Young Mr. Roosevelt

FDR's introduction to politics was one of turmoil and rude awakenings, yet his reformer spirit endured, as seen in this this enlightening biography of the playboy-turned-president's rise to fame during World War I. 

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…