Our book for May is The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker. In this startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novel from 1986, the author uses an escalator ride from the ground floor to the mezzanine 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.
If more than 12 people show up to the Meetup, we will break into two groups, with a volunteer moderating the second group.