BEST BOOKS OF 2012
by Clarence V. Reynolds
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.
Junot Diaz’s new book, This Is How You Lose Her, is coming out in September, but he says it feels like “selling a movie out of competition” because it’s a short-story collection and not, as most people seem to ask of him, his next novel. Continue reading
The Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview
2012 has already been a rich year for books, with new novels from Toni Morrison, Richard Ford, and Hilary Mantel and essay collections from Marilynn Robinson and Jonathan Franzen, to name just a fraction of what we’ve featured, raved about, chewed on, and puzzled over so far. Continue reading
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