A.J. Jacobs is one of my guilty pleasures, and I’ll read anything he publishes. He makes me laugh, often. I suppose it doesn’t need to be all that guilty though, because there is thoughtful engagement weaved in with the humor.
This wouldn’t be the first one I’d recommend to someone new to his books, if only because I didn’t find the subject matter as interesting. No regrets for the time I spent reading it, though.