Nicholson Baker

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Nicholson Baker is a contemporary American writer of fiction and non-fiction. He was born in Manhattan in 1957 and grew up in Rochester, New York. He has published sixteen books--including The Mezzanine (1988), U and I (1991), Human Smoke (2008), The Anthologist (2009), and Substitute (2016)--and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, the New York Review of Books, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Essays. He has received a National Book Critics Circle award, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, the Herman Hesse Prize, and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1999, Baker and his wife, Margaret Brentano (co-author with Baker of The World on Sunday, 20 ...more

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The Mezzanine

3.83 avg rating — 7,218 ratings — published 1988 — 27 editions
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Vox

3.44 avg rating — 5,386 ratings — published 1992 — 43 editions
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The Anthologist (The Paul C...

3.76 avg rating — 3,745 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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The Fermata

3.68 avg rating — 4,163 ratings — published 1994 — 29 editions
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House of Holes

3.09 avg rating — 2,483 ratings — published 2004 — 21 editions
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A Box of Matches

3.68 avg rating — 2,181 ratings — published 2003 — 22 editions
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Human Smoke: The Beginnings...

3.98 avg rating — 1,536 ratings — published 2008 — 26 editions
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Traveling Sprinkler (The Pa...

3.70 avg rating — 917 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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Substitute: Going to School...

2.87 avg rating — 650 ratings7 editions
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Double Fold: Libraries and ...

3.41 avg rating — 942 ratings — published 2001 — 12 editions
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