My Reading Life

Storyteller Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading.

Author: Pat Conroy

Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing

ISBN: 0739377841

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 331

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The best-selling author of such works as The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides acknowledges the books that shaped his literary life, sharing anecdotes about how reading saw him through his most challenging periods and helped him to retain his grasp on sanity. (Biography & autobiography). Simultaneous. Regular edition available.

My Reading Life

So much more than just a journal, this book is a joyful celebration of the written word, one that will significantly enrich every day of your reading life.

Author: Anne Bogel


ISBN: 0736983023


Page: 176

View: 762


This stylish journal created exclusively for book lovers includes custom reading lists, charming literary quotes, and plenty of room to record what you've read and what you'd love to read. "Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind."--Toni Morrison Designed by a book lover for book lovers, My Reading Life is the ideal companion for all your literary adventures. Anne Bogel, better known online as The Modern Mrs. Darcy, provides you with insightful reading lists for every popular genre and each season. She even helps you determine the kinds of books you'd most like to read based on your interests. You'll also appreciate the sleek, compact design, perfect for taking on the go to the library, bookstore, or your next book club gathering. So much more than just a journal, this book is a joyful celebration of the written word, one that will significantly enrich every day of your reading life.

I d Rather Be Reading

The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life Anne Bogel. It's embarrassing to
admit, but without logging what I read, I forget all about it. I retain the ideas, and
remember them when they're triggered, but without referring to my journal, I can ...

Author: Anne Bogel

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781493415311

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 893


For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives. The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone's life, I'd Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

Rain on a Strange Roof

My adoptive parents went to church on Sunday mornings and evenings and
returned for evening prayer meeting on ... In My Reading Life, published late in
his remarkable career, Conroy confesses, "I reach for a story to save my own life"
(154) ...

Author: Jan Whitt

Publisher: Hamilton Books

ISBN: 9780761858300

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

View: 379


A scholar of Southern literature and culture, Jan Whitt has written a personal narrative about adoption, childhood abuse, and fifty years of searching for her family in rural Appalachia. This book unflinchingly explores death and loss at the same time that it celebrates the transformative power of love and literature.

Passionate Readers

... fourth grade teacher, though, I kept my reading life private. It was not an
intentional decision to hide it, yet my reading life did not seem important. After all,
I had grown up to be a reader without the “teacher as a reading role model” in my

Author: Pernille Ripp

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317339199

Category: Education

Page: 172

View: 208


How do we inspire students to love reading and discovery? In Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child, classroom teacher, author, and speaker Pernille Ripp reveals the five keys to creating a passionate reading environment. You’ll learn how to... Use your own reading identity to create powerful reading experiences for all students Empower your students and their reading experience by focusing on your physical classroom environment Create and maintain an enticing, well-organized, easy-to-use classroom library; Build a learning community filled with choice and student ownership; and Guide students to further develop their own reading identity to cement them as life-long, invested readers. Throughout the book, Pernille opens up about her own trials and errors as a teacher and what she’s learned along the way. She also shares a wide variety of practical tools that you can use in your own classroom, including a reader profile sheet, conferring sheet, classroom library letter to parents, and much more. These tools are available in the book and as eResources to help you build your own classroom of passionate readers.

One Child Reading

180) My reading life on Pennywell Road was full of stories that offered me access
to stereotypes of typical children and young adults (100 percent of whom lived
somewhere else, thus introducing me to stereotypes of cultures not directly my ...

Author: Margaret Mackey

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 9781772120394

Category: Education

Page: 567

View: 971


In 'One Child Reading', Margaret Mackey makes a singular contribution to our understanding of reading and literacy development. Seeking a deeper sense of what happens when we read, she revisited the texts she read, viewed, listened to, and wrote as she became literate in the 1950s and 1960s in St. John's, Newfoundland. This tremendous sweep of reading included school texts, knitting patterns, musical scores, and games, as well as hundreds of books. The result is not a memoir, but rather a deftly theorised exploration of how a reader is constructed.


Sara's words describe the type of reader I believe all children can become—she
worked hard at it! I have changed ... Mr. Allen made this change in my life of
reading for me. ... If I were to go over my reading responses there would text. If I
were ...

