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The personal essays in Nick Hornbys Songbook pop off the page with the immediacy and passion of an artfully arranged mix-tape. But then, who better to riff on 31 of his favorite songs than the author of that literary music-lovers delight, High Fidelity ? And mostly all I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other pe The personal essays in Nick Hornbys Songbook pop off the page with the immediacy and passion of an artfully arranged mix-tape. But then, who better to riff on 31 of his favorite songs than the author of that literary music-lovers delight, High Fidelity ? And mostly all I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people dont like them as much as I do, writes Hornby. More than his humble disclaimer, he captures the narcotic need for repeat plays of Nelly Furtados Im Like a Bird, and testifies that you can hear God in Rufus Wainwrights coy reinterpretation of his father Loudons One Man Guy (given a neat little twist by Wainwright Juniors sexual orientation...). Especially poignant is his reaction to A Minor Incident, a Badly Drawn Boy song written for the soundtrack of the film version of Hornbys book About a Boy . While Hornby was writing the book, his young son was diagnosed with autism--a fact that adds greater resonance to the seemingly unrelated song he hears much later: I write a book that isnt about my kid, and then someone writes a beautiful song based on an episode in my book that turns out to mean something much more personal to me than my book ever did. Meandering asides and observations like this linger in your mind (just like a fantastic song) long after youve flipped past the final page. The 11-song CD that accompanies the book is a great touch, but its too bad it doesnt contain all of the featured songs--most likely the unfortunate result of licensing difficulties. Overall, Hornbys pitch-perfect prose, the quirky illustrations from Canadian artist Marcel Dzama, and a good cause--proceeds benefit TreeHouse, a U.K. charity for children with autism, and 826 Valencia, the nonprofit Bay Area learning center--add up to make Songbook a hit. Solid gold. --Brad Thomas Parsons

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The personal essays in Nick Hornbys Songbook pop off the page with the immediacy and passion of an artfully arranged mix-tape. But then, who better to riff on 31 of his favorite songs than the author of that literary music-lovers delight, High Fidelity ? And mostly all I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other pe The personal essays in Nick Hornbys Songbook pop off the page with the immediacy and passion of an artfully arranged mix-tape. But then, who better to riff on 31 of his favorite songs than the author of that literary music-lovers delight, High Fidelity ? And mostly all I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people dont like them as much as I do, writes Hornby. More than his humble disclaimer, he captures the narcotic need for repeat plays of Nelly Furtados Im Like a Bird, and testifies that you can hear God in Rufus Wainwrights coy reinterpretation of his father Loudons One Man Guy (given a neat little twist by Wainwright Juniors sexual orientation...). Especially poignant is his reaction to A Minor Incident, a Badly Drawn Boy song written for the soundtrack of the film version of Hornbys book About a Boy . While Hornby was writing the book, his young son was diagnosed with autism--a fact that adds greater resonance to the seemingly unrelated song he hears much later: I write a book that isnt about my kid, and then someone writes a beautiful song based on an episode in my book that turns out to mean something much more personal to me than my book ever did. Meandering asides and observations like this linger in your mind (just like a fantastic song) long after youve flipped past the final page. The 11-song CD that accompanies the book is a great touch, but its too bad it doesnt contain all of the featured songs--most likely the unfortunate result of licensing difficulties. Overall, Hornbys pitch-perfect prose, the quirky illustrations from Canadian artist Marcel Dzama, and a good cause--proceeds benefit TreeHouse, a U.K. charity for children with autism, and 826 Valencia, the nonprofit Bay Area learning center--add up to make Songbook a hit. Solid gold. --Brad Thomas Parsons
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Title 31 Songs Height 12.9
Nick Hornby Width 1.8
ISBN-13 9780141013404 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0141013400 Spine Width
Publisher Faber And Faber (penguin India) Pages 256
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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