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The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction

Author: Alan Jacobs
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Jacobs
ISBN: 9780199747498 0199747490
OCLC Number: 657223858
Description: 162 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Yes, we can! --
Whim --
All in your head --
Aspirations --
Upstream --
Responsiveness --
Kindling --
Slowly, slowly --
True confessions --
Lost --
Abbot Hugh's advice --
The triumphant return of Adler and Van Doren --
Plastic attention --
Getting schooled --
Quiet, please --
Once more, with feeling --
Judge, jury, executioner --
In solitude, for company --
Serendip --
How it all started --
An essay on sources.
Responsibility: Alan Jacobs.
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Alan Jacobs offers a witty, literate, and accessible guide for aspiring readers, offering tips on what to read and how to get the most out of it. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching  Read more...


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