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Click for more detail about 47 by Walter Mosley 47

by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 04, 2005)
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Walter Mosley is one of the best-known writers in America. In his first book for young adults, Mosley deftly weaves historical and speculative fiction into a powerful narrative about the nature of freedom. 47 is a young slave boy living under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed until he meets a mysterious runaway slave, Tall John. Then, 47 finds himself swept up in a struggle for his own liberation.


Click for more detail about A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr. A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 15, 2001)
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Read and listen to Dr. King’s last sermon.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Civil Rights movement, inspiring generations and transforming the future of the United States. This collection includes the text of Dr. Kings best-known oration, I Have a Dream, his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, and Beyond Vietnam, a compelling argument for ending the conflict.

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Click for more detail about A Christmas Prayer by Kimberla Lawson Roby A Christmas Prayer

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Oct 28, 2014)
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Alexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas in five years-not since her mother passed away. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season and feels the pain of her absence, even more so now that she and her sister are barely speaking. More than anything, Alexis wishes her family could be whole again.

However, with her wedding fast approaching, Alexis might just be ready to make some holiday memories with a new family of her own. Alexis's fiancé, Chase Dupont, is everything she ever dreamed of. He's kind, handsome, fully supportive of Alexis's career, and the CEO of a large company. But outside forces threaten to derail this happy couple from ever reaching the altar.

As tensions rise, a dramatic event causes Alexis to question everything. Will fate give her what she needs to finally embrace the season that has brought her so much pain? Will Alexis get her wish for a happy holiday? Or will her Christmas prayer go unanswered?


Click for more detail about A Conversation with the Mann by John Ridley A Conversation with the Mann

by John Ridley
Warner Books (Jun 06, 2002)
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An evocative novel of an aspiring black comics rise to near-fame and fortune during the Rat Pack era, by the author of Everybody Smokes in Hell and Stray Dogs.What do you want?I want the Ed Sullivan Show.At the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, like a lot of black Americans, comedian Jackie Mann wanted to be somebody. And for him there was only one way to achieve that: to make it big. Make it, no matter the cost: friends, family, ones own self-esteem and self-respect. This is the story of a young mans journey from Harlem to stardom, a story of Hollywood royalty, New York glitterati, Vegas Mafiosi, Northern bigotry, and Southern racism. This is a story of love, honor, betrayal, and redemption; of fame bought and paid for by any means necessary. It is the story of one mans desire and an entire races demands, and the incredible moment when the two came together as one. This is the story of Jackie Mann.

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Click for more detail about A House Divided by Kimberla Lawson Roby A House Divided

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (May 07, 2013)
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Life is close to perfect for the Reverend Curtis Black and his wife, Charlotte—except their son Matthew and his girlfriend, Racquel, are about to become parents at the tender age of eighteen. Even though Curtis and Charlotte wish Matthew could focus on Harvard instead of fatherhood, they are determined to welcome their new grandson with open arms. But for Charlotte, welcoming her future in-laws is another story. Try as she might, Charlotte can't stand Racquel's mother, Vanessa—and the feeling appears to be mutual.

When the tension between Charlotte and Vanessa finally erupts, the stress sends an already-fragile Racquel into early labor. Everyone is quick to blame Charlotte, including Matthew and Curtis. That her own husband would side with someone else infuriates Charlotte and strains the relationship they've only recently been able to repair. Her one ally is Racquel's father, but that brings problems of its own.

While Charlotte schemes against Vanessa, Curtis is consumed with his own concerns about Deliverance Outreach. A mysterious figure from his past has been sending Curtis cryptic messages threatening to take away Curtis's coveted position as senior pastor and destroy everything he has worked so hard for. But who could hate Curtis that much? And how can he fight an enemy he can't even name?

Times of trouble are descending upon the Black family in more ways than one. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and stand together against someone who could take it all away? Or is the Black family finally out of miracles?


Click for more detail about A Love Supreme: Real Life Stories Of Black (African-American) Love by TaRessa Stovall A Love Supreme: Real Life Stories Of Black (African-American) Love

by TaRessa Stovall
Grand Central Publishing (Feb 01, 2000)
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From celebrities to everyday people of varying ages, professions, and backgrounds, this inspirational portrait of African American love offers deep and personal insight into the life-enhancing bond of marriage. This celebration of Black love spotlights couples whose passion and devotion have inspired those around them and offers examples of how sweet, satisfying, challenging, and enduring committed love can be.


Click for more detail about A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues by Terrie Williams A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues

by Terrie Williams
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 01, 2003)
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Forewords by Iyanla Vanzant and Susan L. Taylor

She was president of one of the country's top publicity agencies, with a Who's Who-in-entertainment client list that included Eddie Murphy, Miles Davis, and Janet Jackson. The bestselling author of The Personal Touch, she was a popular speaker for Fortune 500 companies and academia alike. And socially she knew everyone'and was everywhere'that mattered. But Terrie Williams felt more stressed-out than successful, frantic instead of fulfilled. She felt there had to be something more than rushing to meet constant deadlines and be in endless places, and she found it somewhere she never expected...

A PLENTIFUL HARVEST

One sleepless night, Terrie found a Kwanzaa card under her bed. She had always revered the holiday for the special values it celebrated. But right then she realized that its cornerstone seven "Living Virtues" were a powerful way to rediscover joy, meaning, and balance. Now, she helps you find your personal "plenty"'how to reconnect basic, time-honored truths with your deepest needs to yield harmony and satisfaction in your life. Step by step, through meditations, weekly practices, and journal exercises, she shows you how to:

  • Learn your true calling and take small daily steps to live it to the fullest
  • Discover real wealth by taking control of your finances and learning the difference between what you desire, want'and actually need
  • Use your creativity for more fulfilling work, play-and even emotional healing
  • Find love's true meaning-from valuing yourself for who you are to honestly opening up to others
  • Define what community means to you and discover the most rewarding ways to "give back.
  • Straightforward, practical, filled with invaluable mother-wit and warmth, A PLENTIFUL HARVEST shows you how to balance life's many "seasons"'and to reap their most satisfying rewards.

REAP JOY, FULFILLMENT, AND BALANCE FROM SEVEN SIMPLE IDEAS:

  • Calling
  • Responsibility
  • Thrift
  • Love
  • Community
  • Spirituality
  • Creativity

They are known as the seven "Living Virtues," the cherished, time-tested spiritual values behind Kwanzaa. Let The Personal Touch's Terrie Williams show you how to turn them into an empowering life plan'and ultimate fulfillment.


Click for more detail about A Second Wind: Time to Own Your Future by T. D. Jakes A Second Wind: Time to Own Your Future

by T. D. Jakes
FaithWords (Oct 10, 2017)
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#1 New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes challenges the faithful to be more effective in earning their livelihoods by providing a diverse range of strategies that will turn their work life into an abundant life.

While focusing on his core mission to preach the gospel worldwide, T.D. Jakes has seen many good people not spend enough quality time with family, friends, and God. They have gotten so swept up in the daily grind that they have failed to live the rich life that God desires for each of His people.

In his new book, Jakes provides readers with strategies that will help them rejuvenate their life and turn their "busyness" into a "business." All readers-not just entrepreneurs-will benefit from Jakes’ insightful advice so that they can use the days God has blessed them with wisely and finish each day strong!


Click for more detail about A Sinful Calling (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel) by Kimberla Lawson Roby A Sinful Calling (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel)

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 21, 2016)
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Two years ago, to everyone’s surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he’s pastor of an 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago—consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance.

Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon’s congregation, leaving her father’s church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less.

But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don’t see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone…and for very good reason.


Click for more detail about Across That Bridge by John Lewis Across That Bridge

by John Lewis
Grand Central Publishing (May 15, 2012)
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"The most important lesson I have learned in the fifty years I have spent working toward the building of a better world is that the true work of social transformation starts within. It begins inside your own heart and mind, because the battleground of human transformation is really, more than any other thing, the struggle within the human consciousness to believe and accept what is true. Thus to truly revolutionize our society, we must first revolutionize ourselves. We must be the change we seek if we are to effectively demand transformation from others." - John Lewis

Although it has been decades since the historic social upheavals of the 1960s, Americans continue to look to the Civil Rights Movement as the apotheosis of political expression. With an engaged electorate once again confronting questions of social inequality, there's no better time to revisit the lessons of the '60s and no better leader to learn from than Congressman John Lewis. In Across That Bridge, Congressman Lewis draws from his experience as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement to offer timeless guidance to anyone seeking to live virtuously and transform the world. His wisdom, poignant recollections, and powerful ideas will inspire a new generation to usher in a freer, more peaceful society. The Civil Rights Movement gave rise to the protest culture we know today, and the experiences of leaders like Congressman Lewis have never been more relevant. Now, more than ever, this nation needs a strong and moral voice to guide an engaged population through visionary change.


Click for more detail about Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis, Book Two) by Octavia Butler Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis, Book Two)

by Octavia Butler
Aspect (Apr 01, 1997)
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Told in the haunting voice of Lilith, the heroine of "Dawn", this book is thestory of Lilith’s only son, Akin. Though he resembles a normal human, Akin isthe first "construct"—part man/part alien.


Click for more detail about Alibi by Teri Woods Alibi

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 06, 2009)
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Two men think they’ve found the perfect opportunity—a chance to rob the stash house of Simon Shuller, one of Philadelphia’s biggest drug lords. But their plans are spoiled when one of Shuller’s men catches them as they break into the stash house. Temperatures flare as the men capture Shuller’s worker, Poncho, and force him to show them the goods. What they didn’t expect was for Poncho’s partner to be armed and very dangerous. An altercation breaks out and when the smoke clears, Nard, Poncho’s accomplice, is the only one left standing. Thinking quickly, Nard cleans shop and makes his escape, but not before being spotted by a few neighbors. Not wanting to kill anyone else, he makes a mad dash for the streets but wonders if the witnesses will give up his identity. What he needs now is a plausible alibi. If he doesn’t come up with one fast, it could mean life in prison, or death on the streets.


Click for more detail about Alibi by Teri Woods Alibi

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 08, 2010)
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Two men think they’ve found the perfect opportunity—a chance to rob the stash house of Simon Shuller, one of Philadelphia’s biggest drug lords. But their plans are spoiled when one of Shuller’s men catches them as they break into the stash house. Temperatures flare as the men capture Shuller’s worker, Poncho, and force him to show them the goods. What they didn’t expect was for Poncho’s partner to be armed and very dangerous. An altercation breaks out and when the smoke clears, Nard, Poncho’s accomplice, is the only one left standing. Thinking quickly, Nard cleans shop and makes his escape, but not before being spotted by a few neighbors. Not wanting to kill anyone else, he makes a mad dash for the streets but wonders if the witnesses will give up his identity. What he needs now is a plausible alibi. If he doesn’t come up with one fast, it could mean life in prison, or death on the streets.


Click for more detail about Alibi Ii: Nard’s Revenge by Teri Woods Alibi Ii: Nard’s Revenge

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 13, 2012)
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ALIBI II picks up where ALIBI left off. The year is 2006 and Diane Praeliou is happily married and living on a horse ranch in Arizona when she receives a letter that threatens her entire world. Someone knows her true identity.

In 1986, Daisy was given a second chance at life when she received a new identity and a fresh start as a college student in Arizona courtesy of the witness protection program.

Nard wasn’t so lucky. He was sentenced to twenty years to life in a western Pennsylvania facility and has endured things that no man should ever have to endure. All Nard can think about is Daisy’s testimony and how much he wants revenge.

Diane goes on living life, finding love, and getting married until things slowly begin to spiral out of control. What makes matters worse is now Nard is out on parole and Diane is afraid for herself and her family. Feigning innocence, Diane can only turn to one person for help. But if she doesn’t come clean about her past secrets, her entire world can come crashing down and there will be no one to protect her.


Click for more detail about All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island by Liza Jessie Peterson All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island

by Liza Jessie Peterson
Center Street (Apr 18, 2017)
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ALL DAY is a behind-the-bars, personal glimpse into the issue of mass incarceration via an unpredictable, insightful and ultimately hopeful reflection on teaching teens while they await sentencing.

Told with equal parts raw honesty and unbridled compassion, ALL DAY recounts a year in Liza Jessie Peterson’s classroom at Island Academy, the high school for inmates detained at New York City’s Rikers Island. A poet and actress who had done occasional workshops at the correctional facility, Peterson was ill-prepared for a full-time stint teaching in the GED program for the incarcerated youths. For the first time faced with full days teaching the rambunctious, hyper, and fragile adolescent inmates, "Ms. P" comes to understand the essence of her predominantly Black and Latino students as she attempts not only to educate them, but to instill them with a sense of self-worth long stripped from their lives.
"I have quite a spirited group of drama kings, court jesters, flyboy gangsters, tricksters, and wannabe pimps all in my charge, all up in my face, to educate," Peterson discovers. "Corralling this motley crew of bad-news bears to do any lesson is like running boot camp for hyperactive gremlins. I have to be consistent, alert, firm, witty, fearless, and demanding, and most important, I have to have strong command of the subject I’m teaching." Discipline is always a challenge, with the students spouting street-infused backtalk and often bouncing off the walls with pent-up testosterone. Peterson learns quickly that she must keep the upper hand-set the rules and enforce them with rigor, even when her sympathetic heart starts to waver.
Despite their relentless bravura and antics-and in part because of it-Peterson becomes a fierce advocate for her students. She works to instill the young men, mostly black, with a sense of pride about their history and culture: from their African roots to Langston Hughes and Malcolm X. She encourages them to explore and express their true feelings by writing their own poems and essays. When the boys push her buttons (on an almost daily basis) she pushes back, demanding that they meet not only her expectations or the standards of the curriculum, but set expectations for themselves-something most of them have never before been asked to do. She witnesses some amazing successes as some of the boys come into their own under her tutelage.
Peterson vividly captures the prison milieu and the exuberance of the kids who have been handed a raw deal by society and have become lost within the system. Her time in the classroom teaches her something, too-that these boys want to be rescued. They want normalcy and love and opportunity.


Click for more detail about America Behind The Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. America Behind The Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 01, 2005)
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More than thirty-five years after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., Americans wonder just how much of his dream has come true. Now renowned scholar and New York Times bestselling author Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., examines the surprising social and economic journey African Americans have made since the civil rights era. Using the interviews he conducted for his groundbreaking PBS series, Professor Gates introduces us to forty-four individuals from every segment of the African-American community-from Maya Angelou and Morgan Freeman to convict "Eric Edwards" and a single mother on Chicago’s South Side. In their own candid, deeply felt words, each discusses what it means to be African American in the twenty-first century: the joys, the problems, the perils. Together, they reveal a community united by memory and culture yet divided by wealth and lack of opportunity…in an America still struggling to ensure true equality for all.


Click for more detail about American Indians Today: Issues and Conflicts (Impact Books Series) by Judith Harlan American Indians Today: Issues and Conflicts (Impact Books Series)

by Judith Harlan
Franklin Watts (Apr 01, 1987)
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Discusses the economic, legal, health, and civil rights problems presently facing Native Americans and presents a brief history of legal and territorial conflicts between Native Americans and the United States government.


Click for more detail about Amigas Point Me to Tomorrow by Veronica Chambers Amigas Point Me to Tomorrow

by Veronica Chambers
Hyperion Book CH (Sep 13, 2011)
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After two years of planning the hottest quineaneras in Miami and beyond, the girls of Amigas Incorporated are facing their biggest challenge yet—high school graduation. While Carmen and Jamie know exactly what they want, Alicia is on the fence. Should she go to the school of her dreams even if it means doing exactly what has always been expected of her? Or should she try something new? With so many decisions to make, Alicia is beginning to feel like choosing a school is like preparing for a quince—without any of the fun. On top of it all, the group has gotten a mysterious request from a young woman who wants to throw the most secret of quinceaneras. The girl wants it to be so secret that she won’t even tell them her name! Now the group must figure out how to throw the perfect party for a perfect stranger, nail the SATs, and figure out if there is anyone at the school willing and capable of taking on their business. Will it all work out? Or will the end of school mean the end of Amigas Incorporated?


Click for more detail about Angel on My Shoulder: An Autobiography by Natalie Cole and Digby Diehl Angel on My Shoulder: An Autobiography

by Natalie Cole and Digby Diehl
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 14, 2000)
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Born to legendary Nat King Cole in the halcyon days of the 1950s, Natalie Cole grew up to become a versatile singer with Grammy Award status. But that success came with a price, where she was dragged down by depression and drugs. This is her story.

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Click for more detail about Angels Make Their Hope Here by Breena Clarke Angels Make Their Hope Here

by Breena Clarke
Grand Central Publishing (Jul 08, 2014)
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Russell’s Knob is not paradise. But already in 1849 this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks, whites, and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations. It is a haven for Dossie Bird, who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family.

Duncan Smoot presides as accidental patriarch, protector of his enterprising sister, Hattie, and his two rambunctious nephews. As Dossie busies herself with cleaning, cooking, and tending the chickens at Duncan’s homestead, she wonders: Could this man, her rescuer—so godlike in her eyes, so much older than she—expect her to become his helpmeet?. Tentatively, Dossie begins to put down roots—until a shocking act of violence propels her away from Russell’s Knob and eventually into the mayhem of New York City’s mean streets.

With the same storytelling brio that distinguished the acclaimed novels River, Cross My Heart and Stand the Storm, Breena Clarke weaves a richly dramatic story of interracial harmony in the Civil War era—and of one woman’s triumph in the crucible of history.


Click for more detail about Are We Having Fun Yet?: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Sex by Marcia  Douglas Are We Having Fun Yet?: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Sex

by Marcia Douglas
Hyperion (Jul 17, 1997)
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Offers female readers advice on enhancing their sex lives, addressing such subjects as how to enjoy the physical pleasures of sex and how women’s bodies respond best to sexual stimulation.


Click for more detail about Bad Boy Brawly Brown (Easy Rawlins Mystery) by Walter Mosley Bad Boy Brawly Brown (Easy Rawlins Mystery)

by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown and Company (Jul 02, 2002)
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Easy Rawlins is out of the investigation business and as far away from crime as a black man can be in 1960s Los Angeles.But living around desperate men means life gets complicated sometimes.When an old friend gets in enough trouble to ask for Easys help, he finds he cant refuse. Young Brawly Brown has traded in his family for The Clan of the First Men, a group rejecting white leadershipand laws. Browns mom asks Easy to make sure her babys okay, and Easy promises to find him. His first day on the case, Easy comes face-to-face with a corpse, and before he knows it he is a murder suspect and in the middle of a police raid. Brawly Brown is clearly the kind of trouble most folks try to avoid. It takes everything Easy has just to stay alive as he explores a world filled with betrayals and predators like he never imagined. Big Boy Brawly Brown is the masterful crime novel that Walter Mosleys legions of fans have been waiting for. This book marks the return of a master at the top of his form.


Click for more detail about Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You by Misty Copeland Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You

by Misty Copeland
Grand Central Life & Style (Mar 21, 2017)
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The celebrated ballerina and role model, Misty Copeland, shares the secrets of how to reshape your body and achieve a lean, strong physique and glowing health.

Misty Copeland believes:

“There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.”

In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, and how to reshape their bodies to be lean and flexible, with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines, and words of inspiration. Celebrating the importance of healthy fats and a fitness regimen based on ballet exercises, Misty shares her own time-tested exercises and an eating plan focusing on healthy fats, both of which keep her in top shape. Tips for motivation and words of encouragement as well as tips on how to keep going even when you may want to give up. An inspiring section on the importance of finding mentors, and eventually being one, plus excerpts from Misty’s personal journal, round out this important book on grace and strength.


Click for more detail about Bang! by Sharon G. Flake Bang!

by Sharon G. Flake
Hyperion Book CH (Jul 31, 2007)
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Bang! Guns really sound like that, you know.
Bang! And people bleed from everywhere, and blood is redder than you think.
And little kids look funny in caskets. That’s ’cause they ain’t meant to be in one, I guess.

Mann is only thirteen, yet he has already had to deal with more than most go through in a lifetime. His family is still reeling from the tragic shooting death of his little brother, Jason, each person coping with grief in his or her own way. Mann’s mother has stopped eating and is obsessed with preserving Jason’s memory, while his father is certain that presenting a hard edge is the only way to keep his remaining son from becoming a statistic. Mann used to paint and ride horseback, but now he’s doing everything he can to escape his emotions: getting involved in fights at school, joyriding at midnight, and much worse. His father, at his wit’s end, does the only thing he thinks will teach his son how to be a man: he abandons him and his friend Kee-Lee in the woods, leaving them to navigate their way home, alone.

Now Mann, struggling to find his way back to civilization, must also reconcile himself to the realities of a world that has stolen his little brother, and that isn’t even sure it still wants Mann in it. One wrong turn and it could all be over for him, too. Bang.


Click for more detail about Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations by Retha Powers Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations

by Retha Powers
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 19, 2013)
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Click for more detail about Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes Bayou Magic

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 01, 2015)
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It's Maddy's turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings -- the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family's magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero?

A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic, set in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Bayou Magic celebrates hope, friendship, and family, and captures the wonder of life in the Deep South.


Click for more detail about Because You’re Lucky by Irene Smalls Because You’re Lucky

by Irene Smalls
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Apr 01, 1997)
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When Kevin comes to live at his cousin Jonathan’s house, both boys must make some big adjustments.


Click for more detail about Becoming American: Personal Essays By First Generation Immigrant Women by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah Becoming American: Personal Essays By First Generation Immigrant Women

by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
Hyperion (Aug 08, 2001)
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Now in paperback — "A compelling collection . . . providing insights into the variety of immigrant experiences." —Publishers WeeklyTake part in an extraordinary journey through the lives of 23 first-generation immigrant women as they uncover their own unique experiences in the new world. In this remarkable collection of original essays, these acclaimed writers speak to issues of identity, ethnicity, and race, as well as how the self begins to take on and absorb the label "American."Some of the contributors in Becoming American include: Nina Barragan — Argentina; Lilianet Brintrup — Chile; Veronica Chambers — Panama; Judith Ortiz Cofer — Puerto Rico; Edwidge Danticat — Haiti; Gabrielle Donnelly — England; Lynn Freed — South Africa; Akuyoe Graham — Ghana; Lucy Grealy — Ireland; Suheir Hammad — Jordan/Palestine; Ginu Kamani — India; Nola Kambanda — Burundi/Rwanda; Helen Kim — Korea; Kyoko Mori — Japan; Irina Reyn — Russia; Joyce Zonana — Egypt


Click for more detail about Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Nov 07, 2017)
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In his first memoir written especially for young readers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will focus on his relationships with several important coaches in his life - including his father, his high-school coach and Coach Wooden - as he tells the story of his life and career.

Like many kids in elementary school, Kareem (then Lew Alcindor) struggled with fitting in, pleasing a strict father, and severe shyness that made him socially awkward. Unlike most kids, he also had to grapple with a sudden growth spurt that shot him up taller than pretty much everyone around him, including students, teachers, and even his own father. His increasing fame as a basketball player throughout high school brought new challenges as this shy boy was shoved into the national spotlight. At the same time, social unrest in the country, particularly involving the growing civil rights movement, tugged at his conscience as he tried to find his place in it. After all, he was just a kid. What could he do?

Recruited to UCLA, his fame as an unstoppable center made him a college superstar. But as his fame rose, so did the social turmoil in the country: Vietnam War protests, Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., large-scale riots, the Women’s Movement. He could have hidden from all the turmoil as a sports celebrity, but he chose to join in the social evolution. The result was converting to Islam and changing his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The public backlash was blistering, but he didn’t waver.


Click for more detail about Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days by Tavis Smiley Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days

by Tavis Smiley
Little, Brown and Company (Jun 21, 2016)
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A powerful chronicle of the sixteen weeks leading up to King of Pop Michael Jackson’s death
Michael Jackson’s final months were like the rest of his short and legendary life: filled with deep lows and soaring highs, a constant hunt for privacy, and the pressure and fame that made him socially fragile and almost—ultimately—unable to live.
With the insight and compassion that he brought to his bestselling telling of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final year, Tavis Smiley provides a glimpse into the superstar’s life in this emotional, honest, yet celebratory book. Readers will witness Jackson’s campaign to recharge his career—hiring and firing managers and advisors, turning to and away from family members, fighting depression and drug dependency—while his one goal remained: to mount the most spectacular series of shows the world had ever seen. BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME is a humanizing look at Jackson’s last days.


Click for more detail about Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby Best Friends Forever

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 05, 2016)
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Things are falling apart in the Richardson household. Angry arguments between Celine and her husband, Keith, have become routine. She resents that he’s working long hours and staying out all night, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves. Their marriage is at a cross-roads and Celine worries how her 10-year-old daughter, Kassie, will be affected.

But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her relationship with Keith deteriorates, Celine worries that she’ll be left to navigate the difficult process of cancer treatment alone. But comfort and support come in the form of Celine’s best friend, Lauren. They’ve been attached at the hip since they were children and it is Lauren who’s there for Celine in her darkest moments.

Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions-about her marriage and otherwise-and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late?


Click for more detail about Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story by Gladys Knight Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story

by Gladys Knight
Hyperion (Oct 07, 1998)
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Her voice has been heard, now hear her words.This is the inspirational autobiography of one of the music world’s greatest performers—named one of the best celebrity books of 1997 by the "San Francisco Chronicle". B&W photos.


Click for more detail about Bird In A Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney Bird In A Box

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Feb 14, 2012)
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In a small upstate New York town during the Great Depression, three children—Hibernia, Willie, and Otis—are about to meet.
Hibernia dreams of becoming a famous singer and performing at Harlem’s swanky Savoy Ballroom.Willie is recovering from a tragedy that prevents him from becoming a junior boxing champ.Otis spends every night glued to the radio, listening to the voices that remind him of Daddy and Ma.
Each of them is looking for hope, and they all find it in the thrilling boxing matches of young Joe Louis. They know Joe has a good chance of becoming the country’s next heavyweight champion. What they don’t know is that during this unforgettable year, the three of them will become friends.


Click for more detail about Black Pioneers: Home Is with Our Family by Joyce Hansen Black Pioneers: Home Is with Our Family

by Joyce Hansen
Hyperion Book CH (Dec 21, 2010)
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Now that she is turning thirteen, Maria Peterson envisions new adult prestige and responsibility, like attending abolitionist meetings and listening to inspiring speakers such as Sojourner Truth. The year also brings trials and tribulations for her family and friends, however. The City of New York wants to turn her community’s settlement into a park. Now that Maria has made a new friend, she’s even more determined to stay put. But soon Maria discovers that her friend has a problem even more dire than being thrown out of her home. Will Maria be able to help her? And what will happen to her own family’s home?


Click for more detail about Black Silk (A Collection Of African American Erotica) by Retha Powers Black Silk (A Collection Of African American Erotica)

by Retha Powers
Warner Books (Jan 01, 2002)
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African American erotica- collected stories

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by Erica Kennedy
Hyperion Books (Jun 16, 2004)
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Cinderella remixed: an uninhibited, unputdownable novel about a small-town girl and the music mogul determined to turn her into a megastar.When twenty-year-old Mimi travels from a small town in Ohio to New York for an audition with Lamont Jac


Click for more detail about Blonde Faith: An Easy Rawlins Novel by Walter Mosley Blonde Faith: An Easy Rawlins Novel

by Walter Mosley
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 06, 2008)
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Easy Rawlins comes home from work, and finds more trouble on his doorstep in a day than most men encounter in a lifetime.

A friend has left his daughter at Easy’s house without so much as a note. Clearly this friend, Christmas Black, a veteran of Vietnam, fears for his life and his daughter’s.

Easy’s closest friend, the man known as Mouse, has disappeared too—and his wife tells Easy that he is wanted for murder. Mouse has been a thorn in the police’s side for so long that Easy is convinced that this time they will kill him as soon as they find him.

Worst of all, Easy’s longtime lover tells him that she plans to marry another man. In a world of hurt, Easy strikes out on his own to try to find one friend, save another, and save himself from the pain that is driving him out of his mind. On his path he meets drug dealers, corrupt officials, every manner of criminal and con—and a woman named Faith who may hold the key to more than one life.

In his tenth Easy Rawlins novel, Walter Mosley writes with a grace and insight that few writers ever achieve. It is the clearest proof yet that Walter Mosley is "one of this nation’s finest writers" (Boston Globe).


Click for more detail about Blue Collar Blues by Rosalyn McMillan Blue Collar Blues

by Rosalyn McMillan
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 01, 1998)
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A brutal struggle for power in the manipulative automobile industry pits white collar against blue collar. Life altering secrets, pride, ambition, & lust drive them to grab what they can from life, before the upheaval promises to change their relationships forever.


Click for more detail about Blue Light by Walter Mosley Blue Light

by Walter Mosley
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 02, 1998)
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The human race has just begun. In the Bay Area in the mid-1960s, several people are struck by a cosmic blue light that "quickens" their DNA, causing them instantaneously to evolve far beyond the present state of the human race. They become the full actualization of humankind, with strengths, understandings & communication abilities that exceed our imagining. Blue Light is the story of this quickening, & the conflict between these precursors of a new race of humans & the old breed they seem destined to supplant. Unfolding from the point of view of Chance, a half-black, half-white lost soul who becomes a follower of the "blues," the novel traces battles among those struck by the light (including one who becomes the living embodiment of Death) & their quest to bring their message of evolution & higher purpose to the rest of the world. Blue Light explores some of the questions about race, identity, & humanity that are the hallmark of the author’s other best-selling fiction, but his mind-stretching new approach will take his readers to a fascinating place they’ve never traveled.


Click for more detail about Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke Bluebird, Bluebird

by Attica Locke
Mulholland Books (Sep 12, 2017)
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A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire.

When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules—a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders—a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman—have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes—and save himself in the process—before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.


Click for more detail about Boy of Mine by Jabari Asim Boy of Mine

by Jabari Asim
LB Kids (Apr 01, 2010)
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In this imaginative bedtime companion to Girl of Mine, an adorable little boy plays among the stars before his mommy tucks him in and wishes him sweet dreams. The beautiful starry sky in the illustrations is a tribute to Van Gogh’s "Starry Night", and the charming lullaby, inspired by "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," will take babies on a magical journey before bedtime.With Asim’s engaging and adorable rhymes and Pham’s vibrant illustrations, babies and parents alike are sure to fall for Boy of Mine.


Click for more detail about Brothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving by Donna Britt Brothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving

by Donna Britt
Little, Brown and Company (Dec 08, 2011)
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· Donna Britt has always been surrounded by men-her father, three brothers, two husbands, three sons, countless friends. She learned to give to them at an early age. But after her beloved brother Darrell’s senseless killing by police 30 years ago, she began giving more, unconsciously seeking to help other men the way she couldn’t help Darrell. BROTHERS (AND ME) navigates Britt’s life through her relationships with men-resulting in a tender, funny and heartbreaking exploration of universal issues of gender and race. It asks: Why, for so long, did Britt-like millions of seemingly self-aware women-rarely put herself first? With attuned storytelling and hard-wrought introspection, Britt finds that even the sharpest woman may need reminding that giving to others requires giving to oneself.


Click for more detail about Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson Brown Girl in the Ring

by Nalo Hopkinson
Warner Books (Jul 01, 1998)
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The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother.

She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.

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Click for more detail about Cane River by Lalita Tademy Cane River

by Lalita Tademy
Warner Books (Feb 01, 2005)
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The "New York Times" bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club Pick—the unique and deeply moving epic of four generations of African-American women based on one family’s ancestral past.

Lalita Tademy was a successful corporate vice president at a Fortune 500 company when she decided to embark upon what would become an obsessive odyssey to uncover her familys past. Through exhaustive research, interviews, and the help of professional genealogists, she would find herself transported back to the early 1800s, to an isolated, close-knit rural community on Louisianas Cane River. Here, Tademy takes historical fact and mingles it with fiction to weave a vivid and dramatic account of what life was like for the four remarkable women who came before her. Beginning with Tademys great-great-great-great grandmother Elisabeth, this is a family saga that sweeps from the early days of slavery through the Civil War into a pre-Civil Rights Southa unique and moving slice of Americas past that will resonate with readers for generations to come. Well-researched and powerfully written, Cane River is just the kind of family portrait that will appeal to the same diverse audience as Alex Haleys bestselling phenomenon Roots (Dell Books, reissue 1980) and the New York Times bestseller Sally Hemings (Buccaneer Books, 1992), which sold over one million hardcover copies and inspired the feature film Jefferson in Paris, starring Nick Nolte and Thandie Newton.


Click for more detail about Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance by Eleanora E. Tate Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance

by Eleanora E. Tate
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Apr 01, 2007)
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When Celeste Lassiter Massey is forced to live with her actress Aunt Valentina in Harlem, she is not thrilled to trade her friends and comfortable North Carolina for scary, big-city life. While Celeste experiences the Harlem Renaissance in full swing, she sees as much grit as glamour. A passionate writer, talented violinist, and aspiring doctor, she eventually faces a choice between ambition and loyalty, roots and horizons. The decision will change her forever.


Click for more detail about City Shapes by Diana Murray City Shapes

by Diana Murray
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Jun 21, 2016)
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Hunt for shapes of all kinds on this journey through a bustling city, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier!

From shimmering skyscrapers to fluttering kites to twinkling stars high in the sky, everyday scenes become extraordinary as a young girl walks through her neighborhood noticing exciting new shapes at every turn. Far more than a simple concept book, City Shapes is an explosion of life. Diana Murray’s richly crafted yet playful verse encourages readers to discover shapes in the most surprising places, and Bryan Collier's dynamic collages add even more layers to each scene in this ode to city living.


Click for more detail about Clay’s Ark by Octavia Butler Clay’s Ark

by Octavia Butler
Aspect (Dec 01, 1996)
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In a violent near-future, Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive, they exile themselves in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans. To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony, but to succumb is to relinquish humanity and free will. Desperate, they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland—and endanger the world.


Click for more detail about Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Grand Central Publishing (May 16, 2017)
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.
In 1965, 18-year old Lew Alcindor played basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. It was the beginning of what was to become a 50-year long relationship. On the court, they broke basketball records. Off the court, they transcended their athletic achievements to gain even wider recognition and tremendous national respect.
Part memoir, and part inspirational, Abdul-Jabbar reveals the lessons Coach Wooden taught him through the "Pyramid of Success" and discusses how they in turn shaped his life. Through beautiful storytelling, COACH WOODEN AND ME takes you back to the basics of what a coach should be.


Click for more detail about Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby Copycat

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 31, 2017)
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From the AALBC.com and New York Times bestselling author who “writes with high-octane levels of emotion”

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.

It is then that Simone’s entire world begins unraveling, and dreadful secrets from her past are exposed with no warning. Secrets that she'll do almost anything to protect.


Click for more detail about Cosbyology: Essays and Observations From the Doctor of Comedy by Bill Cosby Cosbyology: Essays and Observations From the Doctor of Comedy

by Bill Cosby
Hyperion (Nov 07, 2001)
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Description: Returning to his early days of comedy, the comic genius and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Congratulations! Now What guarantees us a look at the funny side of life. In his long and illustrious career, Bill Cosby has been many things: award-winning actor, bestselling author, doctor of education, media icon, and role model. But first and foremost, he is a comedian, and here he returns to that role in this wonderfully funny collection of stand-up material that touches on everything from childhood and marriage to school, sports, and work. Fusing his classic jazzy timing and edgy humor with the intelligence and perception that have made him a huge star, Bill Cosby draws from his own life to tell these laugh-out-loud stories. With a dry wit and uncanny insight, Cosby writes about his first experiences skiing, making love to his wife, lying to his mother, and fretting about ingrown hairs. Fans young and old will be eager to add this volume to their collection, while new fans everywhere will delight in this sampling of great comic genius.

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Click for more detail about Counting Raindrops Through a Stained Glass Window by Cherlyn Michaels Counting Raindrops Through a Stained Glass Window

by Cherlyn Michaels
Hachette (Sep 14, 2005)
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"The surest way to ruin a relationship is to marry the man you love."

At least that’s what Vanella Morris believes; she’s seen the crazy things that marriage makes people do. So when Alton, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, proposes, Vanella is faced with a dilemma: Unable to convince Alton to skip the vows, does she walk away from happiness because of her fears?


Click for more detail about Damaged by Kia DuPree Damaged

by Kia DuPree
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 26, 2010)
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Camille Logan feels trapped. After she is sexually and emotionally abused by her foster parents, she turns to the one person she knows she can trust—her boyfriend Chu, a mid-level drug dealer. But when life finally starts looking up for Camille, Chu is brutally murdered. Again feeling abandoned and helpless, and refusing to return to the system, Camille finds herself living with a stable of women in a tiny run-down apartment building in Washington, D.C., working for Nut, a deranged pimp. Fed up with her life, Camille is forced to right her wrongs, and slowly learns that her past does not necessarily determine her future.


Click for more detail about Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora by Sheree Renee Thomas Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora

by Sheree Renee Thomas
Aspect (Jul 18, 2000)
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This volume introduces black science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction writers to the generations of readers who have not had the chance to explore the scope and diversity among African-American writers.

Speculative fiction, fantasy, and science fiction are assumed to be the genres of alternative thought; however, too often these realms of imagination reflect only the Occidental vision and culture. Now an important new anthology, the first of its kind, explodes such preconceptions with more than a century of fantastic fiction by preeminent and emerging authors of the African diaspora, including recipients of literature's most prestigious awards.

This richly vibrant collection of stories and essays displays the brilliance of writers ranging from the early pioneers, such as Charles W. Chesnutt, W. E. B. Du Bois, and George S. Schuyler, to Samuel R. Delany and Octavia E. Butler -- whose classic sf became the springboards for their fame -- to such renowned figures of the African American literary tradition as playwright-critic Amiri Baraka and satirist Ishmael Reed. Dark Matter also highlights a wide spectrum of talents who have garnered both genre and mainstream acclaim, including Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Jewelle Gomez, Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley, and Kalamu ya Salaam.

Astonishing, compelling, erotic, and profound stories of worlds within and beyond abound in Dark Matter. This comprehensive, landmark collection is a vital contribution to an exciting universe of fresh metaphor and myth.
 

A few of the Dark Matter Contributors

A few of the Dark Matter Contributors
(l to r) Kalamu ya Salaam, Sheree R. Thomas, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Ama Patterson and Tony Medina


Click for more detail about Dark Matter: Reading the Bones by Sheree Renee Thomas Dark Matter: Reading the Bones

by Sheree Renee Thomas
Aspect (Jan 02, 2004)
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Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora

The critically acclaimed, award-winning anthology Dark Matter was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Book World "Rave" Book of the Year. An innovative and landmark collection, it presented some of the most profound, moving, and entertaining speculative fiction from the African diaspora. Now editor Sheree R. Thomas delves further into this inspirational wellspring with a new volume of great stories that illuminate our world...
Dark Matter: Reading the Bones

Expanding the fields of fantastic fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, this exciting collection of stories, essays, and interviews combines classic tales from great authors with original pieces from emerging black writers. The interests of black writers are manifold; their voices, themes, and aesthetics are as diverse as the homeland of their ancestors. With vision and authenticity, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones divines greater insight into the stunning variety of the black literary tradition.
Photo from reading of "Dark Matter" at AALBC.com
This rich collection displays narratives of courage, from women in an African forest challenging deep-rooted cultural expectations to hard-eyed urban men in American housing projects resisting a hostile world. From oral folktales to futuristic speculative fiction, from the comedy of the trickster to haunting meditations on survival, these authors explore love and lore, identity and community.

Compelling, complex, and poignant, this new anthology of African-rooted literature will dazzle you with its multifaceted scope.

Contents

Fiction
ibo landing by ihsan bracy
The Quality of Sand by Cherene Sherrard
Yahimba's Choice by Charles R. Saunders
The Glass Bottle Trick by Nalo Hopkinson
Desire by Kiini Ibura Salaam>
Recovery from a Fall by David Findlay
Anansi Meets Peter Parker at the Taco Bell on Lexington by Douglas Kearney
The Magical Negro by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Jesus Christ in Texas by W. E. B. Du Bois
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? by0 Henry Dumas
'Cause Harlem Needs Heroes by Kevin Brockenbrough
Whipping Boy by Pam Noles
Old Flesh Song by Ibi Aanu Zoboi
Whispers in the Dark by Walter Mosley
Aftermoon by Tananarive Due
Voodoo Vincent and the Astrostoriograms by Tyehimba Jess
The Binary by John Cooley
BLACKout by Jill Robinson
Sweet Dreams by Charles Johnson
Buying Primo Time by Wanda Coleman
Corona by Samuel R. Delany
Maggies by Nisi Shawl
Excerpt from Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
Trance by Kalamu ya Salaam

Essays
The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Transcription of a Panel at the 1997 Black Speculative Fiction Writers Conference Held at Clark Atlanta University
by Jewelle Gomez

Her Pen Could Fly: Remembering Virginia Hamilton
by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Celebrating the Alien: The Politics of Race and Species in the Juveniles of Andre Norton
by Carol Cooper
 

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Click for more detail about Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

by Laban Carrick Hill
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Sep 07, 2010)
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To us
it is just dirt,
the ground we walk on…
But to Dave
it was clay,
the plain and basic stuff
upon which he formed a life
as a slave nearly 200 years ago.

Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill's elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier's resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave's story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.

Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill's elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier's resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave's story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.


Click for more detail about David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell
Grand Central Publishing (Oct 01, 2013)
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Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should he have? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

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Click for more detail about Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1) by Octavia Butler Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1)

by Octavia Butler
Aspect (Apr 01, 1997)
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Lilith lyapo awoke from a centuries-long sleep to find herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. Creatures covered in writhing tentacles, the Oankali had saved every surviving human from a dying, ruined Earth. They healed the planet, cured cancer, increased strength, and were now ready to help Lilith lead her people back to Earth—but for a price.


Click for more detail about Death Of A King: The Real Story Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year by Tavis Smiley Death Of A King: The Real Story Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

by Tavis Smiley
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 09, 2014)
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A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations — denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few — all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

Smiley’s DEATH OF A KING paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King’s life — one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.


Click for more detail about Delicious Foods: A Novel by James Hannaham Delicious Foods: A Novel

by James Hannaham
Little, Brown and Company (Mar 17, 2015)
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WINNER OF THE 2016 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION

WINNER OF THE HURSTON/WRIGHT LEGACY FICTION AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE 2016 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES PRIZE FOR FICTION

NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times, Washington Post

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, Kirkus, BuzzFeed, National Post, Kansas City Star

TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Publishers Weekly
TOP 15 BOOKS OF THE YEAR: BookPage

Held captive by her employers—and by her own demons—on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival.

Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband. Unable to cope with her grief, she turns to drugs, and quickly forms an addiction. One day she disappears without a trace.

Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Eddie, now left behind in a panic-stricken search for her, Darlene has been lured away with false promises of a good job and a rosy life. A shady company named Delicious Foods shuttles her to a remote farm, where she is held captive, performing hard labor in the fields to pay off the supposed debt for her food, lodging, and the constant stream of drugs the farm provides to her and the other unfortunates imprisoned there.

In Delicious Foods, James Hannaham tells the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Through Darlene’s haunted struggle to reunite with Eddie, through the efforts of both to triumph over those who would enslave them, and through the irreverent and mischievous voice of the drug that narrates Darlene’s travails, Hannaham’s daring and shape-shifting prose infuses this harrowing experience with grace and humor.

The desperate circumstances that test the unshakeable bond between this mother and son unfold into myth, and Hannaham’s treatment of their ordeal spills over with compassion. Along the way we experience a tale at once contemporary and historical that wrestles with timeless questions of love and freedom, forgiveness and redemption, tenacity and the will to survive.


Click for more detail about Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About by Patti Labelle Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About

by Patti Labelle
Grand Central Life & Style (Apr 25, 2017)
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Superstar singer, bestselling cookbook author, and cooking show host Patti LaBelle shares her favorite dessert recipes and kitchen memories.

Her New York Times bestseller LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About, which sold more than 300,000 copies, established her as a cooking star. Today, Patti’s baking skills have the country buzzing. In Fall 2015, a fan’s YouTube review of her sweet potato pie became a viral sensation, with over 20 million views. In just one weekend, her pies were completely sold out at Wal-Mart stores across the country.

Now, for the first time, fans of Patti’s pie can make their own, as well as other amazing sweets! Filled with her favorite recipes for pies, cakes, cookies, and puddings, as well as a chapter on diabetic-friendly recipes, moving personal stories from her career and life, this is the most personal cookbook LaBelle has written. Every fan of soul and sweets will want to own it.


Click for more detail about Dinner At Aunt Connie’s House by Faith Ringgold Dinner At Aunt Connie’s House

by Faith Ringgold
Hyperion (Oct 30, 1993)
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During a dinner at the home of her Aunt Connie, an artist, and Uncle Bates, Melody discovers twelve portraits of inspirational and influential African-American women, whose stories inspire Melody with pride in her own heritage. By the author of Tar Beach.


Click for more detail about Don’t Blame It on Rio: The Real Deal Behind Why Men Go to Brazil for Sex by Karen Hunter Don’t Blame It on Rio: The Real Deal Behind Why Men Go to Brazil for Sex

by Karen Hunter
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 24, 2008)
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There is a not-so-new, not-so-secret destination where a growing number of American black men are traveling for the kind of sex and freedom they say they can’t find with black women. Thousands of unsuspecting women are kissing their men good-bye while they go on "business" trips to Rio where they meet up with some of their friends and have sex every way they can imagine-no strings, no hassles, and no conscience.

