New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

November 14, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dear Martin

November 13, 2017
Stone, Nic, author.
New York : Crown, 2017.
210 pages ; 22 cm
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

The people vs. Alex Cross

November 13, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York : Little, Brown, 2017.
413 pages ; 24 cm.
"The charges: explosive. Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law -- until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? The evidence: shocking. As Cross fights for his professional life and his freedom, his former partner John Sampson brings him a gruesome, titillating video tied to the mysterious disappearances of several young girls. Despite his suspension from the department, Cross can't say no to Sampson. The illicit investigation leads them to the darkest corners of the Internet, where murder is just another form of entertainment. The People vs. Alex Cross: the trial of the century. As the prosecution presents its case, and the nation watches, even those closest to Cross begin to doubt his innocence. If he can't convince his own family that he didn't pull the trigger with intent to kill, how can he hope to persuade a jury? But even with everything on the line, Cross will do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous criminal ... even if he can't save himself."

Relentless : Redeemed series book 1

November 8, 2017
Haley, Patricia, author.
296 pages ; 21 cm.
Attorney Maxwell Montgomery has amassed a long list of legal victories in the war he's waged against corruption and religious hypocrisy, single-handedly bringing down one of the most popular churches in Philadelphia. He is determined to be successful, powerful, and rich enough to never end up like his father, and never to need God or the church. No one is immune from his vengeful pursuit--or so he believes.

As lie is to grin

November 2, 2017
Marsalis, Simeon, 1990- author.
151 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
David, the narrator of Simeon Marsalis's singular first novel, is a freshman at the University of Vermont who is struggling to define himself against the white backdrop of his school. He is also mourning the loss of his New York girlfriend, whose grandfather's alma mater he has chosen to attend. When David met Melody, he lied to her about who he was and where he lived, creating a more intriguing story than his own. This lie haunts and almost unhinges him as he attempts to find his true voice and identity.


November 2, 2017
Moon, Sarah, 1982- author.
New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2017.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Fourteen-year-old Sparrow Cooke of Brooklyn has always been the kind of child who prefers reading books to playing with friends (not that she has many of those) and since fifth grade the one person who seemed to understand her was the school librarian--so when Mrs. Wexler was killed in an accident, Sparrow's world came apart, and when she was found on the edge of the school roof everyone assumed that it was a suicide attempt, which Sparrow denies, but cannot find the words to explain.

Cincinnati Jack Boys. Anybody can get it

November 1, 2017
McDaniel, Shawn "Nutt" Sr., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2016]
344 pages ; 23 cm
Cover title.
"Keyshawn and Daquan Daniels are two troubled youths who are determined to make it big in the streets by any means necessary. Keyshawn uses his wit and arrogant demeanor, along with the earnings from his prior heists, to form a ruthless gang that terrorizes Cincinnati's entire Tri- State area. It lasts until he catches eight years for a botched robbery. Daquan on the other hand, has robbed and killed ever since he was eleven years old, when he helped establish and run the No Sleep Gangsta's, with his older brother. Now, with Keyshawn behind bars, all the decisions fall in Daquan's lap. Trigger is Keyshawn's right hand man and a top lieutenant in their organization of ruthless dope slingers. Thy use intimidation, assault and killings to control their drug turf. These youth will stop at nothing to advance in the drug underworld of organized crime. The only thing standing in their way is greed, betrayal, power and murder..."--Back cover.

Someone's gonna get it

October 31, 2017
Mychea, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
209 pages ; 22 cm
Kara's a detective who's on a mission to find the person who murdered her father when she was a child. Meanwhile, she's feeling as if she's being hunted, and that her time is running out.

Loyalty to a gangsta

October 31, 2017
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
iv, 204 pages ; 22 cm
After his mother's death, Gabriel Green relocates from Chicago to Miami to move in with his estranged father and half-siblings, none of whom want him around. Meanwhile, Gabriel crosses paths with a gangster named Duke who takes Gabriel under his wing.

The devil you know

October 27, 2017
Monroe, Mary, author.
322 pages ; 24 cm
"For best friends Lola Poole and Joan Proctor-Riley, there's never too much when it comes to online-dating rich, no-commitments lovers. It's a fantasy come true that makes their unhappy lives bearable. But there's no escape when Lola's vicious relatives cheat her out of everything that's hers, and Joan's husband pulls a devastating betrayal. With nothing to lose, the two will do everything and anything to lock down Mr. Right and lifetime satisfaction... With his scorching sexual healing and compassionate nature, handsome trucker Calvin Ramsey keeps coming out on top with Lola. And she's this close to winning his love and finally getting the loving family of her dreams. But she doesn't suspect that Calvin's idea of making a woman his own is a fatal affair. Now, his gentle reassurances and sensual promises are spinning a web where Lola and Joan's deepest longings could be the deadliest trap of all..." -- From publisher's description.

Unforgivable love

October 25, 2017
Scott, Sophfronia, author.
509, 7 pages ; 21 cm
A reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
1947. A sweltering stretch has Harlem's elite fleeing the city for Westchester County's breezier climes. Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel's smile and a heart of stone. To have the pleasure she craves, control is paramount, especially control of the men she attracts. Valiant Jackson has wanted Mae for years. and Mae strikes a bargain: seduce her virginal young cousin, Cecily, who is engaged to Frank Washington. Frank values her innocence above all else. If successful, Val's reward will be a night with Mae. But Val secretly seeks Elizabeth Townsend, who is fiercely loyal to her church and her civil rights attorney husband.

It could be worse

October 23, 2017
Sommers, August, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [2017?]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 28 cm
Marcus Dinkins and Henry Lucious leave Marietta, Georgia for New York City, hoping for opportunities and a chance to make a name for themselves in the big city.

Who said women were the weaker sex

October 23, 2017
Sommers, August, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [2017?]
248 pages ; 28 cm
Twenty-six cats -- Shane -- Sadie Hopkins -- Tommy's a girl -- Ms. Wright -- Mary Hargrove.
A collection of interlinked short stories that describe Bert Brown's life and his relationships with women through the years.

The diamond empire

October 20, 2017
K'wan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
260 pages ; 21 cm
The New York street scene is full of treachery and alliances, and Diamonds knows he has to push away his past if he's to grab hold of a future with Pearl. But there's about to be an all-out war, and Diamonds is in exile, planning his next move. Meanwhile Pearl faces a threat that could topple the Stone empire; and Vita has discovered a sinister plan that threatens to destroy everything she had fought so hard to build.

The tragedy of Brady Sims

October 12, 2017
Gaines, Ernest J., 1933- author.
114 pages ; 21 cm
"Ernest J. Gaines's new novella revolves around a courthouse shooting that leads a young reporter to uncover the long story of race and power in his small town and the relationship between the white sheriff and the black man who "whipped children" to keep order. After Brady Sims pulls out a gun in a courtroom and shoots his own son, who has just been convicted of robbery and murder, he asks only to be allowed two hours before he'll give himself up to the sheriff. When the editor of the local newspaper asks his cub reporter to dig up a "human interest" story about Brady, he heads for the town's barbershop. It is the barbers and the regulars who hang out there who narrate with empathy, sadness, humor, and a profound understanding the life story of Brady Sims--an honorable, just, and unsparing man who with his tough love had been handed the task of keeping the black children of Bayonne, Louisiana in line to protect them from the unjust world in which they lived. And when his own son makes a fateful mistake, it is up to Brady to carry out the necessary reckoning. In the telling, we learn the story of a small southern town, divided by race, and the black community struggling to survive even as many of its inhabitants head off northwards during the Great Migration"-- Provided by publisher.

The perfect present

October 5, 2017
344 pages ; 17 cm.
A Christmas layover / Rochelle Ayers -- The Christmas lesson / Cheris Hodges -- Christmas with you / Pamela Yaye.

Pearl tongue : a Dallas Diamonds novel

October 5, 2017
Bentley, Tyrone, author.
300 pages ; 21 cm.
"With a drug addict mother and a drug lord father, Aphtan learns how to fend for herself at an early age. Being the princess of an empire has its perks--until her father gets arrested. From stealing clothes and food to committing fraud, Aphtan does what she has to do to take care of her mother and herself. But when her schemes prove problematic, she turns to a new hustle: dancing at Pearl Tongue, the most notorious strip club in Texas . For Aphtan, the job's fast money means security. Addicted to the cash, she promises herself she'll never stop--until her new man, Scooter, makes her. In love, Aphtan trades in the pole for the life of a housewife. But nothing lasts forever and Scooter's past ultimately catches up with them--bringing secrets to the surface that destroy their relationship. Devastated, Aphtan needs a shoulder to cry on--and it belongs to Scooter's brother, Cole. Now, between betrayal, lies, murder, and a robbery that may force her to leave town for good, Aphtan's heart--and her life--are on the line." -- ǂc

Supreme & Justice 3

October 3, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
205 pages ; 22 cm
After a botched attempt on his life nearly kills his twin brother, crime Kingpin Justice is out for blood and swears to hunt down and eliminate those responsible.

