Our Kind of People

Uzodinma Iweala's debut novel, Beasts of No Nation, astonished readers with its unflinching portrayal of child soldiers in West Africa. He returns to the troubled continent in this nonfiction account of the AIDS crisis that is similarly startling and original. Rather than focus on stories of death and destruction, Iweala instead addresses the millions who live every day with the disease.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…