Friday, July 25, 2008

5 New Books on the Fundamentals of Reading

Susan Larson at New Orleans's The Times-Picayune gives us a short list.

From the story...

It's hard to get a read on how much America reads.

On one hand, recent surveys suggest that few American adults read a single novel in any given year, and illiteracy is skyrocketing. In the July/August issue of The Atlantic, in an article called "Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, " writer Nicholas Carr describes the loss of "deep reading." "In the quiet spaces opened up by the sustained, undistracted reading of a book, or by any other act of contemplation, for that matter, " Carr writes, "we make our own associations, draw our own inferences and analogies, foster our own ideas."

And how many times have you heard someone say, "I just don't have time to read any more"?

But, on the other hand, can you find a parking place at the Barnes & Noble parking lot in Metairie? I'm sure that you know someone -- or lots of someones -- who are members of, or are thinking about joining, a book club. Do you know a student who doesn't have a summer reading list?

To help us make sense of it all, books that explore the role of reading and books in our lives just keep on coming.

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