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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 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Human Smoke delivers an indictment of the treasured myths that have romanticized much of the 1930s and '40s. Incorporating meticulous research and well-documented sources---including newspaper and magazine articles, radio speeches, memoirs, and diaries---the book juxtaposes hundreds of interrelated moments of decision, brutality, suffering, and mercy. Vivid glimpses of political leaders and their dissenters illuminate 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 17 mins
    • Release date: 08-20-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 88 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Anthologist

    • A Novel
    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Nicholson Baker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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. He's having a hard time getting started because his career is floundering; his girlfriend, Roz, has recently left him; and he is thinking about the great poets throughout history who have suffered far worse and deserve to feel sorry for themselves.

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

    • By Douglas on 07-20-16

    Regular price: $17.49

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    • Going to School with a Thousand Kids
    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
    • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    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. He awoke to the dispatcher's five-forty a.m. phone call and headed to one of several nearby schools; when he got there, he did his best to follow lesson plans and help his students get something done. What emerges from Baker's experience is a complex, often touching deconstruction of public schooling in America.

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Mezzanine

    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: David LeDoux
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    From the humble milk carton to the act of tying one's shoes, The Mezzanine at once defamiliarizes the familiar world and endows it with loopy and euphoric poetry. Nicholson Baker's accounts of the ordinary become extraordinary through his sharp storytelling and his unconventional, conversational style. At first glance, The Mezzanine appears to be a book about nothing. In reality, it is a brilliant celebration of things, simultaneously demonstrating the value of reflection and the importance of everyday human human experiences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like William Carlos Williams Wrote A Novel...

    • By Douglas on 07-17-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Vox

    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett, Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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 an erotic classic that places the author in the first rank of America's major writers.

    • 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 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 56

    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. So begins Nicholson Baker's fuse-blowing, sex-positive escapade, House of Holes. Baker returns to erotic territory with a gleefully over-the-top novel set in a pleasure resort, where normal rules don't apply. Brimful of good-nature, wit, and surreal sexual vocabulary, this is a modern-day Hieronymous Boschian bacchanal that is sure to surprise, amuse, and arouse.

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

    • By Jeffrey on 12-29-11

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Fermata

    • By: Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 48

    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. "It's harder than I thought!" he admits. His "Fold-powers" are easier; he can stop the world and use it as his own pleasure ground. Arno uses this gift not for evil or material gain (he would feel guilty about stealing), though he does undress a good number of women and momentarily place them in compromising positions - always, in his view, with respect and love.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Penthouse Letters - Rejected

    • By W Perry Hall on 08-29-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Selected Shorts

    • Lots of Laughs!
    • By: Nicholson Baker, John Updike, David Schickler, and others
    • Narrated by: Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Radio Show

    • By Steve on 11-26-05

    Regular price: $19.60

    • 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 is reflected in his steadfast desire to write a pop song, or a protest song, or both at once.

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

    • By Douglas on 07-18-16

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The New Yorker, July 8th & 15th 2013: Part 2 (Jill Lepore, Jeffrey Bartholet, Nicholson Baker)

    • By: Jill Lepore, Jeffrey Bartholet, Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
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    "Middle-Class Militants", by James Surowiecki; "Go-Between", by Patrick Radden Keefe; "The Prodigal Daughter", by Jill Lepore; "Aflame", by Jeffrey Bartholet; "A Fourth State of Matter", by Nicholson Baker; and "In Transit", by Anthony Lane.

    Regular price: $5.95