Kosher Chinese

Winner of the 2011 Discover Great New Writers Award for Nonfiction. When Michael Levy arrives in rural China to work for the Peace Corps teaching English, finding something to eat proves easy compared to fitting in to a social world vastly different from his own American Jewish background. But Levy's narrative truly shines not when he's chronicling culture clashes, but rather in the moments -- coaching his school's basketball team, making Shabbat dinner for his students -- where he feels the bonds of shared human experience.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…