B & Me

B & Me

“A love letter to the book as a physical object, a source of intellectual ardor, and a form of emotional salvation” (Salon)—and a nod to U and I, Nicholson Baker’s classic memoir about John Updike—from an award-winning author called “wonderfully bright” by The New York Times Book Review.

Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker wrote U and I, the fretful and handwringing—but also groundbreaking—tale of his literary relationship with John Updike.… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)

Slate : Literary Crush (April 06, 2015)

Literature does not teach us to love. Literature is always what leaves us longing. Hallman loves his Catherine and I love mine. And yet we all go on reading.

Good books not only constitute human relationships; the act of reading is “keeping a promise.” Hallman suggests readers find their own Nicholson Baker, a writer they can welcome to the canon. As for Hallman — welcome to my canon, and Elda may want to read you, too.

Hallman's book, while filled with clever observations that compare reading to sex (both, he claims, even better outdoors or the second time around), curiously glosses over some of Baker's most striking characteristics as a writer — his extraordinary vocabulary, verbal felicity, and wit.

Book Details  

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 10, 2015)

Collection: Simon & Schuster

Parent ISBN: 9781451682014

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 5.7 MB

Language: English

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