Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Lexical fanatics will happily flock to Roy Blount's second book focused on boisterous wordplay, curmudgeonly opinion-mongering, and all-round vocabulary frivolity. The author proves a playful heir to William Safire and his generational peers.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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…