Nadine Rosenthal SPEAKING OF READING

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SPEAKING OF READING

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Why are some people drawn into reading, pulled as if by magnetic force into distant worlds or intellectual explorations? And why are others repelled by reading, incapable of focusing their attention long enough to create vivid images in their minds or grasp complex concepts? Speaking of Reading presents seventy-seven lively, poignant, and inspiring personal responses to the query: "What is your reading history, and how does your reading affect the rest of your life?"
Written in the tradition of Studs Terkel, this book uses oral histories to bring you directly into the worlds of many diverse readers. Sprinkled throughout are narratives of nationally recognized personalities such as writers Maxine Hong-Kingston, Isabel Allende, Julie Harris, Gloria Steinem, and Robert MacNeil.
Speaking of Reading invites us to think about our own reading histories and the crucial role reading plays in our lives. Nadine Rosenthal provides substantial insight into reading and the reading process, and offers avid readers a plea: Become a reading mentor. While she explains how to come to the aid of an infrequent reader, her subjects make it clear why it is important to pass the love of reading along to others.

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Nadine Rosenthal is chair of the Learning Assistance Department at City College of San Francisco, and former director of the Center for Reading Improvement at San Francisco State University.

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Rosenthal (Ten Career Readers), chair of the learning assistance department, City College of San Francisco, has collected 77 short interviews, here shaped into essays, in which interviewees describe how reading-or not reading-has affected their lives. The interesting result includes accounts by writer Isabel Allende, basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and feminist Gloria Steinem as well as testimony from non-famous people from all walks of life. Rosenthal contrasts the experiences of those who have enjoyed reading since childhood with those of people who learned to read as adults. She has divided the pieces into eight chapters reflecting eight types of readers: readers of literature; frustrated readers; those influenced by childhood reading; voracious readers; habitual readers; those learning to read as adults; information readers; and those aware of their reading process. Since many experiences overlap, these categories seem arbitrary and forced. Concluding with a useful chapter on techniques good readers can use to assist other, developing readers, this book will be of greatest interest to those involved in reading education.
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