The Best American Comics 2010

Coraline's Daddy, comics guy Neil Gaiman, curates a year's best collection which focuses on indy and "alternative" titles, leaving the capes-and-cowls crowd in the dust. Familiar names such as Carol Tyler consort with newcomers like Fred Chao, whose Manhattan-centric protagonist Johnny Hiro could be the next Scott Pilgrim.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…