Nicholson Baker
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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 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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    • Human Smoke

    • The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Vivid glimpses of political leaders and their dissenters illuminate and examine the gradual, horrifying advance toward overt global war and Holocaust....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a "History Book" per se

    • By Roy on 02-20-09
    • The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 08-20-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 97 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Fermata

    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60

    The Fermata is the most risky of Nicholson Baker's emotional histories. His narrator, Arno Strine, is a 35-year-old office temp who is writing his autobiography.....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Penthouse Letters - Rejected

    • By W Perry Hall on 08-29-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Vox

    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett, Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Baker has written a novel that remaps the territory of sex--solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but...

    • By Angela on 02-24-12

    Regular price: $14.95

    • House of Holes

    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. Luna meets a man made of light bulbs at a tanning parlor....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fantastic performance of a very funny book

    • By Jeffrey on 12-29-11

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Substitute

    • Going to School with a Thousand Kids
    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
    • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    In 2014, after a brief orientation course and a few fingerprinting sessions, Nicholson Baker became an on-call substitute teacher in a Maine public school district....

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Anthologist

    • A Novel
    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Nicholson Baker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    The Anthologist follows Paul Chowder - a once-in-a-while-published kind of poet who is writing the introduction to a new anthology of poetry....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Because I Read Traveling Sprinkler First...

    • By Douglas on 07-20-16

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Traveling Sprinkler

    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Nicholson Baker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    A new novel by bestselling author Nicholson Baker reintroduces feckless but hopeful hero Paul Chowder, whose struggle to get his life together....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No One Brings The Everyday To Life...

    • By Douglas on 07-18-16

    Regular price: $34.99

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