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Baker, Nicholson

Works: 157 works in 633 publications in 10 languages and 22,596 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Newspapers  Domestic fiction  Musical fiction  Biography  Erotic stories  Quotations  Satire 
Roles: Narrator, Author of introduction, Editor
Classifications: PS3552.A4325, 813.54
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Double fold : libraries and the assault on paper by Nicholson Baker( Book )
25 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 2,473 libraries worldwide
"Since the 1950s, our country's libraries have followed a policy of "destroying to preserve": They have methodically dismantled their collections of original bound newspapers, cut up hundreds of thousands of so-called brittle books, and replaced them with microfilmed copies - copies that are difficult to read, lack all the color and quality of the original paper and illustrations, and deteriorate with age. Half a century on, the results on this policy are jarringly apparent: There are no longer any complete editions remaining of most of America's great newspapers. The loss to historians and future generations in inestimable." "In this book, writer Nicholson Baker explains the marketing of the brittle-paper crisis and the real motives behind it. Pleading the case for saving our newspapers and books so that they can continue to be read in their original forms, he tells how and why our greatest research libraries betrayed the public's trust by selling off or pulping irreplaceable collections. The players include the Library of Congress, the CIA, NASA, microfilm lobbyists, newspaper dealers, and a colorful array of librarians and digital futurists, as well as Baker himself, who discovers that the only way to save one important newspaper archive is to cash in his retirement savings and buy it - all twenty tons of it."--Jacket
Human smoke : the beginnings of World War II, the end of civilization by Nicholson Baker( Book )
18 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,988 libraries worldwide
This wide-ranging, fresh perspective on the political and social landscape that gave rise to World War II delivers a moving indictment of the treasured myths that have romanticized much of the 1930s and 1940s. 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 global war and holocaust. Baker's narrative unfolds gracefully, tragically, and persuasively, leaving a profound impact on our perceptions of historical events and mourning the unthinkable loss humanity has borne at its own hand.--From publisher description
The anthologist by Nicholson Baker( Book )
19 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,577 libraries worldwide
"The Anthologist is narrated by 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. He has also promised to reveal many wonderful secrets and tips and tricks about poetry, and it looks like the introduction will be a little longer than he'd thought." "What unfolds is a wholly entertaining and beguiling love story about poetry: from Tennyson, Swinburne, and Yeats to the moderns (Roethke, Bogan, Merwin) to the staff of The New Yorker, what Paul reveals is astonishing and makes one realize how incredibly important poetry is to our lives. At the same time, Paul barely manages to realize all of this himself, and the result is a tenderly romantic, hilarious, and inspired novel."--BOOK JACKET
Vox : a novel by Nicholson Baker( Book )
37 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,568 libraries worldwide
A man and a woman, residents of distant cities, share a telephone conversation with increasing levels of self-disclosure
A box of matches : a novel by Nicholson Baker( Book )
23 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,337 libraries worldwide
A box of matches is the record of an untumultuous month in the life of Emmett, a forty-five-year-old editor of medical textbooks. Emmett has a wife and 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. What Emmett thinks about is the subject of this wise and closely observed novel, which covers vast distances while moving no farther than Emmett's hearth and home
The Fermata by Nicholson Baker( Book )
25 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,157 libraries worldwide
Arno Strine explains, in his autobiography, about the fermata (or fold) and how he stops time and takes women's clothes off
The mezzanine : a novel by Nicholson Baker( Book )
34 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and French and held by 1,104 libraries worldwide
Follows the journey of the hero up the escalator and learn why straws don't sink in milk cartons; whether the hot air blowers in bathrooms are really more sanitary than towels; the physics of shoelaces; and how the most trivial of objects can lead to the deepest revelations of the human heart
Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker( Book )
23 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,099 libraries worldwide
During a conversation between two old friends, Ben and Jay, the two men discuss cameras, the effects of Wal-Mart on American culture, Iraq, abortion, free-range chickens, light bulbs, the figures in McDonald's Happy Meals, and Jay's upcoming plans to assassinate President Bush, in a darkly funny, provocative novella by the author of VOX
The size of thoughts : essays and other lumber by Nicholson Baker( Book )
20 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 1,012 libraries worldwide
