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Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker is the author of ten novels and five works of nonfiction, including The Anthologist,The Mezzanine, and Human Smoke. He has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Hermann Hesse Prize, and a Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Maine with his wife, Margaret Brentano; both his children went to Maine public schools.

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A Box of Matches
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2004
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70603-5 (0-375-70603-8)

Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.

What Emmett thinks about is the subject... Read more






Checkpoint
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2005
$10.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7985-8 (1-4000-7985-3)

From Nicholson Baker, best-selling author of Vox and the most original writer of his generation, his most controversial novel yet. Read more






Double Fold
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2002
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72621-7 (0-375-72621-7)

The ostensible purpose of a library is to preserve the printed word. But for fifty years our country’s libraries–including the Library of Congress–have been doing just the opposite, destroying hundreds of thousands of historic newspapers and replacing them with microfilm copies that are difficult to read, lack all the color and... Read more






The Everlasting Story of Nory
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1999
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76375-8 (0-679-76375-9)

Our supreme fabulist of the ordinary now turns his attention on a 9-year-old American girl and produces a novel as enchantingly idiosyncratic as any he has written. Nory Winslow wants to be a dentist or a designer of pop-up books. She likes telling stories and inventing dolls. She has nightmares about... Read more






The Fermata
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1995
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75933-1 (0-679-75933-6)

Having turned phone sex into the subject of an astonishing national bestseller in Vox, Baker now outdoes himself with an outrageously arousing, acrobatically stylish "X-rated sci-fi fantasy that leaves Vox seeming more like mere fiber-optic foreplay" (Seattle Times). "Sparkling."--San Francisco Chronicle. Read more






The Paul Chowder Chronicles
Written by Nicholson Baker
Blue Rider Press | Trade Paperback | October 2014
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-17259-5 (0-399-17259-9)

TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME, BOTH OF NICHOLSON BAKER’S BRILLIANT NOVELS FEATURING BELOVED HERO AND POET PAUL CHOWDER
 
A New York Times notable book and a national bestseller, Nicholson Baker’s The Anthologist introduces his quirkiest and most unforgettable protagonist yet, the “erudite, unpretentious, and often hilarious” (The New Yorker) Paul Chowder.

Chowder really... Read more






The Size of Thoughts
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1997
$17.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-679-77624-6 (0-679-77624-9)

The bestselling author of Vox and The Fermata devotes his hyperdriven curiosity and magnificently baroque prose to the fossils of punctuation and the lexicography of smut, delivering to readers a provocative and often hilarious celebration of the neglected aspects of our experience. 368 pp. 15,000 print. Read more






Substitute
Written by Nicholson Baker
Blue Rider Press | Hardcover | September 2016
$30.00/40.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-16098-1 (0-399-16098-1)

**A New York Times Bestseller**

“May be the most revealing depiction of the American contemporary classroom that we have to date." —Garret Keizer, The New York Times Book Review
 
Bestselling author Nicholson Baker, in pursuit of the realities of American public education, signed up as a substitute teacher in a Maine public... Read more






Traveling Sprinkler
Written by Nicholson Baker
Blue Rider Press | Hardcover | September 2013
$26.95/28.50(Canada) | 978-0-399-16096-7 (0-399-16096-5)

Paul Chowder, the poet protagonist of Nicholson Baker’s widely acclaimed novel The Anthologist, is turning fifty-five and missing his ex-girlfriend, Roz, rather desperately.

As he approaches the dreaded birthday, Paul is uninspired by his usual artistic outlet (although he’s pleased that his poetry anthology, Only Rhyme, is selling “steadily”). Putting aside poetry... Read more






U and I
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1992
$12.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-73575-5 (0-679-73575-5)

Baker muses on the creative process via his obsession with John Updike. Read more






Vintage Baker
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2004
$9.95/13.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7860-8 (1-4000-7860-1)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Nicholson Baker has established himself as one of our most brilliant observers of everyday experience. With his keen perception, flawless prose, and endless wit, he has composed both fiction and nonfiction that has become an essential part of our literature.

Vintage Baker contains generous... Read more






Vox
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1993
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74211-1 (0-679-74211-5)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER 

Vox is a novel that remaps the territory of sex—sex solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. It is an erotic classic that places Nicholson Baker firmly in the first rank of major American writers. Read more





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