Author: Patrick A. Allen

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 9781571107688

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 192


In this book, Patrick Allen maintains that the benefits of conferring are worth the effort of learning to do it well. He sets out to reveal how teachers can overcome their perceived obstacles and make tangible the somewhat intangible aspect of conferring with readers.--[book cover]

Teaching Reading in Middle School

After a visit to the library , we'd cram our bodies onto the playground benches and
spend days reading our books . ... WHAT REFLECTING ON MY READING LIFE
TAUGHT ME Because I Chapter 3 : Strategic Reading in the Middle School 57.

Author: Laura Robb

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0590685600

Category: Education

Page: 318

View: 516


In this resource, you'll get the "big picture" of teaching reading in the middle school, including research, as well as the practical details you need to help every student become a better reader. Veteran teacher Laura Robb shares how to: teach reading strategies across the curriculum; present mini-lessons that deepen students' knowledge of how specific reading strategies work; help kids apply the strategies through guided practice; support struggling readers with a plan of action that improves their reading motivation; helps kids choose books that are at their instructional level; organize a reading-writing workshop, and much more. For use with Grades 5 and Up.

The Contingent Self

One Reading Life Virginia Brackett ... Emancipation, "sweet Liberty," from life's
burdens accompanied reading, and my imagination rose on its own light toe. I
applied my reading-mind, of course, approaching books with a willingness to
accept ...

Author: Virginia Brackett

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 1557532230

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 175

View: 248


Both accessible and insightful, this collection of personal critical essays employs a formal study of literature as framework for the consideration of universal issues, including grief management, death, and acceptance of, and benefit from, traumatic change. These topics offer Brackett the opportunity to reflect upon the joys and rigors of scholarship as she considers professional issues, such as academic advancement through publication. They stand as testimony to one professional's belief that academia should not only embrace but encourage a number of approaches to self-expression on the part of its scholars. Her personal commentary draws from the work and life stories of many writers, including Elizabeth Cary, Anne Bradstreet, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rabindranath Tagore, Leo Tolstoy, Katherine Anne Porter, and V.S. Naipaul. Critical and philosophical commentary by notables such as Richard Rorty, Michel Foucault, Jane Tompkins, Lois McNay, Diane P. Freeman, Olvia Frey, Frances Murphy Zauhar, Janice Radway and Patricia Waugh interlace and advance Brackett's own speculations. The book makes clear Brackett's belief that no reasonable explanation exists for the necessity some scholars see in withholding results of literary study from a broader audience, unless it be a reluctance to write with the clarity necessary to make digestible and enjoyable the fruits of their profession.

The Role of Reading in Nine Famous Lives

While serving as an educator, with a focus on developmental reading at all levels
of the educational spectrum, I came to wonder what the impact of reading could
be in a human life. My reading and research led me to select the famous ...

Author: Donald E. Howard

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786480890

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 489


According to the end-of-millennium Arts and Entertainment Television Network survey, the single most influential person of the last thousand years was Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. The revolutionary advent of moveable metal type made possible the diffusion of books to people around the world, profoundly influencing the lives of many famous historical figures thereafter. This book attempts to demonstrate the role that reading has played throughout the course of history. It documents the lives of nine individuals of outstanding achievement whose efforts were molded by the books they read. The subjects are presented in chronological order according to birth. Respective chapters contain brief biographies of the subjects and discuss the ways in which each used books as a principal aid in the development of his or her exceptional talents. Subjects include Benjamin Franklin, who was in 1724 an active connoisseur in the rapidly growing printing trade, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Booker T. Washington, Pearl S. Buck, Louis L’Amour, and Nelson Mandela. The book maintains that while these historical figures represent a wide range of talents and influences, to each is attributed invaluable contributions to society. Each was a dedicated reader, inspired to greatness by the power of the written word.

