This new collection of poems by 1996 Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska illuminates private memory and the wider world with the piercing, reflective light of her seemingly casual glance. She can ponder the cosmos, then add a side of fries, with an ease and artistry that evokes the meaning human beings eternally chase.

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…