Hornby would make a good bookseller. For the past ten years,
he's been writing reviews for The Believer, wherein he recounts
the books he's bought, the books he's read, and his thoughts on
everything from writing to peregrine falcons. Warning: you will
want to read all of the books he talks about. It may be wise to
invest in a bookcase before diving into this smart, fabulous book.
At the end of 2003, as the first issue of The Believer was rising from the primordial ooze, Nick Hornby turned in the inaugural installment of a monthly column that immediately became a reader favorite. For the next ten years, Hornby's incandescently funny "Stuff I've Been Reading" chronicled a singular reading life -- one that is measured not just in "books bought" and "books read," as each column begins, but in the way our feelings toward Celine Dion say a lot about who we are, the way Body Shop Vanilla Shower Gel can add excitement to our days, and the way John Updike might ruin our sex lives. Hornby's column is both an impeccable, wide-ranging reading list and an indispensable reminder of why we read.
About the Author
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. In 2010 Hornby's screenplay for An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in North London.
"Bursting with enthusiasm and clear-eyed about the author’s own contradictions, Ten Years in the Tub deserves to be devoured whole by anyone willing to spare 10 minutes to think about the books they read." Booklist (Starred review)
"Reading these columns one after another adds depth and complexity. Not since Somerset Maugham’s Books and You (1940) has there been a more eloquent and richly presented meditation on the value of books and reading. Verdict A must for bibliophiles." Meagan Lacy, Library Journal
[Ten Years in the Tub] measure[s] life not just in terms of books bought or read but also in common reading experiences, often to hilarious effect.” DailyCandy
Ten Years in the Tub is something to soak in and savor." USA Today
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