This social worker is a Ph.D. student at the Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He is the founder of The Renaissance Male Project Inc. and a New Voices Fellow 2005. He has made appearances on both national and regional television and radio shows, and print publications such as Essence magazine, The Toledo Blade, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Click for more detail about Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley Down the River unto the Sea

by Walter Mosley
Mulholland Books (Feb 20, 2018)
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From trailblazing novelist Walter Mosley: a former NYPD cop once imprisoned for a crime he did not commit must solve two cases: that of a man wrongly condemned to die, and his own.
Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD’s finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.
A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of—and why.
Running in parallel with King’s own quest for justice is the case of a Black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
Joined by Melquarth Frost, a brilliant sociopath, our hero must beat dirty cops and dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King’s client’s, and King’s own.


Click for more detail about Dutch by Teri Woods Dutch

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 23, 2009)
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James Bernard Jr., a.k.a. Dutch, has become the most dangerous criminal in New Jersey. From his early skill as a car thief, Dutch recognized the opportunity to rule the streets and he seized it. Feared by all, and completely fearless, Dutch and his dangerous clique take over the lucrative heroin business of a local African drug lord. With both the protection and respect of the Mafia, Dutch becomes the most terrifying force on the streets. District Attorney Anthony Jacobs is determined to take down Dutch and his crew, and he’s confident that his witnesses will testify against them. But a sudden turn of events will soon make the DA’s job harder than he imagined.


Click for more detail about Dutch Ii: Angel’s Revenge (Dutch Trilogy) by Teri Woods Dutch Ii: Angel’s Revenge (Dutch Trilogy)

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 08, 2010)
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HE IS THE MASTER OF THE GAME. HE’S BUILT THE ULTIMATE EMPIRE. BUT HIS STORY IS ONLY BEGINNING. NOW NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR TERI WOODS BRINGS YOU THE SECOND IN THE SENSATIONAL DUTCH TRILOGY, WHERE ONE WOMAN WILL RULE DUTCH’S STREETS . . . OR DESTROY THEM.

DUTCH II: ANGEL’S REVENGE

She is the most merciless of his lieutenants, with style and skills that even the hardest hustlers fear . . . and none survive. And with Dutch gone, Angel is fueled by a shattering vendetta and methodically eliminating every successor, wannabe, and mobster trying to lead Dutch’s madly profitable organization. The only person between her and ultimate control: One-eyed Roc-aka Rahman-Dutch’s other trusted lieutenant and a man with his own zealous master plan. He and his crew are cleaning up the streets and righting his wrongs by any means necessary. And he’s checkmating Angel’s strengths and playing her every weakness. Neither can stop. Neither will give in. And they will never surrender Dutch’s lethal legacy, even though their last devastating power play could destroy it all . . .


Click for more detail about Dutch III: International Gangster by Teri Woods Dutch III: International Gangster

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (May 25, 2011)
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It's one month before Dutch's trial for what the media has deemed "the Month of Murder," Roc and Angel are locked up, and Craze is now the commander in charge. After coming into contact with Joseph Odouwo, Kazami's very rich and powerful relative, Craze is immediately on alert. However, Odouwo has other plans that may put all of their lives at risk. Craze can't resist a stake in Odouwo's very successful billion-dollar diamond trade, and reluctantly takes Odouwo up on his offer, hoping that he didn't make a decision he will soon regret.


Click for more detail about Edison: Inventing the Century by Neil Baldwin Edison: Inventing the Century

by Neil Baldwin
Hyperion (Feb 09, 1995)
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Using unprecedented access to Edison family papers and years of research at the Edison corporate archives, Neil Baldwin offers a revealing portrait of one of America’s seminal inventors: a man whose imagination, dynamism, entrepreneurial brilliance epitomized the American dream as he became a victim of its darker side."Baldwin has demythologized the man and left the genius bigger than life." —Newsweek


Click for more detail about Erotic City by Marissa Monteilh (aka Pynk) Erotic City

by Marissa Monteilh (aka Pynk)
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 14, 2008)
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Erotic City is sex-fest central-a hip, upscale swingers club for grown-folks only, located in the heart of Atlanta. It is a grand, three-story sexual mecca where the uninhibited freaks come out four nights a week to get their ultimate groove on without fear of reprisal or judgment, yet judgment from the outside world threatens all that the club's owner, Milan Kennedy, has worked so hard to achieve.

Pynk brings us a fast-paced, sexy ride through a world of having sex in public, bribery, judgments, and suspense that sheds light on family, churchgoers, relationships, revenge, and the amazing sex-filled world of those who swing.


Click for more detail about Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts and Veronica Chambers Everybody’s Got Something

by Robin Roberts and Veronica Chambers
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 22, 2014)
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"Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something."

So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times.

Following her mother's advice to "make your mess your message," Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we've all got something — a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms —- we've also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it's all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think.


Click for more detail about Faces of Praise!: Photos and Gospel Inspirations to Encourage and Uplift by Carol Mackey Faces of Praise!: Photos and Gospel Inspirations to Encourage and Uplift

by Carol Mackey
FaithWords (Oct 17, 2017)
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Photography by B. Jeffrey Grant-Clark

This full-color photo gift book that turns chart-topping contemporary gospel music into Bible-based devotions is a three-way blessing for readers: a perfect companion to favorite gospel recordings, an encouraging daily devotional and a unique photo collection.

Here are never-before-seen four-color images of the top 60 contemporary gospel artists taken on stage, as they led worship concerts. B. Jeffrey Grant-Clark met with, worked alongside, and photographed all these gospel icons— Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin, the award winning duo Mary Mary and many more—during his decades-long music career. He joins author Carol M. Mackey to create FACES OF PRAISE! which pairs these gospel artists and their most popular, uplifting songs with applicable scripture, inspirational text and prayers. Each image shows the artists as they worship, revealing their passion for God and inspiring hope, joy, and endurance in readers Beautifully designed, FACES OF PRAISE! is a perfect companion to gospel recordings, an encouraging devotional and a unique photo collection.


Artists included:

Yolanda Adams Shari Addison Crystal Aikin Rance Allen Vanessa Bell Armstrong Amber Bullock Kim Burrell Jonathan Butler Myron Butler Shirley Caesar Byron Cage Erica Campbell Kurt Carr Jacky Clark-ChisolmDorinda Clark-Cole Karen Clark-Sheard Tasha Cobbs Y’Anna Crawley Andrae Crouch Kirk Franklin Travis Greene Deitrick Haddon JJ Hairston Fred Hammond Tramaine Hawkins Israel Houghton Keith "Wonder Boy" Johnson Le’Andria Johnson Canton Jones John P. KeeDeon Kipping Mary Mary Donnie McClurkin William McDowell Vashawn Mitchell J. Moss William Murphy Jason Nelson Charisse Nelson-McIntosh Smokie Norful Kelly Price Hart RamseyJoann Rosario Marvin Sapp Kierra Sheard Richard Smallwood Micah StampleyKathy Taylor Ton’ex Tye Tribbett Trin-i-tee 5:7 Uncle Reece Hezekiah Walker The Walls Group Melvin Williams Michelle Williams BeBe Winans Cece Winans Marvin Winans Vickie Winans


Click for more detail about Farther Than I Meant to Go, Longer Than I Meant to Stay by Tiffany Warren Farther Than I Meant to Go, Longer Than I Meant to Stay

by Tiffany Warren
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 01, 2009)
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As President of Grace Savings and Loans, Charmayne Ellis is an established, polished professional. Although she has reached great success, her ridiculing mother and wise cracking younger sister won't let her forget that she is a 36-year-old, overweight, unmarried woman.

In an attempt to help, Charmayne's best friend, Lynette, is obsessed with setting her up on a series of pity-driven blind dates. When a drop-dead gorgeous man, Travis Moon, shows interest, Charmayne's caution light blinks like crazy. But out of loneliness and pressure from her family Charmayne ignores her gut feeling and gets married.

Yet instead of marital bliss, Charmayne begins to discover new things about her husband that force her to question her marriage and her faith in God.


Click for more detail about Farther Than I Meant To Go, Longer Than I Meant To Stay by Tiffany Warren Farther Than I Meant To Go, Longer Than I Meant To Stay

by Tiffany Warren
Warner Books (Oct 16, 2006)
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The author of "What a Sista Should Do" delivers a new novel about a woman struggling with the decisions she made that were based on fear and societal pressures instead of God’s plan for her.


Click for more detail about Fear Itself: A Fearless Jones Novel by Walter Mosley Fear Itself: A Fearless Jones Novel

by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown and Company (Jul 01, 2003)
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Paris Minton doesn’t want any trouble. He minds his used bookstore and his own business. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble finds him, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. When the nephew of the wealthiest woman in L.A. is missing and wanted for murder, she has to get involved-no matter if she can’t stand him. What will her church think? She hires Jefferson T. Hill, a former sheriff of Dawson, Texas, and a tough customer, to track him down and prove his innocence.When Hill goes missing too, she tricks his friend Fearless Jones and Paris Minton into picking up the case. Paris steps inside the world of the black bourgeoisie, and it turns out to be filled with deceit and corruption. It takes everything he has just to stay alive through a case filled with twists and turns and dead ends like he never imagined. Written with the voice and vision that have made Walter Mosley one of the most entertaining writers in America, Fear Itself marks the return of a master at the top of his form.


Click for more detail about Fear of the Dark: A Novel by Walter Mosley Fear of the Dark: A Novel

by Walter Mosley
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 01, 2007)
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When his cousin Ulysses S. Grant IV comes knocking, Paris Minton would rather keep the door shut, because “Useless” is a snake who brings bad luck wherever he goes. But trouble always finds an open window, and soon there’s a man murdered on his bookshop floor, evidence of blackmail is discovered, and Useless has vanished. To get out of this mess, Paris turns to his solid-hearted but quick-fisted friend Fearless Jones. Traversing the complex landscape of 1950s Los Angeles, where a wrong look can get a black man killed, Paris and Fearless find deperate women, secret lives—and more than one dead body.


Click for more detail about Fearless Jones by Walter Mosley Fearless Jones

by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown and Company (Jun 01, 2001)
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Mosley returns to mysteries at last with his most engaging hero since Easy Rawlins. When Paris Minton meets a beautiful new woman, before he knows it he has been beaten up, slept with, shot at, robbed, and his bookstore burned to the ground. He’s in so much trouble he has no choice but to get his friend, Fearless Jones, out of jail to help him.

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Click for more detail about Feelin’ the Vibe by Candice Dow Feelin’ the Vibe

by Candice Dow
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 24, 2009)
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A decade ago, Clark Winston nearly had a nervous breakdown after the man of her dreams, Devin Patterson, left her to marry another woman. Soon after, her best friend, the mother of her niece, died, leaving Clark sole custodian of the 10-year-old. Knowing she had to pull herself together, she sought help at a mental health clinic run by an old college friend, Dr. Kenneth Winston. The attraction was instant, and they proved to be a perfect match. Now 10 years later, the past is behind her and she has a perfect career and family at hand. But then, in the blink of an eye, Devin reappears and a tumultuous affair ensues. Clark will now have to make the most important decision of her life-choose the man who broke her heart or the one who fixed it.


Click for more detail about Fifty Cents And A Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim Fifty Cents And A Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

by Jabari Asim
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Dec 04, 2012)
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Booker dreamed
of making friends with words,
setting free the secrets
that lived in books.

Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen.

Award-winning artist Bryan Collier captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history, bringing to life Booker T. Washington’s journey to learn, to read, and to realize a dream.


Click for more detail about Float Like a Butterfly by Ntozake Shange Float Like a Butterfly

by Ntozake Shange
Hyperion Book CH (Oct 01, 2002)
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Muhammad Ali, considered by many to be the finest athlete of the twentieth century, is also one of the most famous Americans of his time. Here is a compelling testimony to his courage, resilience in the face of controversy, and boxing prowess by Obie Award-winning author Ntozake Shange. In her own words, Shange shows us Ali and his life, from his childhood in the segregated South, to his meteoric rise in boxing to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World. Edel Rodriguez’s stunning artwork combines pastels, monoprint woodblock ink linework and spray paint on colored papers to capture Ali’s power, spontaneity, and energy. A time line and list of additional resources and Web sites help make this a standout picture book biography of the man known around the world as "The Greatest".


Click for more detail about Fortunate Son: A Novel by Walter Mosley Fortunate Son: A Novel

by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown and Company (Apr 10, 2006)
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New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley’s novel about two boys, one ensconced in a life of privilege and the other in a life of hardship, explores the true meaning of fortune.In spite of remarkable differences, Eric and Tommy are as close as brothers. Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune. Tommy is a lame black boy, cursed with health problems, yet he remains optimistic and strong.After tragedy rips their makeshift family apart, the lives of these boys diverge astonishingly: Eric, the golden youth, is given everything but trusts nothing; Tommy, motherless and impoverished, has nothing, but feels lucky every day of his life. In a riveting story of modern-day resilience and redemption, the two confront separate challenges, and when circumstances reunite them years later, they draw on their extraordinary natures to confront a common enemy and, ultimately, save their lives.


Click for more detail about Foxy: My Life In Three Acts by Pam Grier Foxy: My Life In Three Acts

by Pam Grier
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 28, 2010)
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Some may know her as hot, gutsy, gun-totin’ Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown. Others may know her from her role as Kit Porter on The L Word. But that only defines one part of the legend that is Pam Grier.

Foxy is Pam’s testimony of her life, past and present. In it, she reveals her relationships with Richard Pryor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Freddie Prinze Sr., among others. She unveils her experiences as a backup singer and a blaxploitation star. In particularly candid and shocking chapters, she shares-for the first time-her view of those films and the persecution that blacks, especially women, needed to endure to make a name for themselves . . . including how it felt to be labeled one of the most beautiful women alive, yet not be permitted to try on clothes in a department store because of the color of her skin. And in words sure to inspire many, she tells the story of her ongoing battle with cancer.

From her disappointments to her triumphs, nothing is held back. With FOXY, Pam wishes to impart life lessons to her readers-and hopes to touch their hearts.


Click for more detail about From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By by Robin Roberts From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By

by Robin Roberts
Hyperion Book CH (Sep 16, 2008)
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We often hear that success requires pushing the boundaries, coloring outside the lines, stepping on toes, and breaking all the rules. But some rules are so critical they aren’t meant to be broken. Here, perennially popular Good Morning America host Robin Roberts reveals the 8 rules that she has always honored on her road to success. Illustrated with stories from her work, her family, and her faith, she explains how deceptively simple maxims like "Never lose sight of the Big Picture" and "Give people the benefit of the doubt" are both deeply meaningful and crucial to happiness and genuine accomplishment. Combined with a good dose of Robin’s trademark humor, warmth, and honesty, this book will be required reading for anyone in need of an infusion of sincere inspiration. And in light of her announcement in July 2007 that she had breast cancer, Robin’s message is bound to touch an even larger audience.


Click for more detail about Futureland by Walter Mosley Futureland

by Walter Mosley
Aspect (Nov 12, 2001)
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The place is the United States. The time, the near-future, 2020-2040. Here, justice is blind and the ranks of the disenfranchised have swollen to a toxic level. High-tech rules the day while human nature, for better or worse, remains constant. In nine interwoven tales, Mosley paints a keen if fictional portrait of what the future could hold if our own political climate continues. A bestselling author in the mystery and literary genres, Walter Mosley has added science fiction to his list of successes. Blue Light (Little, Brown and Company, 1998) netted over 30,000 copies in hardcover and was a #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and a New York Times Notable Book for 1998. Additionally, Blue Light won widespread acclaim in national publications and was a Selection of Book-of-the-Month Club. iPublish.com offered two short stories from Futureland as original eBooks in 12/00. Walkin the Dog (Little, Brown and Company, 10/99), the authors previous short-story collection, grossed nearly 68,000 hardcover copies. Mosley is the author of the New York Times bestselling Easy Rawlins novels.


Click for more detail about Getting to the Good Part by Lolita Files Getting to the Good Part

by Lolita Files
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 15, 2000)
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Reesy Snowden & Misty Fine have been friends since childhood. Misty’s work life is thriving & she has found Mr. Right at last. Although Reesy’s trying to be happy for her friend, she is troubled by this intrusion into the one friendship that has always come first for both women. Nonetheless, Reesy’s dreams of a dance career have become reality & she is also seeing a man who might be a keeper. Unfortunately, her self-destructive tendencies threaten to destroy her, until true love & friendship save the day.

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Click for more detail about Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Apr 01, 2018)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 8 - 12 years
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A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.

Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father's actions.

Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.


Click for more detail about Girl of Mine by Jabari Asim Girl of Mine

by Jabari Asim
LB Kids (Apr 01, 2010)
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This companion book to Boy of Mine shows a dazzling little girl enjoying playtime in the moon’s soft glow. As daddy cradles his baby girl, she is suddenly whisked away on a fantastical adventure, swinging above lush floral gardens under the golden moonlight. The sweet text, inspired by "Rock-A-Bye Baby," will whisk little ones off to peaceful slumber. With Asim’s engaging and adorable rhymes and Pham’s vibrant illustrations, babies and parents alike are sure to fall for Girl of Mine.


Click for more detail about Gotham Diaries by Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal Mccrary Anthony Gotham Diaries

by Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal Mccrary Anthony
Hachette (Jul 07, 2004)
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A hilarious first novel that provides a peek into the world of the super-rich, super-connected African Americans in Manhattan.

Lauren is trying to be an independent woman, starting her own documentary film company, but it’s difficult when you’re married to Ed Thomas, one of the wealthiest African-American businessmen in the country—and particularly when he seems to have a roving eye. Manny is an up-and-coming gay real estate agent who arrived in Manhattan from Alabama with only the clothes on his back. He’s made his way to the top of his profession—yet he still wants more. Tandy is one of the "ladies who lunch"—but she’s desperate to reinvent herself and find a new source of cash flow.

As we follow these three and other characters in this compelling first novel, we see the fascinating world of New York City’s upper-crust African American society with all their scandals, foibles and skeletons in the closet revealed.


Click for more detail about Grace After Midnight: A Memoir by Felicia Pearson Grace After Midnight: A Memoir

by Felicia Pearson
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 01, 2007)
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While Felicia is a brilliant actor in a truly chilling role, what’s most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta until she landed in Jessup state penitentiary after killing a woman in self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only through the cosmic intervention of her mentor, Uncle Loney, that she turned her life around. A couple of years ago, Snoop was discovered in a nightclub by one of The Wire’s cast members and quickly recruited to be one of television’s most frightening and intriguing villians.

While the story of coming up from the hood has been told by Antwone Fisher and Chris Gardner, among others, Snoop’s tale goes far deeper into The Life than any previous books. And like Mary Karr’s story, Snoop’s is a woman’s story from a fresh point of view. She defied traditional conventions of gender and sexual preference on the hardest streets in America and she continues to do so in front of millions of viewers on TV.

Snoop’s memoir was written with David Ritz, whose credit include the bestseller Tavis Smiley's What I Know For Sure. He has also collaborated with Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Laila Ali and B.B. King on their life stories. He has won a Grammy, a Deems Taylor ASCAP award, four Rolling Stone/Ralph J. Gleason book awards and is the co-composer of "Sexual Healing." He lives in Los Angeles.

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Click for more detail about Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton: The Revolution

by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 12, 2016)
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Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country’s origins for a diverse new generation.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages—"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda—traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi­dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don’t throw away their shot.


Click for more detail about Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey To The Mecca Of Black America by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey To The Mecca Of Black America

by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 26, 2011)
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“Most everything I write here is true and happened on or around Lenox Avenue. This is where I live now; if you stand at its center, the crossing at 125th Street, and look north and then south, you’ll see it come to a dead stop at both ends. It begins at the top of the park, where you can see the Harlem Meer, where I saw fireflies in summer and where each winter, I am told, teenagers drown trying to walk across the half-frozen ice. When I first moved here, to 120th Street, I was happy to be close to this secret, manmade lake, with its Dutch name, Haarlem Meer, the Lake of Harlem. Lenox Avenue begins there at 110th Street and ends up at 149th Street or so; I have never been to the very end of it. At the end a bridge goes over the Harlem River and then suddenly it is the Bronx. The Harlem River is not a real river, just as the Harlem Meer is not a sea or even a real lake, and Lenox Avenue is technically Sixth Avenue. Downtown it is called Avenue of the Americas before it runs into the south end of the park, and up town it is called Malcolm X Boulevard, but only by the kind of person who insists on calling Bombay Mumbai or Calcutta Kolkata. They would also feel the need to call Eighth Avenue, Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Seventh Avenue, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Boulevard. One Hundred Twenty-Fifth Street is also called Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, but I’ve never heard anyone insist upon it. I don’t call any of these by their second names. The point is that Lenox Avenue doesn’t go anywhere, and yet it is thought to be the most important thoroughfare of the most important place for black people in America, if not the world.”Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

"No geographic or racial qualification guarantees a writer her subject….Only interest, knowledge, and love will do that—all of which this book displays in abundance." (Zadie Smith, Harper’s)

A finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

For a century Harlem has been celebrated as the capital of black America, a thriving center of cultural achievement and political action. At a crucial moment in Harlem’s history, as gentrification encroaches, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts untangles the myth and meaning of Harlem’s legacy. Examining the epic Harlem of official history and the personal Harlem that begins at her front door, Rhodes-Pitts introduces us to a wide variety of characters, past and present. At the heart of their stories, and her own, is the hope carried over many generations, hope that Harlem would be the ground from which blacks fully entered America’s democracy.

Rhodes-Pitts is a brilliant new voice who, like other significant chroniclers of places-Joan Didion on California, or Jamaica Kincaid on Antigua-captures the very essence of her subject.


Click for more detail about Hispanic Voters: A Voice in American Politics by Judith Harlan Hispanic Voters: A Voice in American Politics

by Judith Harlan
Franklin Watts (Oct 01, 1988)
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Examines the increasingly important impact the nation’s fastest growing minority is making on American politics. Discusses the positions and concerns of Cubans, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Ricans and profiles prominent Hispanic leaders.


Click for more detail about How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World by Carol Ross How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World

by Carol Ross
Center Street (Apr 24, 2012)
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In boardrooms and lecture halls, on the field and at home, strong female leaders are making a statement around the globe. In HOW GREAT WOMEN LEAD Bonnie St. John and her teenage daughter, Darcy Deane, explore the qualities that motivate some of the world’s most powerful women. Through engaging, out-of-the-spotlight interchanges, the authors discover commonly held values, behaviors, and attitudes, as well as the subtle, special skills inherent in female leaders.

From the ethics of Dr. Condoleeza Rice to the fortitude of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the enthusiasm of Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp and the discipline of Geena Davis, each woman in this book shares the exciting story of her rise to the top and the unique qualities it took to get there.


