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The Way the World Works

(2012)
A non fiction book by

 
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 Pulitzer, the OED, and the manufacture of the Venetian gondola. He writes about kite string and about the moment he met his wife, and he surveys our fascination with video games while attempting to beat his teenage son at Modern Warfare 2. In a celebrated essay on Wikipedia, Baker describes his efforts to stem the tide of encyclopedic deletionism; in another, he charts the rise of e-readers; in a third he chronicles his Freedom of Information lawsuit against the San Francisco Public Library. Through all these pieces, many written for The New Yorker, Harper's, and The American Scholar, Baker shines the light of an inexpugnable curiosity. The Way the World Works is a keen-minded, generous-spirited compendium by a modern American master.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2012 : UK Hardback
Title: The Way the World Works
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4711-0266-1 / 978-1-4711-0266-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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August 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: The Way the World Works: Essays
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4165-7247-3 / 978-1-4165-7247-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: The Way the World Works: Essays
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4165-7248-1 / 978-1-4165-7248-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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July 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Way the World Works
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 1-4711-0267-X / 978-1-4711-0267-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Way the World Works
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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August 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Way the World Works: Essays
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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