Stop What You're Doing And Read This!
Mark Haddon, Michael Rosen, Zadie Smith, Carmen Callil, Jeanette Winterson, Tim Parks, Blake Morrison, Dr Maryanne Wolf, Mirit Barzillai, Nicholas Carr, Jane Davis
Random House, Dec 26, 2011 - Literary Collections - 192 pages
In any 24 hours there might be sleeping, eating, kids, parents, friends, lovers, work, school, travel, deadlines, emails, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, the news, the TV, Playstation, music, movies, sport, responsibilities, passions, desires, dreams.
Why should you stop what you're doing and read a book?
People have always needed stories. We need literature - novels, poetry - because we need to make sense of our lives, test our depths, understand our joys and discover what humans are capable of. Great books can provide companionship when we are lonely or peacefulness in the midst of an overcrowded daily life. Reading provides a unique kind of pleasure and no-one should live without it.
In the ten essays in this book some of our finest authors and passionate advocates from the worlds of science, publishing, technology and social enterprise tell us about the experience of reading, why access to books should never be taken forgranted, how reading transforms our brains, and how literature can save lives. In any 24 hours there are so many demands on your time and attention - make books one of them.
Carmen Callil Tim Parks
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - infjsarah - LibraryThing
This is an interesting short read if you are a passionate reader. However I suspect that the people it is aimed at would never touch it. It is preaching to the converted. But if you want to remember that you are not crazy for loving books and libraries, then pick it up. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CarltonC - LibraryThing
A good selection of essays generally propounding the benefits of literacy and libraries. The best were the essays that were not trying to be polemic, but put across the author's experience especially ... Read full review
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