New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

May 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bad blood

May 20, 2015
Monroe, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015.
388 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reading group guide discussion questions.
"Dafina Books"--Title page.
"For Seth Garrett, there's no such thing as too rich or too beautiful. His family taught him that anything less than the best simply isn't an option. Now he's out to prove he can be the most successful Garrett--and Rachel McNeal fits the bill. She's pretty, hard-working, good in bed--and willing to finance his dreams. He thinks she's perfect wife material--until he meets her relatives and discovers they're far from perfect. No problem, Seth's got a truly flawless replacement lined up to give him the good life he's entitled to. . . Steady and sensible, Rachel always believed the best about people. She thought Seth was the man of her dreams. But she can deal with the hurt and move on. Until she discovers the true reason Seth dumped her--and just how deep his contempt for her runs. She's done forgiving, much less forgetting. And taking his world apart piece by piece is only the beginning of her long-game payback" -- provided by publisher.

The porcupine of truth

May 20, 2015
Konigsberg, Bill, author.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

High rider

May 18, 2015
Gallaher, Bill, author.
Victoria, British Columbia : TouchWood Editions, 2015
263 pages ; 19 cm

Only the strong : an American novel

May 13, 2015
Asim, Jabari, 1962- author.
Chicago : Bolden, an Agate imprint, [2015]
279 pages ; 23 cm
"The lives of a reformed hit man, a crusading doctor, a genteel mobster, and a headstrong college student cross in a sweltering Midwestern city in 1970"-- Provided by publisher.

Single Jewish male seeking soul mate : a novel

May 13, 2015
Pogrebin, Letty Cottin.
New York : Feminist Press, 2015.
348 pages ; 22 cm
"Feminist icon Letty Cottin Pogrebin's second novel follows Zach Levy, the left-leaning son of Holocaust survivors who promises his mother that he'll marry within the tribe. But when Zach falls for Cleo, an African American activist grappling with her own inherited trauma, he must reconcile the family he loves with the woman who might be his soul mate. A New York love story complicated by the legacies and modern tension of Jewish American and African American history, Single Jewish Male Seeking explores what happens when the heart runs into the reality of politics, history, and the weight of family promises"--Provided by publisher.

A dollar outta fifteen cent 5 : a little bit of change

May 12, 2015
McGill, Caroline.
Brooklyn, NY : Synergy Publications, [2014]
287 pages ; 22 cm
"The cast from your favorite movie-like series returns and the saga keeps on rolling... There's trouble in paradise again. A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent 4.5: Married to the Money ended with Jay and Portia on the outs, this time due to Portia's "alleged" infidelity with Vino, a handsome young producer in his prime that also happens to be the prize Jay's sister, Kira, has her eyes on. With the shoe on the other foot now, will Jay be as forgiving as Portia was when he cheated and made a baby on her, or will his pride destroy his desire to remain a family? Cas survived the ambush at he and his beloved Laila's wedding reception and was on the road to recovery when he learned that his son was molested by his little league coach. Could this atrocious injustice make Cas go back on his promise to God to change his life for the better, or will he have the faith to step back and let the Lord handle it? Wise and Fatima are expecting a new baby any day and the reunited couple has never been more in love. Will their hopes of everlasting joy come to pass, or be shattered by the bitter side-piece Wise feels indebted to for saving his life, Lily? Acclaimed authoress Caroline McGill returns with the explosive heartstrings-tugging finale in the stellar A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent series. Get lost inside this remarkable read and witness obstacles that will alter these characters' lives forever. Sometimes A Little Bit of Change is necessary. Transformation is inevitable but it often leaves deep scars."-- From back cover.

Panty ripper : Omar Goodness : a novel

April 30, 2015
Reality Way.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Pub., c2014.
187 p. ; 22 cm.
"Reality Way introduces to the world Omar Goodness better known as The Panty Ripper. Omar has it all smarts, the looks and plenty of money in his bank account. The one thing he's lacking is a woman that he can call his own. That is until he meets a woman that he can't seem to get off his mind. Omar is willing to get his dream girl by any means necessary even if that means he has to get down and dirty. He's even willing to break a few laws or bones if necessary. Will Omar get the woman of his dreams or will his reputation of being a panty ripping sex machine get in the way of his happily ever after?"--Publisher's description.

