Unformatted text preview: an escapism tool because it is safe as compared to other means of escapism such as illicit drugs or alcohol. It is also surmised that recommendations provided by influential individuals, such as Oprah Winfrey, can help to drive books sales higher. Many authors will have one book do phenomenally well in sales after a recommendation, and yet never have another book after sell so well. Having parents who are avid readers may also contribute to reading enthusiasm among offspring, but this is not a guaranteed. Most children must find that one special book that opens the gateway to reading, and inspires them to become book hounds. Once this gateway is reached, children will move towards more complex books to seek information and learn more complex ideas. Thus books are a relevant means of communicating ideas and opinions to the masses....
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- Spring '11
- The Reader, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah's Book Club