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"Hornby is adept at the humorous everyday observation, and there are enough wry grins to be found here. However, where his previous narrators have been hapless but not altogether hopeless, here Hornby is saying 'There are no happy endings, there is just making do.' Where Rob Fleming's (High Fidelity) progress is coming to terms with what it means to commit to a relationship, Katie and David appear to have lived out Rob?s fears of what that commitment may lead to. He was right to be afraid!" Georgie Lewis, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife....well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper.

But now David's changed. He's become a good person, too — really good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumor — or David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with David — and with herself.

Review:

"Hornby is a very funny and very clever writer, and How to be Good is packed with wit and brilliance." The Spectator

Review:

"Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent, and emotionally generous all at once." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"For his third novel after the male-sympathetic High Fidelity and About a Boy, Hornby hasn't merely gotten in touch with his feminine side (though Katie's violent emotionalism, surgical introspection, and perverse romanticism are all on the mark); more importantly, via Katie he harrowingly portrays how ambivalence attacks the heart like a virus at mid-life....Readers will see themselves in all of Katie's flaws, especially her selfishness. But fear not, old-school Hornby fans, for this departure is expertly tempered with flecks of humor and pop culture references." Library Journal

Review:

"Another delightful comedy from Hornby....rendered with an entertaining mix of humor and delicately suggestive questioning....Just what does it mean to be 'good'?" Kirkus

Review:

"How To Be Good is replete with Hornby's trademark wisecracks, apercus, and put-downs. His incisive portrayal of a mad cleric who draws spiritual sustenance from the King and I soundtrack is a godsend, as is the transgenerational indictment: 'Cynicism is our shared common language, the Esperanto that actually caught on.' But in the end, this oddly retro novel is hamstrung..." Joe Queenan, The New York Times Review of Books

Review:

"Hilarious... a darkly funny and thought-provoking ride... The book examines what it means to be good to oneself, one's family and the world at large. While this could be sanctimonious fare, Hornby infuses it with wit and a sense of the absurd." USA Today

Review:

"A bitingly clever novel of ideas, on a subject almost no one else has written about.... How to Be Good leaves you not knowing whether to laugh or cry... [a] profound, worrying, hilarious, sophisticated, compulsive novel." The Sunday Times (London)

Review:

"Seriously spiked with humor... a page-turner." The Washington Post

Review:

"The pleasure of Hornby's amiably dyspeptic fiction lies in his sharp eye for the absurdities of contemporary culture.... The result is a farce that manages to be breezily hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time." New York magazine

Review:

"How to Be Good? How to be bloody marvelous, more like." The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Synopsis:

Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife...well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper.

But now David's changed. He's become a good person, too—really good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumor—or David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with David—and with herself.

Synopsis:

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy" comes a fearless and surprising novel of a modern marriage under the strain of trying to be "good."

About the Author

Nick Hornby is a graduate of Cambridge University, and a former teacher. He is the bestselling author of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy, and the editor of the new anthology Speaking with the Angel. High Fidelity was made into a successful film. Hornby was the 1999 winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E.M. Forester Award. He lives in north London.

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littlerunaway, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by littlerunaway)
Really great book, enjoyed it a lot, made me laugh when I didn't expect
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lovingreader, August 24, 2007 (view all comments by lovingreader)
This book is about the grumpiest man in the world (he writes a column for the local newspaper pointing out what's wrong with the world) who suddenly is moved to start doing good in his community. This discombobulates his wife (a doctor in a neighborhood clinic) who usually takes all the credit in their marriage for being the nice one.

Nick Hornby is unflinching and hilarious in his examination of what makes a good person. Churches could take a short-cut to salvation by reading aloud a weekly chapter from How To Be Good. I love the thought of an entire congregation laughing uncontrollably.
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Cheryl Marseilles, September 10, 2006 (view all comments by Cheryl Marseilles)
This is one book we ALL should read-an indebt book that will make you laugh and even cry at times.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573229326
Author:
Hornby, Nick
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
London
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Women physicians
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
5J01-02
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.01x5.12x.85 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573229326 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hornby is a very funny and very clever writer, and How to be Good is packed with wit and brilliance."
"Review" by , "Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent, and emotionally generous all at once."
"Review" by , "For his third novel after the male-sympathetic High Fidelity and About a Boy, Hornby hasn't merely gotten in touch with his feminine side (though Katie's violent emotionalism, surgical introspection, and perverse romanticism are all on the mark); more importantly, via Katie he harrowingly portrays how ambivalence attacks the heart like a virus at mid-life....Readers will see themselves in all of Katie's flaws, especially her selfishness. But fear not, old-school Hornby fans, for this departure is expertly tempered with flecks of humor and pop culture references."
"Review" by , "Another delightful comedy from Hornby....rendered with an entertaining mix of humor and delicately suggestive questioning....Just what does it mean to be 'good'?"
"Review" by , "How To Be Good is replete with Hornby's trademark wisecracks, apercus, and put-downs. His incisive portrayal of a mad cleric who draws spiritual sustenance from the King and I soundtrack is a godsend, as is the transgenerational indictment: 'Cynicism is our shared common language, the Esperanto that actually caught on.' But in the end, this oddly retro novel is hamstrung..."
"Review" by , "Hilarious... a darkly funny and thought-provoking ride... The book examines what it means to be good to oneself, one's family and the world at large. While this could be sanctimonious fare, Hornby infuses it with wit and a sense of the absurd."
"Review" by , "A bitingly clever novel of ideas, on a subject almost no one else has written about.... How to Be Good leaves you not knowing whether to laugh or cry... [a] profound, worrying, hilarious, sophisticated, compulsive novel."
"Review" by , "Seriously spiked with humor... a page-turner."
"Review" by , "The pleasure of Hornby's amiably dyspeptic fiction lies in his sharp eye for the absurdities of contemporary culture.... The result is a farce that manages to be breezily hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time."
"Review" by , "How to Be Good? How to be bloody marvelous, more like."
"Synopsis" by ,

Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife...well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper.

But now David's changed. He's become a good person, too—really good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumor—or David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with David—and with herself.

"Synopsis" by , From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy" comes a fearless and surprising novel of a modern marriage under the strain of trying to be "good."
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