The rise and fall of the ancient Greek metropolis is marvelously reimagined in Ben Stroud’s debut story collection, as it traverses the globe from Berlin to Lake Michigan. 

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…