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Click for more detail about ’Til Death: A Novel by Miasha ’Til Death: A Novel

by Miasha
Touchstone (Sep 07, 2010)
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“ I couldn’t care less what anybody thinks of me. They don’t pay my bills. And there’s nothing wrong with using what your mama gave you to get exactly what you want . . .”

Celess knew she had to stop living the fast life and settle down, maybe even start a family—if she could find a man who could get past her secret. But you know what they say: Once you go bad, you can never go back. And if beauty is pain, Celess has suffered more than most and she knows how to use her looks to her advantage. She hooks up with well-connected Miami bad girl Sienna, and together they move with one purpose—get money.

When modeling and bit parts in movies aren’t enough, Celess and Sienna leave L.A. and head to Italy to open what quickly becomes the fastest-growing escort service in the world. They have it all—looks, style, and a six-months-long waiting list. Life is good, but they know the deal—there are always haters on the way to the top. Celess and Sienna are ready for the backstabbing and drama that come with money, power, and sex, but they’ll be surprised by just who will turn on them. Be careful who you trust . . .


Click for more detail about 1-900-A-N-Y-T-I-M-E: A Novel by Tracy Price-Thompson 1-900-A-N-Y-T-I-M-E: A Novel

by Tracy Price-Thompson
Atria Books (Sep 22, 2009)
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From the award-winning, nationally bestselling African-American author Tracy Price-Thompson, a sexy, thrilling new novel featuring a working woman whose obsessive clients are determined to get her all to themselves.

Tracy Price-Thompson has been awarded with numerous honors for her steamy, action-packed, and culturally relevant writing. She received a Hurston/Wright Award for her insightful short story, “Other People’s Skin” and for her heart-wrenching novel, A Woman’s Worth. The Romantic Times Book Club named Knockin’ Boots the Best Erotic Romance of 2005. Now Price-Thompson returns with an exciting pageturner sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. In Untitled, a woman turns to phone sex in order to satisfy some of her most erotic fantasies. Blessed with a silky voice, a kinky wit, and the ability to construct erotic portraits through words, she lulls men into her fantasies and builds a colorful clientele base as a phone sex worker. Her distinctive voice allows her to enthrall her clients with sexual trysts that are limited only by her imagination. But intimate attachments can be formed in many ways, even through a phone line, and to her surprise anonymous sex is not always anonymous. Her sumptuous voice and her phone skills are so captivating that two of her clients become obsessed with meeting her in the flesh. They both relentlessly track her down—one seeking her love, the other seeking her life.


Click for more detail about 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J.J. Smith 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

by J.J. Smith
Atria Books (Jul 15, 2014)
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Made up of super-nutrients from leafy greens and fruits, green smoothies are filling and healthy and you will enjoy drinking them. Your body will also thank you for drinking them as your health and energy improve to levels you never thought possible. It is an experience that could change your life if you stick with it! This book provides a shopping list, recipes, and detailed instructions for the 10-day cleanse, along with suggestions for getting the best results. It also offers advice on how to continue to lose weight and maintain good health afterwards. Are you ready to look slimmer, healthier, and sexier than you have in years? Then get ready to begin the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse!


Click for more detail about 21 Nights by Prince Rogers Nelson 21 Nights

by Prince Rogers Nelson
Atria Books (Sep 09, 2008)
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21 Nights—a first book by Prince and celebrated photographer Randee St. Nicholas is a stunning multimedia volume offering a rare glimpse into the life, lyrics and mystique of one of the most notable and prolific musicians of our time. This beautifully designed photographic essay flows from Prince’s sensational, unprecedented, record-breaking, sold-out 21 concerts in 21 Nights at London’s 02 Arena in 2007. Giving insight into his dueling worlds of performance and solitude, 21 Nights incorporates Prince’s evocative poetry and lyrics to new songs and other selections, and 124 full-color, sumptuous never-before-published images by Randee St. Nicholas. As part of the multi-dimensional experience, it will also include "Indigo Night," a CD—available only with the book—capturing Prince’s after-hours, live after-show sessions—rare and profound moments of musical genius.

21 Nights takes the reader from the passenger seat of a limousine zipping through the streets of London to his sleeping quarters in a luxury hotel. In between we see him and his phenomenal band of musicians, singers and dancers backstage in the make up room to onstage, bathed in purple lights and a fog of gray smoke. Like a movie-in-a-book, readers are taken on his journey from London to Prague, in a style that takes glam rock to a new level.

Then there is poetry and lyrics that reveal the heart and soul of Prince—in addition to his incomparable talent. Going beyond the catchy hook, he expresses himself on everything from the destructive forces of war, greed and superficiality the life giving energy of love, beauty, and—of course—music.

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Click for more detail about 64 Lessons For A Life Without Limits by T. D. Jakes 64 Lessons For A Life Without Limits

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (May 03, 2011)
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New York Times bestselling books Reposition Yourself and Making Great Decisions are the basis for the 64 best bits of advice from T.D. Jakes, one of America’s most beloved and influential spiritual leaders.

So you’ve made adjustments and the important choices toward a better life, and now it’s time to stand firm. This treasure of a book is divided into 8 sections; each one includes 8 bits of advice, which add up to 64 Lessons for a Life Without Limits, the perfect inspiration tool for keeping you grounded with confidence and maximizing your potential.


Click for more detail about A Blessing & A Curse by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray A Blessing & A Curse

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray
Gallery Books (Nov 08, 2016)
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First ladies of the Baptist church and sworn frenemies Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Cox Larson Bush are stunned to learn they may have more in common than they thought like who’s their daddy in the scandalous new collaboration between national bestselling and award-winning authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray.

A heated American Baptist Coalition election. A murky murder cover-up. An outrageous reality TV show. What in heaven’s name kind of drama will holy rivals Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Cox Larson Bush prominent first ladies of the Baptist church get themselves into next?

Since he first met Jasmine, Rachel’s father Simon Jackson has had a funny feeling about her. She eerily resembles his first teenage love. After doing some digging, Simon makes a shocking revelation Jasmine may be his daughter. Rachel thinks the idea is absurd, but to pacify her ailing father, she sets out to debunk his theory.

When Jasmine discovers what’s going on, she heads to the Jackson Family Reunion in Smackover, Arkansas, in search of the truth. With her sidekick Mae Frances by her side, this big city girl isnt ready for the country or for the over-the-top family that she may have to claim as her own.


Click for more detail about A Bona Fide Gold Digger by Allison Hobbs A Bona Fide Gold Digger

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Jul 24, 2007)
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From bestselling author Allison Hobbs comes the sassy, savvy tale of a woman consumed by a secret sex life, wealth and indulgence - obsessions she will go to any length to fulfill.

Milan Walden is living the high life. She has it all, a high-power career, respect from her peers, and unlimited business potential. But when she finds herself unemployed and facing criminal charges, she flees the only life she’s ever known to start again.

Milan accepts a position as a live-in companion to ailing millionaire Noah Brockington. Her hunger for glamour and luxury drives her to become involved in a twisted relationship with her employer that soon results in a bizarre prenup and frantic preparations for the strangest wedding anyone could expect.

Fighting off greedy family members, Noah’s obession with quirky sex, and the yearnings of her heart, Milan finds a new zest for life as she strives to become the sole heir of the Brockington fortune. A Bona Fide Gold Digger is an addictive spin through scandal and temptation that will leave every reader dizzy, but wanting more.


Click for more detail about A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life by Antwone Fisher A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life

by Antwone Fisher
Touchstone (Apr 20, 2010)
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LIFE LESSONS AND HARD-EARNED ADVICE THAT EVERY BOY NEEDS TO BECOME A MAN AND EVERY MAN NEEDS TO BECOME A RESPECTED CITIZEN ANTWONE FISHER ALWAYS ADMIRED his foster father s crisp sartorial style. It wasn t until Fisher was a navy recruit that he realized this smartly dressed man had never taken the time to teach him how to be well-groomed to reflect on the outside the man he was becoming on the inside. ""A boy ought to know how to tie a tie,"" he thought angrily, as he struggled to master the navy s required half-Windsor knot. Filled with inspiring stories, wisdom, and practical know-how, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie teaches: Basics of personal style and hygiene: why cleaning, trimming, and polishing are essential daily habits Key components of self-improvement: how to develop a routine for success and organize your personal space The importance of identity: why reinventing oneself is a necessary part of growing upWith additional information about healthy eating, making smart financial decisions, and finding role models, Antwone Fisher offers a book filled with accessible life lessons.


Click for more detail about A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings: From Faiths and Cultures Around the World by Deloris Jordan A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings: From Faiths and Cultures Around the World

by Deloris Jordan
Paula Wiseman Books (Oct 10, 2017)
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From the coauthor of Salt in His Shoes Deloris Jordan comes a comforting book of prayers collected from faiths and cultures all over the world.

From cultures and countries near and far, this collection of more than twenty poems and prayers selected especially to share with children affirms the wonder and beauty of all things great and small in our world. Whether it be the flowers in spring, the wind and the rain, the wide sunset sky or friends and family who we hold dear, there are many reasons to give thanks for the world we live in.


Click for more detail about A Cold Piece Of Work (Zane Presents) by Curtis Bunn A Cold Piece Of Work (Zane Presents)

by Curtis Bunn
Strebor Books (Jul 05, 2011)
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A Cold Piece of Work offers the most rare insight: a contemporary man revealing the depths of his emotions, vulnerabilities and flaws. Essence No. 1 bestselling author Curtis Bunnboldly brings the reader on an unfettered, organic journey that lends honest, raw perspective and provides the how and why men act as they do in relationships. It is a compelling and revealing story that captures the soul of a troubled man, his weaknesses and his emotional growth in a way that enlightens, teaches and entertains.


Click for more detail about A Darker Shade of Crimson (Ivy League Mysteries) by Pamela Thomas-Graham A Darker Shade of Crimson (Ivy League Mysteries)

by Pamela Thomas-Graham
Simon & Schuster (Apr 08, 1998)
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Being young, gifted, and black at Harvard has always been difficult. For Rosezella Maynette Fisher, outspoken sister girl and controversial Dean of Students at Harvard Law School, it was murder. And the debonair new President of Harvard is a prime suspect. A Darker Shade of Crimson is a novel about how Ella Fisher ended up dead on the first day of the fall semester, and how her friend Veronica (Nikki) Chase — a smart, ambitious, attractive, and well-connected black economics professor — sets out to solve the crime, and in the process uncovers some of Harvard’s most deeply buried secrets. At twenty-eight, Nikki is a rising star, the only black professor in Harvard’s economics department. After stumbling over Ella Fisher’s body during a blackout in a classroom building, she is quickly plunged into the investigation of her death. With the occasional tip from Raphael Griffin, a Harvard policeman, Nikki learns that plenty of people could have wanted Ella dead. There is the new Harvard President Leo Barrett, whose rise to the top Ella helped engineer. Before her death, many thought Ella was Leo’s lover. Now he’s looking perpetually exhausted and guilty. Did they have a fatal falling out? Or did Leo’s high-society Brahmin wife, Victoria Wolcott Barrett, kill Ella to stop the affair? Perhaps the sleek university comptroller, Christian Chung — whom Nikki comes to suspect is the leader of an embezzlement scheme that Ella uncovered just before she died — did the deed. Or it could have been the Chairman of the Economics Department and Nikki’s mentor, Ian McAllister, who suddenly seems to have unlimited cash. Finally, there’s Ella’s radical Afrocentric ex-husband Isaiah Fisher, who Nikki discovers was holding a long-buried secret over Ella’s head. Only two people seem to mourn Ella’s passing: her blue-blooded, Wellesley-educated secretary, Lindsey Wentworth; and Ella’s best girlfriend, Alix Coulter, an actress from Texas with attitude. With their help, Nikki sets out to unravel simultaneously the mystery of Ella’s death and the complications of her own love life. Dante Rosario, her long-lost exboyfriend, turns up and sets off a chemical reaction; meanwhile, Justin Simms, a Harvard Law School student who flirts like a master, won’t take no for an answer. It takes the combined wisdom of Nikki’s landlady, Magnolia Dailey, and her best friend, Jessica Leiberman, to help her understand her own heart as she drives toward the shocking conclusion that will turn all of Harvard on its ear. Proving that love can be murder, A Darker Shade of Crimson launches a major new career in crime fiction.


Click for more detail about A Deeper Love Inside by Sister Souljah A Deeper Love Inside

by Sister Souljah
Emily Bestler Books (Feb 18, 2014)
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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SEQUEL TO THE COLDEST WINTER EVER

At last, mega-bestselling author Sister Souljah delivers the stunning sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever that fans have been eagerly waiting for. Frighteningly fierce, raw, and completely unpredictable, this coming-of-age adventure is woven with emotional intensity.

A Deeper Love Inside is written in the words of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s sharp-tongued, quick-witted younger sister. Porsche worships Winter. A natural born hustler, Porsche is also cut from the same cloth as her father, the infamous Ricky Santiaga.

Passionate and loyal to the extreme, Porsche refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her wealthy family is torn apart. Porsche— unique, young, and beautiful—cries as much as she fights and uses whatever she has to reclaim her status.

Unselfishly, she pushes to get back everything that ever belonged to her loving family. In A Deeper Love Inside, readers will encounter their favorite characters from The Coldest Winter Ever, including Winter and Midnight. Sister Souljah’s soulful writing will again move your heart and open your eyes to a shocking reality.


Click for more detail about A Do Right Man by Omar Tyree A Do Right Man

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Oct 19, 1998)
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Finally, a story of a handsome, educated, heterosexual black man and his experiences with careers and relationships in the fast-moving ’90s!
Bobby Dallas, a budding radio talk-show host, has no skeletons or kids in the closet. All that’s missing is a talented, sexy, smart black woman by his side. And that should be easy, right?
But after a shattering breakup with his first love, Bobby wanders for years between women and jobs, unsure about marriage, family, economics, and his overall stability. Having achieved his dream of becoming a highly successful radio talk-show host, Bobby is a man with the best of intentions not only in his career, but also in love. He learns, though, that being a "do right man" is far from easy.


Click for more detail about A Family Affair by ReShonda Tate Billingsley A Family Affair

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 30, 2013)
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Award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley, whose bestselling fiction “tackles some of life’s toughest situations” (The Florida Times-Union), unravels the secrets in a mother’s past that turn her daughter’s life upside down—by revealing the family she never knew existed. Her dream of studying dance at Juilliard is within reach, but Olivia Dawson turns down the opportunity, choosing instead to stay with her ailing mother in the Houston projects where they barely make ends meet. Lorraine Dawson is Olivia’s whole world, and now Olivia insists on being there for her. But when Lorraine learns Olivia is sacrificing college for her sake, her heartache triggers a series of shattering events that results in Olivia discovering her father, a man she was told had died years ago. But he is alive and well—and he’s the powerful CEO of one of the country’s richest corporations.

With her best friend urging her to claim a much-deserved chunk of Bernard Wells’s fortune, Olivia seeks out his Los Angeles mansion. But it’s not money she wants—it’s answers: Why did he abandon Lorraine when Olivia was three years old? Why did they suffer in poverty while he gave his “real” wife and son a life of luxury? Opening up the past, however, is more complicated than Olivia—or Bernard—expected, and the pain of yesterday’s sins must be confronted before true healing and a bright tomorrow can begin.


Click for more detail about A Good Man Is Hard To Find by ReShonda Tate Billingsley A Good Man Is Hard To Find

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Mar 22, 2011)
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#1 national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley takes off on an adventure of romance, passion, and just a touch of suspense . . . set in one of the world’s most exotic locales.

After her company is bought out by a tabloid magazine, career-driven journalist Ava Cole is less than thrilled to be covering celebrity fluff stories—even if her first assignment sends her to Aruba for the high-profile wedding of pop star India Wright. Maybe a solo excursion far from home will help her forget about her crazy family and her suddenly ex-boyfriend, who seems to have trouble with two simple words: “I do.”

It doesn’t take long for the steamy island atmosphere to work its magic, and Ava finds herself enjoying a sexy flirtation with Cliff, the photographer shooting the singer’s nuptials. Just as their attraction heats up, Ava uncovers a bombshell of blackmail, deadly deceptions, and international intrigue that will all but destroy India Wright. With ominous threats closing in after the story leaks, whom can Ava trust with her explosive information, her heart—and her life?


Click for more detail about A Hip-Hop Story by Heru Ptah A Hip-Hop Story

by Heru Ptah
MTV Books (Oct 01, 2003)
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The first novel to truly capture the fast and furious world of hip-hop—one in which the line between art and life is blurred for two ambitious MCs whose battle to be #1 is fought with weapons and words.

Rappers Flawless and Hannibal are two talented young men moving toward the same dream: to be the best, to take over the world, to see the big picture, to become the most respected rap artists of their generation. Along the way, they battle the business of mainstream hip-hop, industry honchos, crazy fans, and—most of all—each other. Caught up in their intense rivalry are Erika, Flawless’s sister, and Micah, Hannibal’s protegé, two young lovers whose loyalties toward each rapper threaten to ruin their future together. A vivid journey through the underworld of urban music, it is a West Side Story remixed to the movement of hip-hop; a story of desire and dreams, all tied to the beat of hip-hop eternal.


Click for more detail about A Hungry Heart: A Memoir by Gordon Parks A Hungry Heart: A Memoir

by Gordon Parks
Washington Square Press (Jan 09, 2007)
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Acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, composer, novelist, and memoirist, Gordon Parks has participated in, been witness to, and documented many of the major events in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries.

In A Hungry Heart, Parks reflects on the people and events that shaped him: from growing up poor on the Kansas prairie to crisscrossing the country on the North Coast Limited; documenting poverty and injustice in Chicago to doing fashion spreads for Vogue; photographing black revolutionaries to writing, composing the soundtrack for, and directing the Hollywood movie version of his novel The Learning Tree. More than a self-portrait of the artist, A Hungry Heart is a striking account of an American era.


Click for more detail about A Letter for My Mother by Nina Foxx A Letter for My Mother

by Nina Foxx
Strebor Books (Apr 08, 2014)
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Thirty-three female writers share their essays and letters—hilarious, heart wrenching, and everything in between—in this wise and poignant collection about mother-daughter relationships.

Whether they’re from the US, Caribbean, India, or the UK, all of the contributors to A Letter for My Mother share one thing in common: thoughts that have been left unsaid to their mothers and mother figures—until now. In this moving book, thirty-three women reveal the stories, reflections, confessions, and revelations they’ve kept to themselves for years and have finally put into words. Written through tears and pain, as well as joy and laughter, each offering presents the mother-daughter bond in a different light.

Heartfelt and deeply meaningful, A Letter for My Mother will inspire you to admire and cherish that special relationship that shapes every woman.


Click for more detail about A Little Yellow Dog: Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story A Little Yellow Dog: Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story "Gray-Eyed Death" (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)

by Walter Mosley
Washington Square Press (Nov 01, 2002)
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November 1963: Easy’s settled into a steady gig as a school custodian. It’s a quiet, simple existence — but a few moments of ecstasy with a sexy teacher will change all that. When the lady vanishes, Easy’s stuck with a couple of corpses, the cops on his back, and a little yellow dog who’s nobody’s best friend. With his not-so-simple past snapping at his heels, and with enemies old and new looking to get even, Easy must kiss his careful little life good-bye — and step closer to the edge….


Click for more detail about A Love So Deep (Zane Presents) by Suzetta Perkins A Love So Deep (Zane Presents)

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (Aug 28, 2012)
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When Graham Peters’s wife of forty years suddenly dies, he finds himself unable to cope with her absence. He shuts everyone out and tries to keep his memories of love forever intact by going through the motions of a daily routine.

But when a friend convinces him to enjoy an evening at a jazz club, he meets and falls for Rita Long, a beautiful, sultry singer who draws the eyes and ears of everyone around her. Soon, Graham is wondering whether there might be life after death, and if he can allow himself to love another woman while still dealing with loss. But Rita brings her own baggage in the form of an ex-husband: a has-been NBA star who is exploiting her for money. And when one of Graham’s friends grows jealous of his new love, things turn nasty and potentially violent.

Graham and Rita struggle to keep their relationship alive, while everyone around them wants it to fail. They must give each other all that they have as they fight to survive in this story of passion, betrayal, destruction, and redemption.


Click for more detail about A Moment of Silence: Midnight III by Sister Souljah A Moment of Silence: Midnight III

by Sister Souljah
Atria Books (Nov 10, 2015)
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In her next heart-pounding novel of passion, danger, temptation, and adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sister Souljah returns to the story of Midnight.

Handsome, young, Muslim, and married to two women living in one house along with his mother, Umma, and sister, Naja: can Midnight manage? He is surrounded by Americans who don’t share or understand his faith or culture, and adults who are offended by his maturity, intelligence, or his natural ability to make his hard work turn into real money. He is calm, confident, and cool, Ninja-trained and powerful, but one moment of rage throws this Brooklyn youth into a dark world of dirty police, gangs, guns, drugs, prisons, and prisoners. Everything he ever believed, every dollar he ever earned, and all of the women he ever loved including his mother are at risk.

Will his manhood be taken, broken, or altered? Can he maintain his faith among the heathens? Outnumbered, overruled, and deeply envied how can he possibly survive? Will the streets convert him? What can he keep? What must he lose? In this heart-pounding adventure, thriller, and intense narrative, Sister Souljah has penned her most passionate and engrossing novel to date. Raw and uncompromising, her storytelling highlights and ignites the ongoing struggle of young men worldwide, to more than survive, but to live strong, to earn, to have the right to love and protect their families, to receive justice, and to be free.


Click for more detail about A Red Death: Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story “Silver Lining” (Easy Rawlins Mysteries) by Walter Mosley A Red Death: Featuring an Original Easy Rawlins Short Story “Silver Lining” (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)

by Walter Mosley
Washington Square Press (Oct 01, 2002)
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It’s 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That’s when the murders begin…


Click for more detail about A Sin and a Shame: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray A Sin and a Shame: A Novel

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 06, 2006)
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After fleeing Los Angeles when her attempt to break up her best friend’s marriage fails, Jasmine is now a changed woman…and a Christian. She vows to attend church every Sunday, swears off married men, and begins her search for the soul mate she is sure God has for her. Now living in the Big Apple, she has shed twenty-five pounds, shaved ten years off her age, filled her expensive apartment with designer clothes…all to begin her man-finding mission.

She quickly meets her dream mate — a preacher — who falls head over heels in love with her. Surely, God is good! But things start slipping when another man from Jasmine’s past refuses to stay there, and an unexpected pregnancy threatens to sabotage all of her dreams. Will Jasmine’s lying and scheming continue? Or will she finally learn that honesty is the only path to redemption?


Click for more detail about A Social Affair: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Pat Tucker and Earl Sewell A Social Affair: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Pat Tucker and Earl Sewell
Strebor Books (Feb 05, 2013)
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A cautionary tale about finding love online and the trouble that comes with cheating.

Bored with her humdrum married life, thirty-two-year-old Codi Norman is searching for excitement. After teaming up with her best friend, Katina, Codi discovers that the Internet offers both money and an escape from her earthly life. In cyberspace anything is possible, and that is what Codi loves most.

While online, she meets a charming and handsome man named Quinn Hamilton. Sparks fly and the two begin a torrid affair with unpredictable consequences. But their virtual lives collide with reality when their spouses discover their illicit relationship.


Click for more detail about A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver

by Aliki
Aladdin (Apr 15, 1988)
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Click for more detail about Aaliyah (The Divas) by Victoria Christopher Murray Aaliyah (The Divas)

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Gallery Books (Oct 20, 2009)
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Diamond, India, Veronique, and Aaliyah are fifteen-year-old high school sophomores on their way to becoming the hottest new group to hit gospel music—The Divas. That is, if they win the team talent competition. Now, the fourth book in the series follows Aaliyah, as she comes face to face with a secret from her past..

Straight-A student and “brainiac” of the group, Aaliyah is an only child living with her father, the deputy Chief of Police in Los Angeles. Even though Aaliyah isn’t interested in singing, she’s shown a remarkable, natural talent since childhood. It takes a bit of persuading to get Aaliyah to be a part of the Divas, but she gives in, and joins the group to be close to her friends. During one of their rehearsals, the girls hear a song by Zena, a successful African American singer. All the other girls are inspired and imagine themselves being as successful one day—except for Aaliyah, who turns off the CD and grumbles that they can find a better role model. Then, when Aaliyah learns that Zena will be attending their performance—accompanied by her father—her whole world comes crashing down. And all of her friends, who’d been told that Aaliyah’s mother died when she was a baby, suddenly realize where her natural singing ability came from.


Click for more detail about Accountable: Making America As Good As Its Promise by Tavis Smiley Accountable: Making America As Good As Its Promise

by Tavis Smiley
Atria Books (Feb 17, 2009)
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Accountable provides real-life examples of how crucial issues — including health care, education, the economy, unequal justice, and the environment — manifest themselves in our communities. The book demonstrates the urgent need to hold politicians and ourselves responsible, because the stakes have never been higher. Accountable examines present-day conditions and the consequences for America. At its core, this book is a tool with which the community can evaluate the successes or failures of its political leaders and of itself. This insightful book acknowledges the mistakes of the past while offering hope and inspiration for a better future.

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Click for more detail about Acting Out: A Novel by Benilde Little Acting Out: A Novel

by Benilde Little
Simon & Schuster (Jan 05, 2004)
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From the bestselling author of Good Hair and The Itch comes a novel about a modern woman living in—and acting out—her role as an upper-class African-American suburban wife.

Ina West is caught between the life she thought she was supposed to lead and the dreams she gave up long ago. Raised by loving but imperfect parents, Ina grew up a free spirit, getting a fine education and spending her twenty-something years as a photographer in Manhattan. But when family crisis and financial burdens came her way, Ina sought comfort in the arms of Jay Robinson, a hardworking businessman who occupied the safe, privileged world of the African-American upper middle class.

As Jay’s wife, Ina has it all: the lavish home, the SUV, the soccer games…until one day Jay walks out of their marriage, leaving Ina with no one left to trust but herself. How she manages to raise three children, take up her old career, rekindle an old flame, and celebrate her newfound independence is what Acting Out is all about. By turns heartbreaking, uplifting, and wry, this novel will resonate for any woman who has struggled to find her path in life.


Click for more detail about Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color by Iyanla Vanzant Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color

by Iyanla Vanzant
Touchstone (Nov 28, 1993)
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Acts of Faith is a thoughtful and inspirational book that explores the unique pressures on people of color today with great insight and sensitivity. Each day of the year has a unique inspirational quote or message with it, along with a short essay to assist in reflection and wisdom. These messages are pulled from a great variety of spiritual practices and teachings, to assist spiritual people across faiths and disciplines. This book is invaluable for people of color in search of motivation and support as they journey on their spiritual path.

In confronting discrimination, racism, rejection, and alienation, many people of color are turning toward a more spiritual approach to solving the problems that are unique to them. Here is a book of positive meditations that is sure to raise the consciousness of any reader.


Click for more detail about Addicted: A Novel by Zane Addicted: A Novel

by Zane
Atria Books (Oct 01, 2001)
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Before there was E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey, there was Zane’s Addicted. Once described as “the hottest paperback in the country” by the New York Times and now a major motion picture distributed by Lionsgate, this wildly popular novel by the Queen of Erotica follows one woman’s life as it spirals out of control when her three extramarital affairs lead her down a dark and twisted path.

For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addictionto sex.

Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment—and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her “fatal attraction”—as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman’s mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriageand her life.


Click for more detail about Addicted: A Novel by Zane Addicted: A Novel

by Zane
Atria Books (Aug 26, 2014)
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Before there was E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey, there was Zane’s Addicted. Once described as “the hottest paperback in the country” by the New York Times and now a major motion picture distributed by Lionsgate, this wildly popular novel by the Queen of Erotica follows one woman’s life as it spirals out of control when her three extramarital affairs lead her down a dark and twisted path.

For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addictionto sex.

Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment—and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her “fatal attraction”—as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman’s mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriageand her life.


Click for more detail about Afterburn: A Novel by Zane Afterburn: A Novel

by Zane
Atria Books (Oct 04, 2005)
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When Washington, D.C., chiropractor Yardley Brown goes to his local bank, it isn’t only to make deposits into his account. He has long since accrued some interest in Rayne Waters, a bank employee who’s too beautiful to be true — and too beautiful to be single. At least that’s what Yardley believes, which is why he has never approached her.
Little does he know that Rayne is anything but taken. Not for want of trying, of course. But after barely surviving a dating disaster with her hairdresser’s brother and then falling for a member of her church band, she’s on the verge of giving up. That is, until Yardley — discouraged by his own slew of dead-end romances — finally works up the courage to give her a try.
The true craziness, however, is just beginning, thanks to a cast of characters who seem bent on botching the young couple’s relationship. There’s Rayne’s erratic mother; Yardley’s playboy buddies, always trolling for sex; and, worst of all, past lovers who make a habit of popping up and ruining things as only old flames (or previous mistakes) can. Weaving the carnal and the comical in true Zane fashion, Rayne and Yardley’s struggle to find love in a world gone mad is a timeless talk about everything that can go wrong in the dating game — and a few things that can go right.


Click for more detail about Afterburn: A Novel by Zane Afterburn: A Novel

by Zane
Atria Books (Jan 04, 2005)
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In the latest romantic romp from New York Times bestselling author Zane, two hapless lovers get lost in a dating game gone awry.
When Washington, D.C., chiropractor Yardley Brown goes to his local bank, it isn’t only to make deposits into his account. He has long since accrued some interest in Rayne Waters, a bank employee who’s too beautiful to be true — and too beautiful to be single. At least that’s what Yardley believes, which is why he has never approached her.
Little does he know that Rayne is anything but taken. Not for want of trying, of course. But after barely surviving a dating disaster with her hairdresser’s brother and then falling for a member of her church band who, it turns out, is celibate, she’s on the verge of giving up. That is, until Yardley — discouraged by his own slew of dead-end romances — finally works up the courage to give her a try.
The true craziness, however, is just beginning, thanks to a cast of characters who seem bent on botching the young couple’s relationship.
There’s Rayne’s erratic mother, who constantly boasts about being a "good whore"; Yardley’s playboy buddies, always trolling for sex; and, worst of all, past lovers who make a habit of popping up and ruining things as only old flames (or previous mistakes) can. Weaving the carnal and the comical in true Zane fashion, Rayne and Yardley’s struggle to find love in a world gone mad is a timeless talk about everything that can go wrong in the dating game — and a few things that can go right.


Click for more detail about Airtight Willie & Me by Iceberg Slim Airtight Willie & Me

by Iceberg Slim
Cash Money Content (Mar 12, 2013)
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In this collection of six gritty tales from the underground, Iceberg Slim creates a tribute to the streets and those forced to try to survive them. Iceberg Slim’s story is now depicted in a major motion picture distributed worldwide. Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp shows Slim’s transformation from pimp to the author of 7 classic books.

From slick con men, classic tales of revenge, to a heist gone awry, Robert Beck, the man many know as Iceberg Slim, brings us on a ride through the terrifying urban streets. With the same unforgettable and distinctive prose, Airtight Willie & Me is further evidence that Iceberg Slim is the only author capable of capturing the language of the streets. Compelling always, funny sometimes, and typically bleak at their ends, Slim gives us six slices of city life that will leave you thirsting for more.


Click for more detail about All About Him: A Novel by Pat Tucker All About Him: A Novel

by Pat Tucker
Strebor Books (Jul 25, 2017)
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A scorned woman is determined to expose her ex-lover for the cruel man he is but she has her work cut out for her since he is a globally beloved singer. Will she get her revenge or lose everything? This suspenseful and steamy novel is perfect for fans of Zane and ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

Felicia Spears is the epitome of a woman scorned. Nothing is right in her life since her ex left, and she blames him for all of her misery. It may have been three years since Cooper walked out and left her destitute, but it feels like it was just yesterday. Now that Cooper is a big singing sensation, he’s riding his newfound fame all the way to the top with his second wife, Evelyn, planted firmly by his side.

Felicia has every right to be bitter and angry. In the early days, she made incredible sacrifices to help ensure Cooper’s success. And it seemed the moment his star began to rise, Felicia was replaced. Now, she’s hell-bent on getting what she feels she deserves, especially since that means tearing down Cooper’s new life.

Now at her lowest point, she’s determined to take matters into her own hands. She’ll let the world know Cooper isn’t the perfect man as his songs lead many to believe he is—and finally get her revenge.


Click for more detail about All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Atheneum (Sep 29, 2015)
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In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

But there were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.


Click for more detail about All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson All Ears, All Eyes

by Richard Jackson
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Mar 07, 2017)
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Shhlooklistento the sounds of the dark say Goodnight!

What sails? What flies? Thosethese, Down low, nearby, far off, up high.
Who listens? Who looks? Who hears? Who sees?

An homage to the melodies of nighttime, to each critter that sings, hoots, or glows, All Ears, All Eyes takes us on a moonlit journey where the landscape shimmers with Fantasia-like beauty. Where if you look and listen, you might spy an owl, a deer, a chipmunk—or—what else!—before falling asleep.


Click for more detail about All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African-American Spirituals by Ashley Bryan All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African-American Spirituals

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 2004)
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Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Bryan has selected twenty best-known and best-loved African-American spirituals, including the title song, "All Night, All Day," and such others as "This Little Light of Mine," "O When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands."
Glorious full-color pictures, piano accompaniment, and guitar chords help capture the spirit and essence of these timeless songs that can be enjoyed by people of every age and every level of musical skill.


Click for more detail about All The Trouble You Need: A Novel by Jervey Tervalon All The Trouble You Need: A Novel

by Jervey Tervalon
Washington Square Press (Feb 25, 2003)
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Jervey Tervalon delivered "a marvelous read" (USA Today) in Dead Above Ground, his national bestselling novel of a troubled Southern family. Now his literary landscape shifts to the West Coast, in this compelling portrayal of a young black university professor living life on his own terms — a life entangled in the complex relationships with the women who desire him.
All Jordan Davis wants is a smooth ride, speeding his Triumph along the 101, living the beautiful life among the beautiful people of Santa Barbara. But trouble seems to find him at every turn in the road. There’s Trisha, the seductive twenty-two-year-old virgin from the glamorous foothills…Mary, the angry white girl whose defiance is a definite turn-on…and Daphne, an exotic, forbidden student, and keeper of shadowy secrets. They all want to define him, limit him, turn him into what they want him to be. But for Jordan, the ultimate question is what does he want out of life — and can a man truly create a destiny that isn’t defined by his race or his past?


Click for more detail about American Histories by John Edgar Wideman American Histories

by John Edgar Wideman
Scribner (Mar 20, 2018)
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In a new short story collection, John Edgar Wideman—the acclaimed author of Writing to Save a Life—explores subjects from the historical to the imagined, with a cast of fictional and real-life characters as diverse as Frederick Douglass, Jean Michael Basquiat, and his own family.

John Edgar Wideman, lauded throughout his career, is a master at many forms. His latest offering, a collection of complex, charged stories, is a stunning marriage of the personal and historical.

“JB & FD” re-imagines conversations between John Brown, the White antislavery crusader who famously raided Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, and Frederick Douglass, the Black abolitionist and orator. “Maps and Ledgers” examines a painful incident in the narrator’s childhood and his relationship with his father. “Williamsburg Bridge” follows a man contemplating suicide. “My Dead” considers the narrator’s departed brother and uncle. These stories are spellbinding narrative reflections on abolitionists and artists, fathers and sons, the bonds of family and the pull of memory.

Wideman’s fiction challenges the boundaries of the form. His stories operate on many levels, weaving together historical fact, imagined conversation, philosophical kernels, and deeply personal vignettes. As a whole, American Histories amounts to more than the sum of its parts, an extended meditation on family, history, and loss. This is Wideman at his best, most emotionally precise, and most intellectually stimulating.


Click for more detail about An Angry-Ass Black Woman by Karen E. Quinones Miller An Angry-Ass Black Woman

by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Gallery Books (Oct 02, 2012)
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The autobiographical novel from the author of Uptown Dreams and Satin Doll

Karen E. Quinones Miller is AN ANGRY-ASS BLACK WOMAN

You’d be angry, too . . . if you grew up poorer than poor in Harlem in the 1960s and ’70s, a place of unrelenting violence, racism, crime, rape, scamming, drinking, and drugging . . . with a dad permanently checked out in Bellevue and a mom at the end of her rope raising you, your twin sister, and your two brothers, moving every time the money runs out— and doing what it takes to survive.

But there’s more to her story . . . Ke-Ke Quinones was whip smart and sassy, a voracious reader of everything from poetry to the classics. No matter what, 117th Street—where you could always count on someone to stand up for you—would always be home. And with every hard-knock lesson learned, Ke-Ke grew fiercer, unleashing her inner angry-ass black woman to get through it all.

Is this her final chapter? Now, decades later, comatose in a hospital bed after a medical crisis, she reflects on her life—her success as a journalist and renowned author, her tragicomic memories of Harlem, her turbulent marriage, the birth of her daughter, future possibilities—all the while surrounded by her splintered family in all of their sound and fury. Will she rise above once more?


Click for more detail about Animal by K’wan Animal

by K’wan
Cash Money Content (Oct 02, 2012)
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One bullet changed everything. Three years after narrowly escaping a one way trip to the gas chamber, the fugitive known only as Animal finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime, Harlem, NY.

Throughout his entire time in exile the only thing that kept Animal going was the thought that he would one day be reunited with his soul mate, Gucci. But one bullet changed everything.

When his enemies tried to murder Gucci they crossed the line, so he vowed to cross them all. While Gucci teeters between life and death Animal sets out on a bloody mission fueled by love and orchestrated by bullets...there would be no more innocents.

Alliances are formed and secrets uncovered while Animal wages his personal war on the streets of Harlem only to discover one great truth....he is but a small piece in a much greater puzzle.


Click for more detail about Animal 2: The Omen by K’wan Animal 2: The Omen

by K’wan
Cash Money Content (Nov 19, 2013)
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Secrets are revealed, sides are chosen and bodies are dropped…it’s on! After being thought dead, Animal resurfaces on the streets of New York to keep true to his promise, and make it rain blood over Harlem. All those who had wronged him would feel his wrath, including Shai Clark, boss of the New York underworld. However, touching a man like Shai Clark proves to be easier said than done. Using Animal’s soul mate Gu­cci as bait, Shai sets a trap for the young killer.

Once again Animal finds himself captured, but this time there would be no trial. He is sentenced to die at the hands of Shai’s executioner, a man known only as Priest. The assassin is ordered to kill Animal, but instead of death he gives him the truth of his shadowed past and how their des­tinies are intertwined. The man ordered to take Animal from the world is also the man who brought him into it.

Animal finds himself torn between his hatred for the father who had abandoned him and the man who had taken everything from him. An uneasy truce is formed between father and son to take down a common enemy and finally grant Animal his freedom from the blood debt he’s carried for so many years, but when the ghosts of Animal’s past catch up with him he learns that nothing is what it seems, and everything is subject to corruption, even his love for Gucci.


Click for more detail about Animal 2: The Omen by K’wan Animal 2: The Omen

by K’wan
Cash Money Content (Aug 28, 2014)
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After the incredible success of Animal, K’wan is back with the second, bloody installment in the new Animal saga. Secrets are revealed, sides are chosen and bodies are dropped…it's on! The man ordered to take Animal from the world turns out to be the man who brought him into it. Animal finds himself torn between his hatred for the father who had abandoned him and the man who had taken everything from him. An uneasy truce is formed between father and son to take down a common enemy and finally grant Animal his freedom from the blood debt he's carried for so many years. But when the ghosts of Animal's past catch up with him he learns that nothing is what it seems, and everything is subject to corruption, even his love for Gucci.


Click for more detail about Animal 3: Revelations by K’wan Animal 3: Revelations

by K’wan
Cash Money Content (Nov 04, 2014)
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After making a promise to leave the street life behind, a shocking revelation forces Animal back into the game to face his greatest opponent yet.

When Animal’s former lover, Red Sonja, shows up on his doorstep with a little girl, claiming Animal is the father, he and Gucci immediately fear it’s a ploy for money. But Red Sonja has come to collect a debt of a different kind, one that can only be paid in blood. A powerful man is hunting Red Sonja and her daughter, Celeste, and she calls on Animal to stop him, permanently.

Animal is forced to break the promise he made to his wife upon his release from prison and once again picks up his guns. To keep his daughter and her mother safe, Animal sets out on a mission of murder, but this isn’t just any man Red Sonja has sent him after, it’s one of the most powerful drug dealers in the country…her father.


Click for more detail about Another Time, Another Place: Five Novellas by Zane Another Time, Another Place: Five Novellas

by Zane
Strebor Books (Jun 10, 2008)
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Turn up the heat with five sensual novellas that take the readers on a wild ride of stimulation.

Led and edited by the New York Times bestselling author Zane, Another Time, Another Place transports sensuous and steamy encounters across the world and through history. From when the pharaohs ruled, to the forbidden romances in the time of the Vietnam War, to a future where technology has reshaped the meaning and making of love, this anthology showcases the popular talents of contributors such as Rique Johnson, Dywane D. Birch, and more.

Readers explore the many cultures and traditions that have shaped the concept of romance. These five novellas takes readers to places they’ve only imagined before, fleshing out the sizzling detail and proving a satisfying read in the tradition of such runaway favorite anthologies as Chocolate Flava and Blackgentlemen.com.

With its lush settings and a taste for the unknown, Another Time, Another Place is a treat for the adventurous soul. This delicious collection, featuring five of the hottest African-American authors today, brings whole new worlds to life.


Click for more detail about Antebellum a Novel by R Kayeen Thomas Antebellum a Novel

by R Kayeen Thomas
Strebor Books (Jun 26, 2012)
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A thought-provoking novel about African-American culture seen through the eyes of a famous rapper who is transported to the days of slavery and forced to experience it firsthand.

A thought-provoking novel about African-American culture seen through the eyes of a famous rapper who is transported to the days of slavery and forced to experience it firsthand.

When Da Nigga is sent back in time, he finds himself a slave forced to live the life of his ancestors. A rapper in current time, Da Nigga must confront the reality of the African-American experience as slavery challenges everything he holds dear from his fellow rappers and their lyrics, to the executives and their motives.

Antebellum is the hard-hitting, gritty story of Da Nigga. From rap superstar to broken slave and back, Antebellum will have readers on the edge of their seats and keep them talking long after they put it down.


Click for more detail about Archipelago by Monique Roffey Archipelago

by Monique Roffey
Simon & Schuster (Jan 01, 2012)
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A mesmerizing tale of a father and daughter’s sailing adventure from Trinidad to the Galapagos Islands, winner of the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and finalist for the 2014 Orion Book Award
Monique Roffey, vibrant new voice in Caribbean fiction and author of the Orange Prize finalist The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, returns with Archipelago, a new novel that is a journey of redemption, healing, and hope in the wake of devastating loss. When a flood destroys Gavin Weald’s home in Trinidad and rips his family apart, life as he knows it will never be the same. A year later he returns to his house and tries to start over, but when the rainy season arrives, his daughter’s nightmares about the torrents make life there unbearable. So father and daughterand their dogembark upon a voyage to make peace with the waters. Their journey takes them far from their Caribbean island home, as they sail through archipelagos, encounter the grandeur of the sea, and meet with the challenges and surprises of the natural world.


Click for more detail about Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson and Denene Millner Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

by Taraji P. Henson and Denene Millner
Atria / 37 Ink (Oct 11, 2016)
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“Taraji’s memoir is smart, funny as hell and full of that good truth—the kind that we could all use to be a bit more honest, to soar a little higher, to dream a bit bigger. How fitting that a book I enjoyed writing, with a woman I truly respect, on topics dear to my heart (Black women in Hollywood, mothering Black boys, being a daddy’s girl, love of the arts, being FEARLESS) .”—Denene Millner

From Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson and bestselling author Deneen Milner, comes an inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth.

With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life’s challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both in the home and on DC’s volatile streets. Here too she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift.

Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor’s memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor’s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.


Click for more detail about As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds As Brave As You

by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 03, 2016)
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When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally—in this piercing middle grade novel by the winner of the Coretta Scott King Johnson Steptoe Award.Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck and—being a curious kid—Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans). How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house—as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into—a room so full of songbirds and plants that it’s almost as if it’s been pulled inside-out—he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all. Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. None. Nada. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder—is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?


Click for more detail about Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry by Ashley Bryan Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 2001)
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"And God stepped out on space,
And he looked around and said:
I’m lonely — I’ll make me a world."
— James Weldon Johnson
Thus begins Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan’s collection of inspiring excerpts of poems by celebrated African American poets. Beautifully illustrated with his own tempera and gouache paintings, Ashley Bryan’s unique alphabet book will delight readers of any age.


Click for more detail about Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song by Ashley Bryan Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 06, 2009)
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Ashley’s autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. Even as a boy growing up during the Depression, he painted — finding cast off objects to turn into books and kites and toy and art. Even as a solder in the segregated Army on the beaches of Normandy, he sketched — keeping charcoal crayons and paper in his gasmask to draw with during lulls. Even as a talented, visionary art student who was accepted and then turned away from college upon arrival, the school telling Ashley that to give a scholarship to an African American student would be a waste, he painted — continuing to create art when he could have been discouraged, continuing to polish his talents when his spirit should have been beaten. Ashley went on to become a Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee, a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, and a multiple Coretta Scott King award winner. As you might imagine, his story is powerful, bursting with his creative energy, and a testament to believing in oneself. It’s a book every child in America should have access to and it does what the very best autobiographies do; it inspires!


Click for more detail about At The Bar by David Margolick At The Bar

by David Margolick
Touchstone (Apr 24, 1995)
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Every Friday for seven years, David Margolick has examined the American fascination with the culture of law and lawyering in his New York Times column, "At the Bar." Here are the best of his observations on the lawyer’s trade — from its noblest moments to its greatest blunders. From profiles of distinguished or notorious legal professionals to provocative explorations of legal ethics and observations on the changing legal profession, this collection is an entertaining must-read for anyone interested in the folkways of modern American law, put forth with wit, rigor, and insight by one of the nation’s foremost legal commentators.


Click for more detail about At the End of the Day: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Suzetta Perkins At the End of the Day: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (May 15, 2012)
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At the End of the Day is the exhilarating, heart-pounding, and action-packed follow-up to Nothing Stays the Same—emotional and sometimes stormy journey of several friends as they encounter and weather life’s blessings and tragedies.

Beautiful Denise Thomas is going to finally marry the love of her life—the man she should have married in the first place. Harold is the cousin of her ex-husband, Marvin Thomas, and he’s also her baby’s daddy.

Sylvia and Kenny Richmond, Mona and Michael Broussard, Claudette and Tyrone Beasley, Trina and Cecil Coleman, and Rachel and Marvin Thomas—the ex-husband—come to New York to witness the beautiful wedding ceremony of Denise and Harold. They aren’t the only witnesses; Michael Broussard runs into an old friend, Dr. Madeline Brooks, at the reception. Michael and Madeline were classmates in medical school, but it appears that they have been more than book buddies. It doesn’t take Mona, Michael’s wife, long to break up the happy reunion.

The Thomases’ wedding day is one to remember, but what no one knows is that Denise has discovered a lump in her remaining breast and the happy couple’s new life together may be short-lived. At the end of the day, all that matters is the love and support of family and friends.


Click for more detail about B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style by Barbara Smith B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style

by Barbara Smith
Scribner (Nov 03, 2009)
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Barbara Smith, the famed fashion model who was the first African American to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine, went on to build an empire that includes television shows, restaurants, her own furniture line (another first for an African American woman), and other lifestyle products from rugs to kitchenware. Called "one of the most formidable rivals of Martha Stewart" by The Wall Street Journal, Barbara Smith not only shattered glass ceilings, she also brought America a casual, elegant, easy style that is all her own. With B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style, Barbara focuses solely on the food - no table settings, no party plans - and gives readers more than 200 recipes and tales from her incomparable career. Readers and cooks will be surprised: for a skinny girl, she knows her way around cornbread, fritters, and pain perdu. She also knows and passes on lots of tips and strategies for bringing down the calorie count without losing flavor. From Cajun and Creole to Soul Food and beyond - including some of the many ways to use smoked pig - Barbara treats the home cook to a mouthwatering tour of Southern cuisine. Crave the classic Southern white meat? Barbara gives Catfish Fingers a tweak with a Guinness-flavored tartar sauce. Many iconic dishes of the American South are here - Frogmore Stew, Jambalaya, Kentucky Burgoo, and touffee, along with updated versions of old favorites such as Vegetarian touffee, Chocolate Chip Dessert Sliders, and Bananas Foster converted into a sundae. Barbara even gives up the recipe for Swamp Thang, a riff on favorite Southern flavors and a perennial selection at her restaurants. As The New York Times Magazine noted, "B. Smith’s goal is to get you looking good and having fun" And with dishes such as Root Beer Barbecued Pulled Pork, Collard Greens Slaw, and Coconut-Pecan Cupcakes, how could you not have fun?


Click for more detail about B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style by Barbara Smith B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style

by Barbara Smith
Scribner (Oct 03, 2011)
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Barbara Smith, the famed fashion model who was the first African American to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine, went on to build an empire that includes television shows, restaurants, her own furniture line (another first for an African American woman), and other lifestyle products from rugs to kitchenware. Called "one of the most formidable rivals of Martha Stewart" by The Wall Street Journal, Barbara Smith not only shattered glass ceilings, she also brought America a casual, elegant, easy style that is all her own. With B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style, Barbara focuses solely on the food - no table settings, no party plans - and gives readers more than 200 recipes and tales from her incomparable career. Readers and cooks will be surprised: for a skinny girl, she knows her way around cornbread, fritters, and pain perdu. She also knows and passes on lots of tips and strategies for bringing down the calorie count without losing flavor. From Cajun and Creole to Soul Food and beyond - including some of the many ways to use smoked pig - Barbara treats the home cook to a mouthwatering tour of Southern cuisine. Crave the classic Southern white meat? Barbara gives Catfish Fingers a tweak with a Guinness-flavored tartar sauce. Many iconic dishes of the American South are here - Frogmore Stew, Jambalaya, Kentucky Burgoo, and touffee, along with updated versions of old favorites such as Vegetarian touffee, Chocolate Chip Dessert Sliders, and Bananas Foster converted into a sundae. Barbara even gives up the recipe for Swamp Thang, a riff on favorite Southern flavors and a perennial selection at her restaurants. As The New York Times Magazine noted, "B. Smith’s goal is to get you looking good and having fun" And with dishes such as Root Beer Barbecued Pulled Pork, Collard Greens Slaw, and Coconut-Pecan Cupcakes, how could you not have fun?


Click for more detail about Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are Born (Paula Wiseman Books) by Deloris Jordan Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are Born (Paula Wiseman Books)

by Deloris Jordan
Paula Wiseman Books (Jan 26, 2010)
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This touching story from bestselling author Doloris Jordan celebrates the blessings new parents wish for their babies all through their lives. With a strong emphasis on the bonds families share, the inspirational text is accompanied by exquisite art from renowned illustrator James E. Ransome. From infancy to adulthood, there is always a place for Baby Blessings.


Click for more detail about Baby Brother by Noire and 50 Cent Baby Brother

by Noire and 50 Cent
Gallery Books (Jan 09, 2007)
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STREET JUSTICE WASN’T HIS WAY.
BUT FOR HIS OLDER BROTHERS,
IT WAS THE ONLY WAY.

The seven Davis brothers made a promise to their mother on her deathbed: they would each make something of their lives. And they vowed they would watch over eighteen-year-old Zabu Davis, their baby brother. Intelligent, driven, and charismatic, Baby Brother had resisted the lure of Brooklyn street life and was headed for Stanford University on a pre-med scholarship. But on the eve of his departure for California, in a split second of blinding violence, Baby Brother’s life is thrown onto a tragic collision course. Soon, his devoted brothers follow a path of blood justice that will rock the city streets. Baby Brother was their pride and joy. Now, he’s their reason to fight for vengeance.


Click for more detail about Babylon Boyz by Jess Mowry Babylon Boyz

by Jess Mowry
Aladdin (Jun 01, 1999)
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For fourteen-year-old Dante and his posse, life in Babylon isn’t about making choices but about dodging blows. Dante needs a heart operation, Pook can’t afford college, let alone medical school, and Wyatt’s going to need more than his sense of humor to squeeze through life. So when the boys find a suitcase full of cocaine, they face an excruciating decision. Selling the coke means escape. But it also means adding to the crack epidemic that has already destroyed their community.
Set on the rough streets of a modern-day Babylon, this is the story of three best friends who are about to learn that choices don’t necessarily guarantee freedom.


Click for more detail about Bad Girlz: A Novel by Shannon Holmes Bad Girlz: A Novel

by Shannon Holmes
Atria Books (Oct 28, 2003)
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The bestselling author of B-More Careful, Shannon Holmes, delivers Bad Girlz, another wild adventure into the streets. The setting this time is the Badlands, one of the toughest and poorest communities in Philadelphia.
Bad Girlz takes you into the mysterious and often dangerous lives of young women who turn to the streets and strip clubs as a means of survival. These are girls who, along the way, suffer bad breaks and find themselves ripe for exploitation by men and women who pretend to be their saviors.
Tender and Goldie were taken under wing by Kat, a veteran stripper, who enjoyed the life and the risks she had to take to stay in the mix of the sex trade. Both of these young and beautiful girls had ended up in dire straits and in need of Kat’s help in different ways, but ultimately for the same reasons: They lacked the love and support that most of us expect to get at home and in our communities. Where they live, illegal money is often the only money to be made, and the difference between the law and the outlaw is tough to discern.
Holmes tells a page-turning story of sex, money, and murder in the name of survival and reveals the many ways that good girls, trying to get by in desperate situations, become Bad Girlz.


Click for more detail about Balancing Act by Jonathan Plummer and Karen Hunter Balancing Act

by Jonathan Plummer and Karen Hunter
Karen Hunter Publishing (May 20, 2008)
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Jonathan Plummer made headlines when New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan — whose novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back is based on their romance — filed for divorce, claiming that Plummer hid his homosexuality in order to marry her for her money and gain U.S. citizenship. Now Plummer delivers a sexy and satisfying novel as deliciously racy as the life he lived.

Justin Blakeman is living an ordinary life in Jamaica when vacationing Tasha Reynolds spots him selling sugar cane on the street. He, of course, has no idea that her modeling agency is fast becoming the hottest in the business. He plans to live the island life set out for him, stepping up to head the family sugar cane enterprise in time.

In the ruthless modeling world, Tasha is a great white shark with an uncanny knack for finding blazing new talent in unusual places. She always gets what she wants and she wants Justin — whose hazel-green eyes, offset by dark chocolate skin, make her palms sweat, a sign that she is on to something. His perfect body and defiant attitude will make him a megastar.

But soon, a relationship that began as strictly business crosses the line into a complex game of sexual desire and control. Their crazy, volatile bond — littered with dark influences from their pasts, complicated by ambition, and fueled by insatiable passion — is as combustible as relationships can get. And when Justin discovers a hidden hunger for a male model, the stakes are higher than ever.


Click for more detail about Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin by Herb Boyd Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin

by Herb Boyd
Atria Books (Dec 30, 2008)
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Perhaps no other writer is as synonymous with Harlem as James Baldwin (1924-1987). The events there that shaped his youth greatly influenced Baldwin's work, much of which focused on his experiences as a black man in white America. Go Tell It on the Mountain, The Fire Next Time, Notes of a Native Son, and Giovanni's Room are just a few of his classic fiction and nonfiction books that remain an essential part of the American canon.

In Baldwin's Harlem, award-winning journalist Herb Boyd combines impeccable biographical research with astute literary criticism, and reveals to readers Baldwin's association with Harlem on both metaphorical and realistic levels. For example, Boyd describes Baldwin's relationship with Harlem Renaissance poet laureate Countee Cullen, who taught Baldwin French in the ninth grade. Packed with telling anecdotes, Baldwin's Harlem illuminates the writer's diverse views and impressions of the community that would remain a consistent presence in virtually all of his writing.


Click for more detail about Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth (Touchstone Books) by David Alan Grier Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth (Touchstone Books)

by David Alan Grier
Touchstone (Oct 06, 2009)
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FROM GROWING UP IN DETROIT, where he marched as a ten-year-old with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama, where he narrowly avoided the Purple Tunnel of Doom but still saw nothing, David Alan Grier examines how he — and America — have changed for the better and the funnier. Within these pages, Grier imagines being called to serve in President Obama’s cabinet as the "secretary of mirth"; takes you to a wild and emotional election night party he hosted that didn’t go as planned; explains the true meaning of the "magical Negro"; recalls the formative episodes from his life — including being rejected by the Black Panthers at their headquarters door and turning down the initial offer to work on In Living Color — and for the first time ever sneaks you backstage at Dancing with the Stars, where he exposes the inner workings of the show — the camaraderie between dancers and stars, the excruciatingly painful rehearsals, the outrageous preparations, and each hysterical moment of his four-episode appearance and subsequent public meltdown. Grier unabashedly muses on politics, culture, and race while recounting his own life story in this edgy, timeless, hilarious, and revelatory memoir and look at all things Barack. Barack Like Me is David Alan Grier at his best — the man, comic, and twenty-first-century thinker — funny, brilliant, and original.

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Click for more detail about Barack Obama: Son Of Promise, Child Of Hope by Nikki Grimes Barack Obama: Son Of Promise, Child Of Hope

by Nikki Grimes
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Jan 24, 2012)
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The #1 New York Times bestselling picture-book biography of President Barack Obama is now in paperback.

Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn’t quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.

This is the moving story of our 44th President, told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.


Click for more detail about Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum (Aladdin Books) by Ashley Bryan Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum (Aladdin Books)

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 1980)
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Here are five Nigerian folktales, retold in language as rhythmic as the beat of the story-drum, and illustrated with vibrant, evocative woodcuts.


Click for more detail about Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan Beautiful Blackbird

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 2003)
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Black is beautiful, uh-huh!

Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too. Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings — markings that detail birds to this very day. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan's adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia reso-nates both with rhythm and the tale's universal meanings — appreciating one's heritage and discovering the beauty within. His cut-paper artwork is a joy.


Click for more detail about Before You Do: Making Great Decisions That You Won’t Regret by T. D. Jakes Before You Do: Making Great Decisions That You Won’t Regret

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (Sep 16, 2008)
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In Before You Do, bestselling author T.D. Jakes turns his attention and teachings to the topic of relationships and the issues that need to be resolved by incorporating the spiritual and psychological tools that will help you reevaluate and reposition yourself.Relationship decisions come down to five crucial components, according to Bishop Jakes:Research: gathering information and collecting data
Roadwork: removing obstacles and clearing the path
Rewards: listing choices and imaging their consequences
Revelation: narrowing your options and making your selection
Rearview: looking back and adjusting as necessary to stay on course
Before You Do gets you on the right track to making decisions that youll be proud of for the rest of your life. He gives you insight on how to reflect, discern, and decide the next step to take to have a strong and enduring love, marriage, and family.The Bishop takes a spiritual and practical approach to inherently emotional issues such as the outside influences on our relationships, e.g., in-laws, friends, and former spouses; coping with anger; parenting; financial concerns; negotiating high-profile lives; and so many more of the issues people face every day. His special brand of counseling and teaching appeals to the faith-based community and beyond, reaching millions who receive his wisdom in all media, especially books.


Click for more detail about Betrayed: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Suzetta Perkins Betrayed: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (Sep 20, 2011)
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Nineteen years after she was raped, Mimi Bailey makes a desperate attempt to protect her secret when she returns to the scene of the crime.

Setrina “Mimi” Bailey is carrying a nineteen-year-old secret that she’d like to remain hidden forever. However, a move to Durham, North Carolina, threatens to expose her secret and forever disrupt the lives of those she’s protected from the truth all those years.

Mimi Bailey was raped by Victor Christianson, her best friend Brenda’s fianc, while they were in college. Now, Mimi’s daughter, Afrika, who is eighteen years old and college bound, wants to further her education at the same college where her mother still bears the scars of the crime. Mimi is unsuccessful in changing Afrika’s mind. And when Victor gets wind that Mimi is back in the area and has a daughter who looks very much like his own, he stops at nothing to chase them out of town and eliminate the reminder of his infidelity.

A complex tale of mystery and suspense, Betrayed explores the fine line between passion and powerand what we’ll do to protect the ones we love.


Click for more detail about Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope by John Hope Franklin Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope

by John Hope Franklin
Simon & Schuster (Oct 14, 2008)
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The president’s personal and passionate account of his twenty-five years in the service of humanitarian effort that won him the Nobel Peace Prize was received with the admiring respect of reviewers and readers and it will stand as the record of his brilliant post-presidential career.

This is the story of President Jimmy Carter’s post-presidency, the most admired and productive in the nation’s history. Through The Carter Center, which he and Rosalynn Carter founded in 1982, he has fought neglected diseases, waged peace in war zones, and built hope among some of the most forgotten and needy people in the world.

Serving in more than seventy nations, Carter has led peacekeeping efforts for Ethiopia, North Korea, Haiti, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uganda, and Sudan. With his colleagues from The Carter Center, he has monitored more than sixty-five elections in troubled nations, from Palestine to Indonesia.

Carter’s bold initiatives, undertaken with dedicated colleagues, have eliminated, prevented, or cured an array of diseases that have been characterized as “neglected” by the World Health Organization and that afflict tens of millions of people unnecessarily. The Carter Center has taught millions of African families how to increase the production of food grains, and Rosalynn Carter has led a vigorous war against the stigma of mental illness around the world.

“Immersing ourselves among these deprived and suffering people has been a great blessing as it stretched our minds and hearts,” Jimmy Carter writes. “The principles of The Carter Center have been the same ones that should characterize our nation, or any individual. They are the beliefs inherent in all the great world religions, including commitments to peace, justice, freedom, humility, forgiveness or an attempt to find accommodation with potential foes, generosity, human rights or fair treatment of others, protection of the environment, and the alleviation of suffering. This is our agenda for the future.”


Click for more detail about Big Juicy Lips: Double Dippin’ 2 by Allison Hobbs Big Juicy Lips: Double Dippin’ 2

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Oct 30, 2012)
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Misty and Brick, the shady yet memorable breakout stars of Allison Hobbs’s erotic Double Dippin’, return in an irresistible new story about a love triangle. Pretty and petite, Misty is always plotting on ways to get paid. It’s time to step up her game, and the bossy little diva comes up with an innovative plan to showcase Brick’s attributes to an affluent and freaky clientele. Big, muscular, and thuggish Brick is so weak for Misty, he’s unable to refuse any of her outlandish get-money schemes. The money’s rolling in like crazy and life couldn’t be better . . . until Misty falls hard for a man who looks exactly like her ex-lover Shane. It’s bad enough that his name is Dane, but even more remarkable, he has Shane’s panty-dropping good looks and his deliciously kissable, big juicy lips. So what’s Misty going to do about her money-maker, Brick? Can she juggle two men? Or will she have to make the ultimate choice between money and love?


Click for more detail about Black and White: The Way I See It by Richard Williams Black and White: The Way I See It

by Richard Williams
Atria Books (May 06, 2014)
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The fascinating, revealing, and in-depth memoir of Richard Williams, a self-made businessman, tennis coach, and father to two of the greatest athletes of all time—Venus and Serena Williams.

He’d set his mind to raise two of the greatest women champions in professional tennis well before they could even hold a racket. The father of Venus and Serena Williams had a grand plan for his daughters. The source of his vision, the method behind his execution, and the root of his indomitable spirit he held private. Until now. What he reveals about his success—his story of struggle, determination, hard work, and family—is told in the pages of this inspiring memoir, Black and White: The Way I See It.

Richard Williams, for the first time ever, shares stories about the poverty and violence of his early life in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the 1940s—a life that could have ended on the day he was born because of indifference, racism, and cruelty were it not for the strength of his mother and the kindness of a stranger. Williams’s mother was his hero, just as he became a hero to Venus and Serena, who express in the book the lessons he taught them and how much they love their much-criticized and even maligned father. His critics claimed that he was “in the way” of his daughters’ athletic success, that he was “destroying his daughters’ marketing and advertising abilities,” and even accused him of “abuse.”

Richard Williams describes a family life held together by the principles that matter most: courage, confidence, commitment, faith, and above all, love.

“When you’re younger, as a female, you flock to your father. When you get older, you’re closer to your mother. I still feel really, really close to my father. . . . We have a great relationship. There is an appreciation. There is a closeness because of what we’ve been through together, and a respect,” says Serena.

“Training started early for my kids, but it wasn’t only on the tennis courts. I used to take Venus and Serena to work with me so they could learn the importance of planning, responsibility, and a strong work ethic, even at their early age,” Richard Williams writes. The self-made man saw the value of education and had the discipline to practice what he learned. He went so far as to write a plan for his family’s future before his tennis champion daughters were ever born.

Richard Williams has walked a long, hard, exciting, and ultimately rewarding road for seventy years, fighting every hand raised against him while raising a loving family and two of the greatest tennis players who ever lived.


Click for more detail about Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by William Loren Katz Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage

by William Loren Katz
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 1997)
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The author explores the little-told story of black Indians, defined here as people with dual African and Native American ancestry or African Americans who lived primarily with Native Americans. Using fascinating biographies and detailed research, Katz creates a chronology of this hidden heritage during the settlement of the American West. Illustrations. Young Adult.


Click for more detail about Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing by Stephanie Stokes Oliver Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing

by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
Atria / 37 Ink (Jan 30, 2018)
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Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word.

Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This unique collection seeks to shed light on that injustice and subjugation, as well as the hard-won literary progress made, putting some of America’s most cherished voices in a conversation in one magnificent volume that presents reading as an act of resistance.

Organized into three sections, the Peril, the Power, and Pleasure, and with an array of contributors both classic and contemporary, Black Ink presents the brilliant diversity of black thought in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within the greater context of the American literary tradition. At times haunting and other times profoundly humorous, this unprecedented anthology guides you through the remarkable experiences of some of America’s greatest writers and their lifelong pursuits of literacy and literature.

The foreword was written by Nikki Giovanni. Contributors include: Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Walter Dean Myers, Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture], Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Terry McMillan, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Colson Whitehead.

The anthology features a bonus in-depth interview with President Barack Obama.


Click for more detail about Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life

by Kevin Powell
Atria Books (Sep 09, 2008)
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Author and activist Kevin Powell and contributors Lasana Omar Hotep, Jeff Johnson, Byron Hurt, Dr. William Jelani Cobb, Ryan Mack, Kendrick B. Nathaniel, and Dr. Andre L. Brown tap into the social and political climate rising in the African American community with this collection of essays for Black males on surviving, living, and winning.

The Black Male Handbook answers a collective hunger for new direction, fresh solutions to old problems, and a different kind of conversation—man-to-man and with Black male voices, all of the hip hop generation. The book tackles issues related to political, practical, cultural, and spiritual matters, and ending violence against women and girls.

The book also features an appendix filled with useful readings, advice, and resources. The Black Male Handbook is a blueprint for those aspiring to thrive against the odds in America today.

This is a must-have book, not only for Black male readers, but the women who befriend, parent, partner, and love them.


Click for more detail about Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie Williams Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting

by Terrie Williams
Scribner (Jan 06, 2009)
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Terrie Williams knows that Black people are hurting. She knows because she's one of them.

Terrie had made it: she had launched her own public relations company with such clients as Eddie Murphy and Johnnie Cochran. Yet she was in constant pain, waking up in terror, overeating in search of relief. For thirty years she kept on her game face of success, exhausting herself daily to satisfy her clients' needs while neglecting her own.

Terrie finally collapsed, staying in bed for days. She had no clue what was wrong or if there was a way out. She had hit rock bottom and she needed and got help.

She learned her problem had a name -- depression -- and that many suffered from it, limping through their days, hiding their hurt. As she healed, her mission became clear: break the silence of this crippling taboo and help those who suffer.

Black Pain identifies emotional pain -- which uniquely and profoundly affects the Black experience -- as the root of lashing out through desperate acts of crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, workaholism, and addiction to shopping, gambling, and sex. Few realize these destructive acts are symptoms of our inner sorrow.

Black people are dying. Everywhere we turn, in the faces we see and the headlines we read, we feel in our gut that something is wrong, but we don't know what it is. It's time to recognize it and work through our trauma.

In Black Pain, Terrie has inspired the famous and the ordinary to speak out and mental health professionals to offer solutions. The book is a mirror turned on you. Do you see yourself and your loved ones here? Do the descriptions of how the pain looks, feels, and sounds seem far too familiar? Now you can do something about it.

Stop suffering. The help the community needs is here: a clear explanation of our troubles and a guide to finding relief through faith, therapy, diet, and exercise, as well as through building a supportive network (and eliminating toxic people).

Black Pain encourages us to face the truth about the issue that plunges our spirits into darkness, so that we can step into the healing light.

You are not on the ledge alone.

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Click for more detail about Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Charlamagne Tha God Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

by Charlamagne Tha God
Touchstone (Apr 18, 2017)
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Instant New York Times Bestseller
Charlamagne Tha God—the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off,” co-host of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and “hip-hop’s Howard Stern”—shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one’s truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness.

In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Hillary Clinton, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths.


Click for more detail about Black Will Shoot: A Novel by Jesse Washington Black Will Shoot: A Novel

by Jesse Washington
Gallery Books (Feb 05, 2008)
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Marq Wise is a talented, ambitious young writer with a good life, a gorgeous girlfriend — and the inescapable feeling that something is missing. When he’s offered a job at Fever, his favorite hip-hop magazine, Marq finally realizes just what that is.

Now he can uncover the real, gritty stories — unless his older brother, Dontay, a one-hit-wonder producer turned crack smoker, ruins everything first. As Marq immerses himself in his beloved hip-hop, his world slowly collides with Dontay’s, and both begin to unravel. And the more Marq discovers about the gangsters and criminals who really run the rap game, the deeper and deadlier the danger.

Black Will Shoot is a compelling look at the most impactful and influential American cultural movement of the past thirty years. Jesse Washington — entertainment editor for the Associated Press and a former top editor at Vibe and Blaze magazines — has written a fearless page-turner set amid the glories and evils of the rap world. His unique experience and sophisticated yet street-smart prose make this remarkable debut the first literary novel to truly capture the flavor, influence, and significance of the sound track to a generation.


Click for more detail about Black-Eyed Peas for the Soul: Tales to Strengthen the African American Spirit and Encourage the Heart by Donna Marie Williams Black-Eyed Peas for the Soul: Tales to Strengthen the African American Spirit and Encourage the Heart

by Donna Marie Williams
Touchstone (Nov 14, 1997)
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To tell a story well, you have to live a story well — with courage, persistence, and faith that everything’s going to turn out all right. Black-Eyed Peas for the Soul is a collection of stories that reveals universal themes, as well as the unique perspectives of African Americans. The first collection of its kind, Black-Eyed Peas for the Soul boldly dispels the myth of a homogeneous Black culture. Diverse voices — including those of Zora Neale Hurston, Dawn Turner Trice, and Frederick Douglass — tell our stories of beginnings, wisdom, patience, hard work, excellence, joy, and miracles. Stories about love, healing, and atonement are told with insight, humor, and gritty honesty.
Arising from these distinct voices is the call for hope. Enjoy these stories and let them guide your soul to a place where you can find solace and draw nourishment, a place that can warm and soothe you, like a bowl of black-eyed peas.


Click for more detail about Blackgentlemen.com by Zane Blackgentlemen.com

by Zane
Strebor Books (Oct 30, 2007)
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Blackgentlemen.com is the premiere web site showcasing African American bachelors. Women from around the country search the site in hopes of finding true love. Step inside this exciting collection of novellas about women that meet men on the site, penned by some of the hottest female novelists on the scene today. In "Duplicity" Zane shows us what happens when twins end up sharing a little bit more than they morally should. "In Lessons Learned" Shonda Cheekes entices us with a trail of lies and their ultimate consequences. In "Your Message Has Been Sent" J.D. Mason brings a lonely widow back to life in the most sensual of ways. In "The Adventures of the Bold and Bourgeois" Eileen M. Johnson introduces us to a sister with issues that she finally decides to resolve with the aid of the right brother. Zane rounds out the collection with "Delusions" about a woman on the brink of disaster with the man who seemingly stepped right out of her dreams. Entertaining, witty, humorous, and not to mention extremely sexy, the five novellas in Blackgentlemen.com will keep you riveted and yearning for more. The really wicked part is that Blackgentlemen.com actually exists. Maybe you might find the man of your dreams on the Internet. Check it out and see for yourself.


Click for more detail about Blacklash: How Obama and the Liberal Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation by Deneen Borelli Blacklash: How Obama and the Liberal Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation

by Deneen Borelli
Threshold Editions (Mar 26, 2013)
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This country is at a crossroads. We can either reverse direction or become a welfare nation—a “government plantation” where the underclass are doomed to 21st-century servitude.

In this brave book, Deneen Borelli takes aim at the leadership failures of President Obama and other black career politicians whose faulty policies have caused a cycle of oppression in America. She demands that new black leaders abandon the false rhetoric and inexcusable lies of progressive politics. The Left introduces the race card to protect its key players, but Borelli boldly asks important questions that people of all colors are afraid to ask—and delivers the honest, unyielding answers that have made her a favorite target of the left-wing firing squad. It’s a critical story that a lot of people don’t want to hear—no matter how firmly they believe what she says to be true.

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Click for more detail about Blessings in Disguise (Good Girlz) by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Blessings in Disguise (Good Girlz)

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jan 09, 2007)
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The second book in an exciting and inspiring new series from national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

They share a precious gift…

Joining Rachel Jackson’s church youth group has been a lifesaver for Camille, Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel. The fabulous four share everything from juicy gossip to mentoring school kids. But their loyalty is put to the test when two of the girls get caught up in problems of their own — and may drag their girlfriends down with them.

Will they forget who their friends are?

Wealthy Alexis seems to have the perfect life — but no one can see her fear as her parents head for divorce. Meanwhile, Jasmine is tired of being the glue that holds her mother and siblings together, and she escapes by moving in with her father. Both girls are tempted to do something drastic to get the attention they crave, and both need to hear Rachel’s hard-won advice on why stealing will only get them more trouble. But when it comes to winning back Camille and Angel’s trust, Alexis and Jasmine will have to find the answers in their own hearts.


Click for more detail about Blessings: A Novel by Sheneska Jackson Blessings: A Novel

by Sheneska Jackson
Simon & Schuster (Jun 09, 1999)
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There is no place quite like the local beauty salon, and Sheneska Jackson deftly uses this intimate setting as a backdrop for four women and their concerns about men, motherhood, and parenting. Patricia, the owner of Blessings, has come to terms with her infertility only to discover that her attempt to adopt a child brings its own pains and disappointments. Zuma, independent and financially secure, is plagued by regrets about an abortion in her past and, with her biological clock ticking, resolves to become a mother through artificial insemination. Faye, a widow and single mother trying her best to provide for her family, struggles to control a wild daughter on the brink of womanhood. For Sandy, motherhood is an unwelcome burden, and she blatantly mistreats her children — until a crisis leads her to make a mother’s ultimate sacrifice.

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Click for more detail about Blind Ambitions: A Novel by Lolita Files Blind Ambitions: A Novel

by Lolita Files
Simon & Schuster (Aug 14, 2001)
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From the author of Scenes from a Sistah and Getting to the Good Part, a provocative, dynamic story about making it big in the city of desire
Hollywood. The place people go to fulfill their dreams. But its reality is a cruel one: Opportunities are few and the competition ruthless. Innocent hearts can suddenly turn dark, and the most loyal of friends can become bitter enemies. Desi, Sharon, and Bettina are three black women struggling to make names for themselves amid the glitz, glamour, and deception. Before each woman can be swept away by the intrigue and intensity of the entertainment industry, they must answer to the desperate calls from the ghosts of their pasts. But if they do, will the shadows of infidelity, abandonment, and murder destroy everything they’ve worked for?


Click for more detail about Blood Colony: A Novel by Tananarive Due Blood Colony: A Novel

by Tananarive Due
Washington Square Press (Jul 07, 2009)
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From the acclaimed author of The Living Blood, comes an imaginative and enthralling tale about an ancient group of African immortals facing one of the most challenging issues of our time: the AIDS/HIV pandemic. Now in paperback.

In this sequel to her Essence bestsellers, The Living Blood and My Soul to Keep, fan-favorite Tananarive Due introduces readers to a new drug: Glow. Said to heal almost any illness, Glow gets its power from the blood of immortals, and it’s up to the Blood Colony, a small but powerful group of immortals, to keep the supplies coming so that AIDS and other diseases will be wiped out. Meet Fana Wolde, seventeen years old, the only immortal born with the Living Blood. She can read minds and her injuries heal immediately. When her best friend, a mortal, is imprisoned by Fana’s family, Fana helps her escape and together they run away from Fana’s protected home in Washington State to join the Underground Railroad of Glow peddlers. But Fana has more than her parents to worry about: Glow peddlers are being murdered by a violent, hundredyear- old sect with ties to the Vatican. Now, when Fana is most vulnerable, she is being hunted to fulfill an ancient blood prophecy that could lead to countless deaths. While her people search for Fana and race to unravel the unknown sect’s mysterious origins, Fana must learn to confront the deadly forces—or she and everyone she loves will die.


Click for more detail about Blood Sweat & Payback by Wahida Clark Blood Sweat & Payback

by Wahida Clark
Cash Money Content (Apr 22, 2014)
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From New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark, comes the highly anticipated final installment in the Queen’s unmatched Payback series.

Someone wants every member of the consortium dead and they’ll stop at nothing to make that happen. Meanwhile, Shan has transformed back into Redbone and has taken the name to a whole new level. Nick suspects Shan is still in love with Briggen even though she is with him. Janay has turned over a new lease on life but her ties to Crystal are always a challenge.

Everyone is gunning for Dark and with The List in the hands of Cisco’s wife, Joy, Dark’s chances of taking over Detroit are threatened more than ever before. Everyone is fueled by fire and seeking BLOOD, SWEAT AND PAYBACK.


Click for more detail about Blow by K’wan and 50 Cent Blow

by K’wan and 50 Cent
Gallery Books/G-Unit (Jul 12, 2007)
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NO GOING BACK

Prince, Killa-E, Daddy-O, and Danny grew up together in the projects, moving crack and cocaine, and answering to Diego, the neighborhood drug lord. They were small-timers playing for low stakes - until Prince is introduced to a heroin connect. Overnight they go from soldiers to bosses, and their crew is held together by loyalty and love. But taking the reins of power comes at a high price. Now, with Diego at their back and a traitor in their midst, they find themselves between a kilo and a hard place, ready to spill blood to stay on top.


Click for more detail about Blue Blood (Ivy League Mysteries) by Pamela Thomas-Graham Blue Blood (Ivy League Mysteries)

by Pamela Thomas-Graham
Simon & Schuster (May 05, 1999)
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Murder returns to the Ivy League in this second book in Pamela Thomas-Graham’s critically acclaimed Ivy League Mystery series. Set at Yale, yet once again featuring Harvard Professor Nikki Chase as heroine and sleuth, Blue Blood is sure to please both the fans and reviewers ("…carefully crafted"; "…a fast and funny whodunit", "…a witty, sexy mystery") who discovered the delights of Ms. Thomas-Graham’s previous novel, A Darker Shade of Crimson. This time out, Nikki Chase gets a call for help from an old friend who has become a Dean at Yale University and may be in line for the presidency. When she responds to his plea, she finds more than she bargained for, as she encounters a brutal murder and explosive racial conflict lurking behind that esteemed institution’s ivy-covered stone walls. When the body of blond, blue-eyed Amanda Fox, a controversial Yale Law School Professor, is discovered on a deserted street in black inner-city New Haven with multiple stab wounds — and a missing left hand — thirty-year-old Harvard Economics Professor Nikki Chase rushes to the campus to comfort the dead woman’s husband, her old friend and mentor Gary Fox. But when he becomes a suspect in the murder, Nikki finds herself turning detective again. When the police arrest and charge Marcellus Tyler, a black Yale sophomore and football star, who was the last person to have seen Amanda alive, Nikki resists the temptation to relax her investigation of the murder. She recognizes the possibilities of Tyler’s guilt — he does admit to an attraction to the murdered professor — but she also suspects a rush to judgment on the part of the New Haven police. Further complicating the scenario is the reaction Tyler’s arrest draws from the city’s black community, as the Reverend Leroy Saunders, a local black minister, seizes the opportunity to gain the spotlight. Soon all of New Haven becomes polarized along racial lines. Moving among professors, student leaders, blue-blooded alumni and black activists, Nikki is drawn into a web of adultery, greed, and racial strife in the Gothic dormitories of Yale and the mean streets of New Haven. It takes the full complement of her trademark tenacity — along with some help from her friends back at Harvard — to uncover the deadly secrets hidden behind Yale’s ivied faade.


Click for more detail about Bone To Pick: Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation, And Revenge by Ellis Cose Bone To Pick: Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation, And Revenge

by Ellis Cose
Washington Square Press (Feb 01, 2005)
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In a world riven by conflict, reconciliation is not always possible — but it offers one of the few paths to peace for a troubled nation or a troubled soul. In Bone to Pick, bestselling author and Newsweek editor Ellis Cose offers a provocative and wide-ranging discussion of the power of reconciliation, the efficacy of revenge, and the possibility of forgiveness.
People increasingly are searching for ways to put the demons of the past to rest. That search has led parents to seek out the murderers of their children and torture victims to confront their former tormentors. In a narrative drawing on the personal and dramatic stories of people from Texas to East Timor, Cose explores the limits and the promise of those encounters.
Bone to Pick is not only the story of victims who have found peace through confronting the source of their pain; it is also a profound meditation on how the past shapes the present, and how history’s wounds, left unattended, can fester for generations. Time does not heal all, Cose points out. Memories and anger can linger long beyond a human lifespan. The descendants of Holocaust survivors and African slaves alike feel the effects of their forebears’ pain — and in some cases are still demanding restitution.
What is behind the movement for reparations? Why are truth-and-reconciliation commissions sprouting all over the world? Why are old wars being refought and old wounds being reopened? In Bone to Pick, Ellis Cose provides a moving and nuanced guide to such questions as he points the way toward a more harmonious world.


Click for more detail about Boss Lady: A Novel by Omar Tyree Boss Lady: A Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Jun 02, 2006)
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Tracy Ellison, the star of Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl and For the Love of Money, returns in this bestselling novel, Boss Lady. Everybody’s favorite flyy girl is a little bit older, a whole lot wiser, and just as sassy as ever. After a series of triumphs in the world of letters and acting, Tracy takes on the dazzling world of Hollywood’s A-list players to film a project close to her heart.

Told from the point of view of Tracy’s cousin and personal assistant, Vanessa, Boss Lady chronicles the trials and tribulations of adapting the story of Tracy Ellison’s life. In this novel, Flyy Girl is becoming a major motion picture and Tracy is prepared to do anything and everything to tell her story and to make sure it’s done right, from screenwriting to producing to designing. In the meantime, she’s also juggling the highs and lows of her famously turbulent love life. Is it better to remain single and committed to her career? Or is she ready to take the plunge and embrace the married-with-children life?

Written with Omar Tyree’s irresistible urban style, Boss Lady finds the author’s best-loved character at the top of her game, thoroughly in charge, and taking life strictly on her own terms.


Click for more detail about Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder by Herschel Walker Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder

by Herschel Walker
Touchstone (Apr 14, 2008)
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In Breaking Free, Herschel tells his story — from the joys and hardships of childhood to his explosive impact on college football to his remarkable professional career. And he gives voice and hope to those suffering from DID. Herschel shows how this disorder played an integral role in his accomplishments and how he has learned to live with it today. His compelling account testifies to the strength of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any challenge.

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Click for more detail about Breaking the Chains by David Katz Breaking the Chains

by David Katz
Atheneum (Sep 30, 1990)
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A new perspective on an importnt era of American history is presented in this enlightening book which focuses on the heroism of slaves prior to and during the Civil War. 65 prints and black-and-white photographs illustrate an informative book that forcefully shows the slaves’ striving toward freedom.


Click for more detail about Breaking the Cycle by Zane Breaking the Cycle

by Zane
Strebor Books (Mar 29, 2005)
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An eagerly awaited collection of stories dealing with domestic abuse, edited by the New York Times bestselling author Zane.

Breaking the Cycle is a stunning and moving anthology of stories, each of which focuses on an aspect of domestic abuse. This powerful collection is sure to serve as a wake-up call for people either dealing with a domestic abuse situation, or those watching someone else endure it.

In the title story, Zane describes the turmoil that a young girl suffers at the hands of her stepfather. The girl and her mother plan their escape, but at the last minute the mother falters. In D.V. Bernard’s "The Lonely Echoes of My Youth," readers are introduced to a young boy raising himself on the fringes of a drug-infested neigborhood. Nane Quartay’s provocative story, "The Grindstone," describes a boy who witnesses a brutal murder which will have far-reaching effects on him and his family. Tracy Price-Thompson weaves a powerful tale in "The Stranger" when a woman constantly abused by her husband finds inner strength after a brutal attack. Collen Dixon’s "The Break of Dawn" will keep readers deep in thought long after they finish reading her story about a young desperate mother terrifed that her own daughter will grow up and become victimized herself. Dywane D. Birch’s "Victory Begins With Me" reflects how one woman has to struggle to get her life back to normal. Shonda Cheekes’ "Silent Suffering" flips the script when a man finds himself abused by the female in his life. Newcomer J.L. Woodson’s "God Does Answer Prayers" deals with a young boy fighting for his life in a hospital bed, put there by one of the people who is supposed to love him the most: a parent.

These stories capture the dangerous realities of domestic abuse, while also pointing toward the steps that need to be taken to break the cycle that perpetuates it. It is sure to serve as a rallying cry for all those who desire victory over their own victimization, and a guide for understanding the complex undercurrents that make such patterns possible.


Click for more detail about Breathing Room by Patricia Elam Breathing Room

by Patricia Elam
Washington Square Press (Jan 01, 2002)
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In her dazzling debut novel, award-winning author Patricia Elam takes us into the lives of two completely different women whose friendship has helped them weather just about everything. But now they’re at a crossroads where understanding may not be enough — a place where they must risk it all to rediscover what they cherish most.
Photographer Norma Simmons-Greer has a loving husband, a lively young son, and an upper-middle-class lifestyle. Probation officer Moxie Dilliard is as dedicated to her ideals as she is to her talented teenage daughter, Zadi. Best friends after meeting in college, Norma and Moxie are each other’s reality check and reassurance.
But suddenly the bond between them begins to unravel in unexpected ways. Anguished over the loss of her second child and her husband’s recent withdrawal, Norma takes refuge in a complex love affair that puts her at odds with Moxie — and with herself. Haunted by her beloved mother’s inspiring yet disturbing emotional legacy, Moxie struggles to understand her friend, while her own refusal to compromise threatens to shatter her relationship with Zadi. And a devastating crisis will challenge both women to face the hardest of truths.
With insight, humor, and heartbreaking immediacy, Patricia Elam presents a beautifully written portrait of two unforgettable women, and the teenager they both cherish, as they negotiate the ever-shifting terrain of friendship and identity. A wise, tender novel of what love can and cannot survive, Breathing Room is also an exploration of how the past can at once inspire and limit us, and of the pain — and promise — that accompany us on the journey we all share.


