My Heart Is an Idiot

A compilation of unrequited love stories and ill-conceived adventures, Davy Rothbart's debut essay collection is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. As he describes sharing a swimming pool with a dead body or urinating in glass bottles following an ankle injury, Rothbart's prose soars even as his subjects dismay.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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…

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