The Tell-Tale Brain

Utilizing case studies of the most extreme types of neuro-disasters to illustrate the evloution, construction, and functioning of the average human brain, V. S. Ramachandran, dubbed the "Marco Polo of neuroscience," explores how this miraculous organ makes us human.

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…