Click for more detail about Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?: A Memoir by George Clinton Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?: A Memoir

by George Clinton
Atria Books (Sep 29, 2015)
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In this seminal music memoir, Father of Funk George Clinton talks four decades of hit songs, drug abuse, the evolution of pop, rock, and soul music, his legal pitfalls, and much much more.

George Clinton began his musical career in New Jersey, where his obsession with doo-wop and R&B led to a barbershop quartet—literally, as Clinton and his friends also styled hair in the local shop—the way kids often got their musical start in the ’50s. But how many kids like that ended up playing to tens of thousands of rabid fans alongside a diaper-clad guitarist? How many of them commissioned a spaceship and landed it onstage during concerts? How many put their stamp on four decades of pop music, from the mind-expanding sixties to the hip-hop-dominated nineties and beyond?

One of them. That’s how many.

How George Clinton got from barbershop quartet to funk music megastar is a story for the ages. As a high school student he traveled to New York City, where he absorbed all the trends in pop music, from traditional rhythm and blues to Motown, the Beatles, the Stones, and psychedelic rock, not to mention the formative funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. By the dawn of the seventies, he had emerged as the leader of a wildly creative musical movement composed mainly of two bands—Parliament and Funkadelic. And by the bicentennial, Clinton and his P-Funk empire were dominating the soul charts as well as the pop charts. He was an artistic visionary, visual icon, merry prankster, absurdist philosopher, and savvy businessmen, all rolled into one. He was like no one else in pop music, before or since.

“Candid, hilarious, outrageous, [and] poignant” (Booklist), this memoir provides tremendous insight into America’s music industry as forever changed by Clinton’s massive talent. This is a story of a beloved global icon who dedicated himself to spreading the gospel of funk music.


Click for more detail about Brown Sugar 2: Great One Night Stands - A Collection Of Erotic Black Fiction by Carol Taylor Brown Sugar 2: Great One Night Stands - A Collection Of Erotic Black Fiction

by Carol Taylor
Washington Square Press (Jan 01, 2003)
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IF THE FIST BROWN SUGAR LEFT YOU WANTING MORE, THEN FEAST YOUR SENSES ON BROWN SUGAR 2 AS 18 BESTSELLING BLACK WRITERS CELEBRATE A GREAT ONE-NIGHT-STAND
Brown Sugar
The first, bestselling Brown Sugar anthology was a literary and commercial success, winning the Gold Pen Award for Best Short Story Collection. Brown Sugar 2 brings you more smart, sexy, and original stories written by bestselling black writers you know and love writing about characters you’ll recognize in places you’ll know. These stories set the stage for seduction with a distinctly new flavor, and they are as insightful as they are sexy. Here are the real souls of black folk, and each story will take you there in more ways than one. Just be careful — you might get more than your mind blown. Sexy and stimulating, playful and romantic, seductive and inspiring, Brown Sugar 2 is a must-have collection for every lover, as well as every lover of good fiction.
TANANARIVE DUE ZANE NELSON GEORGE JENOYNE ADAMS SHAY YOUNGBLOOD SANDRA KITT BERNICE McFADDEN TIMMOTHY B. McCANN YOLANDA JOE MICHAEL A. GONZALES PRESTON L. ALLEN LEONE ROSS SHAWNE JOHNSON REGINALD HARRIS KATHLEEN E. MORRIS WILLIE PERDOMO NICOLE BAILEY-WILLIAMS REBECCA CARROLL


Click for more detail about Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract by Carol Taylor Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract

by Carol Taylor
Washington Square Press (Jan 06, 2004)
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An instant attraction, a lingering look, the electric touch of skin on skin, moments of passion that are unforgettable….if the first two Brown Sugar collections left you wanting more, then slip into Brown Sugar 3, as 19 of today’s top writers reveal what happens when opposites attract.
The first Brown Sugar anthology and its follow-up, Brown Sugar 2, were literary and commercial successes. Brown Sugar won the Gold Pen Award for Best Short Story Collection. Now Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract brings you more original stories about desire — be it impulsive, forbidden, or simply unexpected. As insightful as they are sexy, these selections range from subtly romantic to raw and raunchy, from conventional to seriously kinky. You’ll satisfy your taste for brown sugar in this deliciously naughty collection.


Click for more detail about Brown Sugar 4 by Carol Taylor Brown Sugar 4

by Carol Taylor
Washington Square Press (Feb 01, 2005)
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Continuing in the bestselling Brown Sugar tradition, this fourth installment brings together the finest award-winning and critically celebrated up-and-coming African-American writers contributing sexy, scintillating, never-before-published short stories.

Silk sheets...jazz playing softly in the background. The many moods of Eros are explored in this rich and diverse array of black erotica, written especially for this Plume collection.

Brown Sugar brings together some of the most acclaimed voices in today's black literary world—Sapphire, Natasha Tarpley, Reginald Harris, and Pamela Sneed, among them. These titillating stories cover the full spectrum of black experience and identity as they reveal sexuality and sensuality in all their varied and exotic forms. From the subtle to the graphic, Brown Sugar embraces the ardor and passion of black love and lust, and will appeal to both men and women. Featuring both well-established authors and promising new writers, this one-of-a-kind collection represents the past, present, and future of black literature at its pleasurable and outrageous best.

Contains the short story “My Brother’s Wife” by asha bandele


Click for more detail about Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon Camo Girl

by Kekla Magoon
Aladdin (Jan 04, 2011)
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Set in a suburb of Las Vegas, Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been “the weird kid” in their class. He collects stubby pencils, plays chess, and maintains an elaborate

and public

fantasy life, starring himself as a brave knight. Z’s games were okay back in 3rd or 4th grade, but by now their other friends have ditched them both. Z doesn’t care, but Ella longs to be part of a group of friends, even though most of the class makes fun of her. Ella’s mother is black and her father (now deceased) was white, and she’s the only black girl in their sixth grade class. When a new boy, Bailey, moves to town, he befriends Ella, because they are now the only two black kids in class. But Bailey is popular

popular enough to make Ella cool and give her a wider circle of friends

but only if she stops hanging out with Z. Ella’s faced with a difficult decision

remain loyal to the boy who has been her best and only friend for years, or pass up the opportunity to be one of the popular kids that she has always longed to be.


Click for more detail about Can I Get a Witness? by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Can I Get a Witness?

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 15, 2008)
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The irony of a divorce-court judge getting divorced herself is not lost on Vanessa Colton-Kirk. After all, she’s seen everything in her notorious Houston courtroom, where she’s presided over the breakup of countless unhappy and disillusioned couples. Even her own sister, Dionne, is dealing with a relationship drama of her own, a betrayal that’s left Dionne hungry for revenge on the man she hoped to marry. But when career-driven Vanessa chooses to work late on the night of her fifth wedding anniversary, her husband, Thomas, decides he’s had enough of her putting work before starting the family he so desperately wants — and he tells her he wants out.

In a last-ditch effort to save the marriage, their own judge orders Vanessa and Thomas to attend a spiritual retreat. She goes — but not without a fight. And just when she thinks she’s won, fate steps in and helps her see things in a whole new light. Now Vanessa and her sister face the toughest choices of their lives. Can Dionne untangle herself from a payback plan gone horribly wrong? Can Vanessa rebuild a bond that she had a big part in destroying? Will she learn from her own mistakes and her years of experience on the bench? Or will she need something else to keep a tide of bitterness from taking over her life?


Click for more detail about Caramel Flava: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Zane Caramel Flava: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology

by Zane
Atria Books (Aug 22, 2006)
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Zane, the queen of erotic fiction and publisher of Strebor Books, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, presents the second in a series of collections of great erotic fiction. Based on the Featured Erotica section of her website, Eroticanoir.com, which gets more than three million hits a year from around the world, these sensual tales, handpicked by Zane, are sure to please her fans.

These stories are written specifically with both African-American and Latino readers in mind, but they are for all people because as Zane always states: "Sensuality is universal." Among the contributors are names already familiar to readers of erotica, such as Tracee A. Hanna, Teresa Lamai, Michelle De Leon, Naleighna Kai, William Fredrick Cooper, and, of course, Zane — as well as emerging voices, such as Pat Tucker, James W. Lewis, and Nikki Sinclair.

Zane always selects stories that turn her on, and she guarantees they will turn you on, also. These storytellers take risks. The stories are unique and creative. The contributors to this book are great at what they do — making readers hot.

A todos los amantes del mundo.
No importa el color de su piel, la pasin es universal.
To all the lovers in the world.
No matter what your skin color, passion is universal.


Click for more detail about Carol Of The Brown King: Nativity Poems by Langston Hughes Carol Of The Brown King: Nativity Poems

by Langston Hughes
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Oct 01, 1998)
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The wonder of Christmas never ceases. Each year the holiday comes and its story seems fresh and new. The ways of telling about the very first Christmas are as many and as varied as the stars in the sky. And so it was for Langston Hughes, who recounted those long-ago events in six different ways — in live poems he wrote and in one he translated from the Spanish.
In this memorable book, these six poems are simply and movingly illustrated by Ashley Bryan. That Christmas is for everyone — young and old, black and white, rich and poor — has never been more clearly shown. Though African American children — and adults — will find the book a special one for them, everyone who takes time to enjoy the book will come away with a new understanding of the holiday.
Ashley Bryan has long been known for his interest in and illustration of African American spirituals and poetry. Here he puts his gifts of illustration to work in a way that seems to reflect his dedication to both.


Click for more detail about Carousel by Pat Cummings Carousel

by Pat Cummings
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Apr 01, 1994)
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Despite all the preparations for her party and her father’s gift of a beautiful carousel, Alex is disappointed when her father does not get home in time for her birthday, in a beautifully illustrated, perceptive story about a child’s feelings.


Click for more detail about Casanegra by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes Casanegra

by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes
Atria Books (Jun 19, 2007)
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Casanegra follows the adventures of Tennyson Hardwick, a gorgeous, sexy former actor and gigolo living on the fringes of the good life in Hollywood. This story combines the glamour of Hollywood with the seedy hopelessness of the inner city. In this hot and steamy mystery, Tennyson is an actor struggling to hang on to his career and redeem his sex-for-pay history that estranged him from his family—especially his father, a decorated LAPD captain who raised Tennyson to call him "Sir." Now, in the wake of his father’s sudden stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking the fall for a murder. In the process he discovers his hidden talents—the hard way. Blair Underwood, a Golden Globe-nominated actor and the author of Before I Got Here, joins bestselling novelists Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes to create a cool, irresistible character in Tennyson Hardwick, and this gritty, provocative mystery will keep readers craving more.

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Click for more detail about Caught in a Rundown by Lisa Saxton Caught in a Rundown

by Lisa Saxton
Scribner (Aug 05, 1997)
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An unlikely couple of sleuths—the beautiful, black, spoiled Jewel Averick and her insecure white friend, Dee Sweet—team up to locate the legendary Two-Mile McLemore, a baseball star from the Negro Leagues. A first novel. 10,000 first printing."

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Click for more detail about Caught Up in the Rapture: A Novel by Sheneska Jackson Caught Up in the Rapture: A Novel

by Sheneska Jackson
Simon & Schuster (Jun 04, 1997)
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THE #1 BLACKBOARD BESTSELLER
Meet Jazmine Deems: she’s twenty-six, steppin’ out from under her overprotective preacher father, and determined to escape the streets of South Central and realize her dream of making it in the music business.
Meet X-Man: he’s embroiled in the violence of the streets, and seems destined for a life spent hangin’ with his homies — until his talent as a tapper attracts the attention of a big-lime record producer.
Fate brings Jazmine and X-Man together as promising young stars for the same record company. They thrive on the excitement of their new careers and passionate love, until a power-hungry executive pits them against each other, jeopardizing both their musical careers and romantic future. Follow Jazmine and X-man as they discover that with the right mix of love and determination, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.


Click for more detail about Cendrillon : A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci Cendrillon : A Caribbean Cinderella

by Robert D. San Souci
Aladdin (Jan 01, 2002)
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You may think you know this story I am going to tell you, but you have not heard it for true. I was there. So I will tell you the truth of it. Here. Now.


Click for more detail about Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit  by Kadir Nelson Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit

by Kadir Nelson
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Jan 13, 2009)
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The black and white images throughout are personal reflections, uniquely felt and rendered by award winning artist Kadir Nelson. They are accompanied by the uplifting words of Barack Obama and commemorate the movement and the moment that have changed our history. It's a celebration of the power of inspiration. It's a celebration of how far we have come and how determined we are to look ahead. It's a celebration of pride, hope and joy personally felt and publically shared.

Most of all it's a celebration of the 44th president - a new president and a new chapter in the American story.


Click for more detail about Chaser: A Novel by Miasha Chaser: A Novel

by Miasha
Touchstone (Jul 07, 2009)
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From the bestselling author of Never Enough, a novel about two young lovers who will stop at nothing to succeed. Chaser is set in the gritty, urban world of “wreck-chasing,” where even ex-cons can earn doctors’ salaries, as long as they have a truck, a police scanner, and the heart of a lion.

Distraught after her boyfriend dumps her over her cell phone, Leah crashes her car and ends up in the hospital. The car is towed by M.P., the head of the Five Brothers’ Towing Co., the largest towing business in Philadelphia. She soon meets his son, Nasir—he’s nowhere near as ambitious as his father but Leah knows that with the right guidance and the right woman he can be so much more. They quickly become lovers and soon business partners. She helps him discover his inner hustler and he shows her the way to independence. Together they work every angle and scheme of the wreck-chasing business, regardless of the law, until they find themselves at the top. But they’ve angered many on their way up and there are many who want to see them fall. Hard. As they say, be careful what you wish for… Smart, steamy, and filled with jaw-dropping plot twists, Chaser is exactly what Miasha’s legions of fans have been waiting for.


Click for more detail about Child of God: A Novel by Lolita Files Child of God: A Novel

by Lolita Files
Simon & Schuster (Sep 04, 2002)
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In this searing novel, bestselling author Lolita Files tells the tale of a Southern family torn apart by the secrets it struggles to keep.
Everybody knows everybody else’s business in Downtown, Tennessee. Neighbors while away afternoons at the local bar, swapping rumors about voodoo, incest, and illegitimate children. Usually they’re gossiping about the Botens.
In this epic saga, Lolita Files unveils the hidden lives of three generations of the Boten clan, a family as cursed by fate as they are blessed with hope. There’s Grandma Amalie, who’s willing to sacrifice everything for her son; there’s Grace, who manages to conceal the identity of her child’s father for more than twenty years; there’s Aunt Sukie, whose strange power over her husband, Walter, is matched only by the strength of her dark magic; and, finally, there’s Lay, whose secret betrayals will set the Boten clan in motion, sending its members on a quest for self-discovery that will lead them from one end of the world to the other.


Click for more detail about Chocolate Flava: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Zane Chocolate Flava: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology

by Zane
Atria Books (Jan 06, 2004)
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As a bestselling author and successful publisher of Strebor Books, Zane’s name is synonymous with popular fiction — especially erotica. Her website, Eroticanoir.com, gets over a million hits a year from around the world, and her fans look forward to every one of her publishing ventures with eager anticipation.
Chocolate Flava is the first in a series of collections of great erotic fiction edited by Zane, the reigning queen of erotica. Based on the Featured Erotica section of her website, Chocolate Flava gathers twenty-five sizzling tales from some of the most talented — and dedicated — writers of erotica working today.
This is a his-and-her collection. There are stories specifically written with female readers in mind, and others written expressly for men. Among the contributors are names already familiar to readers of erotica, such as Reginald Harris, Robert Edison Sandiford, Jonathan Luckett and, of course, Zane — as well as emerging voices, such as Geneva Barnes and Robert Scott Adams. What they all have in common is that they are great at what they do, and have been handpicked by Zane — an editor who knows a hot story when she sees it.
Zane wanted stories "that took risks, that explored unique situations, that were creative beyond compare." She wanted to show that men and women can equally express themselves through the medium of erotic fiction. She wanted stories that would turn her on. This collection of selected sexy short stories will turn you on, too.


Click for more detail about Citizens Creek: A Novel by Lalita Tademy Citizens Creek: A Novel

by Lalita Tademy
Atria Books (Nov 04, 2014)
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Winner BCALA Literary Fiction Book Award

“Lalita Tademy has done it again—Citizen's Creek is a deep, touching novel of great historical import and lyrical beauty. At the heart of this book is a headstrong family living both as free blacks as well as Muscogee-speaking Creek. We learn the history of a people: one in constant battle to protect both their lands and freedoms, their loves and loved ones--and ultimately, the quest for their inheritance and birthright as Americans—in the greatest, truest sense of the word.”—ZZ Packer

The New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club Pick Cane River brings us the evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage.Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. His talent earned him money—but would it also grant him freedom? And what would become of him and his family in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Indian Removal westward?

Cow Tom’s legacy lives on—especially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose. She rises to leadership of the family as they struggle against political and societal hostility intent on keeping blacks and Indians oppressed. But through it all, her grandfather’s indelible mark of courage inspires her—in mind, in spirit, and in a family legacy that never dies.

Written in two parts portraying the parallel lives of Cow Tom and Rose, Citizens Creek is a beautifully rendered novel that takes the reader deep into a little-known chapter of American history. It is a breathtaking tale of identity, community, family—and above all, the power of an individual’s will to make a difference.


Click for more detail about Civil Wars by June Jordan Civil Wars

by June Jordan
Touchstone (Sep 01, 1995)
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In Civil Wars, June Jordan’s battleground is the intersection of private and public reality, which she explores through a blending of personal reflection and political analysis. From journal entries on the line between poetry and politics and a discussion of language and power in "White" versus "Black" English to First Amendment issues, children’s rights, Black studies, American violence, and sexuality, Jordan documents the very personal ways in which she meshes with the social issues of modern-day life in this country.


Click for more detail about Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon! by Pat Cummings Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!

by Pat Cummings
Aladdin (Jan 01, 1994)
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Harvey Moon’s room is a mess! Clothes are everywhere, sticky comic books are shoved under his desk, and there’s a cookie under his bed that’s so old it’s turned gray and fuzzy. What a disaster!
There won’t be any cartoons until his room is absolutely spotless. But just when Harvey thinks he’s finally done, he discovers that his idea of clean is not the same as his mother’s!


Click for more detail about Close Quarters: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Shamara Ray Close Quarters: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Shamara Ray
Strebor Books (Dec 04, 2012)
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Can men and women live together as friends or are sparks destined to fly? When the tension begins to melt into temptation in this novel, it threatens to destroy the relationships of friends and lovers.

Three years ago, when Melina Bradford moved into her brownstone apartment in Brooklyn, she didn’t anticipate living with anyone—certainly not a man like Malik Denton. Sexist. Crass. Obnoxious. The roommates are a case of polar opposites. An attractive accountant with her own burgeoning firm, Melina’s reserved nature clashes with Malik’s carefree, single male lifestyle. After a year of living together, the roommates discover things about one another that would have been better left unsaid.

Recently engaged to one of the most successful African-American men in the country, Melina finds herself questioning what her future will be like. Though Ellison Harlow III can provide Melina with financial security, she wonders if he can sustain her emotionally. Malik eagerly provides Melina with the excitement she is missing in her life with Ellison.

With a wedding looming, the roommates ponder why they came into each other’s lives and whether they can live without one another. They can’t…and they won’t.


Click for more detail about Cold Blooded: A Hardcore Novel by Omar Tyree Cold Blooded: A Hardcore Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Aug 09, 2004)
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Omar Tyree -- writing as The Urban Griot -- delivers a thrilling novel about a jaded college girl who when scorned becomes more lethal than the hardened criminal with whom she falls in love. When Janeia Goode, a beautiful undergrad studying psychology at Chicago State University, meets Warren Hamilton, known as Molasses --or Moe for short -- she knows he is dangerous, and yet she finds him to be exciting, mysterious, and undeniably sexy. Janeia realizes that she is a good girl in love with a bad boy -- and she must keep his life as a hit man a secret, or else. Although Moe does reveal to Janeia his life as a paid killer, and she seems to accept it, his skill as a notorious womanizer proves to be his most dangerous habit. After an attempt on Moe’s life lands him in an emergency room, he begins to reconsider his many enemies, but he does not take into account the scorned women he has manipulated over the years, up to and including his current love, Janeia. Soon Moe and Janeia are locked in a deadly game ruled by pride, passion, and the desire for love, loyalty, and vengeance. Cold Blooded will thrill readers who are already hooked on Tyree’s racy tales of urban reality and romance.


Click for more detail about Columbia Station: A Novel by Lulabelle Columbia Station: A Novel

by Lulabelle
Strebor Books (Aug 23, 2020)
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After a multi-billion-dollar media merger, a group of network television staffers at Columbia Station are suddenly downsized leaving them to wonder, what happens next?
So what would you do if one day while you were typing away at your desk, you turned around and discovered your supervisor waiting for you to accompany him to human resources? That very scenario happens to television reporter Liz Reece at one of the most powerful network television stations in the world. Five minutes later, she finds herself doing the walk of shame and being escorted by a security guard, while carrying a box of her belongings out the ornate glass doors of Columbia Station.
It was only yesterday that Liz was interviewing high-profile celebrities and politicos, and now she s suddenly toting a pink slip and severance package in one hand and balancing a box of office tchotchkes in the other. Luckily, or unluckily, she isn t alone and she and her media colleagues struggle to survive this new post-Columbia Station life.
A witty celebration of workplace camaraderie, "Columbia Station" gives you a peek inside their hilarious professional environment and chronicles the employees journey through the difficult downsizing experience from the television network they loved, lived, and breathed, all while attempting to redirect their energies and create lives better than they ever imagined."


Click for more detail about Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics by Donna L. Brazile Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics

by Donna L. Brazile
Simon & Schuster (May 25, 2004)
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Cooking with Grease is a powerful, behind-the-scenes memoir of the life and times of a tenacious political organizer and the first African-American woman to head a major presidential campaign. Donna Brazile fought her first political fight at age nine — campaigning (successfully) for a city council candidate who promised a playground in her neighborhood. The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, she committed her heart and her future to political and social activism. By the 2000 presidential election, Brazile had become a major player in American political history — and she remains one of the most outspoken and forceful political activists of our day. Donna grew up one of nine children in a working-poor family in New Orleans, a place where talking politics comes as naturally as stirring a pot of seafood gumbo — and where the two often go hand in hand. Growing up, Donna learned how to cook from watching her mother, Jean, stir the pots in their family kitchen. She inherited her love of reading and politics from her grandmother Frances. Her brothers Teddy Man and Chet worked as foot soldiers in her early business schemes and voter registration efforts. Cooking with Grease follows Donna’s rise to greater and greater political and personal accomplishments: lobbying for student financial aide, organizing demonstrations to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday and working on the Jesse Jackson, Dick Gephardt, Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton presidential campaigns. But each new career success came with its own kind of heartache, especially in her greatest challenge: leading Al Gore’s 2000 campaign, making her the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign. Cooking with Grease is an intimate account of Donna’s thirty years in politics. Her stories of the leaders and activists who have helped shape America’s future are both inspiring and memorable. Donna’s witty style and innovative political strategies have garnered her the respect and admiration of colleagues and adversaries alike — she is as comfortable trading quips with J. C. Watts as she is with her Democratic colleagues. Her story is as warm and nourishing as a bowl of Brazile family gumbo.


Click for more detail about Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper Copper Sun

by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 2008)
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Copper Sun is the epic story of a young girl torn from her African village, sold into slavery, and stripped of everything she has ever known—except hope.


Click for more detail about Corruption Officer: From Jail Guard To Perpetrator Inside Rikers Island by Gary L. Heyward Corruption Officer: From Jail Guard To Perpetrator Inside Rikers Island

by Gary L. Heyward
Atria Books (Mar 31, 2015)
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In this shocking memoir from a former corrections officer, Gary Heyward shares an eye-opening, gritty, and devastating account of his descent into criminal life, smuggling contraband inside the infamous Rikers Island jails.

Gary Heyward’s life changed forever when he received a letter from the New York City Department of Corrections announcing he was accepted into the academy for new recruits. For the Harlem-born ex-Marine, being an officer of the law was the ticket he’d been waiting for to move up from a low-wage security job and out of the Polo Ground Projects in New York City—and take his mother with him.

Heyward was warned of the temptations he’d encounter as a new officer, but when faced with financial hardship, he suddenly found himself unable to resist the income generated from selling contraband to inmates. In his distinctive voice, Heyward takes you on a journey inside the walls of Rikers Island, showing how he teamed up with various inmates and other officers to develop a system that allowed him to profit from selling drugs inside the jail.

Corruption Officer is a jarring expos of a man having lived on both sides of the law, a rare insider’s look at a corrupt city jail, and a testament to the lengths we’ll go when our backs are against the wall.


Click for more detail about Cosby: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker Cosby: His Life and Times

by Mark Whitaker
Gallery Books (Sep 16, 2014)
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The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy. Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian.

Published on the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby’s bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children’s TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby.

Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby’s controversial stands on race, as well as “the Cosby effect” that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosby’s work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, Cosby: His Life and Times is an essential read.


Click for more detail about Cougars: A Novel by Earl Sewell Cougars: A Novel

by Earl Sewell
Strebor Books (Feb 28, 2012)
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Now in mass market paperback—a forty-something woman, who only dates younger men, mixes romance with her pharmaceutical job when a handsome chemist joins her research team.

Jasmine Sallie is a forty-year-old chemist employed by a pharmaceutical company. She begins an erotic relationship with Travis Adams, a young, sexy, and brilliant chemist who joins her research team. Travis and Jasmine work together to manufacture a drug with the goal of heightening sexual pleasure for women. She and Travis manufacture a product, but the side effects cause disastrous medical problems and even death. Jasmine orders the project to be ceased and the research is shelved. However, Travis secretly continues to do research. Finally, he manufactures a good formula, but the side effects and potential risk for death are significant. Still Travis believes the benefits outweigh the hazards. He calls his new aphrodisiac Cougars.

Travis decides to sell Cougars on the black market. Several women who ingest the drug suddenly and inexplicably die, while others become gravely ill. An investigation starts and Travis is suddenly on the run. Now Jasmine must help authorities hunt Travis down as well as find an antidote for those ailing from the effects of the drug.


Click for more detail about Crackhead II: A Novel by Lisa Lennox Crackhead II: A Novel

by Lisa Lennox
Atria Books (Mar 20, 2012)
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In the follow-up to the bestselling urban novel Crackhead a new boss takes over the South Bronx as Laci and Dink try to make a life away from crime.

In Crackhead, the South Bronx Bitches,an infamous drug ring, promoted lies, betrayal, and disloyalty resulting in drama and death. Nobody’s lives were ever the same.

Dink and Laci are adjusting to life as college students at Boston University. But with Laci fighting the demons of her past addiction at the hands of the South Bronx Bitches, and Dink struggling to adapt to the legit life away from his former drug empire, will their pasts keep them from moving forward?

Smurf has taken over the South Bronx in Dink’s absence. When he joins up with the mysterious Dirty, who comes to town with a new product and plans to take over the state, can they avoid the reach of a detective hell bent on solving the mysterious deaths of Dame, Marco, and Crystal? Or will Smurf’s own strained relationship with his mother play a part in the demise of newly acquired empire?

Lisa Lennox delivers in this fast-paced, emotional sequel to her bestselling first novel, Crackhead. With an ending so unexpected, and revenge so cold, fans will be talking about this book for years to come.


Click for more detail about Crazy Love by Desiree Day Crazy Love

by Desiree Day
Simon & Schuster (Aug 01, 2006)
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This story about two best friends and too many lovers is totally outrageous…A bright new voice in African-American women’s fiction delivers a sexy, scandalous, scintillating read. Stacie Long thinks she’s God’s gift to men and she keeps a list of qualities (phat ride, freak in bed…) that she’s looking for in an ideal mate. But behind all her confidence she’s got a secret - one that even her best friend doesn’t know about. One that might just keep her forever searching for her perfect man. Tameeka Johnson is a successful businesswoman who owns one of Atlanta’s top wellness shops. But even with business booming, success in her bedroom is at an all-time low. Then, when she meets her black prince - a loving man who promises to treat her like gold - her insecurities about her sizeable body may just keep her from living the dream. Stacie and Tameeka are super tight, but their friendship is tested by sexy NBA players, baby mama drama and temptation like they’ve never known before. Because if there’s one thing these girls like better than each other, it’s men.


Click for more detail about Cruising by Desiree Day Cruising

by Desiree Day
Gallery Books (Sep 05, 2006)
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FROM THE AUTHOR OF CRAZY LOVE COMES AN OH-NO-YOU-DIDN’T NEW NOVEL ABOUT FOUR FRIENDS ON THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME — A CARIBBEAN CRUISE FULL OF SUN, FUN, AND MORE SEXY ESCAPADES THAN THEY EVER DREAMED OF!

At first all they have in common is yoga class. Then Blair, Lauren, Madison, and LaShawn start having dinner and drinks every week, and soon they’re as close as sisters. Or so they say. But each woman has a scandalous secret.

Redheaded beauty Blair thinks her husband’s sleeping around. People-pleasing Lauren’s marriage has become a no-sex zone. Sex-crazed Madison’s father has dropped a bomb that seriously rocks her foundation. And innocent LaShawn, an engaged kindergarten teacher, is planning her dream wedding but fantasizing about a student’s dad.

When the girls finally get real with each other, they decide to go on a two-week Caribbean cruise. The ship is full of single men. The object is 100 percent sexy fun. And everything that happens on the ship stays on the ship.


Click for more detail about Crystelle Mourning: A Novel by Eisa Nefertari Ulen Crystelle Mourning: A Novel

by Eisa Nefertari Ulen
Atria Books (Aug 01, 2006)
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With her well-employed fianc and a comfortable life in New York City, Crystelle has a life most young professionals would envy. She has come a long way from the rough Philadelphia neighborhood where she grew up. But she hasn’t left the past behind her. A ghost from her West Philly days continues to haunt her — the spirit of her high school sweetheart Jimmie, who she watched get gunned down one unforgettable night years ago. Emotionally distraught from her unsettling memories and the suspicion she may be pregnant, Crystelle goes back to her old neighborhood to reconnect with friends and family. There, with the help of Jimmie’s mother, a woman who Crystelle loves like family — and who makes a prison visit to the young man who murdered her son — Crystelle can finally come to grips with her past, realizing the power of forgiveness and the need to move on. A profound and intense story with deeply resonant depictions of urban African American life, Crystelle Mourning is a triumphant, lyrical beginning to a bright new talent in fiction.


Click for more detail about Daddy By Default (Zane Presents) by Pat Tucker Daddy By Default (Zane Presents)

by Pat Tucker
Strebor Books (Nov 09, 2010)
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Oh, what a tangled web…

Roxanne’s husband, Parker Redman, is shocked when he’s arrested for delinquent child support… especially since the devoted husband hasn’t fathered any children.

Who’s your daddy?

The Parkers’ best friends, James and Serena, are in the final stages of a bitter divorce. Just when James thinks his nightmare is over, he learns his daughter has a different daddy…

For the love of money…

Single mom Lachez Baker is a ghetto-fabulous mother of three who seems to have it all, thanks to money from her children’s fathers. But soon, her life of designer clothes, endless parties, and steady cash collides with the man who’s been the target of her carefully crafted paternity fraud. From author Pat Tucker comes a drama-filled tale of lies, schemes and consequences as these men discover the importance of knowing the paternity laws in your state.


Click for more detail about Daddy Long Stroke (Zane Presents) by Cairo Daddy Long Stroke (Zane Presents)

by Cairo
Strebor Books (Aug 03, 2010)
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Dramatic, bold and racy, Daddy Long Stroke uncovers the shocking and painful reality of some men’s belief systems about women and sex. Cairo offers readers a voyeuristic look into the mind of a womanizer who manipulates and seduces women by using what he’s got—good looks, chiseled physique, charisma, and sexual prowess—to get what he wants without remorse, or regret.

Sexy and thuggish, Alexander Maples, aka Daddy Long Stroke, is a womanizer. Arrogant and self-indulged, he is what every woman secretly craves in the bedroom—rough, rugged, and ravenous. And he is always happy to deliver.

Alexander knows no boundaries when it comes to pleasing a woman, leaving no area untouched, not even her heart—or her wallet. But love is the last thing on his mind. Getting paid, and whetting his sexual appetite are the only things that motivate this salacious gigolo. And any woman trying to claim him finds herself on the receiving end of heartache, tears, and drama.

Written in raw, graphic language, Daddy Long Stroke is a cautionary tale of one man’s insatiable thirst for sex and his quest to bed down as many women he possibly can—no matter the costs, and no matter who gets hurt in the process.


Click for more detail about Daddy Says by Ntozake Shange Daddy Says

by Ntozake Shange
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (Jan 01, 2003)
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"Do you really think she rides with us, Lucie? I mean, when we want to win so bad we can taste it in the back of our mouths and our throats go dry? Is Mama watchin’ over us when it’s our turn at the gate?"
Annie Sharon and Lucie-Marie, daughters of two African-American rodeo stars, have been raised by their loving but remote father, Tie-Down, since their mother, Twanda, was killed by an out-of-control horse. The girls feel their mother’s absence terribly, especially now that they are beginning to get older, but Tie-Down misses her too much to talk about her. Now Tie-Down has started dating Cassie, and the girls resent her intrusion into their lives. But after a close call at the rodeo, it is Cassie who finally brings this family together.


Click for more detail about Damaged Goods: A Novel by Roland S. Jefferson Damaged Goods: A Novel

by Roland S. Jefferson
Atria Books (Apr 19, 2005)
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Notorious Alonzo Crane had been dubbed "The Motion Picture Bank Robber" by the press because he modeled a bank robbery after a Steve McQueen movie he’d seen…except that he got caught. The authorities offered Crane a deal if he’d roll over on his accomplices but he refused — and got twenty-five years to life.

Ten years into his sentence, Crane is offered a chance to leave prison when a corrupt warden, in league with a prison gang, gives him a secret assignment. If Crane can pull it off, his prison record will be wiped clean. Now all he has to do is enlist the help of former cellmate Duffy, a small-time hustler with big-time ideas, and Trixie, Duffy’s gorgeous girlfriend with a cocaine habit and a nose for trouble. And if Crane can successfully mimic the plot of an action film he’s seen, this time he might stand a chance….


Click for more detail about Dangerous Dilemmas by Evelyn Palfrey Dangerous Dilemmas

by Evelyn Palfrey
Atria Books (Jun 01, 2001)
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"I’ll fix it for you. You don’t have to cry," said the tall man with the deep, Barry White kind of voice.
But Audrey Roberts wasn’t just crying about her flat tire. Her tears were for things that couldn’t be mended. After all, how do you fix the pain of finding your lawyer husband in bed with someone else? And how do you heal the wound of having your only son face trial for a murder he insists he didn’t commit?
Houston cop Kirk Maxwell might not have known the details of Audrey’s life, but he could recognize a person who had reached a breaking point. He had reached his own after the death of his wife. Now he’s responding to Audrey’s with a surge of protectiveness — and passion.
But Audrey soon finds that Maxwell’s affections have created a dangerous dilemma for both of them. Realizing that Maxwell was the arresting officer in her son’s case, Audrey must decide what is more important: fighting for her child…or her own heart.


Click for more detail about Dangerously In Love by Allison Hobbs Dangerously In Love

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (May 22, 2007)
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In Dangerously in Love, a stripper, a desperate housewife, and a sexually addicted husband take fatal attraction to a new level — and reveal the extreme risks of falling in love.

Chanell Lawson, aka Sensation, is a premiere exotic dancer who is sick and tired of sex industry. She finally is ready to exchange her pole-dancing routine for a more traditional life. When she meets her ideal catch, however, Chanelle begins to suspect he has a dark side and soon fears that the man of her dreams may be her worst nightmare.

After three years of marriage, Dayna Reynolds believes getting pregnant will revitalize her failing marriage. But an absent husband won’t help her chances. Feeling unattractive and unloved, a vulnerable Dayna easily succumbs to the advances of an enigmatic stranger.

Reed Reynolds seeks success by socializing with members of an elite society. His new associates would be shocked to learn his secret life — a life so sordid it jeopardizes his marriage, financial stability, and any chance of a successful career.

Author Alison Hobbs delicately intertwines three dynamic characters and storylines to create an irrevocably catastrophic chain of events. With sensual language and suspensful plot twists, Dangerously in Love will leave readers breathless.


Click for more detail about Dare by Abiola Abrams Dare

by Abiola Abrams
Gallery Books (Dec 11, 2007)
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Meet Maya Hope. Double-dipped in cocoa with brick-house curves, she’s a lover of jazz, a political poet, and a sociologist. Her best friend and roommate, Athena Jackson, is her opposite in every way — a petite ex-cheerleader who’s always blaring rap, grinding out rhymes, and ready to take the next man home. When Maya is forced to pinch-hit in an audition and bust Athena’s rhymes, she finds herself on an undercover escapade in the wild world of hip-hop as the raw, sexy, roughneck Jezebel. After striking a deal with her own personal devil, Maya sets off on the tempting roller-coaster ride of a lifetime — finding music, more fun than she’s ever had, and even a man or two…but not without consequences. Brimming with electric sensuality, Dare is an unforgettable, envelope-pushing odyssey of two gutsy women playing by their own rules.


Click for more detail about Dark Child: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Travis Hunter Dark Child: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Travis Hunter
Strebor Books (Jun 30, 2009)
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When poor babies wind up missing, no one seems to care.

Urban Brown is a white man who grew up in the dark recesses of the inner city where he was the victim of torment, abuse, abandonment, deception and murder. Urban overcame his horrid past to live a peaceful and prosperous existence in his upper-class community. He has everything a man could ask for: a career, which he loves; a sprawling estate and a drop-dead gorgeous fiance, Sierra. Then out of the blue, he receives a phone call that changes his life.

Jamillah is Urban’s sister, and unlike her brother, she wasn’t able to overcome the horrors of her past and turned to drugs to ease the pain. Life on the streets is hard enough, but once a baby comes along, she tries to sell him on the black market. Urban won’t hear any of it, and he and Sierra resolve to raise the child as their own. But upon further investigation, Urban realizes that his sister is involved in a dark and sinister scheme to steal black babies from poor girls in small, rural towns and sell them to the highest bidders. As Urban digs deeper and deeper into the kidnapping network, he gets dangerously close to the heart of the matter and is disgusted and disheartened by what he discovers.

Dark Child is a chilling story about the untold struggles of the disenfranchised that inspiringly illustrates how one man is not able to turn his back on the problems of his former community—even though he so desperately wants to leave that troubled place in his past forever.


Click for more detail about Dark Thirst by Omar Tyree, Donna Hill, Monica Jackson, Linda Addison and Kevin S. Brockenbrough Dark Thirst

by Omar Tyree, Donna Hill, Monica Jackson, Linda Addison and Kevin S. Brockenbrough
Gallery Books (Oct 05, 2004)
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A haunting anthology of vampire fiction—one that brings a colorful new dimension to one of the world’s most erotic and enduring myths. FEATURING STORIES FROM SOME OF TODAY’S MOST POPULAR AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS

OMAR TYREE writing as The Urban Griot The Old South falls prey to a handsome young vampire with a real taste for the ladies. Love at first bite never hurt so good.

ANGELA C. ALLEN The mafia is no match for the wicked charms of a beautiful young vampire once she’s let loose on the New York City streets.

MONICA JACKSON Can a pair of fangs help a sister burn more calories? A full-figured woman goes on a thirst-quenching search for the perfect low-carb diet.

LINDA ADDISON It’s a matter of life and the living dead for a half-vampire whose greatest wish is to save lives…and become human again.

DONNA HILL A sensuous vampire thirsts for something more…but can she find it without getting a dagger in her own heart?

KEVIN S. BROCKENBROUGH A vengeful vampire pushes one woman to the edge, unaware that her family secret gives her the power to fight back.


Click for more detail about Darkness Before Dawn (Hazelwood High Trilogy) by Sharon M. Draper Darkness Before Dawn (Hazelwood High Trilogy)

by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jul 23, 2013)
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Hope shines in the face of fear in this conclusion to Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy, now in trade paperback with a new cover.

In her senior year, things are finally looking a little brighter for Keisha. Still haunted by the suicide of her ex-boyfriend, Andy, she finds comfort in the attentions of the new track coach, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan Hathaway, the principal’s son. How can Keisha not be swept off her feet by a tall, dark, handsome “lemon drop wrapped in licorice” who treats her like a woman, not a girl?

But suddenly this intoxicating relationship takes a frightening turn, and Keisha is once again plunged into the darkness she’s fought so hard to escape. Will Keisha ever be able to find her way back into the light?


Click for more detail about Dating Games: A Novel by R.M. Johnson Dating Games: A Novel

by R.M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Sep 09, 2004)
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Though both gorgeous, the two Rodgers sisters couldn’t be more different. Hennesey, a brilliant straight-A student, is soon off to college on a full scholarship. She’s in a strong relationship with Rafe, a recently released convict who’s trying to turn his life around after being unjustly jailed. He took a drug rap for his old friend Smoke, who has since become the most ruthless drug dealer in Chicago. Rafe wants nothing more to do with his old friends — especially when he falls for Hennesey.
On the other hand, Aliz is perfectly comfortable relying on her undeniable sex appeal to get what she wants. When Livvy, the girls’ mother, announces that they have to move out of her apartment because she is getting a smaller place to save up money and go back to school, Aliz panics as she is in desperate need of some money of her own. She and her girlfriends come up with an outrageous plan to score some fast cash — persuading the men with fat pockets they meet at clubs to take the girls to a hotel and then drugging them and making off with their wallets and jewelry. Unfortunately for Aliz, one of their first victims is none other than Smoke, Rafe’s old buddy. Once robbed, he’s bent on revenge — and the violent chain of events that follow will change the Rodgers family forever.


Click for more detail about Daughter: A Novel by asha bandele Daughter: A Novel

by asha bandele
Scribner (Sep 16, 2003)
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The gifted author of the acclaimed memoir The Prisoner’s Wife delivers a deeply penetrating work — an emotionally shattering first novel that explores the perils of silence and illuminates the fragile complexity of the mother-daughter bond. On a winter night in Brooklyn, Aya Rivers, a vibrant nineteen-year-old black girl, is shot by a white police officer in a case of mistaken identity. Her mother, Miriam, a rigid and guarded woman, rushes to the hospital. As Miriam desperately waits at Aya’s bedside, she falls back into memories of her own youth, when her life took a series of tragic turns as she struggled for independence and dealt with the end of her relationship with Aya’s father. But as Miriam’s recollections of love and regret descend upon her, this woman who has spent nearly every day of her life in an emotional prison finds that her wounds slowly give way to healing and a tentative hopefulness. With the lyrical economy of poetry, asha bandele tells a powerful story that boldly confronts timely and troubling issues. Daughter is an unforgettable portrait of one extraordinary woman and her journey — from secrecy to openness, from the silence of isolation to the beauty of connection.

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Click for more detail about Deadly Stuff Players by Flo Anthony Deadly Stuff Players

by Flo Anthony
Strebor Books (Nov 19, 2013)
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From Hollywood’s hottest nightclubs to the boardrooms behind the scenes, the trendiest restaurants to the bedrooms of the biggest stars—it’s all here in a steamy murder mystery from the celebrity journalist who knows the entertainment world better than anyone.

Valerie, the most popular African-American gossip columnist in the United States, and NFL Hall of Famer Rome Nyland are the go-to team for solving Hollywood mysteries. When Andrea Dumas, wife of billionaire Victor Dumas, is found murdered in a sports bar, suspicions arise. Now someone is threating their son, jockey Vance Dumas.

