The list author says: "Why do people read books about people reading books? For that matter, why do people read book reviews? Actually, there is a difference between the two categories of reading material. Reviews are supposed to be about the book, not the review writer. Books about people reading books (in my experience) are autobiographies that are formatted by the author's book (or books) of choice. Even a cookbook does the job for one author. This list contains my favorite bibliographical autobiographies."
"The author quits his job, goes back to live with his parents, and decides to read the Harvard Classics: five feet of books that were assembled to educate early 20th-Century Americans who were not able to attend college."
"The reason I read this book was because one of my secret goals is to chug through the entire ÂEncyclopaedia BritannicaÂ and hereÂs an author who has already done that. A.J. JacobsÂs quest to get some respect from Mensa, appear on ÂJeopardy!,Â and one-up his prodigiously intelligent father and obnoxiously intelligent brother-in-law is both funny and touching."
"Moving memoir of an Iranian teacher, who uses Jane Austen and "Lolita" to empower her students. Humbert Humbert reminds her students of various males who had abused them, including the all-powerful Iranian mullahs. There are some very sad stories in this book about the abuse of women and the stunting of human relationships, all in the name of religion and power."
"This is a wonderfully eclectic collection of (mainly) horror stories about the terrible things that happen to people who read the wrong book. Published, appropriately enough, by the Dead Letter Press."