The book: What We Fed to the Manticore by Talia Lakshmi Kolluri (Tin House)
Our reviewer says: "these nine exceptional stories, centered on a variety of mammal and bird species and set in global locations ranging from the Sundarbans to the open ocean, from the arctic to Delhi, feel both timeless and urgent." Read more.
The book: Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora (Hogarth)
The book: Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen (St. Martin's)
Our reviewer says: "Allen skillfully weaves the various threads.... This will move readers." Read more.
The book: If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery (MCD)
Our reviewer says: "Escoffery’s vibrant and varied debut, a linked collection, chronicles the turbulent fate of a Jamaican American family in Miami." Read more.
The book: You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa (Berkley)
Our reviewer says: "[A] twisty thriller set among the wealthiest circles of Sri Lanka.... Ruth Ware fans will want to check this out." Read more.
The book: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (Park Row)
The book: On the Rooftop by Margaret WIlkerson Sexton (Ecco)
Our reviewer says: "Sexton brings undeniable power to her depiction of dreams fragmented and deferred." Read more.
The book: The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh (Atria)
Our reviewer says: "Huynh pulls off an admirable portrait of well-meaning mothers and their children. Despite the bumps, it’s worth checking out." Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Fiction)
The book: The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank (Viking)
Our reviewer says: "This isn't just another urban chick-lit bildungsroman.... Engrossing, engaging—it's a wonderful return for Bank." Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Nonfiction)
The book: That Bird Has My Wings by Jarvis Jay Masters (HarperOne)
Our reviewer says: "A frank, heartfelt rendering of a young life that should have mattered." Read more.
The book: Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
The book: Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola
Our reviewer says: "Babalola’s expert handling of the messy vulnerability and joyful exuberance of young love makes this a winner." Read more.