Search Results: "Nicholson Baker"


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NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2001

"If even half of what Baker alleges is true, some of America's most honored librarians have a lot of explaining to do."
In a passionate cri de coeur sure to raise controversy and alarm, novelist Baker (The Everlasting Story of Nory, 1998, etc.) accuses America's librarians of betraying the public trust as they rush to microfilm and digitize. Read full book review >

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THE SIZE OF THOUGHTS by Nicholson Baker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1996

"Although Baker sometimes strains when he directly addresses his concerns and predilections, it takes a rare combination of wit and effort to seem this facile without actually being so."
Showing off Baker's Sears catalog eclecticism and word-playfulness, this collection is congenial kin to his thoughtful, fiddly novels The Mezzanine and Room Temperature rather than the garrulously oversexed Vox. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Baker explores a fine line between eroticism and pornography here, and were it not for his wit and verbal play, the latter would win out."
Baker returns to the eroticism of his earlier Vox (1995) and The Fermata (1994) but kicks it up about a dozen notches. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"Similar to but less noisy than John Dos Passos's U.S.A.: Selective, well-chosen fragments add up to a living history."
A catalog of primary sources creatively fashioned by novelist and National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Baker (Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, 2001, etc.) tells the grim story of the making of two world wars. Read full book review >

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THE FERMATA by Nicholson Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"But drama is drama and porn porn, this among the most literary-respectable of the latter that money can buy."
The talented Baker returns with sex for sophisticates, making Vox (1992) seem like a warmup exercise. Read full book review >

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A BOX OF MATCHES by Nicholson Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"Skilled. Often charming. Minor."
Baker (The Everlasting Story of Nory, 1998, etc.) applies his fine-tooth comb—or magnifying glass—to a short and tightly controlled meander through the hyper-dailiness of domestic life—in a kind of extended prose haiku. Read full book review >

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CHECKPOINT by Nicholson Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"An absolute treasure for anti-Bushists, the purest sin-and-snake-venom deceit and villainy to pro-Bushists. Let the reader-voter call it."
From Baker (A Box of Matches, 2003, etc.), a tiny little slip of a thing about—about what? About assassinating George W. Bush? Read full book review >

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SUBSTITUTE by Nicholson Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An affecting (long-exposure) snapshot revealing real-life concerns."
The eminent Maine-based author chronicles his lively, maddening month substitute teaching in the local public schools. Read full book review >

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THE ANTHOLOGIST by Nicholson Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The author's characteristic obsessiveness and attention to minutiae will appeal mainly to those who know and care as much about poetry as Paul."
Novelist/polemicist Baker (Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, 2008, etc.) takes a nullity as a protagonist. Read full book review >

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THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS by Nicholson Baker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Not a major work, but a thoughtful collection from a writer who, to quote his own description of Daniel Defoe, has 'an enormous appetite for truth and life and bloody specificity.'"
The erudite novelist and essayist ponders obsessions both old (newspapers and rare books) and new (Kindle 2, Wikipedia, video games). Read full book review >

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VOX by Nicholson Baker
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"First Harold Brodkey as the Mahler, the Liszt, of the hand-job, now Nicholson Baker as its David Letterman."
On a private adult phone-sex line, Jim, a West Coaster in his late 20s, connects with East Coast Abby. Read full book review >

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TRAVELING SPRINKLER by Nicholson Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"In sparkling and witty prose, Baker reminds readers why he's one of the masters of the contemporary novel."
Baker foregoes the kinky eroticism of Vox and House of Holes this time and gives readers a sweet and idiosyncratic novel about the protagonist of The Anthologist (2009), a poet and pop songwriter manqué. Read full book review >