Click for more detail about How Strong Women Pray by Bonnie St. John How Strong Women Pray

by Bonnie St. John
FaithWords (Nov 02, 2007)
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Bonnie St. John profiles some of today’s most prominent women and how prayer has impacted their lives.


Click for more detail about How to Hear from God Study Guide: Learn to Know His Voice and Make Right Decisions

 by Joyce Meyer How to Hear from God Study Guide: Learn to Know His Voice and Make Right Decisions

by Joyce Meyer
FaithWords (Nov 01, 2004)
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God wants to speak to you on a One-to-one basis, every day. He wants to take you step by step to the good things He has in store for you. In the hustle and bustle of today’s busy world, sometimes it’s hard enough to hear yourself think, much less take a minute to stop and listen for the voice of God. But learning to recognize God’s voice and the many ways in which He speaks is vital toward following His plan. In How to Hear from God, bestselling author Joyce Meyer revealed the ways in which God delivers His word, and the benefits of asking Him for the sensitivity to hear His voice. In this companion study guide, she takes you a step further, leading you through an interactive process toward a greater understanding of how God is working in your life. With thoughtful question-and-answer sections and further Scripture reading, as well as a recap on each of the book’s chapters, Joyce Meyer has created an intimate and meaningful experience on the path to hearing God’s Word for you personally. The How to Hear From God Study Guide includes: * More Than 200 Questions Adapted From How to Hear From God and Relevant Scriptures * A Workbook-Styled Format so You Can Write Your Answers Directly into the Book * A Section of Answers to Help Guide You in Your Own Personal Reflections on the Questions.


Click for more detail about I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God by John Gray I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God

by John Gray
FaithWords (Apr 18, 2017)
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If God can take David—the invisible eighth son of a forgotten family—and turn him into a king, just imagine what magnificent plans He has for redeeming your life.David was born a number 8—a hidden gem, often overlooked and undervalued by everyone except for God. For David, being a number 8 seemed like a curse until the day God transformed him from the unknown eighth son of Jesse into the much-honored king of Israel. When God sends out an invitation to greatness, His directions don’t always make sense to us. You may feel like the most invisible, broken number 8 out there, but God sees your hidden value and is growing you for better things. David didn’t know it, but his time as a simple shepherd with a dull future did not go unnoticed by God. In David’s darkest moments, he was cultivating the kind of gifts, wisdom, and leadership he would need to become a king. Even when you’re an underdog in the eyes of the world, God is working behind the scenes to develop you into a king or queen.


Click for more detail about I Didn’t Ask To Be Born: (But I’m Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby I Didn’t Ask To Be Born: (But I’m Glad I Was)

by Bill Cosby
Center Street (Nov 01, 2011)
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In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.

Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project.

In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we’re sure glad he was.


Click for more detail about I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley I Love My Hair!

by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Sep 01, 2001)
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This whimsical, evocative story about a girl named Keyana encourages African-American children to feel good about their special hair and be proud of their heritage. A BlackBoard Children’s Book of the Year. Full-color illustrations.


Click for more detail about I Love My Haircut! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley I Love My Haircut!

by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
LB Kids (Mar 07, 2017)
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In this companion to the top-selling I Love My Hair! (originally titled and adapted from Bippity Bop, Barbershop), a young boy named Miles makes his first trip to the barbershop with his father—but he’s afraid that the haircut will hurt! With the support of his dad, the barber, and the other men in the barbershop, Miles bravely sits through his first haircut. In the end, Miles’s father even decides to receive the same haircut as Miles! Now in board book format, here is a much-needed story about a milestone moment for toddlers, featuring African American characters and a loving father-son relationship that is perfect for Father’s Day and all year round.


Click for more detail about I’m Free, but It’ll Cost You: The Single Life According to Kim Coles by Kim Coles I’m Free, but It’ll Cost You: The Single Life According to Kim Coles

by Kim Coles
Hyperion (Jul 08, 1998)
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In her hilarious book, I’M FREE, BUT IT’LL COST YOU, Kim Coles explores everything from the potentially treacherous first date to tired pickup lines and finally the answer to the question, "Where are all the good men" From finding Mr. Right On, to just settling for Mr. Right Now, Kim has been through it all and is here to give us sistah friends some advice we can really use. Whether you’re hoping to find the man of your dreams or, more important, avoid the man of your nightmare, I’M FREE, BUT IT’LL COST YOU is just what you need to make some sense out of the single strife.


Click for more detail about If Someone Says If Someone Says "You Complete Me," RUN!: Whoopi’s Big Book of Relationships

by Whoopi Goldberg
Hachette (Oct 13, 2015)
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From the provocative and hilarious EGOT winner, bestselling author, and host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg, comes the perfect antidote to all those outdated relationship advice books in the world, weighing in on why marriage isn’t for everybody, and how the life you want shouldn’t be the life everyone else expects you to have.

Whoopi Goldberg has been an electrifying, envelope-pushing public figure of many stripes: acclaimed actor, comedienne, singer, songwriter, author, political activist and talk show host. Now, Whoopi will speak openly about why marriage isn’t for everyone, how being alone can be satisfying, and how what’s most important is understanding who you are and what makes you happy. Wise, funny, and conversation-starting, Whoopi’s message is sure to resonate with the millions of people who struggle with relationships every day.

Goldberg says: "I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often, I might have some insight. It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ’you complete me’…RUN!!!"


Click for more detail about Imago (Xenogenesis Series) by Octavia Butler Imago (Xenogenesis Series)

by Octavia Butler
Aspect (Apr 01, 1997)
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The futures of both humans and Oankali rest in one young being’s successful metamorphosis into adulthood.


Click for more detail about In The Midst Of It All by Tiffany Warren In The Midst Of It All

by Tiffany Warren
Grand Central Publishing (Feb 22, 2010)
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All her life, Zenovia has struggled with the burden of caring for her schizophrenic mother, Audrey, alone. Until one day, God seems to offer support in the form of two members of a church called the Brethren of the Sacrifice, who knock at the women’s door preaching an unconventional version of the Gospel. Despite having questions, Zenovia agrees to join the church along with her mother. Soon afterward, Audrey stops taking her medication when fellow churchgoers deem her illness a demonic possession. Unable to watch her mother’s mental deterioration, Zenovia flees town, only to receive a fateful phone call several years later telling her of her mother’s suicide. Heartbroken, Zenovia must now make a soul-altering choice: accept "God’s will," or return home to confront the demons she’s worked so hard to leave behind….


Click for more detail about Instinct Daily Readings: 100 Insights That Will Uncover, Sharpen And Activate Your Instincts by T. D. Jakes Instinct Daily Readings: 100 Insights That Will Uncover, Sharpen And Activate Your Instincts

by T. D. Jakes
Grand Central Publishing (Oct 07, 2014)
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Bishop T. D. Jakes’s Instinct was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and is already transforming lives. Now, INSTINCT DAILY READINGS will help you unleash your God-given intuition day by day.

In this volume of affirmations, meditations and scriptures, T. D. Jakes shares 100 readings that will help you rediscover and reclaim your instincts, intuition, and inner drives one day at a time when you:

Listen to and hear your own deep instinctive rhythm Recognize your God-given inner wisdom Embrace your instinct to define your own destiny These short, powerful messages will inspire you to use your instincts to become the person you were created to be, every day.


Click for more detail about Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by T. D. Jakes Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

by T. D. Jakes
FaithWords (Apr 28, 2015)
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An instant #1 New York Times bestseller for six weeks, Bishop T.D. Jakes’s smash-hit Instinct shows readers how to tap into their God-given intuition to achieve ultimate success. Whether you call it following your heart, a gut feeling, a hunch or intuition, instinct-the inner knowledge bubbling up from a wellspring of wisdom within-can lead to a bigger, elephant-sized life. Combining social, business and personal examples with biblical insights, in Instinct Bishop Jakes shows readers how to rediscover their natural aptitudes and reclaim the wisdom of their past experiences. Knowing when to close a deal, when to take a risk, and when to listen to their hearts will become possible when they’re in touch with the instincts that God gave them. If readers are ready to unlock the confines of where they are, and discover where they were meant to be, then INSTINCT is their key!


Click for more detail about Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel by Irene Smalls Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel

by Irene Smalls
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Sep 20, 2003)
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This new edition with revised, shorter text relates the adventures of a young girl, living in Harlem in the 1950s, on the morning that she finds a nickel in the street. Full color.


Click for more detail about Is It Just Me?: Or Is It Nuts Out There? by Whoopi Goldberg Is It Just Me?: Or Is It Nuts Out There?

by Whoopi Goldberg
Hyperion (Oct 05, 2010)
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Have you noticed that things aren’t as civil as they once were Or that rudeness is no longer an exception but a lifestyle Sure you have. All you need to do is set foot outside your door to see that bad manners are taking over everywhere. People are yakking on cell phones in restaurants, even at church. Folks in carpools wear enough cologne to make our eyes bleed. Complete strangers think it’s OK to rub a pregnant lady’s belly. Passengers abuse flight attendants, family outings to the ball park are ruined by rowdy drunks . . . a congressman heckled the President of the United States.

Well, Whoopi Goldberg has noticed all this and more and asked herself, “Is it just me” Unleashing her trademark irreverence and humor, her new book of observations takes a funny and excruciatingly honest look at how a loss of civility is messing with the quality of life for all of us.

So if your pet peeve is folks who talk in movie theaters like it was their living room, or if you get bugged by people clipping their nails and performing other personal hygiene next to you on the bus, or if you cringe when “please” and “thank you” get replaced by “gimme” and “huh” . . . you have found a kindred spirit. Because Whoopi has witnessed the growing disrespect and rudeness in our lives and realized she is not alone. And, as you’ll discover in these pages, neither are you.

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Click for more detail about Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50 by Connie Briscoe and Michael Cunningham Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50

by Connie Briscoe and Michael Cunningham
Little, Brown and Company (Apr 11, 2007)
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Photographer Michael Cunningham (coauthor of Crowns) and author Connie Briscoe, a New York Times bestselling novelist, profile 50 women over the age of 50 who have been remarkably successful—whether in reaching the top of the corporate ladder, finding fame in politics or the arts, or raising a son to be proud of a single mother—and reveal the ways that they have prevailed despite daunting obstacles. Their stories are paired with Cunningham’s intimate portraits of the women.
JEWELS includes well-known and little-known women alike, from teachers and executives to artists, authors, and entertainers. Among the celebrities profiled in the book are Ruby Dee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Marion Wright Edelman. Coauthor Connie Briscoe also appears here as one of the featured Jewels, telling her inspiring personal story. World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni contributes an original poem to the book.


Click for more detail about Jimi & Me by Jaime Adoff Jimi & Me

by Jaime Adoff
Hyperion Book CH (Sep 02, 2005)
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On today’s Shanna Show, our sassy star collects several clues that help preschoolers explore the different Kwanzaa objects and their meanings. Simple words and fun rhyme make learning about Kwanzaa so much fun and inspire young children to develop self-esteem, creativity, storytelling abilities, and problem-solving skills-all critical to further learning. Harambee!


Click for more detail about Journey to Beloved by Oprah Winfrey Journey to Beloved

by Oprah Winfrey
Hyperion (Oct 16, 1998)
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Of all the events in Oprah Winfrey’s life, none has affected her powerfully as playing the part of Sethe, the former slave who must come to terms with a haunting past, in Jonathan Demme’s film of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel - coming from Touchstone Pictures in Fall 1998. Oprah fell in love with the book when it was first published in 1988, and instantly became determined to deliver this powerful story to film herself. But making the movie was something even more profound than she might have imagined, and JOURNEY TO THE BELOVED is her own emotional account of that experience.With Oprah’s heartfelt words and the evocative images of Ken Regan, JOURNEY TO THE BELOVED is an elegant book that will interest fans of Oprah, of Toni Morrison, and of fine filmmaking. Accompanying Oprah’s personal journals and thoughts about the Beloved experience is a foreword by Jonathan Demme and a chorus of voices, from Danny Glover, Than die Newton, Kimberly Elise, and Beah Richards. The result is a tribute to a courageous work of art, expressed as only Oprah can express it.


Click for more detail about Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question. Little Book. Answer Within. (ROUGHCUT) by Maria Shriver Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question. Little Book. Answer Within. (ROUGHCUT)

by Maria Shriver
Hyperion Books (Apr 15, 2008)
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"I’ve learned that asking ourselves not just what we want to be, but who we want to be is important at every stage of our lives, not just when we’re starting out in the world. That’s because in a way, we’re starting out fresh in the world every single day." Just Who Will You Be is a candid, heartfelt, and inspirational book for seekers of all ages. Inspired by a speech she gave, Maria Shriver’s message is that what you do in your life isn’t what matters. It’s who you are. It’s an important lesson that will appeal to anyone of any age looking for a life of meaning. In her own life, Shriver always walked straight down her own distinctive path, achieving her childhood goal of becoming "award-winning network newswoman Maria Shriver". But when her husband was elected California’s Governor and she suddenly had to leave her job at NBC News, Maria was thrown for a loop. Right about then, her nephew asked her to speak at his high school graduation. She resisted, wondering how she could possibly give advice to kids, when she was feeling so lost herself. But in the end she relented and decided to dig down and dig deep, and the result is this little jewel. Just Who Will You Be reminds us that the answer to many of life’s question lie within — and that we’re all works in progress. That means it’s never too late to become the person you want to be. Now the question for you is this: Just who will you be?


Click for more detail about Kareem by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Warner Books (Nov 01, 1990)
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Hardback,New,Signed by Kareem


Click for more detail about Kevin And His Dad by Irene Smalls Kevin And His Dad

by Irene Smalls
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Apr 01, 1999)
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A simple, graceful text and illustrations infused with warmth and love make this story of a day a boy and his dad spend together a special reading experience. Young boys and their fathers will relish this book that celebrates the ordinary things dads and kids can do together. Full color.

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Click for more detail about Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me by Daniel Beaty Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me

by Daniel Beaty
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Dec 17, 2013)
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Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed. And my papa, he tells me, "I love you."

But what happens when, one day, that "knock knock" doesn't come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.


Click for more detail about Knowing by Rosalyn McMillan Knowing

by Rosalyn McMillan
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 22, 1996)
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After years of working in a factory, Ginger decides to go back to school and join the 9-to-5 white-collar world. The higher she climbs, however, the more her jealous, controlling husband tries to pull her back down. Desperate to hold onto the things she loves, yet driven to achieve more, Ginger must make choices that are both extraordinary difficult—and ultimately freeing.


Click for more detail about Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones Leaving Atlanta

by Tayari Jones
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 01, 2003)
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An award-winning author makes her fiction debut with this coming-of-age story of three young black children set against the backdrop of the Atlanta child murders of 1979.

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Click for more detail about Life Lessons For My Sisters: How to Make Wise Choices and Live a Life You Love! by Natasha Munson Life Lessons For My Sisters: How to Make Wise Choices and Live a Life You Love!

by Natasha Munson
Hachette (May 04, 2005)
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Warm encouragement and straightforward guidance to help women lead a life they love

Searching for a life blessed with peace and happiness? Longing to move past old expectations and learn to live in the moment? Life Lessons for My Sisters is an inspirational guidebook and valuable resource for women who want to live a more meaningful life. Based on Natasha Munson’s own personal experiences, the book was written to help young black women avoid many of the pitfalls she herself encountered on her road to adulthood. Written in pithy, inspirational chapters, each concluding with a wise observation about life, the book offers simple advice that women of all ages and backgrounds will appreciate and respond to.


Click for more detail about Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler Lilith’s Brood

by Octavia Butler
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 01, 2000)
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The acclaimed trilogy that comprises LILITH’S BROOD is multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winner Octavia E. Butler at her best. Presented for the first time in one volume, with an introduction by Joan Slonczewski, Ph.D., LILITH’S BROOD is a profoundly evocative, sensual — and disturbing — epic of human transformation.

Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected — by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: their own children. This is their story…


Click for more detail about Lion’s Blood: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America by Steven Barnes Lion’s Blood: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America

by Steven Barnes
Aspect (Feb 13, 2002)
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The novel takes place in approximately 1850 AD, and involves two main families: one of Islamic African aristocrats, the other of Druidic Irish slaves. It is a combination of Gone with the Wind and Roots, seen through a dark glass. Two young men, one of each genetic line, must deal with their world and each other.

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Click for more detail about Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown and Company (Jul 05, 2004)
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For the huge audience that has always thought they should read Walter Mosley, he delivers at last the novel they’ve been waiting for-one so unstoppably dramatic that it will rank among the classic mysteries of our time. At the height of the devastating 1965 Watts riots, a white man is pulled from his car by a mob and escapes into a nearby apartment building. Soon afterward, a red-headed woman known as Little Scarlet is found dead in that building-and the man who fled is the suspect. The police investigate, and what Easy finds is a killer whose rage, like that which burned in the city, is intrinsically woven around race and passion.Rawlins’s hunt for the killer will reveal a new city emerging from the ashes - and a new life for Easy and his friends. Mosley captures the heat and the rhythm of Los Angeles’s heart, where danger is the common currency of everyday life.LITTLE SCARLET is further proof that Mosley is a master of mystery (New York Times Book Review).


Click for more detail about Live Your Joy by Bonnie St. John Live Your Joy

by Bonnie St. John
FaithWords (Apr 28, 2009)
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Joy is something that comes from the inside out. It feels like a flowing grace, a feeling of goodness all around, a sense of well-being through good and bad. It is love, gratitude, faith and empowerment all wrapped together. Joy deepens our experiences. It opens us to seeing a more beautiful sunset, appreciating rather than fault finding, to believing in oneself.

Here are some of the things Bonnie St. John has learned about finding joy…



Discover the power of your own dreams and personal vision.
Each day make the choice of joy over bitterness.
Strengthen you self-confidence…shape yourself, don’t let others shape you
Clarify what matters most to you
Allow spontaneous, surprising gifts of joy to redirect your schedule.
Partner with God…the entire power of the universe is on our side.
Become more helping, more healing and more accepting .None of this is easy and Bonnie admits that she’s not able to live her joy every minute of every day. But she does so now more often than she used to. And, more often than she used to, she feels love from others, feels compassion in painful situations, and lives more fully and joyfully.


Click for more detail about Love, Honor, And Betray by Kimberla Lawson Roby Love, Honor, And Betray

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 10, 2011)
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The infamous Reverend Curtis Black’s sordid past is no secret, as his wife, Charlotte, is well aware. But when Curtis’ long-time mistress and mother of his illegitimate two-year-old, dies, he and Charlotte have no choice but to raise Curtina together. While the living, breathing reminder of her husband’s infidelity infuriates Charlotte, Curtis couldn’t be happier to finally have his whole family together. Despite her best efforts to keep her feelings hidden, Charlotte resents Curtina, taking her emotions out on the young girl. When confronted about her behavior Charlotte starts spending time away from home, all the while getting closer to her ex-boyfriend. Curtis appears to devote himself to his parish and the new church they’re building, but is he really focusing his attention on the female parishioners trying to lure him into bed? Suddenly Curtis and Charlotte find themselves slipping into dangerous territory, and not even Curtis’ seven-figure salary can prevent what is about to happen.


Click for more detail about Love, Honor, and Betray by Kimberla Lawson Roby Love, Honor, and Betray

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 29, 2014)
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The infamous Reverend Curtis Black’s sordid past is no secret, as his wife, Charlotte, is well aware. But when Curtis’ long-time mistress and mother of his illegitimate two-year-old, dies, he and Charlotte have no choice but to raise Curtina together. While the living, breathing reminder of her husband’s infidelity infuriates Charlotte, Curtis couldn’t be happier to finally have his whole family together. Despite her best efforts to keep her feelings hidden, Charlotte resents Curtina, taking her emotions out on the young girl. When confronted about her behavior Charlotte starts spending time away from home, all the while getting closer to her ex-boyfriend. Curtis appears to devote himself to his parish and the new church they’re building, but is he really focusing his attention on the female parishioners trying to lure him into bed? Suddenly Curtis and Charlotte find themselves slipping into dangerous territory, and not even Curtis’ seven-figure salary can prevent what is about to happen.


Click for more detail about Love, Honor, and Betray by Kimberla Lawson Roby Love, Honor, and Betray

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 10, 2011)
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Tabitha, Curtis’s long-time mistress and mother of his illegitimate two-year-old child, Curtina, has died, and Curtina must now move in with them permanently. Charlotte is mortified. Curtis, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier to finally have his entire family together. Charlotte begins to resent Curtina more than ever before. Curtis quickly notices and when he finally confronts her about her cruel and selfish behavior, Charlotte makes it very clear that Curtina is his baby, not hers.

Charlotte begins spending more time away from home and after a chance meeting, begins hanging out with Michael Porter, an old boyfriend she’d dated briefly just before reconnecting with Curtis eight years ago. During this same period, Curtis is very focused on the new and much larger church they are building, but he is also having to fight his own battles with temptation: at least three of his female parishioners are trying with all their might to lure him into bed.

Curtis and Charlotte find themselves slipping into the worst scenario imaginable, and no amount of money, not even the seven figures Curtis earns annually, will be enough to prevent it from happening.


Click for more detail about Man on the Run by Carl Weber Man on the Run

by Carl Weber
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 17, 2017)
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New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber delivers a riveting, action-packed drama full of the twists and turns for which he’s become known.

It was the night before his wedding, fifteen years ago, that the nightmare began for Jay Crawford--locked up for a crime he never committed. Now, he’s escaped prison and wants nothing more than to clear his name and protect his family. To get justice, he’ll need the help of the three best friends who have always had his back--Wil, Kyle and Allan. But a man on the run requires absolute trust…and Jay may just be setting himself up for the ultimate betrayal.


Click for more detail about Marked By Fire by Joyce Carol Thomas Marked By Fire

by Joyce Carol Thomas
Hyperion Book CH (Oct 30, 2007)
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Fire is Warm
Abyssinia Jackson grew up under a vast Oklahoma sky shaded with pecan trees and dotted by endless rows of cotton-pickers cotton. She had the gift of song, a storyteller’s talent, the love of her parents, and the affection and pride of her community.

Fire Can Burn
Then a tornado hits and drives Abby’s family apart. A deranged neighbor targets her for a campaign of vengeful terror. And a vicious physical assault all but breaks her will.

Marked by Fire
In a triumphant story of faith and fortitude, Abby emerges clearly as a young woman who faces pain and joy with the dignity of her heritage and the determination of spirit.

Joyce Carol Thomas’s beautifully written first novel, a 1983 National Book Award winner, remains as poignant and moving today as it was 25 years ago when it was first published.


Click for more detail about Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Jul 30, 2013)
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They were each born with the gift of gospel.

Martin’s voice kept people in their seats, but also sent their praises soaring.
Mahalia’s voice was brass-and-butter - strong and smooth at the same time.

