Search Results: "Wendy Lesser"


BOOK REVIEW

WENDY by Karen Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"This tale's not stellar as a stand-alone, but deftly exposes the incestuous darkness that underlies Barrie's original. (Fiction. 12-14)"
What was Wendy Darling's life like before the coming of Peter Pan? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >

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YOU SAY TO BRICK by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A splendid biography that penetrates the inner lives of Kahn's buildings as well as the inner life of their creator."
A new, in-depth biography of the noted American architect. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

TOMORROW WENDY by Shelley Stoehr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Though the cast's adults are negligent or completely clueless, Stoehr gives her young narrator a saving sense of irony, and displays a keen appreciation for love's ambiguities and complexities. (Fiction. 14+)"
A Long Island teenager develops a crush on her boyfriend's twin sister in this steamy tale of emergent sexuality from the author of Wannabe (1997). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LESSER BEASTS by Mark Essig
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2015

"A lively, informative farm-to-table feast."
An enlightening culinary history of an "uncanny beast." Read full book review >

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THE WENDY PROJECT by Melissa Jane Osborne
Released: July 18, 2017

"An ethereal and haunting exploration of grief and death. (Graphic fiction. 12-adult)"
In this heart-wrenching graphic novel, a teen girl responsible for her younger brother's death must decide to accept the harsh reality or lose herself in escapist denial. Read full book review >