New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

March 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Never trust a stranger

March 23, 2017
Monroe, Mary, author.
306 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reading group guide.
Taking incrementally greater risks to pursue the love and excitement they have always craved, best friends Lola Poole and Joan Proctor-Riley are drawn in by the fantasy life of seemingly kind and responsible trucker Calvin, whose talented sexual healing leads to the revelation of a deadly secret.

Tied to a boss IV

March 14, 2017
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
207 pages ; 22 cm.
Dante Blackwell must transition from a legitimate businessman back to the street hood he used to be when he finds out about an attempted hit on family member Natalie's father.

The wide circumference of love : a novel

March 13, 2017
Golden, Marita, author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]
292 pages ; 24 cm
"A moving African-American family drama of love and devotion in the face of Alzheimer's disease. You just can't plan for this kind of thing. Diane Tate certainly hasn't. She never expected to slowly lose her talented husband to the debilitating effects of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As a respected family court judge, she's spent her life making tough calls, but when her sixty-eight-year-old husband's health worsens and Diane is forced to move him into an assisted living facility, it seems her world is spinning out of control. As Gregory's memory wavers and fades, Diane and her children must reexamine their connection to the man he once was-and learn to love the man he has become ..."-- Provided by publisher.

The inheritance

March 13, 2017
Alers, Rochelle, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
294 pages ; 21 cm.
"The innkeepers"--Cover.
Corporate attorney Hannah DuPont-Lowell always pictured herself returning to New Orleans to retire-just not yet. But after her Manhattan company abruptly lays off its staff, there's no better place to figure out a next move than the porch of her plantation-style home.

The hate u give

March 9, 2017
Thomas, Angie, author.
444 pages ; 22 cm
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Heels, heartache & headlines

March 8, 2017
Simone, Ni-Ni, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, published by Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
281 pages ; 21 cm
While a humiliated London plots a sweet deception in order to move past the truth about her billionaire ex, Rich endures a nightmarish relationship with a drama-prone bad boy, and Spencer pulls out all stops to get revenge against a frenemy and her dysfunctional parents.

Baby momma saga. Part 1

March 7, 2017
Genovese, Ni'chelle, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
348 pages ; 23 cm
Collects the exploits of three women, including Michelle, who confronts the reality of her life with a hustler and Novie, who resists getting involved with the family drug trade.

Cheaper to keep her. 5

March 7, 2017
Swinson, Kiki, author.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
With her vicious gansta ex closing in, Lynise Washington is breaking out of the FBI's safe house no matter what.

Memoirs of an accidental hustler

March 7, 2017
Benjamin, J. M. (Jimmie M.), author.
422 pages ; 21 cm
Kamil makes a pact with his friends to stay in school and off the streets, have his childhood crush develop into something more, and avoid the mistakes of his father.


March 7, 2017
Hampton, Brenda (Brenda M.)
234 pages ; 21 cm
"After a brutal divorce, Abigail Wilson vowed to never love again, but when Brent Carson crosses her path, she simply can't resist his good-guy persona that exemplifies perfection. From A to Z, Brent appears to have it all. Abigail falls head over heels for him--until the unthinkable happens. Brent's announcement, 'I'm just not that into you,' sends Abigail on a downward spiral. She can't cope with ill treatment from another man, and now nothing would please her more than to see Brent making his way to the gates of hell. In a rush to get him there, Abigail takes on an unforgettable, head-shaking and shocking role as... Mrs. Stalker" -- Back cover.

Old bones

March 2, 2017
Boyce, Trudy Nan, author.
337 pages ; 24 cm
"A Detective Sarah Alt novel"--Cover.
"During a vigil calling for police reform, students from Spelman College, a historically black women's institution, are assaulted by rifle fire from a passing vehicle. On her way to interview witnesses, Detective Sarah "Salt" Alt confronts the fleeing vehicle of the suspects, but they get away. A city in turmoil. While other detectives take the lead on the Spelman murders, Salt is tasked to investigate the case of a recently discovered decomposed body. When she combs through the missing-persons reports, it becomes clear the victim is a girl Salt took into custody two years before, and Salt feels a grave responsibility to learn the truth about how the girl died. But before she can pursue any leads, Salt is called onto emergency riot detail--in the wake of the assault on the Spelman students, Atlanta has reached the boiling point. In a city burdened by history and a community erupting in pain and anger, Salt must delve into the past for answers."--Provided by publisher.

Hustle real hard : dark web diary

March 1, 2017
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 22 cm
A 17-year-old nerdy high school student who faces bullying classmates on Chicago's West side, becomes involved in the Internet's dark web, and uses his mastery of cyberspace to create a virtual traphouse.

Mi casa es tu casa : a Cali Luv Jonez

March 1, 2017
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Cover title.
Mexican beauty Isabella Sanchez finds success in her East Los Angeles barrio as a tattoo artist. Then, she meets Tyrone '9 Shotz' Peete, and their forbidden lust fuels hostilities between rival gangs.

