"Reading in the Brain" by Stanislas Dehaene is a good book that explains the seemingly simple thing how people read or rather how some tracks on paper (or screen) become something that inspires us, make us sad or indifferent.
The book will appeal most to those readers who are already familiar with the brain terminology, neurology or science research on that field due to many terms that are not always easy to understand for someone completely uninformed of topic.
The author brought detailed analysis of things that are happening in human brain when we're reading that starts with an explanation how is even possible that we read.
He is telling about human evolution when humans learned to make marks on shapes in nature to be able to survive.
Further development created the need to develop some characters that were based on those same symbols and their forms from nature.
The next step was the development of letters based on symbols and therefore isn't suprise for reader to learn that reading uses the same part of our brain that is used during the recognition of symbols.
To the reader author will present results of numerous experiments and tests performed on healthy people but also on people who had strokes or some other brain problems, in order to find out how the process of reading works.
He speaks about functions of our eyes, letters recognition and turning them with the help of our brain into sound, in the end combining those sounds in recognizable words.
The author is giving advices about best methods to teach reading and quick reading.
Also, Dehaene calls for extra effort to conduct extensive experiments to help people with dyslexia, in order to eradicate this problem once and for all, and provide access for all people in the world to unlimited knowledge that lies in written documents.
There is also a lot more inside making it an informative read though, as already mentioned, the book's target audience would be people who already have some knowledge of neurology.
The book is very interesting to read but reader should be prepared that she/he won't be able to go through it quickly.
But considering what reader will be able to learn due to its reading, the time invested is very much justified.