New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

May 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
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)
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.

Stay loyal

May 17, 2016
Simone, Empress, author.
[United States?] : [Empress Simone/Empressed for Life Presents?], [2016?]
74 pages ; 21 cm
"India Perini has always focused her attentions on maintaining the love of her children's father, Veontrae Simmons. However, as time and life passes them by she is faced with the stark reality that Veontrae isn't all that he seemed. His thirst for extra-sexual encounters, including those with her own family but excluding India, are the cause for his spiral and depression. He takes his ill feelings for himself and externalizes them unto the one woman who loves him more than she loves herself. India becomes Veontrae's victim of lust, infidelity and domestic violence. After trying hard to make things work she can no longer take any more of his abuse. India makes a great escape to a life of tranquility and harmony. She now lives for her new love and blended family with Chance Myers and his daughter Marley. Their love is tested in the worst way as India now becomes a victim once again due to Veontrae's wild side, consisting of same sex romances. Find out how everything unfolds, including if Chance and India's newly established romance can withstand the perils of Veontrae's down lo-ism and extra-curricular activities."--Page [4] of cover.


May 4, 2016
Buckhanon, Kalisha, 1977- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
viii, 296 pages ; 25 cm
"Solemn Redvine is a precocious Mississippi girl who senses a nearby baby may be her half-sibling: the outcome of her father's mistakes with a married woman who lives in their trailer park. After Solemn witnesses a man throw the baby down a community well, she struggles to understand the event, leaving her forever changed. As Solemn finds refuge in fantasies of stardom as well as friendships with her brother's wife and a nearby girl, the ill-fated baby's doomed mother disappears without a trace. Solemn remains trapped by connections to the missing other woman and an honest cop who suspects more to the story than others on the small local police force want to see. When her father's next mistake - a robbery - lands Solemn in a group home for troubled girls, she meets a Chicago delinquent who wants to escape. There, Solemn must face the truth of who she really is and what she is really made of"-- Provided by publisher.

Better : a novel

May 4, 2016
Thompson, Adrienne, author.
Arkansas : Pink Cashmere Publishing, [2014]
252 pages ; 23 cm
"First, her marriage fell apart, then her life fell apart. She’s been through hell. He just wants to make things better... but will she let him? Carla Foster is still reeling from what she calls zthe ultimate betrayaly of catching her husband in the midst of his infidelity. Now, seemingly stuck in marital limbo, she finally decides to move on with her life only to find herself face-to-face with a monster. As her life begins to crumble, she wonders if things will ever get better. Will Carla be able to find healing and eventually, love? This is a follow-up to the international best-selling novel, Your Love Is King."

The book of Harlan

May 2, 2016
McFadden, Bernice L., author.
341 pages ; 24 cm
During World War II, two African American musicians, Harlan and Lizard, are captured by the Nazis in Paris and imprisoned at Buchenwald concentration camp which changes the course of Harlan's life.-- Provided by publisher.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins' all-time greatest hits : a novel

April 29, 2016
Binelli, Mark.
New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
201 pages ; 22 cm
"He came on stage in a coffin, carried by pallbearers, drunk enough to climb into his casket every night. Onstage he wore a cape, clamped a bone to his nose, and carried a staff topped with a human skull. Offstage, he insisted he'd been raised by a tribe of Blackfoot Indians, that he'd joined the army at fourteen, that he'd defeated the middleweight boxing champion of Alaska, that he'd fathered seventy-five illegitimate children. The R & B wildman Screamin' Jay Hawkins only had a single hit, the classic "I Put a Spell On You," and was often written off as a clownish novelty act -- or worse, an offense to his race -- but his myth-making was legendary. In his second novel, Mark Binelli embraces the man and the legend to create a hilarious, tragic, fantastical portrait of this unlikeliest of protagonists. Hawkins saw his life story as a wild picaresque, and Binelli's novel follows suit, tackling the subject in a dazzling collage-like style. At Rolling Stone, Binelli has profiled some of the greatest musicians of our time, and this novel deftly plays with the inordinate focus on "authenticity" in so much music writing about African-Americans. An entire novel built around a musician as deliberately inauthentic as Screamin' Jay Hawkins thus becomes a sort of subversive act, as well as an extremely funny and surprisingly moving one"--Provided by publisher.

Second house from the corner

April 27, 2016
Johnson, Sadeqa, author.
437 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Bed of lies

April 27, 2016
Ellis, Shelly.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
viii, 308 pages ; 21 cm.
Secrets and scandals are a way of life for the Murdochs of Chesterton, Virginia. But the lies that bind them may end up tearing them apart…

The summer of me

April 27, 2016
Benson, Angela.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
339 pages ; 21 cm

A million dollar love : a novel

April 27, 2016
Starr, London.
Royalty Publishing House, 2015.
367 pages ; 23 cm

A million dollar love : book 2

April 27, 2016
Starr, London.
Royalty Publishing House, 2015.
217 pages ; 23 cm

A million dollar love, : book 3

April 27, 2016
Starr, London.
Royalty Publishing House, 2015.
273 pages ; 23 cm

Ileeria : the chosen one series book 1

April 27, 2016
Wilson, LaToya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2015]
ii, 180 pages ; 23 cm.
"Chosen One Series, volume 1."
"Good witch, Ileeria Madias, leads a willing, solitary existence broken up by few distractions and nurtures a damaged, soul link from being forced to live without her soul mate, Alex Foster, who's married to someone else. Until all hell breaks loose. She'll have to take her rightful place as the Fates' Chosen One in an ancient war with Alex as her guide to master the powerful magic inside of her while learning to curb her impulsive disorder to run, and save the world from more than just the devil's son."--Page [4] of cover.

