New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

April 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins' all-time greatest hits : a novel

April 29, 2016
Binelli, Mark.
New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
201 pages ; 22 cm
"He came on stage in a coffin, carried by pallbearers, drunk enough to climb into his casket every night. Onstage he wore a cape, clamped a bone to his nose, and carried a staff topped with a human skull. Offstage, he insisted he'd been raised by a tribe of Blackfoot Indians, that he'd joined the army at fourteen, that he'd defeated the middleweight boxing champion of Alaska, that he'd fathered seventy-five illegitimate children. The R & B wildman Screamin' Jay Hawkins only had a single hit, the classic "I Put a Spell On You," and was often written off as a clownish novelty act -- or worse, an offense to his race -- but his myth-making was legendary. In his second novel, Mark Binelli embraces the man and the legend to create a hilarious, tragic, fantastical portrait of this unlikeliest of protagonists. Hawkins saw his life story as a wild picaresque, and Binelli's novel follows suit, tackling the subject in a dazzling collage-like style. At Rolling Stone, Binelli has profiled some of the greatest musicians of our time, and this novel deftly plays with the inordinate focus on "authenticity" in so much music writing about African-Americans. An entire novel built around a musician as deliberately inauthentic as Screamin' Jay Hawkins thus becomes a sort of subversive act, as well as an extremely funny and surprisingly moving one"--Provided by publisher.

Second house from the corner

April 27, 2016
Johnson, Sadeqa, author.
437 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Bed of lies

April 27, 2016
Ellis, Shelly.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
viii, 308 pages ; 21 cm.
Secrets and scandals are a way of life for the Murdochs of Chesterton, Virginia. But the lies that bind them may end up tearing them apart…

The summer of me

April 27, 2016
Benson, Angela.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
339 pages ; 21 cm

A million dollar love : a novel

April 27, 2016
Starr, London.
Royalty Publishing House, 2015.
367 pages ; 23 cm

A million dollar love : book 2

April 27, 2016
Starr, London.
Royalty Publishing House, 2015.
217 pages ; 23 cm

A million dollar love, : book 3

April 27, 2016
Starr, London.
Royalty Publishing House, 2015.
273 pages ; 23 cm

Ileeria : the chosen one series book 1

April 27, 2016
Wilson, LaToya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2015]
ii, 180 pages ; 23 cm.
"Chosen One Series, volume 1."
"Good witch, Ileeria Madias, leads a willing, solitary existence broken up by few distractions and nurtures a damaged, soul link from being forced to live without her soul mate, Alex Foster, who's married to someone else. Until all hell breaks loose. She'll have to take her rightful place as the Fates' Chosen One in an ancient war with Alex as her guide to master the powerful magic inside of her while learning to curb her impulsive disorder to run, and save the world from more than just the devil's son."--Page [4] of cover.

Ileeria's dark passenger : the chosen one series, book 2

April 27, 2016
Wilson, LaToya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2015]
iii, 161 pages ; 23 cm.
"Chosen One Series, volume 2."
"Ileeria, the three Fates' Chosen One, has a penchant for cursing and running away. True to form, she disappears just before the zenith war after managing to push away Alex, her guide, and lose her dark passenger in the process. After clipping the link between her and her married, fated-mate's souls, she becomes hell-bent on being just as self-destructive as her evil entity is destructive. The devastation they're determined to cause may take down everyone on the planet."--Page [4] of cover.

Her sweet betrayal

April 26, 2016
Brown-Johnson, Tywanda, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Loyalty Reigns Publications, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
"Rumor has it that it’s the one’s that love you the most that causes you the most pain. Fifteen year old Honey finds out the hard way just how true that statement is. They say water does the body good but sometimes some people only needs a little honey even if it’s forbidden. Find out what happens when the forbidden nectar of Honey gets tasted."--Page [4] of cover.

