Why I Read

This is just to let you know that my new book, Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books, is out today from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. I feel a bit abashed at tooting my own horn, but if I don’t do it, then who will?  Nothing much happens to an author on the official pub date:  the reviews have already started (good ones came in last Sunday from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, and the Dallas Morning News), and the readings have yet to commence.  So I am celebrating January 7 in my own way, by telling you about this new book, my tenth, which happens to be on a favorite subject of mine.  You can sample the introductory chapter at today’s Huffington Post, and maybe you’ll want to buy the whole thing—at your local bookstore, I hope, if such a thing still exists near you, and otherwise from one of the many online sources.  Enjoy!

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4 Responses to Why I Read

  1. Leslie John Ury says:

    I have read your book the very day it became available on Kindle (yes I read your comments about your husband and Kindle. I just find reading much faster).
    I loved your book and sent “heads-up” to every member of our family, as well as some friends. To single out just one; fiction can be as or more true than journalism, we just assume that those Platonic shadows are the truth. You led me on the path of understanding why we like novels or any fiction, if there is such a thing anyway. The author, in godlike fashion, sets up both cause and effect, which makes it a complete package and if he remains true to this scenario…we have a winner.

    Kind regards, Les

  2. Ken Sepeda says:

    I read the excerpt of “Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books” in Salon magazine and I am forwarding it to all my family and friends who love to read good stuff* (*includes all categories from books to books reviews, blogs and all good writing in between). You get a Stuff Rating–highly mathematical calculation–of 10 out of 10.

    Oh yeah, and I just ordered the book!

    Keep writing!!!

    Ken

  3. I’ve only heard good things about it and I’m about to purchase a copy!

  4. Steve Sears says:

    Hi Ms. Lesser –

    It is with great anticipation that I pick up my reserved copy of “Why I Read” at a local B&N tonite.

    I read (rather, my goal is to read) a book every two weeks, and your offering is next.

    Will you be doing any readings\signings in New Jersey?

    Thank you,

    Steve

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