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February 2003

Black History Month—Fiction

October Suite by Maxine Clair

These are just a few of the many novels by African-American writers added to the library’s collections in the past couple of years. Ask your librarian for more suggestions, including popular bestsellers.

October Suite
Maxine Clair

Crossing the Line
Laura Castoro

Gabriel’s Story
David Anthony Durham
(also in large print)

Breathing Room
Patricia Elam

Percival Everett

An Ordinary Woman
Donna Hill

Ladies in Waiting
Linda Hudson-Smith

The Queen of Harlem
Brian Keith Jackson
(also in large print)

Kenji Jasper

Getting Our Breath Back
Shawne Johnson

True Lies
Margaret Johnson-Hodge

Leaving Atlanta
Tayari Jones

The Justus Girls
Slim Lambright

Rush Home Road
Lori Lansens
(also on audiocassette)

It’s In His Kiss
Reon Laudat

He Sleeps
Reginald McKnight

Meeting of the Waters
Kim McLarin

4 Guys and Trouble
Marcus Major
(also on audiocassette)

Promies to Keep
Gloria Mallette

Never Again Once More
Mary B. Morrison

Something Real
J. J. Murray

Twelve Bar Blues
Patrick Neate

Heather Neff

West of Rehoboth
Alexs Pate
(also in large print and on audiocassette)

Shooter’s Point
Gary Phillips

No More Mr. Nice Guy
C. Kelly Robinson

It’s a Thin Line
Kimberla Lawson Roby
(also on audiocassette)

The Hotel Alleluia
Lucinda Roy

Trisha R. Thomas

Mysteries and Suspense

Plain Brown Wrapper by Karen Grisgsby Bates

Walter Mosley, Barbara Hambly, Valerie Wilson Wesley, and a handful of others have become famous for mysteries and suspense novels featuring African-American characters. Here are a few less widely known examples of the genre.

Plain Brown Wrapper
Karen Grisgsby Bates

Eric James Fullilove

Hit Time
Ardella Garland
(also in large print and on audiocassette)

Black Heat
Norman Kelley
(also on audiocassette)

Paradise Interrupted
Penny Mickelbury

Accrual Way to Die
C. M. Miller

Thin Walls
Kris Nelscott

A Conversation with the Mann
John Ridley

Harlem Redux
Persia Walker

Strawman’s Hammock
Darryl Wimberley

Stormy Weather
Paula L. Woods
(also on audiocassette)