New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

October 19, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Girls from da hood 11

October 4, 2016
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
296 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title on cover: Urban Books presents.
Trust issues / by Nikki Turner -- Twisted triangles / by Katt -- Baby mamas club / by Teeny -- The side-hoes club / by Teeny.

His last name

October 4, 2016
Poole, Daaimah S, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
357 pages ; 21 cm
Five women try to balance success with the men in their lives, from Monique's affair with her son's NBA teammate to Zakiya trying to get rid of her husband's mistress in order to impress her church community with her perfect marriage.

The last kings

October 3, 2016
Phillips, C. N., author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
236 pages ; 21 cm
"A city full of lies, deceit, and cold-blooded murder, Detroit plays widow to drug cartel after drug cartel, and The Last Kings are the latest to take over the throne. It seems that nothing can crumble their empire, but when an unexpected series of events take place and blood is shed, everything spirals out of control. Can Sadie and Mocha survive the game as the head women in charge, or will disloyalty and treachery threaten to end them for good?"--Page 4 of cover.

The doctor is in

September 29, 2016
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
234 pages ; 24 cm
Dr. Kasen Phillips has the magic touch when it comes to helping his patients who are in dire need of counseling services, but when the love of his life winds up missing in action, Kasen's life takes a horrific turn for the worse. His office manager, Voncile Harper, is there to lend a helping hand. She's on a mission to shake Kasen from his misery, by offering him her sweet heat that he can't resist. It's not long before Kasen finds himself caught up in a web of Voncile's lies, and when he realizes that he may have bitten off more than he can chew, he wants out of their reckless relationship for good. Unfortunately for Kasen, walking away may be difficult to do. Voncile is deep in love, and any man who refuses to play by her rules may be forced to suffer dire consequences.


September 23, 2016
Silk Smooth (Writer), author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
204 pages ; 21 cm.
"There can only be one: one man with two loyal friends and secrets from the past that will ultimately shake up the entire hood in Chicago; one man on a mission to destroy anyone who doesn't abide by his rules, including tricky bitches who drop to their knees behind closed doors, yet stand tall against him when the time comes to collect the almighty dollar; one man with enough swagger in his walk, confidence in his talk, and the skills and mindset to build an empire. There is only one man bold enough to deliver multiple orgasms yet never tell a soul his real name. He has overpowering strength, a top-notch reputation, power like no other, and a bite that will hurt more than a dog. Who is this man? The streets of Chicago know him as the One and Only..."

Chicago heat and other stories

September 21, 2016
Major, Clarence, author.
273 pages ; 24 cm
Temporary business -- Five years ago -- Summer love -- Tricia (1) -- Tricia (2) -- Driving east -- The lake -- Innocence -- My mother and Mitch -- There is Hope -- Weaver -- Girl in a boat -- Gelasia's problem -- Driving Kenneth home -- Chicago heat -- Bourbon for breakfast -- Bernadette's doubt -- Russell and me -- Victoria -- The exchange -- The driver -- Sketch -- A story of Venice.
Stories exploring human interaction.

Darktown : a novel

September 20, 2016
Mullen, Thomas, author.
371 pages ; 24 cm
"Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers: they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines"

The orphan mother : a novel

September 15, 2016
Hicks, Robert, 1951- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
312 pages ; 24 cm
In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock the "Widow of the South"-has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But, as they are through much of the South, changes are sweeping through the town and coming for Mariah.

The Strivers' Row spy

September 13, 2016
Overstreet, Jason, author.
372 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
After graduating from college and an impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta, Sidney Temple is tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI's first African-American agent. The higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem's most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes.

My married boyfriend

August 30, 2016
Rax, Cydney, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
viii, 292 pages ; 21 cm.
Nicole is about to get everything she's hustled for. She's having her rich, married lover Rashad's baby. And a lucky break has made her a media heroine - and the perfect new wife material. With one more deception here, a couple more little seductions there, she'll finally push Rashad's wife, Kiara, completely out of his life. With her formidable competition gone, Nicole will lock down Rashad's ever-wandering interest, and be the next Mrs. Eason for sure. But there are some temptations even this sexy schemer finds tough to pass up.

Big girls drama : Carl Weber presents

August 29, 2016
Henderson, Tresser, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
293 pages ; 21 cm.
Whether it's being told you have to purchase two seats on airplane or getting dirty looks when you're with a handsome man, being a big girl in a superficial world can come with more issues than any woman should have to deal with. Add to that some over-the-top family and marriage issues, and you have the perfect recipe for some Big Girls Drama. Featuring a sexless marriage, infidelity, finding out your husband is gay, and teen pregnancy, these big girls have it tough.

Murder with macaroni and cheese : a Mahalia Watkins soul food mystery

August 29, 2016
Herbert, A. L., author.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
266 pages ; 21 cm.
When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees to help out. Soon she's serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous chicken wings to a host of appreciative ex-classmates. Some folks have blossomed since graduation. Others, like manipulative Raynell Rollins, currently married to a former football star, haven't changed nearly enough. When Raynell is found dead the morning after the reunion, the roll call of possible suspects could fill the school gymnasium. Extra-marital affairs, mega-church scandals and sports secrets... Raynell had her perfectly manicured hand in a lot of sticky situations. With her cousin Wavonne's bungling assistance--and a helping of unwelcome dating advice from her mother, Celia--Halia is on course to track down the killer, before she becomes the alumna most likely to meet an untimely end...

Is love enough?

August 29, 2016
King, Darnisha.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, [2016]
166 pages ; 23 cm
"Brandy is a firecracker, and Lance is a gentleman with a quick temper. Together, they are the modern day Bonnie & Clyde. After breaking up several times in the past, they try their hand at dating again. This time Lance gets another girl pregnant, and Brandy has a crazy live-in boyfriend. Through this adversity they still try to reunite, but it's not without obstacles. Brandy’s boyfriend will either kill or be killed if he can't be with her. And Lance’s illegitimate child may never see the light of day. Everyone around them tries to ensure that Lance and Brandy will never be, but they are not above fighting and murder to get their way. Their love carries them through their journey, but ‘Is Love Enough?’

Is love enough 2 : you can't love us both

August 29, 2016
King, Darnisha, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
237 pages ; 23 cm
"Brandy was still a firecracker; Lance was still quick tempered and his gentleman side had subsided. Together, they were the modern day Bonnie & Clyde; until tragedy struck. Lance had to figure out how to live without Brandy. Would he be able to make it alone as a single father? Lance&#x;s decisions jeopardized his future in a mighty way. He loved his family, but was Love Enough?"


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