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    1. Literacy for the 21st Century
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    7. Quicksands: A Memoir
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    1. Literacy for the 21st Century (3rd Edition)
    by Gail E. Tompkins
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    Asin: 0130985902
    Catlog: Book (2002-02-28)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 60628
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best reading methods textbook I've found
    I teach a course in elementary reading methods for undergraduate education students. This is the third textbook I've tried, and it is excellent! It has what students need to know about the theory and practice of teaching reading, written in a very readable, non-overwhelming way. Plus it has lots of practical teaching ideas. Our lab school saw it and ordered several copies for its teachers also. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have!!
    I was first introduced to this book in one of my graduate literacy courses and I have been hooked every since. The teachers at my school pass it around constantly looking for ideas. My favorite aspect of this boks is the fact that there are real teachers giving real examples of what works in their classrooms. There are no strategies that seem too hard implement in your classroom, because the layout is right there!! You know it can be done and it words because the examples in the book are proof! You don't feel like you are reading about some ideal or Utopia of a classroom. You are reading about REAL classrooms. I absolutely love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for teachers
    This is an excellent resource. It is concise and contains a wealth of information. I teach second grade and am working on a Master's degree in literacy. I am finding this book to be invaluable. Much of the information is sorted into charts for easy referencing. So many of the books I have read lately seem to ramble on and on. This book makes it's point and moves on to other salient information. I get rid of so many of the professional books I purchase after I read them. This one is a keeper. It is very pertinent to the current trend in improving the literacy of our children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chock-full of good information!
    We dived right into this book in our Teaching Reading credential course. This book is worth the price just for the internet resources (web sites, discussion boards, etc.) alone! Includes a great appendix which defines key terms, such as book talks, word webs, readers' theatre, etc. These are the "buzzwords" that are important for the RICA examination. A wonderful resource!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Balanced Approach
    This book is a great resource. Ms. Thompson believes that it is imperative that teachers offer students a comprehensive, balanced approach. She reasons that one should mix whole language with phonics. This resource is very readable and practical, and not riddled with lofty, educational jargon. ... Read more

    2. Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature (6th Edition)
    by Donna E. Norton, Saundra Norton
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    Asin: 013042207X
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-03)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 44558
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This is a fresh, new edition of one of the most widely-respected sources for introducing future teachers to the wealth of literature available to children. The sixth edition is replete with expanded coverage of key topics, numerous new features, and an enhanced focus on multicultural literature. Its unique two-part genre chapters—one part content, one part methods—once again provide everything instructors need in order to teach the core concepts and knowledge of children's literature content supported by methods to teach it.This book covers what constitutes good use of literature in the classroom and offers readers access to additional material on children's literature and teaching about literature. It covers what to look for in good literature and how to identify the best among what's available.For professionals in the field of teaching or anyoneinterested in children's literature. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough course in literature for children
    I just got finished using this book for a course in Children's Literature, and it was extremely informative.

    Since I am interested in children's literature (to read, and possibly to write), it was great to find out about all the different facets of literature for children, from historical children's lit, to multicultural lit, to award-winning literature.

    If you are a teacher and haven't taken a course on children's literature, this book is a must-read (it even includes helps for the classroom at the end of each chapter). If you want to write for children, check this out -- it's a veritable goldmine of information to get your book noticed & published.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for children's literature
    This book covers a wide range of genres of children's literature. It is written in an easy to read style, and covers everything a teacher or media specialist would need to begin working with children's literature. It was outstanding! The addition of the CD-ROM gives even more resources. I think it is a wonderful book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The very best teacher's reference for children's literature.
    Norton has once again done the impossible-- making her best-selling text on children's literature even better. The newest edition provides concise yet helpful summaries of the finest in children's books, and offers an updated CD-ROM tool to help teachers search and discover just right books. I heartily recommend it to all elementary teachers! ... Read more

    3. The Norton Introduction to Literature, Eighth Edition
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    Asin: 0393976874
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Sales Rank: 12572
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    A balanced selection of classic and contemporary works by prominent and less-well-known writers. From Joyce, Hemingway, O'Connor, Auden, Stevens, Dickinson, Faulkner, Hawthorne, and Whitman, to Sharon Olds, Nicholson Baker, Carolyn Forché, Paul Ruffin, Salman Rushdie, Agha Shahid Ali, Eamon Grennan, Linda Pastan, Li-Young Lee, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Simon Ortiz, Seamus Heaney, Karen Volkman, and David Ives.

    "Exploring Contexts" chapters provide a window into the broader literary world by placing the stories, poems, and plays in contextual groups, literary, authorial, cultural, historical, and social, illuminating connections among texts and the influences that shape them.

    "Critical Context" Casebooks, a new feature, serve as capstone chapters for each genre. Each includes one primary literary work followed by several professional critical responses, allowing students to explore one work in depth and to develop and expand their reading and analytical skills as they prepare to write about what they've read. Two student papers, one, a personal response essay, and the other, a research paper, round out the fiction casebook.

    Reading, Responding, Writing chapters introduce students to a genre and ways of exploring and writing about it.

    Understanding the Text chapters within each genre cover the elements of literature, providing students with the tools they need to consider various works.

    Evaluating chapters strengthen students' critical skills by guiding them in the difficult task of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of literary works.

    A Reading More section offers an album of pieces for further reading.

    New Fiction Chapter:
    "Cultural and Historical Context"
    This new chapter focuses on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" and discusses the historical events and cultural climate that provided the backdrop for Fitzgerald's fiction. No other anthology offers so deep a contextual analysis.

    New Drama Chapter:
    "The Author's Work as Context: William Shakespeare"
    Pushing students beyond their natural curiosity about Shakespeare's life, this new chapter calls attention to stylistic and thematic currents running through Shakespeare's work and encourages students to read Shakespeare actively and critically.

    Evaluation Chapters Revised
    "Evaluating" (fiction, poetry, drama) chapters have been reconceived to guide students toward determining and declaring the basis on which they are making their evaluative judgments.

    New Introduction: "What is Literature?"
    Alison Booth's insightful introduction discusses questions concerning the nature of "literature," the value of reading and writing about it, and the history of "the canon."

    New Selections
    Fourteen new stories, seventy-six new poems, and four new plays offer an unbeatable selection of both classic and contemporary works. Among the new selections are pieces by Carol Shields, Jhumpa Lahiri, Stephen Crane, Billy Collins, Lorrie Moore, James Joyce, Eavan Boland, Thom Gunn, Andrew Hudgins, Jorie Graham, Gail Mazur, August Wilson, Lillian Hellman, Paula Vogel. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Norton Comprehensive Literature Introduction
    This is a great, comprehensive book, for your short stories, poems and plays.It includes the cannon syllabus and many lesser known works.The poetry section is particularly stong.

