The Critic and The Great American Read

Last spring, when I heard about PBS's The Great American Read where Americans would vote for their favorite books from a list of 100 titles, selected via a survey of Americans across race, gender, and class lines, I was unduly excited. Large-scale book events like this make me happy. After the 90-minute special that launched … Continue reading The Critic and The Great American Read

Top Five Friday: Top Five Favorite Mystery Series

While I was deciding if I wanted to read more of Leonardo Padura's mystery novels starring Lieutenant Mario Conde (the answer? Probably not, given Conde's misogyny), I was thinking about what factors made me like a mystery series in general. A non-misogynistic detective, obviously, but what else? A dark, atmospheric tone? Witty repartee among the … Continue reading Top Five Friday: Top Five Favorite Mystery Series