The Puzzler
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A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, lecturer, and human guinea pig who has written four bestselling books-including Drop Dead Healthy and The Year of Living Biblically-that blend memoir, science, humor, and a dash of self-help. A contributor to NPR, The New York Times, and Esquire, among other media outlets, Jacobs lives in New York City with his family. He was once the answer to 1-Down in the New York Times crossword puzzle.

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"Sprightly, far-reaching."-The Washington Post

"[A] weirdly fascinating new book . . . a romp, both fun and funny. Jacobs explains, in a way I never could, how at various points in our lives puzzles can save us."-The New York Times

"A.J. Jacobs's fascinating, hilarious investigation of our human love for puzzles is packed with intriguing real-life stories, information, and research-and he illuminates ways that we might play our way toward solutions for an often puzzling world. I'll never look at a jigsaw puzzle or a sudoku page the same way again."-Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before

"As a devotee of crosswords, anagrams, and A.J. Jacobs, I knew I would love this book. What I did not anticipate: The Soviet Camping Puzzle! The Ellis Island Jigsaw! A visit to CIA headquarters! Most puzzle books are all brain; this one has heart. As Jacobs learns with his singular performance at the World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship, puzzles bring us together-as families and as Earthlings. Even better, they brought A.J. Jacobs gobs of grade-A fodder for another charming, funny, winning book."-Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Fuzz

"Humans are obsessed with puzzles, and A.J. Jacobs is obsessed with figuring out why. Of all the gifts he possesses as a writer, his second-greatest is his ability to make you think and make you laugh at the same time. In these delightful pages, you'll find a clue about what his greatest gift might be."-Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

"A barrel of monkeys' worth of fun."-Kirkus Reviews


"A must-read for puzzle enthusiasts of all skill levels."-Library Journal

"Ridiculously entertaining."-Booklist

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