    There are also many great techniques on writing essays, and apporaches to writing about the selections.

    Great for college classrooms. ... Read more

    4. How to Read Literature Like a Professor : A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
    by Thomas C. Foster
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    Asin: 006000942X
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 1719
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface -- a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character -- and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you.

    In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths, and to discover a world where a road leads to a quest; a shared meal may signify a communion; and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just rain. Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is the perfect companion for making your reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

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    3-0 out of 5 stars practical guide to reading
    Foster tackles Literature from a symbolic metaphorical side, delving into Myths, symbols, and the connectedness of all Literature etc.
    In a lively and entertaining manner he shows the reader how to draw parallels between texts and explores poetic metaphors effectively.

    The weakness of the book is that the author doesn't really delve deeply enough into other important aspects such as Character development, Plot devices, structure of the novel among other things. He's thematic discussions, too, are at times somewhat shallow,

    Nonetheless, it is a worthwhile book that certainly deserves to read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare was here.....
    I wish I had had access to HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR for my Freshman English classes. Thomas C. Foster provides the reader with insights into those amazing points college professors and advanced placement English teachers make concerning classical texts such as PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE SUN ALSO RISES, BELOVED, and the other standard works assigned to young students. The older reader will also appreciate his insights. You may even finally discover why certain works appeal to you while others don't, or why trashy novels don't fill the gap in your soul "good" books do.

    "It was a dark and stormy night..." So begins the never finished novel Snoopy has been developing on the top of his dog house for years. And so began (or similarly began) one of the great classics...WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Foster explains why the weather in a novel is a very important clue. Sunshine and clouds affect mood and the classical writers are adept at using atmospheric pressure to evoke mood.

    Foster explains that other literary devices have been used to effect mood, attitude, and feelings of commiseration ever since our forebears sat around the campfires and told each other entertaining tales. Shakespeare may have been original, but he was also a master of understanding what worked for other authors from whom he borrowed much. A number of great works written since Shakespeare use his devices including subtle references to the Bible and the Greek Classics.

    One wonders in an age not prone to studying the Bible as literature or Latin in high school, how much is lost. On the other hand, the study of Spanish (a Romance language) could prove quite important to speakers of English deprived of Latin classes. Don Quixote understood the importance of "the quest."

    2-0 out of 5 stars One Reader's Futile Quest
    I set out on my journey through this book with great trepidation and anticipation - trepidation that I would be forever lost in the mazes of literary notions heretofore only alluded to in the occasional book review, such that I might never be able to read fiction again for the crowds of overarching ideas that would envelop me. Anticipation that I would now be able to spot nuances that had previously flown right over my head like the birds and butterflies in the test case short story at the end of this book.

    I needn't have worried my pretty little head. Foster belabors the obvious again and again throughout this book (Spring? Rebirth? Gasp!), while attempting to pepper it with humor that creaks like the bones of a Shakespearean ghost and evidently proud references to popular music from 30 years or more in the past that marks him as rather hopelessly out of date instead of with the coolness he seems to think it evinces. I had to keep referring to the title page to be absolutely certain he didn't write this book (more forgivebly) in 1974. It is to cringe.

    This book was a waste of money, even at the used price.

    2-0 out of 5 stars An Aptly Named but Disappointing Book
    There is a well-known scene in the film "Dead Poets Society" where an English professor instructs his students to rip a bland scholarly essay on poetry from their textbooks. This book is the spiritual heir to those ripped out and discarded pages... what makes this all the more depressing is that the author clearly had the opposite intent in mind.

    The book is an acceptable introduction to literary themes and symbolic thinking, well-suited to budding writers and English majors; despite the publisher's claims, however, I find it neither "lively" nor "engaging" enough to gain wide appeal outside those circles. Indeed, Professor Foster seems to have written the book precisely for that audience, as he assumes a broad literary knowledge on the part of the reader, but insists on repeatedly hammering home trivial concepts (like submersion in water being symbolic of baptism) that anyone "well-read" enough to follow him should already know. This tone, and the frequent return to themes and topics already covered in great detail - oh, look, another Toni Morrison reference - make reading this book feel like an assigned task. Since there will be no quiz later, I can not recommend the book.

    I really wanted to like this book. Professor Foster seems a charming and intelligent fellow, and I would probably enjoy taking his classes. Nonetheless, I find this dry and repetitive contribution to "the ur-story" lacking... the reader that would benefit the most from it would likely enjoy it least. The praise of the book by English professors shows that the converse is also true.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and Memorable
    This is a super introduction to reading literature critically. Foster writes in a relaxed, conversational manner so the reader feels like a participant in the classroom. His book is geared for beginners, so don't look for a huge vocabulary or philosophical overtones. A fun and quick read even for literary masters, because we sometimes lose sight of the basics. Highly recommended. ... Read more

    5. Literacy Development in the Early Years (Book Alone) (5th Edition)
    by Lesley Morrow
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    Asin: 0205392563
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-11)
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Sales Rank: 734970
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    6. The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life
    by SteveLeveen
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    Asin: 1929154178
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-15)
    Publisher: Levenger Press
    Sales Rank: 1727
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    "Perfect for all of us who can never get enough time with good books. It not only urges us to indulge deeply and often, it shows us how."-Myra Hart, professor, Harvard Business School

    "Readers and want-to-be readers will be encouraged by the advice to read more, more widely and more systematically."-Michael Keller, university librarian, Stanford University

    "An ideal gift for both sporadic and relentless readers."-James Mustich Jr., publisher of A Common Reader

    "A worthy addition to even the most well-stocked personal library."-Ross King, author of Michelangelo & The Pope's Ceiling

    Do not set out to live a well-read life but rather your well-read life. No one can be well-read using someone else's reading list. Unless a book is good for you, you won't connect with it and gain from it. Just as no one can tell you how to lead your life, no one can tell you what to read for your life.

    How do readers find more time to read? In The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life, Steve Leveen offers both inspiration and practical advice for bibliophiles on how to get more books in their life and more life from their books.

    His recommendations are disarmingly refreshing, as when he advises when not to read a book and why not to feel guilty if you missed reading all those classics in school. He helps readers reorganize their bookshelves into a Library of Candidates that they actively build and a Living Library of books read with enthusiasm, and he emphasizes the value of creating a Bookography, or annotated list of your reading life. Separate chapters are devoted to the power of audio books and the merits of reading groups.

