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House of Holes

by Nicholson Baker

Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. So begins Nicholson Baker’s fuse-blowing sexual escapade—a modern-day Hieronymus Boschian bacchanal set in a pleasure...


Vox

by Nicholson Baker

Baker has written a novel that remaps the territory of sex--solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. Written in the form of a phone conversation between two strangers, Vox is...


Vintage Baker

by Nicholson Baker

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...


Mezzanine

by Nicholson Baker

In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novel—first published in 1986 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback—the author of Vox and The Fermata uses a one-story escalator ride as the...


Room Temperature

by Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker’s novel, The Mezannine, turned a lunch hour into a postmodern version of The Odyssey. In Room Temperature, originally published by Grove Press in 1984, Baker takes the reader even greater distance...


The Anthologist: A Novel

by Nicholson Baker

Paul Chowder is trying to write the introduction to a new anthology of rhyming verse, but he’s having a hard time getting started. The result of his fitful struggles is The Anthologist, Nicholson Baker’s...


Traveling Sprinkler: A Novel

by Nicholson Baker

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,...


Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

by Nicholson Baker

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...


The Way the World Works: Essays

by Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker, who “writes like no one else in America” (Newsweek), here assembles his best short pieces from the last fifteen years.

The Way the World Works, Baker’s second nonfiction collection, ranges...


A Box of Matches

by Nicholson Baker

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....


Checkpoint

by Nicholson Baker

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

From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Everlasting Story of Nory

by Nicholson Baker

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...


The Size of Thoughts: Essays and Other Lumber

by Nicholson Baker

The Size of Thoughts, a collection of essays that have appeared in the New Yorker and other publications, includes one never-before-published piece on the world of electronics. The essays celebrate the joy--and...


U and I: A True Story

by Nicholson Baker

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

From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Fermata

by Nicholson Baker

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...