New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

September 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The unquiet grave : a novel

September 22, 2017
McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948- author.
©2017
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.
©2017
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.
©2017
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.
©2017
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.

Money makes me cum

September 7, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
207 pages ; 22 cm
"In this shocking serial drama... be cautious with every move you make. The next one, could be your last! On the surface, it may seem young Akira isn't like other girls. That couldn't be further from the truth. Like most she doesn't come from wealth. Akira's gotten what she has using her 'God-given talent.' Mainly, her sex. Not her only asset, but her best asset. Upon graduating high school, she put it to work as a high end stripper. Earning enough coin to take care of herself and her family. With a monthly income three times that of most females her age. These days? Akira IS, the dream. But when an old foe returns to lay claim to everything she holds dear. Akira will need to rely on her wits if she hopes to survive while protecting those closest to her. Meanwhile a local narcotics dealer becomes infatuated with one of the other dancers at the club. But his arrest and later incarceration puts their romance on hiatus, perhaps permanently"--Back cover.

My brother's envy. II, The retaliation

September 7, 2017
Rose, John L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
198 pages ; 22 cm
"Good2Go Publishing presents"--Cover.

Deadly reunion

September 7, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
211 pages ; 22 cm
"The North Philly underworld is a shark tank. In this part of town you got two choices. Rise to the top... or GET EATEN. The latter just happened to one of the hood's OG's. A real 'Godfather,' in fact... you could call him the boss of bosses. Everyone has a code even criminals, and this particular boss had everyone's respect. Even the so-called 'bad guys.' Thus, 'Northies' most notorious, call an assembly to find out who the trigger man was. When the shooter is revealed to be a close occupational associate of theirs, it comes as a great shock to the group of gangsters. Nevertheless, their plan for revenge is set into motion. Leading to the eruption of a violent gang war. Where loyalty and alliances, play a pivotal role in who lives and who dies"--Back cover.

Bluebird, bluebird : a novel

September 6, 2017
Locke, Attica, author.
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
307 pages ; 25 cm
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes--and save himself in the process--before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.

The betting vow

September 1, 2017
Jackson, K. M., author.
©2017
viii, 342 pages ; 18 cm.
Leila Darling is past done with the supermodel thing, especially the mega-parties and high-profile flings that have done nothing but leave her alone and jaded. She's got the talent to be a serious actress, but the industry sees her as a high-maintenance, impulsive party girl with a reputation for leaving men in the dust--especially TV producer Carter Bain.

In bed with her boss

August 30, 2017
Jackson, Brenda (Brenda Streater), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, [2014]
360 pages ; 17 cm.
The titles were copyrighted 2007 and 2008 respectively.
"Bonus book by Catherine Mann"--Cover.
In bed with her boss -- Rich Man's fake fiancee.
Everyone is talking about the surprise engagement between Matthew Landis and Ashley Carson. Seems the oldest son of one of South Carolina's most powerful families is engaged to someone ... ordinary. Could this announcement-conveniently leaked to the press-have to do with Matthew's quick exit from Ms. Carson's home very early in the morning? One wonders what chance such a match made in media heaven could have.

Love by night : a Black Vampire story

August 30, 2017
Stina, author.
©2017
234 pages ; 21 cm.
"Against all odds, Adirah Messa has been accepted to Billet University, a prestigious institution founded in the 1800s for people of color. Determined to excel, she arrives at the university intent on minimizing distraction and focusing on her studies. That goal is soon interrupted when she is noticed by members of the 'in' crowd, who invite her to the most popular frat party on campus. Adirah finds herself smitten with someone of another race and is taken on a ride she can never return from. Unbeknownst to her, Adirah's newfound love is not only a master seducer; he is also one of the most powerful figures in the underworld of Vampirism. Tangled up in a web of love, Adirah becomes involved in her lover's lifestyle in more ways than one. Before she knows it, Adirah becomes Queen to his tribe. Is she prepared to accept all the responsibility that entails? When a rival clan targets Adirah and her identity is exposed, she must make some quick and serious decisions. Will she react in time, or is it already too late?" --Back cover.

Breakfast in bed

August 29, 2017
Alers, Rochelle, author.
©2017
263 pages ; 21 cm.
Chef Tonya Martin takes an apprentice role in a New Orleans restaurant and is attracted to chef Gage Toussaint. She wonders if it's too late to leap into love again.

Beating the odds

August 29, 2017
Tunstall, Sherrod, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
276 pages ; 21 cm
Brad Carter and his friends help traffic cocaine back from Rio to the U.S.. They're caught and imprisoned and, with the help of a fellow prisoner, plan an escape.

Dirty tricks

August 29, 2017
Swinson, Kiki, author.
©2017
233 pages ; 21 cm
Stay scheming / Kiki Swinson -- Who can you trust? / Saundra.
In Stay Scheming by Kiki Swinson, Karlie is running from a bounty on her head. With her lover and friends gone, she's forced to take refuge with her cold-hearted grandmother. But with enemies closing in, Karlie's last chance to flip a killer script is ticking down to zero. In Who Can You Trust by Saundra, struggling bank teller Porsha has no time for Cinderella fantasies. But her new boyfriend, Game, is smart, seductive - and sure-thing successful. So why not work his rock-solid plan to steal from her bank? All she's got to lose is more than she can possibly imagine

Secrets of a kept chick, part 2 : renaissance collection

August 29, 2017
Davis, Ambria, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2017]
265 pages ; 21 cm.
As Mimi wakes up from her coma and tries to piece together what happened, Troy searches the streets for Kaylin and the children, and Kaylin suffers with Stacy's constant complaining.

