17 Books Published by Berkley on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

by Anissa Gray
Berkley (Feb 19, 2019)
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"If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls…an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness."—The Washington Post

"A fast-paced, intriguing story…the novel’s real achievement is its uncommon perceptiveness on the origins and variations of addiction."—The New York Times Book Review

One of the most anticipated reads of 2019 from Vogue, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Essence, Bustle, HelloGiggles and Cosmo!

"The Mothers meets An American Marriage" (HelloGiggles) in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you.

The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.

Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband, Proctor, are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened.

As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.


Click for more detail about Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are by Sheri Riley Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are

by Sheri Riley
Berkley (Feb 07, 2017)
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Peace is possible. Peace is our power. Peace is the New Success®.

EXPONENTIAL LIVING  has won:
The 2017 Best Book Awards "Self-Help: General” Book of the Year
The 2017 African American Literary Award in the area of Self-Help
Has been nominated as 1 of 5 books for The NAACP Image Award which is decided in January 2018 in the area of  OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK - Instructional
 
Constantly striving to achieve one goal after another and investing more in our careers than in our actual lives have left many of us feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and disconnected from who we are—anything but happy.
 
Take Sheri Riley. She rose to the top of her field and was miserable. Sure she was successful, but she couldn’t buy peace, and material possessions didn’t bring her clarity.
 
Now an empowerment speaker and life strategist, Sheri Riley shares the secret that helped her regain her sense of self and purpose. In Exponential Living, she offers nine principles to help the busiest goal-oriented people integrate their professional success with whole-life success:
 
•        Live in Your P.O.W.E.R. (Perspective, Ownership, Wisdom, Engagement, Reward)
•        Healthy Living Is More Than Just a Diet
•        Pursue Peace and a Positive Mind
•        Have a Servant’s Heart and a Giving Spirit
•        Stop Working, Start Maximizing
•        Happy Is a Choice, Joy Is a Lifestyle
•        Build Lasting Confidence
•        The Courage to Be Faithful
•        Exponential Living                          
 
Sheri’s plan will help you to stop spending 100% of your time on 10% of who you are.


Features interviews with Actor/Rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges * TV/Film Producer Will Packer * Radio Personality Bert Weiss * Actor Boris Kodjoe * Actor Nicole Ari Parker * CEO Mark Cole * Former NBA Player Darrell Griffith * Former NFL Player Peerless Price * Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell


Click for more detail about Transforming Pain To Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential by Daniel Beaty Transforming Pain To Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential

by Daniel Beaty
Berkley (Mar 04, 2014)
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Pain doesn’t last always
Sometimes only for a night
Try not to resist
It hurts the more we fight

Overcoming life’s difficulties is daunting. At times, it seems the burdens that we bear are too painful to overcome. They keep us from even trying to accomplish the things we want most. It seems the only way to outlast the pain is to ignore it, when, in truth, the only way to discover the unlimited potential inside of us all is to embrace the pain, face the Authentic Self at our core, and use the strength therein to triumph over any obstruction in our way.

Based on his powerful, true journey from a childhood rife with poverty, incarceration, addiction and rage to the successful adult life he achieved, award-winning performer, writer, and motivational speaker Daniel Beaty presents the tools that readers need to overcome any obstacle and tap into their full capabilities. By outlining an alternative mode of thinking, especially for the modern African-American man bombarded by negative stereotypes in the media, Beaty empowers the individual and encourages readers of all backgrounds to learn from their cultural and family heritage while forgiving and letting go of the negative so that only the positive remains.

Beaty’s story, supported by deeply personal advice from notable mentors such as Bill Cosby, Leontyne Price, Sydney Poitier, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee, serves as a strong reminder that success is ultimately possible, not in spite of struggles but as a result of lessons learned and power drawn from those lessons.

