New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

June 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


June 22, 2017
Alonge, L. J., author.
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House, ©2017.
127 pages ; 18 cm
"Toni isn't Coach Wise's favorite player on Team Blacktop. Honestly, she's not even in his top five. And if she's being real, her own teammates keep siding with him during practice. But this isn't the first time she's been on her own, and it won't be the last. If you can't count on yourself, who can you count on?" --Back cover.

The Supremes sing the happy heartache blues : a novel

June 21, 2017
Moore, Edward Kelsey, author.
299 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
"From the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, an exuberant and poignant new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness. When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman's Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself at the edge of the club's parking lot and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he'd sworn--and for good reason--he'd never set foot in again. But El is not the only Plainview native with a hurdle to overcome. A wildly philandering husband struggles at last to prove his faithfulness to the wife he's always loved. A young transwoman lights out for show biz and Chicago to escape her father's wrath and live an authentic life. And among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, are the lifelong friends, known locally as "The Supremes"--Clarice, facing down her longing for, chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling at last with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand. Ed Moore's lively cast of characters, each of whom have surmounted serious trouble and come into love, need not learn how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, every one of them, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love"-- Provided by publisher.

Since I laid my burden down

June 19, 2017
Purnell, Brontez, author.
New York : Feminist Press, [2017]
166 pages ; 21 cm.
DeShawn lives a high, artistic, and promiscuous life in San Francisco. But when he's called back to his cramped southern hometown for his uncle's funeral, it's inevitable that he'll be hit by flashbacks of handsome, doomed neighbors and sweltering Sunday services. Amidst prickly reminders of his childhood, DeShawn ponders family, church, and the men in his life, prompting the question: Who deserves love? Since I Laid My Burden Down is a raw, funny, and uninhibited novella that traces a queer black man's sexual and artistic awakenings as he stumbles-often painfully, sometimes joyously-down memory lane.--Provided by publisher.

Everybody's son : a novel

June 15, 2017
Umrigar, Thrity N., author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
viii, 336 pages ; 24 cm
"During a terrible heat wave in 1991--the worst in a decade--ten-year-old Anton has been locked in an apartment in the projects, alone, for seven days, without air conditioning or a fan. With no electricity, the refrigerator and lights do not work. Hot, hungry, and desperate, Anton shatters a window and climbs out. Cutting his leg on the broken glass, he is covered in blood when the police find him. Juanita, his mother, is discovered in a crack house less than three blocks away, nearly unconscious and half-naked. When she comes to, she repeatedly asks for her baby boy. She never meant to leave Anton--she went out for a quick hit and was headed right back, until her drug dealer raped her and kept her high. Though the bond between mother and son is extremely strong, Anton is placed with child services while Juanita goes to jail. The Harvard-educated son of a US senator, Judge David Coleman is a scion of northeastern white privilege. Desperate to have a child in the house again after the tragic death of his teenage son, David uses his power and connections to keep his new foster son, Anton, with him and his wife, Delores--actions that will have devastating consequences in the years to come. Following in his adopted family's footsteps, Anton, too, rises within the establishment. But when he discovers the truth about his life, his birth mother, and his adopted parents, this man of the law must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most" -- provided by publisher.

Supreme & Justice

June 9, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
213 pages ; 22 cm
Twin brothers Supreme and Justice were raised separately in foster care. The estranged brothers have gone on contrasting quests for respect. Now, they may be on a dangerous collision course as well.

Sin of a woman

June 8, 2017
Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author.
New York ; Boston : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
312 pages ; 24 cm.
"Raven Black is bouncing back after her very public divorce from Dillon. He's done everything he can to discredit her, but she's learned from her mistakes and him. In fact, she's become her ex-husband in more ways than one and is slowly but surely leading those connected to her down a terrible path of destruction. Playing with the lives of innocent people has dire consequences, the kind that Raven won't see coming."--Provided by publisher.

Crossing Ebenezer Creek

June 7, 2017
Bolden, Tonya, author.
230 pages ; 22 cm
When Mariah and her young brother Zeke are suddenly freed from slavery, they set out on Sherman's long march through Georgia during the Civil War. Mariah wants to believe that the brutalities of slavery are behind them forever and that freedom lies ahead. When she meets Caleb, an enigmatic young black man also on the march, Mariah soon finds herself dreaming not only of a new life, but of true love as well. But even hope comes at a cost, and as the treacherous march continues toward the churning waters of Ebenezer Creek, Mariah's dreams are as vulnerable as ever.

Partnerz in crime

June 7, 2017
Kareem author.
264 pages ; 21 cm
After being released from prison, Korey's intention to go straight is challenged by childhood friend and fellow ex-con Hammer, who reminds Korey of the street oath they took as kids.

