Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior

This new English translation of Della Casa’s 1558 treatise on Renaissance politesse delights and informs with its enduring relevance – i.e., not clipping one’s nails at dinner - and its sharp commentary on conformity and societal laws.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…