New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

August 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Drake. II : a novel

July 31, 2014
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
225 pages ; 22 cm
At head of title: A King Production presents...
"Drake was left for dead but he survived; unfortunately the same couldn't be said for his fiancé and newborn son. With the help of Cindy he has rebuilt his life but the taste of revenge is still what he craves. But will Drake's quest for retribution be his ultimate downfall? Cindy continues to chase the money and power that comes with running the lucrative drug trade in Philadelphia. She believes she has the game all figured out, but with a ruthless boss who is unwilling to relinquish his control and a friend who might actually be the enemy, Cindy's rise to the top might be cut short"--Page 4 of cover.

Put your diamonds up

July 31, 2014
Simone, Ni-Ni.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
250 pages ; 21 cm.

Troublemaker

July 25, 2014
Hickman, Trice, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
vi, 293 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"An unexpected love novel"--Cover.
When her daughter becomes engaged to the son of her former lover, devoted wife and loving mother Victoria Thornton finds her past mistake threatening her ordered life as both families are reunited for the upcoming wedding.

The Prada plan. 4, Love & war

July 24, 2014
Ashley, 1985- author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, 2014.
226 pages ; 21 cm.
Indie grows exasperated with trying to help his love, YaYa, overcome her failures, but when he receives a phone call stating that she is in trouble, Indie needs to figure out if he is truly done with YaYa after all.

Craving temptation

July 24, 2014
Mello, Deborah Fletcher, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
310 pages ; 18 cm.
While running for Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, attorney and co-owner of the Just Desserts bakery Troy Elliot puts everything on the line when he falls in love with his rival's beautiful campaign manager and daughter, fellow attorney Amina Salman.

Like no other

July 23, 2014
LaMarche, Una, author.
New York, New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
347 pages ; 22 cm
Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they possibly go? Just how much are they willing to give up?

Back channel

July 23, 2014
Carter, Stephen L., 1954-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
455 pages ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
"A novel"--Cover.
"From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln-a new novel of terrific suspense and surprise: a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction about a young black woman on whom the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis depends. October 1962. In Cuba: Soviet ships off-load what intelligence reveals to be nuclear missiles. In Washington, President Kennedy and his advisers are in furious debate over how long they can wait to discover what the Soviets intend before dropping the first bomb. And, in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen-a nineteen-year-old Cornell sophomore-is swept up in a "bizarre concatenation of circumstances" that will make of her the "back channel" liaison between Soviet Premier Khrushchev and Kennedy. Events unfold too quickly for her even to ask "why me?" But the stunning answer is revealed bit by bit as she races from Ithaca to Bulgaria to Washington, D.C., drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire-figurative and literal-of infighting between governmental agencies, both American and Soviet; into the confidence and-unsettlingly-the affection of the president of the United States; into desperate negotiations to avoid nuclear war; and, finally, into the secrets of the extraordinary legacy-of honor and bravery-she inherited from the father she never knew"-- Provided by publisher.

Bad as in good : a novel

July 23, 2014
Lovelace, J.
New York : Strebor Books, 2014.
343 pages ; 21 cm
"Teeming with dramatic plot twists and wickedly delightful erotic frills, a passionate story about two lovers struggling with heartbreak, heartthrobs, and self-fulfillment. Many of us fall into unrelenting cycles that lead us to inevitable heartbreak--a knee-weakening, nearly unbearable period of withdrawal where we curse our indiscretions and promise to do better next time. But why? Why do we do this to ourselves? That's the question Erin is constantly asking herself. Along for the ride is Tariq, a young man battling his past as well. While their romantic lives intertwine, they find it almost impossible to break free of the merciless beast that is love and its ugly stepsister, heartbreak. At first, Erin's attraction to Tariq is like a drug addiction she can't ignore, but as drama ensues and the ugly past comes back to visit, both Tariq and Erin realize how bad--as in good--love truly is."-- From back cover.

Games divas play

July 17, 2014
Burt-Murray, Angela, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer [2014]
329 pages ; 21 cm
"When Nia Bullock lands a job as editor-in-chief of the hot new magazine and web site DivaDish, she finds that her platinum dreams can quickly turn into a nightmare. Battling backstabbing colleagues and reeling from murderous threats, she must turn to an ex-boyfriend for help. Vanessa King, the first lady of the NBA, is looking for a fresh start with her husband, Marcus, the new star point guard for the New York Gladiators who's as popular with the ladies as he is with hoops fans. Since marrying her college sweetheart, Vanessa has learned to deal with life with a professional athlete--the groupies, the paparazzi, and the unchecked ego of a man the sports world puts on a pedestal. When Laila James, self-proclaimed "Golden Goddess," sets her sights on Marcus and shops a reality show based on their affair--and then a dangerous stalker threatens his family--Vanessa turns to her best friend Nia to save her marriage and her life."-- From back cover.

