An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

The number of humans who have been into space is vanishingly small, but Col. Chris Hadfield has managed to crystallize his orbital experiences into a text of inspirational gleanings as vivid as Saturn's rings.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…