Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation

The Civil War was the first major conflict in history to be photographed – and Manhattan portrait artist Mathew Brady was the foremost man behind the camera, as recounted in this excellent history of the origins of photojournalism in America.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…