The Good Book

Beginning his "humanist Bible" not with Eve's apple but with Isaac Newton's, philosopher (and BNR columnist) A. C. Grayling has imagined and fashioned a non-religious scripture  from the secular wisdom of both the Western and Eastern traditions. The result is a harvest of history, reflection, proverbs, and philosophy drawn from souces as diverse—and as humanly allied—as Confucius, Herodotus, and Montaigne.

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…