In My Father s House

The urge to find something in Africa that “lives up to" the label is, in part, a
question of wanting to find something in ... of my reading life—but rather that we
should not read them as repositories of forgotten truth or sources of timeless

Author: Kwame Anthony Appiah

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199874352

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 755


The beating of Rodney King and the resulting riots in South Central Los Angeles. The violent clash between Hasidim and African-Americans in Crown Heights. The boats of Haitian refugees being turned away from the Land of Opportunity. These are among the many racially-charged images that have burst across our television screens in the last year alone, images that show that for all our complacent beliefs in a melting-pot society, race is as much of a problem as ever in America. In this vastly important, widely-acclaimed volume, Kwame Anthony Appiah, a Ghanaian philosopher who now teaches at Harvard, explores, in his words, "the possibilities and pitfalls of an African identity in the late twentieth century." In the process he sheds new light on what it means to be an African-American, on the many preconceptions that have muddled discussions of race, Africa, and Afrocentrism since the end of the nineteenth century, and, in the end, to move beyond the idea of race. In My Father's House is especially wide-ranging, covering everything from Pan Africanism, to the works of early African-American intellectuals such as Alexander Crummell and W.E.B. Du Bois, to the ways in which African identity influences African literature. In his discussion of the latter subject, Appiah demonstrates how attempts to construct a uniquely African literature have ignored not only the inescapable influences that centuries of contact with the West have imposed, but also the multicultural nature of Africa itself. Emphasizing this last point is Appiah's eloquent title essay which offers a fitting finale to the volume. In a moving first-person account of his father's death and funeral in Ghana, Appiah offers a brilliant metaphor for the tension between Africa's aspirations to modernity and its desire to draw on its ancient cultural roots. During the Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared on television to make his now famous plea: "People, can we all get along?" In this beautiful, elegantly written volume, Appiah steers us along a path toward answering a question of the utmost importance to us all.

Reading Log

Book lovers! Here is the reading journal youve always wanted. At last, a place to record the books you've read!

Author: Paul Publishing Reading Log


ISBN: 1652837337


Page: 114

View: 732


Book lovers! Here is the reading journal youve always wanted. At last, a place to record the books you've read! This sleek journal provides plenty of room to record details of your reading experiences.It also provides space to jot down titles you'd like to read next. Contents include: Introduction My Book Log: Pages Turned Books I'd Like to Read: My Reading Wish List My Books: Books Bought, Borrowed, Lent, and Given Acclaimed Authors and Books: Inspiration for Future Reading My Reading Life

Reading for My Life

Artists, agents, editors, opticians, and a talking sheep named Sylvia Plath
negotiate dystopias of gridlock—a character in “Access Fantasy” lives in his car in
a citywide traffic jam on the wrong side of a One-Way Permeable Barrier—and ...

Author: John Leonard

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101561003

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 400

View: 682


Right up until his death in 2008, John Leonard was a lion in American letters. A passionate, erudite, and wide-ranging critic, he helped shape the landscape of modern literature. He reviewed the most celebrated writers of his age—from Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion to Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon. He championed Morrison’s work so ardently that she invited him to travel with her to Stockholm when she accepted her Nobel Prize. He also contributed many pieces on television, film, politics, and the media, which continue to surprise and impress with their fervor and prescience. Reading for My Life is a monumental collection of Leonard’s most significant writings—spanning five decades—from his earliest columns for the Harvard Crimson to his final essays for The New York Review of Books. Here are Leonard’s best writings—many never before published in book form—on the cultural touchstones of a generation, each piece a testament to his sharp wit, fierce intelligence, and lasting love of the arts. Definitive reviews of Doris Lessing, Vladimir Nabokov, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tom Wolfe, Don DeLillo, Milan Kundera, and Philip Roth, among others, display his passion and nearly encyclopedic knowledge of literature in the second half of the twentieth century. His essay on Ed Sullivan and the evolution of television remains a classic. Throughout Leonard’s reviews and essays is a dedicated political spirit, pleading for social justice, advocating for the women’s movement, and forever calling attention to writers whose work challenged and excited him. With an introduction by E. L. Doctorow and remembrances by Leonard’s friends, family, and colleagues, including Gloria Steinem and Victor Navasky, Reading for My Life stands as a landmark collection from one of America’s most beloved and influential critics.

Keep Them Reading

What it will take, as researchers have repeatedly shown, is to make reading
accessible and enjoyable. FOR ThE lOvE OF BOOKS If you love books, as we do,
Pat Conroy's My Reading Life (2010) will be a homecoming for you. He writes, I ...