There's beauty in the struggle

April 26, 2016
Simply Shonda, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Loyalty Reigns Publications, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Cover title.
"Has anyone ever told you that black don't bruise? Well if they haven’t let me be the first to tell you. I have been beaten, kicked, spit on and burned but baby my black don’t bruise. I've spent my whole life wondering what God put me on this earth for. It seemed like the only thing I was good at was struggling but I didn't know that there was beauty and strength in the struggle. My life is not something you see every day but just because you don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. My story is one of faith and lessons. Just because you go through doesn't mean you can't get through."--Page [4] of cover.


April 21, 2016
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
226 pages ; 22 cm.
The second installment of Men of the Bitch Series follows the journey of Supreme. Supreme was destined for greatness but he had to pay a high price to get there. He went from a young man with big dreams to a superstar rapper, who had the music industry in the palm of his hand. With much success comes many lessons and Supreme had to learn them the hard way. His path to greatness left a trail of serets that Supreme would like to remain buried with the dead bodies. Learn the truth about Precious Cummings' one true love in the story of Supreme.

Nico Carter : a novel

April 15, 2016
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
230 pages ; 22 cm.
Nico Carter learned not only how to survive amongst the deadliest criminals but how to rise to the top. Growing up in the gritty streets of Brooklyn, he used his survival tactics to become the leader of a multi million-dollar drug empire. But with money and power come the so-called friends and enemies, ready to take it all away. Before Nico became Precious Cummings' first love, he won the heart of the streets....

The blackbirds

April 13, 2016
Dickey, Eric Jerome, author.
New York : Dutton, [2016]
518 pages ; 24 cm.
"New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey delivers his next delectable, erotic romance ... They call themselves the Blackbirds. Kwanzaa Brown, Indigo Abdulrahaman, Destiny Jones, and Erica Stockwell are four best friends who are closer than sisters, and will go to the ends of the earth for one another. Yet even their deep bond can't heal all wounds from their individual pasts, as the collegiate and post-collegiate women struggle with their own demons, drama, and desires. Trying to forget her cheating ex-fiance, Kwanzaa becomes entangled with a wicked one-night stand--a man who turns out to be one in five million. Indigo is in an endless on-again, off-again relationship with her footballer boyfriend, and in her time between dysfunctional relationships she purses other naughty desires. Destiny, readjusting to normal life, struggles to control her own anger after avenging a deep wrong landed her in juvi, while at the same time trying to have her first real relationship--one she has initiated using an alias to hide her past from her lover. Divorced Erica is in remission from cancer and trying to deal with two decades of animosity with her radical mother, while keeping the desperate crush she has always had on Destiny's father a secret ... a passion with an older man that just may be reciprocated. As the women try to overcome-- or give into-- their impulses, they find not only themselves tested, but the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship"-- Provided by publisher.

Lazaretto : a novel

April 11, 2016
McKinney-Whetstone, Diane.
338 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Diane McKinney-Whetstone's nationally bestselling novel, Tumbling, immersed us into Philadelphia's black community during the Civil Rights era, and she returns to the city in this new historical novel about a cast of nineteenth-century characters whose colorful lives intersect at the legendary Lazaretto--America's first quarantine hospital. Isolated on an island where two rivers meet, the Lazaretto quarantine hospital is the first stop for immigrants who wish to begin new lives in Philadelphia. The Lazaretto's black live-in staff forge a strong social community, and when one of them receives permission to get married on the island the mood is one of celebration, particularly since the white staff--save the opium-addicted doctor--are given leave for the weekend. On the eve of the ceremony, a gunshot rings out across the river. A white man has fired at a boat carrying the couple's friends and family to the island, and the captain is injured. His life lies in the hands of Sylvia, the Lazaretto's head nurse, who is shocked to realize she knows the patient. Intertwined with the drama unfolding at the Lazaretto are the fates of orphan brothers. When one brother commits a crime to protect the other, he imperils both of their lives--and the consequences ultimately deliver both of them to the Lazaretto. In this masterful work of historical fiction, Diane McKinney-Whetstone seamlessly transports us to Philadelphia in the aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination, beautifully evoking powerful stories of love, friendship and humanity amid the vibrant black community that flourished amid the troubled times.

