Lit Up by David Denby audiobook

Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives.

By David Denby
Read by William Dufris

Macmillan Audio
10.33 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781427268082

A bestselling author and distinguished critic goes back to high school to find out whether books can shape lives It's no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don't read seriously-they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. This indifference has become a grievous loss to our standing as a great nation--and a personal loss, too, for millions of teenagers who may turn into adults with limited understanding of themselves and the world. Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester county. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves, including The Scarlet Letter, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, Notes From Underground, Long Way Gone and many more. Lit Up is a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books.

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Summary

Summary

A bestselling author and distinguished critic goes back to high school to find out whether books can shape lives

It's no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don't read seriously-they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. This indifference has become a grievous loss to our standing as a great nation--and a personal loss, too, for millions of teenagers who may turn into adults with limited understanding of themselves and the world.

Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester county. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves, including The Scarlet Letter, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, Notes From Underground, Long Way Gone and many more. Lit Up is a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Definitely a worthy successor to Great Books. The fight against the dumbing down of this country continues with this highly readable book. David Denby really cares about whether American literature has a future. You probably should too.” James Patterson
“Film critic David Denby goes back to high school to find out if teachers can make a difference in turning students into serious readers, and if so, what books they’re using to make that happen. Christopher Price steps behind the mic to guide listeners through Denby’s year in tenth grade. Price keeps the audiobook engaging with his enthusiasm…Denby’s approach to his subject leaves significant room for pedagogical debate, but Price’s narration is strong enough to keep listeners tuned in for the duration.” AudioFile
“Mr. Denby captures well how teenagers today struggle to grapple with the serious thinkers of the past.” Wall Street Journal
“Denby makes an impassioned case for the critical importance of books to the lives of young people.” New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: David Denby

Author Bio: David Denby

David Denby is a film critic and staff writer at the New Yorker. He has also served as film critic for the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Phoenix, and New York magazine. His book on re-reading literary and political theory classics, Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World, has been translated into nine languages. He and his wife live in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English