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Katona has compiled a complete handbook for general students and readers of literature. Developed out of a thirty-one year career of teaching Introduction to Literature to community college freshmen, this book aims not just to teach how to read literature, but how to actually enjoy it. Beginning with the state of reading in America, Katona gives eleven good reasons to make ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published May 12th 2005 by Scarecrow Press
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Feb 15, 2011 Claudia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Interesting, stuffy, very self-satisfied. I was looking for research about reading, what Krashen calls "Free, Voluntary Reading." Didn't find that but I did find lively discussions about books and active reading. The author included an essay by Clifton Fadiman about active reading...something every student should be able to do. I remember having lively conversations with my texts...even calling Mr. Rochester in JANE EYRE A 'JERK'. I enjoyed the discussions of the books Katona believes we should ...more
Mar 26, 2010 Gloria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Librarians in Particular & Avid Readers
This is both a practical and philosophical brief book and its content is very accessible to both professional librarians and enthusiastic readers. The practical content includes lists of awards along with multiple titles that are exemplary to a particular genre. The philosophical content reminds us why "we" - as in all of us - need to read for both personal growth and to maintain our freedoms. Suggestions are offered for keeping reading journals. Nicely done.