New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

April 15, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

God help the child

April 14, 2015
Morrison, Toni.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
178 pages ; 22 cm
This book, the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment, tells a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

The Turner house

April 6, 2015
Flournoy, Angela, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
341 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family. The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone--and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts--and shapes--their family's future. Already praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving" and "un-putdownable," The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home"-- Provided by publisher.

Confusion of the heart

April 1, 2015
Maples, Douglas L., author.
220 pages ; 23 cm
"Imani Books."
"First Edition May 2012."
"...Shirley the main character is finding herself in a love triangle dealing with a married man and a business owner by the name of Sam. Being a lawyer she doesn't apply her every day life to the men she's being involved with..."

Eye candy

March 27, 2015
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
vi, 202 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
Rising star Maya Morgan confronts her bad choices when she attempts to end her celebrity relationship with singer J. Love and pursue a new romance with the kindhearted Alvin.

Hittin' it out the park : a novel

March 26, 2015
Hobbs, Allison, author.
273 pages ; 21 cm
Secrets abound in this scintillating, drama-fueled novel about a love triangle between a multi-millionaire baseball star, his wife, and the groupie who's trying to ruin their marriage--if a long-held secret doesn't destroy it first. Cheryl Blanton is married to a superstar baseball player who has won three Gold Gloves and recently signed a $120 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees. He's wealthy and handsome, and all the groupies are after him, but Cheryl is gorgeous and her sex game has her man on lock. There's just one little secret she's been keeping from him: her husband doesn't realize that she's nine years his senior. And so far Cheryl's had no problem hiding her age--her husband only has eyes for her. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Sexy Sanchez comes on the scene. Sexy blatantly goes after Cheryl's man, and a series of catfights ensue between them. Cheryl realizes she's in the battle of her life to keep her man and plots to get rid of her nemesis. But when she hires a private investigator to dig up some dirt on Sexy, she discovers that getting rid of her rival might not be easy, and could also reveal some devastating secrets she'd rather keep to herself.--Back cover.

King divas

March 26, 2015
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
x, 342 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Dafina Books"--Title page.
The most ruthless ride-or-die women of Memphis saved their empire by nearly destroying the streets. But as unexpected new rivals rise and brutal secrets shatter lives, betrayal means winner rules all...Putting out chaos with gasoline is one play that even the women of the Dirty South can't control. One merciless kill vaults good-girl-gone-bad Ta'Shara into gangland's power elite--but an enemy she doesn't see is targeting everything she can't afford to lose. For former Vice Lord chief Lucifer, taking back her power means all-out war on her lethal lover, no matter what the cost. Gorgeous Cleo at last has her sister's killer in her sights--if she can survive one deadly game too many. And as Queen G LeShelle's lies finally choke-hold her life, trusting someone more vicious than her husband Python may be the last mistake she'll ever make. Now these king divas will leave nothing standing--because if they can't reign, no one will...--Back cover.

48 hours to die : an Anthony Stone novel

March 25, 2015
Silk White, author.
195 pages ; 22 cm
A deadly serial killer that goes by the name Uncle Sam is on the loose terrorizing the city. By day he's a regular working man, but by night he transforms into a vicious killer that preys on single women. Everything is fine until Detective Anthony Stone begins to stick his nose in Uncle Sam's business. Uncle Sam then captures Anthony Stone's family and gives the detective 48 hours to either kill himself or watch his loved one's die..... the choice is his. Just when Anthony Stone's life is calming down, he's forced to make a decision that will change his life as well as all the lives around him forever.

Baller bitches. Volume 3 : a novel

March 20, 2015
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
249 pages ; 22 cm
At head of title: A King Production presents.
Diamond may have to accept that she'll never have the happy storybook ending she envisioned. Kennedy always put her career first but a second chance at love might change all that. Blair thought being a superstar would fulfill all of her needs, until she discovers her true passion. Can these three women have it all or will their dreams never become reality?


March 20, 2015
Santiago, Nisa, author.
292 pages ; 22 cm
"Four broke girlfriends go into a Long Island church looking for a job. Four trained assassins come out. The Cristál Clique is born when these young killers are immersed in the intense underworld of murder-for-hire. But with youth comes naiveté. When heartache, betrayal, and revenge lurk behind every door, these Brooklyn girls must remain on point if they want to stay alive"--Page 4 of cover.

Bippity bop barbershop

March 17, 2015
Tarpley, Natasha.
New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2009, c2002.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
First published in hardcover in 2002.
"Megan Tingley books."
A story celebrating a young African-American boy's first trip to the barbershop.

