Home / Book Reviews / Note from the Book Review Editor (March/April ’17)

Note from the Book Review Editor (March/April ’17)

An unexpected pleasure in curating book reviews is the discovery and true delight of encountering fellow readers of all ages and interests who appreciate a well-written book. In our reviews, as you get to know about a book, you will learn just as much about the local reader. Wes, a young

In our reviews, as you get to know about a book, you will learn just as much about the local reader. Wes, a young artist, and musician finds inspiration in a Johnny Cash biography. Ashley and Rachel’s book selections offer a glimpse into the realm of fantasy and magic. And Sara, a teacher and young mother, discovers nuggets of wisdom in a candid and intimate memoir about a challenging childhood. Why do people like to read? A study by the Pew Research Center found that, unsurprisingly, most often reading serves pleasure or entertainment, followed by keeping up with current events, research, and reading for work or school. Of course, much academic research demonstrates the cognitive benefits of reading. Comprehensive and insightful reads on this subject are well expressed in “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading

Comprehensive and insightful reads on this subject are well expressed in “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain”, by Maryanne Wolf (2008) and “Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read by Stanislas Dehaene” (2010). Wolf and Dehaene’s books may be “TMI” for a short conversation. In essence, both confirm what I already knew – reading is a good thing. Regardless of why we read or how we read. Panama City has a surprising number of book

Panama City has a surprising number of book clubs. Their members discuss their book choices and graciously share their passion for reading. It is a comfort to know that dignified discussions about contemporary literature take place beyond classrooms, spanning all ages. Check in with the Bay County Public Library to find out about several book clubs. I know there is a book club out there that would love to have you as a member.

Laura Roesch

Laura Roesch, born and raised on Florida's east coast, earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Radford University and a law degree from Indiana University School of Law. A retired judge, she is a voracious reader with a life-long passion for books.  She especially loves to hear about what others are reading. When she is not reading, she happily plays ukulele and drums with the wonderfully diverse and quirky Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews. She and her husband carefully tend their bucket list of adventures, and collect vintage cars and motorcycles.

Leave a Reply

comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Pin It on Pinterest

X