The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction alan jacobs on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in recent years cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in america americans are not reading enough. The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction book read 337 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers in recent years cultural commen. It seems a rare accomplishment that a book on the pleasures of reading could actually pull off being pleasurable itself but alan jacobs newest book the pleasures of reading in an age of distraction does just that it is a marvelous manifesto of sanity in an age of jeremiads about the modern predicament of attention loss on one hand and . In recent years cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in america americans are not reading enough they say or reading the right books in the right way in this book alan jacobs argues that contrary to the doomsayers reading is alive and well in america there are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous bookstores and online . Invitingly written with equal measures of wit and erudition the pleasures of reading in an age of distraction will appeal to all readers whether they be novices looking for direction or old hands seeking to recapture the pleasures of reading they first experienced as children
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