Best Books of 2012

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Freelance editor Clarence V. Reynolds reads thousands of books every year. Mosaic Literary Magazine asked him to whittle that list down to the best of the year. After much discussion here’s his list of nine stellar titles.

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Down These Mean Streets: A Piri Thomas Celebration

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What does it mean to be Black, Puerto Rican, and marginalized, all within your small neighborhood, within your family? In 1967, Piri Thomas’s seminal memoir “Down These Mean Streets” chronicled his life –a young man living a hard life in the streets of El Barrio, Spanish Harlem. The book would go on to become required reading for anyone trying to find a way out, or a way in. Continue reading