Kevin Baker is an American novelist and journalist. He was born in Englewood, New Jersey and grew up in New Jersey and Rockport, Massachusetts.
As a youth Baker worked on the Gloucester Daily Times, covering school-boy sports, as well as local town meetings and other civic affairs. He graduated from Columbia, where he majored in political science, in 1980. Baker resides in New York, where he is a contributing editor to Harper's magazine as well as a columnist with American Heritage magazine, and a regular contributor to The New York Times and The New York Times Book Review.
Kevin Baker recommends
Carter Beats the Devil (2001)
Glen David Gold
"Carter Beats the Devil is an absorbing mystery, full of magic, romance, and history and populated with fascinating characters, both real and imagined, from the great Houdini, to a doomed President Harding, to the villainous Mysterioso. Glen David Gold is a first-rate storyteller, with his own hoard of magician's tricks."
Sugar Pop Moon (2013)
(Jersey Leo, book 1)
"Funny, poignant, and thrilling. A terrific read!"
Unseen City (2020)
"Atmospheric, poignant, well-observed, and sneakily funny, Amy Shearn's Unseen City is one from the heart, an absorbing read for all those who love Brooklyn, great writing, and the human spirit."
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