The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing

This is no yoga memoir.  Melissa Holbrook Pierson's aerodynamic new book is the story of the author's quest for personal renewal through what may seem like the most unlikely of pursuits: long-distance motorcycling. Inspired by legendary rider John Ryan  -- and the members of the "Iron Butt Association" -- Pierson heads out in search of the point where passion becomes mania, and blows past both to encounter a new understanding of self.  

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…