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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: February 2011

Nick Hornby February 8, 2011 at 11:09 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste—Carl Wilson Will Grayson, Will Grayson—John Green and David Levithan BOOKS READ: The Anthologist—Nicholson Baker Brooklyn—Colm Tóibín Madcap: The Life of Preston Sturges—Donald Spoto Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste—Carl Wilson It’s a wet Sunday morning, and I’m […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: January 2011

Nick Hornby January 8, 2011 at 11:12 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Dickens Dictionary—Alexander J. Philip Half a Life—Darin Strauss The Anthologist—Nicholson Baker The Million Dollar Mermaid—Esther Williams BOOKS READ: Our Mutual Friend—Charles Dickens The Uncoupling—Meg Wolitzer Let the Great World Spin—Colum McCann Half a Life—Darin Strauss The advantages and benefits of writing a monthly column about reading for the Believer are innumerable, if predictable: fame, women […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: November/December 2010

Nick Hornby December 8, 2010 at 11:14 am Books , ,

BOOKS READ: How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer—Sarah Bakewell The Broken Word—Adam Foulds Book of Days—Emily Fox Gordon BOOKS BOUGHT: Book of Days—Emily Fox Gordon The Master—Colm Tóibín Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea—Barbara Demick Family Britain, 1951–1957—David Kynaston The Spirit Level: Why […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: October 2010

Nick Hornby October 8, 2010 at 11:16 am Books , ,

BOOKS READ: Hard Rain Falling—Don Carpenter The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film—Michael Ondaatje Tinkers—Paul Harding BOOKS BOUGHT: Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin—Hampton Sides The Broken Word—Adam Foulds It Happened in Brooklyn: An Oral History of Growing Up in […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: September 2010

Nick Hornby September 8, 2010 at 11:18 am Books , ,

BOOKS READ: Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live——Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller Brooklyn—Colm Tóibín The Girls of Slender Means—Muriel Spark The Given Day—Dennis Lehane (half) Loitering With Intent—Muriel Spark (half) The Finishing School—Muriel Spark (half) Tinkers—Paul Harding (one third) BOOKS BOUGHT: Our Mutual Friend—Charles Dickens Brooklyn: Historically Speaking—John B. Manbeck […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: July/August 2010

Nick Hornby August 8, 2010 at 11:21 am Books , ,

BOOKS READ: Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?: The Journal of a Psychotherapist—Jane Haynes The Birds on the Trees—Nina Bawden The Driver’s Seat—Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie—Muriel Spark A Far Cry from Kensington—Muriel Spark BOOKS BOUGHT: The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street—Charles Nicholl The Birds on […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: June 2010

Nick Hornby June 8, 2010 at 11:23 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Let the Great World Spin—Colum McCann The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them—Elif Batuman Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness—Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein Lowboy—John Wray Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenneyMarion Meade BOOKS READ: The rest of Austerity Britain, 1945–51—David […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: May 2010

Nick Hornby May 8, 2010 at 11:30 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Austerity Britain, 1945–51—David Kynaston American Rust—Philipp Meyer Puzzled People: A Study in Popular Attitudes to Religion, Ethics, Progress and Politics in a London Borough, Prepared for the Ethical Union—Mass Observation The British Worker—Ferdynand Zweig BOOKS READ: One third of Austerity Britain, 1945–51—David Kynaston Red Plenty—Francis Spufford American Rust—Philipp Meyer It’s never easy, returning home […]

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The last sentence

Nick Hornby November 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm Books ,

The last sentence of the novel I have just finished (SPOILER ALERT): “Everything had gone wrong, and he had succeeded at nothing, and he was never going to have any kind of life at all.” Hey, thanks, literary fiction! Again! I wish the author had found a way to move that line somewhere up towards […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: September 2008

Nick Hornby September 8, 2008 at 11:32 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood—Mark Harris The Pumpkin Eater—Penelope Mortimer Daddy’s Gone a-Hunting—Penelope Mortimer The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America—Thurston Clarke Lush Life—Richard Price The Greek Way—Edith Hamilton Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America—Rick […]