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The Puzzler

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The Puzzler by A.J. Jacobs
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Apr 26, 2022 | ISBN 9780593136720

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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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