The New Kids

Forty-five different home countries, twenty-eight spoken languages, countless challenges, and a widespread commitment to overcoming them. That's what Brooke Hauser found when she spent a fascinating -- and instructive -- year chronicling the lives of the diverse students and dedicated educators at the International High School in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights neighborhood where the immigrant dream struggles to come true.

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…