    The author himself admits he came "late to the bookshelf," making this charming little guide all the more convincing.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read!
    I have always been an avid book reader, however like many others, I am constantly searching for more time to read.The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life has provided me with numerous tools to reach this goal.With Mr. Leveen's suggestions, I have not only become an active reader I have also overcome the feeling that I am obligated to finish every book I start.This book is a must read for everyone!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE Book for Readers "Who Want More...."
    I finished this concise and thoughtful reading experience and wondered, "why hasn't this approach been chronicled before?" We all complain about too little time, too much to do, not enough hours in the day to read that special book, etc., but no one has ever REALLY attacked the problem with a plan - that is, until now! Wow, and has Steve Leveen ever done it!! It's all here, and the best part is, it doesn't take you long to get through his book and figure out how much of it (if not all) you can apply.
    I only wish this book was available 30 years ago!Alas, it is never too late to learn new tricks and adopt new processes.
    Bottom line, I'll state it plainly - buy the book!Want to "create" more time to read, slide that extra book or three into your monthly reading/listening agenda, and at the same time probably uncover new interests or pursuits?Now, none of us has any excuse.It's helped me already and I only read it a month ago.To me, it's all about discipline, time management and even knowing it's OK to put a book aside if it's just not working for you (the heck with the pundits and scholars). I don't want this to sound like an infomercial - so just give it a peek.
    I look forward to listening to the audio edition of Steve's great work (read the book, you'll get the joke)!


    5-0 out of 5 stars Candy for a reader
    How can any reader not love a book that starts out with the quote from Gustave Flaubert, "Read in order to Live"? Steve Leveen, CEO of Levenger, has written a thought-provoking book for readers, The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life. There are ideas for finding more time in your life to read, such as listening to audio books. He suggests methods to make your reading more meaningful, such as making a List of Candidates, books you want to read. (The bibliography alone is a great starting place!) There are suggestions for building a library, and ways to share books. And, as a librarian, I appreciate a book that says, "Like our national parks, our public libraries constitute a treasure that many Americans take advantage of hardly at all."

    The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life is like candy for a reader; sweet, enticing, and it leaves you craving more.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A springboard for further reading
    In his little book on the "well-read life" author Steve Leveen (the CEO and co-founder of Levenger) offers readers advice on how to get more mileage from their reading. His book is divided into five chapters. The fifth is given over primarily to concluding remarks. The third and fourth have to do with the rewards and history of, respectively, audiobooks and reading groups. The meat of Leveen's argument lies in the fifty-odd pages that make up his first two chapters, "Uncovering the Books That Will Change Your Life" and "Seizing More from Your Reading."

    Leveen argues that readers will gain more from their reading by approaching the business of books systematically. The usual "accidental and ad hoc" means of selecting titles to read is unfortunate, he believes, because it is more likely to lead to unfulfilling reading experiences that "may dampen your enthusiasm, causing your reading to languish, sometimes for long periods." He advocates developing an extensive list of "candidates for your attention," that is, a list of books in which one is interested, either because of their subject matter or author or because they were recommended by friends or in reviews. The list is to be organized by subject headings and augmented throughout one's life. As a second step, Leveen suggests that readers acquire a great many of the books on their list. He is fully in favor of possessing a personal library that contains more books than one could possibly read so as to have a wide selection of quality books always at hand. (That sentiment may go some way toward alleviating the guilt of compulsive book buyers over their purchases.)

    In his second chapter Leveen distills the recommendations of earlier authors on the art of reading and retaining information. He discusses, for example, Mortimer Adler's advice on approaching books as if from a high altitude: one scans a book first to get an idea of its structure, then reads it superficially to pick up its main arguments before sitting down, finally, to a serious analytical reading of the book. Leveen also discusses a variety of note-taking practices.

    The reading approach Leveen advocates will not be for everyone. His suggestion that readers direct their reading by developing an organized list of book candidates will be of use almost exclusively to those who are interested in pursuing a course of private study through the reading of nonfiction. Readers with less serious goals in mind probably won't find that particular idea--which is, after all, one of the main points of the book--pertinent to their own situation. Leveen should perhaps have made more of this distinction between fiction and nonfiction reading in his text. His cursory look at the subject of engaged reading won't satisfy those who are serious about becoming more active readers themselves. But Leveen provides a great service in introducing his audience to the subject and pointing to books that will provide further information. His quick read will definitely be of interest to the readers on your shopping list.

    Debra Hamel --
    Author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book about books!
    This book will help you fall in love with books and reading, maybe all over again.The author writes from the heart, as a person who has discovered the joys of reading and wants to pass on this experience to as many people as possible.This is an ideal gift for anyone you care about, because it will bring more gifts into their lives as a result of its sage advice.

    Steve Leveen helps us to understand how best to read if we want to make the most of the experience and get the most out of it.He shows us how to give a book a fair chance, and when to cut and run!He reintroduces us to the power of the classics, while also reminding us that it's ok not to like a particular classic, and to just stop reading it if it's not connecting with us.

    This book is full of literary romance, practical insight, great advice, cool factoids, and much more.I liked it so much, I've just bought 82 copies to give away!!!!!!!!So that probably says it all.

    Buy this book and open a new chapter in your reading life!!!!! ... Read more

    7. Quicksands: A Memoir
    by Sybille Bedford
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    Asin: 1582431698
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
    Publisher: Counterpoint Press
    Sales Rank: 9581
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    Beginning in 1956 with the publication of A Legacy, the highly acclaimed Sybille Bedford has narrated-in fiction and nonfiction-what has been by turns her sensuous, harrowing, altogether remarkable life. In this memoir, her first new book in over ten years, she provides the moving culmination to an epic personal story that takes readers from the Berlin of World War I, to the artists' set on the C™te d'Azur of the 1920s, through lovers, mentors, seducers, and friends, from genteel yet shabby poverty to settled comfort in London's West End. Whether evoking the simple sumptuousness of a home-cooked meal, or tracing the heartrending outline of an intimate betrayal, she offers both "a deliciously evoked return to worlds" (John Fowles), and spellbinding reflections on how history imprints itself on private lives. ... Read more

    8. Creating Writers Through 6-TraitWriting Assessment and Instruction (4th Edition)
    by Vicki Spandel
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    Asin: 0205410324
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-23)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 345422
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great info, inconvenient format
    Creating Writers got me charged up and well-prepared for teaching sriting/revision using the 6 Trait model. Spandel writes well, using a combination of research-based information and personal anecdotes to keep the reader's attention. I appreciate the number and variety of samples she included for practice revision/assessment. The samples were, however, not very easy to duplicate for classroom use. The print is too small and there are often two samples on one page, or one sample on several pages. The layout is difficult to work with. Overall, though, the book is excellent. I have been to two training sessions about 6 Traits, but it took Spandel's book to get me hooked and enthusiastic, and made me confident about using the 6 Traits in the classroom.The information deserves a 5 star rating. The format deserves a 2.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This book is worth it!
    I found this book to be very helpful, user friendly, and filled with good information. Writing Across the Curriculum is here and alive in education - this book helps.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 6-Trait Assessment is a Winner!
    This book was written for writing teachers struggling to find a way to help their students improve, and veterans looking for a new approach. The 6 traits are ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Any characteristic of writing can be placed under one of these traits. The traits provide a common terminology for writing conferences, and help students focus on a specific area that can vastly improve their writing.

