Wendy Lesser





Wendy Lesser


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Wendy Lesser a critic, novelist, and editor based in Berkeley, California.

She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.


Average rating: 3.51 · 1,079 ratings · 230 reviews · 18 distinct works · Similar authors
Why I Read: The Serious Ple...

3.20 avg rating — 428 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
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The Genius of Language: Fif...

3.56 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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Music for Silenced Voices: ...

4.09 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Nothing Remains the Same: R...

3.26 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2002 — 8 editions
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The Amateur: An Independent...

3.72 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
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Pictures At An Execution

3.79 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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His Other Half: Men Looking...

4.18 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1991 — 2 editions
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Room for Doubt

3.79 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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The Pagoda in the Garden

3.08 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2005
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Essa...

3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1993
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“Nothing takes you out of yourself the way a good book does, but at the same time nothing makes you more aware of yourself as a solitary creature, possessing your own particular tastes, memories, associations, beliefs. Even as it fully engages you with another mind (or maybe many other minds, if you count the characters’ as well as the author’s), reading remains a highly individual act. No one will ever do it precisely the way you do.”
Wendy Lesser, Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books

“The slight, the facile and the merely self-glorifying tend to drop away over the centuries, and what we are left with is the bedrock: Homer and Milton, the Greek tragedian and Shakespeare, Chaucer and Cervantes and Swift, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy and James and Conrad. Time does not make their voices fainter, on the contrary, it reinforces our sense of their truth-telling capacity.”
Wendy Lesser, Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books

“I suppose if I had to give a one-word answer to the question of why I read, that word would be pleasure. The kind of pleasure you can get from reading is like no other in the world.”
Wendy Lesser, Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books

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