacobs the secrets of the trade, and schooled him in the vocabulary that rivals wine sommeliers. (The taster doesn't just detect notes of apple in his coffee. He says what kind of apple -- Gala? Honeycrisp?) Because coffee is 98.4 percent water, Jacobs visited the vast upstate reservoirs that supply New York City, and thanked the folks whose homes were destroyed to make way for the lakes. Jacobs devotes a chapter on the cup-makers, including the rags-to-riches inventor of the "Java Jacket," that underappreciated cardboard ring you slip over your cup. It has saved millions of fingers and thumbs from burning discomfort, but we never give it a second thought. The food safety inspectors, who keep our coffee free from an alarming number of diseases and creatures. Along with entertaining tales, the book is filled with wonderful insights and useful tips. Readers learn how to focus on the hundreds of things that go right every day instead of the handful that go wrong. They read about our culture's dangerous overemphasis on individuals instead of teams. They learn the art of "savouring meditation". They learn the pros and cons of globalism. They learn to appreciate the astounding work it takes to create even the most simple items in our lives. There's even a gratitude hack to help them fall asleep.

My Life as an Experiment - One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington,... My Life as an Experiment - One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests (Paperback)
A. J Jacobs
R325 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One man. Ten extraordinary quests.
Bestselling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington's moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty," brushes his teeth with the world's most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India--including reading bedtime stories to his kids.
And in a new adventure, Jacobs undergoes scientific testing to determine how he can put his wife through these and other life-altering experiments--one of which involves public nudity.
Filled with humor and wisdom, "My Life as an Experiment "will immerse you in eye-opening situations and change the way you think about the big issues of our time--from love and work to national politics and breakfast cereal.

It's All Relative - Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (Paperback): A. J Jacobs It's All Relative - Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (Paperback)
A. J Jacobs
R372 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Thanks a Thousand - A Gratitude Journey (Hardcover): A. J Jacobs Thanks a Thousand - A Gratitude Journey (Hardcover)
A. J Jacobs 1
R346 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R65 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Drop Dead Healthy - One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection (Paperback): A. J Jacobs Drop Dead Healthy - One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection (Paperback)
A. J Jacobs
R334 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

The Automotive Industry and European Integration - The Divergent Paths of Belgium and Spain (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): A. J... The Automotive Industry and European Integration - The Divergent Paths of Belgium and Spain (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
A. J Jacobs
R2,348 Discovery Miles 23 480 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book chronicles the divergent growth trends in car production in Belgium and Spain. It delves into how European integration, high wages, and the demise of GM and Ford led to plant closings in Belgium. Next, it investigates how lower wages and the expansion strategies of Western European automakers stimulated expansion in the Spanish auto industry. Finally, it offers three alternate scenarios regarding how further EU expansion and Brexit may potentially reshape the geographic footprint of European car production over the next ten years. In sum, this book utilizes history to help expand the knowledge of scholars and policymakers regarding how European integration and Brexit may impact future auto industry investment for all EU nations.

Automotive FDI in Emerging Europe - Shifting Locales in the Motor Vehicle Industry (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): A. J Jacobs Automotive FDI in Emerging Europe - Shifting Locales in the Motor Vehicle Industry (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
A. J Jacobs
R3,352 R2,686 Discovery Miles 26 860 Save R666 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines the dramatic increase in automotive assembly plants in the former Socialist Central European (CE) nations of Czechia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia from 1989 onwards. Enticed by relatively lower-wage labour and significant government incentives, the world's largest automakers have launched more than 20 passenger car assembly complexes in CE nations, with production accelerating dramatically since 2001. As a result, the annual passenger car production in Western Europe declined by more than 20% between 2001 and 2015, and alternatively in the CEE it increased by nearly 170% during this period. Drawing on case studies of 25 current and former foreign-run assembly plants, the author presents a rare historical account of automotive foreign assembly plants in the CE following this dramatic geographic shift. This book will expand the knowledge of policy-makers in Europe in relation to their pursuits of FDI and will be of great interest to scholars and students of business, economic history, political science, and development.

The Year of Living Biblically (Paperback): A. J Jacobs The Year of Living Biblically (Paperback)
A. J Jacobs 1
R273 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R44 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the bestselling author of "The Know-It-All" comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes.

Jacobs's quest transforms his life even more radically than the year spent reading the entire "Encyclopedia Britannica" for "The Know-It-All." His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the absolute truth in all situations - much to his wife's chagrin.

Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.Jacobs's extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both secular and religious, "The Year of Living Biblically" is part Cliff Notes to the Bible, part memoir, and part look into worlds unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down.

It's All Relative - Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (Paperback): A. J Jacobs It's All Relative - Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (Paperback)
A. J Jacobs 1
R347 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R61 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A.J. Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.”

