More Baths Less Talking (2012) is the fourth installment of the collected "Stuff I've Been Reading" columns from Nick Hornby. I always enjoy these columns and come away from them with good ideas for new books to read, however, in this short set of columns there are some lean months as life and other projects take away from his prospective reading time. There are a number of books that look interesting to me: American Rust by Phillip Meyer, The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, Just Kids by Patti Smith, the short novels of Muriel Spark, The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje, early Dickens (I'm thinking about starting with David Copperfield), A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey, Madcap: The Life of Preston Sturges by Donald Spoto, and Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson.
And now homage to Hornby's books bought/read lists for the month:
More Baths Less Talking Nick Hornby, The Driver's Seat Muriel Spark, Just Kids Patti Smith, Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste Carl Wilson, The Immoralist Andre Gide, Year Zero Ian Buruma
Burnt Water Carlos Fuentes, The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 Donald Richie, More Baths Less Talking Nick Hornby, The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov, Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson