New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

HBIC : head bitch in charge. Volume I (Parts 1 & 2)

July 31, 2015
McGill, Caroline.
Brooklyn, NY : Synergy Publications, c2012.
256 p. ; 22 cm.
"A series."
"Take a walk in the shoes of Elle Mitchell. She came up in the church but quickly became fascinated with the underworld. The youngest sister of three, she has something to prove. Street smart and book smart, Elle will stop at nothing to get rich quick. Determined, she sets out to be Head Bitch In Charge. But HBIC is a position to be earned and the stakes are high. Ain't no easy road to riches when treading down a path of unrighteousness. Prosperity spawns adversity and enemies. Only one can fill the shoes of HBIC. Delve into these pages to see just how much those shoes cost."--Provided by publisher.

Landfall : a novel

July 31, 2015
Hiltebrand, Ellen, 1969-
Portland, Oregon : Forest Avenue Press, 2015.
294 pages ; 23 cm
Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose's quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud's battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother.

Caught up

July 31, 2015
Holmes, Shannon, author.
175 pages ; 22 cm
Living a very comfortable life with her daughter and husband, Dixyn Greene's life is blown apart when her husband is taken away by the feds and she must do whatever it takes to maintain her lavish life.

Shetani's sister

July 30, 2015
Iceberg Slim, 1918-1992.
New York : Vintage/Penguin/Random House, 2015.
xii, 244 pages ; 21 cm
"A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard original"--Verso t.p.
"In hard-hitting, street-smart prose, Shetani's sister relates the deadly duel between two complex men: LAPD vice cop Sergeant Russell Rucker, determined to clean up prostitution and police corruption while battling his own alcoholic demons; and Shetani (Swalihi for "Satan"), a master pimp who controls his stable of whores with calculated doses of vioence and smack. With the breakneck narrative pacing and storytelling genius that made Iceberg Slim one of the bestselling black writers in American literary history, cops and criminals careen toward a bloody and spectacular confrontation."--Provided by publisher.

Baby, you're the best

July 21, 2015
Morrison, Mary B, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
ix, 259 pages ; 24 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"The Crystal series"--Cover.

The real housewives of section 8

July 20, 2015
Hall, Markita, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Write House Publishing, [2014]
185 pages ; 22 cm
Cover title.

Stand your ground

July 16, 2015
Murray, Victoria Christopher, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
xii, 347 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel"--Cover.
After a seventeen-year-old African American boy is shot dead by a white man, the boy's mother and the shooter's wife face difficulties.


July 10, 2015
De Veaux, Alexis, 1948- author.
168 pages ; 22 cm

Mama's boy

July 2, 2015
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
xiii, 313 pages ; 22 cm
"When her son is accused of a violent crime, church first lady Gloria Jones finds herself battling his prosecutor--as well as her own inner demons--to save him in this drama-filled novel from bestselling, award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Gloria Jones is living a mother's worst fear. There's a massive manhunt for her son after a regular night out with friends escalated into the fatal shooting of a police officer. Her husband, esteemed minister Elton Jones, is humiliated by the news, complicating an already strained relationship with his son. And everyone in Jasper, Texas, a town already ripe with racial tension, is up in arms. But the killer they're searching for isn't the son Gloria knows, and now she must decide whether to turn him in or help him run. As the seventeen-year-old battles for his life, Gloria turns to the woman hell bent on bringing him to justice--prosecutor Kay Christiansen. Kay has built a solid record putting criminals behind bars and now, as she's about to ride the record to the city's top spot--Mayor of Houston--this new case could threaten everything she's worked for. But a mother's love knows no boundaries, and Gloria will have to face an ugly past and tackle painful secrets in an effort to save her son"-- Provided by publisher.

Mafia princess. Part 5, The takeover : a novel

June 9, 2015
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
220 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Stay rich or die trying.
She's fighting for her drug empire, love and her life, but Semaj may have met her downfall. Or will she rise to the top and take over?

The sacred lies of Minnow Bly

June 8, 2015
Oakes, Stephanie (Young adult author)
New York : Dial Books, [2015]
396 pages ; 22 cm
"A handless teen escapes from a cult, only to find herself in juvenile detention and suspected of knowing who murdered her cult leader"-- Provided by publisher.

Paradise sky

June 8, 2015
Lansdale, Joe R., 1951-
New York, New York : Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
400 pages ; 25 cm
On the run after an infamous landowner murders his father, Willie becomes an expert marksman before turning Buffalo Soldier, befriending Wild Bill Hickok and earning the nickname "Deadwood Dick."


June 8, 2015
Black, Jet, author.
226 pages ; 22 cm

He loves me, he loves you not. 3, In love lies misery : a novel

June 8, 2015
206 pages ; 22 cm.
"Back to set the record straight and claim what's hers, Phylicia continues her pursuit of Trent. Not caring who or what gets destroyed in the process, she lands in the rural city of Greensboro, North Carolina to fulfill her undying obsession of him. A wrench is thrown into her plans when a man named Elliott forces her to rethink her plight and dares to show her what true love can really feel like. Elliott, a man with a past; recently relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina where he is aiming for a fresh start to his abnormal and chaotic life. Trying to put the pieces back together after a heart wrenching tragedy took his family away from him, he has sworn off dating until he can get past old demons that continue to plague his mind, body, spirit and life. That is until he meets one woman that he cannot deny his attraction for and shows him what happens when an unstoppable force meets an unmovable object"--Back cover.

