The Guardian of All Things

Memory makes us human. So argues Michael S. Malone, who entertainingly maps human history against the brain's evolution, and its astonishing ability to recall the past and convey that information to others. A brilliant marriage of neuroscience and anthropology you won't soon forget.

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…