    This practical, application-based book is filled with instructional techniques, rubrics, guidelines, sample essays, trouble-shooting solutions, mini-lessons, great ideas, and so much more. This was a required text in one of my graduate courses and is now my favorite book on writing instruction. If I could give it six stars, one for each trait, I certainly would.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Six Traits - The Book
    This textbook was written by two of the current, foremost people in Six Traits: Vicki Spandel and Richard Stiggins. It covers the information often learned in Six Trait training workshops, but also goes beyond training to teacher instruction, troubleshooting, sharing, and involving parents. Nice work!

    This is an excellent text chocked full of advice, checklists, models, and examples of student writing. For the Six Traits teacher, this book belongs in your collection of Six Trait materials. ... Read more

    9. Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (7th Edition)
    by Richard T. Vacca, Jo Anne L. Vacca
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    Asin: 0321088107
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-09)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 211010
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not for a Primary Teacher
    This book has great info., but as a primary teacher I found the material hard to relate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "One Source for Survival in the Classroom"
    One teacher that reviewed this book said that this book was the "one source for survival in the classroom." After reading this book, you will see why. The Vaccas have put together a text that is a goldmine of methods and strategies that are immediately applicable in the classroom.

    One of my professors made a comment to our Content Literacy class that "one of the salient points about content area literacy and students is that we assume that because a student can read, we automatically take for granted that her interaction with the text will be a fruitful one. But as many of you know, this is frequently not the case. Especially with ESL students,students from other than white, middle class, suburban backgrounds, and students with exceptionalities. This is where content area literacy methodology comes into play, and as a teacher, you play a crucial role in helping students interact with their texts in a way that helps the student make meaning. Interaction with the printed word is at the very heart of literacy."

    This text contains a wealth of practical activities and strategies designed to foster content area literacy by assisting the teacher in scaffolding instruction so that all students can become knowledgable and profficient in developing their own learning strategies.

    Although the book is a little "pricey," in the end it is well worth the investment, because it is just that, an investment. I have a rich resource that I can utilize many times over, which will be a source of support and instruction for many years to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best reading methods book around
    This book by Vacca is still the best of the content-area reading books on the market. Unlike many of the others out there, this one shows splendid visual representations and step-by-step approaches to a variety of reading strategies for secondary teachers. Save yourself time. Give this one a try.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Teaching Methods Text
    I am using this book as one of the texts in a secondary methods class I am teaching to preservice teachers. While so many of the texts we encounter in these types of classes are rather simplistic, contrived "recipe books," this book is truly a breath of fresh air. It is well organized, and it covers literacy instruction very effectively. Good, practical strategies are provided to assist the teacher as lessons are developed and presented. The theoretical bases upon which the strategies are based are evident, so that the teacher isn't just presented with a handful of activities which don't really lead anywhere. I particularly like the graphic representations which preview the material covered in each chapter. These provide a great overview and a sense of organization.

    As I present material on how one goes about selecting a good textbook, I use this book as an example of a text which is well prepared and very user friendly. The organizational structure of the book is excellent, from the front material through the appendices, bibliography and indices.

    My only complaint about the book is its price. But the way text prices are going lately, maybe it's not too far out of line. Seventy four dollars just seems like a lot of money for 550 pages.

    I highly recommend this text to anyone who needs to incorporate literacy instruction into a content area classroom. It is very practical yet has a solid theoretical base. It will be an excellent resource for the thoughtful practitioner. ... Read more

    10. Reading to Learn in the Content Areas (with InfoTrac and CD-ROM)
    by Judy S. Richardson, Raymond F. Morgan
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    This text explains how teachers can use reading and writing as a vehicle for learning in any discipline. Its reader-friendly presentation, balanced approach, strong research base, and inclusion of examples from a variety of subject areas and grade levels have helped make it one of the most popular books on the market. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Required Resource
    I took this course as a part of staff development offered by GMU. This book is so much better than the one I learned from in college. There is so much more offered to the teacher in a very easy to follow format. There are plenty of examples at every grade level to satisfy anyone. I wouldn't be without this book. Thanks to Ms. Richardson,et al. for writing it and thanks to my school district for offering it. This book will stay with me forever. If you are having reading problems in your class then get this book and quit pulling your hair out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Effective
    As an assistant principal, I have been witness to the positive effects of the strategies in this book, both for teaschers and students. The strategies are practical and more importantly they work. Students get a much more in depth understanding of their reading if these strategies are used. I would recommend this book to anyone teaching or studying. ... Read more

    11. How to Read a Book
    by Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler
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    Catlog: Book (1972-08-15)
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    How to Read a Book, originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

    You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them -- from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading, you learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. You are taught the different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science.

    Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests whereby you can measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension and speed. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful guide to reading well
    It's a common misconception that a person who has read a large number of books is therefore "well read". To be in fact well read according to this book's author, would be indicated not by the amount of books read, but by how well the books were read. Reading well is what "How To Read A Book" is all about.

    This book is a course on the anatomy of a book, the peeling of its contents in exposing the central theme or message of its author. This is accomplished by the structured, methodical autopsy performed by the reader, who, in extracting the central contents, is rewarded with a much deeper and increased understanding.

    Reading is looked upon by the author as an art. The reading of a good book, one that stretches you mentally, takes a high degree of skill and is a major exertion. It is very active. The reader, armed with pen in hand, is taking notes, underlining principle ideas, noting structure, asking questions of the author, thinking, concentrating. It is by no means passive.

    This book comes highly recommended and is a real treasure. It will be with you for life (I am currently on my second copy, the first having been retired and permanently shelved following much use). One final word of note- It is the authors' goal to present the "Ideal" form of reading, however it is also the authors' understanding that not many readers have the time nor the desire to read every book in this manner (given the unlimited amount of time in both analytical and syntopical readings described in the book, it could take years of study if a person elected to do so). It is the authors' assertion that "you are a good reader to the degree in which you approximate it".

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Reading 101
    The first time I ever saw this book was my first year in college where it was required reading . . . unfortunately, I pretty much tossed it aside after looking at the "embarrasing" title, which screamed: "Hey look, I'm illiterate!" Years after I graduated (and had sold my copy) I came across it again sitting face up in a used book-shop, staring me in the face as if to say: "We've unfinished business, you and me!". So, I decided to give it a second chance. It's now thoroughly underlined, highlighted, and thumbed through. I continue to use the reading list in the appendix as a lifetime must-read list.

