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A.J. Jacobs Comes to Western Massachusetts

year of living biblicallyLONGMEADOW – A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author and editor at large at Esquire Magazine, will discuss his books “A Year of Living Biblically” and “Drop Dead Healthy” on Sunday Jan. 27th at 11 a.m. at Bay Path College, Mills Theatre, Carr Hall, 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow. This program is free and open to the community.
In 2007’s “The Year of Living Biblically,” Jacobs recounted his quest to live the ultimate biblical life. To follow every single rule in the Bible – as literally as possible. He obeyed the famous ones (the Ten Commandments, love thy neighbor, be fruitful and multiply) and the hundreds of oft-ignored ones (do not wear clothes of mixed fibers, do not shave your beard, stone adulterers). It spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list.
In “My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself,” published in 2010, Jacobs’ mission was to improve every aspect of his life – from love to work to happiness. He became a human guinea pig, immersing himself in a series of radical lifestyle experiments. In 2012’s “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection,” Jacobs explored every aspect of the body—from biceps to the brain, from testosterone to toenails—to get into shape. A self-described “mushy, easily-winded, moderately sickly blob,” Jacobs, at the urging of his family, vowed to retool every part of his long-neglected body.
In addition to his books, Jacobs has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine and Dental Economics magazine, one of the top five magazines about the financial side of tooth care. He has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He is a periodic commentator on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
The program is sponsored by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and is co-sponsored by Bay Path College and Bacon/Wilson Attorneys at Law.
Register online, (click “kaleidoscope”). For more information, contact Rachel Berezin, Program Director at the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts,, or (413)737-4313.

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