A Grand and Bold Thing

How do you map infinity, and make the result elegant, comprehensible, and useful? Such was the challenge facing astronomer Jim Gunn with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a new map of the universe that enlisted the expertise of hundreds of astronomers and led to revolutionary discoveries. Anyone who has ever marveled at the night sky will enjoy Ann Finkbeiner's lucid and thrilling account of how the heavens spilled their secrets.


April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…