Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs

Readers of If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name (2005), Heather Lende's first chronicle of life in small-town Alaska, will welcome the arrival of her second. She's smart, surprising, and good company.

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…