A Reader’s Manifesto

In the digital age of Android and iPads, Facebook and Instagram, I think there’s the need for a new Reader’s Manifesto, a statement of action that will remind readers everywhere of their identity and the difference that reading makes in a busy world. As a reader, I...

Review — BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman, is a powerful, elegantly written story that absolutely enthralled me. The genius of this book is the fact that it focuses with sharp laser light on one singular story of survival, perseverance and terror. I loved the singular focus, because...

Review – Ready Player One

I can see why Ernest Cline got all the attention for READY PLAYER ONE. The story is a remarkably original take on the idea of a story set in virtual reality. For those who haven’t read it, here’s the basics: Boy is trapped in a dystopian reality in which...

Review — The Ritual

THE RITUAL by Adam Nevill is an astonishingly well-written contemporary horror novel. It is my new favorite horror novel. The story is so solidly grounded in the reality of four friends lost in a Boreal forest, that by the time weird things start happening, you are...

Review – Mistress of the Art of Death

Ariana Franklin is the master of historical suspense, and I love what she did in MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH. My favorite part of the book is her mock-Chaucerian beginning, where she quickly sketches the different characters who are approaching Cambridge after their...

America’s Most Literate Cities

February 21, 2014 by Thomas C. Frohlich Via 27-7 Wall Street Blog For the fourth straight year, Washington, D.C. is the most literate city in the United States, according to a recent study on literacy. The study, by Central Connecticut State University (CCSU),...