New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

May 9, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Tiffany Sly lives here now

May 8, 2018
Davis, Dana, 1984- author.
332 pages ; 22 cm
I've got seven days to come clean to my new dad. Seven days to tell the truth... For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn't been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she's never known. Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters--and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn't fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home--or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the street. Marcus McKinney has had his own experiences with death, and the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them is the only thing that makes her feel grounded. But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he's Tiffany's real dad--and she has only seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make--and that life means sometimes taking risks.

A lucky man : stories

May 3, 2018
Brinkley, Jamel, author.
243 pages ; 24 cm
No more than a bubble -- J'ouvert, 1996 - I happy am -- Everything the mouth eats -- A family -- A lucky man -- Infinite happiness -- Wolf and Rhonda -- Clifton's place.
"Nine powerful stories set in Brooklyn and the South Bronx explore the comples ties between men whose mistakes threaten their relationships with friends, lovers, and family members." --Jacket.

Full figured 12 : Carl Weber presents

April 26, 2018
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
312 pages ; 21 cm.
"Plus side divas"--Cover.
"Carl Weber presents."
The biggest loser / La Jill Hunt -- Lusting for a big girl: a full figured story / by C.N. Phillips.
"La Jill Hunt and C. N. Phillips deliver two empowering stories about big, beautiful women who are surviving and thriving in the workplace"--Back cover.

Queen hustlaz, part 2

April 26, 2018
Love, Falicia, author.
230 pages ; 21 cm
"The girls are at it again and have taken revenge to the next level. Dana has gone through an ultimate test of will and faith, but she refuses to sit still and live her life being dependent on others. Will she become the woman that she used to be, or will she fall back in the grasp of money and greed? Stephanie is in a world of her own and wants to transition away from Dana and Brittany. Will she finally slip the tight hold that Dana seemingly has over her? Jeryca's future keeps her visiting her past and remembering how Farrah was there for her, which sets her teeth on edge. She is going to make everyone involved pay dearly--even the ones currently in her circle--but with new enemies coming for her and Orlando, will revenge truly be hers, or will the wrath of her new foe bring her demise?"-- Page [4] of cover.

What kind of man would I be?

April 26, 2018
Karrington, Blake, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
297 pages ; 21 cm.
Friends Dorrian, Ant, Roshon, and Carlos navigate the toxic and wonderful relationships with the women in their lives.

Dead on arrival

April 24, 2018
Swinson, Kiki, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
279 pages ; 22 cm
Desperate to pay off gambling debts, Dawn and Reese Spencer get drawn into a lucrative illegal-immigrant-smuggling ring, but after several immigrants turn up dead on arrival and Reese bets more than he can ever repay, the Feds and cold-blooded loan sharks begin closing in.


April 23, 2018
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
406 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes preview of 'Conspiracy' also by author.
"In D.C.'s cutthroat political arena, revenge is the ultimate nuclear option . . . Framed for a high-profile murder, Abrianna Parker finds herself hurtling down a conspiracy rabbit hole in a desperate attempt to clear her name. Her only way out is to go after the most powerful man in the country. But the powers that be play dirty—and expose her billionaire adoptive father, Cargill Parker, and his criminal activity. With charges of collusion swirling on Capitol Hill, police and Federal agencies force Abrianna off the grid. But she’s not alone. By her side is ex-con turned private investigator Kadir Kahlifa, a man as seductive as he is dangerous. While battling a fiery passion, they team up with their band of street rebels and digital revolutionaries to burn through deception and spin to uncover the truth before it costs more innocent lives—mainly their own."--Back cover.

A time for peace

April 23, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
189 pages ; 20 cm.
"Mama B's having a time keeping her attitude in check at a beachfront wedding. For her husband's sake, Mama B tries to keep her mouth shut about the couple's obvious differences, but how is that possible when the bride is young enough to be the groom's child? And speaking of children, Mama B's got a problem with her oldest son, who has been slacking on his landlord duties. Is it time to sell the house or does she need to have a good, long talk and let him know how the cow ate the cabbage? Kennedy didn't want to invite her sister, Whitney, to the wedding because Whitney always steals the show. This wedding weekend will put their sisterhood to the test, and Mama B is just the person to help them through...if Mama B can stop feuding with her own family long enough to hear God's voice in the midst"--Back cover.

Strategic seduction

April 20, 2018
Hodges, Cheris F.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
313 pages ; 17 cm
Alicia Michaels needs a major career reboot, but starting over in Atlanta is an uphill battle for the cautious PR rep—especially after she teams up with wealthy Richmond Crawford on a make-or-break project. For one thing, the risk-taking entrepreneur is nothing like the staid businessman he used to be. For another, she and Richmond can’t see eye-to-eye on anything—except that the reckless attraction between them is sizzling, off-the-charts trouble . . .

