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A Good Place To Start

Mezzanine 2
Vox 1
A Box of Matches 1

A Bad Place To Start

The Fermata 1
The Everlasting Story of Nory 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Nicholson Baker (1957 - )

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Marian November 7th, 2006 10:03 AM PST

First I have to admit that I've only read "U and I" and "Vox."

That said -- EACH of them left me excited about reading more by Nicholson Baker, and they are so different from each other that BOTH of them left me thinking, "What ELSE can he do?"

No, wait -- I've read some of his non-fiction. Baker is a crusader for the preservation of libraries. He wrote a controversial article for the New Yorker (2000) which was published in book form as "Double Fold" (2001) -- find some of the responses it generated at:


mokin March 21st, 2007 04:23 AM PST

The Mezzanine is a great place to start. It's his first book, and also one of his best. It doesn't really have a plot, though. It's more like a character study and observations on the little things in life. It's very similar to A Box of Matches in that way.


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Nicholson Baker has published five novels and two works of nonfiction... He lives in Maine with his wife and two children.

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