An inspirational and bold memoir from the most successful woman ever to compete on Jeopardy!—and an exploration of what it means to ask questions of the world and of yourself.
In eighth grade, Amy was voted “Most likely to appear on Jeopardy!” by her classmates. Decades later, this trailblazer finally got her chance. Not only did she walk away with $1.3 million while captivating the world with her impressive forty-game winning streak, but she made history and won an even greater prize—the joy of being herself on national television and blazing a trail for openly queer and transgender people around the world. Now, she shares her singular journey that led to becoming an unlikely icon and hero to millions. Her super power: Boundless curiosity and fearless questioning.
In the Form of a Question explores some of the innumerable topics that have fascinated Amy throughout her life—books and music, Tarot and astrology, popular culture and computers, sex and relationships—but they all share the same purpose: to illustrate, and celebrate, the results of a lifetime spent asking, why?
Amy Schneider is an American software engineer and recent Jeopardy! champion. Following an impressive forty-game winning streak, she became the most successful woman ever to compete on Jeopardy!. She is second all-time in the show’s history, trailing only Ken Jennings. Amy is also the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. She has been covered in People, TheNew York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, and more, and she has appeared on Good Morning America.
“Her book is concerned with the biggest question of all: Who am I? In essays on cross-dressing pre-transition, polyamory, and living with attention-deficit disorder, Schneider introduces readers to the real, messy, complex Amy.” —Wall Street Journal
“In this intimate, engaging memoir, Schneider delves into who she is beyond the TV cameras, describing her lifetime of intellectual pursuit, how she learned to embrace her whole self and more.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“A wryly funny memoir. . . A pleasure and an education await in the reading. . . . For a funny, memorable, philosophical take on life, Schneider’s book is far and away the winner.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Schneider is a fascinating personality and well worth reading about with or without the game show cred. . . . She is also an engaging writer in this winning autobiography.” —Bay Area Reporter
“In this funny, candid, and confident debut, Amy takes us along on her lifelong journey of discovery, about the world and about herself. This is no ordinary Jeopardy! memoir—but then again, Amy Schneider is no ordinary Jeopardy! champion.” —Ken Jennings
“Let Amy Schneider explain absolutely everything to you. This brazen, fearless book shows how curiosity and a nose for weirdness can literally change your life—and true to form, instead of telling you the answers, it'll help you find better questions.” —Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky