New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

June 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Awakening

June 24, 2016
Scott, Devon, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
300 pages ; 18 cm
"Previously published as Jasminium by Jonathan Luckett"--Cover.
Taj has a successful career, a loving fiancee, and a life full of promise. The talented Cheyenne is married and has all the security money can bring. One chance encounter during the holidays sweeps these two back into a wrenching past they thought they'd put behind them.

Tied to a boss

June 22, 2016
Rose, J.L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2016.
203 pages ; 22 cm
Local gangster Dante falls for a local female gangster named Alinna, who finds out he's two-timing her.

Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray

June 21, 2016
Love, Dorothy, 1949- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
386 pages ; 22 cm
"Mary Anna Custis Lee is a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, wife of Confederate General Robert E Lee, and heiress to Virginia's storied Arlington house and General Washington's personal belongings. Born in bondage at Arlington, Selina Norris Gray learns to read and write in the schoolroom Mary and her mother keep for the slave children, and eventually becomes Mary's housekeeper and confidante. As Mary's health declines, Selina becomes her personal maid, strengthening a bond that lasts until death parts them. Forced to flee Arlington at the start of the Civil War, Mary entrusts the keys to her beloved home to no one but Selina. When Union troops begin looting the house, it is Selina who confronts their commander and saves many of its historic treasures."-- Provided by publisher.

Down home blues : a novel

June 21, 2016
Dixon, Phyllis R, 1958- author.
©2016
284 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group and resource guide.
"Eden, Arkansas is a town you are from, not move to. But when divorce, foreclosure, domestic violence, and an all-expense paid trip (also called prison) disrupt the Washington siblings perfectly planned lives, they end up back down home. Instead of serenity, sibling rivalries, divided loyalties and money squabbles resurface. Even the good news, that there may be natural gas on their father's land, causes conflict. When their father, C.W. Washington, one of the largest landowners in the county, announces his engagement, barely six months after his wife's death, his daughters fear Viagra is clouding his judgment (his sons say go for it). Homemade preserves and family dinners are welcome by-products of the move down home. Unfortunately, family members aren't always singing in the same key. But just a few notes can switch a gloomy blues tune to the soundtrack for a good time. What song will the Washingtons play?"--Page 4 of cover.

Oklahoma City

June 17, 2016
Johnson, Clifford, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
346 pages ; 21 cm.
The drug trade in Oklahoma City is thriving despite being run by two kingpins, but when a woman comes between them, the streets run red and the stability that the drug suppliers once took for granted is long gone.

Power couple : a novel

June 16, 2016
Hobbs, Allison, author.
New York : Strebor Books, 2016.
295 pages ; 21 cm
In a society obsessed with fame and image, celebrity chef Cori Brown and her former NFL star husband Maverick are another power couple. When the media darling, Cori, finds herself embroiled in a sex scandal, she fears her loyal fans and tabloids will viciously turn on her. Even her pro football player husband isn't safe, and Maverick may be dragged through the mud along with her.

Str8 up thugg'n

June 15, 2016
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : KJ Publications, Inc., [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 21 cm
Cover title.
"Runaway nineteen-year-old Tatiana is under the abusive hand of an older boyfriend who forces her into prostitution and beats her brutally. When she meets a younger man who is interested in helping her, he calls on the Piru Bloodz gang to get involved."--Provided by publisher.

The gilded years : a novel

June 10, 2016
Tanabe, Karin, author.
New York : Washington Square Press, 2016.
382 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a readers club guide.
"Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise "Lottie" Taylor, the scion of one of New York's most prominent families. Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie's sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it's like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman--the person everyone believes her to be--and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It's only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita's brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister's, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita's college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret. Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Gilded Age, an era when old money traditions collided with modern ideas, Tanabe has written an unputdownable and emotionally compelling story of hope, sacrifice, and betrayal--and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life"-- Provided by publisher.

G-spot 2 : the seven deadly sins. Books 1-7 (plus the alternate ending)

June 10, 2016
Noire, author.
©2015
629 pages ; 28 cm.
Sequel to: G-spot.
Cover title.
Pride : the 1st deadly sin -- Betrayal : the 2nd deadly sin -- Greed : the 3rd deadly sin -- Envy : the 4th deadly sin -- Lust : the 5th deadly sin -- Trickery : the 6th deadly sin -- Revenge : the 7th deadly sin -- Revenge : the 7th deadly sin (alternate ending).
"Harlem hasn't been the same since the notorious Granite 'G' McKay was brutally murdered in a back room of the G-Spot Social Club. In the aftermath, not only has G's massive cache of doe gone missing, but Juicy has skipped town with Gino ... G's very own son! ... Can Juicy and Gino find happiness as they try to build a new life together? Or will mayhem, murder, and the bitter wrath of the streets track them down to get what's due?"--Page [6].