    This is one of those books that really should be required reading in college, and perhaps high-school (but I doubt most high school students would bother with it). The fraction that I did originally read in college stayed with me all these years, and brought me back to the complete book. I won't go into detail of how the book works (other reviewers have done that), but will say that if you follow Adler & Van Doren's suggestions for active, passionate reading you'll find yourself enjoying books more than ever. And, in my case, enjoying the act of reading for the first time in my life. Since first reading "How to Read a Book" some years ago, I've rarely been without reading material that I was enthusiastic about, and continue to use the suggestions in this "guide to intelligent reading" at various times to remind myself of such things as the difference between reading for information vs. understanding; or when and how to read long novels quickly and with immersion and not get lost or bogged down without taking forever to finish, if at all.

    This guide is filled with information and recommendations which most of us probably think we already know, but since the subject of reading itself isn't usually well taught, becomes a classic, and vital handbook for any serious reader.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My conversion from being widely-read to well-read
    I am an engineer by training, and since I have been out of grad school for a few years now, I enjoy reading books in order to occupy my mind. However, I was what Adler and Van Doren would call a "widely-read" person, which is to say that I should have been pitied rather than respected. This book really changed my perception of reading from being a casual hobby to a lifelong process of self-education, and so I am currently undergoing my conversion to being a well-read reader, or a person who reads for understanding not just information.

    Others might scoff at my literary ignorance, but I was really impressed by Adler and Van Doren's suggestion that the Great Books should be read chronologically, in order to take part in this "Great Conversation" that has been going on since man learned how to write. Previously, I had regarded the Great Books as so many individual stars in a literary universe, with absolutely no rhyme or reason on where to begin reading. However, now, I am approaching these classics in a more disciplined way by following a chronological reading list, and this has added a dimension of understanding to my reading that I really had not encountered before.

    Adler and Van Doren say a lot in this book that I agree with, and previous reviewers have done a good job of summarizing the levels of reading, and the activities associated with them. However, I felt that the authors' suggestions for reading fiction were a bit vague and insufficient. For example, Adler and Van Doren say that the "truth" of a work of fiction is determined by its beauty to the reader, and the reader should be able to point out in the book the source of this beauty. Such a suggestion leaves a lot of things left unsaid and I felt that the authors could have commented a little more on how the reader could go about analyzing imaginative literature.

    Nevertheless, this book is a classic. If you consider yourself a serious reader, but have never been formally instructed in how to engage books, then I highly, wholeheartedly, and absolutely recommend that you read this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Huh?
    I might not be a Fulbright Scholar, but it seems to me that a book titled 'How to Read a Book' has serious retailing problems. Anyone who can read doesn't need to buy it, and those who can't read wouldn't understand a single word of it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable
    Excellent. I just re-read it again after nearly 20 years. It inspired me years ago to go to a great books college for a Master's degree. I found its advice quite useful there, and, returning to it after all these years, I still found it helpful when dealing with texts. It's also a good deal more nuanced then I remembered, with good advice on how to place texts in context, for example.

    If you've never read it, and you have a vague sense that your education is somehow incomplete and you'd like to remedy that, this is your book. Period. ... Read more

    12. The Sign of the Book : A Cliff Janeway "Bookman"Novel (Cliff Janeway Novels (Hardcover))
    by John Dunning
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    13. The Tao of Pooh
    by Benjamin Hoff
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    Catlog: Book (1983-07-01)
    Publisher: Penguin Books
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    Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars No poo-poohing...
    'The Tao of Pooh', a fascinating synthesis of Eastern philosophy and Western children's literature, is done largely in conversational style between Benjamin Hoff, erstwhile writer, photographer and musician with a penchant for forests and bears. Thus, Pooh makes a natural philosophical companion. But, more than a companion, Pooh is, for Hoff, the very embodiment of the Tao.

    'It's about how to stay happy and calm under all circumstances!' I yelled.
    'Have you read it?' asked Pooh.

    This is two-way book: to explain Taoism through Winnie-the-Pooh, and to explain Winnie-the-Pooh (not always an easy task itself) through Taoism. Taoism, more academically, is a religion indigenous to China, built upon teachings primarily of Lao-tzu, with significant influence from Buddha and K'ung Fu-tse. It is in the teachings of harmony and emptiness and being of Lao-tzu, however, that Taoism draws its meaning, believing that earth is a reflection of heaven, and that the world 'is not a setter of traps but a teacher of valuable lessons.'

    As with many religions, this one took various guises: philosophic, monastic, structural, folk. But through them all, the imperceptible Tao, the essence of being, essentially undescribable, shapes the universe continually out of chaos, with a yin and yang alteration of perpetual transformation, in which nothing remains eternal save the Tao.

    This makes Pooh a perfect example and exemplar. 'For the written character P'u, the typical Chinese dictionary will give a definition of 'natural, simple, plain, honest.' P'u is composed of two separate characters combined: the first, the 'radical' or root-meaning one, is that for tree or wood; the second, the 'phonetic' or sound-giving one, is the character for dense growth or thicket.'

    Through semantic changes, perfectly in keeping with the Tao, we find that Pooh, or P'u, is actually a tree in the thicket, or a wood not cut, or finally, an Uncarved Block. And this, of course, is what pure being is.

    Pooh, in his journey through the Tao, with the Tao, of the Tao (it is a hard one to nail down, isn't it?) encounters many. This includes Eeyore, the terminally morose, who represents Knowledge for the sake of Complaining about Something. It also includes Owl, the Western successor of the 'Confucianist Dedicated Scholar', who believes he has all truth as his possession, and studies Knowledge for the Sake of Knowledge (even if it isn't always the best knowledge). 'You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count.'

    Of course, all of the knowledge of the Owl, accompanied by the variable helpfulness of Rabbit who cannot stop activity in favour of just being something, couldn't figure out what had become of Christopher Robin, who left the Very Clear Note on his door:


    Who or what is a Backson? Backsons are those people trying to outrun their shadows and their footprints, not realising that to stand still and rest in the shade defeats the power of both. And of course, the Bisy Backson is never at a standstill. And of course, one cannot experience the Tao, be the Tao, know the Tao (well, you get the Tao) if one is perpetually on the run.

    The Bisy Backson is always


    or, maybe GONE SOON. Anywhere. Anywhere he hasn't been. Anywhere but where he is. Of course, the idea of not going anywhere is abhorrent to him, and there is no concept of being able to do nothing.

    Nothingness frees the mind. Nothing works like nothing. For there is nothing to distract you. Nothing to get in the way. Nothing to hinder you. Nothing means anything.

    Now, read that last sentence again, carefully.

    Nothing means anything.

    Any thing is by definition itself, but when it is no thing, it can become potentially any thing.

    'Oh, I see,' said Pooh.

    Wisdom lies in the way of Pooh, who shirks the busy-ness of Rabbit, the intellectual hubris of Owl, and the doom-saying of Eeyore. Pooh simply is, and enjoys being who he is. Pooh is a Master, who knows the Way. Learn from him. Learn to be with him.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous explaination of a difficult topic
    Benjamin Hoff has taken an intricate and complex philosophy and distilled it to its essence in the delightful Tao of Pooh. This is much easier to read and understand than the I Ching (Book of Changes) or the Tao ti Ching (Book of the Way.) With Pooh as your guide, Hoff clearly articulates the lessons and tenets of the Tao ("the Way").

