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The Mezzanine Paperback – January 16, 1990

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inary ride up an office escalator into a meditation on our relations with familiar objects--shoelaces, straws, and more. Baker's debut novel, and a favorite amongst many of us here.

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Nicholson Baker has published five novels–The Mezzanine, Room Temperature, Vox, The Fermata, and The Everlasting Story of Nory–and two works of nonfiction, U and I and The Size of Thoughts. He lives with his wife and two children in Maine.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage; Reissue edition (January 16, 1990)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 135 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0679725768
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0679725763
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
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I've written seventeen books, plus an art book (The World on Sunday) that I published with my wife Margaret Brentano. The most recent one is Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act (2020). Before that came Substitute (2016), 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 bestselling attempt to look at the beginning of World War II in a new way, 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 and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. Vox (1992) was a best-selling phone-sex novel--source of the question "What are you wearing?"--and I've produced two other erotic novels: The Fermata, about time-stopping (1994); and House of Holes, about a surreal sex resort (2011). My book Double Fold, about libraries (2001), won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Occasionally I write for magazines. I was born in New York City and grew up in Rochester, New York. At Haverford College I majored in English. I live in Maine, near Bangor, with my wife; we have two grown children. See more at https://linktr.ee/nicholsonbaker

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