Author: ReLeah Cossett Lent

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807772324

Category: Education

Page: 113

View: 461


Keep Them Reading is a concise handbook for teachers, librarians, administrators, and district personnel about how to prevent censorship in a school or district—and what to do if it happens. Written by two award-winning authors who have devoted much of their careers to anti-censorship work, this book discusses the overall importance of reading in all academic endeavors and demonstrates how challenges and censorship can derail even the best literacy program. Each chapter contains practical tools, advice, and resources for building understanding about issues of intellectual freedom and for creating a plan to help all parties work through challenges before they turn into damaging censorship incidents. The last chapter contains advice from authors who have dealt with censorship, such as Judy Blume, and experts on the subject, such as Joan Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship. Book Features: Procedures for dealing with censorship challenges before they arise. Protocols to help teachers and librarians meet challenges and resist censorship. Samples of actual letters teachers can use to defend their selection of a text. Detailed suggestions for conducting meetings with parents and district personnel. Helpful lists of books dealing with censorship, relevant court cases, and national organizations offering support and resources. “The first academic freedom book of 2013 . . . an excellent one.” —Read the article on the Huffington Post Education Blog “There are no easy answers, but there are lessons to be learned from the ‘good fight’ of classroom teachers who have been victims of the censorship wars. . . . Keep Them Reading offers sage advice and guidance about what to do when the censor calls.” —From the Foreword by Pat Scales, past president, ALSC American Library Association “Sooner or later every reading and literature teacher will encounter someone who wants to limit students' experiences with a text Keep Them Reading lays out a very common-sense pro-active mechanism that is both respectful of parents and community values and students' and teachers' rights. Every teacher and administrator should read this handbook and then establish the processes that Lent and Pipkin recommend.” —Nancy G. Patterson, co-editor, Language Arts Journal of Michigan, Associate Professor, Literacy Studies, College of Education, Grand Valley State University “The real heroes are the librarians and teachers who, at no small risk to themselves, refuse to lie down and play dead for censors.” —Bruce Coville, bestselling author “The topic of this book—censorship—can strike fear in any educator's heart. So it is a delightful surprise that what seeps through these pages is love: love for the families whose concerns for their children, Pipkin and Lent remind us, are occasions for respectful engagement; and, above all, a deep love for books and the readers who are comforted, challenged, transported, and transformed by them.” —Maja Wilson, author of Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment

The Books in My Life

READING IN THE TOILET There is one theme connected with the reading of
books which I think worth dwelling on since it involves a habit which is
widespread and about which, to my knowledge, little has been written — I mean,
reading in the ...

Author: Henry Miller

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811201082

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

View: 264


Some writers attempt to conceal the literary influences which have shaped their thinking - but not Henry Miller. In The Books in My Life he shares the thrills of discovery that many kinds of books have brought to a keenly curious and questioning mind. Some of Miller's favorite writers are the giants whom most of us revere - authors such as Dostoeyvsky, Boccaccio, Walt Whitman, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Lao-Tse. To them he brings fresh and penetrating insights. But many are lesser-known figures: Krishnamurti, the prophet-sage; the French contemporaries Blaise Cendrars and Jean Giono; Richard Jeffries, who wrote The Story of My Heart ; the Welshman John Cowper Powys; and scores of others. The Books in My Life contains some fine autobiographical chapters, too. Miller describes his boyhood in Brooklyn, when he devoured the historical stories of G. A. Henty and the romances of Rider Haggard. He tells of the men and women whom he regards as living books": Lou Jacobs, W. E. B. DuBois, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and others. He offers his reminiscences of the New York Theatre in the early 1900's - including plays such as Alias Jimmy Valentine and Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model . And finally, in Miller's best vein of humor, he provides a satiric chapter on bathroom reading. In an appendix, Miller lists the hundred books that have influenced him most. "

The Magician s Book

On a clear, sunny day, I'm standing near a curb in the quiet suburban California
neighborhood where my family lives, ... and that meant acknowledging that the
most momentous passage in my reading life came when I was in second grade.

Author: Laura Miller

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316040266

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 335


Enchanted by Narnia's fantastic world as a child, prominent critic Laura Miller returns to the series as an adult to uncover the source of these small books' mysterious power by looking at their creator, Clive Staples Lewis. What she discovers is not the familiar, idealized image of the author, but a more interesting and ambiguous truth: Lewis's tragic and troubled childhood, his unconventional love life, and his intense but ultimately doomed friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien. Finally reclaiming Narnia "for the rest of us," Miller casts the Chronicles as a profoundly literary creation, and the portal to a lifelong adventure in books, art, and the imagination.