Roshonda Rhodes, a former hooker rumored to have a sex tape with Vance, was allegedly seen fleeing the sports bar the night of the murder. Did she kill Andrea? Or did drug-addicted Jermonna Bradley do it? Valerie and Rome are hard on the case, determined to get to the bottom of it before the killer strikes again.

The woman who knows the entertainment world inside and out, celebrity journalist Flo Anthony has woven this wild tale with so many twists and turns you won’t be able to put it down.


Click for more detail about Dear Father: Breaking The Cycle Of Pain by J. Ivy Dear Father: Breaking The Cycle Of Pain

by J. Ivy
Atria Books (Jan 27, 2015)
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Hip-hop’s favorite poet and Grammy Awardwinning artist J. Ivy bares his soul in this inspirational memoir of pain transformed into healing and empowerment.

J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who’s bridged the worlds of hip-hop and poetry through his appearances on HBO’s Def Poetry and his collaborations with Kanye West and Jay-Z. But throughout his success, he carried with him the pain of being abandoned by his father and growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago’s South Side.

So he sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how—through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions.

Fused with his signature raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy’s memoir shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression.


Click for more detail about Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love

by Zane
Atria Books (Jun 17, 2008)
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Dear G-Spot is New York Times bestselling author Zane’s long-awaited guide to what she knows better than anyone else: love and sex.

Dear G-Spot includes real letters from real people, both women and men, who have sought Zane’s advice over the years — the preacher’s wife worrying about being judged, the virgin, the guy next door, the gay man next door, the woman with low self-esteem, and the other woman with a sex drive over the moon.

In her own uniquely can-did and humorous way, Zane answers all your questions — even questions you never thought to ask — about making whoopee.


Click for more detail about Dear White People by Justin Simien Dear White People

by Justin Simien
Atria / 37 Ink (Oct 28, 2014)
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Right out of college, Justin Simien wrote a screenplay about the nuanced experiences of four black students on a predominantly white college campus. The film, Dear White People, garnered a Sundance Award for “Breakthrough Talent” and has been hailed by critics everywhere. Channeling the sensibility of the film into this book, Simien will keep you laughing with his humorous observations, even if you haven’t seen the satiric film.

News Flash—the minimum number of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Rather than panic, readers are advised to purchase a copy of Dear White People. Whether you are a dear white person wondering why your black office mate is avoiding eye contact with you after you ran your fingers through her hair, or you’re a black nerd who has to break it to your white friends that you’ve never seen The Wire, this myth-busting, stereotype-diffusing guide to a post-Obama world has something for you!

With decision-making trees to help you decide when it’s the right time to wear Blackface (hint: probably never) and quizzes to determine whether you’ve become the Token Black Friend™, Dear White People is the ultimate silly-yet-authoritative handbook to help the curious and confused navigate racial microaggressions in their daily lives.

Based on the eponymous, award-winning film, which has been lauded as “a smart, hilarious satire,” this tongue-in-cheek guide is a must-have that anybody who is in semi-regular contact with black people can’t afford to miss!


Click for more detail about Death Before Dishonor by Nikki Turner Death Before Dishonor

by Nikki Turner
Gallery Books (Sep 24, 2013)
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ONE REASON TO LIVE. THREE WAYS TO DIE.

Trill Johnson has five years of jail time under his belt, two women trying to get inside his pants, and one mission: Get the suckers who sold him out. And get ’em good.

Sunni James will do anything for Trill. Lie, cheat, steal. Even risk losing her successful beauty salon to save him from the mean streets of Richmond.

Precious Pay will do anything for Trill, too. She cribbed his kid while he did his time; now she wants Trill to pay for the leg she lost in a robbery gone wrong.

But when love is a lie, who do you trust? When the deals turn dirty, who do you betray? And when the guns start blazing, who’s going down?


Click for more detail about Death Wish: A Story of the Mafia by Iceberg Slim Death Wish: A Story of the Mafia

by Iceberg Slim
Cash Money Content (Jan 01, 2013)
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This is the original mafia story that spawned all the rest, the story of Chicago’s ruthless and tireless mafia. The intensely real characters, the brutal overlords, their faithful lackeys and their vengeful enemies all collide in acts of loyalty, lust, greed and death. Iceberg Slim’s story is now depicted in a major motion picture distributed worldwide. Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp shows Slim’s transformation from pimp to the author of 7 classic books.

Power hungry Don, Jimmy Collucci, is out to become the kingpin of Chicago’s “Honored Society.” However his rise to the top can only be thwarted by one man fueled by revenge set out to destroy it, the “Black Warrior” Jessie Taylor. When ambitions collide, guns are drawn and blood is spilled. This is the original mafia story.


Click for more detail about Deja Vu (Zane Presents) by Suzetta Perkins Deja Vu (Zane Presents)

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (Aug 18, 2009)
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As the former mistress of a notorious crime boss, Angelica Barnes struggles to lead a normal life—but it seems that every avenue she takes is filled with pain, mayhem, and danger.

Angelica Barnes has been released from prison in Raleigh, North Carolina, having served a five-year sentence for being complicit in the illegal activities of her ex-boyfriend, Robert Santiago. She’s a convicted felon, and integrating back into society hasn’t been easy—that is, until she accepts an offer she can’t refuse and moves to New York City. But her hopeful dreams of a better life are shattered when she winds up having to fall back on her past life—pole dancing—to make ends meet. Unbeknownst to Angelica, Santiago is waiting in the shadows, choosing the right moment to reel her back into his grasp. Unable to defend herself, Angelica becomes a prisoner in his posh house in the Hamptons. However, the murders of Angelica’s ex-husband and his cousin have Santiago’s name written all over them, and she realizes she might be his next victim. With the help of a friend, Angelica executes a daring escape to be free of him forever. But will she ever really be free?

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Click for more detail about Derelict by Relentless Aaron and 50 Cent
Derelict

by Relentless Aaron and 50 Cent
Gallery Books (Jul 12, 2007)
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His Freedom Came with a Price.

Who’s gonna hire an ex-con? That’s just one question facing Jamel Ross after he is released from seven years in the Federal Pen. But that’s not his only problem. There’s a probation officer watching his every move. There are the women in his life, who all want a part of him - his girlfriends and one very sexy psychologist who worked overtime on Jamel in prison. Then there’s the payback plan he’s been dreaming of, getting revenge on those who put him away. It’s a fine line between winning and losing, and Jamel must decide if the world will forever see him as a derelict, or if he will rise above the past. But someone has an agenda of his own - and he’s ready to take Jamel down at any price.


Click for more detail about Destined by Patricia Haley Destined

by Patricia Haley
Gallery Books (Jun 29, 2010)
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Brother battles brother for ultimate control of their father’s multimillion-dollar ministry in the captivating second novel from #1 Essence bestselling author Patricia Haley’s provocative new series inspired by the biblical kings David and Solomon

Don Mitchell thought he’d left DMI headquarters behind forever when he fled to South Africa after his dying father chose his younger, inexperienced half brother, Joel, to run the thriving family business. But after three years of self-imposed exile, he has returned to take over DMI at the gentle urging of beautiful Abigail, who was once his father’s assistant. His brother, Joel, plagued by a slew of illicit affairs and poor judgment, is plunging the business into ruin, and Don’s plans to secretly assume control of the ministry come into question when his estranged sister refuses to help him. Don must decide whether to face down his power-hungry brother to save the ministry his father worked so hard to build—and take a chance on an unrequited love he never dreamed Abigail would reciprocate—or return to South Africa to find refuge in his own thriving company and the budding romance he left behind. After much soul searching, Don comes to realize that his destiny is inescapable. Patricia Haley’s evocative modern-day interpretation of these popular biblical tales will keep readers riveted until the stunning conclusion.


Click for more detail about Destiny’s Divas: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray Destiny’s Divas: A Novel

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 05, 2012)
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THEY CAN TALK THE TALK, BUT CAN THEY WALK THE WALK?

Sierra, Raine, and Liza are Destiny’s Divas, a fresh, new gospel group whose unique blend of singing and testifying has gained them fans across the country. They tell the world about how good God has been to them, but off-stage, each is living a life totally opposite to what she preaches—and each is harboring a secret that could ruin them all.

Twenty-something Sierra Dixon speaks about the joy of being single and celibate, though she is anything but, drifting from one relationship to another. Although she stresses the importance of unconditional love within the family, Raine Omari has hit her breaking point with her mother-in-law and is ready to take drastic steps. And when Liza Washington discovers that her pastor-husband is in the middle of a scandal that could bring down more than just their ministry, she knows she must do something to stop him. One fateful evening their secrets are exposed, and one diva commits an act that could land her in prison for the rest of her life. Each has motive—who will crack?


Click for more detail about Devil In A Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries) by Walter Mosley Devil In A Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)

by Walter Mosley
Washington Square Press (Sep 17, 2002)
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Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse.

Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend’s bar, wondering how he’ll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.


Click for more detail about Devil’s Wake by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes Devil’s Wake

by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes
Atria Books (Jul 31, 2012)
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Click for more detail about Diary of a Groupie: A Novel by Omar Tyree Diary of a Groupie: A Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Jun 02, 2004)
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Description: Tabitha Knight lives a very peculiar life. A child of foster care who has grown into an attractive and ambitious adult, she now finds solace, excitement, and security in the company of rich and famous men whom she dates as a discreet and charming groupie. Everyone wants to be loved. Tabitha understands that. She shares her gifts with those who seek and, perhaps, need love the mostÐmale celebrities. She remains anonymous by changing her name, age, and address as often as she changes the men she dates. Only a few things remain constant in her life: the continued love and support of her foster sisters in Seattle and the record she keeps of her life in her secret diary. When a wealthy banker offers Tabitha a huge paycheck to help bring to justice a high-profile celebrity who is known to have sex with underage women, Tabitha finds herself on the wrong side of desperate men, some of whom have more to lose than just their privacy. Those who want the information in her diary to stay secret threaten Tabitha, her sisters, and anyone who comes to know its contents. Omar Tyree, the New York Times bestselling author, is back with a suspenseful thriller of what happens when a young woman threatens the famous and powerful.


Click for more detail about Diary of a Groupie: A Novel (Tyree, Omar) by Omar Tyree Diary of a Groupie: A Novel (Tyree, Omar)

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Jun 17, 2003)
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Tabitha Knight lives a very peculiar life. A child of foster care who has grown into an attractive and ambitious adult, she now finds solace, excitement, and security in the company of rich and famous men whom she dates as a discreet and charming groupie. Everyone wants to be loved. Tabitha understands that. She shares her gifts with those who seek and, perhaps, need love the most female celebrities. She remains anonymous by changing her name, age, and address as often as she changes the men she dates. Only a few things remain constant in her life: the continued love and support of her foster sisters in Seattle and the record she keeps of her life in her secret diary. When a wealthy banker offers Tabitha a huge paycheck to help bring to justice a high-profile celebrity who is known to have sex with underage women, Tabitha finds herself on the wrong side of desperate men, some of whom have more to lose than just their privacy. Those who want the information in her diary to stay secret threaten Tabitha, her sisters, and anyone who comes to know its contents. Omar Tyree, the New York Times bestselling author, is back with a suspenseful thriller of what happens when a young woman threatens the famous and powerful.


Click for more detail about Diary Of A Mistress: A Novel by Miasha Diary Of A Mistress: A Novel

by Miasha
Pocket Star Books (Aug 28, 2007)
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WHAT SHOULD A WIFE BELIEVE? THE WORDS OF HER HUSBAND OR THE DIARY OF HIS MISTRESS?

Monica counts her blessings — her husband, Carlos, is not only devoted to her but is also a strong, caring father to their twin sons. When Carlos surprises her with an unforgettably romantic getaway, Monica knows he is still very much in love with her — and she with him. But an unexpected package threatens to change everything Monica’s ever believed about Carlos.

Angela has adopted a sex-them-and-leave-them attitude toward the married men she’s bedded. Then she met Monica’s Carlos. Now she will stop at nothing to get him for herself — even if that means destroying her own life and another woman’s family.


Click for more detail about Did I Tell You I Love You Today? by Deloris Jordan Did I Tell You I Love You Today?

by Deloris Jordan
Paula Wiseman Books (Dec 01, 2004)
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Apart or together, near or far, day or night, from childhood to adulthood — the never-ending reach and power of a mother’s love touches every moment of every day, even when you least expect it. All you need to do is make sure to notice.
Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan, mother and sister of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, celebrate family in this reassuring book about the many special ways we cherish those we love.


Click for more detail about Dirtier Than Ever: A Novel by Vickie M. Stringer Dirtier Than Ever: A Novel

by Vickie M. Stringer
Atria Books (Feb 16, 2010)
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Following the phenomenal success of Essence bestsellers Dirty Red and Still Dirty, Vickie M. Stringer takes readers on another bumpy ride in Dirtier Than Ever with Red, Bacon, and Q—the crazy love-hate triangle who makes the series a favorite among urban fiction fans.



Q wished that Bacon had killed Red when he had the chance. Red knew that Q’s career as a hustler was over and he was counting on starting a new legit business with the money he had made. He had once believed her when she promised that the money didn’t mean a thing and she would give it all up to be with him.



Bacon returns from prison and suddenly Q is left for dead. With Q out of the picture, Bacon now has Red to himself. His sights are set on being the top hustler with Red by his side. He believes Red has fi nally changed when she reveals the truth about her past.



But all comes to a head when the snooping detective, Thomas, suspects Red’s involvement in Q’s getting shot and the murder of Zeke, Q’s best friend. With two murders, a tumultuous love affair, and
money on her mind, Red must make a decision . . . does she turn over a new leaf or revisit her dirty ways of old?



Gritty, steamy, and intense, Stringer delivers another page-turning caper about a hustler in high heels who is Dirtier Than Ever.


Click for more detail about Dirtier Than Ever: A Novel by Vickie M. Stringer Dirtier Than Ever: A Novel

by Vickie M. Stringer
Atria Books (Feb 15, 2011)
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Following the phenomenal success of Essence bestsellers Dirty Red and Still Dirty, Vickie M. Stringer takes readers on another bumpy ride in Dirtier Than Ever with Red, Bacon, and Q—the crazy love-hate triangle who makes the series a favorite among urban fiction fans.



Q wished that Bacon had killed Red when he had the chance. Red knew that Q’s career as a hustler was over and he was counting on starting a new legit business with the money he had made. He had once believed her when she promised that the money didn’t mean a thing and she would give it all up to be with him.



Bacon returns from prison and suddenly Q is left for dead. With Q out of the picture, Bacon now has Red to himself. His sights are set on being the top hustler with Red by his side. He believes Red has fi nally changed when she reveals the truth about her past.



But all comes to a head when the snooping detective, Thomas, suspects Red’s involvement in Q’s getting shot and the murder of Zeke, Q’s best friend. With two murders, a tumultuous love affair, and
money on her mind, Red must make a decision . . . does she turn over a new leaf or revisit her dirty ways of old?



Gritty, steamy, and intense, Stringer delivers another page-turning caper about a hustler in high heels who is Dirtier Than Ever.


Click for more detail about Dirty Red: A Novel by Vickie M. Stringer Dirty Red: A Novel

by Vickie M. Stringer
Atria Books (Jul 24, 2007)
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From the "queen of urban fiction" (Publishers Weekly), Vicki Stringer, comes a scorching tale of love, lies, loss, and the indomitable spirit of a woman scorned.

Mischievous and manipulative, eighteen-year-old Red is an expert at deception with a provocative femininity. She employs her dirty ways - even faking a pregnancy with her boyfriend - to win a closet full of Gucci bags, a deluxe condominium full of baby accessories, a new car, and a book deal. But when one of Red’s scams backfires and she winds up truly pregnant by her inmate ex-boyfriend, Bacon, she finds herself in more trouble than she’s ever known. The drama truly unravels when Red’s picture-perfect cons fall apart due to the power of - surprisingly - love.


Click for more detail about Do Me Twice: My Life After Islam by Sonsyrea Tate Do Me Twice: My Life After Islam

by Sonsyrea Tate
Strebor Books (Aug 21, 2007)
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From the highly acclaimed author of Little X: Growing Up in the Nation of Islam — a taboo-breaking memoir about a Muslim girl who explores her freedom through the expression of her sensuality and sex, defying the cultural boundaries that denied her a full life.

Do Me Twice is the triumphant life story of the highly intelligent, courageous, and charismatic Sonsyrea Tate as she breaks the cultural and religious molds set in place by her upbringing. A former African-American Muslim, Tate has raised awareness for that community by bringing personal and enlightening answers to a curious audience.

Who are African-American Muslims? What do they stand for and why? How far-reaching are their lifestyle choices? With the global focus on terrorism and interest in the Islamic state, readers are hungry for answers that aren’t influenced by government spin or newscast ratings. They will find those answers here.

Do Me Twice inspires young women while exploring Tate’s conscious separation from Islam, her abusive husband, and the prejudices and stereotypes set on her by others’ misconceptions.

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Click for more detail about Do You Take This Woman?: A Novel by R.M. Johnson Do You Take This Woman?: A Novel

by R.M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Feb 19, 2008)
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RM Johnson, the Essence bestselling author of Dating Games and The Million Dollar Divorce, once again creates a riveting and enthralling novel that explores the bond between two childhood friends when they both fall in love with the same woman.

Pete and Wayne grew up side by side and have lived their entire lives as best friends — as brothers. And as brothers, they have always been rivals when it came to women. The fateful night when Carla walks into the bar where Pete and Wayne are having drinks brings Wayne his customary luck with the ladies, and soon enough, Wayne and Carla are engaged. But Wayne’s need for one last conquest tempts him into bed with another woman, and the ensuing guilt leads him to confide in his best friend — a mistake that will haunt the three of them forever.

Jealous of his friend’s relationship, Pete tells Carla of Wayne’s infidelity and provides more than just a friendly shoulder to cry on. As a result, Carla leaves Wayne and further breaks his heart by accepting Pete’s marriage proposal only one year later. Just when old friends seem to be settling down with their choices, old feelings surreptitiously sneak to the surface, and a rift between husband and wife leads Pete astray and drives Carla into the most familiar arms she can find. Finally, guilt, lust, and redemption come together in a heartbreaking and tragic love triangle, and Pete, Wayne, and Carla are forced to face the consequences of decisions that may end up being their last.

Do You Take This Woman? is a sexy blend of friendship and romance that will take you on a startlingly real and emotional roller-coaster ride of betrayal, sex, lies, and ultimately, love.


Click for more detail about Domino Falls: A Novel by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes Domino Falls: A Novel

by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes
Atria Books (Feb 19, 2013)
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It began on Freak Day—that day no one could explain, when strangers and family members alike went crazy and started biting one another. Some thought the outbreak was caused by a flu shot, others that it was a diet drug gone terribly wrong. All anyone knew is that once you were bitten and went to sleep, you woke up a freak.


Click for more detail about Don’t Bring Home A White Boy: And Other Notions That Keep Black Women From Dating Out by Karyn Langhorne Folan Don’t Bring Home A White Boy: And Other Notions That Keep Black Women From Dating Out

by Karyn Langhorne Folan
Gallery Books (Feb 02, 2010)
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In Don’t Bring Home a White Boy, writer Karyn Langhorne Folan debunks the myths about interracial relationships. Drawing on real-life testimonials, she boldly tackles this difficult subject with warmth, humor, and understanding, as she explores stereotypes of black female sexuality and white male perspectives on black female beauty.

Folan goes beyond statistics and offers firsthand insights on her own interracial relationship and attempts to tap into a woman’s desire to have all that they deserve instead of restricting themselves, simply because they want a “good black man.” Frank, authoritative, and universally relevant, her message to women is to look beyond skin color, accept themselves for who they are, and seek a man who truly loves them, regardless of race.


Click for more detail about Don’t Give It Away! : A Workbook Of Self-Awareness And Self-Affirmations For Young Women by Iyanla Vanzant Don’t Give It Away! : A Workbook Of Self-Awareness And Self-Affirmations For Young Women

by Iyanla Vanzant
Touchstone (Jul 06, 1999)
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From New York Times bestselling author and star of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit show Iyanla: Fix My Life, an illustrated workbook of affirmations for self-healing and exercises for personal exploration, perfect for teenagers and young women.

You are special. You are precious. You are It!

Today, Iyanla Vanzant is a bestselling author with her own business and a loving family. But it wasn’t so long ago that she was a teenager—a sixteen-year-old mother and high school dropout on welfare. Iyanla knows that a young woman’s journey can be lonely and hard. She remembers how difficult it is to put into words the way you feel, how it feels to want to be loved.

In Don’t Give It Away!, Iyanla presents a workbook in which you can write your feelings and express your thoughts about the things that matter to you—your family, your friends, your body, and your love life. Problems at home and at school are a natural part of every young woman’s life, but understanding what to do with how you feel about your problems is the key to growing up. Iyanla Vanzant shows you that the love you seek is the love that you are.


Click for more detail about Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy by Rachel Renée Russell Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy

by Rachel Renée Russell
Aladdin (Nov 15, 2016)
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It’s a frenemy showdown in the eleventh installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki Maxwell has the worst luck. Of all the schools she could have been assigned to for the student exchange week program, she’s stuck at North Hampton Hills, her arch nemesis MacKenzie Hollister’s new school. Even worse, there might just be someone at NHH who can out-MacKenzie MacKenzie!

At least Nikki can write about every moment of drama in her diary, so readers won’t miss a moment of it.

Can the queen of dorks survive a week at the head CCP’s new school or will it be a dorky disaster?


Click for more detail about Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe by Rachel Renée Russell Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe

by Rachel Renée Russell
Aladdin (Oct 17, 2017)
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Nikki Maxwell’s adventures continue in the twelfth installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

In Nikki Maxwell’s newest diary, it’s the countdown to the end of the school year, and Nikki’s juggling some big questions about how she’ll spend her summer. She’s also facing an unexpected crush catastrophe—there’s a new kid interested in Nikki, but the last thing she wants to do is accidentally hurt Brandon! It all comes down to a big decision Nikki has to make, and drama like she’s never faced before!


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by Rachel Renée Russell
Aladdin (Apr 03, 2018)
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Nikki Maxwell’s adventures continue in the thirteenth installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!


Click for more detail about Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Ren´s Russell Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After

by Rachel Ren´s Russell
Aladdin (Sep 30, 2014)
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Nikki Maxwell’s favorite fairy tales get dork-tastic twists in the eighth book of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! After a bump on the head in gym class on April Fool’s Day, Nikki has a wild dream in which she, her BFFs Chloe and Zoey, her crush Brandon, and mean girl Mackenzie all end up playing the roles of some familiar classic fairy tale characters. Of course, the stories don’t go quite as expected because they each have a very special Dork Diaries spin! The Dork Diaries series has more than 13 million copies in print worldwide!


Click for more detail about Double Dippin’ by Allison Hobbs Double Dippin’

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Jul 11, 2006)
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Bestselling author Allison Hobbs delivers a powerful, compelling novel, chronicling the volatile lives and relationships of twin brothers.

When Tariq and Shane Batista were four years old, they witnessed something that no child should ever be subjected to. In an act of confusion and terror, their mentally unstable mother was murdered right in front of them. Even though they are twins, Tariq and Shane grow into two very different young men. Tariq is the kind-hearted "golden-boy" while Shane is dark and brooding, angry and deceitful. After being placed in foster homes together, Shane is sent to a reform school for boys when they become teenagers. When they’re reunited, Shane is hardly reformed and now has two shady sidekicks, Brick and Misty. Tariq has an unconventional yet stable home life, complete with a wife and a child. Shane has no ambition and seems content to play the part of small-time gigolo and get by on the financial support of the women who flock to him. Still, despite their stark differences, the brothers remain close.

However, old habits die hard, and Shane is lured back out on the prowl. As he delves deeper into more infidelities and more danger, Shane relies on Tariq to supply his alibis and tests the limits of unconditional love.

With intensifying drama, Double Dippin’ is a riveting and absorbing story of one brother’s love and another’s betrayal.


Click for more detail about Douglass’ Women: A Novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes Douglass’ Women: A Novel

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Atria Books (Oct 01, 2002)
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The critically acclaimed author of "Voodoo Dreams" delivers an inspired work of historical fiction about the warring passions that drove the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass and two women — one black, one white — who loved him. "Douglass’ Women" reimagines the lives of an American hero, Frederick Douglass, and two women — his wife and his mistress — who loved him and lived in his shadow. Anna Douglass, a free woman of color, was Douglass’ wife of forty-four years, who bore him five children. Ottilie Assing, a German-Jewish intellectual, provided him the companionship of the mind that he needed. Hurt by Douglass’ infidelity, Anna rejected his notion that only literacy freed the mind. For her, familial love rivaled intellectual pursuits. Ottilie was raised by parents who embraced the ideal of free love, but found herself entrapped in an unfulfilling love triangle with America’s most famous self-taught slave for nearly three decades. In her finest novel to date, Jewell Parker Rhodes vividly resurrects these two extraordinary women from history, portraying the life they led together under the same roof of the Douglass home. Here, fiery emotions of passion, jealousy, and resentment churn as the women discover an uneasy solidarity in shared love for an exceptional and powerful man. "Douglass’ Women" fills the gaps and silences that history has left in an unforgettable epic full of heartache and triumph.


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by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Washington Square Press (Sep 23, 2003)
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WINNER OF THE 2003 PEN OAKLAND JOSEPHINE MILES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WRITING AND THE BLACK CAUCUS OF THE ALA LITERARY AWARD
Frederick Douglass, the great African-American abolitionist, was a man who cherished freedom in life and in love. In this ambitious work of historical fiction, Douglass’ passions come vividly to life in the form of two women: Anna Murray Douglass and Ottilie Assing.
Douglass’ Women is an imaginative rendering of these two women — one black, the other white — in Douglass’ life. Anna, his wife, was a free woman of color who helped Douglass escape as a slave. She bore Douglass five children and provided him with a secure, loving home while he traveled the world with his message. Along the way, Douglass satisfied his intellectual needs in the company of Ottilie Assing, a white woman of German-Jewish descent, who would become his mistress for decades to come. How these two women find solidarity in their shared love for Douglass — and his vision for a free America — is at the heart of Jewell Parker Rhodes’ extraordinary, epic novel.


Click for more detail about Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence by Deloris Jordan Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence

by Deloris Jordan
Paula Wiseman Books (May 06, 2014)
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It’s never too soon to dream big—or to take action! Pursue excellence with this inspiring picture book from the mother of star basketball player Michael Jordan.

Before Michael Jordan was a record-breaking athlete, he was a young boy who dreamed of playing basketball for the United States Olympic team. His mother tells him, “Dreaming is for dreams. If you want to play, you better get busy.” So what did Michael do? He got busy! Discover how Michael made his wish into a reality—Olympic gold medal included—in this motivational picture book for sports fans, go-getters, and anyone with big dreams!


Click for more detail about Dreamer: A Novel by Charles Johnson Dreamer: A Novel

by Charles Johnson
Scribner (Feb 02, 1999)
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From the National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage, a fearless fictional portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his pivotal moment in American history.

Set against the tensions of Civil Rights era America, Dreamer is a remarkable fictional excursion into the last two years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, when the political and personal pressures on this country’s most preeminent moral leader were the greatest. While in Chicago for his first northern campaign against poverty and inequality, King encounters Chaym Smith, whose startling physical resemblance to King wins him the job of official stand-in. Matthew Bishop, a civil rights worker and loyal follower of King, is given the task of training the smart and deeply cynical Smith for the job. In doing so, Bishop must face the issue of what makes one man great while another man can only stand in for greatness. Provocative, heartfelt, and masterfully rendered, Charles Johnson confirms yet again that he is one of the great treasures of modern American literature.

Dr. Charles Johnson is a novelist, screenwriter, essayist, professional cartoonist and the Pollock Professor of English at the University of Washington. He is the author of more than sixteen books, including the PEN/Faulkner nominated story collection The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the novel Middle Passage, for which he won the National Book Award.


Click for more detail about Driven from Within by Michael Jordan Driven from Within

by Michael Jordan
Atria Books (Oct 24, 2005)
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Michael Jordan is the rare global icon whose celebrity extends beyond his original stage and onto multiple platforms. His relentless determination produced six NBA Championships and some of the most spectacular performances in sports history, while his enduring grace and unique sense of style made him equally famous in the worlds of fashion, business, and marketing. In "Driven from Within," Michael makes it clear that the basis for his phenomenal success came from the inside out, thanks in part to those who guided him along the way. His skill, work ethic, philosophy, personal style, competitiveness and presence have flowed from the basketball court and into every facet of his life. Nearly three years removed from his last turn as an athlete, Michael’s 20th Air Jordan shoe has helped push Nike’s Brand Jordan division to nearly $ 500 million in sales. ""Nothing of value comes without being earned, That’s why great leaders are those who lead by example first.You can’t demand respect because of a title or a position and expect people to follow. That might work for a little while, but in the long run people respond to the what they see."" This is a book about the power of collaberation and teamwork, the awe-inspiring energy generated when people combine their creativity and passion, and a fearless desire to lead. Whether waking at 6 A.M. to work out as a high school junior, or spending hours with legendary designer Tinker Hatfield on the intricacies f state-of-the-art shoe design, Michael Jordan has never wavered in his desire to be the best. ""It all started with an appetite to prove. Whether it was competing with my siblings or trying to get attention from myparents, I wanted to show what I could do, what I was capable of accomplishing. I wanted results, and I was driven to find out the best way to get them."" Everyone knows the results. In "Driven from Within," Michael Jordan and those in his inner circle reveal the philosophy that makes it all happen.

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Click for more detail about Eastside (Strebor on the Streetz) by Caleb Alexander Eastside (Strebor on the Streetz)

by Caleb Alexander
Strebor Books (Jul 10, 2007)
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Eastside is a coming-of-age tale set among the backdrop of inner-city gang violence in the early ’90s. Eastside is about mothers struggling and supporting one another as they match in a seemingly endless procession to the cemetary to bury their children.

Unrepentantly crooked police officers, violent gangland shoot-outs, blazing car chases, petty drug dealing, ruthless armed robberies, a psychotic seventeen year-old albino gang member, and the haunting legacy of a long dead brother, complete the complex panoply that is Eastside.


Click for more detail about Eliza’s Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary by Jerdine Nolen Eliza’s Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary

by Jerdine Nolen
Paula Wiseman Books (Jan 04, 2011)
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It is 1852 in Alexandria, Virginia. Eliza’s mother has been sent away and it is Abbey, the cook, who looks after Eliza, when Eliza isn’t taking care of the Mistress. Eliza has the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told to keep her close. When her Mistress’s health begins to fail and Eliza overhears the Master talk of Eliza being traded, Eliza takes to the night. She follows the path and the words of the farmhand Old Joe, “

travel the night

sleep the day. Go East. Your back to the set of the sun until you come to the safe house where the candlelight lights the window.” All the while, Eliza recites the stories her mother taught her along her Freedom Road from Maryland to St. Catherine’s, Canada.


Click for more detail about Elizabeth and Michael: The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop_A Love Story by Donald Bogle Elizabeth and Michael: The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop_A Love Story

by Donald Bogle
Atria Books (Jun 06, 2017)
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Discover the unique, profound, and unlikely yet enduring friendship between two of the most prominent and beloved celebrities of all time—Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson—in this “exhaustively researchedconsistently absorbing” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) biography.

From the moment Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson met, they were fascinated by one another. He peered into her violet eyes and was transfixed; she, in turn, was dazzled by his talent, intrigued by his sweet-tempered childlike personality, and moved by the stories she had already heard about his troubled early life. Soon a deep friendship blossomed, unlike anything either had ever experienced. Through their various emotional upheavals, the peaks and valleys of their careers, their personal traumas and heartaches, their countless health issues and extreme physical pain, and the glare of the often merciless public spotlight, their love for each other endured.

Award-winning biographer Donald Bogle skillfully re-creates the moving narrative of “these two forces of nature, and digs into the extraordinary histories that made them uniquely suited to understanding each other” (Alan Light, author of Let’s Go Crazy). Through the recollections of friends and acquaintances of the two stars, as well as credited and anonymous sources, Elizabeth and Michael emerges as a tender, intimate look at this famous “odd couple”—and a treasure to their millions of fans.


Click for more detail about Elizabeth’s Song by Michael Wenberg Elizabeth’s Song

by Michael Wenberg
Aladdin (Nov 01, 2002)
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Elizabeth’s Song tells the inspirational story based on the young life of the noted African American folksinger, guitarist, and songwriter, Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten. Elizabeth borrows a guitar from a friend and teaches herself to play it left-handed. Eventually, Elizabeth earns enough money to buy a guitar of her own and, when onlyeleven years old, writers her first song. That song, “Freight Train,” has become a folk music classic. Elizabeth’s unique style of playing guitar (upside down and backwards), from which the term “cotton-picking” is derived, has inspired countless other artists.

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Click for more detail about Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange Ellington Was Not a Street

by Ntozake Shange
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Jan 06, 2004)
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In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there. These men of vision, brought to life in the majestic paintings of artist Kadir Nelson, lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.
Yet in the face of this tremendous adversity, these dedicated souls and others like them not only demonstrated the importance of Black culture in America, but also helped issue in a movement that "changed the world." Their lives and their works inspire us to this day, and serve as a guide to how we approach the challenges of tomorrow.


Click for more detail about Every Woman Needs A Wife by Naleighna Kai Every Woman Needs A Wife

by Naleighna Kai
Strebor Books (Jun 27, 2006)
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Bursting with originality and controversy, author Naleighna Kai has created a provocative, and at times heartwarming tale about an age-old problem that will strike a chord with all women.

Every Woman Needs a Wife is the hilarious, but thought-provoking story of a wife who does the "unthinkable." Strolling in on Vernon and his mistress one night, Brandi Spencer insists that the new woman in his life come home and earn her keep the honest way — on her feet helping the wife clean the house, keep the children and pay the bills, instead of laying on her back servicing the husband.

Tanya Kaufman has had one shock too many — one minute she’s a fiance, the next she finds out she’s been the mistress all along. When Tanya shows up during the surprise anniversary party to take Brandi up on her offer, the women seize the opportunity to teach Vernon that infidelity will no longer come at the expense of the women’s time, money, and happiness. Vernon fights back by launching a high-profile court battle that doesn’t have a thing to do with splitting the money, keeping the house, or visitation rights.

Had any married couple ever fought for custody of…the mistress?


Click for more detail about Every Woman’s Got a Secret by Brenda L. Thomas Every Woman’s Got a Secret

by Brenda L. Thomas
Gallery Books (Jan 09, 2007)
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LIVIN’ THE LIFE… One of the hottest young veejays to hit music television, Caroline Isaacs is a prodigy at the top of her game. She hosts her own show where she interviews A-list celebs and dons threads from topshelf designers; she and her boyfriend, Julius, are head over heels in love; and she virtually has it all. At the suggestion of her new ambitious and friendly intern, Mare Colonada, they take the show on the road to boost summer ratings and spice it up…UNTIL LIFE GOT COMPLICATED.

Off and rolling in a motor mansion RV equipped with every imaginable gadget and luxury, Caroline is meeting fans, stirring up trouble in cities from Las Vegas to Philly, and hitting the hottest clubs on the party scene. Along the way, Caroline and Mare become close friends and the tour is a huge success… until the trip takes some unexpected turns that prove costly and life-altering for Caroline. Once Caroline realizes the source, she must delve into the past where she discovers a dark trail of lies, jealousy, and murder. Now that she knows, can Caroline expose the truth and get her life back before it’s too late?


Click for more detail about Every Woman’s Man by Rique Johnson Every Woman’s Man

by Rique Johnson
Strebor Books (Nov 02, 2004)
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Sensitive, sexy, and charmingly compassionate, Devin Alexander is the ideal lover — except for the fact that he can’t commit. Instead, he is romancing three intelligent, passionate women at once — Sophia, Maggie, and Gabby — who all soon realize that their main man can’t give his all to their respective relationships. What they don’t know is that Devin is concealing a haunting secret that keeps him from giving his heart to one woman. But when a major crisis forces him to confront his inner demons, suddenly, for the first time, happiness and fulfillment seem within reach. Now it is up to Devin to put the past behind him so he can finally attain the love he so passionately craves.

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Click for more detail about Everybody Hates First Girlfriends (Everybody Hates Chris) by Felicia Pride Everybody Hates First Girlfriends (Everybody Hates Chris)

by Felicia Pride
Simon Pulse (Sep 18, 2007)
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Chris has a girlfriend! "You’re my Prince Charming," she says. And normally he would love all the attention, but this so-called girlfriend is Teresa Johnson, and she annoys Chris more than Tonya does. Teresa simply forced him to be her boyfriend - and he just didn’t know how to say no. After all, their mothers are good friends. But after enduring a visit to the beauty salon with Teresa, hearing her discuss their future with his mom, and not having any time to hang out with Greg, Chris has had enough. Now he has to put Operation R.O.O.T. - Rid Ourselves of Teresa - into action. Does Chris’s plan succeed, or is he stuck with Teresa for the rest of his life?


Click for more detail about Everybody Hates School Politics (Everybody Hates Chris) by Felicia Pride Everybody Hates School Politics (Everybody Hates Chris)

by Felicia Pride
Simon Pulse (Mar 25, 2008)
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Click for more detail about Everybody Say Amen by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Everybody Say Amen

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 10, 2007)
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Gold Pen Award winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley returns to the Houston congregation of her #1 Essence magazine bestseller, Let the Church Say Amen, in this warm and powerful sequel.

When her husband hears God’s call to become a preacher, Rachel Jackson Adams is distressed she grew up a preacher’s daughter, and knows how difficult life under the microscope can be for a reverend’s family. But hot-headed Rachel has toned down her wild ways, and for the sake of her marriage and her two children, she is now the reluctant first lady of Zion Hill, unafraid to rock the boat with her unconventional ideas for revitalizing the church. When her son, Jordan, begins fighting at school, Rachel turns to the boy’s father, Bobby Rachel’s first love from years ago. Married now himself, there should be nothing between them except their concern for Jordan so why does seeing Bobby again feel so distractingly tempting? With her brothers facing dramas of their own, and her father, Reverend Simon Jackson, recovering from illness, Rachel must listen carefully to discover what God truly wants for her and to decide if Bobby is the lover of her dreams or the devil in disguise


Click for more detail about Everything In Its Place by Evelyn Palfrey Everything In Its Place

by Evelyn Palfrey
Atria Books (Aug 06, 2002)
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Bobble Strickland, an Austin elementary school principal, didn’t really believe ex-army officer Ray Caldwell was coming on to her. She wasn’t a young girl anymore, and, besides, she had bigger priorities than a relationship — such as fighting her own daughter in court for custody of her grandchild.
Yet, strong, honest Ray had the "right stuff" to make her feel like a desirable woman again. He had come back to Texas to heal, stunned by a divorce he never expected. Soon, he was entangled in Bobble’s life, increasingly worried about the violence surrounding her daughter, Darlene, who was caught up in a web of drug addiction and secrets.
Neither Bobbie nor Ray guessed how desperately Darlene was fighting to escape the demons of her past. . .in a drama that would test the strength of African-American faith and family values and all the courage in a woman’s heart.

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Click for more detail about Ex-Terminator: Life After Marriage by Suzetta Perkins Ex-Terminator: Life After Marriage

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (May 06, 2008)
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What happens to those who are left behind in the turbulent breakup of failed love and romance? A new novel from book club favorite, Suzetta Perkins.

The transition from despair to satisfaction is an emotional, and yet often hilarious road to bump along. Ex-Terminator brings a fresh view to life after divorce as four women and a man struggle to move beyond their feelings of loss, failure, and abandonment, in order to establish a sense of normalcy and discover who they really are again.

Can new love be found, even while the old still lingers and haunts everyday thoughts and actions? As these brokenhearted people form a support group to shore each other up in the midst of their stormy lives, little do they know how much they will come to mean to one another, or how each one will be changed by the healing they discover.


Click for more detail about Exit (Zane Presents) by Phillip Thomas Duck Exit (Zane Presents)

by Phillip Thomas Duck
Strebor Books (Aug 16, 2011)
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Devoted husband, rising businessman…sex addict. With his life imploding around him, Michael Palmer is left with but one option: run.

In recovery from his sexual addiction, step five was the hardest for Michael Palmer: admitting to another the exact nature of his wrongs. But his dark compulsions were ruining his life, and rather than lose everything, he confessed to his wife, Rachel.

Sordid tales of anonymous sex, degrading sex, and huge chunks of his time mired in fantasy thought. Rachel’s response was surprisingly tempered. No tearful tantrums. No veiled threats. Not one mention of telling Michael’s employer, millionaire Malcolm Ferrer—who also happened to be her father— about her husband’s reckless and humiliating treatment.

Could there possibly be a luckier man alive? Michael doubted it very seriously. So why is he now running from the life he created with Rachel? Because suddenly everything is falling apart and finding an exit is going to be tough.


Click for more detail about F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems by Michael Bennett and Sarah Bennett F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems

by Michael Bennett and Sarah Bennett
Simon & Schuster (Sep 01, 2015)
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New York Times Bestseller

The only self-help book you’ll ever need, from a psychiatrist and his comedy writer daughter, who will help you put aside your unrealistic wishes, stop trying to change things you can’t change, and do the best with what you can control—the first steps to managing all of life’s impossible problems.

Here is the cut-to-the-chase therapy session you’ve been looking for!

Need to stop screwing up? Want to become a more positive person?
Do you work with an ass? Think you can rescue an addicted person?
Looking for closure after abuse? Have you realized that your parent is an asshole?
Feel compelled to clear your name? Hope to salvage a lost love?
Want to get a lover to commit? Plagued by a bully?
Afraid of ruining your kid? Ready to vent your anger?

In this brilliantly sensible and funny book, a Harvard-educated shrink and his comedy-writing daughter reveal that the real f-words in life are “feelings” and “fairness.” While most self-help books are about your feelings and fulfilling your wildest dreams, F*ck Feelings will show you how to find a new kind of freedom by getting your head out of your ass and yourself onto the right path toward realistic goals and feasible results. F*ck Feelings is the last self-help book you will ever need!


Click for more detail about Faith And The Good Thing by Charles Johnson Faith And The Good Thing

by Charles Johnson
Scribner (Jan 10, 2001)
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Charles Johnson, the National Book Award-winning author of the bestselling Middle Passage, published his stunning first novel, Faith and the Good Thing, in 1974. At its release, Black World called it one of the great American novels of this century…unqualifiedly good and extraordinarily beautiful.

Faith and the Good Thing is the haunting fable of Faith Cross, a black Southern girl whose quest for the good in life comes to represent our shared human adventure from innocence to identity. Faith is told by her dying mother, Girl, you get yourself a good thing, although she has no idea what that is. As we follow her journey from the traditional Southern Baptist world of her mother’s funeral to a swamp witch’s lair to a life of prostitution and loveless marriage in Chicago, we relive the history of twentieth-century black America, annotated with philosophic insight into the nature of identity, justice, and our common place in the universe along the way.

Told in the style of black folklore and replete with voodoo werewitches, hypocritical Pentecostal preachers, wise street bums, and philosophy from the ancient Nubian lore to Plato, Descartes, Hegel, and Schopenhauer, Faith and the Good Thing burgeons with riches. Like Voltaire’s Candide with a touch of de Sade’s Justine, or the protagonist of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, Johnson’s Faith is an innocent who searches through the horrors of this world to terrible knowledge and vital understanding.

Publishers Weekly hailed this novel as so original, so imaginative, and so exciting in what it has to say about the black woman’s experience in America that it is a reading experience unlike anything else in a longtime. It will dazzle Johnson’s new and loyal fans who are discovering his early work for the first time.


