The book: If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery
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: Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling
Our reviewer says: “Sterling’s stunning debut offers a glimpse into a climate change–ravaged future in which resources diminish quickly and new frontiers are hard to find.” Read more.
The book: Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls
Our reviewer says: “The thrilling plot culminates in bombshell revelations and massive conflagrations, and through it all Sallie makes for an indelible heroine as she fights for her life and livelihood.” Read more.
The book: A Likely Story by Leigh McMullan Abramson
Our reviewer says: “It lands as a thought-provoking meditation on family.” Read more.
The book: Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Our reviewer says: “The engrossing plot, which is full of laugh out loud humor and heartfelt moments, builds to a satisfying conclusion that will leave readers eager for more Vera.” Read more.
The book: Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana.
Our reviewer says: “These engrossing and gritty stories of tenuous living in a gentrifying America enchant.” Read more.
The books: Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi and Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda
Our reviewer says: “Yagi, in her riveting and surreal debut, offers a close inspection of the demands of motherhood.” Read more.
The book: Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose
Our reviewer says: “Readers should be prepared for characters whose villainies stretch credibility.” Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Fiction)
The book: The Woman Beyond the Sea by Sarit Yishai-Levi, translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffman
Our reviewer says: “Yishai-Levi (The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem) connects the troubled lives of a mother and daughter in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War in this emotionally fraught if occasionally sentimental outing, smoothly translated by Kahn-Hoffman.” Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Nonfiction)
The book: In the Garden of the Righteous: The Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save Jews During the Holocaust by Richard Hurowitz
Our reviewer says: “Octavian Report founder Hurowitz debuts with an inspiring group portrait of Holocaust ‘rescuers’ whose stories are ‘too little told and too little known.’” Read more.
The book: The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Colleen Oakley
Our reviewer says: “Oakley (The Invisible Husband of Frick Island) draws on Thelma and Louise for this delightful story of an elderly woman and her caregiver who go on the run.” Read more.
The book: God Speaks Through Wombs: Poems on God’s Unexpected Coming by Drew Jackson
The book: Elite Capture by Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
The book: Commitment by Mona Simpson
Our reviewer says: “Simpson foregoes surprises or dramatic turns, drawing readers instead with deep and tender considerations of her characters, as they’re forced to learn hard truths while still in the prime of their youths.” Read more.
The book: Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
Our reviewer says: “There’s some brilliant character work, but as Cinderella stories go, this doesn’t quite stand out.” Read more.
The book: Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou
Our reviewer says: "Chou debuts with a zany if uneven romp through American academia and cultural assimilation." Read more.