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Housekeeping Vs. the Dirt : Fourteen Months of Massively Witty Adventures in Reading Chronicled by the National Book Critics Circle Finalist for Criticism

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In this latest collection of essays following "Housekeeping vs. the Dirt," critic and author Hornby continues the feverish survey of his swollen bookshelves, offering a funny, intelligent, and unblinkered account of the stuff he's been reading.

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A compilation of wonderful articles written for Believer Magazine February 2005 to July 2006 on books, reading and writing. Nick Hornby brings his breezy wit to play as he romps through (and reviews) a wide range of books from Candide to Freakonomics. Interspersed throughout are excerpts of some of the books covered. Of course, Hornby's reflections are as much on the nature of reading as on the books themselves. Humorous turns include his never ending riff on the Polysyllabic Spree (otherwise known as the editors of Believer Magazine) and a disgusting line from an autobiography by Motley Crue's bass player - so disgusting, Hornby includes it using the tiniest font possible and warning readers away from the magnifying glass. The short chapters and subject matter made it perfect reading for my daily commute, allowing me to pick up without losing my 'train' (*snerk*) of thought.

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In this latest collection of essays following "Housekeeping vs. the Dirt," critic and author Hornby continues the feverish survey of his swollen bookshelves, offering a funny, intelligent, and unblinkered account of the stuff he's been reading. In this latest collection of essays following Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, critic and author Hornby continues the feverish survey of his swollen bookshelves, offering a funny, intelligent, and unblinkered account of the stuff he's been reading.

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Publisher
McSweeney's
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
153
Author
Nick Hornby
ISBN-13
9781932416596
Publication Date
October, 2006
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.56 x 5.56 x 0.45 Inches
ISBN-10
1932416595

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A compilation of wonde...
A compilation of wonderful articles written for Believer Magazine February 2005 to July 2006 on books, reading and writing. Nick Hornby brings his breezy wit to play as he romps through (and reviews) a wide range of books from Candide to Freakonomics. Interspersed throughout are excerpts of some of the books covered. Of course, Hornby's reflections are as much on the nature of reading as on the books themselves. Humorous turns include his never ending riff on the Polysyllabic Spree (otherwise known as the editors of Believer Magazine) and a disgusting line from an autobiography by Motley Crue's bass player - so disgusting, Hornby includes it using the tiniest font possible and warning readers away from the magnifying glass. The short chapters and subject matter made it perfect reading for my daily commute, allowing me to pick up without losing my 'train' (*snerk*) of thought.
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Loved the first half o...
Loved the first half of this, but hit a wall halfway through. I ultimately did as the author himself advised in the preface: I put it down and found something more pleasurable to read.
Most helpful positive review
A compilation of wonde...
A compilation of wonderful articles written for Believer Magazine February 2005 to July 2006 on books, reading and writing. Nick Hornby brings his breezy wit to play as he romps through (and reviews) a wide range of books from Candide to Freakonomics. Interspersed throughout are excerpts of some of the books covered. Of course, Hornby's reflections are as much on the nature of reading as on the books themselves. Humorous turns include his never ending riff on the Polysyllabic Spree (otherwise known as the editors of Believer Magazine) and a disgusting line from an autobiography by Motley Crue's bass player - so disgusting, Hornby includes it using the tiniest font possible and warning readers away from the magnifying glass. The short chapters and subject matter made it perfect reading for my daily commute, allowing me to pick up without losing my 'train' (*snerk*) of thought.
Most helpful negative review
Loved the first half o...
Loved the first half of this, but hit a wall halfway through. I ultimately did as the author himself advised in the preface: I put it down and found something more pleasurable to read.
1-5 of 12 reviews

In his second collecti...

In his second collection of articles from the Believer, Nick Hornby writes his impressions of various books he has read each month. Continuing where The Polysyllabic Spree left off, the articles are from February 2005 to June/July 2006, and include his thoughts on various books from Gilead by Marilynne Robinson to The Dirt by Motley Crue. Humorous and thoughtful by turns, this is a great addition to any avid reader's bookshelf. These articles really suit my sense of humor, and I found myself nodding in agreement with some of his comments about some of the reading baggage we carry - about reading "good" books, for example, or that reading must be hard work. These themes are dealt with directly in the preface and come up again from time to time in the articles. I wish I could express my thoughts about that half as well as he does, but as it was I found myself reading passages aloud to my family as I read.

A compilation of wonde...

A compilation of wonderful articles written for Believer Magazine February 2005 to July 2006 on books, reading and writing. Nick Hornby brings his breezy wit to play as he romps through (and reviews) a wide range of books from Candide to Freakonomics. Interspersed throughout are excerpts of some of the books covered. Of course, Hornby's reflections are as much on the nature of reading as on the books themselves. Humorous turns include his never ending riff on the Polysyllabic Spree (otherwise known as the editors of Believer Magazine) and a disgusting line from an autobiography by Motley Crue's bass player - so disgusting, Hornby includes it using the tiniest font possible and warning readers away from the magnifying glass. The short chapters and subject matter made it perfect reading for my daily commute, allowing me to pick up without losing my 'train' (*snerk*) of thought.

I have yet to read any...

I have yet to read anything by Hornby that disappoints. This book is filled with some very on-point thoughts regarding "high" culture and so-called literary fiction. The way he can weave reviews into vignettes of his own life and experiences is captivating and the humor brings it all together.

What a wonderful write...

What a wonderful writer on reading Nick Hornby is... Funny, humane and insightful. Yes, he's being flippant. Isn't it a relief, after all those stodgy 'worthwhile' reviews? You may not agree with his taste, but you can't deny his talent! Recommended.

[author:Nick Hornby] a...

[author:Nick Hornby] and I have pretty much the same way of going about reading--just sort of faff around and read what looks interesting, buy or check out a bunch of books and then never read them, give up halfway through if you're not loving it, etc. However, he gets paid to write about them in The Believer (a magazine that I would kind of like to subscribe to, but I'm also glad it's too expensive because I would probably never read it and it would sit on the coffee table and make me feel guilty) and I write about them for FREE for you people.

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