And so begins A.J. Jacobs’s quest to build the biggest family tree in history. In an era of us-versus-them thinking, this book is a hilarious, heartfelt and profound exploration of what binds us all – where family begins, how far it goes, and the science that is revolutionizing the way we think about ethnicity, history and the human species.

This book is about A.J. Jacobs’s family. But it’s also about your family. Because it is the same family.

The Year of Living Biblically - One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible (Abridged, Standard... The Year of Living Biblically - One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible (Abridged, Standard format, CD, Abridged edition)
A. J Jacobs; Read by A. J Jacobs
R299 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R20 (7%) In stock

Now a TV series Living Biblically streaming on CBS All Access! From the New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying as literally as possible the tenets of the Bible. Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes. Jacobs's quest transforms his life even more radically than the year spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for The Know-It-All. His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the absolute truth in all situations--much to his wife's chagrin. Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain. Jacobs's extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both secular and religious, The Year of Living Biblically is part Cliff Notes to the Bible, part memoir, and part look into worlds unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down.

Drop Dead Healthy - One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection (Paperback): A. J Jacobs Drop Dead Healthy - One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection (Paperback)
A. J Jacobs 1
R274 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R44 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

After sharpening his mind in The Know-It-All and achieving spiritual enlightenment in The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs had only one thing left to tackle in the self-improvement trinity: the body. But his mission wasn't just to lose a couple of pounds, but to turn his current self - 'a mushy, easily winded, moderately sickly blob' - into a paragon of health and vitality. Armed with a team of medical advisers and a 53-page task list, Jacobs set to work. He subjected his body to a brutal regime of exercise programmes - extreme chewing, anti-gravity yoga and shoeless jogging to name only a few; sampled every miracle diet going, beginning with the 'coffee, booze and chocolate' plan through the 'Rastafarian diet' to raw foodism; as well as sharpening his eyes and mind, testing every known method, and the patience of his long-suffering wife, in his quest to become as healthy as humanly possible. Drop Dead Healthy is a hilarious account of one man's painful journey from slob to superman, and a fascinating and eye-opening examination of what it really means to be healthy. Revealing the ugly truth about the assumptions and obsessions we have about our bodies, this might just be the healthiest book you'll ever read.

The Know-It-All - One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (Paperback, New ed): A. J Jacobs The Know-It-All - One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (Paperback, New ed)
A. J Jacobs 2
R340 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R62 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On leaving school or university, you feel pretty pleased with yourself. You've learnt a lot, your'e well-read and you know a whole bunch of obscure facts guaranteed at some point to appear in the questions on Mastermind or University Challenge. Then you get a job, and ten years later youre more eloquent and eager to argue about Britney and Big Brother than Beckett and the Brontes. Sound familiar? Well it happened to AJ Jacobs too. As an editor at Esquire, Jacobs had built up a rather impressive knowledge of celebrity trivia - and the cure was going to take a long time. While others might take to reading a broadsheet at the weekend, Jacobs chose to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica. All 33,000 pages of it. Bill Bryson meets Schott's Original Miscellany meets Woody Allen. Part assemblage of fascinating trivia, part journey through adulthood, all laugh-out-loud funny.

My Jewish Year - 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew (Hardcover): Abigail Pogrebin My Jewish Year - 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew (Hardcover)
Abigail Pogrebin; Foreword by A. J Jacobs
R483 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the tradition of The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs and Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler comes Abigail Pogrebin's My Jewish Year, a lively chronicle of the author's journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism. Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance; she wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant, some for thousands of years. Her curiosity led her to embark on an entire year of intensive research, observation, and writing about the milestones on the religious calendar. Whether in search of a roadmap for Jewish life or a challenging probe into the architecture of Jewish tradition, readers will be captivated, educated and inspired by Abigail Pogrebin's My Jewish Year.

The Year of Living Biblically - One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible (Abridged, Standard... The Year of Living Biblically - One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible (Abridged, Standard format, CD, abridged edition)
A. J Jacobs; Read by A. J Jacobs
R460 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R92 (20%) Out of stock

The author of "The Know-It-All" follows up his "New York Times" bestselling account of reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica with another improbable adventure--a year spent living, as literally as possible, by the rules of the Bible. Abridged. 5 CDs.

What It Feels Like (Paperback): A. J Jacobs What It Feels Like (Paperback)
A. J Jacobs
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Out of stock

Just taking a stab here, but in all likelihood, you?ve never walked on the moon. You?ve probably never won a Nobel prize, been swept up in a tornado, gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel, or been mauled by a ferocious animal.

Not to worry. We?re here to help. Thanks to Buzz Aldrin, we can share with you what it?s like to stomp your boots on the fine talcum powder that covers the moon. Thanks to a California spearfisher named Rodney Orr, we can describe the crunch of a great white shark chomping down on your head. Sir Ranulph Fiennes will tell you what it feels like to black-and-decker your own frost-bitten fingers off, while actor Gabriel Pementel will tell you all about being 2?11? tall... So sit back, turn the page, and read what these extraordinary people went through for you...

