New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

October 17, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

How it went down

October 16, 2014
Magoon, Kekla, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
326 pages ; 21 cm
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

Make something of it

October 16, 2014
Moore, Stephanie Perry.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014].
145 pages ; 19 cm
"The Sharp sisters ; #1"--Title page.
After witnessing abusive high school and adult relationships, seventeen-year-old Shelby, who hopes to be a fashion designer, must decide how to respond, especially considering that one of the abused women is the wife of the man opposing Shelby's father in the mayoral race.

Land of love and drowning

October 14, 2014
Yanique, Tiphanie.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Crazy, sexy, revenge

October 13, 2014
Mason, J. D.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
viii, 341 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"Jordan Gatewood's life is falling apart. Murder, sex, betrayal, suicide--the women in his world are paying him back for all the terrible things he's done, and they're bringing on the drama in spades. And now with Desi Green bringing Jordan to the attention of the detective investigating his lover's murder, his tenuous grip on control threatens to unravel completely. Desi refuses to let anyone back her into a corner. For years, people have tried to set her back and destroy her, but now, she's ready to take it to anyone who wants to put her down, including Jordan Gatewood. And when a message comes for her in the form of a brutal attack, Desi will have to fight with everything she has before she gets her revenge"-- Provided by publisher.

Black Hat Jack : the true life adventures of Deadwood Dick, as told by his ownself

October 10, 2014
Lansdale, Joe R., 1951-
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2014.
130 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


October 9, 2014
McGill, Leslie.
[Place of publication not identified] : Saddleback Publishing, 2014.
137 pages ; 20 cm.
"Keshawn's life was about before and after. Before, Keshawn didn't have a computer. After, he helped his mom install software on their new computer. To monitor him. What a joke! It got him thinking. He could make money. So he offered his skills. Grades for cash. It was that simple. Only it wasn't. Then he realized Neecy was his way out. She needed good grades. But she wanted to earn them. Keshawn knew she would make it right. Fingers crossed."--Page 4 of cover.


October 9, 2014
McGill, Leslie.
[Place of publication not identified] : Saddleback Publishing, 2014.
135 pages ; 20 cm
"The new kid would get what was coming to him. Jair swore it. Nobody crossed him and got away with it. But Zander knew how to fight. Jair was humiliated. And worse. The fight made YouTube. He looked weak. Stupid. Small. He vowed to get even. Someone said they knew where he could get a gun. That's what he was going to do. That would prove he was not to be pushed around. Ever."--Page 4 of cover.

Fistful of Benjamins

September 30, 2014
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
250 pages ; 21 cm
Special delivery / Kiki Swinson -- Gun play / Amaleka McCall.
"Kiki Swinson and De'nesha Diamond light it up with two devious tales of players, hustles--and running out of time"--Page 4 of cover.

Boy trouble

September 30, 2014
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate.
vi, 198 pages ; 21 cm
When it comes to the glitterati, nothing shocks Maya Morgan--until she sees former starlet Paula Olympia getting hit by her A-list actor boyfriend. So she's making it her mission to out celebrities in abusive relationships. But the bigger her story gets, the more signs she's seeing that her BFFs, Sheridan and Kennedi, are in big-time relationship trouble. And when they won't listen to her 411, Maya makes them her next big story. But putting her friends on blast uncovers a shocking secret. With friendships at the breaking point and her credibility again in doubt, Maya will have to dig deeper to find the whole truth--and save something way more valuable than her gossip diva throne.

Lady swagger

September 30, 2014
TKO, Authoress
[Charleston, SC] ; [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform] : [2014]
317 pages : 23cm
"Part 1" --Cover ; however, both "part 1" and "part 2" are included.
"Part 1: Nikki is desperately trying to escape an abusive relationship with her girlfriend, Dream, however, Dream has other things in mind. She's determined to hold on to their relationship by any means necessary, even if it means committing murder. Part 2: After the breakup with her crazy ex-girlfriend Dream, Nikki figures the best way to get over one woman is to get under another one. Dealing with her bi-polar illness, Dream finds her life spiraling out of control. She is determine to get back the only woman she's ever loved. After being in a relationship with Solo, who's been serving a two year sentence in prison, Jazz is now feenin' for the touch of a man. Will Jazz be able to hold out until Solo's release or will she find herself in the arms of another man?"