The secrets he kept

March 1, 2017
Platinum, author.
Place of publication not identified : Right Circle Publications, 2015.
167 pages ; 22 cm
"After leaving the only life Winter knows, she has to adapt to new surroundings. Winter only had one friend in the world and that was Abe. Their friendship was unbreakable and nothing could tear them apart. After being pressured to join the street life by being initatied into a gang with his older brother, Abe's life takes a wicked turn and he starts to spiral out of control. Abe loses his mind and pulls the trigger on the only person who had his heart. How will he deal with doing the unknown? When Dr. Cole meets his barely alive patient, Winter, he feels a change of heart and does everything in his power to keep her alive. In The Secrets He Kept, readers will be left on the edge of their seats. This book leaves readers wanting to solve the mystery before the book does it for them. It's captivating and full of twisted, turns and wicked lies."--Back cover.

The vacation : a novel

March 1, 2017
Silk White, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2016.
191 pages ; 22 cm
"An Anthony Stone novel"--Cover.
A terrorist decides to hijack the cruise ship that suspended detective Anthony Stone is vacationing on. Stone must decide to save his long time girlfriend or try to save the lives of all the passengers on the ship.

Dreamland burning

February 28, 2017
Latham, Jennifer, author.
371 pages ; 22 cm
"When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery"-- Provided by publisher.


February 28, 2017
Johnson-Hodge, Margaret, author.
226 pages ; 23 cm
[Part three of the True Lies trilogy] --Amazon.
"The pursuit of happiness hasn't changed for Dajah or Rick. As "Tumbled" opens, we see just how true this is. But love isn't simple or easy. It's messy, complicated, rule bending, but more importantly--life changing. It will have you doing what you swore you never would do and looking in directions you promised yourself you wouldn't ever look again"--Back cover.

Piecing me together

February 23, 2017
Watson, Renée, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

Amiable with big teeth : a novel of the love affair between the communists and the poor black sheep of Harlem

February 17, 2017
McKay, Claude, 1890-1948, author.
xlv, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A monumental literary event: the newly discovered final novel by Claude McKay. A rich and multilayered portrayal of life in 1930s Harlem and a historical protest for black freedom.The unexpected discovery in 2009 of a completed manuscript of Claude McKay's final novel was celebrated as one of the most significant literary events in recent years. Building on the already extraordinary legacy of McKay's life and work, this colorful, dramatic novel centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia, a crucial but largely forgotten event in American history. At once a penetrating satire of political machinations in Depression-era Harlem and a far-reaching story of global intrigue and romance, Amiable with Big Teeth plunges into the concerns, anxieties, hopes, and dreams of African-Americans at a moment of crisis for the soul of Harlem--and America."--Provided by publisher.

Single ladies

February 15, 2017
Karrington, Blake, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Renaissance, [2016]
377 pages ; 21 cm
"Carl Weber presents."
Life is complicated for five inner city friends as Tammy deals with being a single mom, Lamar and Falisha find their friendship complicated after they have sex, Kim is too job-focused, and Lisa's boyfriend returns from prison.


February 13, 2017
Murray, Victoria Christopher, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
345 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tiffanie has lived a sheltered life in a very strict household with her pastor-grandfather and grandmother in Washington, DC. But when she meets Damon King, she falls for the successful entertainment business man despite his history as a drug dealer. Everyone sees nothing but the brightest future for the couple--but there's one person who wants to destroy them. Trey Johnson is Damon's childhood best friend with whom he built quite a successful drug business. But when the game got hot and Damon decided to leave, Trey stayed and continued to sell drugs, until he was arrested and spent seven years in prison. But now he's out and able to attend the wedding. While Damon is thrilled to have Trey back and hopes to bring his best friend into his business, Trey has other plans."--Provided by publisher.

Murdergram. Part 2

February 13, 2017
Santiago, Nisa, author.
Bellport, NY : Melodrama Publishing, 2017.
285 pages ; 18 cm
Tamar plans to rise in the underworld as a hired gun. The person she's hunting is actually hunting her.

The evening road

February 10, 2017
Hunt, Laird, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Meet Ottie Lee Henshaw, a startling, challenging beauty in small-town Indiana. Quick of mind, she navigates a stifling marriage, a lecherous boss, and on one day in the summer of 1930 an odyssey across the countryside to witness a dark and fearful celebration. Meet Calla Destry, a determined young woman desperate to escape the violence of her town and to find the lover who has promised her a new life. On this day, the countryside of Jim Crow-era Indiana is no place for either. It is a world populated by frenzied demagogues and crazed revelers, by marauding vigilantes and grim fish suppers, by possessed blood hounds and, finally, by the Ku Klux Klan itself" -- provided by publisher.


February 9, 2017
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
Broadway, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
376 pages ; 17 cm
"As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability, qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town--and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat"--Back cover.


February 8, 2017
Williams, Brittani, author.
314 pages ; 18 cm.
"Carl Weber's kingpins" --Cover.
Rising from the projects to take over his absent father's powerful drug organization, Dontay Walker falls in love with the beautiful Desire, whose true identity enmeshes Dontay in a drug war and a battle of wits against the feds.


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