DISCLAIMER: This book bares little resemblance to the Jimmy Fallon-Drew Barrymore, Boston Red Sox flick from a few years ago.
This book rates so high on my list because it is so personal to me.
Nick Hornby is one of the most respected authors in both Britian and the U.S with books like "High Fidelity", "About a Boy", and "How to Be Good" all to his credit.
However, Hornby's secret is that he is not only a fan of the London soccer club Arsenal, but that he harbors a life-long unhealthy obsession with the team.
Hornby details his love affair with Arsenal from the time he was a young boy in suburban London, through his life as a failed author and school teacher.
The author fully knows that his obsession with his team has wrecked his personal and professional life and that he's thrown away all of this supporting a team was never good enough to win a Championship and never bad enough to be considered lovable losers (the same as say being a die hard Dodgers fan from 1990-2005).
Anytime somebody accuses you of having an unhealthy relationship with your favorite team (like say my love of the University of Louisville Cardinals) direct them to reading Fever Pitch because Hornby can detail your feelings on the subject better than you or I ever could.