Debtors' Prison

Austerity takes a beating in this biting, statistics-saturated commentary on the history of debt forgiveness and the current state of fiscal crises around the world.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…