My Paper Chase

Harold Evans's account of his career at the Manchester Evening News and the Sunday Times (London) -- as an ambitious apprentice, fledgling reporter, accomplished journalist, and crusading editor -- is an absorbing, inspiring ode to the newspapering life, and the most enjoyable book I've read this year.

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…