One would be hard-pressed to find a more devastating and personal critique of Christian Science than this new memoir from Lucia Greenhouse, which details her unconventional upbringing under that medicine-declining spiritual regime and the crisis of confidence brought on by her faithful mother's death from cancer. Equally unsparing of all participants, even herself, Greenhouse seeks catharsis in telling her story.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…