With Martin’s sermons and Mahalia’s songs, folks were free to shout, to sing their joy.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever. Told through Andrea Davis Pinkney’s poetic prose and Brian Pinkney’s evocative illustration, the stories of these two powerful voices and lives are told side-by-side — as they would one day walk — following the journey from their youth to a culmination at this historical event when they united as one and inspiring kids to find their own voices and speak up for what is right.


Click for more detail about Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy by Bonnie St. John Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy

by Bonnie St. John
Center Street (Feb 07, 2017)
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Learn powerful, science-based techniques to boost focus, drive and energy hour-by-hour throughout the dayevery day.

As leadership consultants and executive trainers, Bonnie St. John and Allen P. Haines have heard the same complaints from clients for years; periodic burnout, lack of focus and low energy. So they dug into the latest research on neuroscience, psychology and physiology looking for big answers. Instead they found small answers; proof that small adjustments in daily routines, including thought patterns, food and drink, rest and movement can fight the forces that sap our energy and store focus and drive. They call these amazing efficient restorative techniques "micro-resilience." Thousands of men and women from all walks of life have already found effortless ways to incorporate these little changes into the busiest of schedules. Dozens of entertaining anecdotes from real people using micro-resilience demonstrate that when our brains fire faster, our energy increases and we can cope with almost any surprise, pressure or crisis.


Click for more detail about Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson Midnight Robber

by Nalo Hopkinson
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 01, 2000)
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It’s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival-until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen’s legendary powers can save her life . . . and set her free.


Click for more detail about Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler Mind of My Mind

by Octavia Butler
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 01, 1994)
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For 4,000 years, an immortal has spread the seeds of a master race, using the downtrodden as his private breeding stock. But now a young ghetto telepath has found a way to awaken—and rule—her superhuman kind, igniting a psychic battle as she challenges her creator for her right to free her people.


Click for more detail about Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Ben Greenman
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 18, 2013)
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Mo' Meta Blues is a punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone's Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. He digs deep into the album cuts of his life and unearths some pivotal moments in black art, hip hop, and pop culture.

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is many things: virtuoso drummer, producer, arranger, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader, DJ, composer, and tireless Tweeter. He is one of our most ubiquitous cultural tastemakers, and in this, his first book, he reveals his own formative experiences—from growing up in 1970s West Philly as the son of a 1950s doo-wop singer, to finding his own way through the music world and ultimately co-founding and rising up with the Roots, a.k.a., the last hip hop band on Earth. Mo' Meta Blues also has some (many) random (or not) musings about the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of statements, as well as a plethora of run-ins with celebrities, idols, and fellow artists, from Stevie Wonder to KISS to D'Angelo to Jay-Z to Dave Chappelle to...you ever seen Prince roller-skate?!?

But Mo' Meta Blues isn't just a memoir. It's a dialogue about the nature of memory and the idea of a post-modern black man saddled with some post-modern blues. It's a book that questions what a book like Mo' Meta Blues really is. It's the side wind of a one-of-a-kind mind.

It's a rare gift that gives as well as takes.

It's a record that keeps going around and around.


Click for more detail about Mojo: Conjure Stories by Nalo Hopkinson Mojo: Conjure Stories

by Nalo Hopkinson
Aspect (Apr 01, 2003)
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When enslaved people were brought from the western part of Africa to the Americas, they were forbidden to speak their native languages or practice their religions in the New World.

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Click for more detail about Money Can’t Buy Love by Connie Briscoe Money Can’t Buy Love

by Connie Briscoe
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 27, 2011)
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Lenora Stone used to say if she didn’t have bad luck, she wouldn’t have any luck at all. At age thirty-eight, instead of socializing with Baltimore’s A-list, she photographs them for Baltimore Scene, a glossy magazine filled with beautiful people who, unlike Lenora, never have to worry about car trouble and overdue bills. As much as she’d love to slam the door on her overbearing boss, quitting isn’t an option. She’s barely making her mortgage payments and, though her condo might not be a palace, it’s hers. Lately even things with her boyfriend Gerald haven’t been right. They’ve been together for three years but he can’t seem to ask the one question she’s been waiting for. But what Lenora doesn’t know is that her luck is about to change…

Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, Lenora wins the jackpot in the Maryland lottery. In a heartbeat, all her dreams become possible. She quits her job and indulges her every desire-starting with a shiny, silver BMW and a million-dollar mansion. Gerald is finally ready to put a ring on her finger and the city’s most exclusive women’s group is dying for her to join, officially moving Lenora from behind the lens, into the limelight. But in Lenora’s lavish new world, all that glitters definitely isn’t gold. Her old friend’s are concerned about her sudden changes, and Ray, a sexy, young landscaper Lenora covered for the magazine is looking for more than a purely professional relationship.

As her life starts to come together, the things Lenora holds dear begin to fall apart. Has her world really changed for the better, or does fortune come with a heavy price?


Click for more detail about My Nana and Me by Irene Smalls My Nana and Me

by Irene Smalls
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Oct 05, 2005)
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A young girl and her grandmother enjoy a day filled with tea parties, hide-and-seek, stories, and plenty of love.


Click for more detail about My Pop Pop and Me by Irene Smalls My Pop Pop and Me

by Irene Smalls
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2006)
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A young boy who loves to sniff the lemon whiff and to clink the dishes in the sink helps his Pop Pop bake a cake.


Click for more detail about Mystery Writers Of America Presents The Blue Religion: New Stories About Cops, Criminals, And The Chase by Mystery Writers Of America Mystery Writers Of America Presents The Blue Religion: New Stories About Cops, Criminals, And The Chase

by Mystery Writers Of America
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 14, 2008)
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Taking us from smoggy Los Angeles to the woods of Idaho, from Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century to the post-Civil War frontier, these riveting stories trace the perils and occasional triumphs of lawmen and -women who put themselves in harm’s way to face down the bad guys. Some of them even walk the edge of becoming bad guys themselves.

In T. Jefferson Parker’s "Skinhead Central," an ex-cop and his wife find unexpected menace in the idyllic setting they have chosen for their retirement. In Alafair Burke’s "Winning," a female officer who is attacked in the line of duty must protect her own husband from his worst impulses. In Michael Connelly’s "Father’s Day," Harry Bosch faces one of his most emotionally trying cases, investigating a young boy’s death.

These are hard-hitting, thrilling, and utterly unforgettable stories, from some of the best writers in the mystery world.


Click for more detail about Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes Ninth Ward

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Apr 10, 2012)
Format: Paperback, Age Range: 10 - 12
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Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. She doesn't have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya's visions show a powerful hurricane—Katrina—fast approaching, it's up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm.

Ninth Ward is a celebration of resilience, love, family, and friendship, and a deeply emotional story of transformation.

Honors for Ninth Ward:

  • 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor Author Award
  • 2010 Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award
  • 2010 Al Roker "Today Show" Book Club Selection Best Fiction of 2010, School Library Journal
  • 2011 Jane Adams Honor Book Award for Older Children (Jane Adams Peace Association)
  • 2011 International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2011-2012 The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Master List Finalist, Best Fiction for Middle Grade Readers, Goodreads.com

 

The Real Ninth Ward:
The Ninth Ward or 9th Ward is a distinctive region of New Orleans, Louisiana that is located in the easternmost downriver portion of the city. It is geographically the largest of the 17 Wards of New Orleans. The 9th Ward neighborhood was thrust into the nation's spotlight during Hurricane Katrina. Much of the 9th Ward on both sides of the Industrial Canal experienced catastrophic flooding in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The majority of the damage was caused by storm surge. There were multiple severe levee breaks along both the MRGO and the Industrial Canal.


Click for more detail about Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes Ninth Ward

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Aug 16, 2010)
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Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. She doesn’t have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya’s visions show a powerful hurricane—Katrina—fast approaching, it’s up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm.

Ninth Ward is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family—as only love can define it.


Click for more detail about No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love by Lisa Nichols No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love

by Lisa Nichols
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 22, 2011)
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From bestselling author and motivational speaker Lisa Nichols comes a unique and powerful inspirational program that will both move you and empower you to realize your dreams. Millions are trying to live by The Secret's Law of Attraction, but the truth is it won't work unless you flex your all-important "bounce-back" muscles, which give you the ability to successfully navigate life's speed bumps.

By developing and toning her own bounce-back muscles at critical points in her life, Lisa found the power to become her authentic self and achieve everything she dared to hope for. Now, in NO MATTER WHAT, she offers a groundbreaking program that outlines these 9 Steps or "muscles", which include among others your Confidence, Faith-in-Myself, Honesty Out Loud and Forgiveness muscles, and explains how anyone can use them to achieve happiness and off-the-charts success. In this powerful guide Lisa Nichols introduces her dynamic plan, shares her own remarkable story, and prescribes specific exercises and action steps to inspire readers to learn from their past and move toward a courageous future.


Click for more detail about No Matter What!: 9 Steps To Living The Life You Love by Lisa Nichols No Matter What!: 9 Steps To Living The Life You Love

by Lisa Nichols
Grand Central Life & Style (Apr 13, 2009)
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LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE-NO MATTER WHAT!

From bestselling author and motivational speaker Lisa Nichols comes a unique and powerful inspirational program that will both move you and empower you to realize your dreams. Millions are trying to live by The Secret’s Law of Attraction, but the truth is it won’t work unless you flex your all-important "bounce-back" muscles, which give you the ability to successfully navigate life’s speed bumps.

By developing and toning her own bounce-back muscles at critical points in her life, Lisa found the power to become her authentic self and achieve everything she dared to hope for. Now, in NO MATTER WHAT, she offers a groundbreaking program that outlines these 9 Steps or "muscles", which include among others your Confidence, Faith-in-Myself, Honesty Out Loud and Forgiveness muscles, and explains how anyone can use them to achieve happiness and off-the-charts success. In this powerful guide Lisa Nichols introduces her dynamic plan, shares her own remarkable story, and prescribes specific exercises and action steps to inspire readers to learn from their past and move toward a courageous future.

"I’ve watched Lisa Nichols light up rooms and inspire thousands for years. As a featured teacher in The Secret, she explained the Law of Attraction, but now, for the first time, she reveals her own secret to happiness: the Law of No Matter What. Read this book, and learn to create the things in life you believed were out of reach." —Marci Shimoff, bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and featured teacher in The Secret


"Lisa is a living example of what it takes to overcome the inevitable obstacles in your path…with the help of this book, you’ll be able to soar to success—no matter what!" —Jack Canfield, Co-Author of the New York Times Bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

"Lisa Nichols is a rock star of personal growth! Gutsy and authentic, in NO MATTER WHAT, Lisa uses her charismatic and influential style to teach resilience. Whether you are a seasoned student of character and enlightenment or just starting, this book is a must read, advanced course for possibility." —Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The New York Times bestseller The Speed of Trust


Click for more detail about Not Easily Broken: A Novel by T. D. Jakes Not Easily Broken: A Novel

by T. D. Jakes
FaithWords (Oct 11, 2006)
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From New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes, comes the story of a couple whose marriage moves toward destruction, propelled by dramatic life changes.

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Click for more detail about Obama’s Legacy: What He Accomplished as President by Michael I. Days Obama’s Legacy: What He Accomplished as President

by Michael I. Days
Center Street (Sep 13, 2016)
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As President Obama’s time in the White House draws to a close, this celebratory book documents his transformative accomplishments.

Evidence indicates President Barack Obama has been tremendously successful and effective by objective measures. On economic indicators alone, he is credited with the longest streak of job growth in U.S. history, a two-thirds reduction in the federal budget deficit, and the rebounding of the stock market to record highs following the record lows of the recession under his predecessor. His victories have come against a backdrop of criticism and sometimes open defiance from conservatives, lack of cooperation in Congress, and racially tinged commentary in traditional and social media. Through it all, the President who campaigned on a slogan of ’Yes, We Can!’ has persevered in his determination to make a difference and left an indelible mark on American politics and the world. LEGACY is a commemoration of his eight years in the White House.


Click for more detail about Off the Chain by Candice Dow Off the Chain

by Candice Dow
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 30, 2011)
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London Reed’s dreams of becoming a veterinarian are spoiled when she isn’t accepted to veterinarian school. Instead, she decides to start a dog walking service, but her high-powered mother thinks the job is beneath her and gets London a job working for the sexy William Thorne, a senior investment banker with a multi-million dollar portfolio.

Several months later, budget cuts force Thorne to fire London but not before making her an offer she can’t refuse; have sex with him for money. One date turns into an ongoing affair and Thorne lets London in on a little secret—he’s been running a call-girl service for over fifteen years and claims it makes so much money he’s become addicted. London shortly finds herself enjoying the life of a high-priced call girl and when Thorne’s wife becomes terminally ill, she takes over the service.

Everything is going great until an unexpected magazine article surfaces forcing London to make a decision: expose her clients or go to jail.


Click for more detail about One Better by Rosalyn McMillan One Better

by Rosalyn McMillan
Grand Central Publishing (Oct 01, 1998)
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The hardships encountered by a Detroit restaurateur in her determination to see her children succeed.


Click for more detail about Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 07, 2011)
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There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them, at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential. In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.


Click for more detail about Outliers: The Story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell Outliers: The Story Of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 18, 2008)
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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

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Click for more detail about Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler Parable of the Sower

by Octavia Butler
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 01, 2000)
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When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister’s young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny… and the birth of a new faith.


Click for more detail about Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler Parable of the Talents

by Octavia Butler
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 01, 2000)
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Lauren Olamina’s love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led Lauren to found a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. And soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers — or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny.


Click for more detail about Passin’ by Karen E. Quinones Miller Passin’

by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Grand Central Publishing (Feb 15, 2008)
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Shanika Ann Jenkins is the pride of her African-American family; smart, beautiful, and born with blue eyes and blonde hair. Though her grandmother and father are happy because she represents years of passing down light skin and marrying well, Shanika’s mother insists on her name reflecting her African-American heritage so that she will always be proud of who she is. When Shanika gets the opportunity to work for a PR firm in New York, she finds that everyone assumes she is white; she also notices that being white has it advantages, from getting respect at work to getting picked up by a cab when other African-Americans are passed by. When she starts dating a successful white colleague, she continues with the lie, despite the guilt she feels at disappointing her mother and her heritage. When she falls for a handsome African-American business man, she must finally face who she is and what she’s done, even if it means losing everything and everyone she loves.

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Click for more detail about Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett Passing Love

by Jacqueline E. Luckett
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 25, 2012)
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Nicole-Marie Handy has loved all things French since she was a child. After the death of her best friend, determined to get out of her rut of ordinary living and experience something new, she goes to Paris, leaving behind work, ailing parents and a proposal from her married lover. While there, Nicole chances upon an old photo of her father—lovingly inscribed, in his hand, to a woman Nicole has never heard of.

What starts as a vacation for Nicole quickly becomes an investigation into her relationship to this mystery woman. Moving back and forth in time between the sparkling Paris of today and the jazz-fueled city filled with expatriates in the 1950s, PASSING LOVE is the story of two women dealing with love lost, secrets, and betrayal . . . and how the City of Lights may hold all of the answers.

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Click for more detail about Patti’s Pearls: Lessons in Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously by Patti Labelle Patti’s Pearls: Lessons in Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously

by Patti Labelle
Warner Books (Oct 23, 2001)
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Using an assortment of her favourite maxims, adages, and sayings, Pattis inspiring collection gives practical guidance and instruction on how to live a fulfilling and rewarding life. Her humourous anecdotes and touching personal experiences transform what could have been abstract advice into unforgettable, real-life wisdom.


Click for more detail about Paul Robeson: Hero Before His Time (Biographies) by Rebecca Larsen Paul Robeson: Hero Before His Time (Biographies)

by Rebecca Larsen
Franklin Watts (Sep 01, 1989)
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Surveys the personal life and career of the singer, actor, and political activist.


Click for more detail about Payback with Ya Life by Wahida Clark Payback with Ya Life

by Wahida Clark
Grand Central Publishing (May 15, 2008)
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In the sequel to one of Wahida’s most successful titles [Payback is a Mutha], old scores are settled and before long, new tensions arise.

Still recovering from the suicide of her best friend, Shan now pregnant by a married man is forced to make major decisions in her life. Ready to leave the fast life behind, Shan believes a move to Detroit will help her become a stronger woman-but someone wants revenge against Shan’s brother and is willing to destroy Shan in the process.

Torn over his love for his sister and his desire to get back on top of the drug game, Shan’s brother, Peanut knows the danger of the streets. Old beefs become new scores and before long, a turf war is raging. With the stakes as high as they’ve ever been, only a few people will be left standing-and Shan is determined to be one of them.


Click for more detail about Points of Power: Discover a Spirit-Filled Life of Joy and Purpose by Yolanda Adams Points of Power: Discover a Spirit-Filled Life of Joy and Purpose

by Yolanda Adams
FaithWords (Nov 30, -0001)
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Over five million listeners tune in to hear Yolanda Adams’s Points of Power, a segment in her daily radio show that inspires people by applying biblical truths to present-day realities. In her first book, Yolanda Adams transfers that winning segment into a reader’s delight. In this highly accessible manual for daily living, she shares stories from her and others’s personal experiences, showing readers how to access God’s love and grace in their modern world and troubles. By revealing how Yolanda and other human beings have transcended the world’s difficulties, POINTS OF POWER empowers readers to face trouble with confidence in the God who never fails.


Click for more detail about President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston President of the Whole Fifth Grade

by Sherri Winston
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Oct 05, 2010)
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Start counting your votes . . . and your friends.
When Brianna Justice’s hero, the famous celebrity chef Miss Delicious, speaks at her school and traces her own success back to being president of her fifth grade class, Brianna determines she must do the same. She just knows that becoming president of her class is the first step toward her own cupcake-baking empire!

But when new student Jasmine Moon announces she is also running for president, Brianna learns that she may have more competition than she expected. Will Brianna be able to stick to her plan of working with her friends to win the election fairly? Or will she jump at the opportunity to steal votes from Jasmine by revealing an embarrassing secret?

This hilarious, heartfelt novel will appeal to any reader with big dreams, and the determination to achieve them.


Click for more detail about Put On Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments On The Path To Queendom by Queen Latifah Put On Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments On The Path To Queendom

by Queen Latifah
Grand Central Publishing (May 06, 2010)
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Modeled after Maria Shriver’s Just Who Will You Be, Queen Latifah’s goal with Put On Your Crown is to help young women build a strong sense of self-esteem. A US Dept. of Justice survey found that females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to partner violence than any other group, almost triple the national average. Cases like Chris Brown’s assault on pop star Rihanna showed an ugly side of adolescent life. However, Queen Latifah has always been a shining example of a woman happy with herself and unwilling to compromise to fit into the "hollywood ideal" of what a confident beautiful woman should look like. The result: She’s one of the biggest A-list celebrities in Hollywood.

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Click for more detail about Queen of Miami by Meta Smith Queen of Miami

by Meta Smith
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 14, 2007)
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The hottest new author in street fiction, Méta Smith now delivers the tale of a female DJ who won’t settle for anything less than the most desired men, the heights of the mad-glamourous life, and dreams that people would die for.


Click for more detail about Racial Prejudice (Issues in American History) by Elaine Pascoe Racial Prejudice (Issues in American History)

by Elaine Pascoe
Franklin Watts (Oct 01, 1985)
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Discusses the causes and history of prejudice against minority groups in the United States, reviewing the damaging effects of prejudice and suggesting ways to eliminate it.


Click for more detail about Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

by Javaka Steptoe
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Oct 25, 2016)
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A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean—and definitely not inside the lines—to be beautiful.


Click for more detail about Red River by Lalita Tademy Red River

by Lalita Tademy
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 03, 2008)
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Cane River comes the paperback debut of an epic work of fiction that tells the dramatic, intertwining story of two families and their struggles to make a place for themselves in a country deeply divided in the aftermath of the Civil War.


Click for more detail about Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box by Angela P. Dodson Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box

by Angela P. Dodson
Center Street (May 23, 2017)
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While Hillary Rodham Clinton’s defeat in her run for the presidency may be a setback in the march toward breaking the ultimate glass ceiling, her candidacy—and her victory in the popular vote—can be celebrated as an historic milestone coming less than one hundred years after American women first got that vote. Indeed, 2017 marks the centenary of the turning point in the long struggle that led to the 1920 ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment granting U.S. women suffrage. In her comprehensive survey of the cause, REMEMBER THE LADIES: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box (Center Street; May 23, 2017; $26.00), journalist Angela P. Dodson documents one of the longest, most hard-won struggles for civil rights in our country’s history.

“As a woman who went to school from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, grade school to grad school, I knew little of the suffrage movement and the women behind it,” Dodson writes. “Women received almost no mention in our history books, and women’s studies courses were not in our college catalogs. Even as a feminist, voracious reader, and often reviewer of books in general and history in particular, I had rarely stumbled upon books about women’s roles and contributions. When I embarked on the project to write this book, I was inspired by the upcoming centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment—known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment—which gave all women the right to vote. I had no idea how little I knew about Anthony and the other women of the movement, and I suspect that I am not alone.”

Dodson’s rich narrative spans our country’s history, from even before Abigail Adams urged her husband John to “remember the ladies” as the Founding Fathers declared independence and shaped the new nation. The centerpiece of the story is the seventy-year struggle that began before the Civil War and culminated in the Nineteenth Amendment. Dodson traces how the women’s suffrage movement grew out of the mounting efforts to abolish slavery. With a core belief in equality and human rights, inspired by Quaker teachings, women such as Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony led the struggle and spread the message through a series of conventions before the Civil War. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Anthony emerged as the primary leaders of the woman suffrage movement after the war. The book offers textured portraits of these and dozens of other women who were on the front lines of the fight for women’s rights.

REMEMBER THE LADIES explores the many obstacles encountered on the rough road to suffrage, and also places the movement in the context of the other social and political upheavals unfolding during the decades. Dodson recounts how women hoped in vain that their considerable contributions to the war efforts during the Civil War and World War I would gain them the support they needed to win the vote. She looks at schisms within the movement that sometimes set back the cause, including the ideological conflict that arose between abolitionist and women’s rights faction when black men who had been slaves gained the right to vote but women, both white and black, did not. Resentment only grew when a wave of uneducated immigrant men had the right to vote as naturalized citizens while educated native-born women did not. A new approach, shifting the efforts to gain the vote to a federal rather than merely at the state level would be a key development.

With women securing the vote almost a hundred years ago, Dodson notes that women now exercise their rights at the polling place in larger numbers than men, making them a dominant force in American politics. But, she also points out that the once-held belief that women would form a united voting bloc has proven false (a majority of white women, for instance, voted for Donald Trump, while black women and Latinas overwhelming supported Clinton). “It turns out they have divergent interests and ideologies just like men.” Dodson writes. “Women have proved, however, that they wanted the vote and were willing to use it, and women have had many victories in politics.”

An invaluable resource, REMEMBER THE LADIES is lavishly illustrated with photos, line art, posters, ads, political buttons, and press clippings that capture the history of the suffrage movement. A series of appendices document women’s ongoing political engagement and achievements in the United States.


