James Madison and the Making of America

An insightful, authoritative biography of our nation's fourth president from history professor Kevin R. C. Gutzman  offers a fresh perspective on this Founding Father, whose contributions to our country went beyond the vital role he played in shaping and ratifying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and in writing The Federalist Papers.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…