Lost Kingdom

Hawaii is the state where our president was born, but how did the United States come to claim it as its own? In this deeply researched narrative history, author Julia Flynn Siler (The House of Mondavi) recounts the dramatic, disturbingly dark story of the island nation's annexation, and the overthrow of its proud final ruler, by the U.S. This  poignant saga of imperialist ambition and paradise lost unfolds with an appropriately lush appeal.

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…