It's All Relative

It's All Relative

Adventures up and Down the World's Family Tree

Book - 2017
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Traces the author's three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how, after receiving an e-mail from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476734491
Characteristics: xiv, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: It is all relative


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Mar 14, 2018

I enjoyed this book so much that I finished it in less than 24 hours. If you have any interests in genealogy, DNA studies, historical newspapers, or equality and the connectedness of all people, you might find a kinship with this author and this book!

LPL_MeredithW Feb 24, 2018

Interesting and fun, if not as surprisingly insightful as the author's other works.

Feb 24, 2018

A real disappointment. I agree with the New York times name for this writer's books: "Stuntbooks." Don't bother if you really want to find out about genealogy and family history.

Nov 21, 2017

AJ Jacob's books are always enjoyable. In addition to the humor, Jacob tries (mostly successfully) to remind us that we are more connected than we realize, and that this awareness has the potential to heal the great divides that exist.


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ellensix Jan 08, 2018

The older I get, the more I'm aware that our current version of Homo sapiens is a link in a chain. Future links will think of us with a mixture of pity and condescension, the way we look at bonobos.

ellensix Jan 08, 2018

The concept of "family" is slowly declaring its independence from DNA. You no longer need to share chromosomes to call yourself kin.

ellensix Jan 08, 2018

It occurs to me that the tension is actually a concentrated version of the push-and-pull in all of us. On the one hand, we want to be a unique individual. On the other, we want to be a member of a family/tribe/community. It's a modern paradox: we aspire to both stand out and fit in.

ellensix Jan 08, 2018

I embrace all sorts of family structures, including gay marriage and gay parenthood. In fact, by pointing out that everyone on earth is family, I'm hoping to de-emphasize the "traditional" family and embrace a thousand variations.

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