    Taoism, a Chinese peasant religion and philosophy, was founded by Lao Tzu in the 5th century BC. Essentially it urges its followers not to resist the natural ebb and flow of life - after all, nature will always win, so why waste the energy? Hoff, using Pooh and the other characters of the Hundred Acre Wood, illustrate how "the Way" is practiced in day-to-day situations.

    Yet there is more to this wonderful little book than an elucidation of Taoism in practice. Hoff takes neither himself or his subject too seriously, often times having "conversations" with Pooh who, in his almost child-like simplicity, both emphasizes and embodies living "the Way".

    This is no children's book - but it is fun to read for its message, its messenger and its content. I recommend it without reservation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Loveable, huggable, simple-minded Pooh
    This book completely expresses the simple-mindedness of Pooh & the simple-mindedness of Taoism. The author explains things that normally would confuse people in the plain 100-acres woods way so that everyone can understand. From the over thinking Owls to the Quiet minded Poohs. I read this book ever few months when I start to feel myself sway from quiet realistic thoughts. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who may be alittle confused or need alittle clarity.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a great introduction to the Way
    I bought this book in '95, and re read it about once a year. If you want a simple, wonderful introduction to how life can be, you might want to read this book.

    I do not agree with the other reviewers in this thread, who say this book is against the western lifestyle. The author does have criticism about the western civilisation, and if you think about it, it all does make sense.

    Thanks to this book I have found my path, and inner peace that goes with it. It has so many treasures inside, that I cannot even begin to mention them all...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Of Vinegar and Honey
    This is a wonderful book with a few minor flaws. Even if you have no wish to follow Tao, it can be taken as a fresh and light-hearted look at many of the timeless truisms we may already know but choose to ignore. It's also a jolly read.

    So it's a shame to quibble, but quibble I will. The first tale we are given is that of the vinegar tasters. Unfortunately Benjamin Hoff fails to heed the lesson as he repeatedly grimaces at the bitter taste left by western civilisation. Some sections are even likely to irritate (see other reviewers).

    p.s. some of my favourite ways of doing nothing include running, swimming and the gym; so I don't know what Hoff would make of me. ... Read more

    14. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
    by Nancy Pearl
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    Asin: 1570613818
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Sasquatch Books
    Sales Rank: 1617
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    What to read next is every book lover's greatest dilemma. Nancy Pearl comes to the rescue with this wide-ranging and fun guide to the best reading new and old. Pearl, who inspired legions of litterateurs with "What If All (name the city) Read the Same Book," has devised 170 thematic reading lists that cater to every mood, occasion, and personality. These annotated lists cover such topics as mother-daughter relationships, science for nonscientists, mysteries of all stripes, African-American fiction from a female point of view, must-reads for kids, books on bicycling, "chick-lit," and many more. Pearl's enthusiasm and taste shine throughout in this lively and informative illustrated guide. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for something new to read
    If you love to read, then you'll love this gem of a book by Nancy Pearl. Pearl is the book-loving friend you wish you had. She'd be the one who reads the New York Times Book Review every Sunday and highlights the good finds for you. She's definitely given me some reading suggestions that I've thoroughly enjoyed.

    Her book is categorized in interesting chapters that seems to fit reading moods. Categories range from Ecofiction, Presidential Biographies, Civil War Fiction to Great Dogs in Fiction. She even has a section on Elvis. It's actually a fun way to look at books.

    In the section on Presidential Biographies, she references David McCollough. She mentions his best-selling books on Truman and John Adams, but what she actually recommends is his book about Teddy Roosevelt, Mornings on Horseback (which I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't know existed).

    My only complaint (and it's a really small one) is she really doesn't go into great length or depth about most recommendations. One to three sentences and she's already moved on. Which is fine with me. I'm able to make note of what looks interesting and then go and do a little further research on my own to see if it really looks like a book worth my time and money.

    I'd like to thank Pearl for introducing me to the following books:

    Sahara: A Natural History
    The Beak of the Finch
    Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy

    And oh yeah - I'm currently reading Mornings on Horseback and love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for expanding your reading horizons
    As an avid reader of fiction, I find that I frequently exhaust all the books by a particular author and am left wondering what to read next. Book Lust definitely helped me to identify some new authors and books to try. It is broken down into 175 different categories; rather than be based on mood as the title suggests, the categories are mostly based on very specific genres--eg, African American Fiction (further divided into male and female), Canadian Fiction, Memoirs, etc. (some categories are given particularly amusing names, such as Elvis on My Mind, Gear Up for Gardening, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame). Particular authors are also highlighted various "Too Good to Miss" entries. You will certainly find plenty of reading suggestions, but don't expect much detail about each individual book--at times the books are simply listed. Also, you may be disappointed to find that some of your own favorites do not make the list (no Maeve Bincy under Irish Fiction?). Overall, however, this is a worthwhile read for booklovers like myself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So much fun!
    Any list of book recommendations that gives Barbara Pym her own category is likely to rate highly with me. I very much enjoyed reading "Book Lust" and now have a very long list of books that I want to tackle. While some of Pearls suggestions were, in my opinion, duds, that's just part of the fun. On the one hand, Book Lust has led me to read the works of writers I would never have chosen for myself, such as Percival Everett--I enjoyed his novel "Erasure". On the other hand, Book Lust has helped me to find more books in the style that I like most. I particularly enjoyed Elizabeth Taylor's "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont"--before reading Book Lust I had never heard of Elizabeth Taylor. I've recommended Book Lust to several people, prompting someone to present me with the Nancy Pearl action figure (complete with shushing action) as a gift.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I was a bit dissappointed
    I was a bit dissappointed with this book. I read the great reviews that it but the book let me down.

    I didn't enjoy the catergories that the book had. For example the book has a topic of Bomb Makers (makers of the atomic bomb) and lists 8 ( too many) books. She also has a Canadian Fiction section There is a Cat Crazy Section with over 10 books. I felt that her catagoies needed more help. I also didn't like the fact that there really were not any list. You just can't open the book to a page and look at a list of of 10=15 books. You have to read the paragraph. The books are underlined but the author's are not. I didn't like this format. I would of preferred that she write her comments on the Middle East, for example, and then list her 10-15 books. She has 5 sections of Africa in one section and a 6th somewhere else.
    The topics are in alpahbetical order so you have Belgium, Montana, Africa in different sections. My own Private DUI is under MY. Passage to India is under P not I.