Watch out for the big girls. 3

June 7, 2017
Benjamin, J. M. (Jimmie M.), author.
266 pages ; 21 cm
Starrshma Fields is officially back on the scene, with the intent of returning to the head of the Double Gs organization with a new game plan. After a close call, she is all too eager to put into motion the plan she conjured up while in custody at the Clark County Jail. However, she is clueless as to all that has been going on while she's been out of the loop. Although she is still somewhat salty with her lover and leader, Diamond Morgan has been handling business, running the Double Gs in Starr's absence. She has managed to repair the damage caused by some of Starr's recent decisions by making some better and stronger ones of her own, but she is not sure if some things are beyond repair. Queen Fem is uneasy behind the mess that her protégé has brought to the doorstep of the organization that she founded. It has been a long time since she has had to make a tough decision, but she feels her hand is being forced. She is unsure whether the Double Gs need to be under new leadership, and whether Starr should step down. Dealing with the illness of his only child and the strain it put on his marriage, Agent McCarthy is back with a vengeance. He throws himself into his work, the only thing he loves as much as his family. His only focus is to take down the Double Gs. But with one of his plants now deceased and the other off the grid, he is forced to roll up his sleeves to figure out how to dismember the Double Gs on his own.

The boss

June 7, 2017
De León, Aya (Novelist)
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
324 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tyesha Couvillier will never forget the rip-offs and brutal treatment she endured as a sex worker. So as the new director of the groundbreaking Lower East Side Women's Health Clinic, she'll take on the Ukranian mob and corrupt strip club bosses to stop local exotic dancers from being pressured into selling sex. And if she and her crew can pull off an elaborate heist, the evidence they steal could upend this vicious game—and give exploited women a chance at justice..." --Back cover.

Charisma : baller's wife

June 7, 2017
Turner, Nikki, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
282 pages ; 21 cm
"Charisma Bland was born and raised in the heart of Baltimore, where she learns that a moment's pleasure can sometimes lead to a life of pain. Against her better judgment, she has a one-night stand that changes her life forever. Turning over the family business to her cousin, she leaves behind her past. Charisma moves to Miami, where she meets Mr. Manny Manifesto, aka Mr. Baseball. Manny is coming off his best season ever, bringing with him a freshly inked 250-million-dollar-plus contract. After a chance meeting, Charisma sees an opportunity to start anew, and she and Manny attempt to build a relationship. The sex might be good, but will their omissions and the deeds of their past come back to haunt them?" -- summary from

Cold flash

June 7, 2017
Johnson, Carrie H., author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
259 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
Muriel doesnt have the option to cool her life down to manageable chaos. She's juggling a high pressure job, her extended family, and a deepening romance with Calvin, an advocate for troubled youth. And with heroin deaths epidemic throughout Philly, she's got her hands full stopping a related killing spree that's taking out gang members and innocent victims alike. But soon Calvin's unofficial search for the drug's source raises the stakes on the case dangerously higher and brings it tragically close to home. Now, with both her reputation and her family in the crosshairs, Muriel will have to aim for justice more merciless than duty and risk suffering the most chilling of consequences.

Full figured. 11

June 7, 2017
Hernandez, Treasure, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2017]
296 pages ; 21 cm.
"Plus size divas"--Cover.
"Carl Weber presents."
Lights, camera, action! / Treasure Hernandez -- How does it feel? / Katt.
"Lights, Camera, Action" by Treasure Hernandez: Janiyah Wade is a successful plus-size model who almost loses it all when she is sent to prison for three years. When things work in her favor and she is able to kick start her career again, things are starting to look up for her and her husband, Gun. But the heat Janiyah feels when she's under the bright lights during her photo shoots is nothing compared to the heat she and Gun will feel when their blessed union is exposed for all of Raleigh, North Carolina to see.

He doesn't deserve my love : renaissance collection

June 7, 2017
Cruse, Ashley, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2017]
262 pages ; 21 cm.
Dollie and Corey are the couple that have everything stacked against them. They are the epitome of the expression "Opposites attract." Dollie works as a secretary for a top-notch lawyer, and Corey spends his time in the streets, running a low-key drug operation. Dollie stands by her man in spite of his flaws, while he does time in jail. When he gets out, he lets his true colors show, leaving Dollie hurt and confused. Tenosha has been lying back in the cut, waiting for her turn with Corey. When the opportunity arises to make her move, she gets rid of the father of her kids to get to the man she really wants. She thinks Corey needs a girl who will play her position in the D-boy life he's chasing, and shes sure she is the perfect match for him. As the tale of drugs, lies, drama, and deceit unfolds, one woman will have a decision to make: When shes no longer able to change a situation, will she be willing to change herself?

Dance of the broken

June 1, 2017
Grovey, Jacob, author.
[United States] : Global Genius Society, 2016.
344 pages ; 23 cm
"Black girls can't be ballerinas!" That's the sort of thing Elise Morgan has had to hear all of her life. Since she was six years old, she has had dreams of being a professional ballerina, but her race has always been one of the many things people have presented to her as a reason why her future accomplishments were limited. Add that to the fact life itself always seems to want to crush Elise's aspirations like a bug beneath its feet. Elise is constantly facing many questions. How do you continue chasing goals when it seems life is always holding you back? Who do you turn to when even your family seems to become unfamiliar. Do you talk to God to find the strength needed to press on, or do you turn to people to help you deal with your misery? How do you find a way to dance even when you are broken?

