The Best Spiritual Writing of 2009

Voices and visions explore the reaches of the inner life in this rewarding anthology of essays, poems, fiction, and memoir by the likes of John Updike, Diane Ackerman, Richard Rodriguez, Nicholas Carr, Mary Jo Bang, Richard Wilbur, Louise Glück, and others.

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…