My besties 4 : revenge is mine : novel

April 8, 2016
Hill, Asia, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2016.
203 pages ; 22 cm
Ja'ziya gets out of prison and is attacked by a band of female gangsters who represent the Eastside Crazy Crew. She attempts to find out who ordered the beating.

Business is business. 3 : a novel

April 8, 2016
Silk White, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2016.
205 pages ; 22 cm

Thomas Jefferson dreams of Sally Hemings : a novel

April 6, 2016
O'Connor, Stephen, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
610 pages ; 24 cm

The ballad of Black Tom

April 4, 2016
LaValle, Victor D., 1972- author.
New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2016.
151 pages ; 21 cm
"A book"--Title page verso.
"People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping. A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?"--Provided from

Taking wifey to the grave

April 4, 2016
Sullivan, Jan'a, author.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
At the head of the cover title: Shan presents.
"Keyasia "Keyz" Green is a seventeen-year-old child of a crackhead. When stomachs are growling and bills are behind, she sees no way out but using what she has to get what she wants in order to make sure her and her little brother Key'air survives. They say God always come through at the right time, and Keyz believes He did when he united her with Kartie, the upcoming king pin. Just when Keyz thought all of her pain and drama was going to be taken away, life challenges knocks her down again. There's so much a woman can take before she's completely broken and every girl mourns differently. They say a woman that cries over a man is a woman in love, but a man that cries over a woman is a man that will never love again. Will Keys and Kartie be able to survive in a world where money brings jealousy out of the ones you would least expect? And with lies and deceit is in the air? Or will she let Cincinnati's own king pin "Take Wifey to the Grave?."--Page 4 of cover.

Taking wifey to the grave. 2

April 4, 2016
Sullivan, Jan'a, author.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
At head of title on cover: Shan presents.
"Who can you depend on when your back is against the wall and everything you have worked for is shattering right before your eyes? When Kartie is hit with reality, he just might find out the ones he call on were the ones he should have stayed away from. Kartie is back full of revenge and has every reason to be. There comes a time in life where everything that seemed so right turned out not to be the way it seemed and that's what Kartie is experiencing. When Kartie gets stuck between trying to build his kingdom and watching his back from those who should have had his back, things get heated. When loyalty is tested and the ones you think would always have your back are proving you wrong, what do you do? Take a ride through the grimy streets of Cincinnati where the things you least expect to happen, happens, and Loyalty is just a word."--Page 4 of cover.

Taking wifey to the grave. 3

April 4, 2016
Sullivan, Jan'a, author.
128 pages ; 23 cm
At the head of the cover title: Shan presents.
"Kartie is back feeling like it's him against the world and has every reason to be. When he's slapped in the face with the possibility that the woman he loves crossed him, what is he left to do? Meet Veronica, to you she's a good cop that follows all the rules. To Kartie she's a cop gone bad that follows all of Kartie's rules. When Veronica gets a taste of the real Kartie, will she be blinded by her badge and forget her real duties? Or will she remember what her badge means? Follow Kartie in a world where no one is to be trusted and you're left with the choice of kill or be killed everyday no matter who's behind the barrel." --Publisher's description.

Queen divas

March 30, 2016
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
ix, 373 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
While Ta'Shara fights for her life, Lucifer works a dangerous truce, Cleo will do anything to destroy the man now controlling her, and police captain Hydeya Hawkins tries to survive her department's dirtiest secrets.

Can I taste it?

March 25, 2016
Weaver. David.
[Place of publication not identified] : SBR Publications, [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm

A good wife : Traci's story

March 15, 2016
Moss-Dyme, Kenya.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], ©2015.
232 pages ; 23 cm


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