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(Are You) Reading in America? August 31, 2007

Posted by bookgoddess in Books, readers, Reading.
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My supervisor recently sent me an article from the CNN website that you might want to link to:  Where you fall in poll of U.S. reading habits.

 I know, there are all kinds of things people can be doing with their time instead of reading AND I know I’m preaching to the choir…but, oh, dear.

 Reading has done many things for me. It has informed me, and amused me, and and consoled me.  But I think the most important thing that reading has done for me is to give me some insight into how another person, in another situation in life, might feel.

There’s a wonderful book, Selling Ben Cheever:  Back to Square One in a Service Economy,in which the author takes a series of low-paying jobs and reports on the human effects of downsizing.  In the “Product Warning” (really!), he says, “I believe in the victory of empathy.  A woman can understand what it means to be a man, the rich what it means to be poor, the sick how it feels to be well.”

I do, too, Ben.  And I know reading has helped me with this, and I think that just maybe, if we as a society read more, we might be a little more understanding of our fellow human beings and what they might be going through.  And I have to believe that would be a good thing.

All the best from

The Book Goddess 

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