Love is the drug

September 24, 2014
Johnson, Alaya Dawn, 1982- author.
New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2014.
335 pages ; 22 cm
Emily Bird is an African American high school senior in Washington D.C., member of a privileged medical family, on the verge of college and the edge of the drug culture, and not really sure which way she will go--then one day she wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what happened.

We didn't see it coming

September 24, 2014
Young-Robinson, Christine, author.
New York : Strebor Books, 2014.
300 pages ; 21 cm
The three Houston sisters, Milandra, Noelle, and Kenley, are enjoying a regular day out with their mother, when they come home to find their father lying on the floor—dead! Overcome with shock, their mother falls down the stairs and dies at the feet of her daughters. Despite their grief, the sisters start to make discoveries about the shadowy past of their father—one of South Carolina’s wealthiest men. Soon questions arise: Is there really a fourth Houston sister? And what are the true identities of Tessa, their former housekeeper, and Aniyah Sanchez, a mysterious and seductive woman who shows up at the funeral? Worse still, the sisters are devastated to find out that Aniyah has inherited their home, the Houston Estate, and they must move out. Will Milandra, Noelle, and Kenley fight back, or will their fortune stay in the hands of this wild woman from their father’s past?

Certain signals

September 24, 2014
Karre, Elizabeth.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
102 pages ; 20 cm.
Determined to get a girlfriend, nerdy Rashawn asks the dream character for the power of "attraction detection."

All you are

September 24, 2014
Karre, Elizabeth.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
111 pages ; 20 cm.
Da'Quan has never quite broken into the popular crowd at school, but when a strange dream-character gives him the ability to channel others' thoughts, Da'Quan is surprised by what he can learn from them.

Rose Gold : an Easy Rawlins mystery

September 15, 2014
Mosley, Walter.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
308 pages ; 25 cm
When a boxer-turned-revolutionary kidnaps the daughter of a weapons manufacturer and threatens to publicly execute her in exchange for a lucrative ransom, Easy Rawlins is tapped by the LAPD to make a difficult border crossing to navigate an ensuing standoff.

Into the Go-Slow

September 12, 2014
Davis, Bridgett M., author.
New York, NY: The Feminist Press, 2014.
360 pages ; 21 cm
It's 1986 and twenty-one-year-old Angie continues to mourn the death of her brilliant and radical sister Ella. On impulse, she travels from Detroit to the place where Ella tragically died four years before—Nigeria. She retraces her sister's steps, all the while navigating the chaotic landscape of a major African country on the brink of democracy careening toward a coup d'état. At the center of this quest is a love affair that upends everything Angie thought she knew about herself. Against a backdrop of Nigeria's infamous go-slow—traffic as wild and surprising as a Fela lyric—Angie begins to unravel the mysteries of the past, and opens herself up to love and life after Ella.

An elderberry fall

September 12, 2014
Watson, Ruth (Ruth Parrish)
New York : Strebor Books, 2014.
235 pages ; 21 cm
Trying to begin life anew in Richmond, Carrie finds that her murdered stepfather, and her troubled past, won't stay buried.

Hidden Blessings

September 11, 2014
Tate, Kimberly Cash.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2014].
342 pages ; 21 cm
"A terminal breast cancer diagnosis shatters Kendra Woods' life and dreams. But through the hurt and the pain, she learns to view her life - however many days that includes - in a new way. Kendra Woods has always known success. Raised in a prominent black family in well-to-do Clayton, Missouri, she had high aspirations for herself and, thus far, has met them. After graduating from law school she went to work at a prestigious law firm. Now she's just made partner and in one month will marry the man of her dreams. And it's only the beginning. Kendra envisions herself becoming a judge one day and she can't wait to have kids. But a terminal diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer shatters her world - weeks before her wedding. Kendra is devastated as the reality sets in that she could have no more than two years to live. Her fiance leaves, and as word travels around the firm, she's no longer given big cases. Kendra is angry with God and feels her life has already ended. Her path keeps crossing Lance's, a troublemaker who briefly attended her high school. Kendra has trouble letting go of the person he was a decade ago and can't believe an encounter in jail turned his life around and he's now leading a church plant in Clayton. He's becoming the unlikely source of hope she needs. Kendra is in the midst of a storm - one that's apparently here to stay. But, the hidden blessings may be just the shelter she needs"-- Provided by publisher.

