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By Nicholson Baker

Winner of the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award, Nicholson Baker has confirmed himself as one among our so much superb observers of daily event. together with his prepared notion, ideal prose, and never-ending wit, he has composed either fiction and nonfiction that has turn into a necessary a part of our literature.

Vintage Baker comprises beneficiant choices from the novels Vox, The Fermata, The Mezzanine, and A field of Matches; essays from The measurement of Thoughts; and parts of the NBCC award winner Doublefold.

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