The Vikings

An engaging new history of the Nordic explorers that goes beyond their famed pillaging and instead recounts their knack for navigation, as well as ingenious nautical innovations.

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…