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Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

I was told to read this book by a teacher-colleague of mine. I really can’t remember why I was supposed to read it, but I’m glad I did. Maryanne Wolf’s analysis of the reading brain and the processes utilized during reading was absolutely fascinating.

The fact that we, as a human race, were never meant to read, was an idea new and somewhat crazy to me. While reading the book, I discovered how the practice of reading began and even how the brain can develop in different ways to support different talents – this is why dyslexia is so hard to pinpoint and “fix.”

If you’re interested in how and why we read, this might be a good book to pick up. If you’re also interested in finding out possible implications to a digital society, you should definitely pick this book up.


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