Daughters of the Revolution

1968 boasts hundreds of books chronicling its majesty and weirdness. But such is the complexity and relevance of the year that another well-done volume is always welcome, and Carolyn Cooke ups the ante with her period novel by injecting a dose of African-American sass into the whitebread environment of a fusty prep school, where a lone female student threatens to revolutionize the staid establishment: the whole era in miniature!

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…