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The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction.

Author: Alan Jacobs
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2011.
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In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Jacobs, Alan.
Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Jacobs
ISBN: 9780199830381 019983038X 1283098172 9781283098175
OCLC Number: 721195519
Description: 1 online resource (171 pages)
Contents: Cover; The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction; AN ESSAY ON SOURCES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

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In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way. 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 b.

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