These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
March 7, 2014
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 
350 pages ; 25 cm
"Fourteen-year-old Audrey Martin, with her Poindexter glasses and her head humming the 3/4 meter of gospel music, knows she'll never get out of Kentucky--but when her fingers touch the piano keys, the whole church trembles. Her best friend, Caroline, daydreams about Hollywood stardom, but both girls feel destined to languish in a slow-moving stopover town in Montgomery County. That is, until chance intervenes and a booking agent offers Audrey a ticket to join the booming jazz scene in Harlem--an offer she can't resist, not even for Caroline. And in New York City the music never stops. Audrey flirts with love and takes the stage at the Apollo, with its fast-dancing crowds and blinding lights. But fortunes can turn fast in the city--young talent means tough competition, and for Audrey failure is always one step away. Meanwhile, Caroline sinks into the quiet anguish of a Black woman in a backwards country, where her ambitions and desires only slip further out of reach" -- from publisher's web site.
March 7, 2014
May, Eric Charles.
New York : Akashic Books, c2014.
432 p. ; 23 cm.
Gerald "Stew Pot" Reeves returns to his mother's home in Chicago's Parkland neighborhood after fourteen years in prison. His return provokes fear and suspicion among the residents especially when he claims he has had a religious awakening. With his pit bull, John the Baptist, his mentor, Brother Crown, and a few others who believe in him, he sets off to change his neighborhood for the better.
March 3, 2014
Mengestu, Dinaw, 1978-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
255 p. ; 25 cm.
An unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. All Our Names is the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outside. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart--one into the deepest peril, as the movement gathers inexorable force, and the other into the safety of exile in the American Midwest. There, pretending to be an exchange student, he falls in love with a social worker and settles into small-town life. Yet this idyll is inescapably darkened by the secrets of his past: the acts he committed and the work he left unfinished. Most of all, he is haunted by the beloved friend he left behind, the charismatic leader who first guided him to revolution and then sacrificed everything to ensure his freedom. Elegiac, blazing with insights about the physical and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives, All Our Names is a marvel of vision and tonal command. Writing within the grand tradition of Naipul, Greene, and Achebe, Mengestu gives us a political novel that is also a transfixing portrait of love and grace, of self-determination and the names we are given and the names we earn.--Publisher's description.
March 3, 2014
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
x, 287 pages ; 21 cm
"The Unique stories"--Cover.
Unique -- Unique II: Betrayal -- Unique III: Revenge
"I: With only two hundred dollars, Unique packed her suitcase and headed to New York City for a brand new start. It's there that Unique meets big time boxing promoter, Kennard, and it is love at first sight. After nine months of living in the lap of luxury with Kennard, skeletons from Unique's past show up and it will cost her a cool million dollars to not only keep her relationship but her life. Unique isn't about to lose it all. With the help of her best friend, she devises a major heist, to pull it off all she has to do is stay alive. II: Living the life she has always dreamed of, Unique isn't about to let her past ruin her future with her fiance;, Kennard. But the tables are turned on her and Unique is fighting for her very life. As for Kennard, he is stunned to learn about her past, but more importantly he is not about to let anyone get away with hurting his woman. As Unique and her best friend, Teeydah, set out on a path of revenge, a new menace and a new betrayal rises.III: The blade of revenge cuts both ways. However, that is not going to stop Unique from getting those who are out to get her. And she is determined to be the last woman standing."-- Provided by publisher.
February 27, 2014
Divine, L., author.
[Los Angeles, Calif.] : Ebb & Flow Publications, 
208 pages ; 21 cm.
February 27, 2014
Spice, Braya., author.
