Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books (Paperback)
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"Reading "Why I Read" delivers all the pleasure of discussing one's favorite books with a marvelously articulate, intelligent, opinionated friend. It's like joining the book club of your dreams."--Francine Prose
"Wendy Lesser's extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America's most significant cultural critics," writes Stephen Greenblatt. In "Why I Read," she draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing to describe a life lived in and through literature. As Lesser examines work from such perspectives as "Character and Plot," "Novelty," "Grandeur and Intimacy," and "Authority," the reader will discover a definition of literature that is as broad as it is broad-minded. In addition to novels and stories, Lesser explores plays, poems, and essays, along with mysteries, science fiction, and memoirs. Her passion for reading is infectious--and it resonates on every page. Iconoclastic, conversational, and full of insight, "Why I Read" will delight avid readers as well as neophytes in search of sheer literary fun.
About the Author
WENDY LESSER is the founder and editor of "The Threepenny Review", which Adam Zagajewski has called "one of the most original literary magazines not only in the U.S. but also on the entire planet." She is the author of several books of nonfiction, including the recent prizewinning book "Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen String Quartets", and one novel. She has written for "The New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement", and other publications. She divides her time between Berkeley, California, and New York City.