I learned to read in kindergarten and never stopped. The restrictive policy of my town library (What? Only fourteen books per card?) led me to become omnivorous—my brothers’ science fiction and adventure, my mother’s classics, my father’s, well, those books hidden behind the hardcovers on the top shelf. A nomad at heart, I hitchhiked across Europe at sixteen and joined the Peace Corps after college. I teach ESL at a community college. I’d do it for free, but I’m pleased they pay me—and long school vacations mean leisurely travels.