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Book Savvy

Katona has compiled a complete handbook for general students and readers of literature. Developed out of a thirty-one year career of teaching Introduction to Literature to community college freshmen, this book aims not just to teach how to read literature, but how to actually enjoy it. Beginning with the state of reading in America, Katona gives eleven good reasons to make reading a regular part of life, and supplies an annotated list of tried and true page-turners. Besides giving the standard bibliographical information (i.e. title, author, number of pages, and date), the annotated book list gives the book's genre, its level of challenge, a brief synopsis, quotations showing off the writer's style, reading hints, other works by the author, and finally the book's movie counterparts. From seasoned lovers of literature to newcomers to the reading addiction, Katona's accessible style makes this book appealing to a wide audience. Book Savvy will serve as an effective guide for the burgeoning book club community as well as a welcome tool for literature teachers struggling to spark the interest of their students.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I Why Be Book Savvy? Chapter 2 1 Autobiography of a Book Junkie Chapter 3 2 Introduction to the State of Reading in America Chapter 4 3 Eleven Good Reasons to Make Reading a Part of Your Life Part 5 Part II A Good Place to Start Chapter 6 4 Key to the Annotated Book List Chapter 7 5 Annotated Book List Part 8 Part III Becoming a Book Junkie Chapter 9 6 Active Reading Chapter 10 7 Developing a Reading Journal Part 11 Appendixes Chapter 12 A. Book Lists and Awards Chapter 13 B. More Quotations about Books and Reading Part 14 About the Author

About the Author

Cynthia Lee Katona is currently teaching all levels of English Composition and Literature courses at Ohlone Community College in Fremont, California.


...Book Savvy should be a part of every academic and university library collection. Internet Bookwatch Book Savvy by Cynthia Lee Katona is a wonderful guide for readers. -- Ellen Borders, Collection Development, Haines Borough Public Library A snappy cover and a catchy title make this slim, crisp volume look anything but daunting. The contents are an original mix of books reviews and short essays about books, reading, and the author's own experiences. The book reviews are quick and sweet, containing basic information such as title, author, page length and synopsis as well as the author's own difficulty rating, reading tips, and relevant movies. The surrounding material is perhaps even more intriguing, with a striking portrayal of the lamentable state of reading in America and some very good philosophical reasons to scribble all over one's books. Ohlone College Monitor

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