Carl H. Nightingale's eye-opening work of history examines how the use of urban division to reinforce economic disparity was transformed by colonialism and became race-based segregation. The author then imagines a model for the integrated cities of the future in a book that seeks to understand and ameliorate inequality.

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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…