New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

January 24, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

B4 the G-spot : the legend of Granite McKay ; an urban exotic tale

January 23, 2015
New York, N. Y. : Urban Erotic Noire Publications, 2014.
295 pages ; 22 cm.
Prequel to G-spot.


January 23, 2015
McKenzie, Maria.
iv, 441 p. ; 23 cm.
"Celebrated actress Lavinia Hargraves performs her most challenging role offstage. Although born in 1872 to Daniel Taylor, a white man and wealthy landowner in southern California, Lavinia's mother, Lori, is a Negro and former slave. Lavinia, who appears white, is desperate to hide her Negro ancestry, as well as pursue her dream of becoming the world's greatest actress. After eloping with the much older Vernon Hargraves, owner of New York's premier theater troupe, Lavinia is provided with all she could ever want: a new life as white, stardom on the stage, and an abundant supply of money. Soon Lavinia's seduction by a young and handsome actor sets in motion a devastating turn of events. Dashing millionaire contractor Andrew Standish comes into Lavinia's life at a time when she needs him most. However, Lori's existence could demolish her daughter's carefully constructed facade. To what lengths will Andrew go to uncover Lavinia's past?"


January 23, 2015
McKenzie, Maria.
ix, 434 p. ; 23 cm.
"Light-skinned Selina Standish lives a life of emotional pain and torment. In 1906, at the tender age of eight, she is convinced by her mother, actress Lavinia Standish, the daughter of a slave, to pass as white. Although Selina yields to her mother's insistence to pass, she refuses to cut ties completely with her "Negro" relatives, including her twin brother, a child her mother deems too dark. However, at age seventeen, in the year 1915, Selina meets wealthy southerner Jack Cosgrove, the man of her dreams. Keeping her ancestry a secret, Selina is conflicted by Jack's "negrophobia" and negative attitude toward her race. She must determine if happiness with him could ever be a possibility, especially if she were to reveal her bloodline. Later, a chance encounter with Pastor Tony Manning opens Selina's eyes to real love. Although he is a progressive thinker regarding race relations, Tony appears to draw the line at interracial marriage. In order to live as his wife, Selina decides she must completely disassociate herself from all her "colored" relatives. While bound to a chain of secrecy, Selina struggles to live in honesty. How true can she be to her husband, if she can never reveal the truth about herself? In 1933, Selina's brother reappears in her life. Can she successfully hide his existence? How will her decision touch the lives of future generations to come?"

Inside a silver box

January 22, 2015
Mosley, Walter, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
300 pages ; 22 cm
"[T]wo people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself" -- from publisher's web site.

Fish and grits

January 20, 2015
Smith-Brown, Tina.
[S.l.] : Creativetina, 2010.
222 p. ; 20 cm.
"Narrated in the voice of her younger sister, Fish and Grits chronicles the life of Kala Johnson, an African American girl who finds redemption from abuse by eating a forbidden meal. After the death of her father, fourteen-year-old Kala, an exceptional student who dreams about the future before it happens, takes on the responsibility of raising four younger siblings while struggling to survive the "concrete jungle" they call home. Kala, who will do anything to keep her family from suffering, comes up with a plan to keep them together amidst the challenges of poverty, government interference, and a drug addicted mother. When one of the eight-year-old twin boys begins to set deadly fires and is saved by their bank robbing neighbor, Kala finds in him a friend and confidante. Their lives continue to unravel after their mother is killed, but Aunt Charlie, their gay, ex-marine corps uncle, arrives just in time to rescue the family and to show Kala that true parental love really does exist."--P. [4] of cover.

The family business. 3

January 16, 2015
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2015]
296 pages ; 24 cm
Agreeing to surrender the family business to his younger brother after a long stint in prison, Vegas Duncan battles his disapproving mother and a mysterious rival who attacks Vegas' older brother.

