O My America!

Sara's Wheeler's winning history of six 1800s Englishwomen wrestles with a male-dominated culture and the trials of pilgrimage in America's infant plains states.

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…