The Good Lord Bird

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. The astonishing odyssey of a boy plucked out of slavery by the radical abolitionist John Brown is a marvel of storytelling in the tradition of Mark Twain. And don't miss our revealing interview with author James McBride about the challenges and joys of irreverently rewriting history.

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…