Click for more detail about Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace by Iyanla Vanzant Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace

by Iyanla Vanzant
Touchstone (May 28, 1996)
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In this companion volume to her bestselling book Acts of Faith, bestselling author and star of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” discusses the “valleys” that cause stress and imbalance for women and explains how women can cleanse their minds and promote a healthy foundation for living in the modern world.

A Note from Iyanla Vanzant

Beloved friend,

When this little book was first published many years ago, it became a beacon of light for many people who found themselves time and time again in one valley or another. Valleys are nothing new for any of us. Some of you may be in a valley right now, or, since you never know what’s around the corner, you may be on the brink of tottering into yet another valley. Or maybe you’ve just survived a valley that you swear you’ll never revisit—but guess what? That’s precisely the valley you’ll probably see again. And again.

Being in a valley can be a lonely and bewildering experience. This book was written to help you feel less lonely by reminding you that you really aren’t ever alone since God is always by your side, but more important, you are always by your own side. No matter how dire the situation may seem, no matter how dark and bleak the valley may be, you have all you need within you to survive the valley—any valley. Even though you may not know how you got into the valley in the first place, you do know, deep inside yourself, how to get through and out and free. You just need a little faith in yourself and a little guidance to find that faith within yourself.

When you are at your wit’s end, take this little book and let it guide you toward the ever-present but often elusive light at the end of the tunnel. Faith in the Valley is designed to help you find the light when you need it most—when you’re in that damn tunnel. When you’re most confused and in the dark and clueless as to how you got there (again!) and when you’re trying to figure out not just how to get out, but stay out. For good.

Faith in the Valley has helped so many through so much that we felt it only fitting to issue this lovely gift edition to acknowledge the special place it holds in many hearts. Please share it with a friend who has served as your beacon in the past, or offer it to yourself as a reminder of the strength and wisdom you possess and can offer to others.

Iyanla


Click for more detail about Faith Under Fire: Betrayed By A Thing Called Love by Lajoyce Brookshire Faith Under Fire: Betrayed By A Thing Called Love

by Lajoyce Brookshire
Gallery Books (Jan 01, 2008)
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The bestselling author of the novels Soul Food and Web of Deception, LaJoyce Brookshire tells a true story more shattering than any work of fiction. It’s her story. A memoir of survival against the odds and courage in the face of a troubled relationship and a terrifying illness. A chronicle of faith under fire.Imagine the joy of being swept away by your very own Prince Charming, and the excitement of marrying him. Imagine starting a life together. Imagine discovering a side of him that you never knew existed — a controlling and explosive side. Imagine watching him slowly, inexplicably dete-riorate before your eyes. Imagine his doctors telling you, "He has AIDS."That was the reality for LaJoyce Brookshire, and in this page-turning, astoundingly moving memoir, she tells the full story of her marriage to her first husband, who knew he was HIV positive at the time they wed but kept this information hidden from her — until his body betrayed him.Imagine how you would react. What would you do? Contemplate murder? Divorce? Live in denial? Or would you turn to God?That’s what LaJoyce chose to do in the face of her husband’s health crisis — and every other challenge life has presented: With her faith firmly planted and with God beside her at all times, LaJoyce faced the deadly secret that had been kept under wraps by her husband — and by his family, who knew of his condition but revealed nothing. She stayed by his side, coordinating his care and even changing his diapers, until the end.Faith Under Fire tells the story of a marriage tainted by lies, but it also tells much more: a capsule portrait of the specter of AIDS facing African-American women today, it reveals how fear, ignorance, and secrets perpetuate the disease. In a poignant narrative overflowing with her gutsy humor and vibrant spirit, LaJoyce Brookshire shares her faith in all of its richness. She offers a living testament to relying on God’s strength through any ordeal, and shows how His truth is all we need to believe in, every day of our lives.

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Click for more detail about Family, Friend, or Foe: Pink Lips 2 by Andre D. Jones Family, Friend, or Foe: Pink Lips 2

by Andre D. Jones
Strebor Books (Jan 19, 2017)
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An unorthodox tale of lust and crime focusing on two sisters with aspirations of self-made success; but when loyalty is tested and trust is lost, murder, deceit, and betrayal turn their dreams into a nightmare.
In this suspenseful sequel to Pink Lips, sisters Willow and Kail are back but blood means nothing as the rise to the top becomes their main objective. Treating one another like strangers, they will stop at nothing until the other one is in the ground. Their motives are clear until loved ones rise from the dead and change their plans drastically.
The streets of Philadelphia become a reunion for everyone as Anoki, their estranged wife and mother, rises from the shadows. If that s not a big enough pill for Willow to swallow, then realizing that her first love, Giovanni, and their son, are still alive will make her choke.
Wanting peace for the sake of her son, Willow lets bygones be bygones. Kail, on the other hand, still wants power and the heads of anyone who will get in the way of it. Willow does everything she can to convince Kail to stop her madness, but she won t listen to reason. When Kail gets on Giovanni s hit list for trying to kidnap her nephew, Willow is forced to choose between love and family."


Click for more detail about Fate’s Redemption by Keith Lee Johnson Fate’s Redemption

by Keith Lee Johnson
Strebor Books (May 17, 2005)
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In this gritty and suspenseful family drama from celebrated storyteller Keith Lee Johnson, three brothers find their professional and romantic lives veering out of control and heading toward a shattering conclusion.
Brothers Jericho, Sterling, and William Wise may be bonded by blood but otherwise life has dealt them very different hands. Jericho is a drug and munitions dealer, the leader of an elite group of former military personnel.
Sterling is an attorney who finds himself fired from his prestigious San Francisco law firm on the same day he’s expecting a verdict on a nationally televised case that was supposed to make his career.
And William, a widowed psychologist and the youngest Wise brother, has spent the past five years alone but is finally imagining what it might be like to love again. Only trouble is, Terry Moretti, the woman he’s dating, is white, and she can’t seem to understand the societal and familial taboos that keep William from getting too closely involved.
Jericho has a whole other dilemma to deal with — one that could see him ending up in jail for a very long time. Meanwhile, Sterling’s luck seems to turn around when he meets a mysterious woman who offers him the world — but is he willing to pay her price?
Keith Lee Johnson’s twisting, riveting plot and crackling dialogue will captivate from page one. In the Wise brothers, he gives readers a trio of extraordinary protagonists whose choices lead them inexorably toward a stunning and unforgettable climax.


Click for more detail about Father Found by R.M. Johnson Father Found

by R.M. Johnson
Washington Square Press (Feb 01, 2001)
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With the same passion and insight he brought to The Harris Men, RM Johnson offers a gripping look at a pressing social issue — and a rare window into the contemporary male psyche.
Father Found
As founder of an organization that tracks down deadbeat dads and holds them accountable to the children they abandoned, Zale Rowen is no ordinary nine-to-fiver. Fiercely devoted to Father Found and its mission, he is all but obsessed. And though Zale’s heart is in the right place, his life begins to spiral out of control as he is pulled further into Chicago’s underbelly in his pursuit of homeless youth and delinquent dads. Soon he is ruining his most valued relationships, jeopardizing his life, and undermining the very organization for which he has sacrificed everything.
Forced to take a step back and examine his behavior, Zale is finally beginning to face the dark, long-repressed secrets motivating him when he is blindsided by a shocking revelation that challenges everything he holds true.
As in his acclaimed debut, RM Johnson weaves a deeply engaging novel of family and self-sacrifice. Unflinching yet compassionate, Father Found is a testament to the power of forgiveness, and a striking commentary on our times.


Click for more detail about Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal Festival of Colors

by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal
Beach Lane Books (Jan 30, 2018)
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Learn all about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, in this lush picture book from bestselling mother/son duo Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal.

Spring is here, and it’s almost time for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival. And when at last the big day comes, they gather with their friends, family, and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fresh starts, friendship, forgiveness, and, of course, fun!


Click for more detail about Fifth Born: A Novel by Zelda Lockhart Fifth Born: A Novel

by Zelda Lockhart
Atria Books (Aug 20, 2002)
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When Odessa Blackburn is three years old, she sees her grandmother for the last time, and so begins her story as the fifth born of eight children in a troubled family. Molested by her father, Odessa is also the sole witness to a murder he commits. Her mother guards both secrets and joins her husband in ostracizing their fifth born from the rest of her siblings. As Odessa grows, so do her troubles. She ultimately separates herself from her parents and siblings into a new reality that prompts memory and revelation. Her choices for survival provoke an outcome that will forever alter the carefully maintained lies of her childhood. Zelda Lockhart’s Fifth Born is lyrically written, poignant and powerful in its exploration of how secrets can tear families apart and unravel people’s lives. Set in rural Mississippi and St. Louis, Missouri, "Fifth Born" is a story of loss and redemption, as Odessa walks away from those who she believes to be her kin to discover the meaning of family.

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Finding Amos

by J.D. Mason, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Bernice L. McFadden
Gallery Books (Oct 13, 2015)
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Three national bestselling authors join talents in a multi-dimensional novel that illustrates the importance of love, family, and forgiveness.

After a lifetime of womanizing, making babies, and then disappearing and taking no responsibility for his actions, Amos Davis has finally reached an impasse—literally crashing his car down a one-way street. It may be the only road to redemption for the aging musician, now afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, for it has brought together the three daughters he abandoned. But when it comes to their deadbeat dad, their hearts may already be sealed…

Cass, the child of Amos’s mistress, has had enough heartache, from losing her mother to the tragic end of her marriage. Amos was never there for her—why should this talented cake maker be sweet to him now?

Toya, always the “other woman” in her affairs with married men, was deeply scarred by Amos’s public denial of her existence years ago. Will seeing him again send her further down a troubled path?

A gifted writer, Tomiko channels her pain into her stories of the father she never knew. In her imagined world, she is safe—but will she ever risk her heart on real love?

A powerful interplay of memory and reality, this emotionally taut novel weaves the voices of three authors to deliver an unforgettable tale of one man’s struggle to make peace with his failures, his family and the destinies of those who must forgive to move forward with their own lives and dreams.


Click for more detail about Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America by Laura Wexler Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America

by Laura Wexler
Scribner (Jan 07, 2003)
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On that July evening in 1946, the leader counted aloud and the mob of white men fired. Seconds later, the leader counted again, "One, two, three," and the mob fired once more. After the third and final volley of gunshots, the white men got into their cars and drove off, leaving the bullet-ridden bodies of two young black men and two young black women lying in the dirt near Moore’s Ford Bridge in rural Walton County, Georgia. Since that summer evening, there have never been as many victims lynched in a single day in America. Now, more than a half century later, Laura Wexler offers the first full account of the Moore’s Ford lynching, a murder so brutal it stunned the nation and motivated President Harry Truman to put civil rights at the forefront of his national agenda. With the style of a novelist, the authority of a historian, and the tenacity of a journalist, Wexler recounts the lynching and the resulting four-month FBI investigation. Drawing from interviews, archival sources, and an uncensored FBI report, she takes us deep into the landscape of 1946 Georgia, creating unforgettable portraits of sharecroppers, sheriffs, bootleggers, the victims, and the men who may have killed them. Fire in a Canebrake pursues the legacy of the Moore’s Ford lynching into the present, exploring the conflicting memories of Walton County’s black and white citizens and examining the testimony of a white man who claims he was a secret witness to the crime. In 2001, the governor of Georgia issued a new reward for information leading to the arrest of the lynchers. Several suspects named in the FBI’s 1946 investigation are still alive, and there is no statute of limitations on the crime of murder. Fire in a Canebrake — a phrase local people used to describe the sound of the fatal gunshots — is a moving and often frightening tale of violence, sex, and lies. It is also a disturbing snapshot of a divided nation on the brink of the civil rights movement and a haunting meditation on race, history, and the struggle for truth.

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Click for more detail about Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon Fire in the Streets

by Kekla Magoon
Aladdin (Aug 28, 2012)
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What means more, shared values or shared blood? Maxie’s choice changes everything in this acclaimed companion to The Rock and the River.

Bad things happen in the heat, they say.
Maxie knows all about how fire can erupt at a moment’s notice, especially now, in the sweltering Chicago summer of 1968. She is a Black Panther—or at least she wants to be one. Maxie believes in the movement. She wants to belong. She wants to join the struggle. But everyone keeps telling her she’s too young. At fourteen, she’s allowed to help out in the office, but she certainly can’t help patrol the streets. Then Maxie realizes that there is a traitor in their midst, and if she can figure out who it is, it may be her ticket to becoming a real Panther. But when she learns the truth, the knowledge threatens to destroy her world. Maxie must decide: Is becoming a Panther worth paying the ultimate price?


Click for more detail about Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon Fire in the Streets

by Kekla Magoon
Aladdin (Aug 27, 2013)
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What means more, shared values or shared blood? Maxie’s choice changes everything in this acclaimed companion to The Rock and the River. Bad things happen in the heat, they say. Maxie knows all about how fire can erupt at a moment’s notice, especially now, in the sweltering Chicago summer of 1968. She is a Black Panther or at least she wants to be one. Maxie believes in the movement. She wants to belong. She wants to join the struggle. But everyone keeps telling her she’s too young. At fourteen, she’s allowed to help out in the office, but she certainly can’t help patrol the streets. Then Maxie realizes that there is a traitor in their midst, and if she can figure out who it is, it may be her ticket to becoming a real Panther. But when she learns the truth, the knowledge threatens to destroy her world. Maxie must decide: Is becoming a Panther worth paying the ultimate price?


Click for more detail about Flight to Canada by Ishmael Reed Flight to Canada

by Ishmael Reed
Scribner (Jun 02, 1998)
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Ishmael Reed has created a sharp, wildly funny slave’s-eye view of the Civil War.

Three slaves infected with Dysaethesia Aethipica (a term coined in the nineteenth century for the disease that makes Negroes run away) escape from Virginia. Not satisfied with leaving slavery halfway, one of the trio has vowed to go the whole distance to Canada; his master, Arthur Swille, determined to recover his property, pursues, hot on Raven Quickskill’s trail.

With myth-bending ingenuity, Reed merges history, fantasy, political reality, and high comedy as he parodies the fugitive slave narrative: the slave-poet Quickskill flees to Canada on a nonstop jumbo jet; Abe Lincoln waltzes through slave quarters to the tune of “Hello Dolly;” the plantation mistress lies in bed watching the Beecher Hour on TV. Flight to Canada’s preposterous episodes leap out from the pages of history to reveal a keen sense of America past and present.


Click for more detail about Fly Betty (Harlem Girl Lost Novels) by Treasure Blue Fly Betty (Harlem Girl Lost Novels)

by Treasure Blue
Cash Money Content (Feb 05, 2013)
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IN THE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY THERE IS a secret society of women that few are privy to. All of these women are vying for one thing an opportunity to live a luxurious, lavish lifestyle by snagging a rich and famous singer, rapper or athlete.

Betty Blaise, or Fly Betty to those who truly know her, was not in it to be a wife or even the baby momma of a wealthy public figure she had her sights set higher, much higher. While most of these women use sex as their weapon of choice, Betty, a senior majoring in psychology, has developed skills she learned from her mother’s diaries that prove much more powerful.

Up until now Betty has lived her life according to her own strict rules and standards, refusing to compromise for anyone, even if it potentially meant shielding herself from true love. But when she encounters a man that she would never have anticipated falling for in a million years, the very tools she used so effectively against men begin to turn against her and deadly consequences are sure to follow.


Click for more detail about Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman

by Louise Borden
Aladdin (Jan 01, 2004)
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When Bessie Coleman was a child, she wanted to be in school — not in the cotton fields of Texas, helping her family earn money. She wanted to be somebody significant in the world. So Bessie did everything she could to learn under the most challenging of circumstances. At the end of every day in the fields she checked the foreman’s numbers — made sure his math was correct. And this was just the beginning of a life of hard work and dedication that really paid off: Bessie became the first African-American to earn a pilot’s license. She was somebody.


Click for more detail about Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree Flyy Girl

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Aug 07, 2001)
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Tracy Ellison, a young knockout with tall hair and attitude, is living life as fast as she can. Motivated by the material world, she and her friends love and leave the young men who will do anything to get next to them. It's only when the world of gratuitous sex threatens heartbreak that Tracy begins to examine her life, her goals, and her sexuality.


Click for more detail about Football Widows by Pat Tucker Football Widows

by Pat Tucker
Strebor Books (Oct 04, 2011)
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A glimpse into the secret and unique lives of the women behind NFL coaches—game day takes on a whole new meaning as these lonely women turn up the heat off the field.

During football season, when NFL coaches gear up for war on the gridiron, their wives are left to fend for themselves. NFL wife B.J. Almond has had enough. When she walks in to find her head coach husband in bed with one of his assistant coaches’ wives, she is livid. But what really sets her off is when she discovers the other wives knew about the affair all along. Now she’s furious and hungry for revenge. And what better way to exact that revenge than to air everyone’s dirty laundry in a juicy tell-all book!

B.J. knows where all the bodies are buried, and she’s digging up all the dirt. But before she starts writing, she’s running up the score with a lawsuit against her husband and his mistress. Armed with flight records, copies of naughty emails, phone records, and pictures, B.J. isn’t holding back. And neither are the other football wives, who will stop at nothing to keep their dirty secrets from going public.


Click for more detail about For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf

by Ntozake Shange
Scribner (Sep 01, 1997)
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From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century. Here is the complete text, with stage directions, of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world. The complete text and stage directions to Shange's 1976 Broadway production is the moving statement of a talented black woman artist who sings the song of her own experience in a way that all can relate to it.


Click for more detail about For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree For the Love of Money : A Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Aug 07, 2001)
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Tracy Ellison, the sizzling heroine of the bestselling Flyy Girl, returns in this razor-sharp sequel from acclaimed author Omar Tyree. From hard-knocks Philly to glamorous Hollywood, Tracy Ellison has truly walked the walk. Now twenty-eight years old and a major movie star, the original Flyy Girl is returning to her East Coast roots. As Tracy reconnects with friends, she seems on the brink of a happily-ever-after existence. But as she begins to address the uncertainties of her youth, Tracy stirs up a string of difficult questions about past loves, ambivalent family ties, and her artistic ambitions. Can attaining success and happiness really be as simple as Tracy makes it look? Crackling with honesty and passion, For the Love of Money is a triumphant continuation of the adventures of one of contemporary fiction’s most outrageous young heroines.


Click for more detail about Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

by Betty DeRamus
Atria Books (Nov 30, -0001)
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Forbidden Fruit is a collection of fascinating, largely untold tales of ordinary men and women who faced mobs, bloodhounds, bounty hunters, and bullets to be together -- and defy a system that categorized blacks not only as servants, but as property. Here you’ll meet, among other extraordinary characters, a fugitive slave from Virginia who spends seventeen years searching for his wife. A Georgia slave couple that sails for England with federal troops trailing behind. A white woman who falls in love with her deceased husband’s slave. A young slave girl who is delivered to her fiance inside a wooden chest. Acclaimed journalist Betty DeRamus gleaned these anecdotes from descendants of runaway slave couples, unpublished memoirs, Civil War records, census data, magazines, and dozens of previously untapped sources. This is a book about people pursuing love and achievement in a time of hate and severely limited opportunities. Though not all of the stories in Forbidden Fruit end in triumph, they all celebrate hope, passion, courage, and triumph of the human spirit.


Click for more detail about Forever An Ex by Victoria Christopher Murray Forever An Ex

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 17, 2014)
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Three Los Angeles women who've helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray’s bestselling novel The Ex Files.

Sheridan, Kendall, and Asia first bonded when they met seven years ago at a church prayer support group and now, their friendship has blossomed into a strong sisterhood. They've helped each other through the tragedies of their breakups and together, they've celebrated their triumphs. But now, their exes are back, wreaking havoc on lives they've work so hard to rebuild.

Sheridan has found love again after her ex-husband left her for a man. But old wounds are reopened when her ex-husband appears with his fiancee — a woman! And all of Sheridan's insecurities and doubts come rushing back. Kendall's former husband is now married to Kendall's sister, Sabrina. And though Kendall has refused to interact with either one in the last seven years, she's forced to reunite with Sabrina when their father is diagnosed with cancer. Asia has done her best to move away from her married boyfriend, a former star with the LA Lakers. But when they share a kiss, old desires are rekindled and Asia decides that it's time for her and Bobby Johnson to get back together again.

With her trademark writing that “has the kind of momentum that prompts you to elbow disbelief aside and flip the pages in horrified enjoyment” (The Washington Post), Forever an Ex is Murray's best novel yet.


Click for more detail about Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper Forged by Fire

by Sharon M. Draper
Simon Pulse (Jan 01, 1997)
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When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald’s life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, Jordan Sparks, who abuses her, and from their mother, whose irresponsible behavior forces Gerald to work hard to keep the family together.

As a teenager, Gerald finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, while Angel develops her talents as a dancer. Trouble still haunts them, however, and Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation.

Sharon M. Draper has interwoven characters and events from her previous novel, Tears of a Tiger, in this unflinchingly realistic portrayal of poverty and child abuse. It is an inspiring story of a young man who rises above the tragic circumstances of his life by drawing on the love and strength of family and friends.


Click for more detail about Forged By Fire (Hazelwood High Trilogy) by Sharon M. Draper Forged By Fire (Hazelwood High Trilogy)

by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jul 23, 2013)
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The flame of love burns bright in the second book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy, now in trade paperback with a new cover.

When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt, and a brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald’s life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, who is abusing her.

Somehow Gerald manages to finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, and Angel develops her talents as a dancer, despite the trouble that still haunts them. And Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation.

In this second book of the Hazelwood High trilogy, Sharon M. Draper has woven characters and events from Tears of a Tiger in an unflinchingly realistic portrayal of poverty and child abuse. It is an inspiring story of a young man who rises above the tragic circumstances of his life by drawing on the love and strength of family and friends.


Click for more detail about Fortune & Fame by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray Fortune & Fame

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Feb 25, 2014)
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Church first ladies Jasmine Cox, Larson Bush, and Rachel Jackson Adams are back and battling it out again—this time on reality TV—in the latest collaboration between national bestselling and award-winning authors Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Jasmine Cox, Larson Bush, and Rachel Jackson Adams have been through a lot together—from fighting for their husbands to become the head of the American Baptist Coalition to getting mixed up in a terrible murder. Now the frenemies have found themselves the stars of First Ladies, a much anticipated new reality television show.

Jasmine balks at the idea of airing her dirty laundry on national TV, but Rachel sees it as the perfect opportunity to take her brand to the next level. And if Rachel is in, so is Jasmine. All the cast members are women of God—how much drama can there be?

Rachel and Jasmine know their own pasts are murky, but they’ll seem like choir girls when the secrets and sins of the others come to light. The two will once again have to form an unholy alliance to go up against these so-called Godly women who see the show as their chance to take them down—at any cost.


Click for more detail about Forty Acres: A Novel by Dwayne Alexander Smith Forty Acres: A Novel

by Dwayne Alexander Smith
Atria / 37 Ink (Jul 01, 2014)
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What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this page-turning and provocative new novel.

Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He’s dazzled by what they’ve accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all—no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions…

Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery—but this time around, the black men are called “Master.” Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.

A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.


Click for more detail about Four Degrees of Heat: A Collection of Sexy Summer Escapades by Brenda L. Thomas, Crystal Lacey Winslow, Rochelle Alers, and ReShonda Tate Billingsley Four Degrees of Heat: A Collection of Sexy Summer Escapades

by Brenda L. Thomas, Crystal Lacey Winslow, Rochelle Alers, and ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 20, 2004)
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The mercury is soaring, and it’s the perfect time to dive into a pool of uninhibited sensuality. Take a break from the heat with this collection of steamy summertime encounters featuring four of today’s most popular African-American women writers.

Going south for her summer break, a high school math teacher puts her assets to work as an exotic dancer in Maxed Out by Brenda L. Thomas. But when her secret double life follows her home to Philadelphia, things swing wildly out of control as she tries to walk the line between sexy woman and sex object.

Worlds collide when a street-smart beauty scores with a multimillionaire during a summer that climaxes with the New York City blackout. Crystal Lacey Winslow captures the edgy thrills — and the dark side — of carnal pleasures in Sex, Sin & Brooklyn.

In Rochelle Alers’ Summer Madness, a sexy brother with a mysterious past turns a pretty librarian’s play-it-safe Hamptons vacation into a torrent of sensual delights. But can she trust him without knowing his whole story?

A jilted bride is on the Rebound in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s tale of passion in unexpected places. A Houston attorney goes solo on the Belize honeymoon she was supposed to share with her husband — and makes a sizzling connection with a handsome stranger in paradise.


Click for more detail about Fourplay: …the Dance of Sensuality by Brenda L. Thomas Fourplay: …the Dance of Sensuality

by Brenda L. Thomas
Gallery Books (Apr 06, 2004)
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Sasha Borianni is a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. As she establishes her public relations firm, Platinum Images, she finds herself mixing business with pleasure…and balancing her affairs is proving to be a challenge. Her newest client, banking executive Jordan Ashe, turns out to be kinkier than she could ever imagine. (That’s one.) Her old flame and boss, NBA player Phoenix Carter, tries to seduce her while she works to clean up his bad boy image. (That’s two.) Her old love Trent, who ended their relationship over baby-mama drama, wants her back in his life. (That’s three.) And, last but not least, financier Lyor Turrell makes his own play for Sasha. Juggling four men is no easy task but if anyone has what it takes it’s Sasha, a woman who thrives not only on the heat of her encounters but on the web of intrigue that connects them all.

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Click for more detail about Freedom by Any Means: True Stories of Cunning and Courage on the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus Freedom by Any Means: True Stories of Cunning and Courage on the Underground Railroad

by Betty DeRamus
Atria Books (Nov 30, -0001)
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Freedom by Any Means explains how African Americans resorted to using extraordinary methods to maintain their seemingly impossible personal relationships during the antebellum period. Besides running away together or raising money to buy their freedom, loved ones filed successful lawsuits, became military spies or counterspies, and used rumors of voodoo to create bluffs and tricks in order to survive. Riveting and surprising, Betty DeRamus captures the tumultuous lives of the humans in inhumane situations who were able to salvage their families and marriages and achieve freedom together against tremendous odds. Freedom by Any Means also features the return of many of the beloved figures from her previous book Forbidden Fruit, including Lucy Nichols, Al and Margaret Wood, and Sylvia and Louis Stark. This inspiring account, steeped in rich historical research, attests to the resolve of the human spirit and reveals how men and women were willing to risk it all to escape the slavery.


Click for more detail about Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford Freedom in Congo Square

by Carole Boston Weatherford
little bee books (Jan 05, 2016)
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Freedom in Congo Square


This poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures a human’s capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans’ Congo Square was truly freedom’s heart.

Mondays, there were hogs to slop,

mules to train, and logs to chop.

Slavery was no ways fair.

Six more days to Congo Square.

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves’ duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square. This book will have a forward from Freddi Williams Evans (freddievans.com), a historian and Congo Square expert, as well as a glossary of terms with pronunciations and definitions.


Click for more detail about Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Sep 13, 2016)
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Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same asa lantern.

You, an object. An object to sell.

In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that CAN’T be bought or sold—dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his “workers”, Bryan has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry he imagines and interprets each person’s life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about—their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you’ve seen.


Click for more detail about Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles Freedom Summer

by Deborah Wiles
Aladdin (Jan 01, 2005)
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John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn’t swim in the town pool with me.
He’s not allowed.
Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim. But there’s one important way they’re different: Joe is white and John Henry is black, and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn’t allowed to do everything his best friend is. Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there…only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people’s hearts.


Click for more detail about Freedom Train by Evelyn Coleman Freedom Train

by Evelyn Coleman
Margaret K. McElderry Books (Jan 03, 2012)
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Now in paperback, an enthralling account of a young boy’s struggle to help freedom triumph over fear in the 1940s American South.

It’s 1947, and twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother who guards the Freedom Train—a train that is traveling to all forty-eight states carrying the country’s most important documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Clyde is chosen to say the Freedom Pledge at the train’s stop in Atlanta, but his terrible stage fright forces him to refuse the honor. Instead, it’s the class bully, Phillip, who gets selected, and he begins to torment Clyde. When an African-American boy saves him from a beating, Clyde is shocked. Especially when he learns that William lives in the white part of town. How can this be? And why can’t he bring himself to be friends with William?

Clyde hasn’t told his parents he won’t perform the pledge, nor has he mentioned his confusing friendship with a boy of color. So when the townspeople threaten William’s family, Clyde has a choice to make: Will he keep quiet, or stand up for real freedom?

Ideal for classrooms, Freedom Train contains historical photos of the Freedom Train and its guards, as well as an author’s note that provides additional information about the history of the Freedom Train.


Click for more detail about Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 by Lynne Olson Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970

by Lynne Olson
Scribner (Feb 16, 2001)
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The first comprehensive history of the role of women in the civil rights movement, Freedom’s Daughters fills a startling gap in both the literature of civil rights and of women’s history. Stokely Carmichael, Andrew Young, John Lewis, and other well-known leaders of the civil rights movement have admitted that women often had the ideas for which men took credit. In this groundbreaking book, credit finally goes where credit is due — to the bold women who were crucial to the movement’s success and who refused to give up the fight. From the Montgomery bus boycott to the lunch counter sit-ins to the Freedom Rides, Lynne Olson’s Freedom’s Daughters offers a remarkable corrective to the standard history as she tells the long overlooked story of the extraordinary women, both black and white, who were among the most fearless, resourceful, and tenacious leaders of the civil rights movement. Reminding us that the story of women fighting for civil rights began much earlier than the 1950s and 1960s, Olson puts the formal civil rights movement into the context of a much larger history of women’s activism. From the abolitionist and suffragist movements to women’s liberation, Olson proves that the political activity of women has been the thread connecting the big reform movements from the 1830s to 1970. Into this context, then, she introduces portraits and cameos of more than sixty women — many until now forgotten and some never before written about — from the key figures (Pauli Murray, Ida Wells, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ella Baker, and Septima Clark, among others) whose activism spanned several different movements and decades to some of the smaller players who represent the hundredsand hundreds of women who each came forth to do her own small part and who together ultimately formed the mass movements that made the difference. As one male activist said of the movement in Mississippi: It was a woman’s war. This is the story of women making difficult choices, trying to balance lives as wives and mothers with their all-consuming work, defying society’s standards of proper female behavior. It’s the story of indomitable black women like Diane Nash who refused to give up the civil rights fight, even as the formal movement collapsed, and of white female civil rights activists mourning the loss of their old movement while helping to launch a new one — the battle for women’s rights. Freedom’s Daughters puts a human face on the civil rights struggle — and shows that that face was often female.

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Click for more detail about Friends & Foes by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray Friends & Foes

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray
Gallery Books (Mar 12, 2013)
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IT’S “A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!”* when the bestselling authors of Sinners & Saints bring back their outrageous first ladies in this sassy, witty, and poignant sequel! Now that Rachel Jackson Adams’s husband has won the coveted position of president of the American Baptist Coalition, Jasmine Larson Bush has concocted a scheme to one-up her rival—by promoting her new community center on the nation’s #1 television talk show! The power play won’t stop Rachel, who jets from Houston to Chicago to sabotage Jasmine’s TV appearance. But Chicago is the last place Rachel should be when one of the Coalition’s heaviest hitters turns up dead— and Rachel looks guilty as sin. Will her nemesis leave her stranded and let her take the rap? Or will Jasmine help Rachel hunt down a killer? Could danger this deep turn the enemies into BFFs? After all, miracles do happen…


Click for more detail about From Cape Town With Love by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes From Cape Town With Love

by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes
Atria Books (May 18, 2010)
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THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS OF CASANEGRA AND IN THE NIGHT OF THE HEAT TEAM UP FOR A THIRD TIME TO PRESENT FROM CAPE TOWN WITH LOVE, A TENNYSON HARDWICK NOVEL.Actor-turned-detective Tennyson Hardwick has solved two high-profile deaths in Hollywood, but nothing has prepared him for a race to save a child’s life. Tennyson’s past in the sex game cost him his new girlfriend, and he brings her to Cape Town, South Africa—a scenic film destination and playground for the rich—to try to win her back. There Tennyson is hired as a bodyguard by superstar Sofia Maitlin when she visits an orphanage to adopt an African child.Months later, Maitlin offers Tennyson one of Hollywood’s hottest tickets—a job as a bodyguard at adopted daughter Nandi’s A-list celebrity birthday party. But the party is over before it begins. When Nandi’s birthday goes dreadfully wrong, it’s up to a guilt-ridden Tennyson to save a child’s life and reunite a Hollywood family.But how? He can’t go to the police, the FBI has threatened to arrest him, and Big Brother is monitoring his telephone calls. To find Nandi, Tennyson will have to rely on tips from his father—a retired LAPD captain—and a mysterious woman from his past, Marsha, who has already proven she can’t be trusted. His strongest lead is a deadly knife fighter known only as Spider. When his search for the missing child crosses Marsha’s covert investigation into a criminal gang with ties to South Africa, Tennyson knows that finding Nandi might cost him his freedom—or his life.


Click for more detail about Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler by Agyei Tyehimba Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler

by Agyei Tyehimba
Atria Books (Aug 07, 2007)
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Click for more detail about Gather Together in My Name by Tracy Price-Thompson Gather Together in My Name

by Tracy Price-Thompson
Atria Books (May 20, 2008)
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From the nationally bestselling and Hurston/Wright award-winning author Tracy Price-Thompson comes a heartbreaking story of loyalty and love that goes beyond the ultimate sacrifice.

Coming of age in the heart of crime-ridden Brooklyn, Shyne Blackwood is one in a set of triplets born into poverty and great tragedy. While his brothers are raised to seek a life of promise, Shyne’s path veers early on. A street-seasoned hustler, he becomes known as a liar, a thief, and ultimately, a killer.

Personifying many of the negative stereotypes attributed to black men, Shyne is accused and convicted of the brutal murder of a child, and an entire city demands vengeance as he’s sent to death row in a cold New York state prison.

On the eve of Shyne’s execution, five people travel to Quincy Correctional Facility to witness the event. As the clock counts down to midnight, and while everyone has long since abandoned Shyne to his fate, a secret at the heart of this unthinkable crime remains to be discovered. It is a secret that will test the bonds of family, the strength of one man’s character, and the redemptive power of a love worth dying for.


Click for more detail about Get It Girls: A Harlem Girl Lost Novel by Treasure Blue Get It Girls: A Harlem Girl Lost Novel

by Treasure Blue
Cash Money Content (Feb 07, 2012)
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WHEN JESSICA JONES AND HER three best friends venture out on prom night, a tragic incident turns a night of high school achievement into a crime scene, and Jessica and her girls are left with bloody hands and shattered futures. After spending years paying off a debt that wasn’t theirs, Jessica and her friends return to Harlem to find it changed. Crack is now king and its destruction has left their families in ruin and their neighborhoods consumed by its peddlers. Jessica takes a stand, and her friends are there to back her up in order to preserve their lives, their families, and their Harlem.


Click for more detail about Gettin’ Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles Ii by Zane Gettin’ Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles Ii

by Zane
Atria Books (Oct 29, 2002)
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Zane is back with "Gettin’ Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II," more stories for the legion of readers that made "The Sex Chronicles" a bestseller. Zane’s erotic short stories have captivated the minds of both sexes and all races. "The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth" did exactly what its title implies — exploded the myth that men are more sexual in nature than women, and that African-American women in particular are inhibited compared to their female counterparts of other cultures.Her audience is growing by leaps and bounds, nurtured by her Internet site and her previous bestselling titles, including "The Heat Seekers," her debut in hardcover. Zane knows exactly what her readers want, and in "Gettin’ Buck Wild" she gives them some of her most provocative prose to date. Her characters and settings run the gamut from committed, monogamous couples looking to experiment, to the wild single sisters who belong to a very unconventional sorority. Zane tells the story of a high-paid multi-tasking career woman who gets her groove back in "When Opposites Attract," a couple who try something new in "The Subway — A Quickie," and a new way of celebrating Christmas in "The Santa Claus." She spices up real-life scenarios with over-the-top sexual fantasy and ultimately gives her readers the best time they’ve ever had between the pages of a book.With all-new characters and settings, "Gettin’ Buck Wild" is Zane’s hottest collection of stories yet. Smart, witty and extremely sexy, this second volume of Sex Chronicles is tailored to women — but perfect for lovers to share.


Click for more detail about Gettin' Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II by Zane Gettin’ Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II

by Zane
Atria Books (Oct 07, 2003)
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Scenarios run the gamut from committed, monogamous couples looking to experiment to wild, single sisters who form a very unconventional sorority. You’ll meet a high-paid multitasking career woman who gets her groove back in “When Opposites Attract.” You’ll take a ride with an adventurous couple who try something new in “The Subway—A Quickie.” You’ll discover a new way of celebrating Christmas in “The Santa Claus.” Spicing up real-life scenarios with over-the-top sexual fantasy, Zane gives readers the best time they’ve ever had between the pages of a book.

Zane’s hottest collection yet, with all-new characters and settings, these stories are tailored to women—but perfect for lovers to share.


Click for more detail about Getting Even (Good Girlz) by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Getting Even (Good Girlz)

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Apr 22, 2008)
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The fourth book in The Good Girlz series from national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

One guy is leading them on….

Best friends forever, Camille, Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel always stand up for each other. So when Camille runs into boy problems, Jasmine is ready to settle the score — even ready to fight! Camille convinces her it’s not worth it, even though she was attacked by some girls who are jealous of the attention she’s getting from Vic, a cute guy Camille met at a football game. But Camille’s boy troubles are just starting….

Should they forgive — or make him pay?

Alexis is dating a guy named Anthony, and it doesn’t take long for Jasmine to discover that he’s Anthony Vickers — the very same Vic that Camille has fallen for! When the truth comes out, the girls cook up a scheme for payback, something that will teach a two-timing guy the error of his ways. But their dramatic plan may be backfiring, tearing at the bonds of their own friendship, and showing them that the price for revenge is high — for everyone.


Click for more detail about Ghost: Running for His Life or From It?  by Jason Reynolds Ghost: Running for His Life or From It?

by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Aug 30, 2016)
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His new book Ghost is the start of a series for kids about an inner city track team and the different things they’re running from. It’s inspired by Black Lives Matter and his own childhood in DC:

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.

  • Castle Crenshaw, aka Ghost’s, life story actually happened to Jason’s best friend. He and his mother were chased by their father at gunpoint, and they had to hide in a 7-11 down the street. Lu, an albino African American character, is also based on a friend of Jason’s.
  • The coach is based on Jason’s own coach, a taxi driver who drove kids to practice in the back of his cab.
  • Like Ghost, Jason ran track as conditioning for the sport he REALLY cared about – basketball.
  • In communities of color, and low-income communities, kids are always running. From sirens, from guns, from their family, from their mom’s discipline. They’re in constant fear. Running isn’t something they’ve had to learn, they’ve just always done it.
  • Track is an “individual team” sport. Everyone is competing with themselves (their own scores/times), as well as being part of the team. This mirrors the black experience in the US—everyone has their own individual experiences, but is a part of the larger African American community that is fighting for justice. Truly, everything Jason writes is inspired by that experience and Black Lives Matter.


Click for more detail about Giant Steps To Change The World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee Giant Steps To Change The World

by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Jan 04, 2011)
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"On some days your dreams may seem too away far to realize… Listen to the whispers of those that came before…"

Following the success of their much beloved picture books, Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please; Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, and his talented wife Tonya Lewis Lee offer up an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken "giant steps", this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, what’s your next step going to be?


Click for more detail about Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick. McKissack Goin’ Someplace Special

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick. McKissack
Aladdin (Dec 30, 2008)
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There’s a place in this 1950s southern town where all are welcome, no matter what their skin color…and ’Tricia Ann knows exactly how to get there. To her, it’s someplace special and she’s bursting to go by herself.
When her grandmother sees that she’s ready to take such a big step, ’Tricia Ann hurries to catch the bus heading downtown. But unlike the white passengers, she must sit in the back behind the Jim Crow sign and wonder why life’s so unfair.
Still, for each hurtful sign seen and painful comment heard, there’s a friend around the corner reminding ’Tricia Ann that she’s not alone. And even her grandmother’s words — "You are somedbody, a human being — no better, no worse than anybody else in this world" — echo in her head, lifting her spirits and pushing her forward.
Patricia C. McKissack’s poignant story of growing up in the segregated South and Jerry Pinkney’s rich, detailed watercolors lead readers to the doorway of freedom.


Click for more detail about Good Hair: A Novel by Benilde Little Good Hair: A Novel

by Benilde Little
Simon & Schuster (Oct 06, 1997)
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A #1 Blackboard Bestseller

Voted as one of the top ten books of the year by the Los Angeles Times

Alice Andrews is a Newark-bred newspaper reporter living the single girl life in Manhattan, while trying to forget the smooth-talking investment banker she thought was Mr. Right. When she meets Jack Russworm, a handsome, third generation Harvard-educated doctor, it seems as though things are finally falling into place. Their romance builds beautifully, but as the relationship gets serious, their divergent upbringings start to the surface. Will they move beyond or get trapped by the expectations of their different worlds.

A delicious, eye-opening look at the world of upper class Black Manhattanites.


Click for more detail about Gotta Keep on Tryin’: A Novel by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant Gotta Keep on Tryin’: A Novel

by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant
Touchstone (Jan 08, 2008)
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Gayle Saunders and Patricia Reid have been lifelong friends, as close as sisters. When they were teens their dreams led them down separate paths and away from each other. But they reunited as adults, drawn back together by a bond of friendship that stood the test of time.

Now Pat and Gayle co-own the Ell & Me Company, a business they founded based on a character Gayle created years ago for her daughter. Things are going well, but real-life dramas ensue as each must face issues from the past in order to protect the future.

Pat and Marcus look like the perfect twenty-first-century couple - smart, talented, each at the helm of a high-profile enterprise and at the top of their game. But behind closed doors their marriage is challenged by the stresses of a two-entrepreneur household. Will their professional pursuits leave them time for each other and a family, or carry them into the arms of others? Will a paternity claim prove to be too much of an obstacle to overcome?

Gayle faces her own family drama and struggles to maintain control of her life. Despite dating other men, has she ever really gotten over her ex-husband, Ramsey, the gambler who left her and their daughter, Vanessa, in financial ruin? Gayle bends over backward to provide a stable, comfortable home for Vanessa, and support her dream of becoming a dancer. And Vanessa, a rebellious and hurtful teen, seems just as devoted to making Gayle pay for every mistake she has ever made. And what ever happened to Ramsey?

In Gotta Keep on Tryin’, Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant bring us heroines who remind you, for better and worse, of women everywhere - women who know that true friendship keeps us grounded. And when things get rough the bond between women can be stronger than any trials we face.

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Click for more detail about Green Smoothies for Life by J.J. Smith Green Smoothies for Life

by J.J. Smith
Atria Books (Dec 27, 2016)
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A brand-new meal plan that will assist readers with incorporating green smoothies into their everyday routine while developing healthier long-term eating habits and improving their overall health.

More than a weight loss plan, the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, designed by nutritionist and certified weight-loss expert JJ Smith, became a way of life. Readers reported that they not only shed pounds but they also slept better, thought more clearly, and were in better over-all health, with some adherents, in consultation with their doctor, even moving off medication. As delicious as her green smoothies are, however, the cleanse was designed only to jumpstart a detox and a new approach to eating—it’s not a permanent solution.

