New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

September 16, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Rose Gold : an Easy Rawlins mystery

September 15, 2014
Mosley, Walter.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
308 pages ; 25 cm
When a boxer-turned-revolutionary kidnaps the daughter of a weapons manufacturer and threatens to publicly execute her in exchange for a lucrative ransom, Easy Rawlins is tapped by the LAPD to make a difficult border crossing to navigate an ensuing standoff.

Into the Go-Slow

September 12, 2014
Davis, Bridgett M., author.
New York, NY: The Feminist Press, 2014.
360 pages ; 21 cm
It's 1986 and twenty-one-year-old Angie continues to mourn the death of her brilliant and radical sister Ella. On impulse, she travels from Detroit to the place where Ella tragically died four years before—Nigeria. She retraces her sister's steps, all the while navigating the chaotic landscape of a major African country on the brink of democracy careening toward a coup d'état. At the center of this quest is a love affair that upends everything Angie thought she knew about herself. Against a backdrop of Nigeria's infamous go-slow—traffic as wild and surprising as a Fela lyric—Angie begins to unravel the mysteries of the past, and opens herself up to love and life after Ella.

An elderberry fall

September 12, 2014
Watson, Ruth (Ruth Parrish)
New York : Strebor Books, 2014.
235 pages ; 21 cm
Trying to begin life anew in Richmond, Carrie finds that her murdered stepfather, and her troubled past, won't stay buried.

Hidden Blessings

September 11, 2014
Tate, Kimberly Cash.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2014].
342 pages ; 21 cm
"A terminal breast cancer diagnosis shatters Kendra Woods' life and dreams. But through the hurt and the pain, she learns to view her life - however many days that includes - in a new way. Kendra Woods has always known success. Raised in a prominent black family in well-to-do Clayton, Missouri, she had high aspirations for herself and, thus far, has met them. After graduating from law school she went to work at a prestigious law firm. Now she's just made partner and in one month will marry the man of her dreams. And it's only the beginning. Kendra envisions herself becoming a judge one day and she can't wait to have kids. But a terminal diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer shatters her world - weeks before her wedding. Kendra is devastated as the reality sets in that she could have no more than two years to live. Her fiance leaves, and as word travels around the firm, she's no longer given big cases. Kendra is angry with God and feels her life has already ended. Her path keeps crossing Lance's, a troublemaker who briefly attended her high school. Kendra has trouble letting go of the person he was a decade ago and can't believe an encounter in jail turned his life around and he's now leading a church plant in Clayton. He's becoming the unlikely source of hope she needs. Kendra is in the midst of a storm - one that's apparently here to stay. But, the hidden blessings may be just the shelter she needs"-- Provided by publisher.

Boss divas

August 28, 2014
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
x, 374 pages ; 22 cm
The most lethal ride-or-die women in Memphis now run their gangs and the streets. But the aftermath of an all-out war means merciless new enemies, time-bomb secrets... and one chance to take it all.... Vice Lord chief Lucifer goes after the upstart Crippettes gang one by one-- but locking down her power will put everything she lives to protect at risk. Ta'Shara straps on her training wheels to prove she can ride with the best of the Flowers-- but does this good-girl-gone-bad really have what it takes to survive? And as Queen G LeShelle viciously body-drops to keep her bloody secrets buried, her husband Python may be the one person that can put her in check. Now these boss divas will go head-to-head for complete domination-- because in the end only one can rule....

A light in the wilderness : a novel

August 28, 2014
Kirkpatrick, Jane, 1946-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2014]
314 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Includes an interview with the author.

Lovers & haters

August 27, 2014
Slater, Calvin, author.
New York : Dafina, 2014.
296 pages ; 21 cm
"A Coleman High novel"--Title page.

For you I will

August 21, 2014
Hill, Donna (Donna O.)
Toronto, Ontario : Harlequin Kimani Arabesque, [2014]
299 pages ; 17 cm.
"After ten years of service as chief of the E.R. at a New York City hospital, Dr. Kai Randall decided to trade her scrubs for a calmer existence in Sag Harbor Village. The only thing that has interrupted her serenity in months is the photo she snapped of a handsome, solitary stranger. The image haunts her. But that's nothing compared to how she feels when she comes face-to-face with the man from her dreams. When Assistant District Attorney Anthony Weston barges into Kai's house frantically looking for his young daughter, he meets one beautiful complication. Anthony's career ambitions caused him to lose his marriage--and now he's on the cusp of a huge promotion. His life is in the city that Kai left behind, but his heart is in the soul-stirring passion they share. Is this just another sizzling summer fling or could this be the beginning of forever?"-- From back cover.

