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Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books

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''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 additon 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. Softcover, 240 pages