209 pages ; 21 cm
February 27, 2014
279 pages ; 21 cm
Persia Chandler doesn't know the meaning of the world struggle. After the arrest of her notorious father, she is whisked away from Harlem, the only place she has ever called home, to be raised in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island City. Her mother and stepfather shower her with the best that life has to offer. During her senior year in high school, she convinces her parents to let her transfer from Catholic school to attend public school. That is the start of her problems, but it's hardly the end. In her new school, Persia is reunited with the friends she was forced to move away from, and starts to drift further and further from the life her mother and stepfather have built for her. To the sheltered Persia, the Harlem underworld is like one big adventure. Things promise to get even more interesting when she starts dating a dealer named Chucky. He introduces her to his world of sex, money, and drugs, dragging Persia along with him on a long and bitter ride into the bowels of addiction.--Publisher's description.
February 27, 2014
New York : Urban, 2013.
378 p. ; 21 cm.
Friend or foe / Amaleka McCall -- Torch / Chuncihi and Meisha Camm -- Church girl / Ni'chelle Genovese.
Presents three dramatic stories of life on the streets, including the tale of Angela Farmer, who makes it her mission to protect others after growing up neglected and abused at the hands of her drug addicted mother.
February 25, 2014
Warren, Tiffany L.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing, 
vi, 298 pages ; 21 cm
"Five years after his beloved wife's death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn't returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin's five children are getting out of control, until his mother steps in and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith, and love, once more. But not everyone loves Montana. A "friend" of Quentin's first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she's just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she'll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana, including blackmail, theft, and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana's past. But Chloe forgets she's got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming."-- From back cover.
February 24, 2014
New York, NY : Kensington Pub. Corp., 2013
214 p. ; 21 cm.
Just as Seven McKnight moves on from ex-boyfriend Josiah Whitaker, he steps back into her life, and Seven must decide between her old feelings and her new relationship with Zaire St. James.
February 20, 2014
Murray, Victoria Christopher, author.
New York : Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 281 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"A Touchstone book."
Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams have been through a lot together--from fighting for their husbands to become the head of the American Baptist Coalition to getting mixed up in a terrible murder. Now the frenemies have found themselves the stars of First Ladies, a much anticipated new reality television show. Jasmine balks at the idea of airing her dirty laundry on national TV, but Rachel sees it as the perfect opportunity to take her brand to the next level. And if Rachel is in, so is Jasmine. All the cast members are women of God--how much drama can there be? Rachel and Jasmine know their own pasts are murky, but they'll seem like choir girls when the secrets and sins of the others come to light. The two will once again have to form an unholy alliance to go up against these so-called godly women who see the show as their chance to take them down--at any cost.--Publisher's description.
February 20, 2014
Hoey, Danny M.
[United States] : Flaming Giblet Press, an imprint of Sundress Publications, .
171 pages ; 21 cm
Gabriel Smith is a black man in a dress, always in full makeup. Tortured by his zealous father, Gabriel moves to Cleveland, Ohio, to start a new life. Soon, he learns that his presence incites fear and hatred. Set against the backdrop of a city recovering from one of the worst race riots in history, The Butterfly Lady wrestles with the consequences of being black, gay, and male.
February 10, 2014
New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2014.
ix, 372 pages ; 22 cm
"A mother-daughter story of reinvention-about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart."-- Provided by publisher.
February 10, 2014
Brandywine, MD : Life Changing Books, 
223 pages ; 22 cm
"The Dirty Divorce Trilogy has been a wild ride and readers just can't get enough of the Sanchez family drama. In Dirty Divorce Part 4 the offsprings of Rich Sanchez, Juan and Denie don't disappoint. Juan is determined to become his own man speeding through the fast lane of money, cars, and women. As he dominates the industry his father once ruled, he soon learns that being top dog carries a heavy price tag. While Juan constantly lives trying to dodge his demise, Denie stares death straight in the face as she keeps secrets buried to stay the baddest chick in the DMV. Denie is willing to put others at risk in order to live the life she's become accustomed to. While Juan and Denie grow up repeating the vicious cycle Rich created, someone familiar watches in the shadows for revenge to ruin the Sanchez empire. Relationships are tested, lives are lost, and loyalty goes out the window as the Sanchez family battles to stay on top of the game that ruined them from the start."-- From amazon.com.
February 7, 2014
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, 
215 pages ; 22 cm.
