A primer on one of the most neglected and powerful of virtues: taking time. Akiko Busch explores her theme with well-paced alertness, mixing reminiscences, observations of nature, and her attentive reading into a book that is filled wisdom, usefulness, and consolation.

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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…