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U and I: A True Story

U and I: A True Story

Author(s): Nicholson Baker

Location(s): Rochester

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1970s, 1980s

When Nicholson Baker, one of the most linguistically talented writers in America, set out to write a book about John Updike, the result was no ordinary biography. Instead Baker’s account of his relationship with his hero is a hilarious story of ambition, obsession, talent and neurosis, alternately self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing. More memoir than literary criticism, Baker is excruciatingly honest, and “U & I” reveals at least as much about Baker himself as it does about his idol. Written twenty years before Updike’s death in 2009, “U & I” is a very smart and extremely funny exploration of the debts we owe our heroes.

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