The final essay, which appears in print here for the first time, pursues through several centuries of prose and poetry the vagaries of the word lumber as a metaphor for the contents of the human mind, in what becomes in the telling a dazzlingly pedantic case study of the fanaticism of scholarship and the beauty that can reside within a piece of ordinary language
The everlasting story of Nory : a novel by Nicholson Baker( Book )
20 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and Korean and held by 921 libraries worldwide
A child's view of the world. She is Eleanor Winslow, a precocious nine-year-old whose American parents move to England. She has opinions on many subjects--friendship, monsters, injustice--which she expresses in a monologue
Room temperature : a novel by Nicholson Baker( Book )
22 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and French and held by 889 libraries worldwide
Mike's thought on his newfound parenthood lead him back to his own childhood and to reflections on the objects of his youth-- from glass peanut butter jars to French horns
The World on Sunday : graphic art in Joseph Pulitzer's newspaper (1898-1911) by Nicholson Baker( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 867 libraries worldwide
Joseph Pulitzer's New York World flourished at the turn of the twentieth century, and out of it grew what we think of as the modern daily paper. The World was famous for muckraking and sensationalism, but to a contemporary eye what is most striking about the paper (and in particular its Sunday edition) is that it was filled with colorful art--caricatures, full-page cartoons, disaster drawings, fiction illustrations, hand-lettered typography, weird science, halftone photographs, maps, and more. Co-authors Baker and Brentano have selected 85 of the finest examples of period reporting, bold and playful graphic design, long-lost comic strips, and society pieces from the heyday of the New York World for reproduction in this delightful, oversized volume. Baker's introductory essay argues the significance and beauty of Pulitzer's paper, and Brentano's detailed captions and notes accompany the colorful reproductions throughout.--From publisher description
Traveling sprinkler : a novel by Nicholson Baker( Book )
9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 845 libraries worldwide
An accomplished near 55-year old poet, Paul Chowder, tries his hand at songwriting, Quaker meetings, and tobacco experiments while he copes with turning 55 and his ex-girlfriend's new relationship with a local NPR radio host
The way the world works : essays by Nicholson Baker( Book )
12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 839 libraries worldwide
"Baker's second nonfiction collection ranges over the map of life to examine what troubles us, what eases our pain, and what brings us joy. Baker moves from political controversy to the intimacy of his own life, from forgotten heroes of pacifism to airplane wings, telephones, paper mills, David Remnick, Joseph Pulitzer, the 'OED,' and the manufacture of the Venetian gondola. He writes about kite string and about the moment he met his wife, and he surveys our fascination with video games while attempting to beat his teenage son at 'Modern Warfare 2.' In a celebrated essay on Wikipedia, Baker describes his efforts to stem the tide of encyclopedic deletionism; in another, he charts the rise of e-readers; in a third he chronicles his Freedom of Information lawsuit against the San Francisco Public Library."--Provided by publisher
House of holes : a book of raunch by Nicholson Baker( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 834 libraries worldwide
Presents an explicit new tale of carnal improprieties and comic raunchiness set in a surreal but familiar world of fantasy sex
Vintage Baker by Nicholson Baker( Book )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 226 libraries worldwide
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 wit, he has composed both fiction and nonfiction that has become an essential part of our literature. Vintage Baker contains generous selections from the novels Vox, The Fermata, The Mezzanine, and A Box of Matches; essays from The Size of Thoughts; and portions of the NBCC award winner Doublefold. Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the great modern writers, presented in attractive, affordable paperback editions. From the Trade Paperback edition
The anthologist by Nicholson Baker( file )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 170 libraries worldwide
The Anthologist captures all the warmth, wit, and extraordinary prose style that have made award-winning author Nicholson Baker an American master
Traveling sprinkler a novel by Nicholson Baker( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
A feckless but hopeful hero, Paul Chowder's 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
Human smoke the beginnings of World War II, the end of civilization by Nicholson Baker( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
Incorporating meticulous research, newspaper clippings, diaries, and more, Baker offers glimpses of political leaders and their dissenters while examining the horrifying advances towards World War II
Der Eckenknick oder wie die Bibliotheken sich an den Büchern versündigen by Nicholson Baker( Book )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in German and held by 110 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Baker, Nicholson, 1957-
Nicholson Baker
Бейкер, Николсон
ベイカー, ニコルソン
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