New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

July 1, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

He loves me, he loves you not. 5, Remi's world

June 30, 2016
Mychea. author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2015.
214 pages ; 22 cm
"Remi is back! Ready to have her story told. Travel with Remi through time as she transitions from a child to an adult. After losing her sisters to senseless acts of violence, Remi doesn't quite know what to do without her genetic DNA squad to hold her down. Assuming a role she never coveted as mother of her orphaned niece and nephews, she holds a well-deserved grudge against Avionne. Avionne has no idea what Remi's life has been like. All she knows is her side of the unfortunate tale that is their lives. But she will soon learn, karma thrives by the boomerang effect and will always find its way home. Remi has a score to settle and she refuses to rest until she can level the playing field and get justice for her sisters murders. No matter what it takes there will be hell to pay. Avionne owed a debt and Remi was the kind of woman that never allowed a debt to go unpaid. Avionne would pay what she owes, Remi was going to see to it."--Back cover.

Hard candy saga

June 28, 2016
McCall, Amaleka G, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
348 pages ; 23 cm
Works previously published separately as: Hard candy. Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, c2011; and, Hard candy 2. Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, c2012.
Collects two stories in which Candice Hardaway, the daughter of rising New York drug kingpin Eric "Easy" Hardaway, finds her whole family murdered and resolves to take revenge on those responsible.

I can touch the bottom

June 28, 2016
Moore, Michel, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
230 pages ; 21 cm
Hustler Stacks has an insatiable appetite for sex so when he meets his equal in Ava, the two soon hook up, taking drug-slanging and sheet-banging to whole different level.

Stepping to a new day

June 27, 2016
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, [2016]
292 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to the town of Henry Adams with a story of family, friendship, love, and second chances. In Henry Adams, Kansas, you can't start over without stirring things up. Many a good woman has had to leave a no-good man, but how many of them took a back-seat to his 600-lb. hog? On her own for the first time, Genevieve Gibbs is ecstatic, even if certain people preferred the doormat version of Ms. Gibbs. Finding someone who appreciates the "new" her has only just hit Gen's to-do list when T.C. Barbour appears in her life. A tiny Kansas town is a far cry from his native Oakland, California, but it's just the change T. C. needs. While helping his divorced nephew acclimate to single fatherhood, T. C. lands a gig driving a limo for the most powerful woman in Henry Adams. It's a great way to meet people--and one in particular has already made the job worthwhile. All it takes is a short trip from the airport for Genevieve to snag T.C.'s attention for good. But it wouldn't be Henry Adams without adding more drama to the mix. When Gen's ex Riley returns with his hog in tow, it sets off a chain of events that can ruin everything--unless the residents pull together once again to save the day"-- Provided by publisher.

The conglomerate : a luxurious tale

June 27, 2016
Santiago, Danielle, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
252 pages ; 21 cm
In a tale of luxury, betrayal, and lies, three friends' lives are forever changed as the future of their lucrative conglomerate hangs in the balance.


June 27, 2016
Alonge, L. J., author.
142 pages ; 17 cm.
"Janae works every day at her Granny's Strange Goods Superstore, selling lucky rabbits feet and other useless junk. And every night, after closing up shop, she dominates the courts with her boys. When the chance comes around to take her game to the next level, she knows she'll make the cut. It s all about skill luck s got nothing to do with it. Right?"--Provided by publisher.


June 24, 2016
Scott, Devon, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
300 pages ; 18 cm
"Previously published as Jasminium by Jonathan Luckett"--Cover.
Taj has a successful career, a loving fiancee, and a life full of promise. The talented Cheyenne is married and has all the security money can bring. One chance encounter during the holidays sweeps these two back into a wrenching past they thought they'd put behind them.

Tied to a boss

June 22, 2016
Rose, J.L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2016.
203 pages ; 22 cm
Local gangster Dante falls for a local female gangster named Alinna, who finds out he's two-timing her.

Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray

June 21, 2016
Love, Dorothy, 1949- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
386 pages ; 22 cm
"Mary Anna Custis Lee is a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, wife of Confederate General Robert E Lee, and heiress to Virginia's storied Arlington house and General Washington's personal belongings. Born in bondage at Arlington, Selina Norris Gray learns to read and write in the schoolroom Mary and her mother keep for the slave children, and eventually becomes Mary's housekeeper and confidante. As Mary's health declines, Selina becomes her personal maid, strengthening a bond that lasts until death parts them. Forced to flee Arlington at the start of the Civil War, Mary entrusts the keys to her beloved home to no one but Selina. When Union troops begin looting the house, it is Selina who confronts their commander and saves many of its historic treasures."-- Provided by publisher.

