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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: May 2008

Nick Hornby April 8, 2008 at 11:34 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Provence—Martin Gayford Gomorrah: Italy’s Other Mafia—Roberto Saviano Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature—John Mullan Spike & Co.—Graham McCann The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation—M. T. Anderson Flat Earth News—Nick Davies BOOKS READ: The Happiest Man in the […]

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Starbucks

Nick Hornby March 31, 2008 at 3:32 pm Books ,

This morning, I was waiting for a coffee in Starbucks when I found myself staring at a young woman sitting at one of the tables. I was staring at her because she was reading ‘A Long Way Down’. She noticed me staring. I was embarrassed. I explained. She was suspicious. First I was staring at […]

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Square Books

Nick Hornby February 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm Books ,

I walked to work in London’s horrible January half-light and found myself with a strong desire to be sitting on the balcony at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, drinking coffee and looking down on the beautiful, sunny square at the centre of the town. I have only done this once before in my life, so […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: February 2008

Nick Hornby February 8, 2008 at 11:37 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Nonfiction 1909-1959—Tim Hinley, ed. BOOKS READ: What Sport Tells Us About Life—Ed Smith The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—Sherman Alexie The Darling—Russell Banks The Rights of the Reader—Daniel Pennac The best description I know of what it feels like to learn to read comes […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: January 2008

Nick Hornby January 8, 2008 at 11:42 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Jesus Land: A Memoir—Julia Scheeres This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession—Daniel J. Levitin Feed—M. T. Anderson The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 The Best American Comics 2007 BOOKS READ: The Ghost—Robert Harris The Pigman—Paul Zindel X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: November/December 2007

Nick Hornby December 8, 2007 at 11:57 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: The Pigman—Paul Zindel The Bethlehem Murders—Matt Rees The Dud Avocado—Elaine Dundy Singled Out—Virginia Nicholson BOOKS READ: Holes—Louis Sachar The Fall-Out: How a Guilty Liberal Lost His Innocence—Andrew Anthony A Disorder Peculiar to the Country—Ken Kalfus Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin —Lawrence Weschler […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: October 2007

Nick Hornby October 8, 2007 at 2:09 pm Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Weetzie Bat—Francesca Lia Block Necklace of Kisses—Francesca Lia Block Holes—Louis Sachar The World Made Straight—Ron Rash Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska —Michael D’Orso Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin —Lawrence Weschler A Disorder […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: September 2007

Nick Hornby September 8, 2007 at 2:11 pm Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Skellig—David Almond Clay—David Almond Tom’s Midnight Garden—Philippa Pearce Queuing for Beginners: The Story of Daily Life from Breakfast to Bedtime—Joe Moran The Road—Cormac McCarthy Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance—Atul Gawande The Rights of the Reader—Daniel Pennac BOOKS READ: Skellig—David Almond Clay—David Almond Sharp Teeth—Toby Barlow The Road—Cormac McCarthy The Brambles—Eliza Minot Queuing […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: August 2007

Nick Hornby August 8, 2007 at 2:13 pm Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: The Ha-Ha—Jennifer Dawson Poppy Shakespeare—Clare Allan Yo Blair!—Geoffrey Wheatcroft Salmon Fishing in the Yemen—Paul Torday The Myth of the Blitz—Angus Calder This Book Will Save Your Life—A. M. Homes BOOKS READ: Across the Great Divide: The Band and America—Barney Hoskyns Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall—Anna Funder Yo Blair!—Geoffrey Wheatcroft The Ha-Ha—Jennifer […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: June/July 2007

Nick Hornby July 8, 2007 at 4:06 pm Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: On Chesil Beach—Ian McEwan My Life with Nye—Jennie Lee BOOKS READ: Novel (abandoned)—A. Non On Chesil Beach—Ian McEwan In My Father’s House—Miranda Seymour The Blind Side—Michael Lewis This morning, while shaving, I listened to a reading from Anna Politkovskaya’s A Russian Diary on BBC Radio 4. It was pretty extraordinary—brutal and brave (Politkovskaya, as I’m […]