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- Print Length: 277 pages
- Publisher: Harper (August 14, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 14, 2018
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074DTJ2CT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“[A] gentle manifesto…. [Wolf] affirms and celebrates the power of reading for the formation of our moral imaginations, and a lifetime of bookish devotion bubbles to the surface of her lovely prose in allusion and quotation.” (Washington Free Beacon)
“Maryanne Wolf has done it again. She has written another seminal book destined to become a dog-eared, well-thumbed, often-referenced treasure on your bookshelf.... Reader Come Home conveys a cautionary message, but it also will rekindle your heart and help illuminate promising paths ahead.” (International Dyslexia Association)
“[T]imely and important.... if you love reading and the ways it has enriched your life and our world, Reader, Come Home is essential, arriving at a crucial juncture in history.” (BookPage)
“Wolf wields her pen with equal parts wisdom and wonder. The result is a joy to read and reread, a love letter to literature, literacy, and progress.” (Shelf Awareness)
“Wolf is a lovely prose writer who draws not only on research but also on a broad range of literary references, historical examples, and personal anecdotes. The strongest parts of Reader, Come Home are her moving accounts of why reading matters, and her deeply detailed exploration of how the reading brain is being changed by screens…. Wolf makes a strong case for what we lose when we lose reading.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“In this profound and well-researched study of our changing reading patterns, Wolf presents lucid arguments for teaching our brain to become all-embracing in the age of electronic technology. If you call yourself a reader and want to keep on being one, this extraordinary book is for you.” (Alberto Manguel, author of A History of Reading)
“An accessible, well-researched analysis of the impact of literacy.” (Kirkus)
"[Reader, Come Home] is an elegant and insightful analysis of how deep reading is under threat, and of how this particular form of attention is being eroded by the digital universe in which we now live. For an English teacher, the book is essential reading. For me, it is one of the most important books of recent years. Wolf expresses with increasing forcefulness what is by now a common anxiety: that digital devices are challenging all of us (certainly not just children) in entirely new ways." (Julian Girdham, teacher at the English Department of St. Columbia's College)
"A tour de force." (Claremont Review of Books) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Maryanne Wolf, the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, was the director of the Tufts Center for Reading and Language Research. She currently directs the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA, and is working with the Dyslexia Center at the UCSF School of Medicine and with Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Project, which she co-founded. She is the recipient of multiple research and teaching honors, including the highest awards by the International Dyslexia Association and the Australian Learning Disabilities Association. She is the author of Proust and the Squid (HarperCollins), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press), and more than 160 scientific publications.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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As an Old-fashioned Reader, I am sopping up your letters and, at the same time, I am rationing them out to myself so they won’t be over.You are teaching me why I love reading so much.I am a carnal reader. Beside absorbing the contents of the book, its about drinking in the whole page, digesting the language, loving the smell of the ink and appreciating all the different kinds of paper, I am one who loves to Come Home to the printed page. I come home to myself when I hold a real book and turn its paper pages.So,Dear Author, I am in your debt, gratefully yours, a devoted Reader from the northeast provinces.AKM
Reader, Come Home is, simultaneously, a foray into brain science, a defense of the traditional skills provided by reading deeply in history, philosophy, and literature, and a contemplation of the costs and opportunities of technological change. Girded by both scientific research and broad reading in the humanities, virtually every page has insights and information worth noting down. It is an incredibly rich and clearly written work.
I find her prescriptions a little less convincing than the descriptions she offers, but this is a work that anybody raising children, anyone engaged in education, and anyone who cares about technology and society should read. Highly recommended.
The book persuasively makes the case that deep, immersive reading is not just possible but much needed in our contemporary faster-than-a-speeding-digit world. Wolf reveals the science, along with the everyday praxis, of reading in print versus on a digital screen, explaining what we know – and don’t yet know – about ways in which digital reading may be affecting our brains. She gently but convincingly urges us not to abandon the profound mental benefits and personal joys of settling in with a book. Take her up on the invitation!
Adult readers should be aware-and be sure that you are dividing your reading between digital and paper representations.
The science is presented in a somewhat oversimplified manner, but the plus side of so doing means that content accessible to more readers.
Parents: this is critical information for you. Early exposure to reading is mission critical for your child. I started reading (board) books to my child at four months of age, and we read read aloud together through the elementary years.
We were not in a hurry to move that to screen time. My son is now a PhD candidate and a polymath-not a coincidence!
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She discusses the importance of visual recognition and memory and their impact on the acquisition of reading skills. All that are part of the phenomenon that concerns conventional reading – even if we include the reading of early human writings in cuneiform and hieroglyphic. She tells us that everything is about to change. Just when neurologists and language specialists are just beginning to understand the correlation between brain function and literacy, a new phenomenon is about to sweep human society in every reading world – digital reading.
Book reading, Prof Wolf says, gives us something modern reading from digital devices cannot give – deep reading. In fact, she claims, prolonged reading from digital devices take away the ability of deep reading. That is connected to the loss of cognitive patience, the ability to read at a measured pace, enabling our brain to recognise, then understand, then remember, and finally, to analyse what we read.
The people most at risk are children and the young reader. Prof Wolf discusses questions concerning how much exposure parents should allow their pre-school children, and how many digital devices should parents allow their young children to use. The point she makes is that the prolonged reading from digital devices robs us of attention and she explains what this loss will mean in the long term. More importantly, she suggests what parents ought to do to prevent the paradoxical atrophy of the brain from excessive reading – from digital devices. She explains why it is important for parents to read to their bi-lingual or multi-lingual children in their own language; and why it is important to do this before the child reaches the age of two.
She ends with the ninth letter telling us about the three important lives of a good reader – in gathering information and knowledge; the pleasure of immersion in reading; and the reflective life, which is the culmination of the first two lives.
A point made on the first page: ... "human beings were never born to read" - THAT's something to think about!