In her new book, Green Smoothies for Life, the highly anticipated follow up to the #1 New York Times bestseller 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, Smith presents a way that green smoothies can be incorporated into your daily regimen. With over thirty recipes for everything from hot dinners to desserts and snacks, sixty thoughtfully composed green smoothie recipes, a thirty-day meal plan and the corresponding shopping lists, the book provides you with a step-by-step prescriptive daily regimen that shows you how to eat mindfully and healthily. In addition to green smoothies and color photographs of select recipes, the book includes more than twenty effective methods to detox (which helps fuel weight loss), information on Smith’s DHEMM (Detox, Hormonal Balance, Eat, Move and Mental Mastery) weight loss system, and testimonials from dieters who’ve change their approach to not just food but also life since while following her advice.

Whether you are just starting out on your weight loss journey or already a smoothie convert, Green Smoothies for Life is the essential next step in continuing your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.


Click for more detail about Grown Folks Business: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray Grown Folks Business: A Novel

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 07, 2005)
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Sheridan’s husband wanted to stop living a lie, but how was she going to live her life knowing the truth?

"There’s no other way to say this. I’m in love with someone else." With these words, Sheridan Hart’s life as she knows it comes to a crashing halt. She thought she was living every woman’s dream: for the past seventeen years of marriage, Quentin had been a model husband, father, and business partner. But for all those years, he’d been hiding a secret from her. In fact, he had kept his secret from everyone. His startling confession is a lifelong attraction to men, and he is leaving her to be with his lover.
While coming to grips with the destruction of her marriage, Sheridan must also deal with the emotional reactions of her sixteen-year-old son and ten-year-old daughter. When word gets out about Quentin, everybody has something to say — her family, her friends, and her church community all have advice to give and judgment to dole out. But at the end of the day, Sheridan must lean on her faith and her heart to decide what’s best for her family.


Click for more detail about Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation by Deborah Davis Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation

by Deborah Davis
Atria Books (Feb 05, 2013)
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In this revealing social history, one remarkable White House dinner becomes a lens through which to examine race, politics, and the lives and legacies of two of America’s most iconic figures.

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive mansion with the First Family. The next morning, news that the president had dined with a black man sent shock waves through the nation. Fueled by inflammatory newspaper articles, political cartoons, and even vulgar songs, the scandal escalated and threatened to topple two of America’s greatest men.

In this smart, accessible narrative, one seemingly ordinary dinner becomes a window onto post–Civil War American history and politics, and onto the lives of two dynamic men whose experiences and philosophies connect in unexpected ways. Deborah Davis also introduces dozens of other fascinating figures who have previously occupied the margins and footnotes of history, creating a lively and vastly entertaining book that reconfirms her place as one of our most talented popular historians.


Click for more detail about Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation by Deborah Davis Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation

by Deborah Davis
Atria Books (May 08, 2012)
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In this revealing social history, one remarkable White House dinner becomes a lens through which to examine race, politics, and the lives and legacies of two of America’s most iconic figures. In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive mansion with the First Family. The next morning, news that the president had dined with a black man and former slave sent shock waves through the nation. Although African Americans had helped build the White House and had worked for most of the presidents, not a single one had ever been invited to dine there. Fueled by inflammatory newspaper articles, political cartoons, and even vulgar songs, the scandal escalated and threatened to topple two of America’s greatest men. In this smart, accessible narrative, one seemingly ordinary dinner becomes a window onto post

Civil War American history and politics, and onto the lives of two dynamic men whose experiences and philosophies connect in unexpected ways. Deborah Davis also introduces dozens of other fascinating figures who have previously occupied the margins and footnotes of history, creating a lively and vastly entertaining book that reconfirms her place as one of our most talented popular historians.


Click for more detail about Half a Moon and One Whole Star by Crescent Dragonwagon Half a Moon and One Whole Star

by Crescent Dragonwagon
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 1986)
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The summer night is full of wonderful sounds and scents as Susan falls asleep.


Click for more detail about Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today by Arlene Hirschfelder Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today

by Arlene Hirschfelder
Scribner (Sep 01, 1986)
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Explores the everyday life, culture, and preservation of traditions of America’s native peoples, the Indians, Inuits, and Aleuts.


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by Mark Anthony and 50 Cent
Gallery Books/G-Unit (Jul 24, 2007)
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She’S One Tough Mother

Roxy Reynolds learned the rules of the street nearly two decades ago as a low- level member of what was once New York City’s most powerful drug organization. She was also a mom at fourteen years old, and did what she had to do to raise her daughter, Chyna. Now Chyna’s all grown up, a stunningly beautiful exotic dancer with a baby girl of her own, while super-sexy Roxy is at the height of her power running Harlem Heat, a gun-trafficking ring. It’s a lucrative life- style some would do anything to have. And when former drug kingpin Panama Pete returns to the hood after serving fifteen years in prison, a spiral of violence traps Roxy and Chyna and has them running from the law - and running for their lives.


Click for more detail about Harlem Redux: A Novel by Persia Walker Harlem Redux: A Novel

by Persia Walker
Simon & Schuster (May 28, 2002)
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Four years after dropping out of Harlem society, David McKay, a handsome young lawyer from a prominent Strivers’ Row family, returns home, devastated by the news of his sister Lilian’s suicide. What caused his once stable, gentle sister to take her own life? Why did she marry Jameson Sweet, giving a man she barely knew a claim to the family home? What caused her flamboyant twin, Gem, to return to Harlem from Paris, forge new bonds, and suddenly depart again? Most important, why did Lilian feel compelled to keep David in the dark about it all?Burdened by a secret of his own, David dares to stay in Harlem just long enough to stave off the threat to his family home and answer questions about Lilian’s death. Entering her world, he rediscovers what he left behind — a place of suffocating class strictures, seductive patrons, and aristocratic civil rights leaders. His inquiry takes him from the wealthy salons of Renaissance Harlem to the crowded tenements of its poor. He uncovers old loves and festering hatreds. But the deeper he probes, the closer he comes to unleashing forces that threaten to reveal his own crippling secret — a secret that could destroy him or redeem him.This gripping novel, at once taut and lyrical, evokes the mystique of Harlem’s most fascinating era. Absorbing and powerful, "Harlem Redux" combines incisive comment on race and class with a tragic tale of unrequited love.

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Click for more detail about Harm Done by Shane Allison Harm Done

by Shane Allison
Strebor Books (Aug 29, 2017)
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A college professor’s romantic relationship with one of her students, who also happens to be her best friend’s son, leads to turmoil among the three in this tale of sex, suspense, and shattered dreams.

Shariece Houston appears to have everything going for her: she’s a successful college professor and has recently found love. The only problem is that she has to keep her relationship a secret since it’s with her student Emjay Fox, who just happens to be her best friend’s son.

Torn between her friendship with her best friend Leandra and her love for Emjay, she must also deal with Myrick, her obsessed, serial killer ex-boyfriend who will do anything to get back the woman he loves.

A tawdry, steamy, and heartpounding tale of love gone wrong, blackmail, scandal, and the secrets lovers tell one another, Harm Done is a riveting and suspenseful romance.


Click for more detail about Harriet by Norma Johnston Harriet

by Norma Johnston
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 01, 1994)
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A narrative portrait of the life and writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe examines the nineteenth-century era that spawned her work and the dramatic influence of her controversial work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.


Click for more detail about Have a Look, Says Book. by Richard Jackson Have a Look, Says Book.

by Richard Jackson
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Apr 12, 2016)
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Soft kittens, wooly socks, soggy mittens, fleecy flocks—this pictorial celebration of things tactile explores how what we touch touches us.

There’s a reason why toddlers put everything (or so it seems) into their mouths—it’s how they understand itwith grabby hands, open mouths, andhereopen book.

In Take a Look, Says Book fleas seem to hop off one page, peas squish bean-bag flat on the next. The images seemingly come to life, just as so much comes to life within our imaginations through reading, and handling things with just the right touch.

From legendary editor Richard Jackson and phenomenally talented illustrator Kevin Hawkes, Have a Look, Says Book is a sweet celebration of the ways we discover new things, through touch, through books.


Click for more detail about Have Mercy (Zane Presents) by Earl Sewell Have Mercy (Zane Presents)

by Earl Sewell
Strebor Books (Jun 23, 2009)
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After his idyllic life is shattered, State Trooper Marshall Turner must learn how to find it in his heart to forgive the man who killed his daughter.

Marshall Turner’s life is a dream come true. He is married to a woman he passionately loves and who passionately loves him back. He has a beautiful daughter who makes his heart swell with pride. But all that gets taken away in the blink of an eye when Luther Parker, a poorly educated and reckless man, kills Marshall’s beloved daughter in a horrible car accident. Unwilling to face the authorities for his crime, Luther flees into hiding. But living as a fugitive is never easy, especially since the police have launched a massive manhunt to track him down. Meanwhile, Marshall’s marriage becomes increasingly strained by grief—and his wife leaves him. His life spirals further out of control as he becomes more and more depressed. But over time, Marshall begins a hot new romance with Carmen, a worldly woman who has survived her fair share of heartache. But just when life is getting sweet, Marshall finally gets a chance to confront Luther…and enforce his own brand of justice. In Have Mercy, the national bestselling and award-winning author delivers it all with this riveting tale full of eroticism, romance, drama, and suspense.


Click for more detail about Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade

by Zane
Strebor Books (May 26, 2009)
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Hope and Faith: two things that everyone needs to survive. But the words take on a different meaning in the form of a set of twins who attend Crockett University in Washington, D.C. As seniors, they are looking forward to a bright future in corporate America. Meanwhile, they have decided to relieve some of the stress involved in getting a higher education by being members of APF.

Soror Ride 'em High and Soror Lick 'em Low, originally hail from Atlanta and, like most twins, they share a connection. In fact, their physical bond is so strong, that one can often feel a pounding in her vagina while the other is engaged in sexual activity. But everything is not perfect when it comes to being a twin. Sometimes animosity and jealousy can creep in; especially when Hope and Faith find themselves both attracted to the same man on campus. Is blood really thicker than water? Or, in this case, thicker than basic carnal desires?

In this long-anticipated second volume in the APF series, a follow-up to The Sisters of APF: The Indoctrination of Soror Ride Dick, New York Times Bestselling Author Zane, once again proves why she is "The Queen of Erotic Fiction." Over the years many have tried to emulate her but Zane's imagination is not to be replicated any time in the near future. The freak nights of APF are some of the most artistic, exhilarating, erotic experiences that have ever graced the pages of a book; evidenced by the thousands of emails Zane has received over the years from women yearning to join the sorority.


Click for more detail about Heaven by Angela Johnson Heaven

by Angela Johnson
Simon Pulse (Aug 01, 2000)
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Marley has lived in Heaven since she was two years old, when her mother found a postcard postmarked HEAVEN, OH on a park bench and decided that was where she wanted to raise her family.
And for twelve years, Marley’s hometown has lived up to its name. She lives in a house by the river, has loving parents, a funny younger brother, good friends, and receives frequent letters from her mysterious Uncle Jack. Then one day a letter arrives form Alabama, and Marley’s life is turned upside down. Marley doesn’t even know who she is anymore — but where can she go for answers, when she’s been deceived by the very people she should be able to trust the most?


Click for more detail about Heaven’s Fury (G UNIT) by Meta Smith and 50 Cent Heaven’s Fury (G UNIT)

by Meta Smith and 50 Cent
Gallery Books/G-Unit (Nov 20, 2007)
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Heaven Diaz was raised by her abuela to be a good Catholic girl. But nothing — and no one — will mess with her life, or there will be hell to pay….

With a fantastic career, a luxurious home, and a successful and adoring husband, Heaven has a lot to be thankful for. But a chance meeting with a sexy and manipulative woman changes her life almost overnight, pulling Heaven into a violent drug war — a battle she didn’t want but now can’t escape. What no one counted on is Heaven herself — for when this good girl gets pushed too far, her wrath is deadly.


Click for more detail about Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon Heavy: An American Memoir

by Kiese Laymon
Scribner (Jan 01, 2019)
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With charged intellect and piercing candor, provocative essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon shares his experiences of growing up with racial prejudice and violence both within his own family and in the culture at large.

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, he filters his personal stories through the full power of his impressive intellect to reflect on American society. But one issue has always evaded his penetrating self-reflection and that was his own abuse, a subject that brought feelings of shame and humiliation. Now he opens himself to this past, confronts these painful memories, and asks us to consider our shared memories as an abusive nation. In “Heavy,” Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body and the collective body of the Black community. He also chronicles his attempt to lose 100 pounds, an effort at which he fails. He speaks to his two aunts, his grandmother, his mother, his father, his mother s ex-boyfriend, and the two women who sexually abused him, as well as to his friends, whose abuse he witnessed, about their relationship with violence, race, trauma, gender, and food.

A personal story that illuminates national issues, “Heavy” is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful exploration that begins with a heartbreaking story of innocence taken and continues through twenty-five years of repeated, haunting implosions, and long reverberations.”


Click for more detail about Help! I’ve Turned Into My Mother by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Help! I’ve Turned Into My Mother

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Strebor Books (Dec 06, 2005)
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Warm, witty, and wise — a unique collection of anecdotes and actual conversations helps African-American daughters understand, accept, and, if necessary, forgive their mothers.

Tell a woman she is “turning into her mother” and chances are she will deny it. Some will defy it. Ultimately, though, recognition will finally set in…like it or not , daughters often emulate their mothers.

In an era when more mothers and daughters are exploring their relationships, Help! I’ve Turned Into My Mother offers an eclectic collection of true stories that provides a unique opportunity for discussion. Readers will see themselves, or others, in these tales from real-life women of all ages, races, and walks of life. Gathered by the author from messages she received on her website, the narratives include delightful reflections on the joys of growing up female, to hilarious accounts of the agony and ecstasy of being a young woman, to heartfelt tributes to parents and mentors who helped smooth the path to adulthood. Written with humor and warmth, they offer advice, encouragement, and inspiration for anyone juggling the diverse demands of life today.


Click for more detail about Hiding in Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry--From Music to Hollywood by Terrance Dean Hiding in Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry--From Music to Hollywood

by Terrance Dean
Atria Books (Jun 30, 2009)
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Within the masculine culture of hip hop and Hollywood, there is a well-known gay subculture that industry insiders are keenly aware of but choose to hide. Terrance Dean worked his way up for more than ten years in the entertainment industry from intern to executive, and has lived the life of glitz and bling along with Hollywood and Hip Hop’s most glamorous heavy hitters. With a family full of secrets and working in an industry founded on maleness—where one’s job, friendships, and reputation all depend on remaining on the down low—Dean writes a revealing account of the journey of coming out from hiding.

Full of startling anecdotes and incredible true stories, Hiding in Hip Hop is not a traditional tell-all. A personal and poignant memoir, it is also one of the most provocative and honest looks at stardom and sexuality.


Click for more detail about Hiding In Hip Hop: On The Down Low In The Entertainment Industry--From Music To Hollywood by Terrance Dean Hiding In Hip Hop: On The Down Low In The Entertainment Industry--From Music To Hollywood

by Terrance Dean
Atria Books (May 13, 2008)
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Entertainment industry insider Terrance Dean takes a personal, provocative look at stardom and sexuality, through his own experiences of life on the down low.


Click for more detail about Hittin’ It Out The Park by Allison Hobbs and Karen E. Quinones Miller Hittin’ It Out The Park

by Allison Hobbs and Karen E. Quinones Miller
Strebor Books (Mar 31, 2015)
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Secrets abound in this scintillating, drama-fuelled novel about a love triangle between a multi-millionaire baseball star, his wife, and the groupie who’s trying to ruin their marriage—if a long-held secret doesn’t destroy it first.

Cheryl Blanton is married to a superstar baseball player who has won three Gold Gloves and recently signed a $120 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees. He’s wealthy and handsome, and all the groupies are after him, but Cheryl is gorgeous and her sex game has her man on lock. There’s just one little secret she’s been keeping from him: her husband doesn’t realize that she’s nine years his senior. And so far Cheryl’s had no problem hiding her age—her husband only has eyes for her. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Sexy Sanchez comes on the scene.

Sexy blatantly goes after Cheryl’s man, and a series of catfights ensue between them. Cheryl realizes she’s in the battle of her life to keep her man and plots to get rid of her nemesis. But when she hires a private investigator to dig up some dirt on Sexy, she discovers that getting rid of her rival might not be easy, and could also reveal some devastating secrets she’d rather keep to herself…


Click for more detail about Hollywood Skye (Zane Presents) by Suzetta Perkins Hollywood Skye (Zane Presents)

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (Dec 15, 2015)
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When a young woman seeking fame and fortune falls into a con artist’s trap, she learns what Hollywood is really all aboutand what really matters most.

Skye Taylor is a nave, attractive nineteen-year-old, who wants to get as far away from her small Kansas hometown as possible. She coerces a soldier from a nearby army base to marry her, but soon finds out that she’s in a marriage from hell. With very little money, Skye leaves her husband and sets off for Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

Things may be looking up for Skye when she has a chance meeting with well-dressed, well-manicured Rico Tillman, who is enthralled with her beauty and offers to manage her career. But what Skye doesn’t know is that Rico, if that’s his real name, is the head of a local car-theft ring. One day police stop Skye while she is dropping off one of Rico’s cars. She uses her one phone call to contact Rico, who has already disappeared.

Skye’s life spirals out of control. She is black-listed before her acting career really takes off. And during this traumatic moment in her life, she realizes she misses her family. After everything she’s been through, Skye considers returning home, but that spark—that desire to be a part of the entertainment business—is still there. Could one more bad decision cost Skye her life?


Click for more detail about Holy Rollers by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Holy Rollers

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 06, 2010)
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Looking for Love . . .

Lifelong friends Coco, Nita, and Tia have spent years looking for love in the arms of flashy pro athletes, hoping to land a baller but ending up with a stream of failed relationships. The beautiful and demure Coco has endured years of physical abuse from her boyfriend, Sonny, while Tia, a single mother, has dated her fair share of cheaters and yearns for a stable companion who will be a father figure to her son. And feisty, seductive Nita is tired of being the million-dollar mistress and wants to settle down—if she can find someone worth coming home to.

Changing the Game . . .

Now that the women are approaching thirty, they’re finding it harder than ever to compete with the pro groupies. Determined to change the game and find some worthwhile men, Tia hatches an outrageous plan. Soon the trio is "holy rolling," masquerading as God-fearing churchgoers at a local conference for young ministers in the hopes of snagging a prominent pastor. But will their big gamble pay off? Men of the cloth are still just men, after all. As the three friends meet their potential life partners, they will have to decide how far they want to take their holy rollers scheme—each risking heartbreak while taking a chance on finding a reliable, responsible man to love and cherish, flaws and all.


Click for more detail about Homecoming Weekend: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Curtis Bunn Homecoming Weekend: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Curtis Bunn
Strebor Books (Sep 04, 2012)
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If you thought Las Vegas was where “what happens” stays, you have not been to homecoming at a historically black college or university, which means you have missed out. Until now, that is.

Curtis Bunn’s novel, Homecoming Weekend, provides readers a provocative, engrossing and humorous journey to an HBCU campus for those two days of reminiscing, partying, sex, romance, laughs and even tears.

There is nothing quite like homecoming. It is a combination of a massive family reunion and festival, a sentimental and reaffirming annual experience that is laced with rekindled romances from years gone by, weekend flings and surprising revelations. Bunn paints high-definition images of the events as he takes you on the odyssey of five sets of friends back at their alma mater seeking satisfaction in different fashions. And while they arrive anticipating one thing, they end up with realities that place them in moral and ethical dilemmas—and the resolutions are as satisfying as a warm embrace from a dear old friend.

Best of all, Bunn makes you feel like you are right there with the characters— or wish you were there.


Click for more detail about Honey Flava by Zane Honey Flava

by Zane
Atria Books (May 27, 2008)
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Honey Flava features an erotic feast of short stories with enough Asian flava to ignite fireworks. With an African American and Asian mix of sexy characters, Zane picks the most clever and bold male and female writers to deliver a collection like no other. Stories like Geisha Girl and Pins and Needles give tea and acupuncture a whole new meaning, and the word "Master" is a term of endearment in The Meaning of Zhuren. In tantalizing portraits of some of the hottest — and sweetest — scenes you’ll ever want to experience, Honey Flava will take you to a sensual paradise of no return. Zane delivers a new and special taste, proving that passion and sensuality have truly universal meaning.


Click for more detail about Honey Flava by Zane Honey Flava

by Zane
Atria Books (Aug 11, 2012)
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Honey Flava features an erotic feast of short stories with enough Asian flava to ignite fireworks. With an African American and Asian mix of sexy characters, Zane picks the most clever and bold male and female writers to deliver a collection like no other. Stories like Geisha Girl and Pins and Needles give tea and acupuncture a whole new meaning, and the word "Master" is a term of endearment in The Meaning of Zhuren. In tantalizing portraits of some of the hottest - and sweetest - scenes you’ll ever want to experience, Honey Flava will take you to a sensual paradise of no return. Zane delivers a new and special taste, proving that passion and sensuality have truly universal meaning.


Click for more detail about Honor Thy Thug by Wahida Clark Honor Thy Thug

by Wahida Clark
Cash Money Content (Nov 12, 2013)
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From New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark, comes the highly anticipated next installment in the Queen’s Thug series. Fans will rush to this latest installment while new fans will be eager to discover Wahida Clark’s unmatched melodrama.

Following the action of Justify My Thug, the story rejoins the saga’s favorite couple, Tasha and Trae, as they try to overcome their troubles and make their marriage work. In the torrid world of sex, drugs, and crime, Wahida Clark continues her definitive hip-hop soap opera that fans have come to love.


Click for more detail about Hood: An Urban Erotic Tale by Noire Hood: An Urban Erotic Tale

by Noire
Atria Books (Aug 07, 2007)
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CHECK IT.

Lamont be my government, but Hood be my name. I earned my stripes chilling up in Fat Daddy’s joint, a Brownsville barbershop in the belly of Brooklyn. Some called me a street savior…others said I was just another Brownsville boy gone bad. Whatever. I brung it and I took it too. But when it was all said and done, I walked away with a lesson learned in street loyalty: ain’t no need in looking over your shoulder in this game. Because your real enemies ain’t aiming at your back. They lunging straight for your heart. Ya dig?

Lamont "Hood" Mason is a fearless nineteen-year-old gangsta who was born and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, New York. He was an abandoned child who roamed the cold city streets and fought hard for survival. The only thing constant in his young life was the safety of a Brownsville barbershop owned by a father figure called Fat Daddy.

The barbershop is where Hood comes of age, but cutting hair isn’t the only thing Fat Daddy has going on. His daughter, Egypt, is the love of Hood’s young life, and the one person whose dreams of a stable future can lead him off the grimy urban corners and out of the hustling life.

But when Fat Daddy gets caught slippin and crosses paths with Xanbar, a notoriously brutal drug kingpin, his vices threaten to bring death down on the family Hood loves. In an effort to protect his own, Hood and his best friend and hustling partner, Dreko, take to the streets on a bloody mission that doesn’t go exactly as planned. Hood returns to find his world turned upside down by a wave of sex, violence, and betrayal. No longer the starving kid on the street, he’s now a man seeking vengeance and retribution, and he might be forced to choose between bending or breaking as he picks up the shattered pieces of his life, one by one.


Click for more detail about House of Ashes by Monique Roffey House of Ashes

by Monique Roffey
Simon & Schuster Ltd (Jul 17, 2014)
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The City of Silk is seething. The corrupt government has been ruling over the people too long and the city is becoming restless. Then one hot evening The Leader, a head of a group of rebels, gathers his followers and tells them: ’Today, we will be making history. For ourselves, and our fellow countrymen of Sans Amen.’ And so a ragtag collection of men and boys take up arms and storm two of the most important buildings in the city: the house of power and the television studios. Together they will take back what is rightfully theirs. Caught up in the madness is Ashes. A bookish, learned man, he has been swept up by The Leader’s powerful rhetoric. But now that words have turned to action he is not so sure anymore. And trapped inside the government building with the rebels is Aspasia. A proud woman, a mother of boys, she sees much of her sons in these boys with guns in their hands and power in their eyes. A powerful, evocative and important novel from the author of The White Woman on the Green Bicycle.


Click for more detail about How My Family Lives in America by Susan Kuklin How My Family Lives in America

by Susan Kuklin
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Mar 31, 1992)
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In How My Family Lives in America, author-photographer Susan Kuklin zeroes in on the source of cultural identity: the family. Meet: Sanu, who is learning how to braid her hair and to cook the same African meal her father makes. Eric, who loves to play baseball with his dad and to dance the merengue with his friends and family. April, who works hard on her Chinese writing and tries to keep up with her family’s challenging games. Their stories emphasize the seemingly minor and everyday ways heritage is transmitted: stories, songs, games, language, special occasions. They show the importance of choice and adaptation in forging a cultural identity. And they provoke readers to examine their own families — what makes them the same, what makes them distinct, and how this uniqueness is celebrated.


Click for more detail about How to be Heard (Ted 2 Series) by Roxane Gay How to be Heard (Ted 2 Series)

by Roxane Gay
TED Books (May 01, 2017)
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Roxane Gay is one of the most-listened to young cultural observers. She has become an important voice for a generation, writing about the urgent issues of the day, from feminism and modern marriage, to television and police brutality. No matter the topic, her voice is clear, powerful and always honest. How to Be Heard is full of advice that anyone pursuing a creative life will find fascinating and useful: *You can be a writer if you want to (as long as you actually write). *If you’re a woman, gay or a person of colour, there are probably more barriers. Know this. Be relentless any way. Strive for excellence. Learn how to kick the shit out of those barriers but don’t assume every failure is about your identity because it isn’t. *Accept that sometimes cream does rise to the top and hard work will eventually get noticed. *Learn to deal with rejection. You don’t have to like it. The creative life involves rejection far more than acceptance. It’s easier if you can accept that early on. After delving into the writing life, Gay looks at what is required to succeed in any creative endeavour. Woven throughout are her personal anecdotes and insights on using your voice, being heard and knowing how to listen. How to Be Heard is about finding a voice that is uniquely yours and making sure you are heard when it truly matters.


Click for more detail about Hurricane: A Novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes Hurricane: A Novel

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Washington Square Press (Apr 12, 2011)
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In the stunning conclusion to award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes’s mystery trilogy begun in Voodoo Dreams and Moon, Dr. Marie Lavant, descendent of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau, must confront a murderous evil in New Orleans.

Dr. Marie Levant aka Leveau,great-great granddaughter of Marie Laveau, has achieved fame and notoriety for saving New Orleans from the wrath of a vampire. Now she’s taking a break from the city, heading up the highway to DeLaire. She doesn’t know this backwater town, but an elderly woman called Nana has been expecting Marie to arrive and save her and others in this God-forsaken place from sickness and death.

Yet all of Marie’s powers can’t bring life back to the corpses she finds in a house by the road. Nor can she force those who know how they died to say so or to confess. Were the crimes committed by shape-shifters, vampires, and ghosts—or by living men and women? And even as Marie searches for answers, a hurricane threatens to break the levees of Louisiana and cause unimaginable destruction.

Jewell Parker Rhodes blends magic and man-made evil and weaves New Orleans’s past and present into a spine-tingling mystery that is masterfully crafted and deeply haunting.


Click for more detail about I Am Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson I Am Charlie Wilson

by Charlie Wilson
Atria / 37 Ink (Jun 30, 2015)
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The long-awaited memoir of seven-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson, the iconic R&B and Funk singer-songwriter-producer—interwoven with his recollections of collaborating with fellow artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, and Snoop Dogg.

Recognized the world over for his distinct voice and timeless hits spanning a career of nearly half a century, Charlie Wilson is one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation. So it took friends and family by surprise when he checked into rehab and revealed that he had been not only homeless, but also helpless.

Here, in the memoir fans have been demanding, is the story of how love and faith carried him through not only his addiction, but also prostate cancer. Here, too, is the story of his work in the music business, including a career resurgence that saw collaborations with some of the most sought-after artists of today, including Pharrell and Justin Timberlake.

Now over twenty years sober, Wilson recounts a life filled with vertiginous highs and heartbreaking lows. His is a story of triumph over adversity, courage in the face of extreme hardship, and love when all else is lost. It is a tale of the last sixty years in social and pop culture history, and one that will stay with you for years to come.


Click for more detail about I Am the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. I Am the World

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jul 09, 2013)
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From the Coretta Scott King Awardwinning photographer of My People, an illuminating pairing of poetry and portraits depicts the splendor of our global community.

I am the world.
I am strong.
I am the spirit
of generations gone.

The children of our world come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Celebrate the vibrancy, the fibers, and the ingredients that define the unique nature of cultural heritages across the globe and the universal truths that unite each and every one of us in this rich, elegant verse paired with striking, diverse images from award-winning poet and photographer, Charles. R. Smith, Jr.


Click for more detail about I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons

by Kevin Hart
Atria / 37 Ink (Jun 06, 2017)
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Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has?

According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear:

A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact.

A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together.

A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.

The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way).

But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.

And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.

He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.

“Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”


Click for more detail about I Know I’ve Been Changed by ReShonda Tate Billingsley I Know I’ve Been Changed

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Pocket Star Books (Jan 30, 2007)
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Raedella Rollins left the dusty town of Sweet Poke, Arkansas, on a Texas-bound bus with four mis-matched suitcases, a newsroom job offer, and a promise to herself: never look back. Less than a decade later she’s a top-rated talk show host, a celebrity news anchor, and fiancee to Houston’s star councilman.

But now that she’s reached the top, her ragtag family comes knocking. Mama Tee, the grandmother who raised her, calls with unwelcome family updates; and Shondella, her jealous older sister, guilts her into sending money. To Rae, nothing could be worse than an unexpected reunion with her over-the-top relatives. But when her picture-perfect life falls apart, can Rae forgive the past and open her heart to the healing that only faith and family can provide?


Click for more detail about I Was Looking At The Ceiling And Then I Saw The Sky by June Jordan I Was Looking At The Ceiling And Then I Saw The Sky

by June Jordan
Scribner (May 12, 1995)
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Combining her talents and mixed elements of drama, poetry, and song, award-winning African-American poet, essayist, and political activist June Jordan tells a timeless love story, set in South Central L.A.


Click for more detail about I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon by Touré I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon

by Touré
Atria Books (Mar 19, 2013)
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Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Tour investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture: Prince.

Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Tour investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture:

PRINCE

Drawing on new research and enlivened by Tour’s unique pop-cultural fluency, I Would Die 4 U relies on surprising and in-depth interviews with Prince’s band members, former girlfriends, musicologists, and even Bible scholars to deconstruct the artist’s life and work.

Prince’s baby boomer status allowed him to play a wise older brother to the latchkey kids of generation X. Defying traditional categories of race, gender, and sexuality, he nonetheless presents a very traditional conception of religion and God in his music. He was an MTV megastar and a religious evangelist, using images of sex and profanity to invite us into a musical conversation about the healing power of God. By demystifying the man and his music, I Would Die 4 U shows us how Prince defined a generation.


Click for more detail about I’m Going to Sing (Black American Spirituals, Vol. 2) by Ashley Bryan I’m Going to Sing (Black American Spirituals, Vol. 2)

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum (Oct 01, 1982)
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Music-Black American spirituals.


Click for more detail about I’m Telling: A Novel by Karen E. Quinones Miller I’m Telling: A Novel

by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Simon & Schuster (Jul 16, 2002)
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Eleven-year-old Faith Freeman has a secret: She saw her stepfather molesting her twin sister, Hope. This unspoken truth clouds family relations for almost twenty years, until Faith decides she’s had enough heavy weather. As if juggling her career as a New York literary agent, a loving relationship with her boyfriend, Henry, and the care of her aging (and agitated) mother weren’t enough, Faith takes on the burden of her twin’s wounded psyche. So damaged was Hope at the hands of incestuous "Papa" that the crackhouses of Harlem and prostitution on the boulevards of Queens beckon as an escape from an all-too-painful reality. Just when Hope seems on the verge of turning herself around, she enacts a betrayal so unforgivable that the sisterly bond she so desperately — yet secretly — desires may be severed forever. With her whole family watching, Faith must call upon her gifts of language, compassion, and understanding to save her sister and herself. For anyone who has ever chosen between speaking up and backing down, "I’m Telling" is the story of one family’s darkest hour that lights the way toward love and redemption.

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Click for more detail about I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott by Shelia P. Moses I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

by Shelia P. Moses
Margaret K. McElderry Books (Jan 01, 2005)
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Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life. But he was fortunate in two ways: His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner’s children, forming friendships that he would come to depend on years later. For on April 6, 1846, Dred Scott and his wife, Harriett their ownership having changed hands several times during adulthood took the dangerous and courageous step to sue for their freedom, entering into legal battles that would last for eleven years. During this time Dred Scott would need all the help and support he could get from folks in the community all the way back to the people with whom he had been raised.
With a foreword by Dred Scott’s great-grandson, Shelia P. Moses’ stunning story chronicles Dred Scott’s experiences as a slave, as a plaintiff in one of the most important legal cases in American history, and at last as a free man. Dred Scott’s story is one of tremendous courage and fierce determination. His is a life that should be known by and should inspire all Americans.


Click for more detail about I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes I, Too, Am America

by Langston Hughes
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)
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I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong.

Langston Hughes was a courageous voice of his time, and his authentic call for equality still rings true today. Beautiful paintings from Barack Obama illustrator Bryan Collier accompany and reinvent the celebrated lines of the poem "I, Too," creating a breathtaking reminder to all Americans that we are united despite our differences.

This picture book of Langston Hughes’s celebrated poem, "I, Too, Am America," is also a Common Core Text Exemplar for Poetry.


Click for more detail about If A Bus Could Talk: The Story Of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold If A Bus Could Talk: The Story Of Rosa Parks

by Faith Ringgold
Aladdin (Jan 01, 2003)
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If a bus could talk, it would tell the story of a young African-American girl named Rosa who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus. It would tell how the adult Rosa rode to and from work on a segregated city bus and couldn’t sit in the same row as a white person. It would tell of the fateful day when Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man and how that act of courage inspired others around the world to stand up for freedom.
In this book a bus does talk, and on her way to school a girl named Marcie learns why Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights movement. At the end of Marcie’s magical ride, she meets Rosa Parks herself at a birthday party with several distinguished guests. Wait until she tells her class about this!


Click for more detail about If Sons, Then Heirs: A Novel by Lorene Cary If Sons, Then Heirs: A Novel

by Lorene Cary
Atria Books (Apr 19, 2011)
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Thecritically acclaimedauthor of Black Ice, Pride, and The Price of a Child offers this deeply moving story of a family’s challenge to reunite, understand the truth about its past, and secure its legacy.



If Sons, Then Heirs sheds light on a uniquely American, largely untold story of African American land ownership, the outmigration from the South, racial violence, and the consequences of past decisions on present realities.

After World War II, Needham family members migrated north to Philadelphia from South Carolina, leaving behind the tragic injustice surrounding the violent death of their patriarch, King. His devoted widow, Selma, remains on the old home place. Over the years, she raises King’s children, including his great-grandson, Rayne, on whom falls the responsibility to bring the family together to save the family land and mend the rift between him and his mother.

Rayne and the other vividly drawn characters face challenges big and small that mirror the experiences of families everywhere. But in the masterful storytelling of Lorene Cary, so distinct and unique are their voices that they will live in the minds of readers long after the last page is read. If Sons, Then Heirs is a tour de force that explores the power of family secrets, bonds, and love. This gripping novel is certain to be on the must-read lists of all who enjoy brilliantly rendered stories of family, love, and American history.


Click for more detail about If Your Back’s Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement by Dorothy F. Cotton If Your Back’s Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement

by Dorothy F. Cotton
Atria Books (Sep 04, 2012)
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The only female in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inner circle of leadership, for the first time, offers her account of the Civil Rights Movement and what it means to us now.

“Nobody can ride your back if your back’s not bent,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said at the end of a Citizenship Education Program (CEP), an adult grassroots training program directed by Dorothy Cotton. This program, called the best-kept secret of the twentieth century’s civil rights movement, was critical in preparing legions of disenfranchised people across the South to work with existing systems of local government to gain access to services and resources they were entitled to as citizens. They learned to demonstrate peacefully against injustice, even when they were met with violence and hatred. The CEP was born out of the work of the Tennessee Highlander Folk School and was fully developed and expanded by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by Dr. King until that fateful day in Memphis in April 1968. Cotton was checked into the Lorraine Motel at that time as well, but she’d left to do the work of the CEP before the assassin’s bullet was fired.

If Your Back’s Not Bent recounts the accomplishments and the drama of this training that was largely ignored by the media, which had focused its attention on marches and demonstrations. This book describes who participated and how they were transformed—men and women alike—from victims to active citizens, and how they transformed their communities and ultimately the country into a place of greater freedom and justice for all. Cotton, the only woman in Dr. King’s inner circle of leadership, for the first time offers her account of the movement, correcting the historical impression that “we only marched and sang.” She shows how the CEP was key to the movement’s success, and how the lessons of the program can serve our democracy now. People, and therefore systems, can indeed change “if your back’s not bent.”


Click for more detail about If: A Father’s Advice to His Son by Charles R. Smith Jr. If: A Father’s Advice to His Son

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Mar 27, 2007)
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What makes a boy into a man?

Courage.
Confidence.
Patience.
Integrity…

For more than one hundred years, this classic poems has inspired readers to reach for the best in themselves.

In pictures and words, here’s what every boy needs to know most.


Click for more detail about Imagine This by Vickie M. Stringer Imagine This

by Vickie M. Stringer
Atria Books (Oct 01, 2005)
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Imagine This is the sequel to Vickie Stringer’s bestselling Let That Be the Reason, her stunning debut novel based on life as she knew it in the shocking underworld of the sex and drug trade.

Vickie Stringer has gained a legion of fans for her portrayal of Pamela, a.k.a. Carmen, a woman who had it all but lost out when the love of her life left her penniless and alone to raise their son. Pamela refuses to remain powerless, though. She pulls herself up, becomes a major hustler in the street game, gains independence, and makes big money — but the consequences are more dreadful than she ever imagined.

Imagine This continues the saga of Pamela as she does jail time and has to decide who she really is: Pamela, a woman who, more than anything, loves her son and wants to be there to raise him; or Carmen, the ruthless baller, who does the crime, serves the time, and honors, at any expense, the code of the street.


Click for more detail about In My Rearview Mirror: A Novel by Suzetta Perkins In My Rearview Mirror: A Novel

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (Feb 24, 2015)
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Baby drama and political scandal don’t mix in this sequel to Suzetta Perkins’s Behind the Veil.

Margo Myles is getting ready to give birth to twins, but she isn’t sure who the father is—her soon to be ex-husband, Jefferson Myles, or her one-time fling, Malik Mason. Malik is running for a state senate seat and no one is going to take the sweet smell of victory from him.

Ivy Myles, Margo and Jefferson’s eldest daughter, is moving back home. She’s been estranged from her parents, but a new love calls her back—and her love is none other than Malik Mason. Malik intends to make Ivy his wife, but will she be a distraction on his way to the senate?

Scandal and politics always seem to make perfect bedfellows. And Malik Mason must decide which woman he loves more, mother or daughter, or risk ruining everything.


Click for more detail about In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want by Iyanla Vanzant In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want

by Iyanla Vanzant
Touchstone (Sep 14, 1999)
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The #1 national bestseller from the host of the show Iyanla: Fix My Life on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that answers the question: What’s love got to do with it in the meantime?

You know where you want to be, but you have no clue how to get there. You know exactly what you want in life, but what you want is nowhere in sight. Perhaps your vision is unclear, your purpose still undefined. On top of it all, your relationships, particularly your romantic relationships, are failing. If these scenarios feel familiar way down in the deepest part of your gut—then you, my dear, are smack dab in the middle of the meantime.

Every living being wants to experience the light of love. The problem is that our windows are dirty! The windows of our hearts and minds are streaked with past pains and hurts, past memories and disappointments. In this book, Iyanla Vanzant teaches us how to do our mental housekeeping so that we can clean the windows, floors, walls, closets, and corners of our minds. If we do a good job, our spirits will shine bringing in the light of true love and happiness.


Click for more detail about In The Night Of The Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes In The Night Of The Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel

by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes
Atria Books (Sep 16, 2008)
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Award-winning actor and author Blair Underwood joins forces with two amazing and award-winning authors Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes to deliver the second installation in the stunning and provocative Tennyson Hardwick novel In the Night of the Heat.Threatened with death after acquittal for murder, football superstar T. D. Jackson asks struggling actor and former gigolo Tennyson Hardwick for protection. Tennyson has a reputation in Hollywood after solving the murder of rapper Afrodite, but politely turns Jackson down: His acting career is taking off with a new series, and he’s trying to work out his personal life after a series of wrong turns.But Tennyson’s life is upturned when his seedy past catches up to him on the set of his TV series. Then T. D. Jackson is found dead in his home, the victim of an apparent suicide.T.D.’s gorgeous cousin, Melanie, is sure the superstar was murdered, and Jackson’s family offers Tennyson an irresistible fee to discover the truth. But prying into T. D. Jackson’s death means answering the question that divided a nation and destroyed a film star and a football icon’s life and career: Did T. D. Jackson kill his wife?When the investigation takes an unexpected turn toward the governor’s mansion and a long-forgotten football game in the segregated South of the 1960s, Tennyson uncovers secrets tearing at the heart of two dynasties and must rely on all of his assets — his actor’s heart, deadly hands, profiler’s mind, and every other part of his body — to keep from dying next.


Click for more detail about India (The Divas) by Victoria Christopher Murray India (The Divas)

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Gallery Books (Oct 14, 2008)
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The Divine Divas are on their way! They won the local, and now they’re all set to wow the judges at the state competition in San Francisco. This hot, hip girl group is out to set gospel music on fire.

While India Morrow is happy her BFFs included her in the Divas, she knows she’s not cute like Diamond, cool like Veronique, or smart like Aaliyah. Maybe if she were supermodel-thin, like her mom, she’d stand out in a crowd, but dieting never seems to work for her. The Divas are poised to win the next level of the competition and India is scared she’ll let her friends down. With only fifty-eight days to get it all right, her cousin Jill tells her the secret — how to lose weight while still eating.

The pounds start falling away; India is finally getting lots of attention. If only she didn’t feel bad about keeping a secret. She’s scared of what her friends, parents, and Pastor Ford would say. What she’s doing isn’t so wrong, is it? All she wants is to be a star…but will the price be too great for her, body and soul?


Click for more detail about Insatiable by Allison Hobbs Insatiable

by Allison Hobbs
Simon & Schuster (Jun 01, 2006)
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Insatiable: a seductive portrait of two women and their obsession with one man.

Life has delivered some hard knocks to Terelle Chambers, who grew up shuttling between foster homes. She desperately needs something or someone to believe in. She plans her future around Marquise, the father of her toddler daughter. Devastatingly sexy, Marquise is currently in jail on drug charges. Terelle, however, is living for his imminent return and dreaming of the day they can start building a life together as a real family.
A cunning seductress, Kai Montgomery is the bi-racial adopted daughter of a wealthy Caucasian couple. Rich, beautiful, and well-bred, Kai is Terelle’s polar opposite. After being dumped by an affluent and very married physician, Kai is without a sex partner. When one of numerous trysts results in the best sex of her life, she becomes obsessed and is quickly set on a collision course destined to destroy many lives.


Click for more detail about It’s No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, from Seduction to Scandal—a Hip-Hop Helen of Troy Tells All by Carmen Bryan It’s No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, from Seduction to Scandal—a Hip-Hop Helen of Troy Tells All

by Carmen Bryan
Gallery Books (Nov 06, 2007)
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Carmen Bryan is no stranger to the rap world. Not only did she work at Def Jam and Capitol Records but she shares a daughter with hip-hop superstar Nas — a relationship made extremely public through Nas’s celebrity status, rap lyrics, and the ever-present media. Now, in It’s No Secret, a strong, resilient Carmen bares all, telling her side of the story and leaving no detail unturned — with the true candor and raw emotion of someone who has been there, done that, and survived.

