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I Hear America Reading: Why We Read - What We Read

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In an era of decreasing commitment to literacy . . . it is no surprise that most students, too, are bypassing books." So wrote English teacher Jim Burke in a seminal letter to the San Francisco Chronicle-seminal because of the astounding response that ensued when he invited readers to "write to my high school students about your experiences with books, perhaps telling them ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 8th 1999 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Tamara
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
I liked the famous people quotes much better than the letters written by the public. I guess that makes me a snob.

Favorite Quotes:

Because reading was, is and always will be: subversive

A novel is a question, not an answer - Richard Peck

We read to know we are not alone. - C.S. Lewis

There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before. - Willa Cather

Perhaps at every stage what we read is what we are, or what we are becom
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scc101
Jun 27, 2012 marked it as couldnt_finish
Shelves: education, reading
I only got to page 44 of the book. It was only mildly interesting to read people's letters. A few were good but most weren't all that interesting.

The best part of the book is the Appendix A: List of Lists. There are 12 pages of categorized book lists. It's quite useful as a reference.

Rae
Apr 06, 2008 rated it liked it
The author, a high school teacher, invited readers of the local newspaper to write to his students "about your experiences with books." He received over a thousand pages of letters and culled the best for this collection.
Vicki
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
Letters to Jim by a variety of persons of the why and what of reading - great
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Aug 05, 2007 rated it liked it
See my short note on it here:
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A longtime English teacher, Jim Burke is the author of more than 20 books and senior consultant for the Holt McDougal Literature program. Jim has received several awards, including the 2000 NCTE Exemplary English Leadership Award. In 2009, he created the English Companion Ning―the largest online community of Engli
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