Recent reviews in the New York Times suggest these items might be of interest to those concerned about the status of reading and books.
E.O. Wilson has published a book called The Origins of Creativity in which he discusses the biology of literacy. The review is by Peter Godfrey-Smith, and is available at
Two others come from other writers…
Martin Puchner wrote a book called The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization, on the value of literature and reading.
Abigail Williams has published The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home, about the importance of reading in eighteenth century. Reviews of these two are at this link:
Finally, I have mentioned previously a book called Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo. Sometimes I mention books, like those above that I haven’t actually read. But I have been reading this memoir and I really recommend this one. The author taught for two years in the Teach for America program in the Arkansas delta. After leaving the area and attending law school, she returns to the same area to work, and revisits one of her former students, jailed on a murder charge. She reconnects with this young man through reading and writing. The story is beautifully told, showing the power of reading and writing for everyone. Enjoy!