The book: The Celebrants by Steven Rowley
Our reviewer says: “For anyone needing a reminder about the importance of friendships, this will more than do the trick.” Read more.
The book: Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea
Our reviewer says: "It’s a moving and graceful tribute to friendship and to heroic women who have shouldered the burdens of war." Read more.
The book: We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen
Our reviewer says: “Nguyen immerses readers in a chilling landscape while effortlessly softening the more sinister moments with wistful, dreamlike flashbacks.” Read more.
The book: The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa by Stephen Buoro
Our reviewer says: "Buoro is a creative if not quite mature storyteller; his ideas on Afrofuturism are inspired, but there are too many pages devoted to gratuitous sex scenes with Andy and Eileen." Read more.
The book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Our reviewer says: "This deeply moving memoir reveals how much can be achieved through service and gratitude when a life is courageously and resiliently lived." Read more.
The book: Cassandra in Reverse by Holly Smale
The book: Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs
Our reviewer says: “Törzs’s spellbinding fantasy debut imagines a parallel Earth where gruesome magical spell books are written with the blood and bodies of people known as Scribes.... Törzs’s lyrical, idiosyncratic prose elevates proceedings.” Read more.
Jewish Book Council (Fiction)
The book: Kantika by Elizabeth Graver
Our reviewer says: "With elegant prose, Graver offers a memorable portrait of a self-reliant woman tied to faith and traditions. Fans of family epics will love this."
Jewish Book Council (Nonfiction)
The book: The Best Minds: A Story of Friendship, Madness, and the Tragedy of Good Intentions by Jonathan Rosen
The book: Yellowface by R.F. Kuang.
Our reviewer says: “Kuang provides a sharp analysis of publishing’s blind spots.... This is not to be missed.” Read more.
The book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The book: This Time It’s Real by Ann Liang
Our reviewer says: “Eliza is an enchanting, hilarious, and vulnerable heroine, while Caz proves the quintessential teasing, noble love interest; their cotton candy–sweet budding relationship and ensuing romance make for an irresistible tale." Read more.