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The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction, Alan Jacobs

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The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction
Title
The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction
Statement of responsibility
Alan Jacobs
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In this book, Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in America. There are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous bookstores and online booksellers. Oprah's Book Club is hugely influential, and a recent NEA survey reveals an actual uptick in the reading of literary fiction. 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. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is, first and foremost, good for you--the intellectual equivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts. For such people, indeed for all readers, Jacobs offers some simple, powerful, and much needed advice: read at whim, read what gives you delight, and do so without shame, whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible. In contrast to the more methodical approach of Mortimer Adler's classic How to Read a Book (1940), 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." -- Amazon.com
Summary
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
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10009715
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
028.8
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction, Alan Jacobs
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
162 p.
Isbn
9780199747498
Lccn
2010034350
System control number
(OCoLC)657223858
Label
The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction, Alan Jacobs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
162 p.
Isbn
9780199747498
Lccn
2010034350
System control number
(OCoLC)657223858

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