Just the Right Book Podcast: YOU May Be Related to Hillary Clinton

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Author A.J. Jacobs recently discovered that he was related to President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Donald Trump!

Jacobs’ latest book, “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” was born out of this one email: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.” The journalist and contributing writer for Esquire who is best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments shares how he chronicled his three-year journey to help build the biggest family tree in history.

The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with home genealogy kits like AncestryDNA more than doubled during 2017 and now exceeds 12 million.

We also speak to Gael LeLamer, Book Buyer at Books & Books in Miami who shares what is on their front table and the books the changed her life.

Books in this episode:

It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

Paris is Burning by Lucas Hilderbrand

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William Macaskill

 

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