Reading About Reading

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster

What a nifty book. In a conversational tone, Foster describes the meanings of baptism, vampires (I was surprised by this one!), dining scenes, and more, in literature. His light approach makes me think he must be one of those professors whose classes everyone scrambles to take. The thing I like about this book is that Foster offers up a traditional literary device or symbol I thought I understood, and then he takes it one step further than I expected. And his writing is deft and fresh enough that it never feels like he’s teaching; instead, I’m having a fun time reading, and I’m learning along the way. Excellent. Also, while the subtitle includes the words “reading between the lines,” I found this book to be fine reading while waiting in the grocery store line. True story.

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