Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs’ new book: puzzles ‘make us better people’


A master of immersion journalism, A.J. Jacobs throws himself into lifestyle experiments to improve his own life and then writes about them to help improve the lives of others. Many of his books have found a worthy home on the New York Times best sellers list, some including The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible and Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.



Now Jacobs has channeled his lifelong love of puzzles into a new book, The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life.

In it, he delves into the history and significance of puzzles, sits down with some of the world’s greatest puzzle experts and even competes in the World Jigsaw Puzzle Championships in Spain.

AJ Jacobs said: If we approach the world with what I call the puzzler mindset, we will all be a little better off because the puzzler mindset is all about curiosity, about everything — about politics, other people experiences, literature, life. One of the many lessons I learned from years of doing puzzles is that it is much easier to solve a puzzle or a problem when your mind is flexible and when you’re in a kind of playful mood. The key is asking questions instead of having a predetermined opinion.


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