Click for more detail about Sacred Bond: Black Men and Their Mothers by Keith Michael Brown Sacred Bond: Black Men and Their Mothers

by Keith Michael Brown
Little, Brown and Company (Oct 01, 1998)
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The coming together of two bestsellers—"Mothers and Daughters" and "The Color of Water"—"Sacred Bond" offers a powerful book that reveals the most influential force in the lives of African-American men: their relationship with their mothers. 35 photos.


Click for more detail about Satin Nights by Karen E. Quinones Miller Satin Nights

by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Warner Books (Aug 07, 2006)
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Regina Harris has been through it all, orphaned at 13 and forced to use street wits to survive. Now living in Harlem with her four-year-old daughter, she thinks her life has finally stabilized—but where there’s Regina, there’s always drama. She runs into a former boyfriend and, against her better judgment and the advice of friends, she resumes their steamy affair. Sparks fly when her U.S. Congressman ex-hubby decides he wants her back and her boyfriend decides he won’t let her go. Life is no less dramatic for her three best friends—Yvonne can’t tear herself from a lawyer turned violent junkie, Tamika and her family are being targeted by street thugs bent on revenge, and Puddin’ still can’t resist using any man in her sights to support bad habits.


Click for more detail about Scenes from a Sistah by Lolita Files Scenes from a Sistah

by Lolita Files
Grand Central Publishing (Jul 01, 1998)
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Misty Fine and Reesy Snowden, best friends since second grade, share at least two common goals - having fun and finding Prince Charming. As their careers rise and fall and men come and go, they embark on a series of adventures across America.


Click for more detail about Searching For Tina Turner by Jacqueline E. Luckett Searching For Tina Turner

by Jacqueline E. Luckett
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 24, 2011)
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On the surface, Lena Spencer appears to have it all. She and her wealthy husband Randall have two wonderful children, and they live a life of luxury. In reality, however, Lena finds that happiness is elusive. Randall is emotionally distant, her son has developed a drug habit, and her daughter is disgusted by her mother’s "overbearing behavior." When Randall decides that he’s had enough of marriage counseling, he offers his wife an ultimatum: "Be grateful for all I’ve done for you or leave." Lena, realizing that money can’t solve her problems and that her husband is no longer the man she married, decides to choose the latter. Drawing strength from Tina Turner’s life story, SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER is Lena’s struggle to find herself after 25 years of being a wife and mother.


Click for more detail about Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby Secret Obsession

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 14, 2012)
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Paige Donahue has always lived in her sister Camille's shadow. As children, Camille had the grades, the friends, and their parents' love, while Paige was left with hand-me-downs and criticism. Now as adults, Camille lives an idyllic life with her husband, Pierce, and her two perfect children in a beautiful home, while Paige is stuck in a small condo with bills she can't afford to pay. But no more. With seeds of doubt planted in both Camille's and Pierce's minds, Paige's plan to steal her brother-in law starts to work. But when he reveals his decision to make his marriage work, a desperate Paige moves from envy to madness. What results from her dangerous scheme is something no one could have imagined.


Click for more detail about Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby Secret Obsession

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 06, 2011)
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Paige Donahue has always lived in her sister Camille’s shadow. As children, Camille had the grades, the friends, and their parents’ love, while Paige was left with hand-me-downs and criticism. Now as adults, Camille lives an idyllic life with her husband, Pierce, and her two perfect children in a beautiful home, while Paige is stuck in a small condo with bills she can’t afford to pay. But no more. With seeds of doubt planted in both Camille’s and Pierce’s minds, Paige’s plan to steal her brother-in law starts to work. But when he reveals his decision to make his marriage work, a desperate Paige moves from envy to madness. What results from her dangerous scheme is something no one could have imagined.


Click for more detail about Seed to Harvest by Octavia Butler Seed to Harvest

by Octavia Butler
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 05, 2007)
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The Patternist novels details a secret history continuing from the Ancient Egyptian period to the far future that involves telepathic mind control and an extraterrestrial plague.


Click for more detail about Sexaholics by Marissa Monteilh (aka Pynk) Sexaholics

by Marissa Monteilh (aka Pynk)
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 23, 2010)
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Miki, Valencia, Teela Raye, and Brandi share one thing…they are all addicted to sex. United through Sexaholics Anonymous, these women try to recover from their dependence on wild, spontaneous, and even sometimes, dangerous sex. From whips and chains, to sex in public, they have done it all! Led by Dr. Rachel Cummings, each woman takes the first step to recovery by sharing her biggest sexual act with the group. SEXAHOLICS takes readers through the outrageous experiences of four women on their long path to success.


Click for more detail about Sexcapades by Honeyb Sexcapades

by Honeyb
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 12, 2008)
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Nick and Natalie are two lovers whose sexual lives are more than above average, but they are both competing for the same CEO position in the firm that they work for.

Justin Flint has the power to persuade the Board of Directors. He is bisexual and attracted to both Nick and Natalie, but he doesn’t know that they are lovers. After secretly sleeping with both of them, Justin announces his decision. Natalie has gotten the position in Paris. Nick is furious because he has sacrificed his sexuality and his manhood for this position. Natalie is now torn between the love of her life and her dream job. She chooses to move to Paris. Although she is in Paris, she is miserable without Nick, so she creates a position for an assistant so that he will come to Paris also. Will Nick follow her? Will past skeletons come back to haunt her and Nick?


Click for more detail about Sexcapades by Honeyb Sexcapades

by Honeyb
Grand Central Publishing (Feb 11, 2009)
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Nick and Natalie are two lovers whose sexual lives are more than above average. But their secret relationship is put to the test when they both end up competing for the same CEO position in the firm that they work for.


Justin Flint has the power to persuade the Board of Directors. He is bisexual and attracted to both Nick and Natalie, but he doesn’t know that they are lovers. He decides to give them the task of creating a business plan for the new branch of the company opening up in Paris. Whoever does the best job will get the promotion.


But as the deadline approaches, tension and their aggressive competitive personalities cause a rift in their relationship. Will their need for the promotion ruin their relationship forever?


Click for more detail about Shattered by Kia DuPree Shattered

by Kia DuPree
Grand Central Publishing (Oct 23, 2012)
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Kiki’s world is turned upside down when her partially deaf mother loses custody of her children, sending Kiki and her siblings into foster care. After running away with a friend, the two run straight into the arms of a pedophile in disguise, who lures the two girls into a life far too mature for their twelve-year-old minds. Held in captivity for months, the girls are finally set free when a neighbor exposes them. But what should have been a happy moment for Kiki actually sends her on a life path that quickly spirals out of control.


Click for more detail about Silenced by Kia DuPree Silenced

by Kia DuPree
Grand Central Publishing (Oct 18, 2011)
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One of the hottest new writers in urban fiction, award-winning author Kia DuPree has been hailed for her heart-wrenching storytelling and unforgettable characters. Now she takes you to Washington, D.C.’s most notorious neighborhood, where a young woman has one chance to escape-and too many ways to lose . . .

SILENCED

She gets lost in the fantasy of books and poetry. But in Tinka Hampton’s all-too-real world, her mother Nicola has lost her job and is struggling to stop her family’s fall into poverty. With her sons turning to drug dealing-and worse-Nicola wants better things for her daughter. Yet the more pressure she puts on Tinka to do everything right, the more she drives her away . . . straight into the arms of Nine, a man as irresistible as he is lethal. Now Nicola must make unimaginable choices that will put Tinka at a dangerous crossroads. Will standing up for her seemingly impossible dreams be her way out-or will they trap her on D.C.’s merciless streets forever?


Click for more detail about Sin of a Woman by Kimberla Lawson Roby Sin of a Woman

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 20, 2017)
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Roby’s 26th novel and the 14th book in the AALBC.com bestselling Curtis Black series

Raven Black is bouncing back after her very public divorce from Dillon. He’s done everything he can to discredit her, but she’s learned from her mistakes and him. In fact, she’s become her ex-husband in more ways than one and is slowly but surely leading those connected to her down a terrible path of destruction. Playing with the lives of innocent people has dire consequences, the kind that Raven won’t see coming.


Click for more detail about Sinful Too by Victor McGlothin Sinful Too

by Victor McGlothin
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 01, 2008)
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YOU CAN’T KEEP A “GOOD” WOMAN DOWN…

She can get any man burning up her satin sheets, paying her bills, and keeping her in Dolce G and Prada. And sexy, sizzling Dior definitely doesn’t “do” church or aspire to anything more than drama-free, cash-rich relationships. But charismatic Pastor Richard Allamay is one temptation she won’t resist-and Dior will do anything to become the new “First Lady” of his wildly successful megachurch. Soon she’s stripping away Richard’s Godly principles, putting him at odds with his congregation, and throwing the lives of his insecure wife and bewildered children into turmoil. It will take a chain of events no one could have imagined-and only God could have planned-for hearts to be healed, transgressions forgiven, and one outrageous, conniving diva allotted the reward she deserves.

McGlothin’s steamy sequel to Sinful reveals what happens when the wicked Dior Wicker determines to marry Dallas pastor Richard Allamay, star of Church TV’s High Praise and “shepherd of Methodist Episcopal Greater Apostolic Church” (M.E.G.A. Church, for short). Lust drives Richard to strange lengths in his attempts to impress Dior (he misuses church money, and lies to his family and cheats on his wife). McGlothin unravels at a relentless pace a sexy and twisted story of marital and spiritual unfaithfulness…
Eric Jerome Dickey, watch out.” —Publisher’s Weekly Magazine

Backsliders —the long-awaited debut short film from Victor McGlothin is based on the acclaimed novel Sinful Too. Backsliders is modern a day fable of M.E.G.A. Church Pastor Richard Allamay; who falls head over heels for an irresistible bad girl with a checkered past. Dior Wicker is in it for the games and gifts until something happens that tosses her world into a tragic tailspin. It's all over but the crying when the wages of sin are paid in full!

 


Click for more detail about Single Husbands by Honeyb Single Husbands

by Honeyb
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 16, 2009)
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Herschel Henderson said, "I do," to gain access to his wife’s money, Lexington Lewis vowed for his better and her worse, and Brian Flaw meant until death do we part, yet none of them are dedicated to their wives.

Herschel has a mistress that he sexes more than his wife, Lexington is making love to as many women as he can, and Brian is sexing women of every ethnicity because he’s become bored with his wife. The one thing these men do share, is the fact that neither of them will give up the sexual freedom they enjoyed as single men.


Click for more detail about Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson Sister Mine

by Nalo Hopkinson
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 12, 2013)
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WINNER OF THE 2013 ANDRE NORTON NEBULA AWARD

Nalo Hopkinson—winner of the John W. Campbell Award, the Sunburst Award, and the World Fantasy award (among others), and lauded as one of our "most inventive and brilliant writers" (New York Post)—returns with a new work. With her singular voice and characteristic sharp insight, she explores the relationship between two sisters in this richly textured and deeply moving novel . . .

SISTER MINE

We’d had to be cut free of our mother’s womb. She’d never have been able to push the two-headed sport that was me and Abby out the usual way. Abby and I were fused, you see. Conjoined twins. Abby’s head, torso, and left arm protruded from my chest. But here’s the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn’t. Far as the Family was concerned, Abby was one of them, though cursed, as I was, with the tragic flaw of mortality.

Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things—a highly unusual childhood that made them extremely close. Ever since Abby’s magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.

Today, Makeda has decided it’s high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans—after all, she’s one of them. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse space, Makeda finds exactly what she’s been looking for: an opportunity to live apart from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There’s even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent.

But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to discover her own talent—and reconcile with Abby—if she’s to have a hope of saving him . . .


Click for more detail about Sisters & Husbands by Connie Briscoe Sisters & Husbands

by Connie Briscoe
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 02, 2009)
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Ten years have passed since Sisters and Lovers, and Beverly, now 39, is engaged to Julian, a man her family and friends agree is the epitome of a great catch: he’s gorgeous, loyal, trustworthy, successful, and very much in love with her. Since this is Beverly’s third engagement in the past five years, after breaking off the previous two at the last moment, everyone’s happy that she’s finally settling down. For Beverly and Julian, nothing could be better than being in love and planning their wedding. That is until Beverly’s oldest sister’s marriage falls apart and dampens the mood of what should have been the happiest time in Beverly’s life. Now, second-guessing her impending nuptials, Beverly is forced to wonder if marriage really works. Will she stick it out? Or will her fears cloud her judgment once again?

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Click for more detail about Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Feb 03, 2010)
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It was February 1, 1960.
They didn’t need menus. Their order was simple.
A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.

This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.

Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the "whites only" Woolworth’s lunch counter. Brian Pinkney embraces a new artistic style, creating expressive paintings filled with emotion that mirror the hope, strength, and determination that fueled the dreams of not only these four young men, but also countless others.


Click for more detail about Sixty-Nine by Marissa Monteilh (aka Pynk) Sixty-Nine

by Marissa Monteilh (aka Pynk)
Grand Central Publishing (Mar 25, 2011)
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It’s New Year’s Eve 2008, and best friends Magnolia Butler, Rebe Richardson, and Darla Clark, all born in 1969, are about to turn the dreaded 4-0 in January 2009. Magnolia, a New Year’s Day baby, is childless, and always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Rebe, the mother of a college-aged daughter named Trinity, has just gone through a divorce from a man whose sexual appetite far exceeded her desires and abilities. Darla is also a New Year’s Day baby, still mourning her husband’s death after five years. After way too many glasses of champagne, Rebe, challenges them to open their minds in a way they’d never done before, daring them to try something new…sexually. SIXTY-NINE is a liberating story about sisterhood and friendship, and about how past experiences and beliefs can influence one’s views about life and sex.


Click for more detail about Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson Skin Folk

by Nalo Hopkinson
Aspect (Dec 01, 2001)
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A new collection of short stories from Hopkinson, including "Greedy Choke Puppy," which Africana.com called "a cleverly crafted West Indian story featuring the appearance of both the soucouyant (vampire) & lagahoo (werewolf)," "Ganger (Ball Lightning)," praised by the Washington Post Book World as written in "prose [that] is vivid & immediate," this collection reveals Hopkinson’s breadth & accomplishments as a storyteller.


Click for more detail about Stand The Storm: A Novel by Breena Clarke Stand The Storm: A Novel

by Breena Clarke
Grand Central Publishing (Jul 28, 2008)
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Even though Sewing Annie Coats and her son, Gabriel, have managed to buy their freedom, their lives are still marked by constant struggle and sacrifice. Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, where the Coatses operate a tailor’s shop and laundry, is supposed to be a "promised land" for former slaves but is effectively a frontier town, gritty and dangerous, with no laws protecting black people.
The remarkable emotional energy with which the Coatses wage their daily battles-as they negotiate with their former owner, as they assist escaped slaves en route to freedom, as they prepare for the encroaching war, and as they strive to love each other enough-is what propels STAND THE STORM and makes the novel’s tragic denouement so devastating.


Click for more detail about Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes Sugar

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 07, 2013)
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Sugar recieved the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award

Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation along the banks of the Mississippi. Slavery is over, but laboring in the fields all day doesn’t make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar has a knack for finding her own fun, especially when she joins forces with forbidden friend Billy, the white plantation owner’s son.

Sugar has always yearned to learn more about the world, and she sees her chance when Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane. The older River Road folks feel threatened, but Sugar is fascinated. As she befriends young Beau and elder Master Liu, they introduce her to the traditions of their culture, and she, in turn, shares the ways of plantation life. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together. Here is a story of unlikely friendships and how they can change our lives forever.

From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al’s Book Club for Kids pick), here’s another tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises beyond her circumstances and inspires others to work toward a brighter future.


Click for more detail about Sweetsmoke by David Fuller Sweetsmoke

by David Fuller
Hachette (Sep 01, 2008)
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The year is 1862, and the Civil War rages through the South. On a Virginia tobacco plantation, another kind of battle soon begins. There, Cassius Howard, a skilled carpenter and slave, risks everything—punishment, sale to a cotton plantation, even his life—to learn the truth concerning the murder of Emoline, a freed black woman, a woman who secretly taught him to read and once saved his life. It is clear that no one cares about her death in the midst of a brutal and hellish war. No one but Cassius, who braves horrific dangers to escape the plantation and avenge her loss. As Cassius seeks answers about Emoline’s murder, he finds an unexpected friend and ally in Quashee, a new woman brought over from another plantation; and a formidable adversary in Hoke Howard, the master he has always obeyed. With subtlety and beauty, Sweetsmoke captures the daily indignities and harrowing losses suffered by slaves, the turmoil of a country waging countless wars within its own borders, and the lives of those people fighting for identity, for salvation, and for freedom.

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Click for more detail about Taming It Down by Kim McLarin Taming It Down

by Kim McLarin
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 01, 1999)
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The daughter of an ambitious mother and the product of an exclusive New England prep school, African-American journalist Hope Robinson is sick of proving herself over and over to white professionals…tired of the automatic distrust she gets from the black community…and has had it up to here with black — and white — men who don’t think she’s good enough. It will take both a crisis and a journey back into the worlds Hope grew up in before she can confront the roots of her rage — and finally free herself to be who she wants to be….


Click for more detail about The American Journey of Barack Obama by The Editors of Life Magazine The American Journey of Barack Obama

by The Editors of Life Magazine
Little, Brown and Company (Oct 07, 2008)
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For decades Americans have turned to LIFE to see, understand, and remember the most important events and people of our time. Just as LIFE once opened up the glittering Kennedy White House, LIFE now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. The American Journey of Barack Obama covers the candidate from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention. The unfolding drama of Obama’s life and political career is cinematic in scope, and never has it been presented so compellingly. In addition to a powerful array of photographs that were taken by many of the country’s greatest photographers (and some that were snapped, in the quiet moments, by Obama family members themselves), this book also includes a Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an incisive narrative biography and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene and several others. Many readers will find a new understanding of Obama. All readers will feel that they are bearing witness to a singular, undeniably American story.


Click for more detail about The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Warner Books (Jan 01, 2001)
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Using Stanford University’s voluminous collection of archival material, including previously unpublished writings, interviews, recordings, and correspondence, King scholar Clayborne Carson has constructed a remarkable first-person account of Dr. King’s extraordinary life.


Click for more detail about The Big Deal of Taking Small Steps to Move Closer to God by Vashti McKenzie The Big Deal of Taking Small Steps to Move Closer to God

by Vashti McKenzie
FaithWords (May 16, 2017)
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THE BIG DEAL… shows how to develop a stronger relationship with God and more effective spiritual lifestyle by taking small steps that lead to big changes.
Been running for Jesus a long time
(I’m not tired yet)

Been singing for Jesus a long time
(I’m not tired yet)

Been running by day and praying by night
(I’m not tired yet)

I’ve gotta get going, it’s a mighty hard fight
(No…I’m not tired yet)

I’ve been serving God a long time
(I’m not tired yet)

I’ve been living for God a long time
(I’m not tired yet)

I’ve been praying to the Lord a long time
(I’m not tired yet)
It’s an uphill journey but all I’ve got to say is
(I’m not tired yet)

The old spiritual song lifts you, but you are tired. Or maybe you’re bored. You’re still going to church. You’re still praying. You’re still serving. You’re still giving. Deep within you, faith remains. But you feel a longing.

You’re not seeking fireworks. You’re not a pew-sitter, safe in some spiritual comfort zone, looking for a thrill from the Lord. Your trust in God is secure. But you feel a longing for something more, deeper, fresher.

If you’ve ignored these innermost feelings thinking they’re no big deal, this basic yet dynamic program that Bishop Vashti McKenzie has implemented in more than two hundred churches with astounding results is for you. Individuals who have had many years of Christian life discovered a renewed sense of calling and purpose. Even new believers were invigorated in their faith-building process.

Bishop McKenzie prescribes very small changes-such as adding a mere thirty seconds of prayer daily-that lead to radical closeness to God. And building an enjoyable, meaningful relationship with the Almighty doesn’t mean striving for perfection. Small steps-but meaningful steps-collectively evolve into intimacy with God. And the big deal result is greater ability to biblically address life challenges. The big deal is that you’re even more available to serve family, church, and community: truly in "no ways tired." Increasing spirituality is incremental, not monumental. Mustard-seed-like increases in positive actions (and corresponding decreases in negative ones) yield mountain-moving growth!


Click for more detail about The Bishop’s Daughter by Tiffany Warren The Bishop’s Daughter

by Tiffany Warren
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 09, 2009)
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Darrin Bainbridge is your typical playboy in need of love, but not yet ready. He is a freelance journalist trying to break his big story. After a visit from his mother, Darrin gets an idea. He has heard all kinds of stories about "Hollywood" ministers who hold their church services on television, live in nice houses, drive nice cars, and have lots of money and women. Darrin is disgusted by it all especially when his mother Priscilla starts shouting praises for Atlanta Bishop Kumal Prentiss. Darrin decides to go to Atlanta, become a member of the bishop’s church, and expose him for the hustling fraud that he believes he is. He just never planned on falling in love with the Bishop’s daughter.

Darrin suddenly finds himself torn between his new found friend and his possible big break.


Click for more detail about The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts The Bondwoman’s Narrative

by Hannah Crafts
Warner Books (Apr 28, 2003)
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Tells the story of Hannah Crafts, a young slave working on a wealthy North Carolina plantation, who runs away in a bid for freedom up North.

On April 2, 2002, Warner Books published The Bondwoman’s Narrative a work already being hailed as an historical literary landmark. Discovered by Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is the first known novel written by an African American woman who had been a slave. The buzz about this magnificent discovery began with The New York Times front page article on November 11, 2001 and intensified when an excerpt appeared in the February 18 & 25, 2002 issue of The New Yorker.

The novel first came to the attention of Gates in February of 2001 when he bid on an ’Unpublished Original Manuscript’ offered by Swann Galleries described as ’a fictionalized biography’purporting to be the story, of the early life and escape of one Hannah Crafts, a mulatto, born in Virginia.’

The novel is told in the voice of Hannah Crafts and reveals first-hand knowledge of the intimacies shared between ladies' maids and their mistresses, the secrets they were entrusted with, and the cruel imposition of a master’s attention. Crafts relays the life of the slave as property without any rights, living in complete bondage and takes the reader back to a time when a black person's worth was determined only by the monetary value they could be acquired for.

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Click for more detail about The Broken Bike Boy And The Queen Of 33Rd Street by Sharon G. Flake The Broken Bike Boy And The Queen Of 33Rd Street

by Sharon G. Flake
Hyperion Book CH (Apr 28, 2009)
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“Queen is smart. Queen is pretty. But nobody likes her except her kitty.”
 
Queen’s house?the biggest one on 33rd Street—looks just like a castle, and in her bedroom, she has dozens of beautiful dresses and crowns.  Queen thinks she’s a real queen, and she treats everyone, even her teacher, like her royal subject.

