Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering
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Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering


From the esteemed cultural critic and journalist Wendy Lesser, Nothing Remains the Same is a bibliophile's dream: a book about the pleasures and surprises of rereading, a witty, intelligent exploration of what books can mean to our lives. Compared with reading, the act of rereading is far more personal -- it involves the interaction of our past selves, our present selves, and literature. With candor, humor, and grace, Lesser takes us on a guided tour of her own return to books she once knew, from the plays of Shakespeare to twentieth-century novels by Kingsley Amis and Ian McEwan, from the childhood favorite I Capture the Castle to classic novels such as Anna Karenina and Huckleberry Finn, from nonfiction by Henry Adams to poetry by Wordsworth. Lesser conveys an infectious love of reading and inspires us all to take another look at the books we've read to find the unexpected treasures they might offer.

Title:Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages

    Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering Reviews

  • Sharon Stoneman
    Aug 04, 2011

    Lesser is an thoughtful and thought provoking author. My issues with the book were mine, not hers. I found her explanation of why she decided to re-read certain books from her past, and how she would ...

  • Jennifer
    Apr 06, 2013

    A book about re-reading books, which is a fascinating concept: exploring what we bring to books when we come back to them after a gap of years. Unfortunately, the authorial voice did nothing for me--t...

  • Carrie Ann Lahain
    Sep 27, 2014

    "Nothing demonstrates how personal reading is more clearly than rereading does." --Wendy Lesser, NOTHING REMAINS THE SAME: REREADING AND REMEMBERING.Lesser, editor of a long-running literary journal, ...

  • Anne
    Oct 12, 2007

    Despite all the books I have yet to read, I often find myself going back to books I read when I was younger. Sometimes I do this with disastrous results - discovering that a character I once identifie...

  • Holly
    Jan 18, 2012

    "[...] part of what I am trying to suggest, in writing a book that is both autobiographical and critical, is that even the extra-literary is literary." Lesser situates both her original reading and he...

  • Heyrebekah Alm
    Jul 23, 2009

    This book is a series of essays about how our perceptions of books change over time as we ourselves change. Wendy Lesser describes her experiences as she rereads books she first encountered years befo...

  • Curlysloppy
    Nov 11, 2014

    I wanted to read this because I have re-read many of the books Lesser chose to revisit. It's a well-written book and I agreed with many of her observations, but disagreed with others. (I thought she w...

  • Betsy
    Jan 21, 2015

    This book is not for me. Too intellectual. I couldn't quite catch what the author found pleasurable about rereading. Certainly not the same things I do. The books chosen for discussion were mostly tit...

  • Kirsti
    Apr 21, 2008

    What an excellent writer Wendy Lesser is. I got a lot out of this book, especially the parts about pieces I know: I Capture the Castle, "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Anna Karenina, The Tempest, and the ...

  • Michele Hush
    Feb 17, 2011

    While I didn't love this book, I emphatically agree with Lesser's main point -- that our understanding of literature often changes dramatically over time. ...