Search Results: "Wendy Lesser"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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 >

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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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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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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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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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TABLE TALK by Wendy Lesser
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An invigorating collection of passionate, spirited voices."
Pithy literary musings on art, culture, politics and life selected from the Threepenny Review's Table Talk section.Read full book review >

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A Heart Full of Whiskey by Raquel Lesser
Released: Feb. 22, 2012

"Often revelatory verse about the status of youth in urban America."
Sixteen-year-old debut author Lesser tackles topics that are far more weighty than typical adolescent angst in this disturbing YA poem. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"Although spots are the unifying theme, the creatures have been carefully selected not only for their markings but for their habitats or biomes, identified and outlined in a final glossary. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this visual feast from Lesser and Regan (Dig Hole, Soft Mole, 1996), so striking are the oil and gouache wildlife portraits that, despite the counting book framework, numbers are nearly an afterthought. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE STREAK by Ellen Lesser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Predictable, with insights as stale as yesterday's bread, but there's enough to suggest that Lesser could be a better writer if she were less wed to the Zeitgeist."
Having assembled a group of familiar types in this, her third book, Lesser (The Other Woman, The Shoplifter's Apprentice) sets out to explore the equally familiar theme of conflict between father and son. Read full book review >