Down home blues : a novel

June 21, 2016
Dixon, Phyllis R, 1958- author.
284 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group and resource guide.
"Eden, Arkansas is a town you are from, not move to. But when divorce, foreclosure, domestic violence, and an all-expense paid trip (also called prison) disrupt the Washington siblings perfectly planned lives, they end up back down home. Instead of serenity, sibling rivalries, divided loyalties and money squabbles resurface. Even the good news, that there may be natural gas on their father's land, causes conflict. When their father, C.W. Washington, one of the largest landowners in the county, announces his engagement, barely six months after his wife's death, his daughters fear Viagra is clouding his judgment (his sons say go for it). Homemade preserves and family dinners are welcome by-products of the move down home. Unfortunately, family members aren't always singing in the same key. But just a few notes can switch a gloomy blues tune to the soundtrack for a good time. What song will the Washingtons play?"--Page 4 of cover.

Oklahoma City

June 17, 2016
Johnson, Clifford, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
346 pages ; 21 cm.
The drug trade in Oklahoma City is thriving despite being run by two kingpins, but when a woman comes between them, the streets run red and the stability that the drug suppliers once took for granted is long gone.

Power couple : a novel

June 16, 2016
Hobbs, Allison, author.
New York : Strebor Books, 2016.
295 pages ; 21 cm
In a society obsessed with fame and image, celebrity chef Cori Brown and her former NFL star husband Maverick are another power couple. When the media darling, Cori, finds herself embroiled in a sex scandal, she fears her loyal fans and tabloids will viciously turn on her. Even her pro football player husband isn't safe, and Maverick may be dragged through the mud along with her.

Str8 up thugg'n

June 15, 2016
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : KJ Publications, Inc., [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 21 cm
Cover title.
"Runaway nineteen-year-old Tatiana is under the abusive hand of an older boyfriend who forces her into prostitution and beats her brutally. When she meets a younger man who is interested in helping her, he calls on the Piru Bloodz gang to get involved."--Provided by publisher.

The gilded years : a novel

June 10, 2016
Tanabe, Karin, author.
New York : Washington Square Press, 2016.
382 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a readers club guide.
"Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise "Lottie" Taylor, the scion of one of New York's most prominent families. Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie's sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it's like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman--the person everyone believes her to be--and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It's only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita's brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister's, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita's college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret. Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Gilded Age, an era when old money traditions collided with modern ideas, Tanabe has written an unputdownable and emotionally compelling story of hope, sacrifice, and betrayal--and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life"-- Provided by publisher.

G-spot 2 : the seven deadly sins. Books 1-7 (plus the alternate ending)

June 10, 2016
Noire, author.
629 pages ; 28 cm.
Sequel to: G-spot.
Cover title.
Pride : the 1st deadly sin -- Betrayal : the 2nd deadly sin -- Greed : the 3rd deadly sin -- Envy : the 4th deadly sin -- Lust : the 5th deadly sin -- Trickery : the 6th deadly sin -- Revenge : the 7th deadly sin -- Revenge : the 7th deadly sin (alternate ending).
"Harlem hasn't been the same since the notorious Granite 'G' McKay was brutally murdered in a back room of the G-Spot Social Club. In the aftermath, not only has G's massive cache of doe gone missing, but Juicy has skipped town with Gino ... G's very own son! ... Can Juicy and Gino find happiness as they try to build a new life together? Or will mayhem, murder, and the bitter wrath of the streets track them down to get what's due?"--Page [6].