"Aaliyah Mills Carter has to step up and watch the throne, to prove she has what it takes to be the Baddest Bitch. Chaos has always surrounded her family but now death may have hit too close to home. There are so many questions but not enough answers. Aaliyah is determined to find out if she's been sleeping with the enemy and has Precious Cummings finally ran out of lives?"-- Back cover.
February 3, 2014
Woodbury, Conn. : Spaulden Pub., c2013.
225 p. ; 23 cm.
"There are some chances you just don't take"--Subtitle on cover.
"...the story of Miss Rayqelle Davis, the step daughter of a Chicago police officer, who grows up in a seriously dysfunctional home and turns to the streets as a means of escape. After some truly bad experiences with thug love, that leave her both emotionally and physically battered, Rayqelle soon grows to understand that fast life and fast love in the hood ain't all that it's cracked up to be. That's when she meets Chance, a very handsome and mysterious artist whose love threatens to turn her whole world upside down. The Chance series is a continuing saga that centers around one woman's desperate attempt to escape the grips of a psychotic ex-boyfriend and his murderous drug cartel"--Publisher's description.
January 31, 2014
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 
355 pages ; 21 cm
"Delilah Monroe and her husband Rocky always dreamed of their three daughters making it big in show business as a musical trio. After Rocky's death, Delilah's determination is even stronger. However, her daughters--Roxanne, Veronica, and Alisha--aren't so sure. Roxanne is a cruiseline entertainer, while Alisha writes jingles for an ad agency by day and secretly composes her own songs at night. Veronica, whose dancing is better than her singing, is the one with the biggest opportunity due to her husband Dexter's grand plans--plans that are at the expense of her sisters'. Delilah wants to keep her daughters together, but they have minds of their own. Soon Roxanne, Veronica, and Alisha embark on their own paths, only to find that the price of fame might be more than they're willing to give. An inspirational family drama, DELILAH'S DAUGHTERS showcases Angela Benson as one of the strongest voices in African-American women's fiction today"-- Provided by publisher.
January 24, 2014
Santos, Angel (Author)
East Orange, N.J. : Wahida Clark Presents Pub, 2013.
225, 10 p. ; 22 cm.
Jazmine Coleman, an undercover officer in pursuit of a top crime boss who has alluded the police department, DEA, and FBI, meets her opposition in a New Jack named Swag who has the same goal.
January 23, 2014
Poole, Daaimah S, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, 
315 pages ; 21 cm
January 23, 2014
Jones, Patrick, 1961-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, 
124 pages ; 20 cm.
"Jackson James wants three things: to succeed in MMA, to join the military like his father, and to protect his little brother from the dangers all around him. With so many challenges, and the wrinkle of a new romance, Jackson struggles to maintain control"-- Provided by publisher.
January 23, 2014
Hernandez, Treasure, author.
220 pages ; 22 cm.
Secret hopes to leave her ghetto life in Flint behind by going to college, but when she meets Lucky, she needs to decide whether to bring him along for the ride or sink to his level and stay in the ghetto forever.
January 16, 2014
Giles, L. R. (Lamar R.)
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 
303 pages ; 22 cm
"An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead"-- Provided by publisher.
January 15, 2014
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 
210 pages ; 21 cm.
As Maya Morgan sees her gossip show move from Miami to national syndication, she gets a taste of her own medicine when her reputation is trashed online and must reach deep into her bag of dirty tricks to manage the disaster.
January 13, 2014
Smith, Cornelia, 1989-
[North Las Vegas, NV] : NCM Pub., c2013
226 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes an excerpt from The king's revenge.
Zakiya leaves her small hometown for the big lights of New York. She has a night of passion with Jarlath, the King of New York and accused murderer, after which she leaves him, taking a secret with her. After falling for Detective Khalon, one of New York's finest who is trying hard to knock Jarlath off of his throne, Zakiya thinks she has found love and wants to trust him and not live in sin.
January 9, 2014
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 
231 pages ; 22 cm
Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.
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