Charcoal Joe : an Easy Rawlins mystery

June 9, 2016
Mosley, Walter, author.
New York : Doubleday, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
305 pages ; 25 cm
Life for Easy Rawlins is surprisingly... easy. He's living off the proceeds of his last case, trying to keep out of trouble. Of course it's not going to last. Because Easy's old friend Mouse knocks on his door. Mouse is one of the deadliest men in America. And Mouse wants a small favour. He wants Easy to help a man he says is wrongly imprisoned, a friend of Charcoal Joe. Charcoal Joe is a mythical figure in the LA underworld - he pulls all the strings but keeps out of sight. Reluctantly, Easy agrees - he owes Mouse his life. But this is no small favour. It's going to be Easy's deadliest investigation yet. It's going to take him from the beaches of Malibu to the shadiest stretches of Sunset in a frenetic adventure through a wild and unrepentant city.

A sinful calling

June 9, 2016
Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author.
New York ; Boston : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
325 pages ; 24 cm.
Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of an 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance. Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone and for very good reason."--Provided by publisher.

Trail of echoes

June 8, 2016
Hall, Rachel Howzell, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
318 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A Detective Elouise Norton novel"--Cover.
"On a rainy spring day in Los Angeles, homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called away from a rare lunch date to Bonner Park, where the body of thirteen-year-old Chanita Lords has been discovered. When Lou and her partner, Colin Taggert, take on the sad task of informing Chanita's mother, Lou is surprised to find herself in the apartment building she grew up in. Chanita was interested in photography and, much like Lou, a black girl destined to leave the housing projects behind. Her death fits a chilling pattern of exceptional African-American girls--dancers, artists, honors scholars-gone recently missing in the same school district, the one Lou attended not so long ago. Lou is valiantly trying to make a go of life after her divorce and doing everything she can to avoid her long estranged father. She races to catch a serial killer, but he remains frustratingly out of her reach, sending cryptic cyphers and taunting clues that arrive too late to prevent the next death. This one is personal, and it's only a matter of time before he comes after Lou herself"---Amazon.

Homegoing

June 7, 2016
Gyasi, Yaa, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
305 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation"-- Provided by publisher.

Justin

June 6, 2016
Alonge, L. J., author.
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [2016]
142 pages ; 18 cm.
Fifteen-year-old Justin keeps a list of goals stashed under his mattress. Number 1 is "figure out life plans." Number 5 is "earn Zen Master rating in WoW." Number 7 is "play a little basketball every day." Nowhere on that list is "take on the crew from Ghosttown," but that's the type of trouble that always seems to finds him, and he's not the type to back down from a challenge.

I almost forgot about you : a novel

June 3, 2016
McMillan, Terry, author.
New York : Crown, [2016]
x, 355 pages ; 24 cm
Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love.

Cross kill

June 2, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
113, 13 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes a sneak peek for The trial.
"Along Came a Spider killer Gary Soneji has been dead for over ten years. Alex Cross watched him die. But today, Cross saw him gun down his partner. Is Soneji alive? A ghost? Or something even more sinister? Nothing will prepare you for the wicked truth."--Back cover.

Killer dolls. Part 2

June 2, 2016
Santiago, Nisa, author.
Bellport, NY : Brooklyn Books, an imprint of Melodrama Publishing, 2016.
260 pages ; 22 cm
"After the gun smoke clears, one female is left standing. Although Aoki isn't out of danger, she can breathe a sigh of relief that the immediate threat has been handled. Now, in a race to mend broken relationships with AZ, B-Scientific, and Emilio all whom seemingly want to be number one in her life, she's asked to make a hard choice. With all decisions come consequences. And while one of these men vow to love her forever, their goal is to make her forever as short as possible. Aoki will be shocked to find out who wants this Killer Doll, dead. Her archenemy will be shocked to find that this killer is hard to kill."-- Back cover.

Hot flash

May 31, 2016
Johnson, Carrie H. author.
New York : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
280 pages ; 21 cm.
"Muriel Mabley will do whatever it takes to put Philadelphia's most vicious killer in lockdown for good...until her troubled younger sister in witness protection receives a terrifying warning--and Muriel's long-time partner, Laughton, reveals he knows more than he should about her and Muriel's shattered past. And when Laughton's ex-wife and her new husband turn up dead, his own secrets will send Muriel down a twisted trail of lethal leads, disappeared witnesses, and the ultimate wrenching betrayal..." -- Cover [page 4].