Gun smoke : a novel

August 13, 2014
Santos, Kaylin, author.
©2013
216, 11 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reading group discussion questions.
Includes excerpt from Nude Awakening II by Victor L. Martin.
Atlantic City is a kiddy pool and the sins in Las Vegas are like good deeds compared to The Casino; Lauryn's place, the roughest spot in Philly to roll sevens and yell out blackjack. Welcome to her gambling spot. A place where all bets are covered, drinks are unlimited and prostitution is free. It's a place where all disputes are settled by the law of the gun and no one man can stand alone. Between running an illegal gambling house and preparing for her husband to be released from prison, Lauryn learns a vicious lesson in family values and how dealing with family can be like dealing with a total stranger. It will only take a single bullet to divide her family, but even more bullets to bring it back together.--Page [4] of cover.

The choir director 2 : runaway bride

August 7, 2014
Weber, Carl.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
309 pages ; 24 cm

Kiss the ring : an urban tale

August 7, 2014
Mink, Meesha.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
275 pages ; 21 cm
"A Touchstone book."
"From one of the most daring voices in urban fiction comes a sexy new novel about a modern-day Foxy Brown who goes undercover in a dangerous quest for revenge. Naeema "Queen" Cole takes care of herself. From the death of her parents when she was just eleven years old to when she found herself pregnant and alone at sixteen, Naeema has had to make her own way in the world. She gave up her son for adoption and became an apprentice at a barber shop, making just enough money to pay the bills and get high. She tried being a wife, but ultimately found that she and Tank, now her ex-husband, are better friends and occasional lovers than partners. Naeema prefers to be on her own; no responsibilities, no rules. But the sudden and brutal murder of Brandon, the son she never knew, forces Naeema to reconsider the way she has lived her life. Brandon was involved with a notorious band of Newark bank robbers, and Naeema is convinced his gang life was her fault. Desperate to avenge her son's death and determined to take justice into her own hands, Naeema becomes "Queen" as she infiltrates the gang to discover her boy's killer. But when she starts to fall for the leader of the crew, will she still have the resolve to do what must be done? Filled with gritty realism and unexpected plot twists, this page-turner will keep you guessing as Naeema struggles to do whatever it takes to right her wrongs"-- Provided by publisher.

Queen of thieves 2

August 6, 2014
Khama, Kimathi.
Columbus, OH: Triple Crown, 2013
269 p.; 22 cm.

Ride around shining : a novel

August 1, 2014
Leslie-Hynan, Chris, author.
New York, NY : Harper, [2014].
226 pages ; 24 cm
"A provocative debut novel about a young white chauffeur and his wealthy black employer, an NBA player--a twenty-first century inversion of what we've come to expect stories of race and class to look like, and a discomfiting portrait of envy and obsession. Ride Around Shining concerns the idle preoccupations, and later machinations, of a transplanted Portlander named Jess--a nobody from nowhere with a Master's degree and a gig delivering takeout. He parlays the latter, along with a few lies, into a job as a chauffeur for an up-and-coming Trail Blazer named Calyph West and his young wife, Antonia. Calyph is black and Antonia is white and Jess becomes fascinated, innocuously at first, by all they are that he is not. In striving to make himself indispensable to them, he causes Calyph to have a season-ending knee injury, then brings about the couple's estrangement, before positioning himself at last as their perverse savior. In the tradition of The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Great Gatsby, and Harold Pinter's The Servant--not to mention a certain Shakespeare play about a creepy white dude obsessed with a black dude--Ride Around Shining tries to say the unsayable about white fixation on black culture, particularly black athletic culture, something so common in everyday life it has gone all but unaddressed"--Jacket.

Drake. II : a novel

July 31, 2014
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
225 pages ; 22 cm
At head of title: A King Production presents...
"Drake was left for dead but he survived; unfortunately the same couldn't be said for his fiancé and newborn son. With the help of Cindy he has rebuilt his life but the taste of revenge is still what he craves. But will Drake's quest for retribution be his ultimate downfall? Cindy continues to chase the money and power that comes with running the lucrative drug trade in Philadelphia. She believes she has the game all figured out, but with a ruthless boss who is unwilling to relinquish his control and a friend who might actually be the enemy, Cindy's rise to the top might be cut short"--Page 4 of cover.

Put your diamonds up

July 31, 2014
Simone, Ni-Ni.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
250 pages ; 21 cm.

Troublemaker

July 25, 2014
Hickman, Trice, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
vi, 293 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"An unexpected love novel"--Cover.
When her daughter becomes engaged to the son of her former lover, devoted wife and loving mother Victoria Thornton finds her past mistake threatening her ordered life as both families are reunited for the upcoming wedding.

