The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life (Paperback)

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Part memoir, part literary criticism, this book is an account of a man on a soul-searching journey. Although Andy Miller has a loving family and a good job, he feels something is missing in his life, so he determines to read 50 books in one year and in so doing try to find himself. He tells of his struggles in trying to get through some of the books on his list and of his delight in reading others, similar to the struggles and various delights in his life. His observations on all lead him and the reader along the path of discovery. He weaves his discussion of various books into his experiences as a bookseller, book editor, blogger, member of a book group, and writer. This is a love song to books, one every bibliophile can relate to and read with enjoyment. It's fun. It's humorous. And it sports a great cover.

— Sandy


An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, chronicle of his year-long adventure with fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones)--a true story about reading 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 the 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061446184
ISBN-10: 0061446181
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: December 9th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English