More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby
Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself

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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 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.
 

About Nick Hornby

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The New Yorker" calls bestselling author Nick Hornby the maestro of the male confessional. His bestselling adult novels include" High Fidelity" and "About a Boy," both of which were made into highly successful movies. He lives in the UK.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by McSweeney's, Believer Books. 146 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The rock-obsessed novelist confesses his idiosyncratic reading habits in this fourth collection of columns written for the Believer.

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Publishers Weekly

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A lesser writer would be inscribing his own death sentence by proclaiming to “vent my spleen by embarking on a series of books that, I hope, will be of no interest to the readership of this magazine.”

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A lesser writer would be inscribing his own death sentence by proclaiming to “vent my spleen by embarking on a series of books that, I hope, will be of no interest to the readership of this magazine.” But Hornby, referring to readers of the Believer magazine, in which he writes a column detai...

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The Boston Globe

Called “Stuff I’ve Been Reading,” the column is an entertaining tally of what Hornby has read lately and what he’s learned along the way — about writers and writing, music and movies, bookselling and his beloved soccer, er, football team.

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City Book Review

Hornby – who has written six novels and a memoir and was shortlisted for a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism – writes a column for Believer about the books he’s been reading.

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Spectrum Culture

The most interesting aspect of Hornby’s columns is often not his direct commentary on the books themselves but his discussion of how the reading of the texts intersects with his own life.

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Critical Mob

The previously published columns, which are entitled "Stuff I've Been Reading" in The Believer, range from May 2010 to December 2011, and if you're not familiar with Hornby, the concept behind his monthly column is simple: he writes about the books that he has read in each respective month.

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