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In his hilarious and moving tale The Common Reader, Alan Bennett deliciously imagined England's monarch as a woman whose mind is set free by a surprising turn to reading. Now, in this pair of novellas, the writer turns his unmatched pen onto the lives of  two women caught up in decidedly less literary concerns. Wicked -- and insightful -- fun.

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…

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