With sum­mer near­ly here, we’re snag­ging our sun­screen and these new books, and head­ing out­side. From accounts of Jew­ish Rhodes, to the con­tin­ued res­o­nance of The Diary of Anne Frank, to the pow­er of cui­sine in shap­ing cul­ture, we have a read­ing rec for you! (Need help car­ry­ing all those good­ies? Grab a JBC tote!) 

Shmutz by Feli­cia Berliner

The Thread Col­lec­tors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman

Cyclo­rama by Adam Langer

Human Blues by Elisa Albert

The Lost Ryū by Emi Watan­abe Cohen

The Ghet­to With­in by San­ti­a­go H. Amigore­na, trans­lat­ed by Franke Wynne

Mr. Per­fect on Paper by Jean Meltzer

Simona is the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s man­ag­ing edi­tor of dig­i­tal con­tent and mar­ket­ing. She grad­u­at­ed from Sarah Lawrence Col­lege with a con­cen­tra­tion in Eng­lish and His­to­ry and stud­ied abroad in India and Eng­land. Pri­or to the JBC she worked at Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press. Her writ­ing has been fea­tured in LilithThe Nor­mal School, Dig­ging through the Fat, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. She holds an MFA in fic­tion from The New School.