New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Girl singer

November 25, 2015
Carlon, Mick, author.
Fredonia, New York : Leapfrog Press, 2015.
164 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"1938: eighteen-year-old Avery, aspiring singer, is heard by Lester "Pres" Young, Count Basie's tenor saxophonist. Pres recommends her to Basie, and Avery is whisked into the jazz life. Years later, with several hit records to her credit, Avery settles in Greenwich Village. But her life takes a sharp turn when she meets Karl, a Jewish refugee from Hitler's Germany"-- Provided by publisher.

This way home

November 20, 2015
Moore, Wes, 1978-
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
247 pages ; 22 cm.
Elijah, seventeen, has always been sure of just one thing--basketball--and believes it will be his way out of West Baltimore, but when gang violence knocks him down, helping a veteran repair his rickety home helps Elijah see what really matters.

A moment of silence

November 16, 2015
Souljah, Sister, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
535 pages ; 24 cm
"Midnight ; III"--Title page.
"Emily Bestler books."
Handsome, young, Muslim, and married to two women living in one house along with his mother, Umma, and sister, Naja: can Midnight manage? He is surrounded by Americans who don't share or understand his faith or culture, and adults who are offended by his maturity, intelligence, or his natural ability to make his hard work turn into real money. He is calm, confident, and cool, Ninja-trained and powerful, but one moment of rage throws this Brooklyn youth into a dark world of dirty police, gangs, guns, drugs, prisons, and prisoners. Everything he ever believed, every dollar he ever earned, and all of the women he ever loved--including his mother--are at risk. Will his manhood be taken, broken, or altered? Can he maintain his faith among the heathens? Outnumbered, overruled, and deeply envied--how can he possibly survive? Will the streets convert him? What can he keep? What must he lose?

Cross justice

November 12, 2015
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
420 pages ; 25 cm
"When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he's ever known. Chasing a ghost he believed was long dead, Cross gets pulled into a case that has local cops scratching their heads and needing his help: a grisly string of socialite murders. Now he's hot on the trail of both a brutal killer, and the truth about his own past--and the answers he finds might be fatal" -- provided by publisher.

Dirty heat

November 11, 2015
Cairo, author.
Largo, MD : Strebor ©2015.
299 pages ; 21 cm
Six steamy tales of deceit in the sheets that delve into the scandalous world of infidelity, where there is no end to sexual imagination and forbidden lust. Every cheater has a hidden desire. Some love it dirty. Others love it hot. From one-night stands to weekend flings to lustful online affairs, Dirty Heat serves up six naughty tales of deceit in the sheets, featuring men and women who cheat. In "P-Spot Under Siege": Kendall Evans has a fetish he isn't comfortable sharing with his wife. So he seeks out women willing to indulge his deep, darkest secret. In "Wet Pussy Gone Wild": After one scandalous romp in the sheets with her nineteen-year-old son's best friend, horny housewife Debra Lang can't seem to get enough. In "All Three Holes": Buxom beauty Lolita Singleton is comfortable in the skin she's in. But her boyfriend of five years can't seem to ride her curves or handle the heat. So what's a girl to do? Simple. She has a weekend rendezvous with three hunks that can. In "Phone Bone": Kinky husband Michael Crenshaw seeks steamy phone sex with anonymous women. In "Legs Wide Open": Markisha Swift throws caution to the wind, and is swept up in an office romance. In "Dick for Hire": Desperate times often call for desperate measures. And thirty-one-year-old Levar Green quickly finds himself sucked into a world of online ads and taboo sex, slinging wood to pay the bills.

Wherever there is light : a novel

November 10, 2015
Golden, Peter, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
358 pages ; 24 cm
A "panoramic tale of twentieth-century America, chronicling the decades-long love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave"

See no color

November 9, 2015
Gibney, Shannon.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Carolrhoda Lab, a division of Lerner Pub. Group, [2015]
186 pages ; 24 cm
Alex has always identified herself as a baseball player, the daughter of a winning coach, but when she realizes that is not enough she begins to come to terms with her adoption and her race.

The roof is on fire : reality TV drama : a novel

November 6, 2015
Hampton, Brenda (Brenda M.), author.
New York : SBI/Strebor Books, 2014.
199 pages, 32 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm.
"In [this sequel], the Hell House isn't a joke anymore for the contestants who thought they could breeze through the challenge and carry on until the very end. There's only one goal: survival by any means necessary."--Page 4 of cover.

