From whale watches to trips to view Aurora Borealis from the Arctic Circle, naturalist Kathleen Jamie pursues science writing with an adventurer's pace and the storytelling of a sharp dramaticist. 

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…