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Click for more detail about Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge by Etan Thomas and Nick Chiles Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge

by Etan Thomas and Nick Chiles
Berkley (May 07, 2013)
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In Fatherhood, beloved NBA player, poet, children’s advocate, and devoted dad Etan Thomas speaks from his heart on what matters most in his life: being there for his children. As a leading participant in President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative, Etan has reached out to young men (often young fathers) in the juvenile detention system and in local communities. He knows firsthand the difference having a father in your life every day can make.
Now he brings together a chorus of voices to weigh in on the importance of being a father in our nation today and to share what they’ve learned from being a father, having a father, or in some cases not having a father around.
With Original Essays and Poems from

Taye Diggs • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar • Malcolm-Jamal Warner • Ice Cube • Howard Dean • Tony Hawk • Isaiah Washington • Yao Ming • Al Sharpton • John King • Lamman Rucker • Derek Fisher • Kevin Durant • Russ Parr • Michael Moore • Chuck D • Malcolm Shabazz • Talem Acey • Will Downing • Chris Paul • Allan Houston • Talib Kweli • Black Ice • Cornel West • Elijah Cummings • Mumia Abu-Jamal • Grant Hill • Coach John Thompson • Roland Martin • Joakim Noah • Arn Tellum • Damian Marley • Abiodune Oyewole • Styles P • Baron Davis • David Aldridge • Stuart Scott • Dave Zirin • Kevin Powell • John Carlos • Derrick Coleman • J. Ivy • Joe Johnson • Al Horford • Pastor John Jenkins • Julian Thomas • Ed Gordon Jr. • Tito Puente Jr. • Billy Hunter • 13 of Nazareth • Messiah Ramkissoon

Through these inspiring personal experiences, Etan and the men he’s gathered together hope to share the message that by standing up and taking an active role as fathers, men not only find their own lives more joyful and fulfilling—they pass on to the next generation an unshakable legacy of love, wisdom, responsibility, and strength.


Click for more detail about What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell What You Owe Me

by Bebe Moore Campbell
Berkley (Sep 09, 2009)
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“A multigenerational saga . . . about forgiveness and redemption. Lavish and funny and perfect.”—The Los Angeles Times
 
Sweeping across fifty years of family, friendship, betrayal and reconciliation, What You Owe Me is Bebe Moore Campbell’s most ambitious achievement in storytelling. When Hosanna Clark—a hotel maid in post-World War II Los Angeles—first meets her new co-worker, Holocaust survivor Gilda Rosenstein, she is shocked to see a white woman in a situation so like her own. They quickly become friends, then business partners. But when their cosmetics company meets with unprecedented success, Gilda disappears with the profits—and leaves behind an emotional debt that grows with time, in the hearts and souls of generations to come. . . .
 
“Entertaining . . . engaging . . . heartwarming.” —Boston Herald


Click for more detail about Singing in the Comeback Choir by Bebe Moore Campbell Singing in the Comeback Choir

by Bebe Moore Campbell
Berkley (Sep 09, 2009)
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“If this is a fair world, Bebe Moore Campbell will be remembered as the most important African-American novelist of this century . . . Her writing is clean and clear; her emotions run hot, but her most important characteristic is uncompromising intelligence coupled with a perfectionist’s eye for detail.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
Maxine McCoy’s life is going just fine. She’s the executive producer of a popular talk show, married to the man she loves, and pregnant with their child. But her security is shattered when Maxine gets a call from the caretaker of her 76-year-old grandmother, who raised the orphaned Maxine. She’s summoned back to the Philadelphia neighborhood of her childhood that, like her grandmother, has seen better days. Maxine is set to move her grandmother out of the neighborhood, but the independent Liddy isn’t quite ready to leave. She has plans of her own. Bebe Moore Campbell demonstrates why Entertainment Weekly called her “a master when it comes to telling a story” in this tale of hope and redemption and making the impossible come true.
 
“A book that embraces readers and wraps them in the humanity of characters who love, cry, laugh and experience the transitions of life at every turn.”—Dallas Morning News


Click for more detail about The Greatest Gift I Could Offer: Quotations From Barack Obama On Parenting And Family by Olivia M. Cloud The Greatest Gift I Could Offer: Quotations From Barack Obama On Parenting And Family

by Olivia M. Cloud
Berkley (Apr 07, 2009)
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Words of wisdom on raising a family, from President Barack Obama.

