July 2016 Jewish Book Council Staff Picks

Read what the staff of the Jewish book council has been reading for the month of July!
  1. The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew
    A YA look at the world if the Nazi's had won World War II, the focus of the book is on Jessika, who is an exemplary daughter of a high Nazi official. But she struggles with her limited world view when her best friend forces her to confront the world and the lies. The book is fast paced, compelling, and forces the reader to confront the idea that the world they have always been taken as a given, is in fact, a lie. -Evie
  2. Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown
    This month, I am reading Modern Girl by Jennifer S. Brown. This book is about a young Jewish women in 1935, and her relationship with her mother. It highlights strong women during harsh times. This book is very well written and very interesting. Even though I am only halfway through, I enjoy her detailed writing style. I recommend it to people who enjoy strong female leads. -Sophie
  3. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
    This month, I am reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. This book follows the lives of three different women in 1939. The writing is clear and concise, and it is an interesting read. I recommend it to people who like the time period of WWII. -Mimi
  4. The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn
    Tanya Kagen, a specialist in a Russian art at a top New York auction house, is trying to entice Russia’s wealthy oligarchs to bid on the biggest sale of her career, The order of Saint Catherine, while making sense of the sudden and unexplained departure of her husband. Reyn takes us into the world of Catherine the Great, the infamous 18th-century woman who may have owned the priceless artifact, and who it turns out faced many of the same issues. -Carolyn
  5. Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
    This month, I am reading Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon. This book portrays strong women in the early twentieth century. I am only in beginning, but so far it is extremely well written. I recommend it to more mature readers.- Sophie
  6. Imagine That by Mark Fins
    This month, I am reading Imagine That by Mark Fins. This is a memoir that takes place in Bayside, Queens in 1957. Since I grew up in Bayside in that time period, this book especially identified with me. I enjoyed the main characters fertile imagination. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light read.-Mimi
  7. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    This month, I am rereading Number the Stars. It is very well written, and I recommend it to anyone who likes the time period of World War II.- Becca
  8. Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
    A sylphic novel on the power and powerlessness of parents children writers and their translators set in contemporary Brazil. I read it one summery gulp!-Nat