New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

April 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A matter of souls

April 18, 2014
Patrick, Denise Lewis.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, [2014]
186 pages ; 20 cm
A series of vignettes reveal life in the Deep South for African Americans as they experience discrimination in a doctor's office, lynching, and other forms of oppression, especially during the 1960s.

A life apart : a novel

April 18, 2014
Marlow, L. Y. (Lydia Y.)
New York : Broadway Books, [2014]
443 pages ; 21 cm
"From the author of Color Me Butterfly, the poignant story of a decades-long love affair that creates complicated and unbreakable ties between two families that live worlds apart. When Morris Sullivan joins the navy in 1940, his hopes are high. Though he leaves behind his new wife and their baby daughter, he is thrilled to be pursuing his lifelong dream--only to be shipped off to Pearl Harbor when the war begins. When he narrowly survives the 1941 attack, thanks to the courage of a black sailor he doesn't know, Morris is determined to seek out the man's family and express his gratitude and respect. On leave, he tracks down the man's sister in his very own hometown of Boston--and finds an immediate, undeniable connection with the nurturing yet fiercely independent Beatrice, who has left the stifling South of her upbringing for the more liberal, integrated north. Though both try to deny their growing bond, their connection and understanding is everything missing from Morris's hasty marriage to his high school sweetheart Agnes, and from Beatrice's plodding life as she grieves the brother she has lost. At once a family epic, and a historical drama that takes readers from World War II through the Civil Rights era to the present day, A Life Apart brings readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice's relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, racial tensions, death, unending guilt, and the profound effects of war"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood, sweat, & payback

April 17, 2014
Clark, Wahida, author.
New York : Cash Money Content, 2014.
244 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reading group discussion questions.

Hold me in contempt : a romance

April 16, 2014
Williams, Wendy, 1964-
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
321 pages ; 21 cm
A spellbinding and erotically charged interracial love story that captures the drama and excitement of big city life, in which a serious, hard-working lawyer falls madly, passionately in love with a sexy, dangerous man.

Mafia princess. Part 4, Stay rich or die trying : a novel

April 9, 2014
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, Tenn. : A King Production, c2013.
215 p. ; 22 cm.
Semaj is back as the head of the Espreilla Family but she soon learns someone has masterminded a plan to make her relinquish her power. With enemies closing in and death knocking at her door, Semaj believes there is only one man she can completely trust and let her guard down with, the love of her life Qua. But is Qua willing to put the past behind them and do whatever is necessary to protect Semaj? With so much to lose Semaj is determined to Stay Rich Or Die Trying?


April 9, 2014
Colbert, Brandy.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnams Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
333 pages ; 22 cm
Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Team seven

April 9, 2014
Burke, Marcus.
New York : Doubleday, c2014.
259 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"A teen basketball player's promising career threatens to be derailed by the drugs and violence in his seedy neighborhood"-- Provided by publisher.


March 20, 2014
Chase, Naomi.
New York : Dafina 2014.
357 p. ; 21 cm.
"Some people know better and do worse... Since she was acquitted of murder, Tamia Luke has been on a mission to prove she's a changed woman--especially to the love of her life, Brandon Chambers. She thinks she's succeeded--until Brandon reveals that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, and it's his duty to marry her. With time running out, Tamia is determined to have one last rendezvous to win him back. But she's stunned when the man who blackmailed and betrayed her suddenly reappears on the scene--with an offer she can't refuse, though she knows she may regret it. And when Tamia finds her life on the line once more, will she die harboring another secret--or live to commit another betrayal?" -- from publisher's web site.

If you don't know me

March 19, 2014
Morrison, Mary B.
[New York] : Dafina, 2014
269 p. ; 24 cm.
After her husband, Roosevelt "Chicago" DuBois, is nearly killed by her lover, Madison tries to stave off divorce by winning Chicago back, but Sindy Singleton, eager to make Chicago her own, stands in her way.

Drama queens in the house

March 19, 2014
Williams, Julie, 1948 September 2-
New York : Roaring Brook Press, [2014].
426 pages ; 22 cm.
Graduating at age fifteen from her parents' theater school, academically gifted Jessie Jasper Lewis tries to thwart her unconventional family's demise when her father's boyfriend moves in.

Hidden riches

March 14, 2014
Mason, Felicia, author.
New York : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
318 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
After a lifetime spent scrubbing and mending for others, Ana Mae Futrell has passed away. Her relatives reluctantly return to their North Carolina hometown to bury the older sister they never really bothered to know--a sister who's stitched clues leading to a million dollars in a quilt.

XO Ronette

March 10, 2014
Gottesfeld, Jeff, author.
[Costa Mesa, Calif.] : Saddleback Publishing, [2013]
158 pages ; 21 cm
"Campus confessions book 1"--Title page.

The mirk and midnight hour

March 10, 2014
Nickerson, Jane.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
371 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey is spending the Civil War with a new stepmother and stepsister and her young cousin when she comes upon a wounded Yankee soldier, Thomas, who is being kept alive by mysterious voodoo practitioners.

Red now and laters : a novel

March 10, 2014
Guillory, Marcus.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
x, 338 pages ; 24 cm

Don't start me talkin' : a novel

March 10, 2014
Williams, Tom.
Chicago, Ill. : Curbside Splendor, 2014.
204 p. ; 18 x 18 cm.
"Don't Start Me Talkin' is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protege Silent Sam Stamps narrates an episodic 'last ride,' laying bare America's complicated relationship with African American identity, music, and culture, and like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Silent Sam promises "I'll tell everything I know"" -- from publisher's web site.

