52 Loaves

The author of The $64 Tomato humorously and thoughtfully kneads his obsessive quest for the perfect crust, a mission that leads him, and the reader, to a baking school in Paris, a monastery in Normandy, and the New York State Fair.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…