He Crashed Me So I Crashed Him Back

Sports Illustrated writer Mark Bechtel covered NASCAR for the magazine for nearly a decade. His book tells the story of the sport's emergence, beginning with a dramatic telecast of the Daytona 500 in February 1979. With a terrific cast of characters -- Bobby and Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, A. J. Foyt -- and lots of fast cars!

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…

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