Barack Obama’s eloquent words have inspired many. Here, in the only collection of its kind, are his thoughts on parenting and family. Each of his quotes is set in a context of insightful background on Obama’s family experiences-a child of divorce, raised by a single mother, woven into a blended family, reared for years by his grandparents, then going on to embrace his multi-racial roots and blood relatives-and how each of these experiences helped to shape the choices he made in starting his own family.

Distinguished by its selection of photos of President Obama in casual family settings, this is an inspiring keepsake and a wonderful gift for baby showers and birthdays-as well as for the first Mother’s Day and Father’s Day that Obama will be in office.


Click for more detail about Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad by Bebe Moore Campbell Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad

by Bebe Moore Campbell
Berkley (Jan 06, 2009)
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"Potent . . . Unforgettable."
—Bharati Mukherjee
The New York Times Book Review

"A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT . . . . While Sweet Summer is infused with experiences unique to African-American culture, it speaks to the universals of human experience."
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
Written with the narrative force of fiction and the lyrical motion of poetry, SWEET SUMMER is Bebe Moore Campbell’s elegy to her extraordinary father. Though she lived with her devoted mother and grandmother in the North most of the year, Campbell spent the summers with her father in the South—a man of gargantuan appetites and boundless exuberance. To his daughter, he was a magical presence.
A bittersweet evocation of a divided childhood with its family secrets, surprising discoveries, loneliness, and love, SWEET SUMMER also recalls living on the cusp of the social revolution of the 1960s. Most of all, it is an achingly honest and beautiful reminder of the universal challenge of growing up and facing one’s parents as an adult.
"Touching. . . With this candid account and loving tribute to a special man, Campbell breaks through all the stereotypes about black family life."
—New York Daily News


Click for more detail about The One That Got Away by C. Kelly Robinson The One That Got Away

by C. Kelly Robinson
Berkley (Nov 01, 2005)
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Fast-rising record exec Tony Gooden has his priorities in line: making money and loving the single life. But his game is thrown off balance when he sees Serena Kincaid, the only woman he ever put himself on the line for.


Click for more detail about Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors by Eleanor Taylor Bland Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Berkley (Jan 04, 2005)
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A dazzling collection of crime and mystery stories, Shades of Black is a landmark achievement. Bringing together today’s brightest talent from the field-from Walter Mosley, "one of America’s best mystery writers" (New York Times), to the late Hugh Holton, whose "gift for retaining suspense is golden" (Chicago Sun-Times)-it is the first anthology of African-American mystery writers. Shades of Black is not only a tribute to the art of storytelling-it’s a fascinating foray into the rich and widely varied African-American experience.Includes stories by:Frankie Y. Bailey • Jacqueline Turner Banks • Chris Benson • Eleanor Taylor Bland and Anthony Bland • Patricia E. Canterbury • Christopher Chambers • Tracy Clark • Evelyn Coleman • Grace F. Edwards • Robert Greer • Terris MacMahan Grimes • Gar Anthony Haywood • Hugh Holton • Geri Spencer Hunter • Dicey Scroggins Jackson • Glenville Lovell • Lee E. Meadows • Penny Mickelbury • Walter Mosley • Percy Spurlark Parker • Gary Phillips • Charles Shipps


Click for more detail about All of Me: a Voluptuous Tale by Venise Berry All of Me: a Voluptuous Tale

by Venise Berry
Berkley (Apr 01, 2001)
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So Good, Venise Berry’s first novel, spent six months on Essence magazine’s Blackboard bestseller list and was an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild. With All of Me, Berry again delivers a compelling, humorous, and poignant story on a subject that plagues half the women in America—weight. Serpentine Williamson has a good life: an exciting career as a television reporter in Chicago, a sexy boyfriend, membership in a popular gospel choir, and a family who loves her. But in the midst of her positives lies a powerful negative—her lifelong struggle with weight.After years of buying into fads and labels, Serpentine finds her world crumbling. And, finally losing the battle to uphold her plummeting self-esteem, she breaks down and needs to be hospitalized. All of Me is a heartwarming, inspiring, and often funny chronicle of Serpentine’s fight for recovery. As she learns to meet her challenges with dignity and strength she also learns to love herself, for the first time, just the way she is. All of Me will resonate with women of all shapes and sizes and will once again affirm Venise Berry as a fresh voice in African-American women’s fiction, whose snappy characters, according to Rosalyn McMillan, "double-dare you to put the book down."


Click for more detail about The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord by T. D. Jakes The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord

by T. D. Jakes
Berkley (Jul 01, 2000)
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Here is the book that brought Bishop T.D. Jakes to the forefront of America’s bestselling Christian authors. Selling over half a million copies in hardcover alone, The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord is as provocative as it is profound—a truly inspiring volume that shows today’s women how to improve their relationships with their men, their God, and themselves. In a society that asks women to be perfect, sweet, sexy, submissive, and pristine, T.D. Jakes offers a spiritual path that cuts through the mixed messages and leads women toward the true self God wants them to be: strong, loving, and real.

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Click for more detail about Sweet Summer: Growing up with and without My Dad by Bebe Moore Campbell Sweet Summer: Growing up with and without My Dad

by Bebe Moore Campbell
Berkley Trade (Jun 01, 2000)
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This acclaimed memoir by Bebe Moore Campbell, the bestselling author of Brothers and Sisters and Singing in the Comeback Choir, recalls the sweet summers spent with her father—an extraordinary man of dreams and inspiration—in the American South of the 1960s.

"Unforgettable." —New York Times Book Review

"Fearlessly unveils the pain of loss and the ecstasy of love. I am grateful for Bebe Moore Campbell and for such a Sweet Summer." —Maya Angelou

"Mature insight, as well as a deft gift for language, gives this memoir its poignant, honest shape." —Chicago Tribune

"An uplifting reflection on family love." —San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

"A remarkable achievement." —Philadelphia Inquirer

"Poignant…a beautiful tribute." —Newsday

"Campbell is a master." —Entertainment Weekly

"Touching….[A] candid account and loving tribute to a special man." —New York Daily News


Click for more detail about Family Affairs by Sandra Kitt Family Affairs

by Sandra Kitt
Berkley (May 01, 1999)
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When the owner of a New York City art gallery meets a popular and controversial artist at her opening, she recognizes him as the man who was a surrogate child to her mother decades ago. This brooding, talented artist is eerily in sync with her innermost secrets and desires, but she has never found him attractive. Now that he has returned to her life from a checkered past, she must adjust to his influence and may learn that her arch-nemesis can turn out to be someone very special.


Click for more detail about Dorothy Dandridge by Donald Bogle Dorothy Dandridge

by Donald Bogle
Berkley Trade (Feb 01, 1998)
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She captured America’s hearts in such stunning films as Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess. Finally, the true story of America’s first Black movie star is revealed in this brilliant, in-depth biography-from her turbulent childhood in Cleveland, to her Hollywood girlhood, her battles against racism, her rise to fame, her marriage and affairs, and her professional and personal decline. The first Black woman nominated for an Academy Award Dorothy Dandridge paved the way for thousands of Black women entertainers. She toured the South with "The Dandridge Sisters," appeared in dozens of movies and on Broadway, played the Cotton Club, and worked with such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Maxine Sullivan. But Dandridge’s stardom only seemed to exacerbate her deep-seated insecurities-shadowing her success until she died of an overdose at the age of 42. Filled with photographs, and rich with research as well as personal anecdotes from Harry Belafonte, Etta James and others, Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography is not only a fascinating study of the woman and the performer, but also a riveting look at Black Hollywood as it existed within the larger culture.


Click for more detail about Brothers and Sisters by Bebe Moore Campbell Brothers and Sisters

by Bebe Moore Campbell
Berkley (Sep 01, 1995)
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"This book is about succeeding—and surviving—even being happy, in a society where every card seems stacked against you. If this is a fair world, Bebe Moore Campbell will be remembered as the most important African-American novelist of this century—except for, maybe, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin."—Carolyn See, Washington Post Book Review


Click for more detail about Gone Quiet by Eleanor Taylor Bland Gone Quiet

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Berkley (May 01, 1995)
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Wishing she could kill her husband of thirty-five years, Gladys Hamilton is surprised when someone else beats her to it, and police detectives Marti MacAlister and Vic Jessenovik search for the truth about a shameful family secret. Reprint.




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