Amy Weiner Weiss, our crazy-cool Director of Festivals and Adult Art Programming here at the J, has compiled a fantastic list of the latest reads she thinks you’ll like.

All of these books are available to download on your Kindle or available to listen to through Audible. If you’re looking to enrich your mind during this  J email Amy weinerodd little stay-at-home period, look no further! Take it away, Amy:

You guys: I read a lot of Jewish-interest books. (We receive over 200 titles each year through our membership with the Jewish Book Council Network.) I also read a lot about Jewish-interest books (to see what’s new, what’s trending, and how these new titles are reviewed). I can’t read them all, of course (who else would watch Denver Jewish Film Festival submissions?), but I’d love to highlight the titles that have latched onto my recent memory and whose characters, prose, and if-this-weren’t-true-it-would-have-to-be-fiction topics are too good not to share.

Personal recommendations (in no specific order):

Historical nonfiction: Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman

Memoir, interfaith, contemporary nonfiction: The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America by Mohammed Al Samawi

Historical nonfiction: Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox

Fiction, Family: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Contemporary Israeli fiction: Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Literary fiction: Eternal Life by Dara Horn

Historical nonfiction: Bad Rabbi And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press by Eddy Portnoy

Contemporary Israeli fiction: kaddish.com by Nathan Englander

Contemporary Israeli fiction: Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Contemporary fiction, family: Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg

Literary fiction, a classic…: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

And a bonus title, thinking of Nicole Krauss (since this author is Krauss’s ex-husband and was also–fun fact–my one-time college professor for an honors seminar): Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer