New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

February 10, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


February 9, 2016
Waltman, Kevin.
El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, [2015]
300 pages ; 21 cm.
"Junior year. Derrick 'D-Bow' Bowen has worked hard for two years getting ready for this season. He earned his coach's trust and his role as the starting point guard for Marion East. But dissension and selfishness are threatening to tear the team apart"-- Provided by publisher.

Little white lies

February 9, 2016
Baker, Brianna, author.
New York, NY : Soho Teen, 2016.
260 pages ; 22 cm
Having achieved fame and thousands of followers with her Tumblr exposé of her brilliant-yet-clueless parents, a seventeen-year-old African American honors student tries to keep secret that her microblog is ghostwritten by a forty-one-year-old white man.

Black Deutschland

February 9, 2016
Pinckney, Darryl, 1953- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
294 pages ; 22 cm
"Jed--young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago--flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America. But history, both personal and political, can't be avoided with time or distance. Whether it's the judgment of the cousin he grew up with and her husband's bourgeois German family, the lure of white wine in a down-and-out bar, a gang of racists looking for a brawl, or the ravaged visage of Rock Hudson flashing behind the face of every white boy he desperately longs for, the past never stays past even in faraway Berlin. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits. And, on occasion, the city keeps its Isherwood promises and the boy he kisses, incredibly, kisses him back. An intoxicating, provocative novel of appetite, identity, and self-construction, Darryl Pinckney's Black Deutschland tells the story of an outsider, trapped between a painful past and a tenebrous future, in Europe's brightest and darkest city".

Heart or mind

February 9, 2016
Jones, Patrick, 1961- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Darby Creek, [2016]
113 pages ; 19 cm
In this remake of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, long standing tension between African American and Somali students at Northeast High School in Minneapolis makes love difficult between Rodney, who is on probation, and Jawahir.

Ginny Gall : a life in the South

February 5, 2016
Smith, Charlie, 1947- author.
New York, NY : Harper, [2016]
451 pages ; 24 cm
Delvin Walker is just a boy when his mother flees their home in Chattanooga, accused of killing a white man. Taken in by Cornelius Oliver, proprietor of the town’s leading Negro funeral home, he discovers the art of caring for the aggrieved, the promise of transcendence in the written word, and a rare peace in a hostile world. Yet tragedy visits them near daily, and after a series of devastating events—a lynching, a church burning—Delvin fears being accused of murdering a local white boy and leaves town. Haunted by his mother’s disappearance, Delvin rides the rails, meets fellow travelers, falls in love, and sees America sliding into the Great Depression. But before his hopes for life and love can be realized, he and a group of other young men are falsely charged with the rape of two white women, and shackled to a system of enslavement masquerading as justice. As he is pushed deeper into the darkness of imprisonment, his resolve to escape burns only more brightly, until in a last spasm of flight, in a white heat of terror, he is called to choose his fate.


February 4, 2016
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
370 pages ; 17 cm.
Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he's always dreamed of--one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the facade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything...and the price seems worth paying. Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won't risk her heart for him. As soon as she's saved enough money from her cooking, she'll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden...

Brothers of the buffalo : a novel of the Red River War

February 3, 2016
Bruchac, Joseph, 1942- author.
Golden, CO : Fulcrum Publishing, [2016]
366 pages ; 23 cm
"In 1874, the U.S. Army sent troops to subdue and move the Native Americans of the southern plains to Indian reservations, and this chronicles the brief and brutal war that followed. Told from the viewpoint of two youths from opposite sides of the fight, this is a tale of conflict and unlikely friendship in the Wild West"-- Provided by publisher.

No ordinary love

February 2, 2016
Murray, J. J. (John Jeffrey), author.
472 pages ; 18 cm
Nurse Trina Woods never really expected to make the reality-show cut for "Rich Man, Lucky Lady". She's used to losing in love, and past believing in fairy tales. So she's sure the handsome plain-talking man she encounters on her lunch break is just a shy eccentric, until he turns out to be reclusive award-winning musician "Art E." Soon his unique sensitivity and gentle ways are inspiring her to stand up for herself, take risks, and try one last time for her happy ending. Tony Santangelo's special way of seeing the world helps him make connections others don't--and turn them into mega-hit songs. But he never realized how lonely he was until he got a glimpse of Trina's honesty and caring nature--and went way out of his comfort zone to find her. Suddenly they're the media's hottest new Cinderella story. And coping with his overprotective brother and overwhelming celebrity means he and Trina must face trouble head on, insist on their dreams, and write their own one-of-a-kind forever-after song.

Deadly satisfaction

February 2, 2016
Hickman, Trice, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
vi, 309 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Remarried and happy after the murder of her scandal-ridden husband, Geneva finds rumor and secrets surrounding her once more, threatening to cause another death.

The score

January 29, 2016
Swinson, Kiki, author.
246 pages ; 21 cm
"Lauren Kelly looks to turn the tables on her lover and accomplice, Matt Connors, when she learns that Matt and their partner, Yancy, are preparing to stab her in the back to keep a multimillionaire tycoon's money to themselves. As Lauren plots to settle the score, the real threat closes in on all three of them." -- Publisher annotation.

Love's affliction

January 29, 2016
Mkparu, Fidelis O.
New York : Harvard Square Editions, 2014.
264 pages ; 21 cm
Joseph Fafa of Nigeria has high hopes when he begins his premed studies at a North Carolina College. But his love for the beautiful and talented daughter of a prestigious Southern family threatens to destroy his dreams of becoming a doctor.

Childhood sweethearts : passion, love & loyalty : a novel

January 29, 2016
Spears, Jacob, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2015.
204 pages ; 22 cm
Smooth and China are a "power" couple, but their romantic and business dynamic is being tested.

My boyfriend's wife : a novel

January 28, 2016
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, [2014]
211 pages ; 22 cm
"Ananda is on her way to the top. A frail heart and mistrust of men once took her soul to the bottom. Her sassy personality is how she forges her way through in life and remains in control. Until she meets the man most women's dreams are made of. Ananda can't believe she'll finally get a happily ever after ... Until a tawdry secret reveal splits her world in two and forces Ananda to realize that dreams are for children and she is a grown woman now. Ananda struggles to contain her raging emotions but lack of judgment, a feisty attitude and her ride or die friend Tracey that is always down with the get down keeps everyone on their toes and Ananda is on the warpath to let everyone know that there will be hell to pay for anyone who steps in her path."--Page 4 of cover.

Jezebel's daughter

January 28, 2016
Thomas, Jacquelin, author.
Houston, Texas : Brown Girls Books, [2015].
289 pages ; 21 cm
"Natalia Winters vowed revenge on Jessie Belle from the moment she discovered the reason her father committed suicide. Her pampered, rich girl reputation puts her at odds with almost everyone, but is she sinister enough to push Jessie Belle over the balcony? Reina Cannon spends her days as a much sought after hairstylist and her nights reliving the cruelty of her childhood. For years, she has lived for revenge; to make Jessie Belle suffer for the pain she caused Reina. Her sweet smile and look of innocence is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a surprising and dangerous truth. Chrissy Barton yearned to take revenge on Jessie Belle--to pay her back for the beating she suffered by unknown assailants. She was no longer a prostitute, but she had never forgotten the triumphant look Jessie Belle had given that very moment, Chrissy vowed Jessie Belle would pay with her life. Three women from very different worlds...a common goal. However, Jessie Belle's family is determined to discover the truth behind the night she ended up on the pavement below her bedroom. And their search for answers will lead to stunning revelations for them all."--Back cover.

My besties 3 : the downfall

January 26, 2016
Hill, Asia, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, [2015]
197 pages ; 22 cm
"Ja'ziya (JuJu) has blood on her hands. At least the law says so. After her best friend Tiki and Aunt Tae are "knocked off" police apprehend Ja'ziya for both murders. But her Eastside Crazy Crew cohorts Dirty E and ReRe know different. They suspect their sworn enemy Lil Man is behind the takedown of their associate..."--Page [4] of cover.

My boyfriend's wife 2 : make the pain stop

January 26, 2016
Mychea, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, [2016]
8, 192 pages ; 22 cm
"...One moment in time, one missed call, one cancelled date, one awful secret, one body in the morgue. Chase comes to realize the dating God's aren't smiling down on her after all, they are laughing at her expense. Unfortunately the joke was on them, because that was the last time any laughter was paid at Chase's expense."--Page 4 of cover.

Trinitoga : stories of life in a roughed up, tough love, no good hood

January 25, 2016
xi, 53 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.
Prologue -- Trinitoga -- Shoota / by Serenity Summers -- Baquisha / by Reiyanna Davis -- Rude boy: Sharkisha / by Temil Whipple -- Rude girl / by Zoe Williams -- Tianna / by Jonae Haynesworth -- India / by Trinity Alston -- India's epilogue / by the editors -- Acknowledgments -- About the authors -- About Beacon House -- About Shootback.

Forsaken : a novel

January 22, 2016
Howell, Ross, Jr., author.
Montgomery, AL : NewSouth Books, [2016]
304 pages : 22 cm
"In April 1912 in Hampton, Virginia, white eighteen-year-old reporter Charles Mears covers his first murder case, a trial that roiled racial tensions. An uneducated African American girl, Virginia Christian, was tried for killing her white employer. "Virgie" died in the electric chair one day after her seventeenth birthday, the only female juvenile executed in Virginia history. Charlie tells the story of the trial and its aftermath. Woven into his narrative are actual court records, letters, newspaper stories, and personal accounts, reflecting the arc of history in characters large and small, in events local and global. Charlie falls in love with Harriet, a girl orphaned by the murder; meets Virgie's blind attorney George Fields, a former slave; and encounters physician Walter Plecker, a state official who pursues racial purity laws later emulated in Nazi Germany"--Jacket.

