First of all, after finishing this book, I feel like an idiot. Fadiman is not only a better reader than I am but she is also a vocabulary genius. In this memoir of essays--told through literary adventures and personal insights--Fadiman details her husband and her shared library system, her family's College Bowl competitions, and plagiarism. Somehow, and I'm really not sure how, she manages to not be condescending as she writes this. Fadiman, despite her intellectual prowess, is both self-deprecatingly funny and truly in love with books. I definitely recommend this; it's an an enjoyable, geeky read.