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“A very funny book . . . Its 135 pages probably contain more insight into life as we live it today than anything currently on the best-seller list.” The New York Times
978-0-8021-4490-4 • $15.00 • Paperback • July 2010
In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novelfirst publishhed in 1986 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperbackthe author of Vox and The Fermata uses a one-story escalator ride as the occasion for a dazzling reappraisal of everyday objects and rituals. From the humble milk carton to the act of tying one’s shoes, The Mezzanine at once defamiliarizes the familiar world and endows it with loopy and euphoric poetry. Nicholson Baker’s accounts of the ordinary become extraordinary through his sharp storytelling and his unconventional, conversational style. At first glance, The Mezzanine appears to be a book about nothing. In reality, it is a brilliant celebration of things, simultaneously demonstrating the value of reflection and the importance of everyday human experiences.