Boris Kachka's thoughtful insider look at the publishing giant Farrar, Straus & Giroux is replete with toe-curling tales of the eponymous owners’ office antics, as well as their pugnacious battles for their authors and books.

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…