When a new kid comes to Queen’s school, riding a broken bike and wearing smelly, worn-out clothes, Queen joins her classmates in making fun of him.  Her parents insist she be nice to Leroy, but Queen doesn’t see why she should. Leroy doesn’t just stink; Queen thinks he tells lies?whoppers in fact.  And when he says he’s an African prince from Senegal, Queen makes it her mission to prove Leroy is an impostor.

But as she gets closer to discovering Leroy’s real story, Queen learns the unexpected from her broken bike boy: what being a good friend and “happily ever after” really mean.


Click for more detail about The Brothers Neville by Art Neville, Aaron Neville, Charles Neville, Cyril Neville, and David Ritz The Brothers Neville

by Art Neville, Aaron Neville, Charles Neville, Cyril Neville, and David Ritz
Little, Brown and Company (Sep 19, 2000)
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In their own words, the Neville Brothers - the first family of New Orleans music -tell their amazing story, from hard times to their phenomenal Grammy-winning success today. In The Brothers, each Neville alternates telling his story, from their childhood in segregated New Orleans to a growing involvement in crime and drugs to the eventual decision, in the mid-seventies, to start performing and recording together. The Brothers is an inspiring tale of soulful sounds, the importance of heritage, and the powerful bonds of family.

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Click for more detail about The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride by Carl Weber The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride

by Carl Weber
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 19, 2014)
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It's been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he's on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation.

Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, "between heaven and hell." As the investigation into Tia's disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined.


Click for more detail about The Closer by Mariano Rivera and Wayne Coffey The Closer

by Mariano Rivera and Wayne Coffey
Grand Central Publishing (May 06, 2014)
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Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees, he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball's most iconic. What he did know: that he loved his family and his then girlfriend, Clara, that he could trust in the Lord to guide him, and that he could throw a baseball exactly where he wanted to, every time.

With astonishing candor, Rivera tells the story of the championships, the bosses (including The Boss), the rivalries, and the struggles of being a Latino baseball player in the United States and of maintaining Christian values in professional athletics. The thirteen-time All-Star discusses his drive to win; the secrets behind his legendary composure; the story of how he discovered his cut fastball; the untold, pitch-by-pitch account of the ninth inning of Game 7 in the 2001 World Series; and why the lowest moment of his career became one of his greatest blessings.

In The Closer, Rivera takes readers into the Yankee clubhouse, where his teammates are his brothers. But he also takes us on that jog from the bullpen to the mound, where the game — or the season — rests squarely on his shoulders. We come to understand the laser-like focus that is his hallmark, and how his faith and his family kept his feet firmly on the pitching rubber. Many of the tools he used so consistently and gracefully came from what was inside him for a very long time — his deep passion for life; his enduring commitment to Clara, whom he met in kindergarten; and his innate sense for getting out of a jam.

When Rivera retired, the whole world watched — and cheered. In The Closer, we come to an even greater appreciation of a legend built from the ground up.


Click for more detail about The Confident Woman: Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear by Joyce Meyer The Confident Woman: Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear

by Joyce Meyer
FaithWords (Sep 05, 2006)
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What keeps women from being their best? Joyce has been helping women better themselves by helping identify emotional barriers and physical, mental, and spiritual obstacles in their lives for years. Now she provides another answer-confidence.

Our society has an insecurity epidemic, women in particular. Compensating by pretending to be secure-a common response-only leads to feelings of shame. Lack of self-confidence causes great difficulty in relationships of all kinds, and in marriage instances can even lead to divorce.

In THE CONFIDENT WOMAN, Joyce explores the seven characteristics of a woman with confidence, which include a woman who knows she is loved, who refuses to live in fear, and who does not live by comparisons. Joyce explains that confidence stems from being positive in your actions and living honestly, but most importantly from having faith, in God and in ourselves.


Click for more detail about The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir by D. Watkins The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir

by D. Watkins
Grand Central Publishing (May 03, 2016)
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Reminiscent of the classic Random Family and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, but told by the man who lived it, THE COOK UP is a riveting look inside the Baltimore drug trade portrayed in The Wire and an incredible story of redemption.

The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother Devin is shot-only days after D. receives notice that he’s been accepted into Georgetown University-the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantel of his brother’s crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he’s known before, his priorities are once more put into question. Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.’s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells.


Click for more detail about The Crooked Christmas Tree: The Beautiful Meaning of Jesus’ Birth by Damian Chandler The Crooked Christmas Tree: The Beautiful Meaning of Jesus’ Birth

by Damian Chandler
FaithWords (Oct 03, 2017)
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In this real-life Christmas fable, when a Dad decides to let his kids select the family Christmas tree, he gets an unexpected lesson about God’s love.
In this thoroughly contemporary holiday story, a father lets his children choose the family Christmas tree. To his surprise, the kids pick one that is crooked. As he tries one thing after another to make the tree look right, he rediscovers the power of God’s love. He begins to understand Christmas in a new way, particularly when his family decorates their tree and crown it with a star, never even noticing the crookedness he spent hours in the garage struggling to hide. The tender and laugh-out-loud narrative of real-life relationships propels the reader through the most un-generic Christmas story. This upbeat and comedic treasure refreshes the Christmas message of love and faith.


Click for more detail about The Crossing (Bosch) by Michael Connelly The Crossing (Bosch)

by Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company (Nov 03, 2015)
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Harry Bosch crosses the line to team up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.
Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed and all evidence points to Haller’s client, a former gang member turned family man. Though the murder rap seems ironclad, Mickey is sure it’s a setup.
Bosch doesn’t want anything to do with crossing the aisle to work for the defense. He feels it will undo all the good he’s done in his thirty years as a homicide cop. But Mickey promises to let the chips fall where they may. If Harry proves that his client did it, under the rules of discovery, they are obliged to turn over the evidence to the prosecution.
Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch reluctantly takes the case. The prosecution’s file just has too many holes and he has to find out for himself: if Haller’s client didn’t do it, then who did? With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucy Soto, Harry starts digging. Soon his investigation leads him inside the police department, where he realizes that the killer he’s been tracking has also been tracking him.
Thrilling, fast-paced, and impossible to put down, The Crossing shows without a shadow of doubt that Connelly is "a master of building suspense" (Wall Street Journal).


Click for more detail about The Engagement Game: Why I Said “I Don’t” to Marriage and “I Do” to Me by Joi-Marie McKenzie The Engagement Game: Why I Said “I Don’t” to Marriage and “I Do” to Me

by Joi-Marie McKenzie
Center Street (Mar 21, 2017)
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Joi-Marie almost has it all; a thriving career, a supportive family, great friends, and an apartment in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have is a husband.

Ambitious, confident, and successful, Joi-Marie believes she has it all figured out. At 28 years old, she has an enviable job as a producer, covering entertainment in New York City. Her close-knit family is loving and encouraging, and her boyfriend, Adam, is as close to perfect as you can get — except for the fact that he won’t propose.

Like most women, Joi-Marie has a checklist of what the perfect life looks like. She has the career, the friends, the apartment, and the lifestyle she has always wanted. But, when the husband she wants doesn’t fall into place, she decides to play the game—the engagement game—in order to get Adam to drop down on one knee.

After receiving a laundry list of advice on how to secure a proposal—even researching how to cook “engagement chicken”— Joi-Marie realizes that, in the process of trying to attain her perfect life, she has slowly become a person she doesn’t recognize. With this discovery, she must make a decision: pretend to be someone she’s not in order to have the life she envisioned…or have the courage to be herself and find her happily ever after in a way she never expected.


Click for more detail about The Ex-Wife by Candice Dow The Ex-Wife

by Candice Dow
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 29, 2013)
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Click for more detail about The Fishermen: A Novel by Chigozie Obiama The Fishermen: A Novel

by Chigozie Obiama
Little, Brown and Company (Apr 14, 2015)
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In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990’s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family. Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990’s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family’s destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture. With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation’s masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.


Click for more detail about The Golden Hustla by Wahida Clark The Golden Hustla

by Wahida Clark
Grand Central Publishing (Oct 19, 2010)
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Only New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark could take street lit to the next level in this incendiary tale of a hustler facing a game more lethal than any ’hood . . .

THE GOLDEN HUSTLA

She’s the star sales associate of a profitable Atlanta "advertising" firm, WMM. She lives for top-of-the-line everything . . . and making enough money to finally reunite with her children. But Nina Coles is an ex-hood-rat in hiding. And no amount of paper can keep her safe from a ruthless FBI agent who’s determined to take down the shady company she works for. Now Nina’s vicious, greedy boss Rinaldo is defying the feds and endangering everyone to rack up several last scores. Her conniving ex-partner Akil is playing Nina against WMM and the mob to get his hands on the company’s multimillion-dollar stash. And sexy undercover cop Rick is proving to be one danger Nina can’t figure out-or get enough of. Between betrayal, lies, and murder, Nina must risk everything on one last deadly hustle that almost guarantees winner lose all . . .


Click for more detail about The Golden Hustla by Wahida Clark The Golden Hustla

by Wahida Clark
Grand Central Publishing (Jul 29, 2014)
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Only New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark could take street lit to the next level in this incendiary tale of a hustler facing a game more lethal than any ’hood . . .

THE GOLDEN HUSTLA

She’s the star sales associate of a profitable Atlanta "advertising" firm, WMM. She lives for top-of-the-line everything . . . and making enough money to finally reunite with her children. But Nina Coles is an ex-hood-rat in hiding. And no amount of paper can keep her safe from a ruthless FBI agent who’s determined to take down the shady company she works for. Now Nina’s vicious, greedy boss Rinaldo is defying the feds and endangering everyone to rack up several last scores. Her conniving ex-partner Akil is playing Nina against WMM and the mob to get his hands on the company’s multimillion-dollar stash. And sexy undercover cop Rick is proving to be one danger Nina can’t figure out-or get enough of. Between betrayal, lies, and murder, Nina must risk everything on one last deadly hustle that almost guarantees winner lose all . . .


Click for more detail about The Hardest Lesson: Personal Accounts of a School Desegregation Crisis by Judith Stoia and Pamela Bullard The Hardest Lesson: Personal Accounts of a School Desegregation Crisis

by Judith Stoia and Pamela Bullard
Little, Brown and Company (Mar 01, 1980)
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Describes how the desegregation of the Boston schools in the 1970’s affected the lives of selected individual students and several adults, chosen to represent a cross section of the community.


Click for more detail about The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson The Ice Cream Girls

by Dorothy Koomson
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 24, 2012)
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As teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a high-profile murder. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed "The Ice Cream Girls" by the press and were dealt with by the courts-Poppy headed to prison after being convicted for murder and Serena was set free.

Years later, after having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened. The only problem is she has no one to turn to and no clue where to begin her hunt for Serena.

Meanwhile, Serena is married with children and wants no one in her present to find out about her past. Constantly looking over her shoulder, Serena knows she should come clean to her husband, however, she can’t seem to find the words.

With Poppy determined to salvage what’s left of her reputation, Serena may not have a choice in reopening a can of worms that may threaten both their lives…again.


Click for more detail about The Knight Life: The Knight Life: "Chivalry Ain’t Dead"

by Keith Knight
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 09, 2010)
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The Knight Life is a hilariously twisted view of life through the eyes and pen of its creator, community-oriented urban hipster and award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight. The Knight Life deftly blends political insight and neurotic humor in a uniquely fluid and dynamic style, offering a comic strip that’s fresh, sharp, topical and funny. Designed for daily newspapers, The Knight Life follows Knight’s long-running, 2007 Harvey Award-winning weekly comic strip "The K Chronicles," which appears on salon.com.

An unabashedly provocative political and social satire, The Knight Life tackles contemporary issues like consumer culture, bacon, the media, race, family and everything else, gently mocking the minutiae of daily life with self-deprecating humor, honesty and goofiness-a combination that’s perfect for the comics. And The Knight Life’s energetic style reminds readers that comics can look funny as well as read funny. The result is accessible yet edgy, compassionate and political-and never preachy. Cartoonist and comic historian R.C. Harvey said, "The Knight Life is undeniably the best new laugh- and thought-provoker on the comics page. Not since Calvin and Hobbes has there been so novel an entertainment in the funnies."


Click for more detail about The Light Of The World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander The Light Of The World: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Alexander
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 21, 2015)
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New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Book Review Editor’s ChoiceAmazon’s Best Books of the Month, April 2015IndieBound Indie Next #1 Pick, May 2015Washington Post’s "21 Books We’ve Loved So Far This Year" PickBuzzfeed’s "53 Books You Won’t Be Able To Put Down" PickGOOP’s "The Best Summer ’15 Reading" Pick
A deeply resonant memoir for anyone who has loved and lost, from acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander.
In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband. Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid price, Alexander tells a love story that is, itself, a story of loss. As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband’s death, and the solace found in caring for her two teenage sons, Alexander universalizes a very personal quest for meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss.
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD is at once an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, family, art, and community. It is also a lyrical celebration of a life well-lived and a paean to the priceless gift of human companionship. For those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares what matters most, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD is required reading.


Click for more detail about The Man In 3B by Carl Weber The Man In 3B

by Carl Weber
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 29, 2013)
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Daryl Graham has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens, apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can't stop talking about him. From his extreme attractiveness to his undeniable swag, Daryl is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be.

Connie, an unhappy wife, turns to Daryl for help losing weight, hoping to fix her marriage. But when Daryl starts making Connie feel beautiful again, she questions whether her marriage is worth saving. Benny, a spoiled teenager raised by a single father, looks up to Daryl. When an unexpected event occurs, Benny is left questioning everything he's ever known to be true. Krystal, Daryl's first love, wants to make things work with her current boyfriend. Yet having Daryl back in her life sends her happy home spiraling out of control. And Avery, Connie's husband, doesn't care about anything or anyone when a financial opportunity comes his way-that is, until he notices how much time his wife is spending with their new neighbor.

Everything seems to be going well, until someone is murdered, and everyone becomes a prime suspect.


Click for more detail about The Man in My Basement: A Novel by Walter Mosley The Man in My Basement: A Novel

by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown and Company (Jan 05, 2004)
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Charles Blakey is a young black man whose life is slowly crumbling.His parents are dead, he can’t find a job, he drinks too much, and his friends have begun to desert him. Worst of all, he’s fallen behind on the mortgage payments for the beautiful home that’s belonged to his family for generations. When a stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to rent out his basement for the summer, Charles needs the money too badly to say no. He knows that the stranger must want something more than a basement view. Sure enough, he has a very particular-and bizarre-set of requirements, and Charles tries to satisfy him without getting lured into the strangeness.But he sees an opportunity to understand secrets of the white world, and his summer with a man in his basement turns into a journey into inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Richly textured and compelling, THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT is a new literary pinnacle from an acknowledged American master.


Click for more detail about The Men of Brewster Place: A Novel by Gloria Naylor The Men of Brewster Place: A Novel

by Gloria Naylor
Hyperion (Apr 21, 1999)
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Naylor returns to the fictional neighborhood, this time focusing on the men behind the women who inhabited that desolate block of row houses, telling their tragic, sad, funny, and heroic stories.


Click for more detail about The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth by Charles R. Smith Jr. The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Jul 15, 2009)
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Meet the most impressive of the gods and goddesses of Olympus—and even a few monsters—and see them revealed for what they really were: ancient superheroes with the power to shift shape, move mountains, and change fate. In this innovative introduction to Greek mythology, energetic poems and dynamic, comics-style illustrations create a seamless blend of the ancient and contemporary that depicts the gods in all their glory.


Click for more detail about The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes The Negro Speaks Of Rivers

by Langston Hughes
Hyperion Books (Jan 06, 2009)
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Langston Hughes has long been acknowledged as the voice, and his poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, the song, of the Harlem Renaissance. Although he was only seventeen when he composed it, Hughes already had the insight to capture in words the strength and courage of black people in America.

Artist E.B. Lewis acts as interpreter and visionary, using watercolor to pay tribute to Hughes's timeless poem, a poem that every child deserves to know.


Click for more detail about The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson The New Moon’s Arms

by Nalo Hopkinson
Grand Central Publishing (Feb 23, 2007)
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First it’s her mother’s missing gold brooch. Then, a blue and white dish she hasn’t seen in years. Followed by an entire grove of cashew trees.

When objects begin appearing out of nowhere, Calamity knows that the special gift she has not felt since childhood has returned-her ability to find lost things. Calamity, a woman as contrary as the tides around her Caribbean island home, is confronting two of life’s biggest dramas. First is the death of her father, who raised her alone until a pregnant Calamity rejected him when she was sixteen years old. The second drama: she’s starting menopause. Now when she has a hot flash and feels a tingling in her hands, she knows it’s a lost object calling to her.

Then she finds something unexpected: a four-year-old boy washes up on the shore, his dreadlocked hair matted with shells. Calamity decides to take the orphaned child into her care, which brings unexpected upheaval into her life and further strains her relationship with her adult daughter. Fostering this child will force her to confront all the memories of her own childhood-and the disappearance of her mother so many years before.


Click for more detail about The Orphan Mother: A Novel by Robert Hicks The Orphan Mother: A Novel

by Robert Hicks
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 13, 2016)
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An epic account of one remarkable woman’s quest for justice from the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country.

In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock—the "Widow of the South"—has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah—no stranger to loss—finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?
Mariah’s journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people—including George Tole, a recent arrival to town, fleeing a difficult past of his own—and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a "master storyteller" (San Francisco Chronicle).


Click for more detail about The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby The Perfect Marriage

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 10, 2013)
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Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for fifteen years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful home in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected . . . and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs.

It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues.

They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that’s what Denise would like to believe…

As her job becomes more stressful, Denise can no longer get through the day without a fix. Derrek realizes his harmless habit has become anything but, and desperately wants to get clean. However, his attempts are derailed when there is a sudden family tragedy. Once soul mates, now this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love that had been the cornerstone of their marriage. With her parents spiraling out of control, Mackenzie makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. Is her sacrifice too late-or is there still hope? Is there a final chance to save the Shaw family?


Click for more detail about The Prodigal Son by Kimberla Lawson Roby The Prodigal Son

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (May 13, 2014)
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The new book in the bestselling Reverend Curtis Black series! The Reverend Curtis Black hasn't spoken to his son, Matthew, in over a year-not since Matthew dropped out of Harvard to marry his girlfriend, Racquel, and be a full-time father to their infant son. Curtis knows that it was he and his wife, Charlotte, who drove Matthew away, but he prays that one day his son will forgive them and come home. Matthew, however, can't seem to forget the pain his parents caused him and Racquel. Still, he wonders if maybe they'd been right, as fatherhood is not what he expected, and Racquel's behavior has become increasingly erratic. Matthew genuinely wants to be a good husband, though, and swears he'll never repeat his parents' mistakes. But when an old friend expresses her desire for Matthew, the temptation may be too great to resist... Then, there's Dillon Whitfield-Curtis's long-lost-son-who has settled in as a member of the Black family. Yet the transition has been anything but easy. Charlotte, convinced he's only after Curtis's money, wishes he would move back to where he came from. Dillon, however, has no intention of going anywhere. After a lifetime in the shadows, he's determined to take his rightful place as Curtis's first-born son and heir, and he'll do whatever it takes to win his father's affection-even if it means playing dirty... As jealousy builds and secrets pile up, both of Curtis's sons will be pushed over the edge and forced to take drastic action. Can these two troubled young men find their way back into the Black family fold, or will their family ties be undone once and for all?


Click for more detail about The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Sep 16, 2014)
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""Amira, look at me,"" Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers.""The Janjaweed attack without warning.If ever they come-- run."" Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala-- Amira’s one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey-- on foot-- to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind-- and all kinds of possibilities. New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s powerful verse and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans’s breathtaking illustrations combine to tell an inspiring tale of one girl’s triumph against all odds.


Click for more detail about The Reverend's Wife by Kimberla Lawson Roby The Reverend’s Wife

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (May 01, 2012)
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From New York Times best-selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby comes the ninth installment in her award-winning Reverend Curtis Black series. It's been months since Reverend Curtis learned that his wife Charlotte had affairs with two different men, and for now, heKimberla Lawson Roby continues to be cordial and respectful to her. But he's also made it clear that once their son Matthew graduates high school, he will be filing for divorce.

Charlotte, on the other hand, continues to do everything possible to make amends in hopes of saving their marriage. Unfortunately, Curtis is ready to move on and is being propositioned by a woman who desperately wants to become the next Mrs. Curtis Black. When the situation heads down a path that is frighteningly shocking, could it be the final blow to this once blessed union?


Click for more detail about The Rolexxx Club by Meta Smith The Rolexxx Club

by Meta Smith
Grand Central Publishing (Jul 11, 2006)
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After trying to make a name for herself as a singer and model, Dez catches the eye of a hot hip-hop star and producer who might just make her a star. Someone from her past doesn’t want her to succeed, and unless she learns who her enemies are, her life and dreams could burn out faster than a shooting star.


Click for more detail about The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson The Salt Roads

by Nalo Hopkinson
Warner Books (Nov 12, 2003)
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- Hopkinson made her debut with "Brown Girl in the Ring (Aspect, 1998), receiving the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Now, with a body of work that invokes comparison to such writers as Jamaica Kincaid and Edwidge Danticat, she is poised to claim her place in the mainstream spotlight.- "Skin Folk (Aspect 12/01), the author’s previous book, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection, was named Recommended Fiction for 21102 by "Black Issues Book Review, and was named a "New York Times Best Book of the Year.- "Midnight Robber (Aspect, 2000), a "New York Times Recommended Book of Summer 2000, received Honorable Mention for the Casa de las Americas Prize, and was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novel, the Hugo Award, and the Philip K Dick Award.- The author’s unique style of magical realism will attract the same audiences that catapulted Toni Morrison’s "Beloved and Edwidge Danticat’s "Breath, Eyes, Memory (Random House, 1998) to bestsellerdom.

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Click for more detail about The Secrets Of Newberry by Victor McGlothin The Secrets Of Newberry

by Victor McGlothin
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 21, 2010)
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Two lifelong friends are about to discover the hard side of life in The Big Easy after a heinous crime is committed . . .

THE SECRETS OF NEWBERRY

1950s New Orleans couldn’t be sweeter for Ivory "Bones" Arcineaux and Hampton Bynote. Friends since meeting at an illegal gambling house outside Newberry, Louisiana, they indulge themselves with all the fine women, good food, and wild nights they can handle. All seems good in N’awlins-especially for Hampton, who plans to make a clean break from riotous living after falling for the woman of his dreams, classy Magnolia Holiday. But the love of a good woman may not be enough to pull Hampton from the brink of disaster when his pal Bones murders a white city councilman during a simple robbery gone wrong.

Now with the local police and FBI hot on their trails, Hampton and Bones must decide whether friendship is worth losing their freedom-and possibly their lives.



"McGlothin creates a sizzling slice of life in 1947 . . . He weaves convincing historical elements into a fast-moving caper."

