The Way the World Works: Essays

The Way the World Works: Essays

Nicholson Baker, who "writes like no one else in America" (Newsweek), here assembles his best short pieces from the last fifteen years.

The Way the World Works, Baker's second nonfiction collection, ranges over the map of life to examine what troubles us, what eases our pain, and what brings us joy. Baker moves from political controversy to the intimacy of his own life, from forgotten heroes of pacifism to airplane wings, telephones, paper mills, David Remnick, Joseph… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


He may, at times, seem odd or random, but Baker is never an idiot. He is one of the most important writers we have.

The result here is a variegated and pleasingly patterned quilt of 34 carefully cut and stitched panels.

The book he has actually written may be titled “The Way the World Works,” but it’s anything but a wide-angled take on the human condition.


Book Details  


Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 07, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9781416572480

Page count: 336 pages

File size: 2 MB

Language: English


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