    Anyway, this book wasn't my style. So I wouldn't recommend it to my friends...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Nancy Pearl!
    _Book Lust_ was so much fun to read! I made a lot of additions to my "To Be Read" list (already long enough!) This book had so much to offer, and so many great categories. They are unlike any other Book Recommendation list. Among the other highlights, I liked her Rule of 50: Give a book 50 pages to prove itself. If you do not want to go on, don't! There are plenty of other books to read!

    Thank you Ms. Pearl for sharing your great amount of book knowledge with us! ... Read more

    15. Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing (6th Edition)
    by Edgar V. Roberts, Henry E. Jacobs
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Indeed, a good book.
    This is a wonderful collection of literature of all kinds. If you're worried about having complete coverage of all aspects of literature in an introductory way, this book is for you.

    Assistance on how to write about literature is a great plus. Explication of poetry, essays on prose, and many other kinds of writing is discussed. Examples of writing are also given.

    The one complaint that I have is in how the much of the literature is accompanied with perhaps too many notes for the reader. It by no means filters out one's ability to interpret the literature on their own, but sometimes the editor should let the reader think on his/her own!

    On the whole, definitely a good book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great teaching book
    This book has a companion video series called Literary Visions. That series alsoo includes a study guide. I would highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is there a teacher's manual with this book?
    This is not a review. I am searching for a teacher's manual for this book. Is there one? ... Read more

    16. The Jane Austen Book Club
    by Karen Joy Fowler
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    A sublime comedy of contemporary manners, this is the novel Jane Austen might well have written had she lived in twenty-first- century California.

    Nothing ever moves in a straight line in Karen Joy Fowler's fiction, and in her latest, the complex dance of modern love has never been so devious or so much fun.

    Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.

    Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars "Jane Austen all the time."
    Karen Joy Fowler's "The Jane Austen Book Club" is a delightful blend of the old and the new. With smooth and effortless style, the author relates how six people, one man and five women, come together to talk about Jane Austen's books. During the meetings of the book club, not only do the members explore Jane Austen's life and novels, but they also reveal a great deal about themselves.

    Jocelyn and Sylvia are in their early fifties and have been friends since they were eleven. Bernadette is sixty-seven and although she has made a career out of being married, she is currently single. Allegra, Sylvia's daughter, is a blunt and beautiful woman, with a quick wit and an acerbic tongue. Sylvia's husband, Daniel, has just asked for a divorce after over thirty years of marriage. She is still bewildered by the changes in her life. Prudie is the only happily married member of the club. She teaches French and has an irritating and pretentious habit of dropping French phrases into the conversation without translating them. Grigg is a man in his early forties who doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the book club, but he does provide a much-needed male perspective.

    Fowler is deliciously witty. She pokes fun at and deconstructs, among other things, book clubs, friendship, marriage, and Jane Austen. At the same time, Fowler brings her six protagonists into focus, giving us a peek into their childhoods and providing perspective on how they became who they are now.

    Jane Austen's books are worlds unto themselves. Austen cleverly and astutely examined the mores of her time, especially as they related to love and marriage. Fowler does the same. She reveals that each of her characters has suffered disappointments and harbors painful memories and secrets. None of them, however, has given up on life.

    The dialogue in this novel is hilarious and poignant. The author includes a summary of Austen's novels at the back, along with a droll, tongue-in-cheek "Reader's Guide" that is the essential element of all modern book clubs. In addition, Fowler adds a lengthy section in which she gives critics of Jane Austen their say. Whether or not you are a lover of Jane Austen or a member of a book club, you will find much to enjoy in this breezy and entertaining novel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Jane Austen Book Club
    Fowler, a captivating and good-hearted satirist, exuberantly pays homage to and matches wits withane Austen in her most pleasurable novel to date by portraying six irresistible Californians who meet once a month to discuss Austen's six novels. Coyly shifting points of view, Fowler subtly uses her characters' responses to Austen as entree into their poignant and often hilarious life stories. The book club isocelyn's idea, a fiftysomething gal who seems to prefer the company of her show dogs to men. She has known Sylvia since grade school, and even used to date Sylvia's husband, who has abruptly moved out, inspiring their beautiful, accident-prone, lesbian artist daughter, Allegra, to move back in and join the book club along with her mother. Also on board are disheveled and loquacious Bernadette; Prudie, a high-school French teacher; and Grigg, the only man. Fowler shares Austen's fascination with the power of stories, and explores the same timeless aspects of human behavior that Austen so masterfully dramatizes, while capturing with anthropological acuity and electrifying humor the oddities of our harried world. Fellow Austenites will love Fowler's fluency in the great novelist's work; every reader will relish Fowler's own ebullient comedy of manners, and who knows how many book clubs will be inspired by this charming paean to books and readers

    1-0 out of 5 stars Warning to Jane Austen fans
    WARNING TO ALL JANE AUSTEN FANS! WARNING TO ALL JANE AUSTEN FANS! DO NOT--I REPEAT--DO NOT BUY THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB. It is a ruse. The author is using the popularity of Jane Austen to sell her book but believe me, she is not a true fan. The author obviously understands rudimentary Jane Austen but she lacks the ability to bring Jane's subtle observations into her inane dialog and 2-dimensional characters.

    The author makes fun of Jane Austen throughout the book in subtle ways. This is evidenced in one way by a scene in which one of the characters defends the fact that Jane Austen does INDEED HAVE GOOD PLOTS! Of course this author thought she could write a book without a plot--as she "sees Jane Austen doing"--and come out with a best-selling book. I am sad to say that is exactly what has happened, thanks to a "glowing" book review in the New York Times and people loving Jane Austen and being duped. It is not clever or funny or witty in any way. It is slow and plodding and so boring, you wonder why you keep on reading it.

    The first few chapters have some promise of linking us to Jane Austen--but that is minimal and then in the following chapters, it peters out to nothing. When I read the author's synopsis of each book discussed by the book club, it was clear to me that the author did not like Jane Austen. "One boring character marries another boring character" is typical of her summaries. This author is duplicitous and would not know good writing if it jumped up and bit her on her butt. Not only does the artistry in her writing suck but her ability to accurately use the English language sucks. She uses the word "effect" when she should have used the word "affect". Minor point--but still--how does someone like this get published and given a good review from the New York Times? AMAZING!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars The Jane Austen WASP club
    I've had some extra time this summer to catch up on some reading. I've even been able to explore some of the newer books that are out and with all the reviews I've read here and the ads that are blarin all over the place, surely, I thought this would be a good one. Maybe I'm not exactly up on Austen--I realize this could be the problem--but the story and its characters didn't fulfill. I liked "The Secret Life of Bees" (and that is a bit corny) better only because, at least, the writer aimed to entertain and to give us a story and a bit of the "brown suger". Sorry, but this book pales (pun not intended) next to "Simon Lazarus". It's a totally different book from this, true, but readers will be delighted, fulfilled, and yes, perhaps, enlightened. Now THAT book's a winner. And deserves so much more praise than this--I'm sorry. And as far as that WASP, Alice Sebold--she can eat this all she wants--honey, I read that very WHITE chick's book and after the first 125 pages (which were actually good!)--it was all downhill in a Presbyterian handbasket!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time
    This may well have been the worst book I ever read. The premise is interesting, and it could have been a great book, but Fowler's writing style is obnoxious. Her incorrect overuse of commas makes the book difficult to read. Her third person/first person game is annoying as well. Did anyone edit this book? The authors who attached their names to the blurbs must have owed Fowler a favor. Quite often the publisher writes the blurbs, and the author's select the one to which their name will be attached. They may have not even read the book, just a synopsis. I think the publisher and the author knew that a book with Jane Austen in the title would sell, and they didn't care much about the quality of the book. ... Read more

