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HAPPY SUMMER 2016!
AHHH! We are edging toward and already anticipating those stolen reading moments that summer brings.
And I am “lit up” thinking about and dreaming about faces and imaginations between the pages of a real book. I am also “lit up” about David Denby’s new book, also called Lit Up (One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives)!
David Denby, the former film critic, is now championing the humanities! HOORAY! David writes about passionate, dedicated teachers who are convincing our teens, usually glued to their electronics, that reading Dostoevsky can give them insight into their lives. David argues that “the humanities are not irrelevant; they are highly relevant to a modern economy. ... Big-scale employers keep saying: ‘We can teach you the computer or technical skills we need you to know in six or eight weeks. We want people who have judgment, people who can stand up in a meeting and talk, who can work with others and understand their coworkers.’ That comes from the attentiveness and roundedness and strength you get from reading seriously. We’re not just denaturing education and literacy with this emphasis on STEM subjects, we’re making a mistake in the kind of workforce we’re readying.”
David’s inspiration? “Kids may be reading more words than ever before, but they’re reading fragments online. We live in this media bubble; we’re constantly taking in information, but information is not the same thing as knowledge.”
So this then is David Denby’s challenge and Diane’s Books challenge, we are throwing down the gauntlet — let’s be “lit up”, let’s fall in love with reading all over again. As I have said over and over again, books have never been more plentiful or more exciting in this age of technology. All the Diane’s Dazzling Divas are “lit up” and waiting to talk books with YOU!
And finally, for 25 years Diane’s Books and our devoted customers have been raising readers together, so please ask us about our RED WAGONS filled with books for all ages, for all occasions. Why not a Summer Reading Wagon for your favorite family? Or why not add a Book of the Month for someone special? I personally hand-pick each and every book, and we send hundreds of books to special people every month with great pride. Thanks for making a book your special gift for someone special in your life!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE! HAPPY READING OUT LOUD! AND, OF COURSE, HAPPY SPRING!
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