My husband's mistress : renaissance collection

October 2, 2017
Williams, Racquel, 1978- author.
248 pages ; 21 cm
"Hassan Clarke is a self-proclaimed ladies’ man with his eyes set on the prize. With his jovial ways and gift for gab, he has managed to weasel his way into the lives of two women—his wife, Destiny, and his mistress, Imani. His mistress is a gold-digging, self-serving side chick determined to be with her married lover even if it means losing everything, including her soul, to get to him. However, after putting years of hard work and her hard-earned money into building her husband’s firm, Destiny doesn’t plan to forgo all the benefits without a fight. Hassan soon finds out that living the double life is not what it’s cracked up to be. Destiny’s life has been turned upside down by the cheating husband she once thought was the man of her dreams. His reckless behavior has not only caused major heartbreak, but it has also caused her major health problems. With the cards stacked against her, she must dig deep within to pull out her inner strength." --

Trouble in the White House : a black president novel

October 2, 2017
Hampton, Brenda (Brenda M.), author.
266 pages ; 21 cm.
"President Stephen C. Jefferson is back to shake things up once more. Now that his mistress has been put on ice, he and First Lady Raynetta Jefferson seem to be back on track. She has managed to hurdle over her husband's affairs, but her mother-in-law continues to be the real thorn in her side. The two women want the president to choose whose side he's on, but President Jefferson has his mind on his job. Sweeping gun-control legislation has been passed, and terrorism is being dealt with in a major way. The president is riding high from his multiple accomplishments, until he's told about a son he never knew he had, a son who has been classified as a dangerous terrorist. The shocking news brings the president to his knees. His trials and tribulations are more difficult than any he could have ever imagined. His world is crumbling right before his eyes, and a lonely, vengeful first lady is not the one he needs by his side. Neither is the Secret Service, and when an agent decides to make a move toward the first lady, mayhem erupts in the White House like never, ever before" -- page [4] of cover.

The origin of others : the Charles Eliot Norton lectures, 2016

September 27, 2017
Morrison, Toni, author.
xvii, 114 pages ; 19 cm
Foreword / by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- Romancing slavery -- Being or becoming the stranger -- The color fetish -- Configurations of blackness -- Narrating the other -- The foreigner's home.
America's foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. Readers of Morrison's fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books--Beloved, Paradise, and A Mercy. If we learn racism by example, then literature plays an important part in the history of race in America, both negatively and positively. Morrison writes about nineteenth-century literary efforts to romance slavery, contrasting them with the scientific racism of Samuel Cartwright and the banal diaries of the plantation overseer and slaveholder Thomas Thistlewood. She looks at configurations of blackness, notions of racial purity, and the ways in which literature employs skin color to reveal character or drive narrative. Expanding the scope of her concern, she also addresses globalization and the mass movement of peoples in this century. National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Morrison's most personal work of nonfiction to date.

The unquiet grave : a novel

September 22, 2017
McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948- author.
358 pages ; 24 cm
"Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost."-- Provided by publisher.

The closet chronicles

September 21, 2017
Haynes, J.P. (Novelist), author.
Salinas, California : Sapphire Books, [2017]
216 pages ; 22 cm
"In DJ Spencer's professional life, everything is black and white. Pushed by deadlines and bylines, she spends her days outing the rich and famous. She closely scrutinizes everyone, and anyone is fair game for the headlines of the popular, yet questionable magazine. DJ quickly realizes that some things are better left in the dark, but her personal life is another story. She hides behind the lives of a group of fun-loving friends, who help maintain her sanity with their crazy antics. She soon discovers that her own closet isn't the only one holding a devastating secret, and when work, play, and secrets collide, it ignites a series of events that no one could see coming. Will DJ be able to keep her secrets to herself? Or will her world implode and leave her teetering on the edge of disaster?"--Back cover.

A time to stand

September 20, 2017
Whitlow, Robert, 1954- author.
399 pages ; 23 cm
"In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side? Adisa Johnson, a young African American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career. Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital. Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable--defend the officer. As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime. This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice, to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Lightning men : a novel

September 19, 2017
Mullen, Thomas, author.
374 pages ; 24 cm.
Officer Denny Rakestraw and "Negro Officers" Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith have their hands full in a rapidly changing Atlanta. It's 1950 and racial tensions are simmering as black families, including Smith's sister, begin moving into formerly all-white neighborhoods. When Rake's brother-in-law launches a scheme to rally the Ku Klux Klan to "save" their neighborhood, his efforts spiral out of control, forcing Rake to choose between loyalty to family or the law. Across town, Boggs and Smith try to shut down the supply of white lightning and drugs into their territory, finding themselves up against more powerful foes than they'd expected. Battling corrupt cops and ex-cons, Nazi brown shirts and rogue Klansmen, the officers are drawn closer to the fires that threaten to consume the city once again.

Sing, unburied, sing : a novel

September 7, 2017
Ward, Jesmyn, author.
289 pages ; 22 cm
Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.


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