In Ghostly Japan

Lafcadio Hearn's folktale-like "kwaidan"—the Japanese word for ghost stories—aren't as well-known as they should be. You can rectify this lapse in your reading with this delightful volume (and learn more about its creator from Michael Dirda here).

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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…