Why, oh why, do I have to read this book?!

'If you've ever been in a literature class and wondered, "Why do I have to read this book?" one Purchase professor provides a very simple answer: Reading is exercise for the brain.

Neurologically, the more complexity the brain can handle, the more alive and acute it is," explains Professor of Literature Nina Pelikan Straus. "The novel is like living a life you can experiment with. It sharpens your brain, and the more connections you make in your brain, the stronger it is."

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