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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!

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A Lucky Man by Jamel BrinkleyI love this collection. In these stories, Brinkley turns his (male) gaze upon the male gaze itself. And what happens, necessarily, is a ripping of seams. It's extraordinary. Like an ouroboros effect, but one that feels like it's actually getting somewhere. Equally astonishing is the warmth in telling, wherein no honesty gets lost. About coming of age, family, friendship, masculinity (its pitfalls), Blackness in America, and growth. Oh, and the writing is absolutely stunning too. 

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley ($26.00*, Graywolf Press), recommended by Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA.