Biologist Jay Hosler teams up with accomplished comics artists Kevin and Zander Cannon (the co-working Cannons are not related, by the way) to deliver a graphical guide to a complex subject. Casting their narrative as an alien-conducted tour of a hypothetical museum, the creators delve into macro and micro Darwinian matters. Accurate and entertaining.

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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…