Horoscopes for the Dead

Disarmingly amiable, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins hides an intricate intellectual etiquette behind the easy-going surface of his poems. His works are not only enjoyable, but memorable, too, as this characteristically mordant new collection proves.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…