Recognition

July 9, 2014
Bennett, O. H. (Oscar H.), 1957-
Chicago : Bolden, an Agate imprint, [2014]
199 pages ; 23 cm
""A woman becomes obsessed with finding a homeless man she glimpses on the street, who resembles her husband who disappeared a decade earlier"--Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher.

She that findeth

July 9, 2014
Brooks, Kimberley, author.
New York, NY : Atria Paperback, 2014.
x, 354 pages ; 22 cm
Ten years of believing, yet still no husband in sight for Shenita Love. The Bible does say "Wait on the Lord," which, for Shenita, means waiting for God to deliver her a soul mate. Then again, God helps those who help themselves.

Land of love and drowning

July 8, 2014
Yanique, Tiphanie.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.
358 pages : map ; 24 cm
" A major debut from an award-winning writer-an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands. In the early 1900s an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Orphaned by the sunk vessel are two sisters and their half-brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them. Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, Land of Love and Drowning is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Wholly unique, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the author's own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evokes an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of Love and Drowning is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prize-winning young writer"-- Provided by publisher.

Pastor needs a boo

July 8, 2014
Bowen, Michele Andrea.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
391 pages ; 21 cm
"It was a regular New Jerusalem Gospel United Church work day for Reverend Denzelle Flowers when Veronica Washington, Keisha Jackson, and Marsha Metcalf showed up after losing their jobs on the same day, same morning, and almost at the same time. Denzelle struggled to solve that first problem. The other problem--the lovely Marsha--would be much harder to solve. Denzelle didn't even know how to fight wanting to turn in the playah's card and getting "booed" up with the poster girl for "church girls." Marsha Metcalf and her fellow unemployed church members aren't Denzelle's biggest problem, though. He is running for bishop, and his enemies--a more ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy--want power badly enough to go to rather extreme lengths for it because the stakes are just that high. Now, his ex-wife was back and sleeping with the enemy, digging for dirt. Reverend Denzelle can't fight this battle alone. This pastor needs a 'boo' who will stand by his side. Before the dust settles, both Marsha and Denzelle's faith and love will be put to the ultimate test"-- Provided by publisher.

More than I can bear

July 8, 2014
Joy, E. N., author.
©2014
299 pages ; 21 cm.
Paige, feeling overwhelmed and suffering from mental, physical, spiritual, and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband, is pleased to have the help of Norman, a co-worker who is there for her when the worst news of all arrives.

Misty : a novel

July 8, 2014
Hobbs, Allison, author.
Largo, MD : Strebor, 2014.
314 pages ; 21 cm

Angels make their hope here : a novel

June 27, 2014
Clarke, Breena, author.
©2014
275 pages ; 25 cm
"Russell's Knob is not paradise. But already in 1849 this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks, whites, and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations. It is a haven for Dossie Bird, who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family. Duncan Smoot presides as accidental patriarch, protector of his enterprising sister, Hattie, and his two rambunctious nephews. As Dossie busies herself with cleaning, cooking, and tending the chickens at Duncan's homestead, she wonders: Could this man, her rescuer--so godlike in her eyes, so much older than she--expect her to become his helpmeet? Tentatively, Dossie begins to put down roots--until a shocking act of violence propels her away from Russell's Knob and eventually into the mayhem of New York City's mean streets."-- Publisher's website.

Forty acres : a thriller

June 26, 2014
Smith, Dwayne.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
372 pages ; 24 cm
"A thriller about a Black society with a secret"-- Provided by publisher.

Motor City burning

June 26, 2014
Morris, Bill, 1952- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, [2014].
321 pages ; 24 cm
"Willie Bledsoe, once an idealistic young black activist, is now a burnt-out case. After leaving a snug berth at Tuskegee Institute to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he has become bitterly disillusioned with the civil rights movement and its leaders. He returns home to Alabama to try to write a memoir about his time in the cultural whirlwind, but the words fail to come. The surprise return of his Vietnam veteran brother in the spring of 1967 gives Willie a chance to drive a load of smuggled guns to the Motor City - and make enough money to jump-start his stalled dream of writing his movement memoir. There, at Tiger Stadium on Opening Day of the 1968 baseball season - postponed two days in deference to the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Willie learns some terrifying news: the Detroit police are still investigating the last unsolved murder from the bloody, apocalyptic riot of the previous summer, and a white cop named Frank Doyle will not rest until the case is solved. And Willie is his prime suspect" -- from publisher's web site.

