New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

February 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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February 26, 2015
Moskowitz, Hannah.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2015.
260 pages ; 22 cm
Auditioning for a New York City performing arts high school could help Etta escape from her Nebraska all-girl school, where she is not gay enough for her former friends, not sick enough for her eating disorders group, and not thin enough for ballet, but it may also mean real friendships.

Murder with fried chicken and waffles

February 25, 2015
Herbert, A. L.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2015]
276 pages ; 21 cm.
Halia Watkins, the owner of a well-loved soul food restaurant in Prince George's County, Maryland, investigates after a smooth-talking, shady entrepreneur turns up murdered in her kitchen, right next to her cast iron frying pan.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule : a novel

February 23, 2015
Chiaverini, Jennifer.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2015]
386 pages ; 24 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general's wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake-until she forged a proud identity of her own. In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom's abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress's closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia's eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks-becoming general in chief of the Union Army-so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband's side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women-Union and Confederate-she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women's paths continued to cross throughout the Grants' White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant's Tomb. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule is the first novel to chronicle this singular relationship, bound by sight and shadow"-- Provided by publisher.

Hold me down

February 20, 2015
Slater, Calvin, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
327 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes a reading group guide with discussion questions plus excerpts from: Lovers & haters (pages [299]-319) and Game on (pages [321]-327).
"Xavier Hunter's dreams of graduation and college are even more crazy-impossible this sophomore year. Flipping on his former BFF has put more than one target on his back. And thanks to vicious baby-daddy lies, his dream girl Samantha Fox has quit him for good. The only person who seems to understand what he's going through is Nancy Simpson. She's a gorgeous chance to make things right--but she's more dangerous drama than Xavier has ever seen. Samantha isn't going to let heartbreak break her. Maybe Xavier wasn't the down-deep-decent guy she thought. And maybe what they had wasn't as true as she hoped. But there's something about his new boo, Nancy, that's screaming bad news. And exposing what's real means she and Xavier must face some hard truths--and survive"--Page [4] of cover.

Playing with fire

February 20, 2015
Mello, Deborah Fletcher, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
315 pages ; 18 cm

The favorite son

February 19, 2015
Warren, Tiffany L., author.
309 pages ; 21 cm

Time is money : an Anthony Stone novel

February 17, 2015
Silk White, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, c2014.
218 pages ; 22 cm
Meet Anthony Stone one of the best detectives that New York City has ever seen. He lives by the motto shoot first and ask questions never. Stone's life changes when his lieutenant assigns him to a bank robbery case. His job is to take down four ruthless and vicious bank robbers who will do anything to stay alive and more importantly stay out of jail. The leader of the bank robbers is a man that goes by the name Ghost. When it comes to money, Ghost and his team will do anything it takes to get it, even if that means taking innocent lives.

Sight unseen

February 4, 2015
Murchison, D. Lamant, author.
xi, 175 pages ; 23 cm.
Jazz is a highly motivated, attractive, successful business man who finds himself at the crossroads. In life, love and all points in between. How can he reconcile his past pains and look forward to future happiness? Can one chance meeting be the beginning of true love or the catalyst that propels him further from it? Follow Jazz as he navigates through family, friendship and unpredictable relationships.

To remove & rebirth the woman : book I : the beginning of becoming whole

February 4, 2015
McClendon, T.T., author.
266 pages ; 23 cm.
"Welcome to hell, the place every woman is condemned to when they've given up hope. One of these women is Mrsunderstood, the narrator at the center of T.T. McClendon's heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of self-reflection and self-evolution. As Mrsunderstood awakens in a dark, forbidding realm that threatens to ensnare her forever, a place full of distinctly personal demons, she struggles to understand why she cannot detach from a past that haunts and taints her soul. The only way she will ever be free is by removing the mask and exposing her truth, but is that possible? Written for the modern woman, "To Remove and Rebirth the Woman"promises to do just that for its characters and readers. Full of romance and tears, this novel asks hard questions while offering you insight into the unspoken world of truth."--Back cover.

The lost treasures of R&B

January 28, 2015
George, Nelson, author.
187 pages ; 21 cm
"A D Hunter mystery"--Cover.

The one for me

January 27, 2015
Schraff, Anne E., author.
[Costa Mesa, California] : Saddleback Publishing, [2013]
197 pages ; 18 cm.
Although Denique is attracted to Trevor, she feels she must focus her attention on graduating from high school and getting a job so her family can move out of the projects.


January 27, 2015
Gottesfeld, Jeff, author.
[Costa Mesa, Calif.] : Saddleback Publishing, [2014]
157 pages ; 21 cm.


January 27, 2015
Gottesfeld, Jeff, author.
[Costa Mesa, Calif.] : Saddleback Publishing, [2014]
160 pages ; 21 cm.


January 27, 2015
Gottesfeld, Jeff, author.
[Costa Mesa, Calif.] : Saddleback Publishing, [2014]
156 pages ; 21 cm.


January 27, 2015
Solomon, Asali.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
285 pages ; 22 cm
"Novel about a young black girl coming of age in Philadelphia in the late '80s and early '90s"-- Provided by publisher.

Lady elect 2 : lady Arykah reigns

January 26, 2015
Nichols, Nikita Lynnette
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, c2015.
282 p. ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"Urban Christian."
Five weeks after she's raped, brutally beaten and loses her unborn child, Arykah Miles-Howell returns to church determined to reclaim her title as the First Lady of Freedom Temple Church of God in Christ, even if she has to deal with her husband's ex-girlfriend, who is trying to take her place on the front pew.

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.


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