Pain, Parties, Work

Sylvia Plath interns at Mademoiselle for a month, undergoing the woes and adventures which inspired The Bell Jar, in Elizabeth Winder's stirring biography of the singular writer at age 20. 

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…