Boss divas

August 28, 2014
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
x, 374 pages ; 22 cm
The most lethal ride-or-die women in Memphis now run their gangs and the streets. But the aftermath of an all-out war means merciless new enemies, time-bomb secrets... and one chance to take it all.... Vice Lord chief Lucifer goes after the upstart Crippettes gang one by one-- but locking down her power will put everything she lives to protect at risk. Ta'Shara straps on her training wheels to prove she can ride with the best of the Flowers-- but does this good-girl-gone-bad really have what it takes to survive? And as Queen G LeShelle viciously body-drops to keep her bloody secrets buried, her husband Python may be the one person that can put her in check. Now these boss divas will go head-to-head for complete domination-- because in the end only one can rule....

A light in the wilderness : a novel

August 28, 2014
Kirkpatrick, Jane, 1946-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2014]
314 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Includes an interview with the author.

Lovers & haters

August 27, 2014
Slater, Calvin, author.
New York : Dafina, 2014.
296 pages ; 21 cm
"A Coleman High novel"--Title page.

For you I will

August 21, 2014
Hill, Donna (Donna O.)
Toronto, Ontario : Harlequin Kimani Arabesque, [2014]
299 pages ; 17 cm.
"After ten years of service as chief of the E.R. at a New York City hospital, Dr. Kai Randall decided to trade her scrubs for a calmer existence in Sag Harbor Village. The only thing that has interrupted her serenity in months is the photo she snapped of a handsome, solitary stranger. The image haunts her. But that's nothing compared to how she feels when she comes face-to-face with the man from her dreams. When Assistant District Attorney Anthony Weston barges into Kai's house frantically looking for his young daughter, he meets one beautiful complication. Anthony's career ambitions caused him to lose his marriage--and now he's on the cusp of a huge promotion. His life is in the city that Kai left behind, but his heart is in the soul-stirring passion they share. Is this just another sizzling summer fling or could this be the beginning of forever?"-- From back cover.

Gun smoke : a novel

August 13, 2014
Santos, Kaylin, author.
216, 11 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reading group discussion questions.
Includes excerpt from Nude Awakening II by Victor L. Martin.
Atlantic City is a kiddy pool and the sins in Las Vegas are like good deeds compared to The Casino; Lauryn's place, the roughest spot in Philly to roll sevens and yell out blackjack. Welcome to her gambling spot. A place where all bets are covered, drinks are unlimited and prostitution is free. It's a place where all disputes are settled by the law of the gun and no one man can stand alone. Between running an illegal gambling house and preparing for her husband to be released from prison, Lauryn learns a vicious lesson in family values and how dealing with family can be like dealing with a total stranger. It will only take a single bullet to divide her family, but even more bullets to bring it back together.--Page [4] of cover.

The choir director 2 : runaway bride

August 7, 2014
Weber, Carl.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
309 pages ; 24 cm

Kiss the ring : an urban tale

August 7, 2014
Mink, Meesha.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
275 pages ; 21 cm
"A Touchstone book."
"From one of the most daring voices in urban fiction comes a sexy new novel about a modern-day Foxy Brown who goes undercover in a dangerous quest for revenge. Naeema "Queen" Cole takes care of herself. From the death of her parents when she was just eleven years old to when she found herself pregnant and alone at sixteen, Naeema has had to make her own way in the world. She gave up her son for adoption and became an apprentice at a barber shop, making just enough money to pay the bills and get high. She tried being a wife, but ultimately found that she and Tank, now her ex-husband, are better friends and occasional lovers than partners. Naeema prefers to be on her own; no responsibilities, no rules. But the sudden and brutal murder of Brandon, the son she never knew, forces Naeema to reconsider the way she has lived her life. Brandon was involved with a notorious band of Newark bank robbers, and Naeema is convinced his gang life was her fault. Desperate to avenge her son's death and determined to take justice into her own hands, Naeema becomes "Queen" as she infiltrates the gang to discover her boy's killer. But when she starts to fall for the leader of the crew, will she still have the resolve to do what must be done? Filled with gritty realism and unexpected plot twists, this page-turner will keep you guessing as Naeema struggles to do whatever it takes to right her wrongs"-- Provided by publisher.


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