My brain works in odd ways sometimes, and reading this book provides a window into it for me, as well as providing a window out from it. This story deals deeply with the minutiae amid the mundane, the possibly unnoticed moments among the memorable. The parts about shopping at CVS are relevatory and very funny. By the surprising yet quotidian ending, this little story about the vague exactings of a mind's wanderings dug deep. As with his other work, highly recommended.— From Damian's Picks
In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novel--first published in 1986 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback--the author of Vox and The Fermata uses a one-story escalator ride as the occasion for a dazzling reappraisal of everyday objects and rituals. From the humble milk carton to the act of tying one's shoes, The Mezzanine at once defamiliarizes the familiar world and endows it with loopy and euphoric poetry. Nicholson Baker's accounts of the ordinary become extraordinary through his sharp storytelling and his unconventional, conversational style. At first glance, The Mezzanine appears to be a book about nothing. In reality, it is a brilliant celebration of things, simultaneously demonstrating the value of reflection and the importance of everyday human human experiences.