Cultural Beings

Reading the Philosophers of Genesis Yuval Lurie ... In the first reading , the man
had been duped by God . ... In my reading , life in the Garden of Eden is a life
which is not burdened by worrying about death : neither about one's own death
or ...

Author: Yuval Lurie

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 904200469X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 217

View: 155


Human beings are a cultural species. This predicament enables them to take on many different cultural identities, all of which transcend the bounds of natural behavior of other species. To contemplate this predicament through philosophy is to reflect on such questions as, What makes cultural forms of life possible? What is encompassed in them? What lies at their core? What distinguishes them from natural forms of life? What brings them about, sustains, and causes them to change? Philosophical answers to these questions predate abstract ways of thinking, as they are sometimes embedded in ancient mythical and religious narratives. Such is the story told in the first three chapters of the book of Genesis in the Bible, revealing how human beings became the cultural beings that they are. This study suggests how that ancient and most celebrated story in the literature of the West may be read as harboring insightful philosophical observations on the cultural nature of human beings. It first focuses on the very concept of cultural forms of life, revealing its complicated conceptual links to natural forms of life. It then offers an interpretive framework for reading mythical, symbolic narratives. Using these ideas, it provides a philosophical reading of the Biblical narrative, disclosing it to harbor a metaphysically oriented conception of nature and two insightful philosophical overviews of the cultural nature of human beings. Both overviews endow human beings with an ability to manipulate nature, but in different ways: the first by subjugating parcels of nature to human will; the second by subjugating human beings themselves to a value-laden conception of things and ethical forms of life. Thus, human beings are portrayed as natural creatures possessed of a cultural nature that enables them to transform nature and recreate themselves through their unique cultural predicament.

Reading Texts Reading Lives

Jacob called the place Peniel, “because,” he said, “I have seen God face to face
and my life is spared.” —Genesis 32:22 After many years spent contemptuously
rejecting desks as too “officious” and reading and writing sitting up in bed with ...

Author: Daniel Morris

Publisher: University of Delaware

ISBN: 9781611493450

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

View: 357


Distinguished contributors take up eminent scholar Daniel R. Schwarz’s reading of modern fiction and poetry as mediating between human desire and human action. The essayists follow Schwarz’s advice, “always the text, always historicize,” thus making this book relevant to current debates about the relationships between literature, ethics, aesthetics, and historical contexts.

Reading with God in Mind

57 & 102 ) . y life has been chiseled and polished by the books | IV I have read . I
am quite sure that I am not aware of all the myriad of ways God the Spirit has
formed and transformed me through my reading . I am sure of this one thing .

Author: J. K. Jones

Publisher: College Press

ISBN: 0899009360

Category: Religion

Page: 80

View: 833


Scenes from a Writers Life

The mixed nature of my reading—Dickens, Richmal Crompton, Tagore and
Champion and Film Fun comics—probably reflected the confused state of my life.
A book reader was rare even in those preelectronic times. On rainy days most
boys ...

Author: Ruskin Bond

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9788184754506

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 210

View: 366


The making of a writer Ruskin Bond's first full-fledged autobiographical book covers his -formative years,' till the age of twenty-one. The world of Anglo-India, with all its conflicting pulls, comes alive as he tells his story. His earliest memoirs are bitter-sweet, and relate to Jamnager where he lives till he is six. The happy hours spent in exploring the Ram Vilas Palace grounds and playing with his younger sister Ellen and the palace children are overshadowed by the acrimonious relation between his parents. Their estrangement while he is still a child leaves him with a life-long sense of insecurity. His unhappiness is exacerbated by the untimely death of his father " his emotional anchor when the author is just ten. Forced to stay with his mother and his stepfather, both of whom are absorbed in their own worlds, he tries to fend off his loneliness through books and the company of a few friends. Left for the most part to himself, the gentle dreamer realizes very early as -a pimply adolescent' his calling as a writer. His first book, The Room on the Roof, materializes in England, the land of his forefathers, where he is sent to make a career for himself. Despite the unexpected success of his novel, which wins a major British literary prize, the author's yearning for India is too powerful to let him remain abroad for long. He returns and begins a writing career which has spanned four decades, and earned him a place in the pantheon of great Indian writers.