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Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor OF Citizenship and Public Service, and Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research, at Tufts University.

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Works by Maryanne Wolf

Associated Works

Stop What You're Doing and Read This! (2011) — Contributor — 157 copies
How We Read Now: Strategic Choices for Print, Screen, and Audio (2021) — Foreword, some editions — 20 copies


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3.5. I agree with some of the other reviews of this book that it fails at being either nonfiction for general readers or an academic text, fitting into neither box. But I still appreciated it. As an English teacher, it was helpful to learn about the development of reading and its related neuroscience. I learned some things about dyslexia and how reading shapes our brains. Yes, it was a bit repetitive and vague in some areas but has some good information.
Aidan767 | 46 other reviews | Feb 1, 2024 |
Read for my book club. Easily the worst book I've read this year. (All the other book club members agreed.)

Super-repetitive. Weirdly on-topic and off-topic. And repetitive. And did I say it was repetitive? Many paragraphs were filled with unnecessary words and unnecessary name dropping. Not just research was quoted by name but phrases had to be cited. She even quoted the Pope for some phrase that she felt needed his name attached.

The writing was so bad that I tried skimming some of her text, exactly what she railed against. For me, skimming is a self-defense mechanism to deal with too much info or too many words to express something. In other words, skimming has its merits; she did not give it its due. Alas, skimming her text was equally unsatisfying. While faster, it didn't work either.

Have read the whole thing, I feel less intelligent for having done so. Her editor was clearly asleep on the job (Recommendation to publisher: Fire editors who do not know how to edit.) For a book about the science of books and reading, it is laughable that it could be so bad. (I'm not even motivated to spend more time going into detail on why it's bad. That's how bad it is.)

I will temper my review with one positive: She wrote well when she described the experience with her own son having trouble in school - and how the school didn't understand his problem and didn't handle it well. Alas, the rest of the book isn't worth reading for that one positive.
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donwon | 12 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
This is a very dense book, but the author manages to make the "science" and "educator" language accessible to the layman. I found this interesting in an academic way, not a lot of practical use to someone who isn't studying the brain, etc. It was interesting to read about the development of a child's brain on the path to reading and gives inspiration if you have a young one in your life to interact verbally and visually with children using words, letters, song and rhyme.
MrsLee | 46 other reviews | Jan 5, 2024 |
Really good read if you are interested in how our brain came to be able to read and write.

Please follow the link to my blog page to read the review.

pw0327 | 46 other reviews | Oct 15, 2023 |



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