The personal notebook of the eminent Italian poet of the nineteenth century, Zibaldone is a behemoth translation - years in the making - of Leopardi’s essential reflections on culture, society and literature of his era.

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…