He was called "Happy," and had every reason to be: student, star baseball player, and life-of-the-party at Macalester College, Alex Lemon was on top of the world -- until he had his first stroke, and his existence took a tumble. A vivid, eloquent, moving memoir.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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…