The Prada plan. 4, Love & war

July 24, 2014
Ashley, 1985- author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, 2014.
226 pages ; 21 cm.
Indie grows exasperated with trying to help his love, YaYa, overcome her failures, but when he receives a phone call stating that she is in trouble, Indie needs to figure out if he is truly done with YaYa after all.

Craving temptation

July 24, 2014
Mello, Deborah Fletcher, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
310 pages ; 18 cm.
While running for Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, attorney and co-owner of the Just Desserts bakery Troy Elliot puts everything on the line when he falls in love with his rival's beautiful campaign manager and daughter, fellow attorney Amina Salman.

Like no other

July 23, 2014
LaMarche, Una, author.
New York, New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
347 pages ; 22 cm
Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they possibly go? Just how much are they willing to give up?

Back channel

July 23, 2014
Carter, Stephen L., 1954-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
455 pages ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
"A novel"--Cover.
"From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln-a new novel of terrific suspense and surprise: a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction about a young black woman on whom the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis depends. October 1962. In Cuba: Soviet ships off-load what intelligence reveals to be nuclear missiles. In Washington, President Kennedy and his advisers are in furious debate over how long they can wait to discover what the Soviets intend before dropping the first bomb. And, in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen-a nineteen-year-old Cornell sophomore-is swept up in a "bizarre concatenation of circumstances" that will make of her the "back channel" liaison between Soviet Premier Khrushchev and Kennedy. Events unfold too quickly for her even to ask "why me?" But the stunning answer is revealed bit by bit as she races from Ithaca to Bulgaria to Washington, D.C., drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire-figurative and literal-of infighting between governmental agencies, both American and Soviet; into the confidence and-unsettlingly-the affection of the president of the United States; into desperate negotiations to avoid nuclear war; and, finally, into the secrets of the extraordinary legacy-of honor and bravery-she inherited from the father she never knew"-- Provided by publisher.

Bad as in good : a novel

July 23, 2014
Lovelace, J.
New York : Strebor Books, 2014.
343 pages ; 21 cm
"Teeming with dramatic plot twists and wickedly delightful erotic frills, a passionate story about two lovers struggling with heartbreak, heartthrobs, and self-fulfillment. Many of us fall into unrelenting cycles that lead us to inevitable heartbreak--a knee-weakening, nearly unbearable period of withdrawal where we curse our indiscretions and promise to do better next time. But why? Why do we do this to ourselves? That's the question Erin is constantly asking herself. Along for the ride is Tariq, a young man battling his past as well. While their romantic lives intertwine, they find it almost impossible to break free of the merciless beast that is love and its ugly stepsister, heartbreak. At first, Erin's attraction to Tariq is like a drug addiction she can't ignore, but as drama ensues and the ugly past comes back to visit, both Tariq and Erin realize how bad--as in good--love truly is."-- From back cover.

Games divas play

July 17, 2014
Burt-Murray, Angela, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer [2014]
329 pages ; 21 cm
"When Nia Bullock lands a job as editor-in-chief of the hot new magazine and web site DivaDish, she finds that her platinum dreams can quickly turn into a nightmare. Battling backstabbing colleagues and reeling from murderous threats, she must turn to an ex-boyfriend for help. Vanessa King, the first lady of the NBA, is looking for a fresh start with her husband, Marcus, the new star point guard for the New York Gladiators who's as popular with the ladies as he is with hoops fans. Since marrying her college sweetheart, Vanessa has learned to deal with life with a professional athlete--the groupies, the paparazzi, and the unchecked ego of a man the sports world puts on a pedestal. When Laila James, self-proclaimed "Golden Goddess," sets her sights on Marcus and shops a reality show based on their affair--and then a dangerous stalker threatens his family--Vanessa turns to her best friend Nia to save her marriage and her life."-- From back cover.

Recognition

July 9, 2014
Bennett, O. H. (Oscar H.), 1957-
Chicago : Bolden, an Agate imprint, [2014]
199 pages ; 23 cm
""A woman becomes obsessed with finding a homeless man she glimpses on the street, who resembles her husband who disappeared a decade earlier"--Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher.

She that findeth

July 9, 2014
Brooks, Kimberley, author.
New York, NY : Atria Paperback, 2014.
x, 354 pages ; 22 cm
Ten years of believing, yet still no husband in sight for Shenita Love. The Bible does say "Wait on the Lord," which, for Shenita, means waiting for God to deliver her a soul mate. Then again, God helps those who help themselves.

Land of love and drowning

July 8, 2014
Yanique, Tiphanie.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.
358 pages : map ; 24 cm
" A major debut from an award-winning writer-an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands. In the early 1900s an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Orphaned by the sunk vessel are two sisters and their half-brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them. Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, Land of Love and Drowning is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Wholly unique, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the author's own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evokes an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of Love and Drowning is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prize-winning young writer"-- Provided by publisher.

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