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

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"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child's life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts. Lively, erudite, and rich with examples, Proust and the Squid asserts that the brain that examined the tiny clay tablets of the Sumerians was a very different brain from the one that is immersed in today's technology-driven literacy. The potential transformations in this changed reading brain, Wolf argues, have profound implications for every child and for the intellectual development of our species.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 0060933844
  • 9780060933845
  • 62,308

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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"

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"[Maryanne Wolf] displays extraordinary passion and perceptiveness concerning the reading brain, its miraculous achievements and tragic dysfunctions." BookForum

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