Chasing Venus

The 18th-century quest to calculate the size of the solar system by observing the transit of Venus was the first truly international scientific undertaking. Andrea Wulf captures the personalities who took on the astronomical challenge in this surprising true story of stargazing, exploration, and politics.

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…