by Nick Hornby
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PublisherRiverhead Books
Release Date2003-10-07 (added to CC 7 May 2016)
Amazon Sales Rank101,834

“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 don’t like them as much as I do.” —Nick Hornby, from Songbook
Songs, songwriters, and why and how they get under our skin… Songbook is Nick Hornby’s labor of love. A shrewd, funny, and completely unique collection of musings on pop music, why it’s good, what makes us listen and love it, and the ways in which it attaches itself to our lives—all with the beat of a perfectly mastered mix tape. 

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(14 May 2016)
I ended up reading this book because Hornby's premise was similar to what I was trying to accomplish with my first novel. My story was a series of essays about the importance of music, built around a fictional narrative (so I would justify calling it a novel). Hornby is the non-fiction version (which I believe is referred to as 31 Songs in the UK). I didn't discover this book and get around to reading it until after I wrote my novel, but I'm glad I did. It was an insightful, witty and heartfelt examination of the highly personal connection that people make to music. There is also a touching portion of how his autistic son made personal connections to music which had my eyes well up. Recommended read, especially if you're a passionate music fan.
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