And the Pursuit of Happiness

"Sincere, yet disarmingly screwy"—I've spent my adult life reading publishers' book publicity, but I've never known it to be as accurate as those four words, which perfectly capture the inspiriting charms of artist Maira Kalman's year-long quest to discover the character of American democracy. A stunning, visually vivid journal, shot through with quirky gravity and profound grace.

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…

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