It's All Relative - Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (Hardcover): A. J Jacobs It's All Relative - Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (Hardcover)
A. J Jacobs
R510 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R104 (20%) Out of stock
The World's Cities - Contrasting Regional, National, and Global Perspectives (Paperback, New): A. J Jacobs The World's Cities - Contrasting Regional, National, and Global Perspectives (Paperback, New)
A. J Jacobs
R1,180 R1,048 Discovery Miles 10 480 Save R132 (11%) Out of stock

The World's Cities offers instructors and students in higher education an accessible introduction to the three major perspectives influencing city-regions worldwide: City-Regions in a World System; Nested City-Regions; and The City-Region as the Engine of Economic Activity/Growth. The book provides students with helpful essays on each perspective, case studies to illustrate each major viewpoint, and discussion questions following each reading. The World's Cities concludes with an original essay by the editor that helps students understand how an analysis incorporating a combination of theoretical perspectives and factors can provide a richer appreciation of the world's city dynamics.

The World's Cities - Contrasting Regional, National, and Global Perspectives (Hardcover): A. J Jacobs The World's Cities - Contrasting Regional, National, and Global Perspectives (Hardcover)
A. J Jacobs
R3,556 Discovery Miles 35 560 Out of stock

The World s Cities offers instructors and students in higher education an accessible introduction to the three major perspectives influencing city-regions worldwide: City-Regions in a World System; Nested City-Regions; and The City-Region as the Engine of Economic Activity/Growth.

The book provides students with helpful essays on each perspective, case studies to illustrate each major viewpoint, and discussion questions following each reading. "The World s Cities" concludes with an original essay by the editor that helps students understand how an analysis incorporating a "combination "of theoretical perspectives and factors can provide a richer appreciation of the world s city dynamics.

The Sex Effect - Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex (Hardcover): Ross Benes The Sex Effect - Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex (Hardcover)
Ross Benes; Foreword by A. J Jacobs
R465 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock
Thanks a Thousand - A Gratitude Journey (Standard format, CD, Unabridged): A. J Jacobs Thanks a Thousand - A Gratitude Journey (Standard format, CD, Unabridged)
A. J Jacobs; Read by A. J Jacobs
R487 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R41 (8%) Out of stock
It's All Relative - Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print... It's All Relative - Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
A. J Jacobs
R811 Discovery Miles 8 110 Out of stock
Risk! Lib/E - True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share (Standard format, CD): Kevin Allison, Sarah... Risk! Lib/E - True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share (Standard format, CD)
Kevin Allison, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Robin Miles; A. J Jacobs, Aisha Tyler, …
R1,955 R1,338 Discovery Miles 13 380 Save R617 (32%) Out of stock
42 Rules for Modern Life - Advice from Experts for Uncertain Times (Hardcover): A. J Jacobs 42 Rules for Modern Life - Advice from Experts for Uncertain Times (Hardcover)
A. J Jacobs
R261 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R49 (19%) Out of stock

"The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42" - Douglas Adams What Douglas didn't mention is that the number 42 referred to rules you never knew existed, but now you can navigate the minefield of modern living with this trusty manual of expert advice. Whether you are making the bed or a cup of tea, you can rely on the head housekeeper at the Ritz or the Chairman of the British Tea Council. Let chef Kylie Kwong help you hold your chopsticks correctly; be guided in your shirt-folding by the menswear manager at Harrods. When everything else seems uncertain, 42 Rules for Modern Life offers the reader a sense of achievement as they successfully sail through daily challenges. * Contains 42 pieces of expert advice for both social and domestic situations * Each entry is authenticated by an international expert and accompanied by informative diagrams

The Automotive Industry and European Integration - The Divergent Paths of Belgium and Spain (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): A. J... The Automotive Industry and European Integration - The Divergent Paths of Belgium and Spain (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
A. J Jacobs
R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Out of stock

This book chronicles the divergent growth trends in car production in Belgium and Spain. It delves into how European integration, high wages, and the demise of GM and Ford led to plant closings in Belgium. Next, it investigates how lower wages and the expansion strategies of Western European automakers stimulated expansion in the Spanish auto industry. Finally, it offers three alternate scenarios regarding how further EU expansion and Brexit may potentially reshape the geographic footprint of European car production over the next ten years. In sum, this book utilizes history to help expand the knowledge of scholars and policymakers regarding how European integration and Brexit may impact future auto industry investment for all EU nations.

Risk! Lib/E - True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share (Standard format, CD): Kevin Allison, Sarah... Risk! Lib/E - True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share (Standard format, CD)
Kevin Allison, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Robin Miles; A. J Jacobs, Aisha Tyler, …
R683 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R71 (10%) Out of stock
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