While Mortals Sleep

These posthumously uncovered stories from the great philosophical fantasist and humorist hail from the early part of his career, when he was writing for the "slick magazine" marketplace. Consequently, they exhibit more whimsy than savagery, and an Eisenhower-era perspective on life—albeit infused with Vonnegut's trademark lateral thinking.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…