The Other Side of the Mirror

This eloquent and timely travel book, by BNR columnist Brooke Allen, offers a fresh, informed, and often surpising portrayal of contemporary Syria and its people, with much welcome pondering of the richness of its past, from the ancient cities of Aleppo and Damascus to Crusader castles.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…