Books by Wendy Lesser

WHY I READ by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A gift of pleasure from one reader to another."
A lover of books reflects on her abiding passion. Read full book review >
ROOM FOR DOUBT by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"A personality-driven, authoritative, sometimes circuitous work."
Three loosely connected essays by Threepenny Review founder and author Lesser (The Pagoda in the Garden, 2005) explore her concern with the connection between art and experience. Read full book review >
THE PAGODA IN THE GARDEN by Wendy Lesser
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"A self-conscious but deft literary triptych; rarefied amusement."
A trio of conceptually overlapping narratives spans Anglo-American relations and matters of head and heart across the 20th century. Read full book review >
THE GENIUS OF LANGUAGE by Wendy Lesser
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 27, 2004

"Sometimes fun and often instructive, though occasionally sluggish."
Fifteen original essays of varying quality from writers who learned English as a second language and now employ it more or less full-time. Read full book review >
NOTHING REMAINS THE SAME by Wendy Lesser
Released: May 7, 2002

"Uneven, but with enough stunning moments to make this a must for avid readers."
Now nearing 50, literary critic Lesser (The Amateur, 1999, etc.) revisits books she loved in her youth and asks: What kind of person was I then? What have I become? To what extent—if any—did literature contribute? Read full book review >
THE AMATEUR by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Although she doesn't have the zaniness of, say, Beryl Bainbridge, Lesser does cast herself as a character in her own work, thereby making the life of a critic seem both nutty and joyous."
A collection of slyly humorous essays—more personal than political—about the evolution of a critic who will stop at nothing to pursue her chosen mÇtier. Read full book review >
A DIRECTOR CALLS by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Her piece-by-piece deconstruction of the directing process and her backstage revelations will be especially intriguing to people involved in the theater, in particular those playwrights naive enough to think their words are more than raw material to be thrown into the creative pot."
 Lesser, editor and publisher of the Threepenny Review, probes the workings of British director Stephen Daldry and, through him, of the theater. Read full book review >