A graphic novel about Bertrand Russell and his search for mathematical certainty? Really? Yes. And not only that, but a dramatic, engaging, and absorbing graphic novel on that theme. This witty narrative of Russell’s pursuit of philosophical truth (and other not-so-metaphysical pleasures) instructs and delights in equal measure. With a special appearance by that riveting character actor, Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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…