The Truth About Grief

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's theory of the five stages of grief may be among the most powerful received ideas of our era. But in this well-researched, illuminating book, Ruth Davis Konigsberg uses both science and sympathy to argue against the five stages and toward a more rounded understanding of this fundamental human emotion.

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…