From a clandestine relationship with Nas’s biggest rival, Jay-Z, that stirred up the biggest feud in hip-hop history, to seeing her reputation in tatters and a once loving relationship with Nas fall apart, Carmen depicts her trying journey to become the strong woman and mother she is today. After years of turmoil that included drugs, sex, greed, and violence — and abandoning what she had always prized above all, her freedom — Carmen took a stand, focusing on herself. After years of pursuit by the media, Carmen sets the record straight in It’s No Secret — and has no regrets.


Click for more detail about James Baldwin: The Legacy by Quincy Troupe James Baldwin: The Legacy

by Quincy Troupe
Touchstone (Mar 01, 1989)
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Baldwin, mentor to a generation of black artists and writers, is eulogized through essays and interviews as well as speeches delivered at his memorial service.


Click for more detail about Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, singer—who’s that, who? Why, that’s MISS Josephine Baker, to you! by Jonah Winter Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, singer—who’s that, who? Why, that’s MISS Josephine Baker, to you!

by Jonah Winter
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 03, 2012)
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A picture book biography that will inspire readers to dance to their own beats!

Singer, dancer, actress, and independent dame, Josephine Baker felt life was a performance. She lived by her own rules and helped to shake up the status quo with wild costumes and a you-can’t-tell-me-no attitude that made her famous. She even had a pet leopard in Paris!

From bestselling children’s biographer Jonah Winter and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marjorie Priceman comes a story of a woman the stage could barely contain. Rising from a poor, segregated upbringing, Josephine Baker was able to break through racial barriers with her own sense of flair and astonishing dance abilities. She was a pillar of steel with a heart of gold—all wrapped up in feathers, sequins, and an infectious rhythm.


Click for more detail about Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience by Janie Hendrix and John McDermott Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience

by Janie Hendrix and John McDermott
Atria Books (Oct 09, 2007)
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Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience
The electric, bodacious, extraordinary life of Jimi Hendrix as told through
text, rare photographs, removable documents, reproductions of memorabilia,
and a 70-minute audio CD.
Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience illuminates the life of the musical icon who pioneered a new generation in rock and roll with his explosive electric style. With exclusive access to the private family archives, co-authors Janie Hendrix and John McDermott tell the vibrant and unique story of Jimi’s life, from his formative years in hardscrabble Seattle through his short-lived days in the eye of a fanatic and dedicated public, to the aftermath of his sudden death and the wake of his legacy. An indispensable addition to any music lover’s library, the book is a truly interactive experience, featuring reproductions of drawings from Jimi’s childhood, his rare handwritten song lyrics, and never-before-seen archival photographs. In addition to 30 interactive features, the book includes a 70-minute audio CD with interviews and commercially unreleased recordings of live concert music and a Record Plant jam session. While listening to Jimi work out musical riffs, while holding pieces of the ephemera that chronicle his life, you will experience Jimi Hendrix the way you were meant to: in full color.


Click for more detail about Joplin’s Ghost: A Novel by Tananarive Due Joplin’s Ghost: A Novel

by Tananarive Due
Washington Square Press (Sep 19, 2006)
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When Phoenix Smalls was ten, she nearly died at her parents’ jazz club when she was crushed by a turn-of-the-century piano. Now twenty-four, Phoenix is launching a career as an R & B singer. She’s living out her dreams and seems destined for fame and fortune. But a chance visit to a historical site in St. Louis ignites a series of bizarre, erotic encounters with a spirit who may be the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin.

The sound of Scott Joplin is strange enough to the ears of the hip-hop generation. But the idea that these antique sounds are being channeled through Phoenix? Her life is suddenly hanging in the balance. How will she find her true voice and calling? Can the power of her own inner song give Phoenix the strength to fight to live out her own future? Or will she be forever trapped in Scott Joplin’s doomed, tragic past? Stunningly original, Joplin’s Ghost is a novel filled with art and intrigue — and is sure to bring music to readers’ ears.


Click for more detail about Joseph by Shelia P. Moses Joseph

by Shelia P. Moses
Margaret K. McElderry Books (Oct 28, 2008)
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For Joseph Flood, life is tough. Tough because of Mama’s addiction to drugs and alcohol. Tough because Daddy is away with the army fighting in Iraq. Tough because it looks like there’s no way out once you’re living in a homeless shelter in a North Carolina ghetto neighborhood. And tough because Joseph is enrolled in yet another new school where he doesn’t know anyone and has to keep what’s going on in his life a secret.

Joseph struggles to keep Mama clean and to hold their broken family together while trying to make new friends and join the school tennis team. Can a boy who’s only fifteen years old win his daily battle to survive?

Joseph is a powerful and moving story from the author of National Book Award finalist The Legend of Buddy Bush that looks at what it really takes for a boy to begin to become a man.


Click for more detail about Just Say No! : A Novel by Omar Tyree Just Say No! : A Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Jul 02, 2002)
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Sometimes Dreams Come True… and Sometimes Ther’re Too Hot to Handle Best freinds since childhood, Darin Harmon and John Williams are young men on the brink of realizing their dreams. For John, it his music; for Darin, football. When Darin suffers an injury that closes the door on his sports aspirations, he reluctantly follows his friend into the music scene and quickly gets swept up in promoting John’s new ""Loverboy"" identity to R&B superstardom. But the celebrity lifestyle of big-time money, fast women, and easy drugs quickly takes it toll, and the friends find themselves at a crossroads that will forever shape each of their futures. As only he can, Omar Tyree delivers another urban classic filled with irresistible characters you won’t forget.


Click for more detail about Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark Justify My Thug

by Wahida Clark
Cash Money Content (Feb 26, 2013)
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From the author of Payback With Ya Life and Every Thug Needs A Lady comes Justify My Thug. The drama continues in this highly anticipated latest installment in the Queen's Thug series.

Trae and Tasha’s marriage is on thin ice. Will they find solid ground or will they allow Kyron to come between them and destroy everything? Jaz and Faheem were living the American Dream until a haunting part of their past threatens their marriage, and ultimately their lives. In the meantime, Marvin is trapped in a living nightmare desperately trying to escape the mistakes of his past.

Back in New York, Kaylin has to face the toughest decision of his life; keep a brother and lose a friend or allow Tasha and Kyron’s love affair to put a dangerous end to the code of brotherly love? Will Angel's innocent cries of not knowing about Tasha and Kyron hold true or will Kaylin discover that she had a hand in it all?

In the most explosive story yet, the Official Queen of Street Literature brings to you Justify My Thug.


Click for more detail about Justify My Thug (Thug Series) by Wahida Clark Justify My Thug (Thug Series)

by Wahida Clark
Cash Money Content (Apr 26, 2011)
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Justify My Thug continues the scintillating drama of Wahida Clark’s bestselling Thug series. Following the action of Thug Lovin’, the story rejoins the saga’s favorite couple, Tasha and Trae, as they try to overcome their troubles and make their marriage work. Meanwhile, Jaz is facing drama of her own. In the torrid world of sex, drugs, and crime, Wahida Clark continues her definitive Hip-Hop soap opera that fans have come to love.


Click for more detail about Killing Willis: From Diff’rent Strokes To The Mean Streets To The Life I Always Wanted by Todd Bridges Killing Willis: From Diff’rent Strokes To The Mean Streets To The Life I Always Wanted

by Todd Bridges
Touchstone (Mar 16, 2010)
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The former child star—best known as Willis Jackson on Diff’rent Strokes—shares the shocking but inspirational details of his struggles with addiction, brushes with the law, and fierce fight to carve a path through the darkness and find his true identity.

For Todd Bridges early stardom was no protection from painful childhood events that paved the road to his own personal hell. One of the first African-American child actors on shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Roots, Bridges burst to the national forefront on the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes as the subject of the popular catchphrase, "What’chu Talkin About Willis?" When the show ended, Bridges was overwhelmed by the off-camera traumas he had faced. Turning to drugs as an escape, he soon lost control.

Now, for the first time, Bridges opens up about his life before and after Diff’rent Strokes: the incredible reversals of fortune brought on by fame and the precipitous—and very public—descent that followed; the persecution from police; the drug addiction that nearly consumed him; the criminal charges that almost earned him a life sentence; and his successful legal defense led by Johnnie Cochran. Through it all, Bridges never relented in his quest to fight his way back from the abyss, establish his own identity—separate from Willis Jackson—and offer his ordeal as a positive example for those struggling to overcome similar challenges. His triumphant story of recovery and redemption is recounted here as well.

Todd Bridges has lived a life of remarkable twists and turns—from the greatest heights to the lowest lows imaginable. In this shocking but ultimately hopeful memoir, he proves that what he was really talking about was survival.

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Click for more detail about Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Wsp Readers Club) by Lori Tharps Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Wsp Readers Club)

by Lori Tharps
Washington Square Press (May 26, 2009)
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Magazine writer and editor Lori Tharps was born and raised in the comfortable but mostly White suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was often the only person of color in her school and neighborhood. At an early age, Lori decided that her destiny would be discovered in Spain. She didn’t know anyone from Spain, had never visited the country, and hardly spoke the language. Still, she never faltered in her plans to escape to the Iberian Peninsula.

Arriving in the country as an optimistic college student, however, Lori soon discovers Spain’s particular attitude toward Blackness. She is chased down the street by the local schoolchildren and pointed at incessantly in public, and her innocent dreams of a place where race doesn’t matter are shattered. The story would end there, except Lori meets and marries a Spaniard, and that’s when her true Spanish adventure really begins.

Against the ancient backdrops of Cdiz and Andaluca, Lori starts the intricate yet amusing journey of rekindling her love affair with Spain and becoming a part of her new Spanish family. From a grandmother who spies on her to a grandfather who warmly welcomes her to town with a slew of racist jokes, the close-knit clan isn’t exactly waiting with open arms. Kinky Gazpacho tells the story of the redeeming power of love and finding self in the most unexpected places.

At its heart, this is a love story. It is a memoir, a travel essay, and a glimpse into the past and present of Spain. As humorous and entertaining as such favorite travel stories as Under the Tuscan Sun, this book also unveils a unique and untold history of Spain’s enduring connection to West Africa. Kinky Gazpacho celebrates the mysticism of travel and the joys of watching two distinct cultures connect and come together.


Click for more detail about Kiss the Sky: A Novel by Farai Chideya Kiss the Sky: A Novel

by Farai Chideya
Washington Square Press (May 18, 2010)
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From nationally acclaimed political commentator and multimedia personality Farai Chideya comes an intense and darkly funny debut novel about a woman who learns what you stand to gain—and lose—if you follow your dreams.

Sophie Maria Clare Lee is no stranger to reinvention. A book-smart black girl from blue-collar Baltimore, she remade herself into a Harvard hipster, and finally into an indie rock musician touring America with her mesmerizing classmate (and now ex-husband) Ari Klein.

Now, ten years after graduation, a one-night musical reunion with Ari spurs Sophie to snatch back the mic. She lands a record deal—with the help of new manager and paramour Leo Masters—but quickly discovers that her celebrity status brings new risks for her sense of self and even her safety. As she and Ari play music together again, a complicated love triangle begins. With a Greek chorus of advice from her two best girlfriends, Sophie tries to figure out how she relates to these two men, the music business, her loving but demanding extended family, and her penchant for alcohol and melancholy. As the band tours the world, will Sophie’s faith, family, and friendships crumble under the weight of her dogged fight for fame?


Click for more detail about Kiss the Year Goodbye by Brenda L. Thomas, Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, Crystal Lacey Winslow, and Daaimah S. Poole Kiss the Year Goodbye

by Brenda L. Thomas, Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, Crystal Lacey Winslow, and Daaimah S. Poole
Gallery Books (Nov 15, 2005)
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Kiss the Year Goodbye

New Year’s Eve is the time to make a naughty resolution, so shed your inhibitions and indulge in this sultry collection of escapades from four of the hottest writers around.

In Brenda L. Thomas’s "Every New Year," a shoot-out lands a respected doctor in the hospital with a bad case of amnesia, and in the care of a man too sexy to resist.

In "Whatever It Takes" by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, a sassy older woman tries to break off her steamy relationship with her best friend’s twenty-three-year-old son, but he shows her he’s man enough to fulfill her needs.

Crystal Lacey Winslow proves you can be "Dangerously in Love" when a prim and proper young woman’s wild side takes over after the man she’s dating slips up with another woman.

In "My Boo" by Daaimah S. Poole, a Philly girl’s long-distance boyfriend never has time for her — not even around the holidays. So when her ex-roommate’s latest lover comes knocking, she’s ready to get the party started.


Click for more detail about Kiss the Year Goodbye by Brenda L. Thomas, Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker and Crystal Lacey Winslow Kiss the Year Goodbye

by Brenda L. Thomas, Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker and Crystal Lacey Winslow
Simon & Schuster (Dec 01, 2006)
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Kiss the Year Goodbye New Year’s Eve is the time to make a naughty resolution, so shed your inhibitions and indulge in this sultry collection of escapades from four of the hottest writers around. In Brenda L. Thomas’s "Every New Year," a shoot-out lands a respected doctor in the hospital with a bad case of amnesia, and in the care of a man too sexy to resist. In "Whatever It Takes" by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, a sassy older woman tries to break off her steamy relationship with her best friend’s twenty-three-year-old son, but he shows her he’s man enough to fulfill her needs. Crystal Lacey Winslow proves you can be "Dangerously in Love" when a prim and proper young woman’s wild side takes over after the man she’s dating slips up with another woman. In "My Boo" by Daaimah S. Poole, a Philly girl’s long-distance boyfriend never has time for her not even around the holidays. So when her ex-roommate’s latest lover comes knocking, she’s ready to get the party started.


Click for more detail about Lady Jasmine: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray Lady Jasmine: A Novel

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 02, 2009)
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The beloved—and hated—Jasmine larson bush returns to battle her own past in a compelling new novel of love, faith, and shame from the Essence bestselling novelist. In Temptation, A Sin and a Shame, and most recently, Too Little, Too Late, Jasmine Larson Bush—a scheming, manipulative, man-stealing diva who was “saved” just in time to become a preacher’s wife—entertained fans with her conniving ways and acts of redemption. In Lady Jasmine, a desperate time from Jasmine’s past threatens the family and the future she worked so hard to build. In order to save her marriage with Reverend Hosea Bush, Jasmine was forced to reveal every secret that remained in her past to him—her real age, her real weight, her real shoe size. She thought she had told Hosea everything. But when Jasmine is blackmailed about a terrible truth from her past that she “forgot” to tell Hosea, more than just her marriage is in jeopardy. Determined to keep the life she fought so hard to save, Jasmine is willing to commit any sin, even murder, to leave her past behind her. No one can know the truth about the First Lady of City of Lights Riverside Church. No one can know that, beneath Jasmine’s veneer of a redeemed Christian wife, there lies a sinner—especially her trusting husband.


Click for more detail about Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor Lagoon

by Nnedi Okorafor
Saga Press (Jul 14, 2015)
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It’s up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle humanity’s first contact with an alien ambassador—and prevent mass extinction—in this novel that blends magical realism with high-stakes action.

After word gets out on the Internet that aliens have landed in the waters outside of the world’s fifth most populous city, chaos ensues. Soon the military, religious leaders, thieves, and crackpots are trying to control the message on YouTube and on the streets. Meanwhile, the earth’s political superpowers are considering a preemptive nuclear launch to eradicate the intruders. All that stands between 17 million anarchic residents and death is an alien ambassador, a biologist, a rapper, a soldier, and a myth that may be the size of a giant spider, or a god revealed.


Click for more detail about Leslie: A Novel by Omar Tyree Leslie: A Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Aug 04, 2003)
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The New York Times bestselling novel about a beautiful young woman with a dangerous secret At the historically black Dillard University in the lush city of New Orleans, Leslie Beaudet struggles with a dark secret of power in a world that is pulling her in many different directions. Her friends and family see her in many ways -- from a father’s deserving princess to a mother’s source of pride and strength, from a caring listener to a motivated student -- but does anyone know the true Leslie? When a series of murders befall her New Orleans community and increasingly points in Leslie’s direction, her friends and relatives realize they’ve never really known her at all. Slowly, this complicated young woman emerges. She is terrified of failure, struggling with family secrets, praying for elusive security, and craving the power to change her fate. Her power was hidden from her until now…and it might be too late to stop her. Omar Tyree delivers another exciting tale filled with irresistible and authentic characters you won’t soon forget.


Click for more detail about Lessons of a Lowcountry Summer by Rochelle Alers Lessons of a Lowcountry Summer

by Rochelle Alers
Gallery Books (May 04, 2004)
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From national bestselling author Rochelle Alers comes the unforgettable story of three strangers whose lives are forever changed on a sultry island off the South Carolina coast….

DR. HOPE SUTTON has everything she’s always wanted: a winning career as an advice columnist and a hard-lovin’ man who is not afraid to commit. But just when she’s ready to settle down she finds out her man’s been living a double life. Now she has to get a new one of her own — starting with a soul-searching trip to McKinnon Island. REBECCA OWENS is a devoted wife and stay-at-home mother in desperate need of a vacation — alone. But will spending the summer on McKinnon Island help her to get it together…or will she be tearing her family apart? THEODORE HOWELL has had a lot of success as a screenwriter. But his personal life? It’s a mess. Suddenly the guardian of two half brothers and a half sister, how will this tried-and-true bachelor find room in his life for surrogate fatherhood and his demanding career?
Their answers lie somewhere on sandy shores….


Click for more detail about Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven by T. D. Jakes Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (Feb 28, 2012)
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The star of BETs Mind, Body & Soul, and featured guest speaker on Oprah’s Lifeclass, Potters House pastor T.D. Jakes offers readers Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, the New York Times bestselling book inspired by the Lord’s Prayer which explores forgiveness as a life practice and offers specific and clear actions for readers who seek to apply it in every area of their lives—their marriages, their families, their friendships, and their business relationships. “Offenses are a part of life,” says Jakes, “but conflicts can be resolved and relationships restored when we stop paying the past with the resources of our future.” If you’re a fan of Joel Osteen’s Become a Better You or Dr. Phil’s Life Strategies, you’ll love the message in Let It Go, which challenges us to release ourselves and others from the crippling grudges and binding resentments that hold us back when we do not forgive others. “Forgiveness is a big idea and works best when invested into people who have the courage to grasp the seven-foot idea of what’s best for their future rather than the four-foot-high idea of recompense for what has happened in the past,” Jakes writes.


Click for more detail about Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan Let it Shine

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 09, 2007)
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This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine,

let it shine,

let it shine.

With a kaleidoscope of color and cut paper, Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee and two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands." The power of these beloved songs simply emanates through his joyous interpretations. Come, sing, and celebrate!


Click for more detail about Let My People Go : Bible Stories Told By A Freeman Of Color by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick. McKissack Let My People Go : Bible Stories Told By A Freeman Of Color

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick. McKissack
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Oct 01, 1998)
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"Come join me as I take you back to Charleston, South Carolina, to my father’s forge in the early 1800’s. Sit with me on the woodpile as he tells a tale of faith, hope, or love."
In this extraordinary collection, Charlotte Jefferies and her father Price, a former slave, introduce us to twelve best loved Bible tales, from Genesis to Daniel, and reveal their significance in the lives of African Americans—and indeed of all oppressed peoples.
When Charlotte wants to understand the cruel injustices of her time, she turns to her father. Does the powerful slaveholder, Mr. Sam Riley, who seems to own all that surrounds them, also own the sun and moon? she wonders. Price’s answer is to tell the story of Creation. How can God allow an evil like slavery to exist? she asks. Price responds by telling the story of the Hebrews’ Exodus — and shows Charlotte that someday their people, too, will be free.
With exquisite clarity, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack and James Ransome — a Newbery Honor winner and all Coretta Scott King Award winners — brilliantly illuminate the parallels between the stories of the Jews and African-American history. Let My People Go is a triumphant celebration of both the human spirit and the enduring power of story as a source of strength.
Our hope is that this book will be like a lighthouse that can guide young readers through good times and bad….The ideas that these ancient stories hold are not for one people, at one time, in one place. They are for all of us, for all times, everywhere.
—from the Authors’ Note to Let My People Go


Click for more detail about Li'l Mama's Rules by Sheneska Jackson Li’l Mama’s Rules

by Sheneska Jackson
Scribner (May 06, 1998)
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Meet Madison Maguire — a modern-day heroine to embrace and admire. She’s feisty, gorgeous, smart, and savvy; on the surface, she appears to have it all. She’s single and loving it, playing the field and sticking to the rules of dating she’s learned through life’s tough breaks. Madison holds her own as she fends off advances from two-bit actors, old flames, and a secret admirer who is determined to bring love into her life.
The rules of the game change, however, when Mr. Right appears on the scene. But just as Madison is ready to follow the proddings of her heart, her life turns upside-down, forcing her to learn a whole new set of rules about love, loss, and trust.


Click for more detail about Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

by Misty Copeland
Touchstone (Dec 16, 2014)
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In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history as the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina.

When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

Life in Motion is an insiders look at the cutthroat world of professional ballet, as well as a moving story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

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Click for more detail about Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition by Misty Copeland Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition

by Misty Copeland
Aladdin (Dec 05, 2017)
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Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by the first female African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland.

As the first female African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been breaking down all kinds of barriers in the world of dance. But when she first started dancing—at the late age of thirteen—no one would have guessed the shy, underprivileged girl would one day make history in her field.

Her road to excellence was not easy—a chaotic home life, with several siblings and a single mother, was a stark contrast to the control and comfort she found on stage. And when her home life and incredible dance promise begin to clash, Misty had to learn to stand up for herself and navigate complex relationships with her family and the dance world, while pursuing her ballet dreams.

Life in Motion is a story for all the kids who dare to be different, dream bigger, and aspire to break stereotypes in whatever they do.


Click for more detail about Life Is Not a Fairy Tale by Fantasia Life Is Not a Fairy Tale

by Fantasia
Touchstone (Sep 30, 2005)
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"The more people say you can’t, the more you can. The more they talk negatively, the more you fight. You have to think about bettering your life and go after it. I don’t care what you got to do. You only have one life to live, so do your thing." In one moment, with one tearful, touching performance of "Summertime," Fantasia captured the hearts, and the votes, of millions of "American Idol" fans. Her powerful voice and independent style made her an overnight national sensation. But life wasn’t always sensational for Fantasia.Fantasia could have been just another sad statistic. At the age of seventeen, despite the promise of her extraordinary voice, she was just another young girl who dropped out of high school, a baby on her hip. Her life and her plans for her future seemed to be going nowhere. The choices she had made were closing every door to the life she had hoped to live. But Fantasia had been raised by strong women of faith. Both her grandmother and mother are preachers. She was raised with an unshakable faith in God, the kind of faith that she needed when it came time to rethink her choices and redirect her life. Fantasia hoped that by using her gift to inspire others, she would be able to someday take care of her family and herself.Now readers can share the intimate moments of her life. In "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, " Fantasia offers a deeply emotional look at her rise to the top and the life-altering revelations she came to during her lowest moments along the way. With a spirit as strong as her voice, she speaks with heartfelt, humorous frankness about what it takes to get off the wrong path and onto the right one. Fantasia confides in readers, walking with them through the trials of her family life and loving a man who didn’t love her, through the challenge of being a baby mama to managing the joys and pressures of fame. She turns all that she’s learned into uplifting life lessons, including: - Recognize your gift- You made your bed, now lie in it- Give props where props are due- Like mother, like daughter- It ain’t about the blingFantasia keeps it real with her sassy, self-confident style and down-to-earth advice, making readers laugh and cry with her. Fantasia’s story will inspire readers to believe in themselves and have the faith it takes to reach for their greatest potential.

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Click for more detail about Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: And Other African Folk Poems by Ashley Bryan Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: And Other African Folk Poems

by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Oct 01, 1986)
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Includes four traditional tales told by the Hausa, Angolan, Masai, and Bushmen people of Africa.


Click for more detail about Lipstick Hustla by Allison Hobbs Lipstick Hustla

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Oct 19, 2010)
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From the bestselling author of Double Dippin’ and Big Juicy Lips—a feisty, self-starter takes her business to the top and fights for her man.

Blindsided by lust, Misty lost her business, her money, and all her possessions—and her man, Brick. More determined than ever to get her money right, she starts from scratch. Using the services of one reliable employee, she slowly rebuilds her escort service. Cash is starting to trickle in, but it’s not coming fast enough for Misty.

With a new crew working around the clock, Misty reclaims top diva status. Her world should be complete, but something is missing…she’s lonely for the love and undivided attention of Brick. She foolishly took him for granted, allowing him to slip from her grasp and into the clutches of another woman—her mother.

As far as Misty’s concerned, all is fair in love and war. There’s no limit to how far she will go to take back the man who’s rightfully hers.


Click for more detail about Lita: A Novel by Jervey Tervalon Lita: A Novel

by Jervey Tervalon
Washington Square Press (May 25, 2004)
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In this sequel to his acclaimed "urban masterpiece" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), the national bestseller Dead Above Ground, Jervey Tervalon’s unforgettable heroine, Lita Du Champ, is at loose ends, trying to hold house and home together. Ten years after she, her husband, their children, and her twin sisters moved to Los Angeles, the past comes back to haunt her. An unwelcome phone call reveals that Lita’s estranged father is on his deathbed and that her aunt has seen Lita’s beloved mother — never mind that the woman has been dead for a decade. Overwhelmed by long-suppressed memories, Lita realizes that she must return to New Orleans to come to terms with her history, but as she makes the journey a growing sense of dread takes root in her soul. She’s certain there will be no simple return to the life she led in Los Angeles.


Click for more detail about Little White Lies (Zane Presents) by Cole Riley Little White Lies (Zane Presents)

by Cole Riley
Strebor Books (Nov 26, 2013)
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When a high school basketball star becomes entangled in a rape charge, media schemes, and legal deception, he must confront all the people who turned their backs on him. Will he gain justice or be wrongfully charged of this terrible crime?

Melvin is seventeen, the star of his basketball team, and expected to have a bright future. But it all falls to pieces one night when he joins his brothers’ thug friends at a wild party with two rich white girls. Drugged and drunk for most of the night, Melvin misses a brutal assault on the two girls. When the crime comes to light, he is arrested and charged with masterminding the gang rape. One of the girls’ fathers is a prominent prosecutor, who persuades the girls to lie— all because he hates the possibility that a young black man could succeed in life. He wants to crush him, and Melvin doesn’t stand a chance.

Confused and physically drained, Melvin confesses to the crime. Mentally exhausted, Melvin tries to kill himself and is sent to the hospital. But then, unexpectedly, a reporter interviews him and finds overlooked flaws in the case. After a determined effort the case is finally reviewed.

What happens next isn’t the happy ending Melvin was hoping for. But, with new determination, he learns to move forward.

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Click for more detail about Living Through the Meantime: Learning to Break the Patterns of the Past and Begin the Healing Process by Iyanla Vanzant Living Through the Meantime: Learning to Break the Patterns of the Past and Begin the Healing Process

by Iyanla Vanzant
Touchstone (Aug 14, 2001)
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From the host of the OWN TV show, Iyanla: Fix My Life, the companion workbook to Iyanla Vanzant’s #1 New York Times bestseller In the Meantime provides an easy, step-by-step program to help you begin the healing process after facing adversity.

Are you in the Meantime?

Are you confused, angry, disappointed, frustrated, anxious, apprehensive, sorry for yourself, or generally wiped out? If so, my friend, you are in the meantime.

Are you ready to put the pieces of your life together? Are you ready to begin the process of healing? Are you ready to give and receive love in all of your experiences?

In Living Through the Meantime, bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant will lead you, step-by-step, to a greater understanding of your own past, your motivations, and your desires. Once you have completed this program of meditation, self-care, and self-examination, you will be able to move beyond your meantime experience and into the love that is your true essence.


Click for more detail about Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Oct 17, 2017)
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An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an ENDif WILL gets off that elevator.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.


Click for more detail about Long White Con: The Biggest Score of His Life by Iceberg Slim Long White Con: The Biggest Score of His Life

by Iceberg Slim
Cash Money Content (Jan 03, 2012)
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Iceberg Slim, best-selling author of Pimp and Trick Baby, brings us yet another riveting classic. Continuing the saga, Long White Con tells the story of the most incredible con man ever to have risen. Iceberg Slim’s story is now depicted in a major motion picture distributed worldwide. Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp shows Slim’s transformation from pimp to the author of 7 classic books.

Picking up where Trick Baby left off we dive into the world of Johnny O’Brien, better known as White Folks. After learning to use his fair skin to his advantage to rise to the top of the Chicago con game, Folks is back for the big money and the big stakes of the long con.

Following the death of his partner and mentor, Blue, Folks takes off for Canada. Having honed his skills and polished his acting, Johnny is done cheating marks out of small money. With a gang of grifters working with him, High Pockets Kate, High Ass Marvel and the Vicksburg Kid among them, Folks is after the biggest score of his life.


Click for more detail about Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out: Discover Secrets to a Slimmer, Sexier, and Healthier You by J.J. Smith Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out: Discover Secrets to a Slimmer, Sexier, and Healthier You

by J.J. Smith
Atria Books (Jul 15, 2014)
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Want to lose weight without counting calories, starving yourself, giving up your favorite foods, or eating bland packaged foods? Would you like to look and feel younger and healthier than you have in years without diets and exercise? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, this book is for you! JJ Smith’s revolutionary system teaches proven methods for permanent weight loss that anyone can follow, no matter her size, income level, or educational level. And the end result is a healthy, sexy, slim body.

JJ’s breakthrough weight-loss solution can help you shed pounds fast by detoxifying the body, balancing your hormones, and speeding up your metabolism. You’ll learn which foods help you stay slim and which foods cause you to get fat. If you have been on a roller-coaster ride of weight loss, you will finally be able to get off, lose weight, and stay slim for life!

You will learn how to…

  • Detoxify the body for fast weight loss
  • Drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts or starvation
  • Lose up to 15 pounds in the three-week jump-start phase
  • Shed unwanted fat by eating foods you love, including carbs
  • Get rid of stubborn belly fat
  • Trigger your 6 fat-burning hormones to lose weight effortlessly
  • Eat foods that give you radiant skin and the body you've always wanted
  • Eat so you feel energetic and alive every day
  • Get physically active without exercising

This is your last stop on the way to a new fit and healthy you! Look and feel younger than you have in years. Create your best body—NOW!


Click for more detail about Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out: Discover Secrets to a Slimmer, Sexier, and Healthier You by J.J. Smith Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out: Discover Secrets to a Slimmer, Sexier, and Healthier You

by J.J. Smith
Atria Books (Oct 27, 2015)
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Discover the surprising secrets that will help you lose weight fast and keep it off—without dieting or exercise—with this #1 national bestseller from the author of the healthy living bible, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse!

Want to lose weight without counting calories, starving yourself, or giving up your favorite foods? Would you like to look and feel younger and healthier than ever without crash diets or exhausting exercise? Then this book is for you! JJ Smith’s breakthrough weight-loss solution can help you shed pounds fast by detoxifying your body, balancing your hormones, and speeding up your metabolism. You’ll learn how toxins slow your metabolism and why sugar and starch hinder permanent weight loss. You’ll also come to a keen understanding of which foods help you stay slim and which foods cause you to get fat so you can finally get off the rollercoaster ride of weight loss/weight gain and stay slim for life!

You will learn how to:
-Detoxify your body for fast weight loss
-Drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts or starvation
-Lose up to fifteen pounds in the first three weeks
-Shed unwanted fat by eating foods you love, including carbs
-Get rid of stubborn belly fat
-Eat foods that give you glowing, radiant skin
-Use green smoothies to detox
-Trigger your six fat-burning hormones to lose weight effortlessly
-Eat so you feel energetic and alive every day
-Get physically active without exercising

In a bonus chapter, JJ provides an all-new green smoothie recipe and tips for using her famed 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse to jump start the healthier eating and weight loss plan outlined in Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out. This is your last stop on the way to a new fit and healthy you! Create your best body—NOW!


Click for more detail about Lou in the Limelight by Kristin Hunter Lou in the Limelight

by Kristin Hunter
Atheneum (Oct 01, 1981)
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Lou and the Soul Brothers leave home hoping for quick success in show business, but encounter, and fall into, most of the traps that await inexperienced performers.


Click for more detail about Love Frustration: A Novel by R.M. Johnson Love Frustration: A Novel

by R.M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Sep 02, 2003)
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Have you ever been frustrated because you are in love with someone you can’t have?

Jayson Abrahms wants nothing more than to settle down. Thankfully, in less than a week he will marry Faith Sheppard, the love of his life. But there is one issue — Jayson’s best friend, Asha Mills. Not only is she gorgeous, but Asha and Jayson also used to be lovers. Concerned about Asha’s intentions, Faith delivers an ultimatum, forcing Jayson to make the toughest decision of his life: Either Asha goes, or Faith will.
Jayson cannot bring himself to end the friendship. When he lies to Faith and tells her Asha is out of the picture, he never expects Faith to learn his secret, but when she does, she decides to get even. Jayson, still believing that things are as they should be, plans to meet Faith at a hotel room for her surprise party. Instead, it is Jayson who receives a horrible shock. He soon learns that not just Faith has been harboring secrets; Asha turns out to be a very different woman from the one he fell in love with years ago.
Sexy and real, Love Frustration candidly confronts what happens when people have what they don’t want and love what they can’t have.


Click for more detail about LOVE IS HARD WORK: MemoriAs de Loisaida/Poems by Miguel Algarin LOVE IS HARD WORK: MemoriAs de Loisaida/Poems

by Miguel Algarin
Scribner (Aug 05, 1997)
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At once a moving personal memoir and a colorful portrait of life in New York’s Lower East Side (Loisaida), this masterly collection of poems captures the whirlwind of sights, sounds, celebrations, and sorrows of urban life.


Click for more detail about Love Is Hard Work: Memorias de Loisaida/Poems by Miguel Algarin Love Is Hard Work: Memorias de Loisaida/Poems

by Miguel Algarin
Scribner (Aug 05, 1997)
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At once a moving personal memoir and a colorful portrait of life in New York’s Lower East Side (Loisaida), this masterly collection of poems captures the whirlwind of sights, sounds, celebrations, and sorrows of urban life.


Click for more detail about Love Is Never Painless: Three Novellas by Zane Love Is Never Painless: Three Novellas

by Zane
Atria Books (Sep 18, 2007)
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Three prolific authors bring truth to the title of this heart-wrenching book, Love Is Never Painless, with a collection of novellas that explores the deeper side of love — the side rarely explored in love stories.

In Eileen M. Johnson’s "How the Other Half Lives," longtime friends Jamellah and Fernecia are having trouble with the men in their lives. And as their worlds seem to crumble, they must count on their friendship to keep it together.

In "Love Is 2 Blame," by V. Anthony Rivers, Malcolm is devastated after his two-year relationship with Shaylisa ends. And trying to move on will not be easy — but the lovely Zahara may be the perfect woman to show Malcolm what true love is all about.

In Zane’s "Staring Evil in the Face," Robier has everything: a successful career, beautiful children, and the woman of his dreams. Having loved Tiphanie since college, he is determined to keep his marital vows — until Tiphanie is involved in a horrible car accident that changes the entire course of their lives.

From nervous breakdowns to drug addiction, in Love Is Never Painless, Zane, Johnson, and Rivers have penned powerful stories that not only will have readers talking, but will bring a new perspective to their own relationships.


Click for more detail about Love Is Never Painless: Three Novellas by Zane Love Is Never Painless: Three Novellas

by Zane
Atria Books (Nov 14, 2006)
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Love Is Never Painless

Truer words have never been spoken. This heart-wrenching collection of novellas brings that statement to life in three unique ways, penned by three of the generation’s most prolific authors.

In Eileen M. Johnson’s "How the Other Half Lives," Jamellah and Fernecia have been friends since forever. Having escaped the poverty of their youth together, they both had made their mark in society. However, men problems threaten to make them literally fall apart. Fernecia is married to a man who was raised to think he is better than everyone — even his own wife. Jamellah has always used men to get ahead but eventually everything catches up to her. The two friends must ultimately count on each other in a world of havoc and distrust.

In V. Anthony Rivers’s "Love Is 2 Blame," Malcolm is devastated after a two-year relationship with Shaylisa ends. He finds it difficult to function because he cannot comprehend why she would want to end such a perfect situation. He was everything she had asked for; he treated her with respect and showered her with love. Yet love was not enough. Trying to move on to someone new will not be as easy as it used to be, but will the lovely Zahara show Malcolm what true love is all about?

In Zane’s "Staring Evil in the Face," Robier has everything a man could ever wish for: a stable and rewarding career, two beautiful children, an elegant home, and the woman of his dreams. Having loved Tiphanie since college, he is determined to keep his marital vows until . . . Tiphanie is involved in a horrible car accident that changes the entire course of their lives.

From nervous breakdowns to drug addiction, Love Is Never Painless explores the deeper side of love; the side rarely explored in romance novels. Zane, Johnson, and Rivers have penned a powerful collection of novellas that will not only have readers talking but also examining their own relationships with a new perspective.


Click for more detail about Love on the Dotted Line by David E. Talbert Love on the Dotted Line

by David E. Talbert
Simon & Schuster (May 01, 2006)
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What happens when love and litigation collide? One thing’s for sure — hell hath no fury like an attorney scorned!Morgan Chase, a thirty-four-year-old contracts lawyer, is pushed to her romantic wit’s end when she discovers that her boyfriend of nine months, investment banker Marcus Alexander, has been diversifying his "portfolio" with another woman. After a few hours of venting with her girlfriends, and more than a few drinks, Morgan decides that the only way you can guarantee that a man will act right after you’ve been intimate is if you make him sign a contract before you’ve been intimate. Sparks fly, tempers flare, and emotions hit the fan when the man Morgan finally convinces to sign her contract is caught red-handed with another woman. What follows is an ingeniously plotted and thoroughly entertaining fusion of comedy, romance, and courtroom mayhem…


Click for more detail about Love Trumps Game (Strebor On The Streetz) by D.Y. Phillips Love Trumps Game (Strebor On The Streetz)

by D.Y. Phillips
Strebor Books (Jul 21, 2009)
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After her daughter disappears, a world-weary grandmother becomes the sole guardian of two streetwise kids—but their dangerous, no-good father will do anything to get them back. Hattie Sims has paid her dues. She is retired and looking forward to her peaceful golden years. Unfortunately, her tranquil life changes forever when her daughter mysteriously disappears, leaving Hattie with two unruly grandchildren whose crazed father, Topps Jackson, is determined to regain custody at any cost. Hattie is the only person standing in the way of Topps’s ruthless plan to groom his young son for the deadly family business, a lucrative drug-trafficking operation. Driven into hiding by his constant threats, Hattie and the children are forced to live on the run—until she decides that enough is enough and faces the monster for one final showdown.


Click for more detail about Low Down And Dirty: A Novel by Vickie M. Stringer Low Down And Dirty: A Novel

by Vickie M. Stringer
Atria Books (Mar 27, 2012)
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Vickie Stringer’s Dirty Red is back. This time she’s on the run.

Having apparently wounded all of her enemies, and even her beloved Q, Red finds herself away from Detroit living the life of luxury in Arizona. She’s become a successful home broker with a bestselling book, and it seems as if all of her dirty tricks have finally paid off—from framing Detective Thomas to ruining Kera’s freedom. Unfortunately for Red, she’s made more enemies than she can count, and she soon finds herself running across the country in fear of them all while still being in love with Q. Everyone seems to have a reason to pay her the ultimate revenge, and even the most unlikely become partners if it means finally bringing an end to all of Red’s dirty schemes.

In yet another fast-paced and spiraling edition in this bestselling series, Vickie Stringer writes about a woman who will do anything to save her life and the people who go so low attempting to stop her.


Click for more detail about Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Feb 07, 2017)
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From the NAACP Image award winner and national bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray, a novel inspired by the seven deadly sins about a woman caught between an entertainment mogul with a shady past and his childhood friend who is out for revenge.

Tiffanie has lived a sheltered life in a very strict household with her pastor-grandfather and grandmother in Washington, DC. But when she meets Damon King, she falls for the successful entertainment business man despite his history as a drug dealer. Everyone sees nothing but the brightest future for the couple—but there’s one person who wants to destroy them.

Trey Johnson is Damon’s childhood best friend with whom he built quite a successful drug business. But when the game got hot and Damon decided to leave, Trey stayed and continued to sell drugs, until he was arrested and spent seven years in prison.

But now he’s out and able to attend the wedding. While Damon is thrilled to have Trey back and hopes to bring his best friend into his business, Trey has other plans. He blames Damon for his demise and plans to ruin him, even if that means bringing Tiffanie down as well.

Trey is sure he will succeed, but he doesn’t know that there will be deadly consequences. And at the end, there will only be one man standing


Click for more detail about M.C. Higgins, The Great by Virginia Hamilton M.C. Higgins, The Great

by Virginia Hamilton
Aladdin (May 01, 2006)
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Mayo Cornelius Higgins sits on his gleaming, forty-foot steel pole, towering over his home on Sarah’s Mountain. Stretched before him are rolling hills and shady valleys. But behind him lie the wounds of strip mining, including a mountain of rubble that may one day fall and bury his home.

M.C. dreams of escape for himself and his family. And, one day, atop his pole, he thinks he sees it — two strangers are making their way toward Sarah’s Mountain. One has the ability to make M.C.’s mother famous. And the other has the kind of freedom that M.C. has never even considered.


Click for more detail about Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Helene Cooper Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

by Helene Cooper
Simon & Schuster (Mar 07, 2017)
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The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history. Madame President is the inspiring, often heartbreaking story of Sirleaf’s evolution from an ordinary Liberian mother of four boys to international banking executive, from a victim of domestic violence to a political icon, from a post-war president to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and bestselling author Helene Cooper deftly weaves Sirleaf’s personal story into the larger narrative of the coming of age of Liberian women. The highs and lows of Sirleaf’s life are filled with indelible images; from imprisonment in a jail cell for standing up to Liberia’s military government to addressing the United States Congress, from reeling under the onslaught of the Ebola pandemic to signing a deal with Hillary Clinton when she was still Secretary of State that enshrined American support for Liberia’s future.

Sirleaf’s personality shines throughout this riveting biography. Ultimately, Madame President is the story of Liberia’s greatest daughter, and the universal lessons we can all learn from this “Oracle” of African women.


Click for more detail about Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 2004)
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Marshall Taylor could ride his bike forward, backward, even perched on the handlebars. When his stunts landed him a job at the famous Indiana bike shop Hay and Willits, folks were amazed that a thirteen-year-old black boy in 1891 could be such a crackerjack cyclist.
How little Marshall Taylor — through dedication, undeniable talent, and daring speed — transformed himself into the extraordinary Major Taylor is chronicled in this inspiring biography. Here is the story of a kid who turned pro at the age of eighteen, went on to win the world championship title just three years later, and battled racism and the odds to become a true American hero.


Click for more detail about Making Great Decisions: For a Life Without Limits by T. D. Jakes Making Great Decisions: For a Life Without Limits

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (Jun 02, 2009)
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The star of BETs Mind, Body & Soul, and featured guest speaker on Oprah’s Lifeclass, Potter’s House pastor, T.D. Jakes turns his attention to the topic of relationships, guiding you on the right track to making decisions you will benefit from for the rest of your life. In the vein of Joel Osteen’s Become a Better You and Dr. Phil’s Life Strategies, the New York Times bestselling Making Great Decisions (formerly tiled Before You Do) gives you the psychological and practical tools you need to reflect, discern, and decide the next step toward strong relationships in your life. “Remember,” writes T.D. Jakes, “your tomorrow is no better than the decisions you make today.”

