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A Box of Matches

(2003)
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Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.

What Emmett thinks about is the subject of this wise and closely observed novel, which covers vast distances while moving no farther than Emmett's hearth and home. Nicholson Baker's extraordinary ability to describe and celebrate life in all its rich ordinariness has never been so beautifully achieved.

Baker won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. He now returns to fiction with this lovely book, reminiscent of the early novels—Room Temperature and The Mezzanine—that established his reputation.

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Hardback Editions

January 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Box Of Matches
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 0-7011-7402-1 / 978-0-7011-7402-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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January 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Box of Matches: A Novel (Baker, Nicholson)
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 0-375-50287-4 / 978-0-375-50287-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

March 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Box of Matches
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 0-375-70603-8 / 978-0-375-70603-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Box Of Matches
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 0-09-944838-6 / 978-0-09-944838-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

March 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Box of Matches (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA