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There is no better reading in the run-up to the Super Bowl than this riveting diary of the 1967 football season by then Green Bay offensive lineman Jerry Kramer, who played a pivotal role in the Packers' dramatic NFL championship win against the Dallas Cowboys. Jonathan Yardley has called it "the best inside account of pro football, indeed the best book ever written about that sport"—and both assertions are still true.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…