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The Best Books by Jewish Authors of 2024

From poignant family dynamics to tales of adventure and resilience, these stories capture the essence of the vibrant and diverse Jewish community.

Last Updated on May 10, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

The Best Books by Jewish Authors of 2024

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the rich tapestry of Jewish life, culture, and literature. This year, the literary world has been blessed with an array of books by Jewish authors that are as diverse and vibrant as the community itself. On this list, you can expect Jewish books of 2024 like the poignant family dynamics explored in Alexandra Tanner’s “Worry” to the adventurous spirit of self-discovery in Emma Copley Eisenberg’s “Housemates.” Jessica Lepe’s “Flirty Little Secret” weaves a tale of digital personas and real-world emotions, challenging our perceptions of online and offline identities. Meanwhile, Lisa Barr’s “The Goddess of Warsaw” captivates readers with a story of a Hollywood icon entangled in the shadows of her past, revealing the enduring power of resilience and the human spirit.

Each of these Jewish books of 2024 releases invites us to explore new perspectives, reminding us of the depth and diversity of Jewish literature. So whether you’re looking for a story of heartache and hope, adventure and friendship, secrets and revelations, or courage and survival, this year’s selection of Jewish books promises to both enlighten and entertain.

P.S. I will be updating this list throughout the year as I continue to read more books.

The Best Books by Jewish Authors of 2024

Worry by Alexandra Tanner

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP BOOKS

Worry by Alexandra Tanner 

Follows two sisters living together and how they navigate life amidst the backdrop of family drama, and personal struggles while questioning their futures together.  Set in 2019, Jules Gold, grappling with anxiety, artistic frustration, and an obsession with the internet, finds her life further complicated when her sister Poppy moves in. Poppy is recovering from a suicide attempt and seeking purpose in Brooklyn. Their lives entangle with personal health issues, an unconventional rescue dog, and family dynamics influenced by conspiracy theories and new religious beliefs. Amid this chaos, Jules confronts her failures and resentment towards Poppy. A disastrous trip to Florida becomes a turning point, forcing them to evaluate their futures. “Worry” is a darkly humorous and incisive exploration of sisterhood and survival in contemporary America.

You can get a copy of Worry by Alexandra Tanner on Amazon or Bookshop.

Worry by Alexandra Tanner is one of the books in The Ultimate 2024 Spring Reading Guide and The 2024 Spring Reading Minimalist List: Best Books to Read.

ROMANCE BOOKS

Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle

From the bestselling author of “In Five Years” and “One Italian Summer” comes “Expiration Dates,” a captivating love story. Daphne receives slips of paper predicting the duration of her relationships until a mysterious man named Jake enters her life. As their story unfolds, Daphne grapples with the truth behind the predictions, leading to a poignant exploration of love and commitment. Rebecca Serle’s novel delves into the complexities of relationships and self-discovery, making it a must-read for romance enthusiasts.

You can get a copy of Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle on Amazon or Bookshop.

Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle is one of the books on The Best Romance Books of 2024 (So Far) list.

Flirty Little Secret by Jessica Lepe

School counselor Lucy Galindo, known as @TheMissGuidedCounselor online, and history teacher Aldrich Fletcher find solace in their virtual personas as they navigate personal challenges. When they discover each other’s true identities, they must confront their secrets and decide if they can trust one another beyond the online world.

You can get a copy of Flirty Little Secret by Jessica Lepe on Amazon or Bookshop.

Flirty Little Secret by Jessica Lepe is one of the books on The Best Romance Books of 2024 (So Far) list.

LITERARY FICTION BOOKS

Fervor by Toby Lloyd

A gripping tale unfolds in London, revolving around the Rosenthal family, devout Jews grappling with their beliefs and a harrowing secret from the Holocaust. As they prepare to expose a dark past, their daughter Elsie’s mysterious disappearance and unsettling transformation upon her return sparks fear. Delving into Jewish mysticism, the family confronts their deepest fears, questioning the role of religion in their turmoil. “Fervor” intertwines horror, family loyalty, and the search for truth amidst shadows of history and the supernatural.

You can get a copy of Fervor by Toby Lloyd on Amazon or Bookshop.

Fervor by Toby Lloyd is one of the books on The Best Literary Fiction of 2024 (So Far) list.

Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Two young housemates, Bernie and Leah, embark on a road trip across America to discover themselves and document the nation through photography and writing. Following the death of Bernie’s mentor, they explore the country, meeting diverse people and experiencing the breadth of American life. Their journey of artistic exploration and personal growth deepens their friendship and understanding of art, love, and freedom. “Housemates” is a celebration of youth, queer life, and the transformative power of art and love.

You can get a copy of Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg on Amazon or Bookshop.

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS

In the Shadow of the Greenbrier by Emily Matchar

The novel follows four generations of the Zelner family, intertwined with the history of the luxurious Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. From Sylvia’s struggles in 1942 to break free from her marriage, to her daughter Doree’s quest for belonging and love in the face of family and historical challenges, this family saga delves into the complexities of loyalty, desire, and the impact of the past on the future. Rich in historical detail, it captures the extraordinary moments in ordinary lives against the backdrop of a renowned resort.

You can get a copy of In the Shadow of the Greenbrier by Emily Matchar on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Goddess of Warsaw by Lisa Barr

Tells the captivating story of Lena Browning, a Hollywood screen goddess with a dark past as Bina Blonski, a Polish Jew in the Warsaw Ghetto. As she faces threats from her past, the narrative unfolds her journey from a courageous spy in Warsaw during WWII to a famous actress in Hollywood seeking justice for the atrocities she witnessed. The novel intertwines the struggles and sacrifices of Bina’s past with her quest for revenge and a quest for a peaceful future, making it a riveting tale of bravery, secrets, and the pursuit of justice.

You can get a copy of The Goddess of Warsaw by Lisa Barr on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

SCIENCE FICTION FANTASY

The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

Luzia Cotado, a servant in Madrid, discovers her talent for miracles, caught between her mistress’s demands and a dangerous intrigue involving Spain’s disgraced king’s secretary. As she navigates a world of magic and deception, her Jewish heritage puts her at risk of the Inquisition. With wit and help from Guillén Santángel, an immortal familiar, she strives to survive the perilous circumstances.

You can get a copy of The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo is one of the books on The Best Science Fiction Fantasy Books of 2024 (So Far) list.

Subculture Vulture by Moshe Kasher

MEMOIR

Subculture Vulture by Moshe Kasher

Moshe Kasher’s life journey is a testament to resilience and discovery. From getting sober at fifteen, to becoming an influential figure in Alcoholics Anonymous, a rave promoter, and a sober ecstasy dealer, to working as a psychedelic security guard at Burning Man, Kasher’s experiences span a variety of vivid subcultures. As a child of deaf parents, he also became deeply involved in deaf culture. Following his father’s death, he sought to reconcile with his ultra-Hasidic Jewish roots before finding his calling in comedy. Subculture Vulture combines memoir with cultural history, offering a humorous, poignant, and insightful exploration of belonging across different communities.

You can get a copy of Subculture Vulture by Moshe Kasher on Amazon or Bookshop.

My Life in Recipes by Joan Nathan

COOKBOOK

My Life in Recipes by Joan Nathan

In her most personal book yet, best-selling author Joan Nathan shares her journey through Jewish cuisine, reflecting on her family’s history and her own life, from her European roots to her experiences in New York, Paris, and beyond. With over 100 recipes ranging from roast chicken to rugelach, Nathan intertwines her story of marriage, motherhood, and her career as a food writer with the evolution of Jewish cooking. This book not only offers a collection of updated favorites and new discoveries but also serves as an invitation to experience the rich tapestry of global Jewish cuisine through Nathan’s eyes.

You can get a copy of My Life in Recipes by Joan Nathan on Amazon or Bookshop.

What do you think about these books by Jewish authors?

Have you read any of these books?  Are any of these books on your TBR?  What 2024 books by Jewish authors would you add to this list?  Let’s talk all about Jewish books and Jewish authors in the comments.

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  1. Faye Levin says:

    Hi Victoria,
    Nice list! I have only read a handful of these books: Florence Adler, Morningside Heights, The Golem and the Jinni, and the Plot. All good choices.
    There are several others I’d add to the list, including Joshua Cohen’s The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen and David Grossman’s To the End of the Land.
    And for a wonderful debut novel, I’d encourage you to check out Short War by Lily Meyer. Well worth the read and wonderful characters.

  2. Joan says:

    Thanks, Victoria. I will be reading some of these books, and am hoping to see Joan Nathan during her book tour.

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