New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

December 2, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


December 1, 2016
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
[United States] : [Darrell King], [2016?]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Demarco Wright has been in and out of juvenile detention, but his life appears to take a better turn when a seemingly religious, caring couple take him into their foster home.

Tied to a boss 3 : a novel

December 1, 2016
Rose, J. L., author.
201 pages ; 22 cm
"Local gangster Dante is arrested and charged with the murder of two peace officers. A turn of events which doesn't take but a minute (literally) to begin percolating through the underworld grapevine. Some are thrilled about the news. Some intrigued. Others... flat out shocked. But one person in particular is devastated. Dante's lover and partner in crime Alinna. This was 'her' mistake, and now Dante has taken the fall for it. But that's only half the story. Dantes 'sheet' gets mysteriously padded with a few more kills. Dante doesn't understand it, especially considering he was nowhere in close proximity to the aforementioned non-police victims. Now, a baffled Dante plans to use his time in the slammer to get to the bottom of what could be an elaborate frame job. While his better half Alinna works on a plan to spring him. Alinna's always been good at devising strategies. But this game plan is all about combining some of the streets most combustible elements in an effort to free her lover. Brainstorming is one thing. Ensuring things don't fall apart and result in her untimely another."--provided by publisher.

Tied to a boss 2 : a novel

December 1, 2016
Rose, J. L., author.
197 pages ; 22 cm.

The game don't change

November 21, 2016
Fox, Mazaradi, 1971-2014, author.
[Brooklyn, NY] : Infamous Books/Akashic Books, 2016.
240 pages ; 21 cm
After DeMarco Jones successfully escapes from a juvenile detention home, he builds his reputation and business on the streets of Queens.

The house that hustle built. Part three

November 18, 2016
Santiago, Nisa, author.
Bellport, NY : Melodrama Publishing, 2016.
242 pages ; 22 cm
Running around with Cash while her fiancé, Hassan, is in prison, Pearla finds herself playing a dangerous love game and realizes that she must make the difficult choice of picking the man she wants to be with.

The thunder beneath us

November 10, 2016
Blades, Nicole, 1972- author.
New York : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
345 pages ; 21 cm
To the world, Best Lightburn is a talented writer rising up the masthead at international style magazine James, girlfriend of a gorgeous up-and-coming actor, and friend to New York City's fabulous. Then there's the other Best, the one who has chosen to recast herself as an only child rather than confront the truth. Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best and her two older brothers took a shortcut over a frozen lake. When the ice cracked, all three went in. Only Best came out. People said she was lucky, but that kind of luck is nothing but a burden. Because Best knows what she had to do to survive. And after years of covering up the past, her guilt is detonating through every facet of her seemingly charmed life. It's all unraveling so fast: her new boss is undermining and deceitful, her boyfriend is recovering from a breakdown, and a recent investigative story has led to a secret affair with the magazine's wealthy publisher. Best is quick-witted and headstrong, but how do you find a way to happiness when you're sure you haven't earned it--or embrace a future you feel you don't deserve?

Lady of the house : Book three of the forever diva series

November 9, 2016
Joy, E. N., author.
Wyandanch, New York : Urban Books, [2016]
276 pages ; 21 cm.
Book 3 of The forever divas series --Cover.
"The man might be the head of the family, but the woman is definitely the head of the house. Pastor Margie has been doing just fine running her house, as well as the house of the Lord, New Day Temple of Faith, all by her lonesome. Certain members of the congregation have been nagging at Margie for so long about finding a help mate that she just might be crazy enough to give it a try. Once her congregation learns the method in which she goes about seeking a man for the house, they might worry for her sanity. After all, a woman of the cloth would have to be certifiably nuts to agree to go on a reality dating show in order to find a husband."

Young and hungry

November 9, 2016
Moore, Michel, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
249 pages ; 21 cm
Not only is the city of Detroit bankrupt, but it has one of the highest murder rates in the country. When government-enforced power restrictions are applied, hell on earth becomes hotter in the already anything-goes, cutthroat city. Even the predators become prey. No loyalty, no respect, and no limits! It's now neighbor against neighbor, sister against brother, friend against friend, and people's true colors are tested and revealed by nightfall. The only thing that could help Detroit at this point is a miracle, and even God is scared to visit the Devil's playground.

Chasing butterflies

November 9, 2016
Abrams, Amir, author.
346 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
When sixteen-year-old piano prodigy Nia discovers her recently departed father wasn't her biological dad, she becomes desperate for answers, leading her to Omar, an ex-convict determined to win the love of his daughter.