Rich girl problems : a Millionaire wives club novel

June 19, 2014
Whitaker, Tu-Shonda L.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., c2014.
278 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"The diamonds are flawless, their drama is turned up ultra high, and the taboo beauties from Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker's Millionaire Wives Club are back for a third season of explosive lies, forbidden sex, and scandals like you've never seen before! Step into the world of cable TV's hit reality show and meet new bride and new mother Milan, who finally has everything she's ever dreamed of. Problem is her perfect life doesn't work for TV. What will she do when the producer threatens to fire her? Editor-in-chief Chaunci isn't feeling the fame and the last thing she needs is to share the spotlight with her worst enemy, newcomer Journee. Socialite Journee expected her eighty-two-year-old husband to only live four days past their wedding night, but it's been four years. And just when it seems that he's ready to meet his maker, his son--Journee's ex-lover--shows up. Hair care mogul Vera is struggling with her failing marriage and the last thing she needs is her drug-addicted mother to further ruin her life or her image. Jaise is finally standing by her man. But will she live the life she thinks or will it cost her everything?"-- Provided by publisher.

For love & Grace

June 18, 2014
Norman-Bellamy, Kendra.
Washington, DC : New Spirit, c2004.
viii, 261 p. ; 21 cm.

My wife my baby...and him

June 16, 2014
Lipsey, Shelia E., author.
©2014
237 pages ; 22 cm.
"In the fifth installment of the My Son's Wife series, Senior Pastor Stiles Graham and First Lady Detria Graham s marriage is rapidly falling apart, thanks to her adulterous ways."--Page [4] of cover.

The next thing is joy : the gospel according to Vivian Grace

June 16, 2014
Lewis, Tracey Michae'l, 1975-
United States of America : Brown Girls Publishing, c2014.
241 p. ; 21 cm.
Knowing that she doesn't want to live a life that lacks significance, Vivian Grace begins working to empower the people in her community. She believes she's found her true calling as a member of the Black Panther Party in Chicago. What Vivian doesn't count on is finding love. But Vivian's loce affair with the charismatic Black Panther Party leader, Reggie, takes a turn for the worse when his abusive side surfaces. To protect herself and her unborn child, Vivian has to commit a cardinal sin in order to escape the relationship alive. She finally finds refuge in the most unlikely of places and begins her long journey toward healing. If Vivian can receive God's forgiveness and extend the same to those who have hurt her, waiting for her is a love she could have never imagined.

Song of the shank : a novel

June 13, 2014
Allen, Jeffery Renard, 1962-, author.
©2014
570 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"In 1866 as Tom and his guardian, Eliza Bethune, struggle to adjust to their fashionable apartment in the city in the aftermath of riots that had driven them away a few years before. But soon a stranger arrives from the mysterious island of Edgemere, inhabited solely by African settlers and black refugees from the war and riots, who intends to reunite Tom with his now-liberated mother."--Page [4] of cover.

Forgive me

June 13, 2014
Campbell, Stacy, author.
©2014
313 pages ; 21 cm
In this fast-paced sequel to the debut novel, Dream Girl Awakened, five characters come to grips with their pasts amidst broken friendships, infidelity, grief, and loss. Aruba Dixon has hit rock bottom. After two years of marriage, her second husband has died of Lou Gehrig's disease, and she finds herself wanting to end it all. A botched suicide attempt makes her parents reach out to her ex-husband, James, for assistance. Up until that late-night phone call, James is living the golden life of success and wealth, but now everything is about to spin out of control. Meanwhile, Tawatha Gibson is grateful for the chance to be free again. After serving five years in prison, she is released on a technicality. Though shunned from those she loves most, Tawatha clings to the dream that she will be given another chance to start anew. But when her daughter, Aunjanue, learns about her release from prison, she's not sure she can celebrate her mother's freedom, let alone forgive her. Then there's Victoria Faulk, who struggles with forgiving and forgetting. After a messy divorce, she wrestles with feelings of inadequacy and doubt. When her new beau, Emory Wilkerson, proposes in front of family and friends, she knows she'll never be happy until she forgives the one person who hurt her--her old "friend," Aruba Dixon. As the events unfold around the lives of these women, they face the challenge of letting go of the past and building new bonds. Will they come full circle and learn to move on, or will their past mistakes follow them forever?--Publisher's description.

Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Life among the lowly

June 13, 2014
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896, author.
Boston : Houghton, Mifflin and Company ; Cambridge : Riverside Press, 1883.
lxvii, 529, 16 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm

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