Reader, Come Home

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

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

  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 137 x 203 x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 27 Aug 2019
  • Language: English
  • Edition Statement: Reprint
  • ISBN10: 0062388770
  • ISBN13: 9780062388773
  • Bestsellers rank: 86,883

The author of the acclaimed Proust and the Squid follows up with a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative book that considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies.

A decade ago, Maryanne Wolf's Proust and the Squid revealed what we know about how the brain learns to read and how reading changes the way we think and feel. Since then, the ways we process written language have changed dramatically with many concerned about both their own changes and that of children. New research on the reading brain chronicles these changes in the brains of children and adults as they learn to read while immersed in a digitally dominated medium.

Drawing deeply on this research, this book comprises a series of letters Wolf writes to us--her beloved readers--to describe her concerns and her hopes about what is happening to the reading brain as it unavoidably changes to adapt to digital mediums. Wolf raises difficult questions, including: Will children learn to incorporate the full range of deep reading processes that are at the core of the expert reading brain?Will the mix of a seemingly infinite set of distractions for children's attention and their quick access to immediate, voluminous information alter their ability to think for themselves?With information at their fingertips, will the next generation learn to build their own storehouse of knowledge, which could impede the ability to make analogies and draw inferences from what they know?Will all these influences change the formation in children and the use in adults of slower cognitive processes like critical thinking, personal reflection, imagination, and empathy that comprise deep reading and that influence both how we think and how we live our lives?How can we preserve deep reading processes in future iterations of the reading brain?

Concerns about attention span, critical reasoning, and over-reliance on technology are never just about children--Wolf herself has found that, though she is a reading expert, her ability to read deeply has been impacted as she has become increasingly dependent on screens.

Wolf draws on neuroscience, literature, education, and philosophy and blends historical, literary, and scientific facts with down-to-earth examples and warm anecdotes to illuminate complex ideas that culminate in a proposal for a biliterate reading brain. Provocative and intriguing, Reader, Come Home is a roadmap that provides a cautionary but hopeful perspective on the impact of technology on our brains and our most essential intellectual capacities--and what this could mean for our future.

More Books:

Reader, Come Home
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Maryanne Wolf
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-08-14 - Publisher: HarperCollins

The author of the acclaimed Proust and the Squid follows up with a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative book that considers the future of the reading brain
The Pastor's Bookshelf
Language: en
Pages: 172
Authors: Austin Carty
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-04-05 - Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

It’s time to give pastors permission to read books besides the Bible. Six months into his first senior pastorate, Austin Carty sat in his office reading—not
The Need for Creeds Today
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: J. V. Fesko
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-03 - Publisher: Baker Academic

This brief, accessible invitation to the historic creeds and confessions makes a biblical and historical case for their necessity and shows why they are essenti
Raising an Active Reader
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Samantha Cleaver
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05-15 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Parents and teachers know that reading aloud to children is important, and many parents of young children read aloud to them daily. However, when children start
Language: en
Authors: Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-05-24 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

In an age of catastrophes—unchecked climate change, extreme poverty, forced migrations, war, and terror, all compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic—how can sch
Constructing the Adolescent Reader in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Elisabeth Rose Gruner
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-05-17 - Publisher: Springer

This book examines the way young adult readers are constructed in a variety of contemporary young adult fictions, arguing that contemporary young adult novels d
Love & Literacy
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-04 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

When our students enter middle and high school, the saying goes that they stop learning to read and start reading to learn. Then why is literacy still a struggl
PISA 21st-Century Readers Developing Literacy Skills in a Digital World
Language: en
Pages: 213
Authors: OECD
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-04 - Publisher: OECD Publishing

Literacy in the 21st century is about constructing and validating knowledge. Digital technologies have enabled the spread of all kinds of information, displacin
Rethinking Therapeutic Reading
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Kelda Green
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-06-09 - Publisher: Anthem Press

‘Rethinking Therapeutic Reading’ uses a combination of literary criticism and experimental psychology to examine the ways in which literature can create the
Intelligent Accountability
Language: en
Pages: 222
Authors: David Didau
Categories: Electronic books
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-06 - Publisher: John Catt Educational

Uncertainty is a fact of life. You can never know enough to make perfect decisions. Understanding this helps us balance an awareness of our tendency towards ove