Books: Obsessive Nerds for $1,000, Alex

Jeopardy! giant Ken Jennings' guided tour of the world of trivia freaks

If Ken Jennings' brainiac (Villard; 269 pages) were a Daily Double on Jeopardy! you would want to bet cautiously. Not only does it have the ugliest cover of any book published so far this year (for what it's worth, the most beautiful is Bruce Wagner's Memorial), but also it is by Ken Jennings--you know, the Mormon computer-programmer celebrinerd who, beginning in 2004, rattled off a record-breaking 74-game Jeopardy! winning streak. Good enough for $2.5 million and 15 minutes of syndicated fame, but a book deal seems like a stretch.

Except the weird thing is, Jennings is actually a very charming, insightful...

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