The book: Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
Our reviewer says: "In Kapoor’s searing portrait of India at the turn of the 21st century (after Bad Character), finely wrought characters go to great lengths to escape the bonds into which they were born." Read more.
The book: The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
Our reviewer says: “In Shroff’s acerbic debut, a woman helps other women escape their abusive marriages in their small village in India, often through murder." Read more.
The book: All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
Our reviewer says: “This thoughtful exploration of the legacies of trauma makes an impact." Read more.
The book: Babel by R.F. Kuang
Our reviewer says: “Kuang underwhelms with a didactic, unsubtle take on dark academia and imperialism." Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Fiction)
The book: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Our reviewer says: “Zevin returns with an exhilarating epic of friendship, grief, and computer game development.... This is a one-of-a-kind achievement." Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Nonfiction)
The book: The Girl in the Middle: Growing Up Between Black and White, Rich and Poor by Anais Granofsky
Our reviewer says: “Granofsky reflects on her coming-of-age between “radically different” worlds in this heartfelt and candid debut.... [A] touching ode to hard-fought happiness." Read more.
The book: The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev
Our reviewer says: “This effervescent tale is sure to please the author’s fans and win her new ones." Read more.
The book: The Son of Mr. Suleman by Eric Jerome Dickey
The books: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman and Care Free Black Girls by Zeba Blay
Our reviewer says:
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: “This passionate, poetic retrieval of women from the footnotes of history is a superb literary achievement." Read more.
Care Free Black Girls: "An exuberant exploration of the ways Black women have defined pop culture.... This fervent work will feel like a balm for many." Read more.
The book: The Revolutionary Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff
Our reviewer says: “Fast-paced and enlightening, this is a must-read for colonial history buffs." Read more.
The book: Sam by Allegra Goodman
Our reviewer says: “It’s impressive how much emotional power is packed into this relatively contained story." Read more.
The book: The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes
Our reviewer says: “Well-developed characters and a nice balance between the main narrative and the backstories draw the reader in, but the action builds to an implausible and disappointing ending." Read more.
The book: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Our reviewer says: “Smoothly referencing cultural touchstones and places with historic Chinese American significance, Lo conjures 1950s San Francisco adeptly while transcending historicity through a sincere exploration of identity and love." Read more.