Synopses & Reviews
Have you ever wondered what it feels like:
to be stuck in a tornado?
“[It] is exactly the feel of a freight train approachingthat low, ever-louder howl and the shuddering ground.”
to participate in an orgy?
“And all the while, the thought that keeps going through your mind (and through the cab ride home, and into breakfast the next day): ‘Im at an orgy! Im at an orgy!”
to have a severe stutter?
“The thing is, theres a disconnect thing between my mind and my tongue. My minds processing a thousand words a minute, and the tongue is only squeezing out ten or twelve.”
to be a mob hitman?
“Its nerve-racking. Dont let anyone tell you any different. Anybody whos any good at this is concentrating with every nerve in their body, trying to get it done right and trying not to get caught.”
to be 105 years old?
“I was born in 1897 and Ive seen a lot in the world. Ive seen everything there is to see. You look back and tell yourself, ‘What have I been doing all these years?”
If these tidbits whet your appetite for real, first-person accounts of some of lifes most exhilarating, harrowing, or downright strange experiences, then youll be sucked in by Esquire Presents: What It Feels Like. Collected by the ever-curious editors of Esquire magazine, here are more than fifty gripping talesstraight from the mouths of the people whove lived them.
Inspired by the popular "What It Feels Like" articles that appeared in Esquire magazine in June 2001 and August 2002, here is a collection of vivid accounts of life-threatening, exhilarating, or just plain strange real-life events, as related by the men and women who have lived to tell the tales. Okay, what does it feel like to:
A collection of first-person accounts of experiences that capture the imagination, including what it feels like to be struck by lighting, to be bitten by a shark, and to give birth.
For those curious as to what it would feel like to get struck by lightning, be almost eight feet tall, participate in an orgy, or win an Oscar, this book has all the answers.
About the Author
A.J. JACOBS is a senior editor at Esquire magazine. He is the author of The Two Kings: Jesus and Elvis, America Off-Line, and Fractured Fairy Tales. He lives in New York City with his wife.