This book really is fantastic. It's part of an ongoing series of bookspublished by Continuum press, each about a specific album.
Whereas the other titles have been mostly _about_ the albums (analysis ofthe content, stores about the making of, etc.) Joe Pernice's book is anovella. In it, he recounts a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up ina working class suburb in the US, going to a Catholic School, feeling likean outsider, obsessing about girls, and falling in love with the titularSmiths record.
One reviewer here complained that the book wasn't about The Smiths at all.I think he missed the point. I'd have thought that the story recountedhere ... one of loneliness and alientation, would have been familiar to99% of Smiths fans. The book is beautifully written, witty, and capturesthe essence of everything The Smiths stood for.
(While you're at it, why not also buy "Yours, Mine & Ours" by JoePernice's band, The Pernice Brothers. It was easily the best album of 2003