In this comic novel, the sequel to Lars Iyer's Spurious, two British academics -- narrator Lars and his friend W. -- journey across America on a literary lecture tour. In pubs and at bus stops along the way, they discuss religion, capitalism, and philosophical matters delivered with a droll sense of humor that buoys the weighty topics. A madcap road trip of the mind.

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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…