Friday, August 5, 2011
Housekeeping vs. The Dirt
Did you know that he writes book reviews for monthly lit magazine The Believer? Well, he does, and those reviews have been collected in a series of three books. I missed the first one, but Housekeeping vs. The Dirt, which came out in 2006, is so much fun to read that I feel as though I have to pick up the other two as soon as I'm in need of a good book to read.
Hornby starts off each of his columns with two lists: Books Bought and Books Actually Read. He's completely honest about judging books based on his mood, and even read a biography of Motley Crue band members! There's no place for snobbery in his columns, although his feelings toward the state of literature today varies by month. The reviews are witty, concise, and thoroughly enjoyable to read. It's also a very slim volume, so you can get through it quickly.