MORE BATHS LESS TALKING
“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, getting sucked into a serious assessment of Celine Dion during an intense soccer match featuring his beloved Arsenal, or devouring an entire series of children’s books while on vacation, Hornby writes reviews that are rich, witty, and occasionally madcap. These essays capture the joy and ire, the despair and exhilaration of the book-lover’s life. They appeal equally to monocle-wearing salonnières and people who, like him, spend a lot of time thinking about Miley Cyrus’ next role.
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Praise for Nick Hornby’s columns:
“[His columns are] as rich and varied as the world of literature itself, with Hornby perfectly cast as both tour guide and host… insatiable bibliophiles will devour [them] with delight.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for More Baths Less Talking:
“A wonderfully eclectic to-read list, Hornby reminds everyone how important it is to revel in the written word.”
“Hornby is an entertainingly unpretentious critic; any reader would come away with a handful of book recommendations they’d be eager to check out.”
“Hornby is a champion of the book, of reading, of the pleasure of a smart literary experience. He has a quality desperately needed in these times: intelligent enthusiasm.”
—The New Republic
“A witty and illuminating blueprint to the habits and how-to’s of reading good books well.”
“[Nick Hornby] has a knack for creating appealingly irresolute characters and is a genial guy with excellent taste and a smart, irreverent sense of humor.”
“…this book is much more than funny. He understands writers and what they are trying to do. This book crackles with insight.”
—The Contextual Life