Passion of the streets

April 20, 2018
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
293 pages ; 21 cm
Jamil Rock is the hood’s most successful drug dealer and never thinks too far ahead—until Gia Ellis walks into his life. She's a sheltered girl from a wealthy family with a bright future. Suddenly, ruling the streets is nothing compared to the instant heat, and alluringly innocent aura from Gia. Jamil can’t resist . . .--Back cover.

Mama B : a time to plant : a novella

April 20, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
[United States] : Published by Read for Joy, an imprint of MLStimpson Enterprises, ©2015.
162 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes a excerpt from the novel Stepping down, by Michelle Stimpson.
"Mama B is back, and this time she has met her match in Dr.-Apostle-Prophet, etc. Falanda McPherson, the evangelist who has come to lead the fall revival at Mt. Zion. With her closest comrades away and other church members afraid of the minister, Mama B quickly becomes the one-woman hospitality committee. Thankfully, Falanda will be staying at the hotel ... well ... she was staying at the hotel until she managed to get herself kicked out. Now, Mama B finds herself trying to help a woman whose explosive patterns put everyone in danger. Words and prayer alone won't solve the problem. Mama B has to break ground in Falanda's heart the best way she knows how: the expressed love of God"--Page 4 of cover.

Mama B : a time for war : a novella

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
180 pages ; 21 cm
"Mama B knows she needs to get a handle on her bulging waistline, so she visits an exercise class at the local recreation center. But when the dancing style isn't quite her cup of tea, she and her longtime friend, Ophelia, start a class of their own. Soon Mama B finds herself compelled to take in yet another wayward soul from the class. But will Frank agree to open his home to strangers? When the exercise class comes under attack, Mama B has to figure out her place in the Lord's army while hoping her strong position won't backfire against Frank. And just when things seem to be looking up for the young woman whom she has been divinely appointed to help, Mama B's temper gets the best of her and threatens to unravel the very mission God has called her to complete."--Back cover.

A time to dance

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
132 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mama B thought her life would return to normal, but when her nephew, Derrick, comes knocking on her door, she has to reconsider. Though she's not known for housing marital fugitives, she realizes Derrick is looking for more than a place to stay; he needs help finding his way back to God. Of course, help is almost Mama B's middle name until Henrietta crosses the line with her accusations about Mama B's intentions with the recently widowed pastor. Mama B isn't looking for romance with either the pastor or her suitor, Dr. Wilson--but will love come looking for her?"--Back cover.

A time to love

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
142 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mama B was supposed to be helping people at the community food pantry, but Eunice needs more than just a bag full of canned goods. Though Eunice has plenty money, she can't seem to manage what matters most in life. Maybe if she stopped all the "cigarette-ment" (as Henrietta says) she might turn out all right. Dr. Wilson's not letting up on his pursuit of Mama B. Will he come on too strong and scare her away, or will Mama B throw caution to the wind and fall in love at age 72? Catch up with Mama B again in the small town of Peasner, TX. She's still servin' wisdom and humor as only she can"--Back cover.

Mama B : a time to mend : a novella

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
173 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a excerpt from the novel Stepping down, by Michelle Stimpson.
"Mama B's address has changed, but her heart for people is still the same. When a young neighbor with special needs (Jeffrey) passes out on her back porch, Mama B springs into action help him recover in more ways than one. But intervening in Jeffrey's dysfunctional home life leads Mama B to go poking where Frank doesn't want her to venture. How can she submit to her heart and her new husband at the same time?"--Page 4 of cover.

A time to speak

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
160 pages ; 21 cm.
Publisher as found on
"The good folks at Mt. Zion Baptist are doing their best to keep the church flowing smoothly while Pastor Phillips takes time off to be with his wife in her final days. Beatrice "Mama B" Jackson even opens her home so that the women's groups can continue to meet faithfully after some "rascal" stole the copper from the church's air conditioning unit. With her semi-estranged granddaughter and great-grandson staying in the guest room, Mama B soon has a full house. When the interim preacher and his wife start touting messages that don't line up with the Bible, Mama B wonders how and if she can intervene without causing strife in the congregation or discouraging the young couple. However, Mama B can only take so much of this foolishness. Though her own faith might be intact, she can't have her great-grandson believing that God is a Sugar Daddy in the sky. Soon enough, Mama B will realize that there is much more at stake than she or anyone else at Mt. Zion ever imagined. And it's time to speak"--Back cover.

