The Skin

Curzio Malaparte's 1943 magically naturalistic novel charts the shifting fates of wartime Italy in a trenchant, hard-hitting fashion that balances the play of larger forces against affairs of the human heart.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…