By John Heath, Lisa Adams
What do weight reduction, evil emperors and stories of redemption have in universal? We readers have many soiled little secrets—and our bestselling books are spilling all of them. We can't withstand conspiratorial crooks or the quantity 7. we've got thousands of books approximately cheese. And over 1000000 folks learn greater than 50 approximately exact books each 12 months. In Why We learn What We learn, Lisa Adams and John Heath take an insightful and infrequently hilarious travel via approximately 2 hundred bestselling books, ferreting out their power issues and settling on what these say approximately what we think and the way we relate to each other. a few of our favourite (and revealing) issues comprise: —Repeating the most obvious: vitamin, Wealth, and thought —Black and White and skim everywhere: reliable and Evil in Bestselling event Novels and Political Nonfiction —Soul teach: faith and Spirituality —Hopefully Ever After: Love, Romance and Relationships —Reading for Redemption: Trials and Triumphs in Literary Fiction and Nonfiction —Controversy and Conspiracy within the Da Vinci Code discover the character of what and the way we read—and what it ability for our psyches, our society and our destiny.
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323 concerning the Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341 whyweread_INT 8/7/07 5:20 PM web page v To J and L, whose lives relatively have been replaced by means of a ebook whyweread_INT 8/7/07 5:20 PM web page vi whyweread_INT 8/7/07 5:20 PM web page vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS W e are a lot obliged to Cindy Adams, Nora Chapman, Victor Davis Hanson, Erin Lee, Rick Maze, and Michelle McKenna, who learn parts of our early drafts and supplied important suggestions and suggestion. we're thankful too for the numerous illuminating discussions we had with different buddies and co-workers approximately their innovations on books and bestsellers and on our findings during this venture. we're tremendously indebted to our agent, Sharlene Martin, for believing during this publication and for representing it along with her trademark gusto. We wouldn’t be right here with out her. both crucial have been the folk at Sourcebooks, in particular Peter Lynch, Erin Nevius, and Heather Moore, who had religion in authors looking for a platform. Now it’s as much as us. and eventually, a unique shout-out to Emma for placing up with our tottering stacks of books and never-ending yakking with such enthusiasm and strong humor. whyweread_INT 8/7/07 5:20 PM web page viii whyweread_INT 8/7/07 5:20 PM web page 1 1 WHAT WE’VE performed AND WHY WE’VE performed IT O kay, we’ve bought a bar wager that can’t be beat. We’ll guess fifty funds you can’t identify the name of the ebook we’re approximately to summarize. We’ll even provide you with a touch: it roosted within the optimum echelons of the bestseller checklist for 3 instantly years, from 2003 to 2005, and it was once nonetheless going robust all through 2006. prepared? there are many information the following, so pay shut attention—you get just one bet! Professor Robert Langdon, a middle-aged Harvard paintings historian and symbologist (great paintings if you happen to can get it), is interrupted past due at evening to help in fixing a hideous crime—the mysterious homicide and mutilation of a well known ecu pupil and researcher. In his reluctant pursuit of solutions, Langdon quickly reveals himself aligned with a tender and fabulous good looks who used to be raised via the homicide sufferer. simply because she has in her pseudofather’s highbrow footsteps, her technical wisdom turns into crucial as she accompanies Langdon via the various most vital eu museums, church buildings, and inventive monuments looking for the murderer—and the reply to a far better puzzle of earth-shattering importance to Western Christendom. whyweread_INT 8/7/07 5:20 PM web page 2 W H Y W E R E A D W H AT W E R E A D The assassin is (or so it sounds as if) an murderer deeply inspired by means of, and dedicated to, the chief of a hugely secretive society. certainly, the 2 protagonists are led deeper and deeper into the mysteries of an underground society that has been committed for centuries to struggling with the Catholic Church (and vice versa). The participants of this covert circle (associated with the Masons—will not anyone minimize the Masons a few slack? ) were between Europe’s most crucial artists, scientists, and writers.