The Book of Leaves

Just what its subtitle advertises: a leaf-by-leaf guide to six hundred of the world's great trees. From alder to ash, birch to beech, maple to oak, and scores more both familiar and exotic, Allen J. Coombes's illustrated guide helps us indentify and appreciate the character and variety of nature's leafy wonder.

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…