Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome

Continuing the story, begun in Roma, of the aristocratic Pinarius family, Steven Saylor follows its fortunes through the peak decades of Rome's empire, the age of Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, Trajan, and Hadrian.

April 15: "A page...will begin with some principles of astronomy, or the motion of the earth; then come the laws of sound..."

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…