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Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker is the author of ten novels and numerous works of nonfiction, including The AnthologistThe 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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Written by Nicholson Baker
Penguin Press | Hardcover | July 21, 2020
$30.00/40.00(Canada) | 978-0-7352-1575-7 (0-7352-1575-8)

A major new work, a hybrid of history, journalism, and memoir, about the modern Freedom of Information Act – FOIA – and the horrifying, decades-old government misdeeds that it is unable to demystify, from one of America's most celebrated writers

Ten years into researching a book about the possibility that the United States had used biological weapons in the Korean... Read more

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

Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2005
$12.00/16.00(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
$16.95/22.95(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
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | October 2014
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-17259-5 (0-399-17259-9)

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. Read more

Written by Nicholson Baker
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2017
$20.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-16099-8 (0-399-16099-X)

**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

U and I
Written by Nicholson Baker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1992
$16.00/22.00(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

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


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