The deep

March 17, 2015
Elliott, Zetta, author.
[United States] : Rosetta Press, [2013]
158 pages ; 23 cm
Includes discussion questions.

Under a painted sky

March 13, 2015
Lee, Stacey (Stacey Heather), author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
374 pages ; 22 cm
"In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri"-- Provided by publisher.

He loves me, he loves you not : a novel

March 11, 2015
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Pub., [2013].
216 p. ; 22 cm.
"It's been five years since their parents were murdered. Twin sisters Shia and Leigh are trying to readjust to life, while caring for their baby sister Remi. With the exception of Leigh's angry, dramatic mood swings every now and then, everything seems to be going great. That is until Demetri, the mysterious stranger, enters their midst, and falls right in the path of the newly single Shia. After dating Trent for so long, she is looking for a man to treat her like a queen, and Demetri is heaven sent...until inexplicable things begin to happen. When one of her sisters goes missing, and was last seen with Trent and Demetri, Shia suddenly realizes no one is who they appear to be. The seemingly normal world she and her sisters recreated is destroyed. Shia begins to realize that her parents' past deeds are coming back to haunt them all and no one can be trusted."--P. [4] of cover.

He loves me, he loves you not. 2, Puppetmaster : a novel

March 11, 2015
Mychea, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, [2012]
221 pages ; 22 cm
At head of title : Good 2 Go Publishing presents --Cover.
"Revenge truly is the sweetest joy....It s been years since Phylicia was committed to a mental ward to pay for her crimes. As luck would have it, she is presented with an unlikely opportunity that she has no choice but to accept. This opportunity is perfect, as she had been looking for a way to return to the real world and have her long awaited chance to dance with the devil himself; if that s what it takes. Natalia, a sexy blast from the past has arrived on the scene to stir things up and shut them down. If evil had a face it would radiate off of her. Things seems to be working out in everyone s favor until plans go drastically wrong and the perfect set-up goes up in flames. It now becomes a game of cat and mouse between two unlikely evils and one unsuspecting male. Mychea invites readers into a world filled with deceit, dishonesty and numerous plot twists and turns ......the puppetmaster has spoken....let the games begin."--Page [4] of cover.

Tears of a hustler 5 : the Spades : a novel

March 11, 2015
Silk White.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Pub., c2013.
202 p. ; 22 cm.
"Four and a half years in prison and finally Pauleena is back in the free world, ready to hit the ground running and get back to business. However, one problem stands in her way...The Spades. With Wolf out the game, The Spades leader Dice has no choice, but to step up to the plate and keep the movement moving, before new management takes over. The only question is does he have what it takes to lead thousands of troops into battle, as well as keep himself out of jail and not get his head blown off in the process? Free to do what he wants, Wolf has the freedom he has always sought...but the game can't and won't let him go no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. Join Silk White as he takes readers imaginations into a fast paced story of betrayal, deceit and disloyalty. Watch as the tables get turned and nothing is as it seems...let the journey begin..."-- From back cover.

Queen of thieves II : a novel

March 10, 2015
Khama, Kimathi.
Columbus, OH : Triple Crown Publications, [2013?]
269 p. ; 22 cm.
Title from cover.
Some copies may indicate "1st rev" printed on each page; best imprint available per MSA.

Little Peach

March 6, 2015
Kern, Peggy.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
190 pages ; 22 cm
Hospitalized in Brooklyn, New York, fourteen-year-old Michelle recalls being raised in Philadelphia by a loving grandfather and drug-addicted mother before running away and getting lured into prostitution.


March 5, 2015
Brent, Jason, author.
403 pages ; 22 cm
"Good 2 Go Publishing presents"--Cover.
Once the streets pull you in they own you. Or at least that's the way it's been for Slump. Since a child he had the responsibility of taking care of himself along with his younger brother and sister by any means necessary. The only thing he has ever been good at is killing, so good that the streets named him the Boogyman. But Slump faces a problem when he has to find out the hard way that not everyone is afraid of the Boogyman. He has one goal, get his money and get out fast. That's until his past begins to catch up to him. This classic tale by Jason Brent is sure to leave readers breathless.

The Teflon Queen. 4, Mr. Death

March 5, 2015
Silk White, author.
198 pages ; 22 cm
"Good 2 Go Publishing presents"--Cover.
"When the world's most violent terrorist Abdul Ockbar hires a deadly assassin that goes by the name Mr. Death to destroy America and anything in its path, things get bloody real fast. America is not ready for the chaos and pain that Mr. Death unleashes on the country. Law enforcement and other agencies try to take down the assassin but fail miserably. But when all else fails they go to the one person who they think can help... the Teflon Queen"--Page 4 of cover.

Not otherwise specified

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


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