More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time [NOOK Book]

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“Read what you enjoy, not what bores you,” Nick Hornby tells us. That simple, liberating, and indispensable directive animates each installment of the celebrated critic and author’s monthly column in the Believer. In this delightful and never-musty tour of his reading life, Hornby tells us not just what to read, but how to read.

Whether tackling a dismayingly bulky biography of Dickens while his children destroy something in the next room, or getting sucked into a serious assessment of Celine Dion during an ...
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More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time

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Overview

“Read what you enjoy, not what bores you,” Nick Hornby tells us. That simple, liberating, and indispensable directive animates each installment of the celebrated critic and author’s monthly column in the Believer. In this delightful and never-musty tour of his reading life, Hornby tells us not just what to read, but how to read.

Whether tackling a dismayingly bulky biography of Dickens while his children destroy something in the next room, or getting sucked into a serious assessment of Celine Dion during an intensely fought soccer match featuring his beloved Arsenal, or devouring an entire series of children’s books while on vacation, Hornby’s reviews are rich, witty, and occasionally madcap. These essays capture the joy and ire, the despair and exhilaration of the book-lover’s life, and will appeal equally to both monocle-wearing salonnieres and people, like him, who spend a lot of time thinking about Miley Cyrus’s next role.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938073403
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 135
  • Sales rank: 260,193
  • File size: 2 MB

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Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby is the author of six novels, the most recent of which is Juliet, Naked, and a memoir, Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for music criticism, and editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. His screenplay for An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in North London. His three previous collections of writing from the Believer magazine are The Polysyllabic Spree, Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, and Shakespeare Wrote for Money.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 17, 1957
    2. Place of Birth:
      Redhill, Surrey, England
    1. Education:
      Jesus College, Cambridge University

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    More fun, witty, engaging book reviews from Nick Hornby

    Another typically engaging, witty collection of Hornby's book review columns from the Believer magazine. This is the fourth book in the series, and given the time frame, perhaps the most relevant.

    Hornby (already one of my favorite writers) lists the books he's purchased over the last month and those he's read, and the difference between the two is instructive, especially if you're like a lot of us and your reader's eyes are bigger than your time budget.

    Hornby's reviews of the books are witty; he correctly places his individual book reviews within the arc of his reading, which is a far more honest way of handling reviews.

    I'm a big Hornby fan and while I'm not reading many of the same titles he is, his collection of reviews did add a good-sized chunk of titles to my "to-read" list, so you read this fun little collection of reviews at your own risk.

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