A New Literary History of America

An innovative recipe book of the imagination, with scores of brief and often brilliant essays by a wide range of contributors, exploring the provenance and flavors of cornucopia of ingredients. From Cabeza de Vaca and Anne Bradstreet to Bellow and Morrison and everyone in between, with a scope broad and brave enough to include Louis Armstrong and Irving Berlin, Charlie Chaplin and Citizen Kane, the skyscraper and Alcoholics Anonymous, Tarzan and the denizens of Oz, Geroge Washington’s farewell address and FDR’s first Fireside Chat. Contributors include Jonathon Lethem, Richard Powers, Camille Paglia, Walter Mosley, David Bradley on Malcolm X and Mary Gaitskill on Norman Mailer. Extraordinary!

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…