    17. What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction
    by Alan E. Farstrup, S. Jay Samuels, Jay Samuels
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    Asin: 0872071774
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: International Reading Association
    Sales Rank: 7614
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The third edition of this respected volume provides current research along with instructional implications that reflect the rapidly evolving professional context in which the research is used. Educators will find information on how to teach students to read based on evidence from a broad base of effective, well-designed research. Topics have been updated and added to better reflect current thinking in the field and address issues that have come to national and international attention for a number of reasons, including the recently released U.S. National Reading Panel report.

    The editors maintain a balance among theory, research, and effective classroom practice without presenting a formulaic view of good instruction or overly theoretical discussions in which practical applications of research findings are not adequately explored. The 17 chapters focus on research related to early reading instruction, phonemic awareness, comprehension, and many other topics. Each chapter concludes with "Questions for Discussion" to encourage reflection on the topics discussed.

    Teacher educators will find this volume to be a valuable tool for preservice teacher preparation as well as graduate level courses. The professional development community, school administrators, and policymakers will also find it to be an indispensable resource as they seek to implement programs consistent with rapidly emerging legislative and policy mandates. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated Reading Strategies for Students in All Grades
    This is an excellent book for teachers in all areas of education. Since reading is the basis for all learning, this book is very useful for classroom teachers, parents, reading specialists, and other readers who would like to become more efficient at reading a variety of texts as well as developing independent skills within the process of reading, rather than after-the-fact. Specifically for teachers, this book outlines basic strategies that can easily be used in the classroom. For students with minimal reading ability, the strategies are explained with the use of academic language that many disabled middle school and young adult readers would appreciate as lifelong strategies to use in a variety of reading contexts. I appreciate the fact that while the authors gave credit to instruction of the past, they provided reasons for change in application as we move students toward a world of problem solving and decision making. In my opinion, I cannot think of any other way I would want to teach my students to read and develop a sense of purpose and love of learning. I'm sorry that my teachers did not approach reading instruction with such a worldly view. Not only am I a better teacher, I am also a better reader. ... Read more

    18. 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!
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    Asin: 0761515496
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-22)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Sales Rank: 10711
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    It's simple: If children don't understand what they read, they will never embrace reading.And that limits what they can learn while in school.This fact frightens parents, worries teachers, and ultimately hurts children.

    7 Keys to Comprehension is the result of cutting-edge research.It gives parents and teachers—those who aren't already using this valuable program—practical, thoughtful advice about the seven simple thinking strategies that proficient readers use:

    • Connecting reading to their background knowledge
    • Creating sensory images
    • Asking questions
    • Drawing inferences
    • Determining what's important
    • Synthesizing ideas
    • Solving problems

    Easily understood, easily applied, and proven successful, this essential educational tool helps parents and teachers to turn reading into a fun and rewarding adventure.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Parents and Teachers
    I devoured this book!! As a parent and a teacher, I know that this book is valuable for both groups. If children have the benefit of knowing how to think while they read, there can be no stopping them. All of us who love to read may not even realize what we are doing during this process but something wonderful happens when we are engaged with a book: To name and model the "7 Keys" for children is so important for their futures as good readers.

    If kids don't "see" what they are reading; (visualize) how can they possibly find meaning? Don't assume that these keys happen naturally all of the time. It is so crucial that we as parents and educators guide our kids through this wonderful discovery process in order to help them "get it" and love it!!

    I strongly recommend this book for anyone who cares about literacy and for those helping to develop a generation of life-long readers. If you care about children loving reading: BUY THIS BOOK. If you care about children doing well in school: BUY THIS BOOK. If you care about children doing well in life: BUY THIS BOOK. If you care about children passing standardized tests: BUY THIS BOOK. If you care about children at all, BUY THIS BOOK. ... Read more

    19. The Art of Editing (7th Edition)
    by Brian S. Brooks, Jack Z. Sissors
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    Asin: 0205319572
    Catlog: Book (2000-08-25)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 237579
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Out of Date and Expensive
    I used the first edition of this text in college back in 1972, and still have my copy. Now as an instructor I am using the 6th edition and am looking for a change. This book lacks three things; internet, internet,internet, and until it is brought up-to-date, it is not worth the price. Itgalls me that a book like this can seem to live forever while gougingundergraduates with poor revisions, and "new" editions designedsolely to sell more books. Right now there are better books at half theprice. I'm moving on. ... Read more

    20. The American Enemy : The History of French Anti-Americanism
    by Philippe Roger
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    Asin: 0226723682
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-22)
    Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
    Sales Rank: 19631
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    Georges-Louis Buffon, an eighteenth-century French scientist, was the first to promote the widespread idea that nature in the New World was deficient; in America, which he had never visited, dogs don't bark, birds don't sing, and--by extension--humans are weaker, less intelligent, and less potent. Thomas Jefferson, infuriated by these claims, brought a seven-foot-tall carcass of a moose from America to the entry hall of his Parisian hotel, but the five-foot-tall Buffon remained unimpressed and refused to change his views on America's inferiority.

    Buffon, as Philippe Roger demonstrates here, was just one of the first in a long line of Frenchmen who have built a history of anti-Americanism in that country, a progressive history that is alternately ludicrous and trenchant. The American Enemy is Roger's bestselling and widely acclaimed history of French anti-Americanism, presented here in English translation for the first time.

    With elegance and good humor, Roger goes back 200 years to unearth the deep roots of this anti-Americanism and trace its changing nature, from the belittling, as Buffon did, of the "savage American" to France's resigned dependency on America for goods and commerce and finally to the fear of America's global domination in light of France's thwarted imperial ambitions. Roger sees French anti-Americanism as barely acquainted with actual fact; rather, anti-Americanism is a cultural pillar for the French, America an idea that the country and its culture have long defined themselves against.

    Sharon Bowman's fine translation of this magisterial work brings French anti-Americanism into the broad light of day, offering fascinating reading for Americans who care about our image abroad and how it came about.

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