Attention book worms: Mark Moskowitz's documentary is an unexpectedly warm valentine to the solitary joy of reading in an increasingly post-literate age. It's also a gripping mystery yarn involving obsession, a long-forgotten book and a shadowy author who appears to have vanished off the face of the Earth.
The story began in 1972, when an 18-year-old Moskowitz read a glowing review of The Stones of Summer, the debut novel by a 23-year-old writer named Dow Mossman. Intrigued, Moskowitz bought a copy as soon as it came out in paperback, but couldn't get through the first 20 pages. Twenty-five years later, Moskowitz, now a successful director of promoti...