The serial cheater

April 30, 2015
Silk White, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2014.
229 pages ; 22 cm
"Good 2 Go Publishing presents"--Cover.
"Cam is a young man with a bright future in the music business, that seemed to be on his way to the top after signing one of the hottest R&B singers in the world, a singer that goes by the name of "Honey." Cam and Honey hit if off hot and heavy as they mix business with pleasure. The sky is the limit for the young power house couple, the only problem is Cam's fiance Yolanda. Cam does his best to juggle both women and keep everyone happy that is until the murders began ..."--p. 4 of cover.

A lover's vow

April 27, 2015
Jackson, Brenda (Brenda Streater), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira Books, [2015]
410 pages ; 17 cm
Business mogul Dalton Granger is as passionate as he is gorgeous, but private investigator Jules Bradford won't give him the time of day. She knows all about the youngest Granger brother--a charming bad boy whose only interest is playing the field. But Dalton is more complicated than that, and he's determined to show Jules that behind all the bravado is the honest heart of a devoted son, brother...and a man whose own life is in peril. Jules is the only person who can protect Dalton, and they embark on a mission to save his family and his legacy. But when their late nights in the office turn into early mornings in the bedroom, Jules and Dalton soon realize they have more at stake than they ever imagined.--Back cover.


April 23, 2015
Marcus, Mary, author.
Stamford, Connecticut : The Story Plant, 2015.
357 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Lavina traverses the near present, in the 1990's and the segregated South of the 1960's. It is the story of Mary Jacob, a children's book author who has virtually no memory of her early life. Billy Ray, Lavina's son and a musical genius, remembers all too well what happened to them on a hot August day in 1963 when their lives changed forever. When the two of them meet again in their hometown, it propels them back to their childhoods. In the second part of the novel, Lavina herself speaks. She is uneducated, but a woman of great mind and heart, who put her life on the line, not because she was so brave, not because she had political aspirations, but for the simple reason that she believed in God and wanted the world to be better for her son. She wanted to do the right thing.

Let's stay together

April 23, 2015
Murray, J. J. (John Jeffrey), author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
506 pages ; 17 cm
"Lauren Short dumped her cheating mega-star fiancé amid major viral media fallout. That was the easy part. Restarting her stalled career as a thirty-something actress...not as much. What she needs is advice from someone non-Hollywood. Someone like her surprising new online pen pal. He's a Brooklyn handyman who's understanding, honest--and daring Lauren to do one risky, sizzling reboot of her glamorous life...Lauren is the one woman Patrick Esposito has crushed on forever. He never dreamed they'd meet--much less that she could use his help. Or that she would be even more down-to-earth in person. But now their offline romance is making the hot new celebrity couple. And between the secrets they didn't expect and the trouble they didn't see coming, Patrick and Lauren will need all the right moves to stay real, keep it together, and script their own happily-ever-after"--Page [4] of cover.

Fifth born II : the hundredth turtle : a novel

April 22, 2015
Lockhart, Zelda.
Hillsborough, North Carolina : LaVenson Press, 2010.
227 pages ; 23 cm
After her brother Lamont Blackburn dies of complications associated with AIDS, Odessa Lacey's quest to fulfill Lamont's wish for a connection with their siblings finds her navigating through a family history filled with incest, homophobia, and abuse.

Rumor has it

April 22, 2015
Hodges, Cheris F., author.
345 pages ; 18 cm
Liza Palmer couldn't be happier when her best friend and sorority sister, Chante Britt, and her closest guy friend, Robert Montgomery, hit it off. And she's beyond thrilled when they announce their engagement. Robert is an up-and-comer running for the North Carolina senate. Chante is a partner at a prestigious law firm. They're a power couple made in heaven--until Liza discovers Robert in a compromising position with another woman. Liza can't possibly continue to support Robert's campaign, much less let him marry Chante. But when she tries to reveal the truth, Robert pulls out every corrupt trick in the book--including turning Chante against her. Her only choice is to seek out his opponent, Jackson Franklin, and help him take Robert down. But to Liza's great surprise, Jackson won't play dirty--and Liza finds him irresistible. As sparks fly, personally and politically, Liza and Jackson may become a winning team in more ways than one.

The game of Love and Death

April 21, 2015
Brockenbrough, Martha, author.
329 pages ; 22 cm
In Seattle in 1937 two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.

For your love : a blessings novel

April 21, 2015
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951-
New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2015.
295 pages ; 20 cm.
"Beverly Jenkins returns to Henry Adams, Kansas-an unforgettable place that anyone would want to call home-with a story of family, friends, and the powerful forces from our past that can irrevocably shape our future"-- Provided by publisher.

