Parlor Games

Is May Dugas a glamorous baroness, or a con artist named the world's ''most dangerous woman'' by her foes at the Pinkerton Detective Agency? Based on true events, Maryka Biaggio's novel tracks a grifter's daring ruse through early 20th century high society.

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…