The Pleasures of Reading in An Age of Distraction

The Pleasures of Reading in An Age of Distraction

Book - 2011
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The author argues that reading is alive and well in America. Millions of devoted readers support hundreds of enormous bookstores and online booksellers. Jacobs's interactions with his students and the readers of his own books, however, suggest that many readers lack confidence; they wonder whether they are reading well, with proper focus and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Jacobs offers an insightful, accessible, and playfully irreverent guide for aspiring readers. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the book explores everything from the invention of silent reading, reading responsively, rereading, and reading on electronic devices.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780199747498
Characteristics: 162 p. ; 22 cm.


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rburdick Dec 05, 2011

Great read! A book I will read again - so much to absorb.

Kirbs Aug 10, 2011

The wisdom of 'Whim'—"read what gives you delight, and do so without shame." There is such intelligent, practical, gratifying wisdom on every page of this book—to be savoured repeatedly and slowly with great pleasure.

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