Charcoal Joe : an Easy Rawlins mystery

June 9, 2016
Mosley, Walter, author.
New York : Doubleday, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
305 pages ; 25 cm
Life for Easy Rawlins is surprisingly... easy. He's living off the proceeds of his last case, trying to keep out of trouble. Of course it's not going to last. Because Easy's old friend Mouse knocks on his door. Mouse is one of the deadliest men in America. And Mouse wants a small favour. He wants Easy to help a man he says is wrongly imprisoned, a friend of Charcoal Joe. Charcoal Joe is a mythical figure in the LA underworld - he pulls all the strings but keeps out of sight. Reluctantly, Easy agrees - he owes Mouse his life. But this is no small favour. It's going to be Easy's deadliest investigation yet. It's going to take him from the beaches of Malibu to the shadiest stretches of Sunset in a frenetic adventure through a wild and unrepentant city.

A sinful calling

June 9, 2016
Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author.
New York ; Boston : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
325 pages ; 24 cm.
Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of an 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance. Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone and for very good reason."--Provided by publisher.

Trail of echoes

June 8, 2016
Hall, Rachel Howzell, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
318 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A Detective Elouise Norton novel"--Cover.
"On a rainy spring day in Los Angeles, homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called away from a rare lunch date to Bonner Park, where the body of thirteen-year-old Chanita Lords has been discovered. When Lou and her partner, Colin Taggert, take on the sad task of informing Chanita's mother, Lou is surprised to find herself in the apartment building she grew up in. Chanita was interested in photography and, much like Lou, a black girl destined to leave the housing projects behind. Her death fits a chilling pattern of exceptional African-American girls--dancers, artists, honors scholars-gone recently missing in the same school district, the one Lou attended not so long ago. Lou is valiantly trying to make a go of life after her divorce and doing everything she can to avoid her long estranged father. She races to catch a serial killer, but he remains frustratingly out of her reach, sending cryptic cyphers and taunting clues that arrive too late to prevent the next death. This one is personal, and it's only a matter of time before he comes after Lou herself"---Amazon.


June 7, 2016
Gyasi, Yaa, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
305 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation"-- Provided by publisher.


June 6, 2016
Alonge, L. J., author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [2016]
142 pages ; 18 cm.
Fifteen-year-old Justin keeps a list of goals stashed under his mattress. Number 1 is "figure out life plans." Number 5 is "earn Zen Master rating in WoW." Number 7 is "play a little basketball every day." Nowhere on that list is "take on the crew from Ghosttown," but that's the type of trouble that always seems to finds him, and he's not the type to back down from a challenge.

I almost forgot about you : a novel

June 3, 2016
McMillan, Terry, author.
New York : Crown, [2016]
x, 355 pages ; 24 cm
Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love.

Cross kill

June 2, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
113, 13 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes a sneak peek for The trial.
"Along Came a Spider killer Gary Soneji has been dead for over ten years. Alex Cross watched him die. But today, Cross saw him gun down his partner. Is Soneji alive? A ghost? Or something even more sinister? Nothing will prepare you for the wicked truth."--Back cover.

Killer dolls. Part 2

June 2, 2016
Santiago, Nisa, author.
Bellport, NY : Brooklyn Books, an imprint of Melodrama Publishing, 2016.
260 pages ; 22 cm
"After the gun smoke clears, one female is left standing. Although Aoki isn't out of danger, she can breathe a sigh of relief that the immediate threat has been handled. Now, in a race to mend broken relationships with AZ, B-Scientific, and Emilio all whom seemingly want to be number one in her life, she's asked to make a hard choice. With all decisions come consequences. And while one of these men vow to love her forever, their goal is to make her forever as short as possible. Aoki will be shocked to find out who wants this Killer Doll, dead. Her archenemy will be shocked to find that this killer is hard to kill."-- Back cover.

Hot flash

May 31, 2016
Johnson, Carrie H. author.
New York : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
280 pages ; 21 cm.
"Muriel Mabley will do whatever it takes to put Philadelphia's most vicious killer in lockdown for good...until her troubled younger sister in witness protection receives a terrifying warning--and Muriel's long-time partner, Laughton, reveals he knows more than he should about her and Muriel's shattered past. And when Laughton's ex-wife and her new husband turn up dead, his own secrets will send Muriel down a twisted trail of lethal leads, disappeared witnesses, and the ultimate wrenching betrayal..." -- Cover [page 4].

Jazz moon

May 31, 2016
Okonkwo, Joe, author.
351 pages ; 21 cm
Ben Charles and his wife Angeline take part of the Harlem Renaissance scene in the 1920s. Ben finds himself drawn to Paris due to the influence of trumpeter Baby Back Johnston.


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