Perfect pleasures

November 8, 2016
Mello, Deborah Fletcher, author.
New York : Dafina Books, 2016.
342 pages ; 17 cm
World famous MMA champion Zachary Barrett has returned to his home in Phuket, Thailand, and his elite training camp, Revolution. Thanks to his twin brother, a renowned pro trainer in Colorado, Zachary is primed and ready for his next title bout--but his toughest match may be with the sports journalist assigned to write an exposé on him. Not only is she gorgeous, she's after a well-guarded secret that Zach soon realizes makes her off limits in every way... It's true that Kenzie Monroe has an ulterior motive for pursuing Zachary. The half-Asian beauty believes he's connected to her estranged father, a former MMA fighter who disappeared years ago. And the more Zachary avoids her, the more determined she is--and the hotter their game of cat and mouse becomes...until they both surrender. But as lust, love, and friendship combine, Zachary knows he has to answer all of Kenzie's questions--because outside of the ring, the heart makes the rules...

Carl Weber's kingpins : ATL

November 8, 2016
Brick (Novelist)
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2016]
266 pages ; 21 cm
"The saying goes you shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you, but maybe you should if that same hand prevents you from feeding yourself. Every territory has a king, and Metro Atlanta is no exception. Gang lords Blanket and Guerilla have been growing their numbers, never beefing until Guerilla decides to expand, thanks to the help of his enemy's own rook. Caught in the middle of this battle from different sides of the track are London and Saint."-- Page 4 of cover.

The mothers : a novel

October 28, 2016
Bennett, Brit, author.
278 pages ; 24 cm
It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken beauty. Mourning her mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. It's not serious-- until the pregnancy. As years move by, Nadia, Luke, and her friend Aubrey are living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently?

Diamonds and Pearl

October 28, 2016
K'wan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
vi, 406 pages ; 21 cm
"They say that good girls like bad boys, and this was especially true for Pearl Stone. A child born of privilege to a drug baron and reputed killer known in the streets as Big Stone. Although the flashy, fast-paced nature of the streets calls to Pearl, she's been brought up to look but not touch. But when a young hustler named Diamonds crawls up from the swamps of Louisiana and sets up shop in New York City, everything Pearl was taught flies out the window. Raised in the wild and schooled on the mean streets of New Orleans, Diamonds is no stranger to hard times and is willing to do whatever it takes to stay above the poverty line, including kill. When a robbery turned mass murder goes wrong, Diamonds is forced to flee New Orleans and lands in New York where he meets Pearl, and for the first time finds something he craves more than wealth and As the stakes get higher, Diamonds has to push away his past if he's to grab hold of his future--but by doing so, will he show Pearl that all that glitters isn't gold?"-- Provided by publisher.


October 26, 2016
Morrison, Toni.
Spain : Debols!llo, ©2016.
397 pages ; 19 cm
Translation from English: Paradise.
Includes index.
"They shoot the white girl first. With the rest they can take their time." So begins Toni Morrison's Paradise, which opens with a horrifying scene of mass violence and chronicles its genesis in an all-black small town in rural Oklahoma. Founded by the descendants of freed slaves and survivors in exodus from a hostile world, the patriarchal community of Ruby is built on righteousness, rigidly enforced moral law, and fear. But seventeen miles away, another group of exiles has gathered in a promised land of their own. And it is upon these women in flight from death and despair that nine male citizens of Ruby will lay their pain, their terror, and their murderous rage.

Luxe two : a LaLa Land addiction

October 18, 2016
Ashley Antoinette, 1985- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
296 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Luxe.
Addicted to crack cocaine and heading toward self-destruction, Bleu must decide if she will let her best friend save her, or if she will she stick with the kingpin she's fallen in love with.

Free town

October 14, 2016
Sommers, August.
[United States] : [August Sommers], [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Title page identifies the author as "Autumn Sommers".
Cover title.
Free Town is the third in a trilogy following the continuing saga of Caesar and the freemen that he leads from Mississippi to Mexico in their search for asylum. Caesar and the now freed slaves journey to Indian Territory and then to northern Mexico where they establish a free town.

Winter in America

October 14, 2016
Sommers, August.
[Unites States] : [August Sommers], [2015]
209 pages ; 24 cm
Winter in America is short story collection of the African American experience in America from slavery to current times. Both painful and humorous Winter in America is a depiction of Blacks in America from a uniquely different point of view. Come cry and laugh with us.