-Publishers Weekly on Ms. Etta’s Fast House

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Click for more detail about The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor The Shadow Speaker

by Nnedi Okorafor
Hyperion Book CH (Mar 24, 2009)
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Niger, West Africa, 2070:


Click for more detail about The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston The Sweetest Sound

by Sherri Winston
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Jan 03, 2017)
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A story of family, faith, and following your heart For ten-year-old Cadence Jolly, birthdays are a constant reminder of all that has changed since her mother skipped town with dreams of becoming a star. Cadence inherited that musical soul, she can’t deny it, but otherwise she couldn’t be more different - she’s as shy as can be.

She did make a promise last year that she would try to break out of her shell, just a little. And she prayed that she’d get the courage to do it. As her eleventh birthday draws near, she realizes time is running out. And when a secret recording of her singing leaks and catches the attention of her whole church, she needs to decide what’s better: deceiving everyone by pretending it belongs to someone else, or finally stepping into the spotlight. In a story filled with whimsy and hope, Sherri Winston inspires readers to embrace the voice within.


Click for more detail about The Ultimate Betrayal (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel) by Kimberla Lawson Roby The Ultimate Betrayal (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel)

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 01, 2015)
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Click for more detail about The Untelling by Tayari Jones The Untelling

by Tayari Jones
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 12, 2006)
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Aria Jackson lived through the car crash that killed her father and brother when she was nine. At 25 she begins to unearth secrets about family, friends, her past, and her altered reality in this journey through truth and forgiveness.


Click for more detail about The Vixen Diaries by Karrine Steffans The Vixen Diaries

by Karrine Steffans
Grand Central Publishing (Sep 25, 2007)
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This titillating exposé chronicles the personal and professional adventures of this tabloid-laden socialite, dispelling some rumors, while confirming others. Diaries unveils the heavily shrouded Hollywood backrooms and its coveted secrets. Offering her ardent fans answers to burning questions and presenting lessons learned, this book will surely not disappoint.


Karrine Steffans continues to dish out juicy gossip and the much sought after details of her star studded lifestyle and the celebrity men that helped her get where she needed to be.


Karrine draws you in to get an up-close and personal look at the Hollywood life of fast money and sex; all the things that make for a great movie. She discusses her interactions with people after the release of Confessions of a Video Vixen and how she copes with it all.

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Click for more detail about The Vixen Diaries by Karrine Steffans The Vixen Diaries

by Karrine Steffans
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 02, 2009)
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This titillating exposé chronicles the personal and professional adventures of this tabloid-laden socialite, dispelling some rumors, while confirming others. Diaries unveils the heavily shrouded Hollywood backrooms and its coveted secrets. Offering her ardent fans answers to burning questions and presenting lessons learned, this book will surely not disappoint. Karrine Steffans continues to dish out juicy gossip and the much sought after details of her star studded lifestyle and the celebrity men that helped her get where she needed to be.


Karrine draws you in to get an up-close and personal look at the Hollywood life of fast money and sex; all the things that make for a great movie. She discusses her interactions with people after the release of Confessions of a Video Vixen and how she copes with it all.


Click for more detail about The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want by Karrine Steffans The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want

by Karrine Steffans
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 26, 2010)
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Since she exploded on the scene with her two juicy and impossible-to-put-down tell-alls, readers have wanted to know even more about what makes Karrine Steffans tick. How was she able to meet all the high profile politicians, movie stars, and other celebrities that are her close acquaintances? What skills does she possess to keep men wanting more? Finally, Karrine lays it all out and explains exactly what a woman must do to win over the man of her dreams. With chapters like "Never Let Him See You Sweat," "Flirting," "Encouraging His Manhood," and "Give Him What He Wants," this hot and sexy manual is a must-have for every woman's bookshelf.


Click for more detail about The Vixen Manual: How To Find, Seduce & Keep The Man You Want by Karrine Steffans The Vixen Manual: How To Find, Seduce & Keep The Man You Want

by Karrine Steffans
Grand Central Publishing (Jul 13, 2009)
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Since she exploded on the scene with her two juicy and impossible-to-put-down tell-alls, readers have wanted to know even more about what makes Karrine Steffans tick. How was she able to meet all the high profile politicians, movie stars, and other celebrities that are her close acquaintances? What skills does she possess to keep men wanting more? Finally, Karrine lays it all out and explains exactly what a woman must do to win over the man of her dreams. With chapters like "Never Let Him See You Sweat," "Flirting," "Encouraging His Manhood," and "Give Him What He Wants," this hot and sexy manual is a must-have for every woman’s bookshelf.


Click for more detail about The Wave by Walter Mosley The Wave

by Walter Mosley
Aspect (Jan 03, 2006)
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Errol is awakened again by a strange prank caller asking for him by name and claiming to be his fatherwho has been dead for several years. It feels like a surreal call from the grave, until Erroll hears the unmistakable sound of a handset being put down on a table. Curious, and not a little unnerved, he sneaks into the graveyard where his father is buried. What he finds there will change his life forever. But once Errols been touched by the Wave, a presence infecting the planet, can anything be the same again? With the bold imagination that made Blue Light a bestseller, Walter Mosley returns to science fiction with a novel both eerie and transcendent.


Click for more detail about They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement

by Wesley Lowery
Little, Brown and Company (Nov 15, 2016)
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"Electric…so well reported, so plainly told and so evidently the work of a man who has not grown a callus on his heart."Dwight Garner, New York Times

"I’d recommend everyone to read this book because it’s not just statistics, it’s not just the information, but it’s the connective tissue that shows the human story behind it." Trevor Noah, The Daily Show

New York Times Editors’ Choice
One of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 Publishers Weekly
One of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 Elle
11 Fall Books We Can’t Wait to Read Seattle Times
A best book of fall 2016 Boston Globe
One of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s 20 Books to Watch, fall 2016
One of Vulture’s "7 Books You Need to Read this November"

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it

Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today.

In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the repose to Michael Brown’s death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown’s family and the families of other victims other victims’ families as well as local activists. By posing the question, "What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?" Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs.

Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can’t Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community’s long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can’t Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if also largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both.


Click for more detail about This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley This Year You Write Your Novel

by Walter Mosley
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 08, 2009)
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No more excuses. "Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls," bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. Anyone can write a novel now, and in this essential book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Walter Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish it in one year. Mosley tells how to: - Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer's needs—and how to stick to it. - Determine the narrative voice that's right for every writer's style. - Get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of a story.

Intended as both inspiration and instruction, THIS YEAR YOU WRITE YOUR NOVEL provides the tools to turn out a first draft painlessly and then revise it into something finer.


Click for more detail about Those Who Walk In Darkness by John Ridley Those Who Walk In Darkness

by John Ridley
Aspect (May 01, 2005)
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Soledad "Bullet" O’Roark writes her own rules. Usually it gets her in trouble. On her first day with the L.A.P.D.’s elite Mtac squad, Soledad takes down an outlawed super-powered freak with a weapon she designed herself-a definite violation. Her love life is no less chaotic. It’s hard to find a decent guy with nothing to hide. But there’s not much room in Soledad’s life for romance when a cop-killer is on the loose. The "baddest" freak of all, this one can control people’s minds and make them commit anything he wants… including murder.


Click for more detail about Thug Lovin' by Wahida Clark Thug Lovin’

by Wahida Clark
Grand Central Publishing (Aug 10, 2009)
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Tasha and Trae, the hood's favorite couple, are still together following the events of Thug Matrimony. Even with their relocation to sunny Los Angeles, the drama of New York cannot be escaped. From running a nightclub to dealing with models, shady lawyers, big money, new kinds of temptations, seductions, and drugs-not to mention new love interests-can this infamous couple weather all the storms and keep it together?


Click for more detail about To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal To Be Sung Underwater

by Tom McNeal
Little, Brown and Company (Jun 05, 2012)
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Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio." Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back.

Twenty years later, Judith's marriage is hazy with secrets. In her hand is what may be the phone number for the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him. If she called, what would he say?

TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.


Click for more detail about Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes Towers Falling

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Jul 12, 2016)
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From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks.

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

A powerful story about young people who weren’t alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.


Click for more detail about True to the Game by Teri Woods True to the Game

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (May 03, 2007)
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It’s the late 1980s, and Gena, a young girl from the projects, meets Quadir, a millionaire drug dealer, and falls madly in love. Quadir builds a massive empire while fighting his rivals and enemies. Gena faces the challenges of holding onto her man, her house, her car, and the cash. Both of them find themselves caught up in a vicious yet seductive world, and learn that success in this game is no easy win. Gena and Quadir also learn
that once you’re in, there’s no way out, ’cause everyone stays in forever….True.


Click for more detail about True to the Game (True to the Game trilogy, Book 1) by Teri Woods True to the Game (True to the Game trilogy, Book 1)

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 01, 2010)
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True to the Game represents life on the streets, where it’s true that there’s no way out once you’re in, and everyone stays in forever.

Once upon a time, not too long ago, a young girl from the projects met Quadir, far from home, in the middle of Harlem. Now the story is told of how it all went down.

It’s the late 1980s, and Gena finds herself in true-blue love with Quadir, a millionaire associated with the cartel. Quadir is faced with combating the art of extortion and interception masterminded by the notorious Junior Mafia, which reigns from the inner-city streets of Philadelphia. Both Gena and Quadir find themselves caught up in the vicious yet seductive world of drugs and money, only to find that success in this game is no easy win. True to the Game represents life on the streets and is like no other story of its time. There’s no way out once you’re in, and everyone stays in forever. . . . True.


Click for more detail about True to the Game II by Teri Woods True to the Game II

by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (Nov 01, 2007)
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TRUE TO THE GAME II will pick up where True to the Game left off— with one difference, Gena is now seeing a new guy named Jay. Little does Gena know that the man she has fallen in love with, so soon after Quadir’s death, is his archrival, Jerrell Jackson. Unfortunately, Jerrell is determined to get his revenge against Quadir’s crew and he’ll start with Gena.


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by Teri Woods
Grand Central Publishing (Jul 02, 2008)
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The third and most explosive installment of the groundbreaking True to the Game trilogy will take you on a marathon race through the mean streets of Philly. Starting off where the second installment’s dramatic cliffhanger left us, True III will finally reveal Gena’s mysterious stalker and savior, as well as introduce a new killer so vicious, so cunning, so ruthless, he’ll have you looking over your shoulder with each turn of the page.


The crooked cops are searching for the money, Gena’s family members are now the target for Gena who’s hiding from everything and everyone, as the race is on for Gena’s survival. Will she manage to keep the money, can she get out of town and make a new life for herself, and will her family survive the maniacal killer that is hell bent on tracking her down? Will Gena stay, True to the Game?


Click for more detail about W.E.B. Dubois (Impact Biographies Series) by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick. McKissack W.E.B. Dubois (Impact Biographies Series)

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick. McKissack
Franklin Watts (Oct 01, 1990)
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Examines the upbringing, education, writings, and political activities of one of the founders of the NAACP.


Click for more detail about Walkin’ the Dog by Walter Mosley Walkin’ the Dog

by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown and Company (Oct 01, 1999)
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In this sequel to Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, Socrates Fortlow is back in Watts, trying to leave prison in his past, and confronting the most dangerous emotion of all: hope.

Socrates Fortlow, an ex-convict forced to define his own morality in a lawless world, confronts wrongs that most people would rather ignore and comes face-to-face with the most dangerous emotion: hope. It has been nine years since his release from prison, and he still makes his home in a two-room shack in a Watts alley. But he has a girlfriend now, a steady job, and he is even caring for a pet, the two-legged dog he calls Killer. These responsibilities make finding the right path even harder - especially when the police make Socrates their first suspect in every crime within six blocks

In each chapter of Walkin’ the Dog, Socrates challenges a different conundrum of modern life. In “Blue Lightning,” he is offered a better-paying job but has to consider whether the extra pay is worth the freedom he would have to give up. In “Promise,” he keeps a vow made long ago to a dying friend, and learns that a promise to one person can mean damage to another. In “Mookie Kid,” he gets a telephone and, learns that the price of being able to reach others is that others can contact him - whether he wants to be reached or not.

Walkin’ the Dog builds to a stunning climax as Socrates takes on a rogue cop who has terrorized his neighborhood.


Click for more detail about We Take This Man by Candice Dow and Daaimah S. Poole We Take This Man

by Candice Dow and Daaimah S. Poole
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 07, 2009)
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Dwight and Tracey Wilson are living the ideal life with their two children in a brand new home in Florida. They are both excited when Dwight is offered a promotion at work, but the downside is that the job is located in Maryland. After much discussion, Tracey decides that she does not want to leave their new house. Dwight makes the decision to accept the position and return home on weekends.


Alicia Dixon has spent her life hating and not trusting men after her father mistreated her mother, but she can’t help but fall for the new guy in her company…Dwight. They both try to fight their attraction to one another, but it proves to be a losing battle-Alicia is everything that his southern wife is not.


When Alicia ends up pregnant, Dwight decides to end things with Tracey, but the process proves not to be as easy as Dwight had hoped.


Click for more detail about What A Sista Should Do by Tiffany Warren What A Sista Should Do

by Tiffany Warren
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 03, 2005)
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A powerful and spiritually satisfying novel from a compelling new voice about three courageous women who must confront the harsh realities of their lives through faith and prayer. Pam Lyons has a husband who places more trust in money and marijuana than in God. Yvonne Hastings is a minister’s wife whose husband’s infidelity and physical abuse brings their marriage to a crossroads. Taylor Johnson is a single mother who is looking for a good Christian man to help raise her son, but is unable to rid herself of the guilt left over from her promiscuous past. The secret of Taylor’s child’s paternity is the catalyst for the tumultuous relationship between the three women. Together, they will learn unforgettable lessons about love, forgiveness, prayer, and sisterhood.


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by Tiffany Warren
Grand Central Publishing (Jun 24, 2014)
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Pam Lyons has a husband who places more trust in money and marijuana than in God. Yvonne Hastings is a minister’s wife whose husband’s infidelity and physical abuse brings their marriage to a crossroads. Taylor Johnson is a single mother who is looking for a good Christian man to help raise her son, but is unable to rid herself of the guilt left over from her promiscuous past. The secret of Taylor’s child’s paternity is the catalyst for the tumultuous relationship between the three women. Together, they will learn unforgettable lessons about love, forgiveness, prayer, and sisterhood.


Click for more detail about What Fire Cannot Burn by John Ridley What Fire Cannot Burn

by John Ridley
Grand Central Publishing (Jan 01, 2006)
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The bestselling author of "Those Who Walk in Darkness" delivers the second book of his action-packed series, featuring top LAPD mutant-hunter Soledad O’Roark, who teams up with rival Eddi Aoki when a vigilante starts killing metanormals without mercy. Original.


Click for more detail about What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

by Malcolm Gladwell
Grand Central Publishing (Oct 20, 2009)
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Click for more detail about What’s Really Hood!: A Collection Of Tales From The Streets by Wahida Clark What’s Really Hood!: A Collection Of Tales From The Streets

by Wahida Clark
Grand Central Publishing (May 24, 2010)
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Life in the streets take on a whole new meaning in this urban anthology of "hood" tales compiled by New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark

WHAT’S REALLY HOOD!

Black Is Blue by Victor L. Martin delves into the life of a corporate woman who falls in love with a thug and finds out just how easy it is to stray from the straight and narrow.

Eighteen and hungry Wiz’s only addiction to drugs is the money it made. But Crystal changed all of that and shows him just how powerful a woman can be in The P is Free by LaShonda Teague.

In The Last Laugh by Bonta, Bobo, a member of the infamous Eight-Trey street gang, learns that gang life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as "street wars" take on a whole new meaning.

Shawn "Jihad" Trump tells the story of loyalty, love and honor, when The Point Blank Mob is brought to its knees leaving the crew fighting for their lives and freedom in All for Nothing.

And New York Times bestselling author, Wahida Clark, introduces Nina, a woman tired of being disrespected by men who takes revenge to the ultimate level in Makin’ Endz Meet.


Click for more detail about When Bob Met Woody: The Story Of The Young Bob Dylan by Gary Golio When Bob Met Woody: The Story Of The Young Bob Dylan

by Gary Golio
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 03, 2011)
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"Hey hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song…"

When Bob finished, Woody’s face lit up like the sun.

Bob Dylan is a musical icon, an American legend, and, quite simply, a poet. But before he became Bob Dylan, he was Bob Zimmerman, a kid from rural Minnesota.

This lyrical and gorgeously illustrated picture book biography follows Bob as he renames himself after his favorite poet, Dylan Thomas, and leaves his mining town to pursue his love of music in New York City. There, he meets his folk music hero and future mentor, Woody Guthrie, changing his life forever.


Click for more detail about Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls And The Boys In Their Lives (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books) by Sharon G. Flake Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls And The Boys In Their Lives (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books)

by Sharon G. Flake
Hyperion Book CH (Apr 26, 2004)
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There is "The Ugly One," whose only solace comes when she is locked inside her own head. In "Wanted: A Thug," a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend’s bad-guy boyfriend. And then there’s Erika, who only likes white boys. Sharon Flake takes readers through the minds of girls trying to define themselves while struggling to remain relevant to the boys in their lives. This is a complex, often humorous, always on-point exposition of black youth resolving to find self-worth . . . any way they know how.


Click for more detail about Whose Knees Are These?  by Jabari Asim Whose Knees Are These?

by Jabari Asim
LB Kids (Mar 01, 2006)
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Whose Knees Are These and its companion book, Whose Toes Are Those are classics that should lay on the nightstand of every parent charged with tucking a toddler in at night. My son and I have precious memories of the snuggling, laughing and tickling of toes inspired by this book that literally reinforced the loving bond between us. The images, I know, fed my son’s self-esteem, though it would do the same for any child—black, cocoa brown, beige or any hue. One day I hope to read these to my son's children.”—Charisse Carney-Nunes

Takes a loving look at knees from the vantage point of a mother’s lap.


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by Jabari Asim
LB Kids (Mar 01, 2006)
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Children are invited to explore their toes by playing “This Little Piggy.” Also check out Whose Knees Are These


Click for more detail about Wild Seed by Octavia Butler Wild Seed

by Octavia Butler
Grand Central Publishing (Apr 01, 2001)
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Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex — or design. He fears no one — until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss…and savage anyone who threatens those she loves. She fears no one — until she meets Doro. From African jungles to the colonies of America, Doro and Anyanwu weave together a pattern of destiny that not even immortals can imagine.


Click for more detail about Willimena Rules! Rule Book #2: How to Fish for Trouble (No. 2) by Valerie Wilson Wesley Willimena Rules! Rule Book #2: How to Fish for Trouble (No. 2)

by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Hyperion Book CH (Mar 01, 2004)
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It was spring break, Willimena’s favorite time of the year. Besides that, Teddy, Willie’s favorite cousin, was coming to visit for a week. They were going fishing, kite flying, and bird-watching with Willimena’s dad. What could be more fun! But then it happened. Everything began to revolve around Teddy. It was "Teddy this . . ." and "Teddy that . . ." and "Teddy is so good at everything!" On the day of the family fishing trip, Willie was determined to capture the spotlight and catch more fish than anyone-especially Teddy. So, when Teddy caught the only fish of the day, Willimena put down her pole-and began fishing for trouble. And she didn’t have to go far. Teddy was her bait.


Click for more detail about Willimena Rules! Rule Book #4: How to (Almost) Ruin Your School Play (Bk. 4) by Valerie Wilson Wesley Willimena Rules! Rule Book #4: How to (Almost) Ruin Your School Play (Bk. 4)

by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Hyperion Book CH (Feb 14, 2005)
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When Tina, Willie’s big sister, gets to cast and direct the next school play, Willie assumes that she is a slam-dunk for the lead. Every night Willie dreams of her reviews in the school newspaper: "BRAVO! SPECTACULAR! OUT OF THIS WORLD! A New Star Is Born at Harriet Tubman School and her name is Willimena Thomas!" But Willie’s audition goes south and she is cast as a tree. And without saying a single word, Willie still manages to make the headlines on opening night: "NIGHTMARE ON TUBMAN STAGE! Tap-Dancing Tree Ruins School Play." Needless to say, Willimena does her best to make things right. But in the process, she makes things worse than Tina could ever imagine.


Click for more detail about Willimena Rules! Rule Book #5: 23 Ways to Mess Up Valentine’s Day (No. 5) by Valerie Wilson Wesley Willimena Rules! Rule Book #5: 23 Ways to Mess Up Valentine’s Day (No. 5)

by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Hyperion Book CH (Nov 29, 2005)
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After being held prisoner for years, Artemis Fowl’s father has finally come home. He is a new man-an honest man, much to Artemis’s horror. He makes his son promise to give up his life of crime, and Artemis has to go along with it. But not until he has completed one last scheme. Artemis has constructed a super-computer from stolen fairy technology. Called the "C Cube," it will render all existing human technology obsolete. He arranges a meeting with a powerful Chicago businessman, Jon Spiro, to broker a deal for the C Cube. But Spiro springs a trap-he steals the C Cube and mortally injures Butler. Artemis knows his only hope of saving his loyal bodyguard is to employ fairy magic; so once again he must contact his old rival, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. It is going to take a miracle to save Butler, and Artemis’s luck may have just run out.


Click for more detail about Willimena Rules! Rule Book #6: How to Face Up to the Class Bully (Bk. 6) by Valerie Wilson Wesley Willimena Rules! Rule Book #6: How to Face Up to the Class Bully (Bk. 6)

by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Hyperion Book CH (Jun 01, 2007)
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Great things usually happen in September. Except when you get the back-to-school blues, which Willimena has. Willimena is going to be in  a bigger class, with new kids, a new teacher. It ’s the first day of school, and  she’s scared!  Tina, her know-it-all big sister,  says Willimena should just smile and be nice. But a smile and "nice"  won’t get you very far if the class bully–also known as Mean Irene—jumps in your face. And that’s just what happened to Willimena. Willimena had to  do something big  to put Irene in her place.


Click for more detail about Zulu Heart: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America by Steven Barnes Zulu Heart: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America

by Steven Barnes
Aspect (Feb 01, 2004)
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Barnes delivers the explosive follow-up to his groundbreaking alternate history novel "Lion’s Blood"—in which African nationals colonized the New World—in this tale of a reimagined America circa 1860.

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by Steven Barnes
Aspect (Mar 19, 2003)
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Set in the late 1800’s in an alternate universe in which Africa colonized the America’s, ZULU HEART continues the stories of two men from very different backgrounds. Kai is a politically important Ethiporan nobleman; Aidan, a white Irishman who was until recently Kai’s slave. But just as the promise of freedom has separated these two men’s fates, racial discourse is about to reunite them. A rebellion is building toward civil war. Loyalties are being drawn along the lines of homelands, namely Egypt and Ethiopia, and causing the New World to be torn into a North and a South-with Kai and Aidan caught in the crossfire.









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