New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

October 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The diamond empire

October 20, 2017
K'wan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
260 pages ; 21 cm
The New York street scene is full of treachery and alliances, and Diamonds knows he has to push away his past if he's to grab hold of a future with Pearl. But there's about to be an all-out war, and Diamonds is in exile, planning his next move. Meanwhile Pearl faces a threat that could topple the Stone empire; and Vita has discovered a sinister plan that threatens to destroy everything she had fought so hard to build.

The tragedy of Brady Sims

October 12, 2017
Gaines, Ernest J., 1933- author.
©2017
114 pages ; 21 cm
"Ernest J. Gaines's new novella revolves around a courthouse shooting that leads a young reporter to uncover the long story of race and power in his small town and the relationship between the white sheriff and the black man who "whipped children" to keep order. After Brady Sims pulls out a gun in a courtroom and shoots his own son, who has just been convicted of robbery and murder, he asks only to be allowed two hours before he'll give himself up to the sheriff. When the editor of the local newspaper asks his cub reporter to dig up a "human interest" story about Brady, he heads for the town's barbershop. It is the barbers and the regulars who hang out there who narrate with empathy, sadness, humor, and a profound understanding the life story of Brady Sims--an honorable, just, and unsparing man who with his tough love had been handed the task of keeping the black children of Bayonne, Louisiana in line to protect them from the unjust world in which they lived. And when his own son makes a fateful mistake, it is up to Brady to carry out the necessary reckoning. In the telling, we learn the story of a small southern town, divided by race, and the black community struggling to survive even as many of its inhabitants head off northwards during the Great Migration"-- Provided by publisher.

The perfect present

October 5, 2017
©2017
344 pages ; 17 cm.
A Christmas layover / Rochelle Ayers -- The Christmas lesson / Cheris Hodges -- Christmas with you / Pamela Yaye.

Pearl tongue : a Dallas Diamonds novel

October 5, 2017
Bentley, Tyrone, author.
©2017
300 pages ; 21 cm.
"With a drug addict mother and a drug lord father, Aphtan learns how to fend for herself at an early age. Being the princess of an empire has its perks--until her father gets arrested. From stealing clothes and food to committing fraud, Aphtan does what she has to do to take care of her mother and herself. But when her schemes prove problematic, she turns to a new hustle: dancing at Pearl Tongue, the most notorious strip club in Texas . For Aphtan, the job's fast money means security. Addicted to the cash, she promises herself she'll never stop--until her new man, Scooter, makes her. In love, Aphtan trades in the pole for the life of a housewife. But nothing lasts forever and Scooter's past ultimately catches up with them--bringing secrets to the surface that destroy their relationship. Devastated, Aphtan needs a shoulder to cry on--and it belongs to Scooter's brother, Cole. Now, between betrayal, lies, murder, and a robbery that may force her to leave town for good, Aphtan's heart--and her life--are on the line." -- ǂc Amazon.com.

Supreme & Justice 3

October 3, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
205 pages ; 22 cm
After a botched attempt on his life nearly kills his twin brother, crime Kingpin Justice is out for blood and swears to hunt down and eliminate those responsible.

My husband's mistress : renaissance collection

October 2, 2017
Williams, Racquel, 1978- author.
©2017
248 pages ; 21 cm
"Hassan Clarke is a self-proclaimed ladies’ man with his eyes set on the prize. With his jovial ways and gift for gab, he has managed to weasel his way into the lives of two women—his wife, Destiny, and his mistress, Imani. His mistress is a gold-digging, self-serving side chick determined to be with her married lover even if it means losing everything, including her soul, to get to him. However, after putting years of hard work and her hard-earned money into building her husband’s firm, Destiny doesn’t plan to forgo all the benefits without a fight. Hassan soon finds out that living the double life is not what it’s cracked up to be. Destiny’s life has been turned upside down by the cheating husband she once thought was the man of her dreams. His reckless behavior has not only caused major heartbreak, but it has also caused her major health problems. With the cards stacked against her, she must dig deep within to pull out her inner strength." -- Amazon.com.

Trouble in the White House : a black president novel

October 2, 2017
Hampton, Brenda (Brenda M.), author.
©2017
266 pages ; 21 cm.
"President Stephen C. Jefferson is back to shake things up once more. Now that his mistress has been put on ice, he and First Lady Raynetta Jefferson seem to be back on track. She has managed to hurdle over her husband's affairs, but her mother-in-law continues to be the real thorn in her side. The two women want the president to choose whose side he's on, but President Jefferson has his mind on his job. Sweeping gun-control legislation has been passed, and terrorism is being dealt with in a major way. The president is riding high from his multiple accomplishments, until he's told about a son he never knew he had, a son who has been classified as a dangerous terrorist. The shocking news brings the president to his knees. His trials and tribulations are more difficult than any he could have ever imagined. His world is crumbling right before his eyes, and a lonely, vengeful first lady is not the one he needs by his side. Neither is the Secret Service, and when an agent decides to make a move toward the first lady, mayhem erupts in the White House like never, ever before" -- page [4] of cover.

