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Defining a Literary President

Interesting commentary from the Chicago Tribune‘s Cultural Critic, Julia Keller. Keller takes a closer look at what is meant when people refer to Obama as a “literary president”. It is true that President Barack Obama writes books. So, of course, did previous presidents. If you want a real treat, read Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Rough Riders“—or […]

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In the Mood to Read? But What Mood and What Book?

I came across a book this morning that I thought was a brilliant idea. 1001 Books for Every Mood: A Bibliophile’s Guide to Unwinding, Misbehaving, Forgiving, Celebrating, Commiserating by Hallie Ephron, PH.D. is a comprehenisive guide to books categorized by moods rather than subject or genre. For instance, chapters include”…for a Wallow in a Slough […]

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American Adults Reading More Fiction

“Reading on the Rise: A New Chapter in American Literacy“,  a report issued yesterday by the National Endowment for the Arts, indicates that the number of adults (18 years +)  reading at least one novel, short story, poem or play within the previous 12 months, has increased. While the proportion of adult literary readers is […]

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Reading fairytales to children

I’m going to take today’s story in the Daily Telegraph, about how parents no longer read old-fashioned fairytales to their children, with a grain of salt. Firstly, the Telegraph loves to lambast political correctness and, secondly, it was a PR-generated survey (and being a PR person I know all about those). A third of parents […]

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Resolving to Read and Random Reads

I don’t read nearly enough. That bothers me because I thoroughly enjoy it, there are hundreds of books I’d love to read and I come from a family of readers – I’m letting the side down for heaven’s sake! I am determined to read more (maybe I should consider learning to speed read) and part […]

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Four types of Harry Potter readers

A professor at Ulster University claims there are four types of Harry Potter readers, one for each of the four houses at Hogwarts His research found ‘Hufflepuff’ readers take the tales at a slow, steady and systematic pace and enjoy re-reading the books over and over. “People will look back and say ‘Why did we […]

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