The Polysyllabic Spree

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A hilarious and true account of one man's struggle with the monthly tide of the books he's bought and he's been meaning to read.

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A collection of 14 months of his essays from THE BELIEVER magazine. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Songbook, a collection of his music writing, Nick Hornby now turns his unerring gaze to books. Here, in his monthly accounts of what he's read - along with what he bought and may one day read - Nick Hornby ably explores everything from the classic to the graphic novel, as well as poems, plays, and sports-related exposes. If he occasionally implores a biographer for brevity, or abandons a literary work in favor of an Arsenal soccer match, then all is not lost. His warm and riotous writing, full of all the joy and surprise and despair that books bring him, reveals why we still read, even when thereís soccer on TV, a pram in the hall, and a good band playing at our local bar.

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Author Nick Hornby
Publisher Believer Books / McSweeney's Books
Page Count 144pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date 2004
ISBN 978-1932416244

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