An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, memoir — a true story that reminds us why we should all make time in our lives for books.
Nearing his fortieth birthday, author and critic Andy Miller realized he's not nearly as well read as he'd like to be. A devout book lover who somehow fell out of the habit of reading, he began to ponder the power of books to change an individual life—including his own—and to define the sort of person he would like to be. Beginning with a copy of Bulgakov's Master and Margarita that he happens to find one day in a bookstore, he embarks on a literary odyssey of mindful reading and wry introspection. From Middlemarch to Anna Karenina to A Confederacy of Dunces, these are books Miller felt he should read; books he'd always wanted to read; books he'd previously started but hadn't finished; and books he'd lied about having read to impress people.
Combining memoir and literary criticism, The Year of Reading Dangerously is Miller's heartfelt, humorous, and honest examination of what it means to be a reader. Passionately believing that books deserve to be read, enjoyed, and debated in the real world, Miller documents his reading experiences and how they resonated in his daily life and ultimately his very sense of self. The result is a witty and insightful journey of discovery and soul-searching that celebrates the abiding miracle of the book and the power of reading.
"Andy Miller writes so well he could make shopping at Sainsbury’s sound amusing." (The Independent)
"An eye for comic detail worthy of the young Evelyn Waugh." (The Observer)
"Fresh, joyfully uncynical and, above all, very funny." (Time Out)
“Wonderfully elevating and entertaining…. A delightful read in its totality.” (Maria Popova, BrainPickings)
"Like nothing else I have ever read - a combination of criticism and memoir that is astute, tender, funny and often wickedly ironic." (Observer (London))
“Miller conveys his love of reading, though the book is light on literary criticism.… There is plenty of hilarity in [this] intimate literary memoir.” (Publishers Weekly)
“An affecting tale of the rediscovery of great books...[by] a friendly, funny Brit.” (Boston Globe)
“Very funny ... High Fidelity for bookworms." (Telegraph (London))
"With a charming sense of humor and an appealing accent, Andy Miller recounts a twelve-month return to the joys of reading.... Bibliophiles will enjoy meandering through the titles and adding their own as they immerse themselves in Miller's delightful performance." (AudioFile)
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