Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker wrote U and I, the fretful and handwringingâbut also groundbreakingâtale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is writer out there in the world that you must read. B & Me is that story, the story of J.C. Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Bakerâ¦and discovering himself in the process.
Our relationship to books in the digital age, the role of art in an increasingly commodified world, the power great writing has to change us, these are at the core of Hallmanâs investigation of Bakerâquestions heâs grappled with, values heâs come to doubt. But in reading Bakerâs work, Hallman discovers the key to overcoming the malaise that had been plaguing him, through the books themselves and what he finds and contemplates in his attempts to understand them and their enigmatic author.
B & Me is literary self-archaeology: an irreverent, incisive story of one readerâs desperate quest to restore passion to literature, and all the things he learns along the way. âA wide-ranging and idiosyncratic career survey for Nicholson Bakerâs work, a love letter to the act of reading, and a commentary on the modern novel, this is a book that readers will absolutely adoreâ (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
About: A funny, frisky, often outrageous book about love, literature, and modern lifeâand a wink of the eye toU and I, Nicholson Bakerâs classic book about John Updikeâby an award-winning author called âwonderfully brightâ by The New York Times Book Review.
About: âA love letter to the book as a physical object, a source of intellectual ardor, and a form of emotional salvationâ (Salon)âand a nod to U and I, Nicholson Bakerâs classic memoir about John Updikeâfrom an award-winning author called âwonderfully brightâ by The New York Times Book Review.
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