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Author: Nicholson Baker Narrator: Nicholson Baker Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781629230948
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Paul Chowder, the poet protagonist of Nicholson Baker’s widely acclaimed novel The Anthologist, is turning fifty-five and missing his ex-girlfriend, Roz, rather desperately.

As he approaches the dreaded birthday, Paul is uninspired by his usual artistic outlet (although he’s pleased that his poetry anthology, Only Rhyme, is selling “steadily”). Putting aside poetry in favor of music, and drawing on his classical bassoon training, Paul turns instead to his new acoustic guitar with one goal in mind: to learn songwriting. As he struggles to come to terms with the horror of America’s drone wars and Roz’s recent relationship with a local NPR radio host, Paul fills his days with Quaker meetings, Planet Fitness workouts, and some experiments with tobacco.

Written in Baker’s beautifully unconventional prose, and scored with musical influences from Debussy to Tracy Chapman to Paul himself, Traveling Sprinkler is an enchanting, hilarious—and very necessary—novel by one of the most beloved and influential writers today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Traveling Sprinkler can be read as a curious coming-of-age novel. And a funny, abundantly textured, warmhearted one, at that.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Utterly charming…Traveling Sprinkler is discursive, quirky, and consistently engaging…an unmitigated pleasure to read.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “In sparkling and witty prose, Baker reminds readers why he’s one of the masters of the contemporary novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Baker’s endearingly comedic, covertly philosophical love story, spiked with intriguing—even alarming—little-known facts, mischievously celebrates song and silence, steadfastness, and loving-kindness”

    Booklist

  • “A witty and enticingly coherent blend of the everyday and the profound.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Nicholson Baker has published numerous novels, including the New York Times bestseller Vox and The Mezzanine. He has also written several works of nonfiction, including Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award. A regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, Baker lives in Maine.