Zane's sex chronicles

January 15, 2015
New York, NY : Atria Books, 2008
xiii, 219 p. ; 21 cm.
Patience James -- Ana Marie Hawkings -- Maricruz Aguilar -- Hannah Bendenhal, "Eboni" -- Lyric Stansfield -- Damn, sex while you wash your drawers? -- The airport -- The headhunter -- A flash fantasy -- Lust in a bus depot -- Nymph -- Wrong number -- Room 69 -- The dick you down crew -- The bachelorette party -- The pussy bandit -- Masquerade -- Body chemistry 101 -- The diary -- The seduction.
New York Times bestselling author Zane presents a tantalizing short story collection, Zane's Sex Chronicles, which is now the basis of the Cinemax series Zane's Sex Chronicles -- the first urban erotic series on television. The series calls for a sexual revolution and brings forth our favorite characters -- Patience James aka Zane, Maricruz, Lyric, Eboni, and Ana Marie -- as a force to be reckoned with as they balance common day-to-day issues, a slew of hot sex, and the fine men in the big city. Learn more about their backgrounds in this special tie-in edition. Like the series, Zane's Sex Chronicles is about empowerment and liberation -- both in and out of the bedroom. Pleasurable from beginning to end, this anthology brings together fifteen hunger-inducing stories from the original bestselling editions of The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth and Gettin' Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II. Zane's Sex Chronicles weaves together a compilation of bold characters and provocative stories of passion and intoxicating eroticism to seduce both men and women.

Second chances

January 12, 2015
Schraff, Anne E., author.
[Costa Mesa, California] : Saddleback Publishing, [2013]
190 pages ; 18 cm.
Wanting desperately to get some money to help out his grandparents, high school senior Kevin considers getting mixed up with the wrong crowd.

Jam on the vine

January 12, 2015
Barnett, LaShonda K. (LaShonda Katrice), 1974-
New York : Grove Press, [2015]
viii, 323 pages ; 24 cm
"Follows the story of Ivoe Williams, an African American woman journalist, through the start of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

Boy in the black suit

January 5, 2015
Reynolds, Jason, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
255 pages ; 22 cm
Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

Driving the king : a novel

January 5, 2015
Howard, Ravi.
New York : Harper, 2015.
325 pages ; 22 cm
"Told through the experiences of Nat King Cole's driver, Nat Weary, Driving the King is a daring and brilliant new novel from award-winning writer Ravi Howard that explores race and class in 1950s America"-- Provided by publisher.

Let that be the reason : a novel

January 5, 2015
Stringer, Vickie M.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2009.
296 p. ; 21 cm.
"It includes additional chapters and dialogue"--P. [4] of cover.
A true to life story of a female hustler, who gets caught up in the street game. She take you through it all with her mind on one thing and one thing on her mind "money."

X : a novel

December 30, 2014
Shabazz, Ilyasah, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
348 pages, 26 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Red hot liar

December 26, 2014
Noire, author.
New York : Dafina, 2015.
277 pages ; 21 cm
"The misadventures of Mink LaRue"--Title page.

Lights, love & lip gloss

December 26, 2014
Simone, Ni-Ni.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
228 pages ; 21 cm.
"Finally, London Phillips is defying her domineering mother and taking control of her life. But she's striking back with a weapon that could destroy her future--and her last chance at real love..."--Back cover.

Drake : a novel

December 18, 2014
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
220, 6 pages ; 22 cm
Includes an excerpt from Power, by Joy Deja King.
"In the mean streets of Philadelphia, everyone is not cut out for living that cold, calculating thug life. Drake, a man who believes he has the game all figured out, has to learn the hard way, that no matter how much money you're making, the takers can get taken. Cindy, an ambitious hustler, pushes her way through the ranks, wanting nothing less than to control the lucrative drug trade in Philly. But will her thirst to be the ultimate boss cost Cindy her life? Prepare yourself for this gripping street tale, in the gut wrenching story of Drake."-- From back cover.

The end of all chance : chance's end

December 15, 2014
Black, Kole, author.
Woodbury, Connecticut : Spaulden Publishing, [2014]
231 pages ; 23 cm.
"New secrets erupt in this shocking sequel as Rayqelle and Chance face the unimaginable, and more horrors from the past resurface bringing this thrilling saga to a head. Rayqelle is seeing danger around every corner. Is it real? Or, is it just all in her head? Broken and torn apart by physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her alcoholic mother, Rayqelle leaves the safety of the suburbs to live with her grandmother on Chicago's southside. There she quickly develops an insatiable fascination for the dangerous side of hood life. That's when she meets Chance, an extremely handsome, very intelligent, hugely talented artist from a wealthy family who turns her world upside down."

Icing on the cake

December 10, 2014
Moore, Stephanie Perry.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
153 pages ; 20 cm.
Feeling like the untalented one in a family of five sisters, soon-to-be-sixteen-year-old Yuri, the adopted daughter of newly elected mayor Stanley Sharp, pursues her love of baking and grows in self-esteem when she takes a courageous stand.

