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


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Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Andy Miller is a reader, author, and editor of books. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Esquire, and Mojo. He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and son.


"wonderfully elevating and entertaining.... A delightful read in its totality."--Maria Popova, BrainPickings
"an affecting tale of the rediscovery of great books...[by] a friendly, funny Brit."--Boston Globe
"In his fanciful, endearing account of his experiences tackling classic works of fiction, 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
"Absorbing....I found myself turning pages in the addictive way some folks eat barbecue potato chips (crisps to one from Miller's culture).... This is that you can dare (dangerously!) to get for your favorite people instead of the ubiquitous gift card. Trust me on that."
"Funny and engaging throughout and, for all the author's self-deprecation, perfectly erudite."--Kirkus Reviews
"Amiable, circumstantial, amusing, charming.... [Miller's] style owes its love of footnotes, literary paraphernalia and ephemera to Joe Brainard and David Foster Wallace."--The Times (London)
"A delightfully irreverent account of reading 50 classic books.... Often very funny....His thesis is universal...we can all be enriched by losing ourselves among the bookshelves."--Daily Telegraph (London)
"[A] readable, often funny account.... It's not so much the content of the books that brings rewards, but the process of reading them and the thought this inspires."--The Independent (London)
"Andy Miller is a very funny writer. And this hymn to reading is a delight. The chapter on Herman Melville and Dan Brown had me howling with pleasure. PS. It will also make you feel a bit well-read."--Matt Haig, author of The Humans