James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog A Common Reader. He subsequently worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers, and is currently vice president for digital product at Barnes and Noble. He lives with his wife in Connecticut. His book is "1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List."