God help the child

April 14, 2015
Morrison, Toni.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
178 pages ; 22 cm
This book, the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment, tells a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

The Turner house

April 6, 2015
Flournoy, Angela, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
341 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family. The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone--and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts--and shapes--their family's future. Already praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving" and "un-putdownable," The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home"-- Provided by publisher.

Confusion of the heart

April 1, 2015
Maples, Douglas L., author.
220 pages ; 23 cm
"Imani Books."
"First Edition May 2012."
"...Shirley the main character is finding herself in a love triangle dealing with a married man and a business owner by the name of Sam. Being a lawyer she doesn't apply her every day life to the men she's being involved with..."

Eye candy

March 27, 2015
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
vi, 202 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
Rising star Maya Morgan confronts her bad choices when she attempts to end her celebrity relationship with singer J. Love and pursue a new romance with the kindhearted Alvin.

Hittin' it out the park : a novel

March 26, 2015
Hobbs, Allison, author.
273 pages ; 21 cm
Secrets abound in this scintillating, drama-fueled novel about a love triangle between a multi-millionaire baseball star, his wife, and the groupie who's trying to ruin their marriage--if a long-held secret doesn't destroy it first. Cheryl Blanton is married to a superstar baseball player who has won three Gold Gloves and recently signed a $120 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees. He's wealthy and handsome, and all the groupies are after him, but Cheryl is gorgeous and her sex game has her man on lock. There's just one little secret she's been keeping from him: her husband doesn't realize that she's nine years his senior. And so far Cheryl's had no problem hiding her age--her husband only has eyes for her. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Sexy Sanchez comes on the scene. Sexy blatantly goes after Cheryl's man, and a series of catfights ensue between them. Cheryl realizes she's in the battle of her life to keep her man and plots to get rid of her nemesis. But when she hires a private investigator to dig up some dirt on Sexy, she discovers that getting rid of her rival might not be easy, and could also reveal some devastating secrets she'd rather keep to herself.--Back cover.

King divas

March 26, 2015
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
x, 342 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Dafina Books"--Title page.
The most ruthless ride-or-die women of Memphis saved their empire by nearly destroying the streets. But as unexpected new rivals rise and brutal secrets shatter lives, betrayal means winner rules all...Putting out chaos with gasoline is one play that even the women of the Dirty South can't control. One merciless kill vaults good-girl-gone-bad Ta'Shara into gangland's power elite--but an enemy she doesn't see is targeting everything she can't afford to lose. For former Vice Lord chief Lucifer, taking back her power means all-out war on her lethal lover, no matter what the cost. Gorgeous Cleo at last has her sister's killer in her sights--if she can survive one deadly game too many. And as Queen G LeShelle's lies finally choke-hold her life, trusting someone more vicious than her husband Python may be the last mistake she'll ever make. Now these king divas will leave nothing standing--because if they can't reign, no one will...--Back cover.

48 hours to die : an Anthony Stone novel

March 25, 2015
Silk White, author.
195 pages ; 22 cm
A deadly serial killer that goes by the name Uncle Sam is on the loose terrorizing the city. By day he's a regular working man, but by night he transforms into a vicious killer that preys on single women. Everything is fine until Detective Anthony Stone begins to stick his nose in Uncle Sam's business. Uncle Sam then captures Anthony Stone's family and gives the detective 48 hours to either kill himself or watch his loved one's die..... the choice is his. Just when Anthony Stone's life is calming down, he's forced to make a decision that will change his life as well as all the lives around him forever.

Baller bitches. Volume 3 : a novel

March 20, 2015
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
249 pages ; 22 cm
At head of title: A King Production presents.
Diamond may have to accept that she'll never have the happy storybook ending she envisioned. Kennedy always put her career first but a second chance at love might change all that. Blair thought being a superstar would fulfill all of her needs, until she discovers her true passion. Can these three women have it all or will their dreams never become reality?


March 20, 2015
Santiago, Nisa, author.
292 pages ; 22 cm
"Four broke girlfriends go into a Long Island church looking for a job. Four trained assassins come out. The Cristál Clique is born when these young killers are immersed in the intense underworld of murder-for-hire. But with youth comes naiveté. When heartache, betrayal, and revenge lurk behind every door, these Brooklyn girls must remain on point if they want to stay alive"--Page 4 of cover.

Bippity bop barbershop

March 17, 2015
Tarpley, Natasha.
New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2009, c2002.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
First published in hardcover in 2002.
"Megan Tingley books."
A story celebrating a young African-American boy's first trip to the barbershop.


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