Grand opening. 2 a family business novel

August 24, 2017
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, 2017.
282 pages ; 24 cm.
Travel back to a small Southern town where, before there was Duncan Motors, there were the Duncan brothers and their tough-as-nails women. After a hard fought battle, they've vanquished their rivals and taken their place as the leaders of Waycross, Georgia's criminal enterprises. Their rise to the top is not without problems, though, as outside forces enter the scene and the Duncans are rocked by the murder of one of their own. No one knows who the killer is, but their secret adversary, only known as the Reaper of Georgia, won't be happy until all the Duncans are completely wiped off the face of the earth. Luckily, the Duncan brothers aren't alone, and when new and old friends are called in to help, an all-out war ensues.

Definition of a bad girl

August 23, 2017
Mìchaune, author.
©2017
252 pages ; 21 cm
"Leshaun is the true definition of a bad girl, who goes from corporate to hood and back again with ease. While she lets others think that she's just one of a team, those who truly know her understand that she runs the streets all by herself. Let Leshaun tell it, a big girl can be the whore, the pimp, and the broad that owns the sleazy hotel all at the same time, The issue is that others need to respect her gangster. When someone has the balls to burn her hotel to the ground and pick off her whores one by one, Leshaun will have to fight this battle with every ounce of strength she has. She is the definition of a bad girl, and the next time you see her, it will be in the dictionary next to 'get rich or die trying.' Sometimes, the king of the streets isn't a king at all"--Page [4] of cover.

A kind of freedom : a novel

August 16, 2017
Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson, author.
Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2017.
230 pages ; 24 cm
"Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn's daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband's drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie's son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over--until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history."-- Dust jacket.

Rogue

August 11, 2017
Divine, L., author.
©2016
239 pages ; 23 cm.
After defeating her grandmother's closest enemy, Jayd Jackson's world should be simpler, but not a chance -- especially not with a crew like hers. With Mickey and G on the run, Nigel being sued by Nellie's abusive boyfriend, David, Jeremy back in trouble with the law thanks to his vengeful wifey, Cameron, and Mama slacking on the job to keep her man, Jayd has no time to focus on the normal things that every high school senior should be doing. Thankfully she still has her best guy friend, Chase, in her corner, who is none the wiser to all of the drama that he recently endured at the hands of Jayd's evil neighbor, Esmeralda, who just won't rest in peace or let Jayd get any rest at all. In order to regain her sanity, Jayd decides to go completely rogue in her personal, professional, and spiritual lives. But can she really let go of it all, or will her natural inclination to alter events for the sake of her friends and family take over once again, also giving way to her darker side? Jayd's the only person who can see herself through this mess, but in order to do so she has to regain control of her dreams before they ultimately control her.

Little boy lost

August 9, 2017
Trafford, J. D., author.
©2017
303 pages ; 21 cm
"Attorney Justin Glass's practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn't doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn't have the heart to turn her away. Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body--and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated. As simmering racial tensions explode into violence Justin...vows to search for the killer..."--P. [4] of cover.

The talented Ribkins : a novel

August 8, 2017
Hubbard, Ladee, author.
©2017
295 pages ; 24 cm
"At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn't have such problems: He's got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it's curtains for Johnny. What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African-American family that has been gifted with rather super powers that are rather sad, but superpowers nonetheless. For example, Johnny's father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he's been there or not. In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves The Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last. Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny's on a race against the clock to dig up loot he's stashed all over Florida. His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother's daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own."-- Provided by publisher.

All about him

July 25, 2017
Tucker, Pat (Novelist), author.
©2017
231 pages ; 21 cm

The one I've waited for

July 20, 2017
Morrison, Mary B., author.
©2017
viii, 292 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes a reading group guide with discussion questions.

Seducing Abby Rhodes

July 18, 2017
Mason, J. D., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
343pages ; 21 cm
"When Abigail Rhodes bought that old house she fell in love with in Blink, Texas, she got more than she bargained for. After being told by the local psychic that it is filled with a passionate energy from the previous owners, who died years ago, Abby decides to fix up her beloved house and reluctantly moves in. But ever since then, strange things have been happening in her newly renovated home, and Abby has been plagued with dreams that wake her up and leave her breathless. After a tumultuous life these last few years, Jordan Gatewood is following what amounts to a trail of breadcrumbs in an effort to find a renewed sense of purpose. Searching for the truth about the man his adoptive-father really was, Jordan makes his way to the old house where his father was murdered, in Blink--and right to the petite, understated beauty that answers the door. It's not long before Jordan realizes, quite unexpectedly, that Abby is the perfect woman for him. Jordan doesn't believe in ghosts or fate, but he does know that the powerful connection he feels for this woman started the day he met her in that house and he is determined to make her his. Robin is a successful Corporate Attorney, and was proud to be the lover of the most sought after bachelor in the state of Texas--until he abruptly breaks off their relationship, leaving her confused, heartbroken and bitter. When she discovers that he's left her for another woman, a woman she considers beneath her, Robin is determined to teach him a brutal lesson. A man like Jordan has too many secrets, secrets that, if found out, could not only destroy his relationship with this other woman, but that could also cost him the biggest business deal of his life, and possibly, his freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

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