This book contains responses by 77 individuals to the question "What is your reading history, and how does your reading affect the rest of your life?" The author, who is chair of the Learning Assistance Department at City College of San Francisco, reveals the pleasures of habitual and voracious readers and the frustrations of those who can't find time to read or can't read very well. Participants in adult literacy programs share their insights as Rosenthal makes a good case for reading mentors. By the time you finish this book, you'll agree with Robert MacNeil (Wordstruck) when he states, "Your soul is very much smaller if you don't read."