The latest Associated Press-Ispos poll finds that one in four Americans did not read a single book last year. According to AP:
Avid readers tend to be elderly, female, southern, religious, and educated. The most popular reads in the poll were religious works, popular fictions and romantic novels.
Their counterparts tended to be male, lower income, less religious, minorities who live in rural areas.
That may be so, however Boston police nabbed two thugs in Dorchester who seem to defy this stereotype.In a predawn raid on a basement apartment, police found a tote bag holding bullets, a digital scale typically used to weigh drugs and three nonfiction paperbacks: “Do or Die,” written by Leon Bing, which is subtitled, “For the First Time, Americaâ€™s Most Notorious Gangs, the Bloods and the Crips, Speak for Themselves,” “Dopefiend” and “Inner City Hoodlum,” both written by Donald Goines.
The apartmentâ€™s tenants, Gerardo Cannady, 26, and Richard Scott, 27, were arrested â€“ the former on drug charges, conspiracy and resisting arrest, the latter on outstanding warrants for charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and probation violations. One investigator suggested that instead of studying “handbook(s) for first-time gang members,” the pair would be better served by Stephen Coveyâ€™s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change,” reports the Boston Herald.