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Ruined By Reading

Schwartz, Lynne Sharon

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ISBN 10: 0807070823 / ISBN 13: 9780807070826
Published by Beacon Press, 1996
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Beacon Press Very Good Hardcover in Fine Dust-jacket. Cream cloth, silver lettered on cover and spine. Solidly bound, light smudge across front cover. Cream jacket, green and black lettering, unmarked. Elegant praise for the book and the act of reading. A memoir of memories of books from childhood on and Schwartz's love for them and passion for reading them. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1996 Fourth Printing. 5.5" x 8.75" tall; 119 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 50998

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Title: Ruined By Reading

Publisher: Beacon Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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The author of Disturbances in the Field provides a poignant study of the role of books and literature in our lives, interweaving the story of her own Brooklyn childhood with memories of special books and thoughts on how books have shaped her world.


From the author of the acclaimed novels Disturbances in the Field and The Fatigue Artist, this wonderfully written and enchanting meditation explores what the act of reading means--an act that is in danger of being lost today. Lynne Sharon Schwartz of course isn't "ruined" by reading anymore than Tarzan was by apes; it's her life. She was a child prodigy who, beginning at age 3, was summoned to read for guests and has been immersed in the written word ever since, developing into a writer and novelist. In this essay she defends the magic of reading and its place in the development of the mind and ideas. "There is good reason for the addictive cravings of readers. The only thing new under the sun is the sound of another voice," she writes.

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