The origin of others : the Charles Eliot Norton lectures, 2016

September 27, 2017
Morrison, Toni, author.
©2017
xvii, 114 pages ; 19 cm
Foreword / by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- Romancing slavery -- Being or becoming the stranger -- The color fetish -- Configurations of blackness -- Narrating the other -- The foreigner's home.
America's foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. Readers of Morrison's fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books--Beloved, Paradise, and A Mercy. If we learn racism by example, then literature plays an important part in the history of race in America, both negatively and positively. Morrison writes about nineteenth-century literary efforts to romance slavery, contrasting them with the scientific racism of Samuel Cartwright and the banal diaries of the plantation overseer and slaveholder Thomas Thistlewood. She looks at configurations of blackness, notions of racial purity, and the ways in which literature employs skin color to reveal character or drive narrative. Expanding the scope of her concern, she also addresses globalization and the mass movement of peoples in this century. National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Morrison's most personal work of nonfiction to date.

The unquiet grave : a novel

September 22, 2017
McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948- author.
©2017
358 pages ; 24 cm
"Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost."-- Provided by publisher.

The closet chronicles

September 21, 2017
Haynes, J.P. (Novelist), author.
Salinas, California : Sapphire Books, [2017]
216 pages ; 22 cm
"In DJ Spencer's professional life, everything is black and white. Pushed by deadlines and bylines, she spends her days outing the rich and famous. She closely scrutinizes everyone, and anyone is fair game for the headlines of the popular, yet questionable magazine. DJ quickly realizes that some things are better left in the dark, but her personal life is another story. She hides behind the lives of a group of fun-loving friends, who help maintain her sanity with their crazy antics. She soon discovers that her own closet isn't the only one holding a devastating secret, and when work, play, and secrets collide, it ignites a series of events that no one could see coming. Will DJ be able to keep her secrets to herself? Or will her world implode and leave her teetering on the edge of disaster?"--Back cover.

A time to stand

September 20, 2017
Whitlow, Robert, 1954- author.
©2017
399 pages ; 23 cm
"In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side? Adisa Johnson, a young African American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career. Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital. Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable--defend the officer. As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime. This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice, to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Lightning men : a novel

September 19, 2017
Mullen, Thomas, author.
©2017
374 pages ; 24 cm.
Officer Denny Rakestraw and "Negro Officers" Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith have their hands full in a rapidly changing Atlanta. It's 1950 and racial tensions are simmering as black families, including Smith's sister, begin moving into formerly all-white neighborhoods. When Rake's brother-in-law launches a scheme to rally the Ku Klux Klan to "save" their neighborhood, his efforts spiral out of control, forcing Rake to choose between loyalty to family or the law. Across town, Boggs and Smith try to shut down the supply of white lightning and drugs into their territory, finding themselves up against more powerful foes than they'd expected. Battling corrupt cops and ex-cons, Nazi brown shirts and rogue Klansmen, the officers are drawn closer to the fires that threaten to consume the city once again.

Sing, unburied, sing : a novel

September 7, 2017
Ward, Jesmyn, author.
©2017
289 pages ; 22 cm
Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.

Money makes me cum

September 7, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
207 pages ; 22 cm
"In this shocking serial drama... be cautious with every move you make. The next one, could be your last! On the surface, it may seem young Akira isn't like other girls. That couldn't be further from the truth. Like most she doesn't come from wealth. Akira's gotten what she has using her 'God-given talent.' Mainly, her sex. Not her only asset, but her best asset. Upon graduating high school, she put it to work as a high end stripper. Earning enough coin to take care of herself and her family. With a monthly income three times that of most females her age. These days? Akira IS, the dream. But when an old foe returns to lay claim to everything she holds dear. Akira will need to rely on her wits if she hopes to survive while protecting those closest to her. Meanwhile a local narcotics dealer becomes infatuated with one of the other dancers at the club. But his arrest and later incarceration puts their romance on hiatus, perhaps permanently"--Back cover.

My brother's envy. II, The retaliation

September 7, 2017
Rose, John L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
198 pages ; 22 cm
"Good2Go Publishing presents"--Cover.

Deadly reunion

September 7, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
211 pages ; 22 cm
"The North Philly underworld is a shark tank. In this part of town you got two choices. Rise to the top... or GET EATEN. The latter just happened to one of the hood's OG's. A real 'Godfather,' in fact... you could call him the boss of bosses. Everyone has a code even criminals, and this particular boss had everyone's respect. Even the so-called 'bad guys.' Thus, 'Northies' most notorious, call an assembly to find out who the trigger man was. When the shooter is revealed to be a close occupational associate of theirs, it comes as a great shock to the group of gangsters. Nevertheless, their plan for revenge is set into motion. Leading to the eruption of a violent gang war. Where loyalty and alliances, play a pivotal role in who lives and who dies"--Back cover.