Holiday temptation

October 7, 2016
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
377 pages ; 18 cm
A gift of love / Donna Hill -- Holiday spice / Farrah Rochon -- From here to serenity / K.M. Jackson.
Holiday spice: A Christmas-time tragedy has crushed the holiday spirit of photographer Miranda Lawson. She travels to Istanbul and meets a man who's also looking for escape.


October 7, 2016
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
232 pages ; 21 cm
Devil in sheep's clothing / Kiki Swinson -- Twisted deception / Saundra.
In "Devil in Sheep's Clothing," loan office worker Karlie helps her man rob the business, but things don't go the way she planned, and in "Twisted Deception," Yazz shacks up with a drug dealer and soon finds that she has a target on her back.

St. Louis

October 7, 2016
Ervin, Keisha, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
218 pages ; 21 cm.
After the untimely death of their St. Louis kingpin father, David and Davita, half-siblings with very different childhoods, must take up the mantle and try to keep the crime family together despite their mothers' meddling.

My secrets, your lies

October 6, 2016
N'Tyse (Author)
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Renaissance, 2016.
234 pages ; 21 cm
"If someone had warned Sand that being in love was so costly, she might have taken the oath to never fall in love. When her parents discovered her secret gay life in a shoebox full of love letters, they kicked her out of their house. Years later, Sand unexpectedly receives a phone call from a family friend, bearing the tragic news that her mother has passed away from breast cancer. At her family's request, she's asked to not attend the funeral. With so much agony already inflicted, Sand just adds this to the collection, turning to her liquid painkiller to temporarily ease the hurt. Over the next few months, Rene's "alone time" has allowed her a chance to evaluate her relationship with Sand, and it forces her to question her own sexuality. Recycled through the foster system as early as four, Rene is one who has become accustomed to change. Even falling for a banker, who just happens to be white, doesn't seem so far-fetched--until the day he proposes to her. She struggles to find a way to tell him that she's currently involved with another woman, but observing his gay-bashing behavior makes it difficult. While her heart says one thing, her mind says another, leaving her confused and secretive all over again. Although Sand and Rene face separate challenges, that is the least of their problems. The neighborhood's queen-pin, who everyone knows as Chyna, is not one to be played with. With her ears to the streets and her eyes on every dollar floating around Dallas, Texas, it's impossible for anything to get past her. When she propositions Sand and Rene, it's no strange coincidence. Only time will reveal who can really be trusted when your life is on the line."

End of the line

October 6, 2016
Hernandez, Treasure, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
265 pages ; 21 cm
"Jessica, known as J-Rite in the streets, stayed on Malik's radar. When she was hustling nickel bags on the corner, he was the lookout. When she started dancing, he was her private security. Now that she is selling more booty and moving more weight than any female twice her age, J-Rite has no more use for the loyal Malik and no problem whatsoever cutting him loose. Unfortunately for her, Malik is not buying into what she's selling this time around. In his obsessed mind, it's supposed to be until death do they part. According to Malik, if she tries to leave, it will be the end of the line for her."

Small great things : a novel

October 5, 2016
Picoult, Jodi, 1966- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2016.
470 pages ; 24 cm.
"This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finest--complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart. Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family--especially her teenage son--as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others--and themselves--might be wrong. With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion--and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game. Praise for Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time "A riveting drama."--Us Weekly "[A] moving tale."--People "A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery."--USA Today "Poignant. an entertaining story about parental love, friendship, loss."--The Washington Post"-- Provided by publisher.

The syndicate : Carl Weber presents

October 4, 2016
Brick (Novelist), author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
268 pages ; 21 cm
"Brick and Storm craft a tale of an adoptive family being turned inside-out when their mother is slain in a seemingly random drive-by shooting. Soon they're presented with a video from their late Mama revealing the truth about her nefarious activities, and they find her secret bunker filled with money, drugs, and specific directions from Claudette, who built an empire from the ground up. The kids have been unwittingly trained by Claudette to take over The Syndicate. Now one of them must step up to become the leader, so they can run the city."--Provided by publisher.

Your man chose me

October 4, 2016
Williams, Racquel, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
viii, 327 pages ; 22 cm
"Watch the drama unfold between ... two women who used to sleep in the same bed, share clothes, and eat out of the same pot, as they compete for one man. It's winner takes all, and these ladies are playing for keeps"--Page 4 of cover.


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