The Wave

Our planet's oceans are the original font of mysteries, one of which is the origin and lifespan of monster waves some one-hundred-feet high. Susan Casey's dual focus blends the science of such anomalies with a Tom Wolfean examination of the madmen who would surf these enormous mountains of water.

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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…