Life Itself

The first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, Roger Ebert has been reviewing movies since 1967, and his writings on cinema have been collected in volumes that range from The Great Movies to Your Movie Sucks. Here he chronicles his own life and career -- from an idyllic childhood in Urbana, Illinois, to his ascendancy at the Chicago Sun-Times -- tracing the evolution of journalism and film over the last four decades (and providing an unflinching account of his recent ordeal with thyroid cancer). A public life described in a profoundly -- and profound -- personal testament.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…