Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass, retells fifty of his favorite stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in this collection, which pairs classics like "Cinderella" and "Rumpelstiltskin," "Rapunzel" and "Hansel and Gretel" with brief personal commentaries by Pullman that explore the sources of the tales and their everlasting appeal.

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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…