Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World

Harper. Aug. 2018. 272p. notes. index. ISBN 9780062388780. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388797. SCI
OrangeReviewStarWolf (Tufts, Proust and the Squid) provides a mix of reassurance and caution in this latest look at how we read today. The author imagines a world in which young children learn to read on printed books so they can have that deep experience with language that is so important to learning and cognition. Then after the age of five they become exposed to screen reading and other technologies yet to be invented. Wolf is no technophobe and advocates using technology to promote literacy, especially for those who have difficulty learning to read or those in environments where there are not enough teachers. The book is divided into a series of letters from the author in which she describes how the brain reads, the advantages of deep reading, how screen reading changes us, and finally lays out her ideal learning plans.
VERDICT Overall, a hopeful look at the future of reading that will resonate with those who worry that we are losing our ability to think in the digital age. Accessible to general readers and experts alike.

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