Bluebird, bluebird : a novel

September 6, 2017
Locke, Attica, author.
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
307 pages ; 25 cm
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes--and save himself in the process--before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.

The betting vow

September 1, 2017
Jackson, K. M., author.
©2017
viii, 342 pages ; 18 cm.
Leila Darling is past done with the supermodel thing, especially the mega-parties and high-profile flings that have done nothing but leave her alone and jaded. She's got the talent to be a serious actress, but the industry sees her as a high-maintenance, impulsive party girl with a reputation for leaving men in the dust--especially TV producer Carter Bain.

In bed with her boss

August 30, 2017
Jackson, Brenda (Brenda Streater), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, [2014]
360 pages ; 17 cm.
The titles were copyrighted 2007 and 2008 respectively.
"Bonus book by Catherine Mann"--Cover.
In bed with her boss -- Rich Man's fake fiancee.
Everyone is talking about the surprise engagement between Matthew Landis and Ashley Carson. Seems the oldest son of one of South Carolina's most powerful families is engaged to someone ... ordinary. Could this announcement-conveniently leaked to the press-have to do with Matthew's quick exit from Ms. Carson's home very early in the morning? One wonders what chance such a match made in media heaven could have.

Love by night : a Black Vampire story

August 30, 2017
Stina, author.
©2017
234 pages ; 21 cm.
"Against all odds, Adirah Messa has been accepted to Billet University, a prestigious institution founded in the 1800s for people of color. Determined to excel, she arrives at the university intent on minimizing distraction and focusing on her studies. That goal is soon interrupted when she is noticed by members of the 'in' crowd, who invite her to the most popular frat party on campus. Adirah finds herself smitten with someone of another race and is taken on a ride she can never return from. Unbeknownst to her, Adirah's newfound love is not only a master seducer; he is also one of the most powerful figures in the underworld of Vampirism. Tangled up in a web of love, Adirah becomes involved in her lover's lifestyle in more ways than one. Before she knows it, Adirah becomes Queen to his tribe. Is she prepared to accept all the responsibility that entails? When a rival clan targets Adirah and her identity is exposed, she must make some quick and serious decisions. Will she react in time, or is it already too late?" --Back cover.

Breakfast in bed

August 29, 2017
Alers, Rochelle, author.
©2017
263 pages ; 21 cm.
Chef Tonya Martin takes an apprentice role in a New Orleans restaurant and is attracted to chef Gage Toussaint. She wonders if it's too late to leap into love again.

Beating the odds

August 29, 2017
Tunstall, Sherrod, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
276 pages ; 21 cm
Brad Carter and his friends help traffic cocaine back from Rio to the U.S.. They're caught and imprisoned and, with the help of a fellow prisoner, plan an escape.

Dirty tricks

August 29, 2017
Swinson, Kiki, author.
©2017
233 pages ; 21 cm
Stay scheming / Kiki Swinson -- Who can you trust? / Saundra.
In Stay Scheming by Kiki Swinson, Karlie is running from a bounty on her head. With her lover and friends gone, she's forced to take refuge with her cold-hearted grandmother. But with enemies closing in, Karlie's last chance to flip a killer script is ticking down to zero. In Who Can You Trust by Saundra, struggling bank teller Porsha has no time for Cinderella fantasies. But her new boyfriend, Game, is smart, seductive - and sure-thing successful. So why not work his rock-solid plan to steal from her bank? All she's got to lose is more than she can possibly imagine

Secrets of a kept chick, part 2 : renaissance collection

August 29, 2017
Davis, Ambria, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2017]
265 pages ; 21 cm.
As Mimi wakes up from her coma and tries to piece together what happened, Troy searches the streets for Kaylin and the children, and Kaylin suffers with Stacy's constant complaining.

Grand opening. 2 a family business novel

August 24, 2017
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, 2017.
282 pages ; 24 cm.
Travel back to a small Southern town where, before there was Duncan Motors, there were the Duncan brothers and their tough-as-nails women. After a hard fought battle, they've vanquished their rivals and taken their place as the leaders of Waycross, Georgia's criminal enterprises. Their rise to the top is not without problems, though, as outside forces enter the scene and the Duncans are rocked by the murder of one of their own. No one knows who the killer is, but their secret adversary, only known as the Reaper of Georgia, won't be happy until all the Duncans are completely wiped off the face of the earth. Luckily, the Duncan brothers aren't alone, and when new and old friends are called in to help, an all-out war ensues.

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