DEAR MISS MANNERS: A gentleman I know only because he’s married to an old high school classmate has written and self-published a rather long novel on a topic I know and care nothing about. In a recent online get-together with his wife and some of our other high school chums, he asked if he could “pitch” his book to us, then proceeded to describe the book, where it could be purchased and for what price. Yesterday, a copy of the book arrived at my home. GENTLE READER: Would you consider it a lie to say, “I’m looking forward to reading it”? And you do sound to Miss Manners as if you are truly anxious at the prospect of having to read it.