No more Mr. Nice Guy : a family business novel

January 20, 2016
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
Wyandanch, N.Y. : Urban Books, 2016.
346 pages ; 24 cm.
"Soon to be a major motion picture"--Cover.
Niles has just returned from eight years of serving his country as a Special Forces sniper. He's looking forward to a consulting job with Dynamic Defense and spending time with his family, including his bi-polar mother, Lorna, and his hard-drinking uncle, Willie. What Niles doesn't know is that Dynamic Defense is actually a CIA front. He's not interested in joining them, but they won't take no for an answer. Bridget St. John is one of the most beautiful women Niles has ever met, and she is also the most deadly. It is her job to recruit Niles to the Dynamic Defense team by any means necessary. When Niles is arrested for a murder he does not commit, Bridget makes him an offer he can't refuse: working for Dynamic Defense in exchange for his freedom. With Niles on board, Bridget begins to train him in ways he never imagined. Sometimes, however, the student becomes the teacher. Before she realizes what's happening, Bridget falls in love. When circumstances in his personal life collide with his work, Niles is forced to use his military skills to protect those closest to him.

Hood misfits. Volume 1

January 12, 2016
Brick (Novelist), author.
359 pages ; 18 cm
"Sixteen-year-old Diamond "Ray-Ray" Jenkins has it made in the shade, until one wrong move by her parents turns their lives upside down. Their secret of taking from the wrong Street King in the Trap, Damien Orlando, has now put her in peril. Their deaths signals an end to Diamond's semi-perfect life, putting her in the hands of evil. Her only salvation is to learn the game, and to put her trust in a kid wearing a hoodie. Trigga has been a survivor and a killer in the streets of Atlanta since the murder of his parents. With his heart set on vengeance, he finds his destiny as a misfit and works his way through the ranks of Damien Orlando's crime syndicate. Once he's forced to snatch up a girl as hard as diamonds, his world changes drastically. It's up to him to use the plan of payback in the form of a simple motto: E.N.G.A (Every Nigga Gotta Agenda). Trigga will have to use it to save them both. With his boy Big Jake, along with Gina and Ray-Ray forming their own family, Dame and every goon in his circle are targets. Chaos is coming, and Dame's most trusted are about to bring him pain and death."--Provided by publisher.

Hood misfits. Volume 2

January 12, 2016
Brick (Novelist) author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, 2015.
420 pages ; 18 cm.
"Carl Weber presents."
"The Misfits are back and now they are international. Trigga, Diamond, and the crew are in London. Dame is dead and everything should be perfect, but when a plan works too perfectly, there is bound to be some unfinished business. Secrets are bound to be exposed. Diamond has learned the game, and now she must continue to embrace a life she was not meant to live, while coming to terms with the truth of her own past. Trigga thought he was going to be able to give his new family peace, but when ghosts from the past appear in London, that peace starts to unravel the new gang. Can Trigga keep Diamond safe, and can he really trust those around him if he doesn't truly know them? Every Nigga Gotta Agenda was once just a motto; now it is a way of life. Travel through the streets of London, England and meet some new misfits, as a battle royal begins and eventually takes them back to the streets of Atlanta for a final showdown."--Provided by publisher.

Country girls

January 12, 2016
Karrington, Blake, author.
362 pages ; 21 cm
Welcome to the South, where women are raised to be mothers and wives, and to stand by their men no matter what. It's a place where, if you're a size 8, you're too small. Meet the ladies we all call Country Girls! These County Girls are about to find out that playing with the big boys has its consequences unless you are really about that life. When Niya, the head of MHB (Money Hungry Bitches) decided to put her family's future first, nothing and nobody else mattered. You were either going to stand behind her or be the one standing on the other end of her gun. But Niya soon realizes that sometimes, going hard to get to the top means sacrificing the very thing you love the most. Will she be willing to risk her and her girls' lives in order to make MHB a dominant force in North Carolina's drug trade? Gwen knows firsthand about this sacrifice, as she struggles to get her son back from a heartless killer who is bent on revenge. Will she destroy everything to get back the one thing that means the world to her? Diamond has been down with Niya since day one. An MHB original, she has given up much to see her crew come up, but when someone she really cares about is put in the middle, she's forced to choose between her street family and her new life.--Back cover.

If your wife only knew : a love & revenge novel

January 11, 2016
Rax, Cydney, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
vi, 340 pages ; 21 cm.
"Something's wrong with her perfect marriage, but Kiara Eason isn't sure what. Her ambitious husband Rashad is the last person who'd ever cheat--and she never imagined she'd stray. Still, why is she confiding so much in her handsome coworker Eddison? And why is she wondering what would happen if she put her marriage to the ultimate test--secretly setting Rashad up with a younger woman to see if he's tempted?"--Page 4 of cover.

Hard and fast

January 8, 2016
Scott, Raven, author.
New York : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
374 pages ; 17 cm

My name is not Friday

January 6, 2016
Walter, Jon, 1964- author.
New York : David Fickling Books/Scholastic Inc., 2016.
368 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2015."
Samuel and his younger brother, Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage during the Civil War, but when Samuel takes the blame for his brother's prank, he is sent South, given a new name, and sold into slavery--and somehow he must survive both captivity and the war, to find his way back to his brother.


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