Ruby : a novel

June 2, 2015
Bond, Cynthia, 1961-
New York : Random House Large Print, [2014]
443 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Includes "Extra Libris essays, reader's guides, and more" (pages [429]-443).
"Ephram Jenkins has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, "the kind of pretty it hurt to look at," is already quite damaged, but Ephram is forcibly drawn to her. As soon as she becomes a young woman and has any power of her own, Ruby flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York City. Years later, when a funeral forces her to return home, 30-year-old Ruby will find herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town's dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised and stood by him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy"-- Provided by publisher.

The ultimate betrayal

May 28, 2015
Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
343 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
"It's been four years since twenty-eight-year old Alicia Black, daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, divorced her second husband, the most womanizing and corrupt man she has ever known. Since then, Alicia has been dating her first husband, Phillip Sullivan, a wonderfully kind and true man of God whom she'd hurt terribly by cheating on him. Alicia has worked hard to prove herself worthy of his trust once more, and when he asks her to marry him again, she couldn't be happier. But Levi Cunningham, the drug dealer Alicia had an extramarital affair with, has just been released from prison, and he has completely turned his life around for the better. Still head-over-heels in love with Alicia, he will do whatever is necessary to win her back. Remarrying Phillip is the one thing Alicia has wanted for years, but she can't get Levi out of her mind. Alicia and Phillip aren't the only ones in the middle of a crisis. Their best friends, husband and wife Brad and Melanie Richardson, are struggling to keep their marriage together. Workaholic Brad is never home and has begun losing thousands on bad investments. Or so he says. Melanie, who is certain there's more to the story, is determined to get at the truth. At the same time, her frustration and stress cause her to eat a lot less, and she behaves in an extreme fashion. Alicia worries that she could be suffering from anorexia, but Melanie steadfastly denies it. Their friendship begins to suffer, and it isn't long before they're talking to each other like enemies. Fresh betrayal leads to consequences no one saw coming, and Alicia's relationship with Phillip might not be the only thing that needs saving. But is it already too late? "-- Provided by publisher.

Balm : a novel

May 28, 2015
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen, author.
New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
272 pages ; 24 cm
"Set during the [era after the Civil War] and exploring the next chapter of history--the end of slavery--this ... story of love and healing is about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future"-- Provided by publisher.

Almost crimson : a novel

May 26, 2015
Kelly, Dasha, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Curbside Splendor, 2015.
279 pages ; 22 cm
From a young age CeCe copes with her mother's crippling depression, their severe poverty, an absentee father, and her own insecurities. Dasha Kelly tells the story of CeCe's struggle to break free from the grips of codependency and poverty to find confidence and success in her career and her personal life, finally becoming the strong woman she's always dreamed of being.

The fix 2

May 26, 2015
K'wan, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2015]
343 pages ; 17 cm

The perfect revenge

May 26, 2015
Lovely, Lutishia, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
x, 290 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"Dafina Books"--Title page.
In this sexy page-turner from Lutishia Lovely, a conniving seductress embarks on a spectacular finale as her need for revenge--and for the object of her obsession--reaches a boiling point. After a nightmarish two years, Nathan Carver thinks he can relax. His sister, Sherri, and her husband, Randall, are once again enjoying life and time with their family. Then they get bad news. Jacqueline Tate, the woman who's been a walking, talking tornado of trouble in all of their lives has been released from prison. They decide to take reasonable precautions and let God take care of the rest. But Jacqueline hasn't changed one bit, and she has plans of her own.--Back cover.

Bad blood

May 20, 2015
Monroe, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015.
388 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reading group guide discussion questions.
"Dafina Books"--Title page.
"For Seth Garrett, there's no such thing as too rich or too beautiful. His family taught him that anything less than the best simply isn't an option. Now he's out to prove he can be the most successful Garrett--and Rachel McNeal fits the bill. She's pretty, hard-working, good in bed--and willing to finance his dreams. He thinks she's perfect wife material--until he meets her relatives and discovers they're far from perfect. No problem, Seth's got a truly flawless replacement lined up to give him the good life he's entitled to. . . Steady and sensible, Rachel always believed the best about people. She thought Seth was the man of her dreams. But she can deal with the hurt and move on. Until she discovers the true reason Seth dumped her--and just how deep his contempt for her runs. She's done forgiving, much less forgetting. And taking his world apart piece by piece is only the beginning of her long-game payback" -- provided by publisher.

The porcupine of truth

May 20, 2015
Konigsberg, Bill, author.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

High rider

May 18, 2015
Gallaher, Bill, author.
Victoria, British Columbia : TouchWood Editions, 2015
263 pages ; 19 cm

Only the strong : an American novel

May 13, 2015
Asim, Jabari, 1962- author.
Chicago : Bolden, an Agate imprint, [2015]
279 pages ; 23 cm
"The lives of a reformed hit man, a crusading doctor, a genteel mobster, and a headstrong college student cross in a sweltering Midwestern city in 1970"-- Provided by publisher.

Single Jewish male seeking soul mate : a novel

May 13, 2015
Pogrebin, Letty Cottin.
New York : Feminist Press, 2015.
348 pages ; 22 cm
"Feminist icon Letty Cottin Pogrebin's second novel follows Zach Levy, the left-leaning son of Holocaust survivors who promises his mother that he'll marry within the tribe. But when Zach falls for Cleo, an African American activist grappling with her own inherited trauma, he must reconcile the family he loves with the woman who might be his soul mate. A New York love story complicated by the legacies and modern tension of Jewish American and African American history, Single Jewish Male Seeking explores what happens when the heart runs into the reality of politics, history, and the weight of family promises"--Provided by publisher.


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