|A.J. Jacobs attempts to juice.|
As a follow-up, Jacobs decided to learn everything he could in The Know-It-All. In his latest book, Drop Dead Healthy (Simon & Schuster $26.00), he decided to go on a quest to become the healthiest person alive, by exploring every possible avenue, from dieting to wearing a helmet around New York City (because you never know when something heavy is going to drop from an office building window).
Jacobs told Short Order, his new memoir came about when he was hospitalized with pneumonia. "I never really took care of myself. I was that skinny/fat guy - you know, who looked like a snake that swallowed a goat. My wife told me she didn't want to be a widow in her 40s."
That's when it hit him that he should explore the world of being healthy. Enlisting a team of medical advisers, doctors, nutritionists, and interviewing diet gurus and health nuts, Jacobs' goal was to improve every part of his being -- his weight, health, sex life, posture, and longevity. In his search, he tried almost every diet, from mainstream to strange.