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Room Temperature

Baker, Nicholson

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ISBN 10: 0802112242 / ISBN 13: 9780802112248
Published by Grove Weidenfeld, 1990
Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket Hardcover
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New York. 1990. Grove Weidenfeld. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 54. 117 pages. April 1990. hardcover. Jacket illustration & design by Dave Calver. Inscribed by The Author. 0802112242. keywords:. inventory # 13994. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In his second novel, Baker turns a young fatherís feeding-time reverie into a catalog of the minutiae of domestic love. . Bookseller Inventory # 13994

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Title: Room Temperature

Publisher: Grove Weidenfeld

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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The author of the quirky masterpiece The Mezzanine turns a young father's feeding-time reverie into a dazzling catalog of the minutiae of domestic love. A delightful book, homey and comfortable as a slipper. . . . Every page provokes the shock, or at least the smile, of recognition.--Washington Post.


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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