Jazz moon

May 31, 2016
Okonkwo, Joe, author.
©2016
351 pages ; 21 cm
Ben Charles and his wife Angeline take part of the Harlem Renaissance scene in the 1920s. Ben finds himself drawn to Paris due to the influence of trumpeter Baby Back Johnston.

The real Mrs. Price

May 27, 2016
Mason, J. D., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
viii, 327 pages ; 22 cm.
"Lucy Price is living the American dream. She has been married to her successful husband and businessman, Edward Price for a year and couldn't be happier until she learns that Eddie is a dangerously ruthless man, heavily involved in illegal activities that threaten not only her marriage, but her life. Eddie abruptly disappears, but not before warning Lucy that if she wants to keep breathing she'd better keep her mouth shut. Six months later, word of her husband surfaces when she learns that he is presumed murdered in a small Texas town, apparently killed by his "wife", Marlowe Price. Marlowe is no stranger to trouble. An outcast in her own community for being one of those "hoodoo women," who can curse you or cast you under her beguiling spell, Marlowe is shunned at every turn. Six months ago, a whirlwind romance in Mexico led Marlowe to marry the man she thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. For Marlowe and Eddie, there is no such thing as trouble in paradise. But late one night, when Marlowe witnesses her husband putting the body of a dead man in the trunk of his car, the illusion comes crashing down around her and she knows she has to move fast before the devil comes calling once again. Now, Lucy and Marlowe must come together to find out where and who Eddie really is, and help each other through the threat he poses. There's nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned ... except for two women scorned who are willing to put their pasts behind them and band together to take one bad man down.."-- Provided by publisher.

One woman's reality : a family that faces segregation, racism, financial hardship and their daughter's troubled marriage

May 26, 2016
Dev, Rev. Sandara, author
[Place of publication not identified] : Xlibris Corporation, [2010]
198 pages ; 23 cm
"This story involves a families life challenges to survive, with faith and perseverance. Their young daughter’s troubled marriage, who found her first love, early in her life. Mara the daughter, looks back on this marriage through flash backs from the beginnings of her childhood. Mara also seeks counciling to save her marriage, because of marrying at such a young age. Her husband’s lack of moral stability in marriage, becomes quite an obstacle for Mara. She attempts to salvage her marriage, as they continue to grow apart. This book appeals to both men and women, who have faced similar circumstances. In marriages or intimate relationships, when one person is the most committed. And as always it takes two people and compromise, for a relationship to endure."--Page [4] of cover.

Every woman's dream

May 25, 2016
Monroe, Mary, author.
©2016
344 pages ; 24 cm
"Dafina books."

Full figured 10 : Carl Weber presents

May 24, 2016
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, LLC [2016]
328 pages ; 21 cm.
The birthday girl / Skyy -- Fire and icing / Anna Black
"Fire & Icing by Anna Black: Lynn Bryant has suffered through a monotonous marriage long enough with her husband, Chester. Longing for love, intimacy, and affection, Lynn finally throws in the towel. Forty-one and childless, she wants a man who is willing and ready to love her the way she deserves. General Contractor William Daniels appears to be the perfect man for the job. Lynn’s bakery, Fire & Icing, needs some repairs, so she hires him. Lynn manages to bake her way into Will’s heart, but will he be able to reconstruct hers?"-- Page [4] of cover.

Money-makin' mamas

May 24, 2016
Silk Smooth (Writer)
©2016
213 pages ; 21 cm
The mother of three sexy, smart, and highly creative daughters who use their "skills" through Internet pornography to make money, Taffy finds that all bets are off when her girls--Chyna, Simone, and Karrine--refuse to play by her rules.

Zane's Vengeance : a novel

May 18, 2016
Zane, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
274 pages ; 24 cm.
"Mega bestselling author Zane returns to the world of her hugely popular novels Addicted and Nervous in this dark and exhilarating follow-up featuring a beautiful but emotionally damaged pop star desperate and determined to enact revenge on those who have caused her to hide behind her fame. After fleeing from Atlanta years ago following a traumatic event, Caprice Tatum decides it's time to return to her roots--only this time, she's coming back as Wicket, the international pop sensation who's the very definition of fame and fortune. And while she may be the perfect diva onstage, offstage she's desperate to finally lay her past to rest. Her plan? Revenge. The deeper she worms her way into Atlanta's most elite circles, the more Caprice unravels, putting herself and the few people she trusts at risk, including Jonovan, her childhood crush whose compassion and allure is almost too hot to handle. When her father suggests she see a therapist, Dr. Marcella Spencer, Caprice finally begins to pick up her pieces and find an inner-strength. But can Caprice truly overcome her past? Or will it drag her even further into darkness?"-- Provided by publisher.

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