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Nicholson Baker
I've written sixteen books, plus an art book (The World on Sunday) that I published with my wife Margaret Brentano. The most recent one is Substitute (2016), which is about working as a substitute teacher in Maine schools. Some earlier books are The Anthologist (2009), a novel about a poet... show more



I've written sixteen books, plus an art book (The World on Sunday) that I published with my wife Margaret Brentano. The most recent one is Substitute (2016), which is about working as a substitute teacher in Maine schools. Some earlier books are The Anthologist (2009), a novel about a poet trying to write an introduction to an anthology of rhyming verse; Human Smoke (2008), a book of nonfiction about the beginning of World War II, and U and I (1991), about the vagaries and jealousies of the writing life. My first novel, The Mezzanine, about a man riding an escalator on his lunch hour, came out in 1988. Occasionally I write for magazines. I grew up in Rochester, New York and went to Haverford College, where I majored in English. I live in Maine with my family.

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Birth date: January 07, 1957
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Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 11 months ago
Sometimes the problem with telling someone about a book was that the description you could make of it could just as easily be a description of a boring book. There's no proof that you can give the person that it's a really good book, unless they read it. But how are you going to convince them that t...
moving under skies
moving under skies rated it 5 years ago
I disagreed with Baker's base Poetics (rhyme is not and has never been what draws me to poetry & I actually really enjoy iambic pentameter), and I often found his prose as purple as the plum on the cover--but even so I adored this book, as I adore practically everything else Baker has written. He ne...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 6 years ago
bookshelves: published-2003, paper-read, lifestyles-deathstyles, hardback, winter-20132014, bellybutton-mining, amusing, giftee, lit-richer Read in January, 2014 Dedication: For MargaretOpening: Good morning, it's January and it's 4:17am, and I'm going to sit here in the darkEmmett (I am sure tha...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it 6 years ago
There is a widely accepted philosophy that says history is written by the victor. I've always believed this to be true; naturally this has made me curious about some of the more time-honored events of the past. Specifically, I was quite curious about World War II: a world of liberation and salvation...
DES
DES rated it 6 years ago
This minute observation has autistic elements in it that made it for me very hard to read. Intellectually a great piece, not necessarily enjoyable for me.
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