How Reading Changed My Life (Library of Contemporary Thought)

By: Quindlen, Anna

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First edition - a paperback original. Signed by author without inscription. A fine copy. 1998 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 84 pp. A recurring theme throughout Anna Quindlen's How Reading Changed My Life is the comforting premise that readers are never alone. There was waking, and there was sleeping. And then there were books, she writes, a kind of parallel universe in which anything might happen and frequently did, a universe in which I might be a newcomer but never really a stranger. My real, true world. Later, she quotes editor Hazel Rochman: Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but, most important, it finds homes for us everywhere. Indeed, Quindlen's essays are full of the names of friends, real or fictional--Anne of Green Gables and Heidi; Anthony Trollope and Jane Austen, to name just a few--who have comforted, inspired, educated, and delighted her throughout her life. In four short essays Quindlen shares her thoughts on the act of reading itself (It is like the rubbing of two sticks together to make a fire, the act of reading, an improbable pedestrian task that leads to heat and light); analyzes the difference between how men and women read (there are very few books in which male characters, much less boys, are portrayed as devoted readers); and cheerfully defends middlebrow literature: Most of those so-called middlebrow readers would have readily admitted that the Iliad set a standard that could not be matched by What Makes Sammy Run? or Exodus. But any reader with common sense would also understand intuitively, immediately, that such comparisons are false, that the uses of reading are vast and variegated and that some of them are not addressed by Homer. The Canon, censorship, and the future of publishing, not to mention that of reading itself, are all subjects Quindlen addresses with intelligence and optimism in a book that may not change your life, but will no doubt remind you of other books that did. --Alix Wilber

Title: How Reading Changed My Life (Library of Contemporary Thought)

Author: Quindlen, Anna

Categories: Language, Modern First Editions, American, Education, Literary & Intellectual,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: The Ballantine Publishing Group: 1998

ISBN Number: 0345422783

ISBN Number 13: 9780345422781

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282377