Killer on the Road

Ginger Strand traces the parallel histories of America's interstate highways and the specter that began to stalk them almost as soon as the concrete had dried -- the highway killer. What were intended as roads to utopia quickly became equated with violence, and Strand maps the unique place the blood-soaked freeway still occupies in our shared cultural consciousness.

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…