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How to Be Good
How to Be Good
Author: Nick Hornby
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781573229326
ISBN-10: 1573229326
Publication Date: 4/20/2002
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 316 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
How he does it, we may never know... but Nick Hornby has crawled far into the recesses of the female mind and from it produced a winning novel of love, life, and the inevitable conflict brought to us by our own responsibilities. Our anti-heroin grabs hold of the most sympathetic parts of us and rips them to shreds, only to piece them back together again with precision and a smile. I finished it and started it over immediately.
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Helpful Score: 4
Laugh out loud funny - I hardly want to part with this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
An interesting and entertaining parable; how good is "good?" What happens to your "goodness" (if you are a relatively "good" person) when your spouse has an epiphane and becomes "saintly?"
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Helpful Score: 2
How much is too much to have when others have less? This story is a fascinating and funny account of what would happen if your spouse suddenly wanted to do good in the world - in a big way.
Turns your ideas of everyday life upside down.
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Helpful Score: 2
A bit different than Hornby's other novels. Still just as funny and witty, this one struggles with an ethical dilemma of what to do when your life partner suddenly decides to start acting like an angel.
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Before I read How to Be Good, I listened to the audio version from the library and enjoyed it so much I wanted to own the book. I loved it. Hornby is funny and never lets his characters off the hook for their shortcomings. And in taking on the idea of "being good," he finds both the goodness and the self-serving aspects of it. Ultimately he shows the immensity of need and the frequent unattractiveness of the needy.

I recommend it highly.
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Interesting. A bit uncomfortable at some points but still enjoyable.
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Good book


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