A good book, especially a good novel, allows readers both a chance to reflect and to connect. While reading is usually a solitary activity, it becomes a communal act when readers of the same text come together to discuss their shared—but different—experiences. Luskin has been facilitating literature-based discussions for the Vermont Humanities Council in public libraries since 1986, and has lectured extensively on literature from around the world. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University. Her dissertation, Jane Austen and the Limits of Epistolary Fiction, argues that Austen embeds letters in her narrative to teach both her characters and her readers the importance of reading.