Ileeria's dark passenger : the chosen one series, book 2

April 27, 2016
Wilson, LaToya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2015]
iii, 161 pages ; 23 cm.
"Chosen One Series, volume 2."
"Ileeria, the three Fates' Chosen One, has a penchant for cursing and running away. True to form, she disappears just before the zenith war after managing to push away Alex, her guide, and lose her dark passenger in the process. After clipping the link between her and her married, fated-mate's souls, she becomes hell-bent on being just as self-destructive as her evil entity is destructive. The devastation they're determined to cause may take down everyone on the planet."--Page [4] of cover.

Her sweet betrayal

April 26, 2016
Brown-Johnson, Tywanda, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Loyalty Reigns Publications, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
"Rumor has it that it’s the one’s that love you the most that causes you the most pain. Fifteen year old Honey finds out the hard way just how true that statement is. They say water does the body good but sometimes some people only needs a little honey even if it’s forbidden. Find out what happens when the forbidden nectar of Honey gets tasted."--Page [4] of cover.

There's beauty in the struggle

April 26, 2016
Simply Shonda, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Loyalty Reigns Publications, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Cover title.
"Has anyone ever told you that black don't bruise? Well if they haven’t let me be the first to tell you. I have been beaten, kicked, spit on and burned but baby my black don’t bruise. I've spent my whole life wondering what God put me on this earth for. It seemed like the only thing I was good at was struggling but I didn't know that there was beauty and strength in the struggle. My life is not something you see every day but just because you don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. My story is one of faith and lessons. Just because you go through doesn't mean you can't get through."--Page [4] of cover.


April 21, 2016
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
226 pages ; 22 cm.
The second installment of Men of the Bitch Series follows the journey of Supreme. Supreme was destined for greatness but he had to pay a high price to get there. He went from a young man with big dreams to a superstar rapper, who had the music industry in the palm of his hand. With much success comes many lessons and Supreme had to learn them the hard way. His path to greatness left a trail of serets that Supreme would like to remain buried with the dead bodies. Learn the truth about Precious Cummings' one true love in the story of Supreme.

Nico Carter : a novel

April 15, 2016
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
230 pages ; 22 cm.
Nico Carter learned not only how to survive amongst the deadliest criminals but how to rise to the top. Growing up in the gritty streets of Brooklyn, he used his survival tactics to become the leader of a multi million-dollar drug empire. But with money and power come the so-called friends and enemies, ready to take it all away. Before Nico became Precious Cummings' first love, he won the heart of the streets....

The blackbirds

April 13, 2016
Dickey, Eric Jerome, author.
New York : Dutton, [2016]
518 pages ; 24 cm.
"New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey delivers his next delectable, erotic romance ... They call themselves the Blackbirds. Kwanzaa Brown, Indigo Abdulrahaman, Destiny Jones, and Erica Stockwell are four best friends who are closer than sisters, and will go to the ends of the earth for one another. Yet even their deep bond can't heal all wounds from their individual pasts, as the collegiate and post-collegiate women struggle with their own demons, drama, and desires. Trying to forget her cheating ex-fiance, Kwanzaa becomes entangled with a wicked one-night stand--a man who turns out to be one in five million. Indigo is in an endless on-again, off-again relationship with her footballer boyfriend, and in her time between dysfunctional relationships she purses other naughty desires. Destiny, readjusting to normal life, struggles to control her own anger after avenging a deep wrong landed her in juvi, while at the same time trying to have her first real relationship--one she has initiated using an alias to hide her past from her lover. Divorced Erica is in remission from cancer and trying to deal with two decades of animosity with her radical mother, while keeping the desperate crush she has always had on Destiny's father a secret ... a passion with an older man that just may be reciprocated. As the women try to overcome-- or give into-- their impulses, they find not only themselves tested, but the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship"-- Provided by publisher.

Lazaretto : a novel

April 11, 2016
McKinney-Whetstone, Diane.
338 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Diane McKinney-Whetstone's nationally bestselling novel, Tumbling, immersed us into Philadelphia's black community during the Civil Rights era, and she returns to the city in this new historical novel about a cast of nineteenth-century characters whose colorful lives intersect at the legendary Lazaretto--America's first quarantine hospital. Isolated on an island where two rivers meet, the Lazaretto quarantine hospital is the first stop for immigrants who wish to begin new lives in Philadelphia. The Lazaretto's black live-in staff forge a strong social community, and when one of them receives permission to get married on the island the mood is one of celebration, particularly since the white staff--save the opium-addicted doctor--are given leave for the weekend. On the eve of the ceremony, a gunshot rings out across the river. A white man has fired at a boat carrying the couple's friends and family to the island, and the captain is injured. His life lies in the hands of Sylvia, the Lazaretto's head nurse, who is shocked to realize she knows the patient. Intertwined with the drama unfolding at the Lazaretto are the fates of orphan brothers. When one brother commits a crime to protect the other, he imperils both of their lives--and the consequences ultimately deliver both of them to the Lazaretto. In this masterful work of historical fiction, Diane McKinney-Whetstone seamlessly transports us to Philadelphia in the aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination, beautifully evoking powerful stories of love, friendship and humanity amid the vibrant black community that flourished amid the troubled times.


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