Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

Satchmo's iconic voice and evocative horn sing out in Thomas Brothers's trenchant study of Armstrong's shift from New Orleans sideman to worldwide sensation, while race, food, and romance form the rhythm.

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…