Slick 2

November 3, 2015
Hampton, Brenda (Brenda M.), author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2015]
234 pages ; 21 cm.
"Several years have passed, but Sylvia McMillan still can't run and hide from the truth that continues to tear at her soul. Her love for Jonathan Taylor, her ex-friend's husband, remains. Jonathan has moved on, though. In less than six months, he plans to watch his new bride cascade down the aisle as they join hands in holy matrimony. He's not about to let Sylvia's slickness derail him again--but then again, how can he resist the one woman who is willing to honor every single one of his wishes? As the lines of their so-called friendship are crossed again, Sylvia and Jonathan begin to wonder if their future together is destined. While there are plenty of people standing in line to prove them wrong, one woman in particular prepares to make things right. Dana is now a bitter ex-wife and ex-best friend. There is a price to pay for Jonathan leaving her high and dry, and his involvement with Sylvia, again, will deliver major consequences."--Provided by publisher.

Playing for keeps

November 2, 2015
Mello, Deborah Fletcher, author.
344 pages ; 17 cm.
As an accomplished architect, single dad of teenage twin girls, and co-owner of The Playground, Raleigh's hottest jazz and blues club, it's an understatement to say Malcolm Cobb has his hands full. Add to that an ex-wife who knows how to bring the drama, it's no surprise he has little time or inclination for a personal life. But when he spots stunning, voluptuous Cilla Jameson, he's suddenly considering rearranging his schedule and setting aside his concerns...

My woman his wife saga

November 2, 2015
J., Anna, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, 2015.
524 pages ; 23 cm
First work originally published: Jamaica, Queens, NY : Q-Boro Books, c2004. Second work originally published: Jamaica, Queens, NY : Q-Boro Books, c2006. Third work originally published: Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, c2012.
My woman his wife -- Aftermath -- Playing for keeps.
If you thought having a threesome could wreak havoc on a relationship, Monica will prove you one hundred percent correct and then some. Monica shows you why even the mere thought of having a ménage à trois with your spouse and an outsider should never enter your imagination. Find out how the Cinque household was turned upside down by a sexual tryst gone terribly wrong. Although Jasmine and James are making moves to put their broken home and broken hearts back together, past lies and a lack of trust make it almost impossible to salvage what once was sacred. It's even harder with a conniving woman like Monica throwing salt in the wounds from the sidelines because she still hasn't gotten what she wants. Starting trouble is like riding a bike for Monica, and she's pedaling full steam ahead. With the Cinque family foundaton already in shambles, it won't be hard for Monica to come in and shake things up a little. If she's smart, though, she'll watch her back. With so many enemies gunning to take her down, Monica has to decide if Philly is where she wants to be or if she should run back to the ATL where it's safe. Or is it? Old family secrets are revealed and half truths are exposed as marriage vows are put to the test, painful memories are relived, and revenge is at the top of everyone's list. Drama, betrayal, and lust are all found on the pages of My Woman His Wife Saga--when once just isn't enough.--Back cover.

Her sweetest revenge 2

October 29, 2015
Saundra, author.
New York : Dafina, 2015.
215 pages ; 21 cm
After her mother is beaten by a notorious gang, seventeen-year-old Mya Bedford launches a string of robberies to get her revenge, but then a dark secret, a risky romance, and a tenuous scheme make things even more complicated.

Flying Home : seven stories of the secret city

October 23, 2015
Nicholson, David, founding editor, Black Film Review, author.
147 pages ; 21 cm.
Gettin' On The Good Foot -- Among The Righteous -- Seasons -- Carolina Is Dancing -- A Few Good Men -- Flying Home -- Saving Jimi Hendrix.
"In Flying Home, David Nicholson writes of the real Washington, D.C., a secret city worlds away from the heroic statues, white marble monuments, and broad, tree-lined avenues. His characters are ordinary working men and women -- maids, taxi drivers, janitors, barbers and handymen. While the women in his first collection of stories are vivid and fully realized, Nicholson is particularly concerned with fathers, sons and brothers. The men in his stories are men in extremis -- a boy-man who seeks to belong without understanding what it will cost him, a janitor who has lost his job and now must teach his son what it is to be a man, and, in the title story, a Smithsonian curator reluctantly making the long journey back to the streets he fled years before. Theirs is a city of neighborhoods and back-porch summer nights, a city where men swap lies in barber shops, toasts are proclaimed on street corners, and fathers pray their legacy will, one day, allow their children to stand on their own"--Back cover.

Juba! : a novel

October 16, 2015
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014, author.
201 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In Five Points, New York, in the 1840s, African American teenager William Henry "Juba" Lane works hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional dancer but his real break comes when he is invited to perform in England. Based on the life of Master Juba; includes historical note.

Gathering deep

October 15, 2015
Maxwell, Lisa, 1979-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Flux, [2015]
viii, 326 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Sweet unrest.
When Chloe Sabourin suspects that her mother has returned with her dark magic, she joins forces with the mysterious Mama Legba and ends up in a desperate race to rescue her boyfriend Piers.

