The book: The Attic Child by Lola Jaye
The book: The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
Our reviewer says: “The emotional upheaval of the interwar years in England is dramatized afresh in Quinn’s dazzling and imaginative debut.” Read more.
The book: Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
Our reviewer says: “In Allen’s charming latest, a motley cast inhabit a condo building on a South Carolina island…. Allen skillfully weaves the various threads.” Read more.
The book: Motherthing by Ainslie Hogarth
Our reviewer says: “Hogarth turns the tale of a haunting on its head in a masterfully crafted horror novel that’s by turns humorous and deeply unsettling.” Read more.
The book: The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun, translated by Sora Kim-Russell
The book: Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes
Our reviewer says: “Classicist Haynes (A Thousand Ships) challenges common ideas about Greek mythology in this sharp corrective…. Even those casually familiar with Greek mythology will find this enriching.” Read more.
The book: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
Our reviewer says: “Ng’s remarkable dystopian latest depicts draconian family separation tactics and a normalizing of violence against Asians and Asian Americans in an alternate present.” Read more.
The book: Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
Our reviewer says: “Picoult (Wish You Were Here) joins forces with novelist and transgender activist Boylan (Long Black Veil) for a spellbinding yarn involving a teen’s trial for murder…. A fruitful collaboration.” Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Fiction)
The book: Shakespeare’s Kitchen by Lore Segal
Our reviewer says: “Segal exhibits a rare insight into the human character that is at once humbling and shamelessly enjoyable to behold.” Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Nonfiction)
The book: On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic by Danya Ruttenberg
Our reviewer says: “Jewish author, essayist, op-ed writer, and social activist Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg… points to a guide who might steer us to transforming ourselves and our society—the medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides.” Read more.
The book: Token Black Girl by Danielle Prescod
Our reviewer says: “Prescod maintains a striking self-awareness and even hope that these problems have solutions. The result is sure to galvanize those who are looking to make change from within fraught spaces.” Read more.
The book: The Institute by Stephen King
Our reviewer says: “Not a word is wasted in this meticulously crafted novel, which once again proves why King is the king of horror.” Read more.
The book: Solitary by Albert Woodfox
Our reviewer says: “In this devastating, superb memoir, Woodfox reflects on his decades inside the Louisiana prison system.” Read more.
The book: The Unfolding by A.M. Homes
Our reviewer says: “[A] satiric misfire about a wealthy Republican donor and his family in the wake of the 2008 U.S. presidential election…. While the novel sparks when exploring the political underground, it never fully ignites.” Read more.
The book: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Our reviewer says: “This is a powerful story, both brilliant in its many social messages regarding foster care, child hunger, and rural struggles, and breathless in its delivery." Read more.
The book: The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh
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.
The book: Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
Our reviewer says: "With satire that feels necessary and urgent, Bulawayo brings clarity to a murky political morass." Read more.