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Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books

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Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books

“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.

Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books
by Wendy Lesser

  • Publication Date: January 13, 2015
  • Genres: Literary Criticism, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN-10: 1250062098
  • ISBN-13: 9781250062093