The Death of Santini

Few autobiographical novels have accrued as loyal and enthusiastic a following as Conroy's The Great Santini.  This follow-up memoir strips away the pseudonyms and recounts the full and final saga of the writer and his autocratic father.

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…