My First Coup d'Etat

John Dramani Mahama chronicles his childhood during the post-independence "lost dacades" of Ghana's history when his father, a minister of state, languished in prison and political power passed through the hands of one dictator after another. How this young boy grew up to become vice president of his nation is an inspiring story that mirrors the country's journey from chaos to order.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…