Brain on Fire

Victim of an enigmatic neurological disease, Susannah Cahalan was suddenly stricken with hallucinations and bouts of madness. Thanks to the diagnosis of a quick-witted doctor, she emerged from the other side of her surreal ordeal able  to share everything she learned about the nature of the mind (especially her own) in this illuminating memoir.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…