Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
Love The Help but want it to be more gritty and real? This is the book for you! Tena Clark tells the story of growing up gay in Mississippi with a cheating father and a mother who drank to excess. She and her older sisters were in charge of keeping the peace when their parents fought, and sometimes that meant throwing the gun in the pool so no one would get shot. Clark's honesty and talent for storytelling shine in this memoir that reads like a Southern Gothic novel. You can't help but like all the characters even when they're up to no good.
Southern Discomfort by Tena Clark ($27.00*, Touchstone), recommended by Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA.