Although Nick Hornby may be best known for his clever and witty fiction (try High Fidelity, Hornby’s look at a record store owner, his quirky staff, and his dysfunctional social life), he writes equally well about music in the nonfiction realm.
In Songbook, Hornby writes with insight and passion about 31 of his favorite songs from performers across the musical spectrum. Artists range from Bruce Springsteen to Ani Difranco to Teenage Fanclub. In each case, Hornby looks at what makes the music come alive to him and to other listeners. A CD of the songs accompanies the book. Hornby will open your ears to new sounds and make you appreciate old favorites even more.