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.