Did you know that reading makes you more empathetic? That’s according to a study at the University of Buffalo. It also gives you a boost in mental acuity, as a a number of psychologists and neuroscientists have found.
But besides making us kinder and brighter, the best reason to read is because we like to: it’s rewarding. Since September 6th has been decreed National Book Day, we thought it would be a good time to give you our reading on why these three Levenger Press books are worth cracking open (yes, they’re print books, complete with ribbon bookmarks): Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Thoreau on Cape Cod, and The Fantasia of Leonardo da Vinci.
Don’t Quit Your Day Job: What the Famous Did That Wasn’t. Read this book if you like…
- - Bite-size bios of famous people that are both entertaining and authoritative. Jack Lynch, the author, is on the faculty at Rutgers–and a superb storyteller.
- - To read a chapter of a book in about 10 minutes tops (great bedtime reading)
- - To impress your friends with little-known facts about the famous—like the cubicle number assigned to Scott Adams, the creator of “Dilbert,” before he defected corporate cubicleville for a comic strip. Or how Isaac Newton designed counterfeit-foiling coinage for the British Mint.
Thoreau on Cape Cod: His Journeys and the Lost Maps. Read this book if you like…
- - Cape Cod. Thoreau walked the entire Cape, so if you’ve been there, chances are you’ve been where he’s been.
- - Old maps. There are two facsimiles, pocketed loosely into the book, of maps of Champlain’s that Thoreau corrected in red ink.
- - On Walden Pond. This is Walden with waves and salt water. Lots of the usual great epigrams from Thoreau, such as “A man may stand there and put all America behind him.” But along with the contemplative is plenty of action—Thoreau’s night spent in a lighthouse, and his encountering of a shipwreck of immigrants from Galway, Ireland.
The Fantasia of Leonardo da Vinci. Read this book if you like…
- - Owning a book by a New York Times bestselling author, Ross King, that few others will have.
- - Discovering a side of this famous artist that few people know about. The book contains Leonardo’s riddles, jests, fables and bestiary. (He was a great animal lover, in a time when few were.)
- - Riddles. Try this one of Leonardo’s: “Men will speak with each other from the most remote countries, and reply.” (Find the answer here: http://www.levenger.com/LevengerPress/Excerpts/LPExcerpts_LeonardoFantasia.aspx)
You won’t find these books on Amazon or in bookstores. You’ll find them at Levenger—and we think you’ll find them a good read.