Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain

The autobiography of famed actor Hal Holbrook, best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain on stage and screen, reveals a man who overcame both material and spiritual hardships to reach a level of self-knowledge and composure rare in any individual. At age 86, Holbrook inhabits a vanished era in our nation's past when he recounts his childhood, evoking the early- and mid-twentieth century America that was closer to Twain's time than we are to it.

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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…