The color of justice

December 9, 2014
Collins, Ace, author.
351 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (page 351).
1964--Justice, Mississippi, is a town divided. White and black. Rich and poor. Rule makers and rule breakers. Right or wrong, everyone assumes their place behind a fragile façade that is about to crumble. When attorney Coop Lindsay agrees to defend a black man accused of murdering a white teenager, the bribes and death threats don't intimidate him. As he prepares for the case of a lifetime, the young lawyer knows it's the verdict that poses the real threat--innocent or guilty, because of his stand Coop is no longer welcome in Justice. As he follows his conscience, he wonders just how far some people will go to make sure he doesn't finish his job? 2014--To some, the result of the trial still feels like a fresh wound even fifty years later, when Coop's grandson arrives in Justice seeking answers to the questions unresolved by the trial that changed his family's legacy. When a new case is presented, again pitting white against black, this third generation Lindsay may have the opportunity he needs to right the wrongs of the past. But hate destroys everything it touches, and the Lindsay family will not escape unscathed.--Publisher's description.

Caught up

November 26, 2014
Abrams, Amir, author.
New York : Dafina K-Teen Books, 2014.
329 pages ; 21 cm
Straitlaced and a self-proclaimed good girl, 16-year-old Kennedy does what's expected of her and it couldn't make her parents happier. Still, Kennedy is bored. But now that school's out, the rules are all about to change - especially when Kennedy starts hanging out with Sasha, a party girl from the other side of the tracks. Soon Kennedy has even snagged herself a 19-year-old boyfriend! Malik is a bad boy, and he's about to take Kennedy on a whirlwind ride full of drama and lies that could throw her perfect life upside down.

The perfect deception

November 21, 2014
Lovely, Lutishia.
New York : Dafina Books ; Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014].
312 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"Shady sisters trilogy."
She's smart, gorgeous, and mysterious. For business executive Nathan Carver, a man with everything, Jessica Bolton is the first woman he can't simply charm, buy, or seduce. And even before Jessica gets a taste of his luxurious lifestyle and irresistible moves, she's determined to eliminate the competition and become this handsome bachelor's one and only. But Jessica's deceptive allure is just the beginning. With every move, every tantalizing lie, Jessica lures Nathan and his close-knit family into a trap that will dismantle everything they treasure most. Because when it comes to loyalty and love, blood is thicker than water-- and no amount of revenge is ever too much.

Want, need, love

November 21, 2014
Bryant, Niobia, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
292 pages ; 18 cm
Mona Ballinger has a talent for bringing the right people together--and keeping the wrong people apart. But when Anson Tyler's fiancée ends their engagement thanks to Mona's advice, he angrily confronts her. Unfortunately, Mona has not only caused him a broken heart--she ends up giving him a broken leg as well… Guilt-ridden over Anson's injury, Mona decides to help him recover--whether he likes it or not. Soon, comfort turns to chemistry and it seems like Mona may have found a love of her own--until Anson's handsome brother, Hunter, shows up. His hot pursuit of Mona leaves her conflicted and she flees to her South Carolina hometown for some family wisdom. But the choice she makes only fuels the brothers' rivalry. Will Mona end up alone once more?

The public eye : a Port City High novel

November 21, 2014
Freeman, Shannon, author.
[Costa Mesa, Calif.] : Saddleback Publishing, [2014]
203 pages ; 18 cm.
Shane's family is keeping up appearances while her father runs for office, but appearances are deceiving and her whole world comes crashing down, meanwhile Brandi has boyfriend problems and Marisa gets a great opportunity.

Deported : a Port City High novel

November 21, 2014
Freeman, Shannon.
[Costa Mesa, CA] : Saddleback Publishing, [2014]
200 pages ; 18 cm.
"Brandi is smart and outgoing, but sometimes insecure and gullible. Marisa is graceful and articulate, but often too driven. Shane is a natural leader with a lot of spirit, but rebellious and headstrong. The girls have been inseparable since middle school. But now they are playing in the big leagues, and it's time to grow up and start thinking about the future. And Port City, Texas, is not all that. High school drama has a way of solidifying or destroying friendships. Will they stay tight or get swallowed up by Port City High? Or will they go from freshman to senior year and beyond?"-- From

Power, seduction & scandal

November 20, 2014
Winters, Angela, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, [2014]
326 pages ; 21 cm.
Sherise searches for answers when a highly anticipated promotion is given to an incompetent rival, Billie confronts threats to her engagement, and Erica lands at the center of a wrenching power struggle.


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