Watercolor picture of leafless elm silhouetted against sunset sky

The Mystery: Crime Is Only the Beginning

The problem is that after reading or watching enough crime and mystery stories you get pretty good at unveiling the murderer.

Countryside view of fields

All Creatures Great and Small on PBS Tonight: Comfort Stories a Soothing Balm

What makes Herriot’s Yorkshire come alive is his obvious love for all creatures great and small, furry or bipedal.

blue skies and layers of mountain views in an Appalachian view

“Hillbilly Elegy” in Howard’s Hands – Different Is Good

Howard shows violence, xenophobia, poverty, and oppression in the film. He just doesn’t add his own (or Vance’s) political narrative to the story.

Shakespeare and Company, Paris is painted bright green and yellow so it is hard to miss

Cozy Bookstores to Spice Up Your Travels

Here are some of our all-time favorite bookstores. If you love books, you’ll love these stores, too.

Best-Selling Books for Cozy Afternoons

I don’t often cry – at movies, or commercials, and especially not when reading a novel – but this one brought me to tears.

Oh, and not because it was bad.  Because it was good.

Classic Halloween picture books

Classic Halloween Picture Books for Kids (And Why You Should Buy Them)

Are spiders scary? Do ghosts want to hurt people? Should you be afraid of monsters? Some of the best picture books want to change our point of view