What's done in darkness

October 15, 2015
Perrin, Kayla, author.
New York : St Martin's Paperbacks, 2015.
341 pages ; 18 cm.
Jade Blackwin feels like she's losing her mind. After burying both her parents-and being left by her boyfriend for her scheming best friend-she totally loses it. At college graduation, she confronts her man, slaps her BFF, then crashes her car. Now everyone thinks she's crazy. Even her sister, who convinces Jade to take a job in beautiful, restful Key West.

The pecan man

October 14, 2015
Selleck, Cassie Dandridge, author.
137 pages ; 23 cm
"In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man"--Page 4 of cover.

My besties 2 : the take over : novel

October 14, 2015
Hill, Asia, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2015.
208 pages ; 22 cm
Ja'ziya and the Eastside Crazy Crew have money on their minds, as they plan to take over the streets of Chicago.

Business is business. 2 : a novel

October 13, 2015
Silk White, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2015.
216 pages ; 22 cm
"The powerful, Derrick Mason finds himself in jail after being released from the hospital leaving one of his sons to take over the family business in his absence. He is then forced to hear about all the drama and chaos that's unfolding while sitting in a cell. Will the Mason family be able to make it while their leader is behind bars or will one of his sons step up to the plate and take the business to the next level?"--Provided by publisher.

Female hustler : a novel

October 5, 2015
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
194, 8, 6 pages ; 22 cm
Includes excerpts from two other works by the author: Drake ; and Power.
"All I see is the money..." -- Title page.
"Angel is the daughter of Nico Carter, the one that wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Instead of inheriting a life of luxury, she lived hers in poverty. But being the child of a notorious Kingpin, Angel has the spirit of a hustler running through her blood. She uses those skills to change her destiny. Because all Angel sees, is the money."-- From back cover.

A taste of love

October 5, 2015
Lampley, Tonya, author.
North Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2015]
iv, 273 pages ; 23 cm
Alex has got this one in the bag. An admitted control freak, she's planned every move that has led her to this moment. She's worked her tail off for several years at one of Chicago's most prestigious investment firms and her sacrifice is just about to pay off. She's about to break the chained hands of the Old Boys Club and join the ranks of senior management. All she's waiting for is confirmation from the board. They invite her to a meeting to hear her ideas on what direction she'd like to see the company head in. She welcomes the one last opportunity to dazzle them. Her presentation is all set, she's ready to make the pitch. Piece of cake. And in walks Daniel. Tall, dark, and handsome. Her heart is captured from the moment their eyes meet, but something about the new hire doesn't feel right. As time goes on, she finds herself reluctantly falling for him and going against every belief that has gotten her to where she is today. Will she surrender to love and plunge head first into the abyss or will she listen to the voice inside telling her that if something looks too good to be true, it usually is?

Heist 2

October 1, 2015
297 pages ; 21 cm
The last heist / Kiki Swinson -- Caked up / De'nesha Diamond.
In "The Last Heist," Shannon must use her wiles to stay out of her wronged husband's way, and in "Caked Up," Harlem, in an effort to help his ill daughter, must try to recover his stashed loot before his former partner-in-crime.

Drama queen saga

September 30, 2015
Hunt, La Jill, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Renaissance, [2015]
428 pages ; 23 cm
Kayla Hopkins is young, beautiful, and can't win for losing. That's why everyone calls her the Drama Queen. She doesn't go looking for drama, it just happens to find her. Take, for instance, her love life. Kayla's not satisfied with just one man. She has two--one she's in love with and another she's pregnant by. It's a ready-made formula for disaster, but will Kayla see it before everything blows up in her face? Her track record says no, but her friends and family can only hope.

Hell's diva saga

September 30, 2015
J., Anna, author.
362 pages ; 23 cm
"When Mecca's parents are killed in front of her by a family friend, she learns that true friends are few and far between. She is taken in by her aunt, and soon finds out who is really riding for her and who is just around because they fear the wrath of Aunt Ruby. Making a deal with the devil doesn't seem all that bad when you're sitting on top of the world, with endless amounts of money and designer everything, but it's not long before her beloved Aunt Ruby is snatched away from her. Mecca is forced to fend for herself. She learns to play with the hand she was dealt, but who will be left standing in the end? In Mecca's world, everyone is suspect, and no one can be trusted, not even family. When the truth is revealed to her, it is up to Mecca to decide if she'll do the right thing and lead a life of righteousness, or continue to walk down the same dark path as her aunt. Mecca is ready for action, and Ruby is ready to fight for her own, but who will win?" --

All American boys

September 29, 2015
Reynolds, Jason, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
316 pages ; 22 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.


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