Female hustler 5 : a novel

April 18, 2018
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
225, 7 pages ; 21 cm
"All I see is the money..."--Title page.
"In Female Hustler Part 5, Aaliyah fights for love and Angel is left fighting for her life. Just when they both believe they have it all figured out, the truth may destroy them both. Will one sister be willing to risk it all, or will they both be left with nothing?"--Back cover.

Heads of the colored people : stories

April 12, 2018
Thompson-Spires, Nafissa, author.
209 pages ; 22 cm
Heads of the colored people: four fancy sketches, two chalk outlines, and no apology -- The necessary changes have been made -- Belles lettres -- The body's defenses against itself -- Fatima, the biloquist: a transformation story -- The subject of consumption -- Suicide, watch -- Whisper to a scream -- Not today, Marjorie -- This Todd -- A conversation about bread -- Wash clean the bones.
"Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Diaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes. Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Some are darkly humorous--from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through notes in their kids' backpacks, to the young girl contemplating how best to notify her Facebook friends of her impending suicide--while others are devastatingly poignant--a new mother and funeral singer who is driven to madness with grief for the young black boys who have fallen victim to gun violence, or the teen who struggles between her upper middle class upbringing and her desire to fully connect with black culture. Thompson-Spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, satirical, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, as well as the vulnerability of the black body. Boldly resisting categorization and easy answers, Nafissa Thompson-Spires is an original and necessary voice in contemporary fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Mafio$o. Part three

April 12, 2018
Santiago, Nisa, author.
[Bellport, New York] : Melodrama Publishing, 2018.
248 pages ; 22 cm
Layla begins her solo reign of terror with seed money stolen from her estranged husband, Scott.

Bad men and wicked women

April 11, 2018
Dickey, Eric Jerome, author.
New York : Dutton, [2018]
370 pages ; 24 cm
"Ken Swift knows danger, but nowhere does he feel it more than in his tangled romances. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, and wrestling with a strong desire to get to know a third, his life is far from perfect, and it becomes all the more complicated when his troubled daughter resurfaces on the same day as a major job. Margaux is pregnant, bitter, and desperate: she needs $50,000 immediately, and she isn't above blackmailing Ken to get it. Yet even as the tension-filled father/daughter reunion escalates into a clashing of wills and desires that spread far beyond their family, Ken's latest contract spirals quickly out of control, and he finds it is not only his daughter looking to seek revenge."--Provided by publisher.

Dread nation

April 10, 2018
Ireland, Justina, author.
451 pages ; 22 cm
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-- derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. Now laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. But it's not a life Jane wants. When families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy... and the restless dead are the least of her problems.

The house on Harbor Hill

March 30, 2018
Stratton, Shelly, author.
358 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes a reading group guide.
Dafina books.
"Set in the past and present, The House on Harbor Hill is a murder mystery that tackles the issues of racial prejudice and spousal abuse in the lives of two very different women... She's generous, kind, and compassionate--yet Delilah Grey will forever be an outcast in the small seaside town of Camden Beach, Maryland. She takes in women shattered by abuse, poverty, illness, or events beyond their control. But no matter how far she's come or how many she's helped find their way back, there is no safe place for Delilah. Acquitted of her rich husband's mysterious death decades ago, she lives in her beautiful mansion consumed by secrets--and mistakes she feels she can never atone for... Until she takes in desperate mother Tracey Walters and her two young children. Tracey won't say where she's from or what sent her into hiding. But her determination and refusal to give up reminds Delilah of the spirited, hopeful girl she once was--and the dreams she still cherishes. As Tracey takes tentative steps to rebuild her life, her unexpected attraction to Delilah's handsome, troubled caretaker inadvertently brings Delilah face to face with the past. And when Tracey's worst fears come brutally calling, both women must find even more strength to confront truths they can no longer ignore--and at last learn how to truly be free..."


March 30, 2018
Hernandez, Treasure, author.
234 pages ; 21 cm.
Tiara Rogers is the daughter of a kingpin, which makes her a target. She falls hard for a boy, but isn't aware of his true plans for her. She becomes lost in the underworld, and her father's empire is being fought over by people she once trusted.

Divas don't cry

March 29, 2018
Simone, Ni-Ni, author.
392 pages ; 21 cm
London Phillips aims to get back her ex, but destroying her former bestie, Rich Montgomery and settling old scores could hurt her best chance to happiness.

Stud princess

March 29, 2018
N'Tyse (Author), author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
276 pages ; 21 cm
Chyna hunts for the crooked lawyer who double-crossed her uncle. Meanwhile, Sand and Rene are ready to forgive and forget after not always being honest with one another. Each finds themself blackmailed into working for Chyna.


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