The Cruel Way

This newly reissued 1947 travel classic recounts two Swiss women driving from Geneva to Kabul, daring to discover strange lands and customs in an era when few Westerners ever crossed into the Middle East.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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…