New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

February 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Piecing me together

February 23, 2017
Watson, Renée, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

Amiable with big teeth : a novel of the love affair between the communists and the poor black sheep of Harlem

February 17, 2017
McKay, Claude, 1890-1948, author.
xlv, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A monumental literary event: the newly discovered final novel by Claude McKay. A rich and multilayered portrayal of life in 1930s Harlem and a historical protest for black freedom.The unexpected discovery in 2009 of a completed manuscript of Claude McKay's final novel was celebrated as one of the most significant literary events in recent years. Building on the already extraordinary legacy of McKay's life and work, this colorful, dramatic novel centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia, a crucial but largely forgotten event in American history. At once a penetrating satire of political machinations in Depression-era Harlem and a far-reaching story of global intrigue and romance, Amiable with Big Teeth plunges into the concerns, anxieties, hopes, and dreams of African-Americans at a moment of crisis for the soul of Harlem--and America."--Provided by publisher.

Single ladies

February 15, 2017
Karrington, Blake, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Renaissance, [2016]
377 pages ; 21 cm
"Carl Weber presents."
Life is complicated for five inner city friends as Tammy deals with being a single mom, Lamar and Falisha find their friendship complicated after they have sex, Kim is too job-focused, and Lisa's boyfriend returns from prison.


February 13, 2017
Murray, Victoria Christopher, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
345 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tiffanie has lived a sheltered life in a very strict household with her pastor-grandfather and grandmother in Washington, DC. But when she meets Damon King, she falls for the successful entertainment business man despite his history as a drug dealer. Everyone sees nothing but the brightest future for the couple--but there's one person who wants to destroy them. Trey Johnson is Damon's childhood best friend with whom he built quite a successful drug business. But when the game got hot and Damon decided to leave, Trey stayed and continued to sell drugs, until he was arrested and spent seven years in prison. But now he's out and able to attend the wedding. While Damon is thrilled to have Trey back and hopes to bring his best friend into his business, Trey has other plans."--Provided by publisher.

Murdergram. Part 2

February 13, 2017
Santiago, Nisa, author.
Bellport, NY : Melodrama Publishing, 2017.
285 pages ; 18 cm
Tamar plans to rise in the underworld as a hired gun. The person she's hunting is actually hunting her.

The evening road

February 10, 2017
Hunt, Laird, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Meet Ottie Lee Henshaw, a startling, challenging beauty in small-town Indiana. Quick of mind, she navigates a stifling marriage, a lecherous boss, and on one day in the summer of 1930 an odyssey across the countryside to witness a dark and fearful celebration. Meet Calla Destry, a determined young woman desperate to escape the violence of her town and to find the lover who has promised her a new life. On this day, the countryside of Jim Crow-era Indiana is no place for either. It is a world populated by frenzied demagogues and crazed revelers, by marauding vigilantes and grim fish suppers, by possessed blood hounds and, finally, by the Ku Klux Klan itself" -- provided by publisher.


February 9, 2017
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
Broadway, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
376 pages ; 17 cm
"As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability, qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town--and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat"--Back cover.


February 8, 2017
Williams, Brittani, author.
314 pages ; 18 cm.
"Carl Weber's kingpins" --Cover.
Rising from the projects to take over his absent father's powerful drug organization, Dontay Walker falls in love with the beautiful Desire, whose true identity enmeshes Dontay in a drug war and a battle of wits against the feds.

Forged in desire

February 8, 2017
Jackson, Brenda (Brenda Streater), author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2017]
407 pages ; 17 cm.
When good girl Margo Connelly becomes bodyguard Lamar "Striker" Jennings' latest assignment, she begins to wonder if the temptation of her alluring protector is more dangerous than the gangster targeting her.

The mark

February 8, 2017
Swinson, Kiki, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017
245 pages ; 22 cm
"Identity thief Lauren Kelly thought she was safe. The millions she stole from her double-crossing accomplice and ex-lover Matt Connors bought a quiet upscale life for her, her unsuspecting new husband Drake, and their precious baby. But betrayal was just the beginning. When both Drake and the baby go missing, it's courtesy of a vengeful Matt. Lauren has less than twenty-four hours to give him back the money. She's prepared for any payback--but nothing can keep this exchange from going all-the-way wrong"

Revenge of the mistress

February 8, 2017
Rax, Cydney, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
vi, 356 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Thirty days into a marriage with a man she stole from his wife, Nicole is served with divorce papers, but she intends to avoid the situation by having her husband killed, but when someone beats her to the punch, she must deal with the ultimate betrayal.

Her sweetest revenge

February 8, 2017
Saundra, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
viii, 231 pages ; 22 cm
"Previously published as "Her sweetest revenge," First trade paperback edition: June 2012"--Title page verso.
"For seventeen-year-old Mya Bedford, life in a Detroit project is hard enough, but when her mother develops a drug habit, Mya has to take on raising her younger siblings. Too bad the only man who can teach her how to survive--her dad--is behind bars. For life. All he can tell her is that she'll have to navigate the mean streets on her own terms. Mya's not sure what that means--until her mother is seriously beaten by a notorious gang. Then it all becomes deadly clear. Vowing revenge, Mya uses her feminine charm to begin a slew of successful robberies against the guilty crew. But the path she's chosen gets complicated by a risky secret, a risky romance--and a scheme she might not come out of alive"-- page 4 of cover.

Naughty housewives III

February 8, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2016.
186 pages ; 22 cm
Morgan has tried to move on after the end of his marriage to Carla. Meanwhile, she is aware of the skeletons in his closet and will use them as leverage against him. NBA baller Kevin is acquired by a new team, but a celebration goes badly and leads to a shocking secret.

Single ladies 2

February 7, 2017
Karrington, Blake, author.
268 pages ; 21 cm.
"Single Ladies is back! Get ready to deal with the drama of baby daddies, side chick issues, divorce, child custody, child support, medical issues, money problems, infidelity, lust, in-laws, jobs, law enforcement, incarceration, and everything else that comes along with being a 'Single Lady in the hood!' Tammy, Falisha, Kim, and Lisa return with new issues and old relationships threatening each lady's happiness. Tammy finds herself deeply in love with her new man, Darious, but when a secret is revealed, will it destroy her now seemingly perfect world? While Lisa and Ralphy are hospitalized and forced to evaluate what each means to the other, will this near death experience convince them that love can conquer all? Lamar finally gets up the nerve to pop the big question to Kim, but is Falisha all the way out of his heart? Speaking of Falisha, will the news of Lamar and Kim push her back into Fox's arms? This raw and uncut hood soap is a guide to living life as a single lady in this crazy world. Forget a seat belt--ride with Blake Karrington in this series with no brakes, and don't worry about crashing!"

Wives, fiancees, and side-chicks of hotlanta

February 6, 2017
Whitfield, Shereé, author.
282 pages ; 21 cm
Fashion designer and entrepreneur Sasha navigates two rival BFFs and a basketball star whose love could derail her future and reveal a side of herself even she didnt know existed.

The Banks sisters 3

February 6, 2017
Turner, Nikki, author.
Famingdale, NY : Urban Books, 2017.
268 pages ; 21 cm
"As the only two living Banks sisters remaining, Tallhya and Simone have hit rock bottom. Down on their luck and pressed for cash, the two are desperate... until a turn of events brings them both terrible and life-changing news. Not only does their situation seem to be turning around, but they are introduced to a sister they never knew they had. Rydah is the baddest car mechanic Miami has ever seen, with a totally different upbringing than the bank-robbing, trash-talking Banks sisters. Rydah's high-class, Christian lifestyle and sweet yet feisty persona, mixed with Tallhya and Simone's crazy selves, and some sheisty schemers trying to bring them all down, brings the drama to the third installment of The Banks sisters by urban fiction superstar Nikki Turner."--Page [4] of cover.

The syndicate. 2 : Carl Weber presents

February 6, 2017
Brick (Novelist), author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
284 pages ; 21 cm
With the Syndicate growing, the MacPhearson clan tries to follow the criminal blueprint of their dead mother while searching for those who killed her.

Allegedly : a novel

February 2, 2017
Jackson, Tiffany D., author.
387 pages ; 22 cm
When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.

Bloody mayhem down south : Treasure Coast mayhem

January 26, 2017
Jackson, Trayvon D., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2016.
205 pages ; 22 cm
“South Florida's most powerful drug lord Haitian Black has never been one to give in to paranoia. He fears no man. Even in the dope game, which he dominates. Black is head of the snake to the notorious Haitian Mafia. A deadly, vicious, well-armed and well-manned drug syndicate that is responsible for moving large quantities of weight throughout the state. Like any good underworld Kingpin though Black has enemies. One in particular goes by the name Haitian Polo. A high ranking member of the infamous Zo'pound gang. What Zo'pound lacks in manpower and reach, they make up for with a high level of extreme violence that they reign down upon their most hated enemies. One day when Black and his organization come under attack he instantly suspects Polo. As Black plots a swift response it starts to become clear that Polo isn't the mastermind behind the hits. A new player has arrived on the scene. Will Black be able to shift his focus from Polo in time to defeat this deadly new enemy?”--Provided by publisher.

Bloody mayhem down south. II : war zone

January 26, 2017
Jackson, Trayvon D., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2016.
204 pages ; 22 cm
"The new player in town and Haitian Black's enemy, has finally been revealed. Real... is his name, and Black's focus on his main rival Haitian Polo has allowed this young upstart to snatch most of Black's South Florida drug empire right out from under him. Black isn't going to go quietly into the night however. Piece by piece, day by day. He plots his course for vengeance. To reacquire the top spot. Something made possible by the backing of a few men still loyal to him. But just as Black is about to move phase one of his plan into action. The ultra-violent Real bodies an FBI agent. An act which complicates the FBI's mission to bring down both underworld figures. Now they too must recalibrate their efforts. Despite the local FBI director being incensed at the brutal murder of one of his best and most trusted agents. As Real basks in his ever-growing street cred, he's suddenly blindsided by a shocking act of deception. One that shakes his confidence and focus to its core. This might be just the opening that Haitian Black needs to reclaim what's his. While the FEDS could seize upon this opportunity to finally apprehend the pair of deadly criminals."--Provided by publisher.

Ileeria's sacrifice : the chosen one series book 3

January 25, 2017
Wilson, LaToya.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2016]
iii, 194 pages ; 23 cm.
Ileeria and Até have managed to survive the Zenith war, keep the earth out of the devil's grasp, and marry the men they love. But, will Ileeria find a way to endure Alex's obsessive and controlling determination to keep her out of harm's way at all costs before it rips them apart, and keep them all out of the grip of Tarkoff, a vicious and deadly vampire?


January 20, 2017
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
356 pages ; 21 cm
"When elite escort Abrianna Parker is framed for murder, she must evade the police, government agencies, and a lethal third party in order to clear her name, relying on a sexy ex-con to help her expose a web of corruption."--Provided by publisher.

Niya : rainbow dreams

January 20, 2017
Joseph, Fabiola, author.
406 pages ; 21 cm
Niya is just coming to terms with being a lesbian when she falls for her straight neighbor Jamilla, but when Jamilla starts to succumb to the sexual tension between them, the two embark on the road to self-discovery together.

Around the way girls 10

January 19, 2017
410 pages ; 21 cm
Not with my man / Ms. Michel Moore -- The ultimate revenge / Marlon P.S. White -- Cutthroat divas / Racquel Williams.
Depressed Katara tries suicide, but winds up with a worse fate; abused Shay vows never to be hurt again; and three women, Ajanay, Sheika, and London, try to use their bodies to escape from one of Richmonds most ruthless housing projects.


January 18, 2017
Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
181 pages ; 22 cm
Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be--in every way possible. She begins copying her role model, not because she wants to be Traci; she just wants to be exactly like Traci. Traci doesn't worry, though. She knows Simone doesn't mean any harm and that her mimicry is only sincere admiration--until she discovers how far Simone's obsession has gone.


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