Bi-curious. 2, Life after Sadie : an erotic novel

May 25, 2017
Weber, Natalie.
Deer Park, N.Y. : Urban Books, ©2012.
215 pages ; 21 cm
Serenity, beginning a new life after the death of her lover, Sadie, meets Cass, and she feels an instant attraction to him, but she is sleeping with Cass' sister Heaven and finds herself unable to break things off.

The Prada plan 5

May 22, 2017
Ashley Antoinette, 1985- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
viii, 292 pages ; 21 cm
"Disaya finally has it all. The man she fought for is hers at last. Her name is Mrs. Indie Perkins and their daughter is safe. Leah is gone. Life is supposed to be good. So why isn't she satisfied? Why does life suddenly seem so bitter? YaYa's Prada Plan had worked but with the riches comes pain. She and Indie have grown apart, and with Parker now a permanent fixture in their lives, Indie is pressured to juggle it all. But YaYa's patience is running thin. Indie is loving her wrong. Her life isn't what she wants. Her Prada Plan has changed...and now, it's time to pursue a plan B in order to get what she really wants"-- Back cover.

Chi city boyz : rise to the top

May 15, 2017
Hill, Asia, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2017.
188 pages ; 22 cm
The son of a famous Chicago gangster assembles a crew of local hoods to aid him in his plans to rise to the top of the underworld food chain.

Wrong place wrong time

May 11, 2017
Silk White, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
182 pages ; 22 cm
"When a family is kindnapped a husband has no choice but to do whatever he has to in order to keep his family safe, even if it means taking the life of the innocent. When a man's family is being held captive there's no telling how far a father is willing to go for the sake of his children. Meet Keyon an ordinary family man who finds out the hard way that one bad decision can cause a life time of pain and suffering. Keyon's heart and will is pushed to the limit as he finds himself doing things he himself didn't even know he was capable of doing all because he and his family was at the wrong place at the wrong time" --Back cover.

A blessing & a curse

May 8, 2017
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
275 pages ; 20 cm
"First ladies of the Baptist church and sworn frenemies Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Cox Larson Bush are stunned to learn they may have more in common than they thought--like who's their daddy--in the scandalous new collaboration between national bestselling and award-winning authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray. A heated American Baptist Coalition election. A murky murder cover-up. An outrageous reality TV show. What in heaven's name kind of drama will holy rivals Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Cox Larson Bush--prominent first ladies of the Baptist church--get themselves into next? Since he first met Jasmine, Rachel's father Simon Jackson has had a funny feeling about her. She eerily resembles his first teenage love. After doing some digging, Simon makes a shocking revelation--Jasmine may be his daughter. Rachel thinks the idea is absurd, but to pacify her ailing father, she sets out to debunk his theory. When Jasmine discovers what's going on, she heads to the Jackson Family Reunion in Smackover, Arkansas, in search of the truth. With her sidekick Mae Frances by her side, this big city girl isn't ready for the country ... or for the over-the-top family that she may have to claim as her own"-- Provided by publisher.

Black president : the world will never be the same

May 4, 2017
Hampton, Brenda (Brenda M.), author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
267 pages ; 21 cm.
Born and raised on the rough streets of St. Louis, where he learned how to silence his enemies with knowledge and power, the new president of the United States uses his brash words and no-nonsense attitude to heat up Capitol Hill.

Dangerous consequences

May 4, 2017
Johnson, Lisa Renee, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
viii, 214 pages ; 21 cm
After he wakes up naked with no memory of the evening before, psychologist Donathan is stalked by an unstable woman who has photographs of what they did that night, evidence that threatens to destroy his marriage.

Her secret life

May 4, 2017
Warren, Tiffany L., author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
vi, 298 pages ; 21 cm
Scarred by poverty and life with a crackhead mother, Onika Lewis had a rough start. Still, thanks to her sharp mind she graduated with honours from a prestigious college. But her achievements weren't enough to earn her the elite status she craved and she became a rich man's trophy... until he dumped her for a younger model. Now Onika is unemployed, broke and homeless. When she meets Graham, she can't bring herself to tell him the truth, but her secrets soon catch up with her. Now she must remember what really matters - faith, love and forgiveness.

The side chick

May 4, 2017
Katt, author.
204 pages ; 21 cm
After twenty years of marriage, Charles and Mary are starting to question their union. A masseuse enters the picture and, in a strange twist, wants to become Mary's side chick.

What bae won't do saga

May 4, 2017
Woods, Genesis, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
250 pages ; 23 cm.
Follows the relationship drama between JaNair Livingston, her current boyfriend, Jerome, and her sexy neighbor Semaj, as the three deal with cheating, backstabbing, and lies.


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