Fire in the Ashes

Jonathan Kozol has famously documented the lives of children growing up poor in the land of plenty in works like Death at an Early Age and Amazing Grace. Now he reflects on the successes and failures of those he's followed through adulthood. These are inspirational, often heartrending stories of strength and love in the face of adversity.

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…