The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2018
Wolf’s vision for the future of reading fundamentally revolves around our capacity to slow down. She prescribes a way of deep reading that is not only attentive, but empathetic. Her notion of deep reading is reminiscent of David Mikics’s work on [easyazon_link identifier=”0674724720″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Slow Reading[/easyazon_link] (a book that we selected as the ERB’s 2013 Book of the Year). Although she is pointedly concerned about the erosion of our present capacity for reading, Wolf is in the end hopeful, pointing us in the direction of educational strategies that foster a “biliterate brain”: one that has the capacity for deep reading, but is also comfortable among the digital realities of our age. Reader, Come Home is, of course, the sort of book that I’d love to put in the hands of every teacher, especially those who are tasked with sharing the wonders of language with their students. But it also deserves a wider audience—among pastors and politicians for instance—and anyone who works toward the flourishing of their community.
- from a review essay by ERB editor C. Christopher Smith
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue
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