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Nicholson Baker.
Item #: D02191
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 142 / 2010
Publisher: Grove
ISBN: 9780802144904
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Increasingly known for revelatory nonfiction like Substitute and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Double Fold, Nicholson Baker's roots are in off-kilter fiction, and his 1988 debut is a startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive novel. On his lunch break, Howie buys new shoelaces and attempts to read Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, then gets on the escalator to go back to his office. From this simple sequence, Baker creates a Proustian yet comic theme and variations, a dazzling reappraisal of everyday objects and rituals, including the humble milk carton, drinking straws, staplers, locomotives, shampoo, how birds feed their young, and the art of applying deodorant while fully dressed.


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