Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

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Harper Perennial
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5.64 X 7.62 X 0.85 inches | 0.62 pounds

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"The squid of Wolf's title represents the neurobiological approach to the study of reading....Given the panic that takes hold of humanists when the decline of reading is discussed, her cold-blooded perspective is opportune."--The New Yorker
"[Wolf's] conversational style, reflective comments and insights from work with children...create a narrative flow and bright tone."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Proust and the Squid is an inspiring celebration of the science of reading....Wolf's insights are fascinating....Proust and the Squid has much to offer on this important--perhaps the most important--subject"--The Guardian (London)
"Enjoyable....Wolf, with remarkable agility in a relatively compact book (intended for both aficionados and the uninitiated), transitions seamlessly between disciplines as diverse as linguistics, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and archeology, among others. Her voice comes through clearly; she is fascinated by reading and shares that energy."--New England Journal of Medicine
"Brilliant and eye-opening."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Blindingly fascinating...detailed and scholarly....There's a lot of difficult material in here. But it's worth the effort....For people interested in language, this is a must. You'll find yourself focusing on words in new ways. Read it slowly--it will take time to sink in."--The Sunday Telegraph
"Everything Wolf says makes sense....She clearly knows her stuff."--Washington Post Book World
"Wolf's alarm about the spread of semi- literacy among the young is obviously justified, and her book provokes thought about it as only reading can."--Sunday Times (London)
"Brilliant and eye-opening."--Albany Times Union
"[Maryanne Wolf] displays extraordinary passion and perceptiveness concerning the reading brain, its miraculous achievements and tragic dysfunctions."--BookForum
"A book worth talking about."--U.S. News & World Report
"This humane and fascinating a paean to what Proust, über-reader, called 'that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude, ' to all that has been and can be achieved for individuals and for mankind through literacy."--The Evening Standard (London)
"Fascinating....Wolf restores our awe of the human brain."--Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
"...intriguing..."--New Scientist