vN: The First Machine Dynasty

In a debut novel that's already being compared to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Madeline Ashby provocatively addresses the perennial question of what makes a self-aware creature human. Her heroine is an artificial woman named Amy Peterson, who sets out on an arduous journey of self-discovery in a hostile world.

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…