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ROOM TEMPERATURE.

Baker, Nicholson.

ISBN 10: 0140142126 / ISBN 13: 9780140142129
Published by GROVE-WEIDENFELD. NY 1990, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. Very close to fine in a fine dj. (Barely discernable trace of foxing at top edge) Author's SECOND book. Bookseller Inventory # 14126

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Title: ROOM TEMPERATURE.

Publisher: GROVE-WEIDENFELD. NY 1990

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Giving his infant daughter her afternoon bottle, Mike's thoughts wander to the special things he remembers about his own childhood

Review:

Nicholson Baker writes in 360-degree Sensurround--his descriptions of the seemingly banal awakening the most jaded of senses into recognition, admiration, and amusement. In Room Temperature, his self-deprecating, endlessly curious narrator is at home giving his baby girl a bottle and allowing his mind to wander. Uppermost in his thoughts are his wife and daughter, but there is also that obsession with commas and some concern with tiny taboos like nose-picking and stealing change from his parents. Truth-telling is the operative mode; at one point he tries to get his wife to explain a doodle by quoting a review of early Yeats: "Always true is always new." Room Temperature is a rare novel of domestic pleasure and stability, with a twist. "Was there ever a limit between us? Would disgust ever outweigh love?" Baker's alter ego asks, and seems determined to find out.

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