Saint monkey : a novel

March 7, 2014
Townsend, Jacinda.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
350 pages ; 25 cm
"Fourteen-year-old Audrey Martin, with her Poindexter glasses and her head humming the 3/4 meter of gospel music, knows she'll never get out of Kentucky--but when her fingers touch the piano keys, the whole church trembles. Her best friend, Caroline, daydreams about Hollywood stardom, but both girls feel destined to languish in a slow-moving stopover town in Montgomery County. That is, until chance intervenes and a booking agent offers Audrey a ticket to join the booming jazz scene in Harlem--an offer she can't resist, not even for Caroline. And in New York City the music never stops. Audrey flirts with love and takes the stage at the Apollo, with its fast-dancing crowds and blinding lights. But fortunes can turn fast in the city--young talent means tough competition, and for Audrey failure is always one step away. Meanwhile, Caroline sinks into the quiet anguish of a Black woman in a backwards country, where her ambitions and desires only slip further out of reach" -- from publisher's web site.

Bedrock faith

March 7, 2014
May, Eric Charles.
New York : Akashic Books, c2014.
432 p. ; 23 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
Gerald "Stew Pot" Reeves returns to his mother's home in Chicago's Parkland neighborhood after fourteen years in prison. His return provokes fear and suspicion among the residents especially when he claims he has had a religious awakening. With his pit bull, John the Baptist, his mentor, Brother Crown, and a few others who believe in him, he sets off to change his neighborhood for the better.

All our names

March 3, 2014
Mengestu, Dinaw, 1978-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
255 p. ; 25 cm.
An unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. All Our Names is the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outside. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart--one into the deepest peril, as the movement gathers inexorable force, and the other into the safety of exile in the American Midwest. There, pretending to be an exchange student, he falls in love with a social worker and settles into small-town life. Yet this idyll is inescapably darkened by the secrets of his past: the acts he committed and the work he left unfinished. Most of all, he is haunted by the beloved friend he left behind, the charismatic leader who first guided him to revolution and then sacrificed everything to ensure his freedom. Elegiac, blazing with insights about the physical and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives, All Our Names is a marvel of vision and tonal command. Writing within the grand tradition of Naipul, Greene, and Achebe, Mengestu gives us a political novel that is also a transfixing portrait of love and grace, of self-determination and the names we are given and the names we earn.--Publisher's description.

Always Unique

March 3, 2014
Turner, Nikki.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
x, 287 pages ; 21 cm
"The Unique stories"--Cover.
Unique -- Unique II: Betrayal -- Unique III: Revenge
"I: With only two hundred dollars, Unique packed her suitcase and headed to New York City for a brand new start. It's there that Unique meets big time boxing promoter, Kennard, and it is love at first sight. After nine months of living in the lap of luxury with Kennard, skeletons from Unique's past show up and it will cost her a cool million dollars to not only keep her relationship but her life. Unique isn't about to lose it all. With the help of her best friend, she devises a major heist, to pull it off all she has to do is stay alive. II: Living the life she has always dreamed of, Unique isn't about to let her past ruin her future with her fiance;, Kennard. But the tables are turned on her and Unique is fighting for her very life. As for Kennard, he is stunned to learn about her past, but more importantly he is not about to let anyone get away with hurting his woman. As Unique and her best friend, Teeydah, set out on a path of revenge, a new menace and a new betrayal rises.III: The blade of revenge cuts both ways. However, that is not going to stop Unique from getting those who are out to get her. And she is determined to be the last woman standing."-- Provided by publisher.

No mercy

February 27, 2014
Divine, L., author.
[Los Angeles, Calif.] : Ebb & Flow Publications, [2013]
208 pages ; 21 cm.

Dear drama 2

February 27, 2014
Spice, Braya., author.
209 pages ; 21 cm

The fix

February 27, 2014
K'wan, author.
279 pages ; 21 cm
Persia Chandler doesn't know the meaning of the world struggle. After the arrest of her notorious father, she is whisked away from Harlem, the only place she has ever called home, to be raised in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island City. Her mother and stepfather shower her with the best that life has to offer. During her senior year in high school, she convinces her parents to let her transfer from Catholic school to attend public school. That is the start of her problems, but it's hardly the end. In her new school, Persia is reunited with the friends she was forced to move away from, and starts to drift further and further from the life her mother and stepfather have built for her. To the sheltered Persia, the Harlem underworld is like one big adventure. Things promise to get even more interesting when she starts dating a dealer named Chucky. He introduces her to his world of sex, money, and drugs, dragging Persia along with him on a long and bitter ride into the bowels of addiction.--Publisher's description.

Girls from da hood. 9

February 27, 2014
New York : Urban, 2013.
378 p. ; 21 cm.
Friend or foe / Amaleka McCall -- Torch / Chuncihi and Meisha Camm -- Church girl / Ni'chelle Genovese.
Presents three dramatic stories of life on the streets, including the tale of Angela Farmer, who makes it her mission to protect others after growing up neglected and abused at the hands of her drug addicted mother.

The replacement wife

February 25, 2014
Warren, Tiffany L.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing, [2014]
vi, 298 pages ; 21 cm
"Five years after his beloved wife's death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn't returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin's five children are getting out of control, until his mother steps in and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith, and love, once more. But not everyone loves Montana. A "friend" of Quentin's first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she's just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she'll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana, including blackmail, theft, and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana's past. But Chloe forgets she's got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming."-- From back cover.

True story

February 24, 2014
Simone, Ni-Ni.
New York, NY : Kensington Pub. Corp., 2013
214 p. ; 21 cm.
Just as Seven McKnight moves on from ex-boyfriend Josiah Whitaker, he steps back into her life, and Seven must decide between her old feelings and her new relationship with Zaire St. James.


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