“My promise is that if you read this book, you will be equipped, you will know all you need to know about making foolproof relational decisions,” writes T.D. Jakes. Choosing the right partner, at home or at work, is one of the most consequential decisions we’ll ever make. How can we be sure that we’re choosing wisely? How do we know if we’re doing the right thing when we change careers? By breaking our decisions down into their five crucial components:

Research: gathering information

Roadwork: removing obstacles

Rewards: listing choices and visualizing consequences

Revelation: narrowing your options and making your selection

Rearview: looking back and adjusting as necessary to stay on course

Clear-sighted, realistic, and spiritually uplifting, Making Great Decisions is one of those rare books that can change lives.


Click for more detail about Making of a Stand-Up Guy by Charlie Murphy Making of a Stand-Up Guy

by Charlie Murphy
Gallery Books (Nov 30, -0001)
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As one of the most popular performers on Comedy Central’s mega-hit The Chappelle Show, Charlie Murphyolder brother of comedy legend Eddie Murphyshares his passion for comedy and tells his true Hollywood stories in this juicy and highly entertaining memoir.Once described by Chris Rock as “Eddie Murphy on acid,” Charlie Murphy has achieved fame as a recurring performer on the critically acclaimed, three-time Emmy-nominated’ cult sensation Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central. Celebrated in particular for his “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” skits, featuring hilarious renditions of Rick James and Prince, Murphy now recounts many of the actual stories that inspired these popular sketches in vivid and comical detail in Doing Time: The Making of a Stand-Up Guy. With his flare for storytelling and his distinctive and fearless voice, it’s no wonder that Charlie Murphy has been the subject of many featured stories in numerous magazines, including GQ, Essence, Rolling Stone, and he was recently listed as one of the Hottest People to Watch in Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List.” Featuring outrageous misadventures as part of his younger brother Eddie’s entourage, and hysterical encounters with numerous celebrities, Doing Time: The Making of a Stand-Up Guy is a fascinating and wildly funny chronicle from one of the most talented comedians today.


Click for more detail about Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X

by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 07, 2014)
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Malcolm X grew to be one of America’s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.

Bolstered by the love and wisdom of his large, warm family, young Malcolm Little was a natural born leader. But when confronted with intolerance and a series of tragedies, Malcolm’s optimism and faith were threatened. He had to learn how to be strong and how to hold on to his individuality. He had to learn self-reliance.

Together with acclaimed illustrator AG Ford, Ilyasah Shabazz gives us a unique glimpse into the childhood of her father, Malcolm X, with a lyrical story that carries a message that resonates still today—that we must all strive to live to our highest potential.


Click for more detail about Mama Black Widow by Iceberg Slim Mama Black Widow

by Iceberg Slim
Cash Money Content (May 07, 2013)
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Mama Black Widow tells the tragic story of Otis Tilson, a stunning black drag queen trapped in a cruel queer ghetto underworld. In hopes of escaping the racial bigotry and economic injustice of the South, Otis’ family journeys north from their plantation to an urban promised land. Once in Chicago Otis and his brother and sisters become prisoners to a wasteland of violence, crime, prostitution and rape. This is the gut-wrenching tale of the destruction of a family and the truest portrayal of homosexuality in the ghetto ever told.


Click for more detail about Mama Dearest by E. Lynn Harris Mama Dearest

by E. Lynn Harris
Gallery Books (Sep 22, 2009)
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Diva supreme Yancey Harrington Braxton is working her way back to Broadway and beyond—and stirring up drama in and out of the spotlight—in the acclaimed New York Times bestseller from E. Lynn Harris.

After being out on tour, the ambitious singer and actress is fired up to move past her recent setbacks—including an explosive romance with NFL tight end John Basil Henderson—and prove her talents are stronger than ever. What Yancey really wants is to star in her own reality TV series, and she’s even found a rich and well-connected lover to make it happen. There are, however, two women fierce enough to derail Yancey’s comeback dreams: Madison B., a hot new bombshell taking the music industry by storm, and Ava Middlebrooks, who happens to be Yancey’s own mama dearest.

Not even a stint in prison for attempted murder has curbed Ava’s competitive nature. Now she will bring down her #1 rival—her own daughter—by using Madison B. to turn Yancey’s world upside-down. . . .

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Click for more detail about Mama Dearest by E. Lynn Harris Mama Dearest

by E. Lynn Harris
Gallery Books (Jan 01, 1970)
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Diva supreme Yancey Harrington Braxton is working her way back to Broadway and beyond—and stirring up drama in and out of the spotlight—in the acclaimed New York Times bestseller from E. Lynn Harris.

After being out on tour, the ambitious singer and actress is fired up to move past her recent setbacks—including an explosive romance with NFL tight end John Basil Henderson—and prove her talents are stronger than ever. What Yancey really wants is to star in her own reality TV series, and she’s even found a rich and well-connected lover to make it happen. There are, however, two women fierce enough to derail Yancey’s comeback dreams: Madison B., a hot new bombshell taking the music industry by storm, and Ava Middlebrooks, who happens to be Yancey’s own mama dearest.

Not even a stint in prison for attempted murder has curbed Ava’s competitive nature. Now she will bring down her #1 rival—her own daughter—by using Madison B. to turn Yancey’s world upside-down. . . .

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Click for more detail about Mama’s Boy by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Mama’s Boy

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 01, 2015)
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An AALBC.com Bestselling Book for May/June 2015

When her son is in trouble, a heartbroken mother finds the courage and faith to save him, in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s powerful family drama—a novel as timely as today’s headlines.

The breaking TV news rocks Jasper, Texas, to the core: a white police officer is fatally shot in a scuffle with three black youths—and a cellphone video captures Jamal Jones, the sixteen-year-old son of esteemed Reverend Elton Jones, escalating the tragic encounter. Now, as the national spotlight shines on a town already rife with racial tension, Jamal is a murder suspect on the run. And all of Jasper—even the Reverend’s congregation—rushes to judge the boy they thought they knew.

But Gloria Jones knows her son best, and she races to find Jamal before the law does—to the outrage of her workaholic husband. Once she finds him, she has to decide whether to turn him in or help him run. With ruthless prosecutor and Houston mayoral candidate Kay Christensen hungering to put another young thug behind bars, Gloria will face her biggest battle yet. And when long-hidden secrets and shocking lies come to light, throwing Jamal’s case and his destiny into a tailspin, all Gloria can do is pray that the truth—and a mother’s unconditional love—will be enough to redeem the mistakes of the past and ultimately, save her son.


Click for more detail about Manchild In The Promised Land by Claude Brown Manchild In The Promised Land

by Claude Brown
Touchstone (Dec 27, 2011)
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Since it’s release in 1965 Manchild is the 2nd best selling book ever published by Macmillan (over 4 million copies as of 2000)

During his first year at Howard University, Claude Brown wrote an article for the magazine Dissent about growing up in Harlem. The piece attracted the attention of a publisher, who encouraged him to write his autobiography. The result, Manchild in the Promised Land, traces Claude Brown’s own transformation from a hardened, streetwise young criminal to a successful, self-made man.

This autobiographical novel, in print for more than thirty years, has been widely praised for its portrayal of the "lost" generation of African-Americans whose parents left the sharecropping lifestyle of the South for the crowded inner cities of the North.

Excerpt:
"When the bus was all loaded and ready to take us back to the Youth House, one of the boys in the seat behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Hey, shorty, ain't that your mother standin' on the court stoop?.... Man, she’s cryin."

"I said, 'So what?' as if I didn't care. But I cared. I had to care. that was the first time I had seen Mama crying like that. She was just standing there by herself, not moving, not making a sound as if she didn't even know it was cold out there. The sun was shining, but it was cold and there was ice on the ground. The tears just kept rolling down Mama's face as the bus started to pull away from the curb. I had to care. Those tears shining on Mama's face were falling for me. When the bus started down the street, I wanted to run back and say something to Mama. I didn't know what. I thought, maybe I woulda said, "Mama, I didn't mean what I said, 'cause I really do care." No, I wouldn't say that. I woulda said, "Mama, button up your coat. It's cold out here." Yeah, that's what I forgot to say to Mama." 


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Manchild in the Promised Land is the story of the first generation of blacks who had left the South in search of a northern "promised land" of equality, abundance, and prosperity but found instead a vastly overcrowded and violent urban ghetto, a generation that went "from the fire into the frying pan."
"There was a tremendous difference in the way life was lived up North. There were too many people full of hate and bitterness crowded into a dirty, stinky, uncared-for, closet-sized section of a great city. The children of these disillusioned colored pioneers inherited the total lot of their parents,the disappointments, the anger. To add to their misery, they had little hope of deliverance. For where does one run to when he's already in the promised land?" So begins Claude Brown's literary masterwork.

Claude (Sonny boy) Brown wrote his extraordinary autobiography in his late twenties. At nine, he was a member of two notorious gangs who thrived on bullying and stealing. At eleven, he was sent to a school for "emotionally disturbed and deprived boys," where he stayed for two years; at fourteen, he was sent to a reformatory for the first of three times. In his mid-twenties, he would graduate from Howard University, and at thirty, he would start law school. Manchild in the Promised Land is the story of his life growing up in Harlem, to him a wondrous place where if you were quick, smart, and tough enough you could live, for a while, like a king or die like a pauper.


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by Claude Brown
Touchstone (Jun 03, 1999)
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"Manchild in the Promised Land" is indeed one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for the first generation of African Americans raised in the Northern ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s. When the book was first published in 1965, it was praised for its realistic portrayal of Harlem — the children, young people, hardworking parents; the hustlers, drug dealers, prostitutes, and numbers runners; the police; the violence, sex, and humor. The book continues to resonate generations later, not only because of its fierce and dignified anger, not only because the struggles of urban youth are as deeply felt today as they were in Brown’s time, but also because the book is affirmative and inspiring. Here is the story about the one who "made it," the boy who kept landing on his feet and became a man.


Click for more detail about Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed by Tyrese Gibson Manology: Secrets of Your Man’s Mind Revealed

by Tyrese Gibson
Touchstone (Feb 05, 2013)
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Rev Run of Run DMC and Tyrese Gibson offer insight on life, love, exposing men and the many games they play, and how to finally find happiness in your relationships. Tyrese and Rev are unlikely best friends—Rev is married with six kids and Tyrese is a single dad still hesitant to settle down. But after an unexpected disagreement in which Rev insisted that marriage is forever, and Tyrese pushed that you could bail when the sex went bad, the two decided not just to agree to disagree but to team up and open their debate to a larger audience. Even though they’re at different points in their journeys, both have clear insights on what it takes to make a relationship work and what can sink it instantly.

Manology is a guide to regaining your relationship confidence and weeding out the cheaters, MANipulators, and pimps from the good men. Just follow Tyrese and Rev’s advice and finally understand the reasons behind your man’s actions. Some men’s behavior can’t be changed, but it’s better to face the truth. No matter how painful or distressing that truth might be, if you know it, you can confront it and move past it. Tyrese and Rev acknowledge that it can be difficult for men to open up, but they present real strategies for men and women to have honest and open discussions about relationship expectations.

With Rev’s hard-earned knowledge on what it takes to make a marriage work, and Tyrese’s sometimes uncomfortable but always straight talk on the single man’s mind-set, Manology is your one true source of knowledge to help you take control of your love life and truly understand your man.


Click for more detail about Master of Mahogany: Tom Day, Free Black Cabinetmaker (African-American Artists and Artisans) by Mary E. Lyons Master of Mahogany: Tom Day, Free Black Cabinetmaker (African-American Artists and Artisans)

by Mary E. Lyons
Atheneum (Oct 01, 1994)
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Examines the life and work of master cabinetmaker Tom Day, a free, literate African-American craftsman whose distinctive furniture was much prized in antebellum North Carolina.


Click for more detail about Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry Jr. by Marion Barry Jr. and Omar Tyree Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry Jr.

by Marion Barry Jr. and Omar Tyree
Strebor Books (Jun 17, 2014)
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Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world.

Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics.

In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all—including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC, this is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration


Click for more detail about Meet Me at the Theresa: The Story of Harlem’s Most Famous Hotel by Sondra Kathryn Wilson Meet Me at the Theresa: The Story of Harlem’s Most Famous Hotel

by Sondra Kathryn Wilson
Atria Books (Mar 01, 2014)
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A “brassy yet deeply respectful book” (Publishers Weekly), this is a lively social history based on first-hand accounts of the legendary Hotel Theresaone of the New York landmarks that established Harlem as a mecca of black culture.

In mid-twentieth century America, Harlem was the cultural capital of African America, and the Theresa was the place for black people to see and be seen. The hotel was known to have the hottest nightlife in the world and to be the only grand hotel in Manhattan that welcomed nonwhites. The thirteen-story building still stands on the historic corner of Seventh Avenue (or Adam C. Powell Jr. Boulevard) and 125th Street, but few of the legions that pass it day after day know that, as Sondra Wilson writes, “For thirty years life in and outside the hotel was an exhilarating social experience that has yet to be duplicated.”

The Theresa was situated among a cluster of famous nightspots of the day. Locals and out-of-towners could stroll from the hotel to take in jam sessions at Minton’s Playhouse, see floorshows at the Baby Grand, admire chorus girls at Club Baron, do the jitterbug at the Savoy Ballroom, and watch showbiz heavyweights at the Apollo Theater. Black America’s biggest and brightestJosephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, Duke Ellington, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and so many moremade the hotel their New York stay-over. The book reveals little known facts and stories about the celebrities and the regulars: the owners, the gangsters, the showgirls, the politicians, entertainers, intellectuals, the fast crowd, and even the hangers-on.

The Hotel Theresa is the stuff of legend, and though it closed its doors in 1970, there are still many who live to tell the tales. Meet Me at the Theresa is the first book devoted to the fabulous and continually fascinating story of the Hotel Theresa.


Click for more detail about Michael’s Golden Rules by Deloris Jordan Michael’s Golden Rules

by Deloris Jordan
Paula Wiseman Books (Jan 23, 2007)
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"I’ve learned it takes heart to come out a winner every time, whether you win or lose."
— Michael Jordan

Jonathan wants to win more than anything. But the Badgers haven’t seen much of that lately. For Jonathan, the only good thing about the baseball season is being on the same team as his best friend, Michael. Jonathan wants to believe in himself and his team, but it’s getting harder to do.

Then when Michael’s uncle Jack tells the boys about his golden rules of baseball, Jonathan is confused. What could Uncle Jack mean — there is more to a good game than winning or losing?

Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan, mother and sister of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, tell a family story of personal best, friendship, and teamwork that will inspire. Kadir Nelson’s radiant illustrations illuminate this story of what it really means to be a champion.


Click for more detail about Middle Passage by Charles Johnson Middle Passage

by Charles Johnson
Scribner (Jul 01, 1998)
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A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Charles Johnson’s National Book Award-winning masterpiece—"a novel in the tradition of Billy Budd and Moby-Dick…heroic in proportion…fiction that hooks the mind" (The New York Times Book Review)—now with a new introduction from Stanley Crouch.

Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue, is lost in the underworld of 1830s New Orleans. Desperate to escape the city’s unscrupulous bill collectors and the pawing hands of a schoolteacher hellbent on marrying him, he jumps aboard the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins a voyage of metaphysical horror and human atrocity, a journey which challenges our notions of freedom, fate and how we live together. Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative and philosophical allegory.

Now with a new introduction from renowned writer and critic Stanley Crouch, this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Middle Passage celebrates a cornerstone of the American canon and the masterwork of one of its most important writers. "Long after we’d stopped believe in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that" (Chicago Tribune).


Click for more detail about Midnight and the Meaning of Love by Sister Souljah Midnight and the Meaning of Love

by Sister Souljah
Washington Square Press (Oct 04, 2011)
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by Sister Souljah
Atria Books (Apr 12, 2011)
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Sister Souljah, the New York Times bestselling author of The Coldest Winter Ever and Midnight, delivers her most compelling and enlightening story yet. With Midnight and The Meaning of Love, Souljah brings to her millions of fans an adventure about young, deep love, the ways in which people across the world express their love, and the lengths that they will go to have it.

Powerful and sensual, Midnight is an intelligent, fierce fighter and Ninjutsu-trained ninja warrior. He attracts attention wherever he goes but remains unmoved by it and focuses on protecting his mother and sister and regaining his family’s fortunes. When Midnight, a devout Muslim, takes sixteen-year-old Akemi from Japan as his wife, they look forward to building a life together, but their tumultuous teenage marriage is interrupted when Akemi is kidnapped and taken back to Japan by her own father, even though the marriage was consummated and well underway.

“There’s not one drop of inferiority in my blood,” Midnight says as he first secures his mother, Umma, and sister, Naja, before setting off on a global journey to reclaim his wife. Midnight must travel across three countries and numerous cultures in his attempt to defeat his opponent. Along this magnificent journey he meets people who change him forever, even as he changes them. He encounters temptations he never would have imagined and takes risks that many a lesser man would say no to, all for the women he loves and is sworn to protect.


Click for more detail about Midnight: A Gangster Love Story  by Sister Souljah Midnight: A Gangster Love Story

by Sister Souljah
Washington Square Press (Sep 28, 2010)
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A fierce fighter with heart and a powerful mind, Midnight is willing to do anything to defend his family, the women he loves, and his business and property. In this riveting prequel to her urban classic, The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah reintroduces readers to Ricky Santiago’s strong, humble, and dangerously attractive lieutenant. The intricate storytelling in this passionate tale of love, loyalty, strength, and survival will sweep readers from the wealthy North African estate of Midnight’s father to the complicated challenges and confrontations of the Brooklyn projects where Midnight lands with his beautiful mother. This story will move your heart and soul and change your life forever.


Click for more detail about Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe Miles: The Autobiography

by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe
Simon & Schuster (Sep 15, 1990)
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For more than forty years Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music. Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles is one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. The subject of several biographies, now Miles speaks out himself about his extraordinary life."Miles: The Autobiography, " like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he has encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus, and many others.The man who has given us some of the most exciting music of the past few decades has now given us a compelling and fascinating autobiography, featuring a concise discography and thirty-two pages of photographs.


Click for more detail about Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2 by Zane Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2

by Zane
Strebor Books (Jan 06, 2009)
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Steamy, sensual and poetically hypnotic, Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2 is the follow-up to the bestseller Purple Panties.

No one can debate the fact that Zane knows sex. The Queen of Erotic Fiction has hit home run after home run in the literary arena with her literary offerings. Now comes the latest, a collection of lesbian erotica that will have readers squirming on the edge of their seats, curling up beneath the sheets, and fantasizing about the possibilities.

Including such stories as "The Namma's Nectar," "Coast to Coast" and "She Loved a Girl," Missionary No More gives an insight into a world where love and lust have no boundaries. Come take a journey through the eyes of several women who have one thing in common: an appreciation for female sensuality.


Click for more detail about Mississippi Challenge by Mildred Pitts Walter Mississippi Challenge

by Mildred Pitts Walter
Simon Pulse (Jan 01, 1996)
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Incorporating the reminiscences and thoughts of many of the participants, this study of the history of African Americans in Mississippi chronicles the struggle for civil rights, from the time of slvaery through the events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Reprint. SLJ. AB.


Click for more detail about Mo’ Better Blues by Spike Lee Mo’ Better Blues

by Spike Lee
Fireside Books (Aug 15, 1990)
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Millions have seen Spike Lee’s films - She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze, and the most provocative film of 1989, Do the Right Thing - and read the companion books - Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It, Uplift the Race, and Do the Right Thing. Spike launched his career with a romantic comedy, and now returns to romance, set against the backdrop of the music world, with Mo’ Better Blues. Academy Award-winning Denzel Washington plays a musician torn between two beautiful women and his ambition to be a star. In this unique document Spike speaks of the people and the events that created the film, including the thoughts and feelings of the musicians, actors, and crew. The book is illustrated with storyboards and 150 photographs that reveal the behind-the-scenes drama of Mo’ Better Blues.


Click for more detail about Mogul: A Novel by Terrance Dean Mogul: A Novel

by Terrance Dean
Atria Books (Jun 14, 2011)
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From the Essence bestselling author of Hiding in Hip Hop and an entertainment insider—a juicy debut novel about the “down-low” life of one of New York’s most beloved Hip Hop producers.



After the suddendeath of his father, a renowned jazz musician, Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble clings to music as an escape. Making hiphop beatsbecomes his life.His love formusic lands him at the estate ofLarry “Pop” Singleton, a retired and respectedHip Hop music mogul who sees something special in Big A.T., and he also knows the truth about his sexuality. With Pop’s blessings and nurturing, Big A.T. is on the path to becoming the next great Hip Hop producer in New York.



With the help of Pop and “the family,” a network of secretly gay men in the Hip Hop world, Big A.T. finds success and starts his own music label. He’s signed and worked with some of the biggest Hip Hop artists in the country. One of them is Brooklyn native lyricist, “Tickman.” Together they are making sweet music together. Tickman and Big A.T.’s relationship goes beyond producer and rapper they become secret lovers.



Nothing can stop Big A.T. All of the radio stations play his music. He has money, fame, and Jasmine, his girlfriend who doesn’t know about his secret love for men. However, at the pinnacle of his career, compromising photos of Big A.T. land on the desk of a national news program—and in the hands of his girlfriend. Big A.T., for the first timeis at a crossroad in his career: come out publicly with his secret or watch his music empire crumble.


Click for more detail about Momma’s A Virgin by Travis Hunter Momma’s A Virgin

by Travis Hunter
Strebor Books (Sep 27, 2011)
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Essence bestselling author Travis Hunter tells the story of a young woman who takes control of her own destiny after lifelong abuse.

Zola Zaire never had a chance to choose her man. Raped at fourteen, her mother threw her out at sixteen and she was forced to live with a man three times her age. Abuse was all she’d known and she had gotten comfortable as a bottom dweller, until her son was taken from her. That’s when she decided to become the predator instead of the prey.

Momma’s a Virgin is Ngiai’s struggle to overcome a horrible past and take control of her future. With the help of her brother, they settle all past scores—but will her quest for revenge jeopardize her future?


Click for more detail about Mommy’s Angel: A Novel by Miasha Mommy’s Angel: A Novel

by Miasha
Touchstone (Jun 05, 2007)
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After her big brother Curtis is gunned down in the streets of Brooklyn, Angel’s family crumbles. Grief stricken, her mother turns to heroin to ease her pain. She doesn’t notice that her son has no food or that her daughters’ clothes are torn and dirty. Worst of all, she doesn’t see what her boyfriend does to Angel behind closed doors.

Desperate to support her younger brother and sister, Angel hits the streets looking for anything or anyone to help. But she’s fifteen years old, so options for legal work are few. As a last resort, she turns to her brother’s best friend, Antoine, who arranges for a job for her at a strip club. It’s only supposed to be for a while, until she can get her working papers.

Angel is convinced she won’t fall victim to the streets like her mother. But the fast life has its temptations and a magical ability to make you forget.


Click for more detail about Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes Moon

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Washington Square Press (Apr 12, 2011)
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The orginal title for this novel was Yellow Moon.

In the second part of the New Orleans trilogy that began with Voodoo Season, Rhodes takes on an ancient African vampire in today’s Big Easy, where thrilling chills await. Now in paperback.

When Marie Levant, the great-great granddaughter of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, sleeps, she dreams of rising waters. She knows better than anyone about New Orleans brutal past, its legacy of slavery, poverty, racism, and sexism. As a doctor at Charity Hospitals ER, she treats its current victims. But she cannot cure her own terrifying dreams. When a jazzman, a wharf worker, and a prostitute all turn up murdered, their blood drained, Marie sees their ghosts and embarks on an adventure to uncover their dark connection.

Meanwhile, in her dreams, the waters around New Orleans are rising and the yellow moon warns of an ancient evil, an African vampire called wazimamoto, intent on destroying Marie and all the Laveau descendants. Summoning her ancestral powers, Marie fights to protect her daughter, lover, and herself from the wazimamoto’s seductive assault on both body and spirit. Echoing with the heartache and triumph of the African- American experience and the horrors of racial oppression, Yellow Moon gives readers an unforgettable heroine in the sexy, vulnerable, and mysterious Marie Levant, while it powerfully evokes a city on the brink of catastrophe.

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Click for more detail about Move Without the Ball: Put Your Skills and Your Magic to Work for You by Stedman Graham Move Without the Ball: Put Your Skills and Your Magic to Work for You

by Stedman Graham
Simon & Schuster (Aug 03, 2004)
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Athletics is a metaphor for life; that’s why Move Without the Ball is not just for athletes. Anyone who has ever been involved in the pursuit of excellence understands the need for dedication, perseverance, and sacrifice. Everyday, young adults are bombarded with images and stories of extreme wealth and fame be it in sports, music, or Hollywood. Their vision of success can become limited to these areas, and they lose focus on developing other talents and skills. A reality check is in order, because the odds are fifty thousand to one that a student athlete will play in the NBA, and similar odds apply to aspiring singers and actors who expect they will be the next superstar. The upside is that there is a much bigger world out there for young people to explore and succeed in, and Move Without the Ball serves as the guidebook.
Stedman Graham businessman, lecturer, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Teens Can Make It Happen and You Can Make It Happen speaks honestly and directly to teens from his own experience. A former European professional athlete who never achieved his dream of playing in the NBA, Graham understands the pressures and temptations young people face. He discovered that there is a process for building success in many areas of one’s life, and he has spent the last twenty years sharing this process with young people.
The book overflows with powerful and inspiring stories and photographs of sports stars of yesterday and today, including Hank Aaron, Greg Norman, Magic Johnson, Mia Hamm, Pel, Dave Winfield, Serena Williams, Bo Jackson, and Cal Ripken Jr. just to name a few. It’s not just these pros’ athleticism that’s highlighted in Move Without the Ball, it’s the winning combination of courage, self-discipline, sense of purpose, and passion that they bring to their lives everyday both on and off the field.


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by John Nagenda
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Feb 01, 1973)
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Click for more detail about Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed Mumbo Jumbo

by Ishmael Reed
Scribner (Jun 11, 1996)
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The Classic Freewheeling Look at Race Relations Through the Ages
Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed’s brilliantly satiric deconstruction of Western civilization, a racy and uproarious commentary on our society. In it, Reed, one of our preeminent African-American authors, mixes portraits of historical figures and fictional characters with sound bites on subjects ranging from ragtime to Greek philosophy. Cited by literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred most significant books in the Western canon, Mumbo Jumbo is a trenchant and often biting look at black-white relations throughout history, from a keen observer of our culture.


Click for more detail about Murderville by Ashley and JaQuavis Murderville

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Cash Money Content (Apr 30, 2013)
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The hottest young voices in urban literature and New York Times best-selling authors of The Cartel series, Ashley & JaQuavis bring you the first in a highly-anticipated new trilogy, Murderville.

Two children from Sierra Leone, Liberty and A’shai, are brought together by chance only to be forced apart by fate. Ashley and JaQuavis deliver this classic love story set against modern life’s most tragic realities.

As Liberty lies dying, A’shai walks her through their past, reliving their journeys through the streets. Their story will take them from an arranged marriage, Mexico’s drug cartel, child brothels, hustling in Detroit, to escaping L.A.’s underworld. But ultimately, this is a story of love and redemption that will leave you breathless from the first page until the unpredictable and mind-blowing ending.


Click for more detail about Murderville 2 by Ashley and JaQuavis Murderville 2

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Cash Money Content (Jul 24, 2012)
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New York Times best-selling authors Ashley & JaQuavis are back with the second installment in the epic Murderville Series. Love, murder, loyalty, and money fill this hood tale as they continue this international street saga.

With Samad’s target on her back, Liberty must survive the harsh streets alone. but when a chance encounter pushes her into the arms of a new friend, Po, the two take on the California kingpin and step full force into the game. As bullets and sparks fly, the unlikely pair embark on a serendipitous journey back to where it all started, Sierra Leone. With a new overseas connection, Po sees an opportunity that is too good to pass up. When his pursuit of the American dream conflicts with Liberty’s past, will they be able to survive? Or will the drug empire that they’ve built together come crashing down?


Click for more detail about Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia by Ashley and JaQuavis Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Cash Money Content (Sep 03, 2013)
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Taking up where the thrilling ending of Murderville 2: The Epidemic left off, we’re thrown back into the international street chronicle. Lives and money are on the line and tough choices will have to be made between love and loyalty. In the final installment of this breathtaking trilogy, the characters will have to learn that in this game of power sometimes you have to give up the glory to survive.


Click for more detail about My Blue Suede Shoes: Four Novellas by Tracy Price-Thompson and Taressa Stovall My Blue Suede Shoes: Four Novellas

by Tracy Price-Thompson and Taressa Stovall
Atria Books (Mar 29, 2011)
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A powerful collection of novellas by four leading African-American women writers, each tackling the terror of domestic violence.

In Other People’s Skin, Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall, along with writers Elizabeth Atkins and Desiree Cooper, took on intra-racial prejudice. The second book in their successful Sister4Sister Empowerment Series once again offers hope and healing, this time from the nightmare of abuse.

In Desiree Cooper’s Breakin’ It Down, a highly successful talk show host, haunted by the abandonment and self-loathing she felt as a child, is shocked to find herself inflicting the same abuse she experienced on her seven-year-old daughter. Tracy Price-Thompson’s Brotherly Love goes deep into the disturbing relationship between a beautiful, accomplished teenage girl and the seemingly dutiful brother who raised her after their parents’ death. TaRessa Stovall’s Breakin’ Dishes reveals the turmoil behind the scenes of a picture-perfect marriage as an angry wife beats her cheating husband. And in Elizabeth Atkins’s The Wrong Side of Mr. Right, an outwardly beaming bride-to-be comes to terms with the inner turmoil brought on by her emotionally abusive fianc. In all four novellas, redemption and hope appear when a pair of blue suede shoes enters each woman’s life, helping her to overcome her challenges and stop the cycle of abuse.

A raw, engaging, and enlightening collection from beginning to end, My Blue Suede Shoes is as informative as it is entertaining.


Click for more detail about My Infamous Life: The Autobiography Of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson My Infamous Life: The Autobiography Of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy

by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson
Touchstone (Apr 19, 2011)
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From one of the greatest rappers of all time, a memoir about a life almost lost and a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop’s Golden Era . . .

In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope down the mean streets of New York City. For the first time, he gives an intimate look at his family background, his battles with drugs, his life of crime, his relentless suffering with sickle-cell anemia, and much more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison due to what many consider an unlawful arrest by a rumored secret NYPD hip hop task force, Prodigy is ready to talk about his life as one of rap’s greatest legends.

My Infamous Life is an unblinking account of Prodigy’s wild times with Mobb Deep who, alongside rappers like Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, and Wu-Tang Clan, changed the musical landscape with their vivid portrayals of early ’90s street life. It is a firsthand chronicle of legendary rap feuds like the East CoastWest Coast rivalry; Prodigy’s beefs with Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, and Capone-N-Noreaga; and run-ins with prodigal hit makers and managers like Puff Daddy, Russell Simmons, Chris Lighty, Irv Gotti, and Lyor Cohen.

Taking the reader behind the smoke-and-mirrors glamour of the hip hop world, so often seen as the only way out for those with few options, Prodigy lays down the truth about the intoxicating power of money, the meaning of true friendship and loyalty, and the ultimately redemptive power of self. This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty like Diana Ross and Dizzy Gillespie, educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to the dizzying heights of fame and eventually fell into the darkness of a prison cell.

A truly candid memoir, part fearless confessional and part ode to the concrete jungles of New York City, My Infamous Life is written by a man who was on the front line of the last great moment in hip hop history and who is still fighting to achieve his very own American Dream.


Click for more detail about My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir by Mark Whitaker My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir

by Mark Whitaker
Simon & Schuster (Oct 18, 2011)
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In a dramatic, moving work of historical reporting and personal discovery, Mark Whitaker, award-winning journalist, sets out to trace the story of what happened to his parents, a fascinating but star-crossed interracial couple, and arrives at a new understanding of the family dramas that shaped their lives—and his own.

His father, “Syl” Whitaker, was the charismatic grandson of slaves who grew up the child of black undertakers from Pittsburgh and went on to become a groundbreaking scholar of Africa. His mother, Jeanne Theis, was a shy World War II refugee from France whose father, a Huguenot pastor, helped hide thousands of Jews from the Nazis and Vichy police. They met in the mid-1950s, when he was a college student and she was his professor, and they carried on a secret romance for more than a year before marrying and having two boys. Eventually they split in a bitter divorce that was followed by decades of unhappiness as his mother coped with self-recrimination and depression while trying to raise her sons by herself, and his father spiraled into an alcoholic descent that destroyed his once meteoric career.

Based on extensive interviews and documentary research as well as his own personal recollections and insights, My Long Trip Home is a reporter’s search for the factual and emotional truth about a complicated and compelling family, a successful adult’s exploration of how he rose from a turbulent childhood to a groundbreaking career, and, ultimately, a son’s haunting meditation on the nature of love, loss, identity, and forgiveness.

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Click for more detail about My People by Langston Hughes My People

by Langston Hughes
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 06, 2009)
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Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.


Click for more detail about My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir by Jessica B. Harris My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir

by Jessica B. Harris
Scribner (May 09, 2017)
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In this captivating new memoir, award-winning writer Jessica B. Harris recalls a lost era--the vibrant New York City of her youth, where her social circle included Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and other members of the Black intelligentsia. In the Technicolor glow of the early seventies, Jessica B. Harris debated, celebrated, and danced her way from the jazz clubs of the Manhattan's West Side to the restaurants of the Village, living out her buoyant youth alongside the great minds of the day--luminaries like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison. My Soul Looks Back is her paean to that fascinating social circle and the depth of their shared commitment to activism, intellectual engagement, and each other. Harris paints evocative portraits of her illustrious friends: Baldwin as he read aloud an early draft of If Beale Street Could Talk, Angelou cooking in her California kitchen, and Morrison relaxing at Baldwin's house in Provence. Harris describes her role as theater critic for the New York Amsterdam News and editor at then burgeoning Essence magazine; star-studded parties in the South of France; drinks at Mikell's, a hip West Side club; and the simple joy these extraordinary people took in each other's company. The book is framed by Harris's relationship with Sam Floyd, a fellow professor at Queens College, who introduced her to Baldwin. More than a memoir of friendship and first love My Soul Looks Back is a carefully crafted, intimately understood homage to a bygone era and the people that made it so remarkable.


Click for more detail about My Soul To Take: A Novel by Tananarive Due My Soul To Take: A Novel

by Tananarive Due
Washington Square Press (Sep 06, 2011)
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Essence bestselling and award-winning author Tananarive Due delivers a heart-stopping new novel continuing the story of descendants of an immortal line of people who are the only ones capable of saving the world.

Fana, an immortal with tremendous telepathic abilities, is locked in a battle of wills. Her fianc is Michel. But Johnny Wright, a mortal who is in love with her, believes that if she doesn’t stay away from Michel, they will become the Witnesses to the Apocalypse described in the Book of Revelation.

Fana and the Life Brothers are rushing to distribute their healing “Living Blood” throughout the world, hoping to eliminate most diseases before Fana is bound to marry Michel. Still, they cannot heal people faster than Michel can kill them. Due weaves a tangled web in this novel, including beloved characters from her bestselling Joplin’s Ghost, in a war of good against evil, making My Soul to Take a chilling and thrilling experience.


Click for more detail about Nasty (Zane Presents) by Dr. XyZ Nasty (Zane Presents)

by Dr. XyZ
Strebor Books (Aug 31, 2010)
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When a rich divorce, an ambitious music mogul, and an extremely horny high school virgin cross paths, their insatiable web of lust, obsession, and revenge turns . . . NASTY

Beautiful, wealthy, and newly divorced, Nicola is angry with the world over her life’s failures. Determined to destroy everything in her path, she goes on a sexual rampage beginning with one unsuspecting family. She starts up a hot-and-heavy relationship with Carlos, a young music executive with big dreams and an even larger sexual appetite. Then she deflowers Carlos’s wholesome brother, Jonathan, an up-and-coming basketball star. She’s definitely on fire, but the summer is already hot for so many other reasons. . . .

Carlos’s mother is unexpectedly reunited with the love of her life. Eli is a recovering substance abuser and the father of her eldest child, Tarik, a talented neo-soul artist on the cusp of greatness. Thanks to Carlos’s expert music management, Tarik was only seconds away from signing a major record deal—but Eli’s unexpected arrival disrupts everything. As the family grows weaker, Nicola can finally be her truly ruthless self.


Click for more detail about Nervous: A Novel by Zane Nervous: A Novel

by Zane
Atria Books (Jun 15, 2004)
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In this juicy, sexy story Queen of Erotica and New York Times bestselling author Zane brings us a tale of a woman with a split personality—she’s nervous around men during the week, but on the weekends her alter ego goes on intense sexual escapades.

When Jonquinette seeks the help of Dr. Marcella Spencer, the psychiatrist Zane originated in her bestselling novel Addicted, Jude’s response is to go on a sexual rampage. In the meantime, Jonquinette becomes interested in her new neighbor, Mason, but Jude has no intention of letting Jonquinette fall in love—not when Jude’s having so much fun. Based on a short story of the same title from her bestselling collection The Sex Chronicles, Nervous is classic Zane with an edge. So, relax, sit back. You’re in for a nerve-tingling read.


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by Zane
Atria Books (Sep 02, 2003)
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Zane’s legion of fans can’t get enough of her way of telling a juicy, sexy story. In "Nervous, " the "New York Times" bestselling queen of erotica brings us a tale of a woman with a split personality. Jonquinette has always been nervous around men, but on the weekends her alter ego, Jude, goes on intense sexual escapades. When Jonquinette seeks the help of Dr. Marcella Spencer, the psychiatrist Zane originated in her bestselling novel "Addicted, " Jude’s response is to go on a sexual rampage. In the meantime, Jonquinette becomes interested in her new neighbor, Mason, but Jude has no intention of letting Jonquinette fall in love — not when Jude’s having so much fun. Based on a short story of the same title from her bestselling collection "The Sex Chronicles, Nervous" is classic Zane with an edge. So, relax, sit back. You’re in for a nerve-tingling read.


Click for more detail about Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Atria / 37 Ink (Feb 07, 2017)
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This book is the first to chronicle the lives of African American women in the urban north during the early years of the republic. A Fragile Freedom investigates how African American women in Philadelphia journeyed from enslavement to the precarious status of "free persons" in the decades leading up to the Civil War and examines comparable developments in the cities of New York and Boston. Erica Armstrong Dunbar argues that early nineteenth-century Philadelphia, where most African Americans were free, enacted a kind of rehearsal for the national emancipation that followed in the post-Civil War years. She explores the lives of the "regular" women of antebellum Philadelphia, the free black institutions that took root there, and the previously unrecognized importance of African American women to the history of American cities.


Click for more detail about Never Enough: A Novel by Miasha Never Enough: A Novel

by Miasha
Touchstone (Jul 01, 2008)
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Some prayed for my death, but I didn’t go anywhere. I was a bad bitch before — wait ’til they see me now….

In a single act of violence, beautiful gold digger Celess lost her best friend, Tina, and her good looks. She also lost her former love, Michael, when he learned her secret. Now depressed, suicidal, and horribly disfigured, Celess gets a phone call that changes her life.

Her heartbreak and a near-death experience transform Celess into a woman whose healed spirit takes her in new directions — and straight into a modeling contract with one of Hollywood’s top agencies. In Los Angeles, she reconnects with two old friends, Terry and Derrek, and through them, finds new friends and a new love. Life is good once again. But under the Hollywood limelight, will Celess’s checkered past come back to haunt her and destroy the new life she has built for herself?


Click for more detail about Never Go Home Again: A Novel by Shannon Holmes Never Go Home Again: A Novel

by Shannon Holmes
Atria Books (Sep 27, 2005)
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The experience and quality that I bring to my writing can’t be faked. I know what I know. Through my novels, I invite readers to journey with me into the streets. Come see what I’ve seen. Let me show the gritty and grimy undercarriage of society, the "flip side" of the game….
— Shannon Holmes
Inspired by the events of his own life, the Essence bestselling author of B-More Careful and Bad Girlz presents a vivid, unflinching novel about a young man’s coming of age in the city streets.
Never Go Home Again is the story of Corey Dixon, a young man whose father tries as best he can to steer him away from the lure of the streets. And yet, like so many others in his neighborhood, Corey finds the lucrative drug trade too tempting to resist. While he makes fast money for a while, ultimately Corey must pay the price for his choice of his profession: his freedom. By the age of sixteen, Corey is sentenced to prison.
Incarcerated at Riker’s Island, Corey lives through experiences that threaten to destroy his body, his mind, and his spirit. Still, in the midst of his horrific imprisonment, he discovers inner strength and — against unimaginable odds — manages to survive. Corey makes a new kind of family for himself in jail, including a teacher who encourages him to "never go home again." In the course of his journey of self-discovery, Corey comes to realize the wisdom in his mentor’s words.
Unflinching and riveting, Never Go Home Again is a powerful, true-to-life story of redemption that no reader will soon forget.


Click for more detail about Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray Never Say Never

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 04, 2013)
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When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has a future. But all the time that they spend together—grieving, sharing, and reminiscing—brings the two closer in ways they never planned. . . .

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Click for more detail about No One In The World: A Novel by E. Lynn Harris and Rm Johnson No One In The World: A Novel

by E. Lynn Harris and Rm Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Jun 07, 2011)
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E. Lynn Harris and R.M. Johnson— two powerful voices of a generation—unite with an insightful and emotional project that tackles themes of family, loyalty and identity.

The untimely passing of the beloved New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn Harris has left fans pining for more. With this collaboration, fans are given the book they’ve been clamoring to read—and the book that Harris and Essence bestselling author RM Johnson long wanted to write.

Cobi Winslow, a handsome, well-educated district attorney, knows nothing about the life of his estranged twin brother, Eric Reed, a career criminal raised in the foster care system. Following their parents’ death, Cobi searches for and finds his brother, hoping to regain lost years.

Meanwhile, Cobi navigates the pressures of society as he lives life in the closet. The stress comes to a head when he learns that in order to inherit the wealth of his father’s estate and save the struggling family business, he must marry a woman before he turns thirty-five. The task becomes more convoluted when Cobi’s sister proposes to pay Austen Greer, a once-successful and wealthy businesswoman who lost everything in the recession, to be Cobi’s wife.

Eric discovers Cobi is gay and promises to keep it a secret. Instead, he entrusts the information to his former prison cellmate, Blac, who endears himself to Cobi in hopes of securing a $150,000 loan from him to pay back a debt racked up by cocaine sales. As the clock runs down both on Blac’s efforts to pay his deadly creditor and on Cobi’s attempts to save the family company, rash moves are executed, family and friendship bonds are tested, and life-altering sacrifices are made.


Click for more detail about Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

by Marc Lamont Hill
Atria Books (Jul 26, 2016)
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“An impassioned analysis of headline-making cases .Timely, controversial, and bound to stir already heated discussion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A thought-provoking and important analysis of oppression, recommended for those seeking clarity on current events.” —Library Journal

Unarmed citizens shot by police. Drinking water turned to poison. Mass incarcerations. We’ve heard the individual stories. Now a leading public intellectual and acclaimed journalist offers a powerful, paradigm-shifting analysis of America’s current state of emergency, finding in these events a larger and more troubling truth about race, class, and what it means to be “Nobody.”

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the United States following the death of Michael Brown revealed something far deeper than a passionate display of age-old racial frustrations. They unveiled a public chasm that has been growing for years, as America has consistently and intentionally denied significant segments of its population access to full freedom and prosperity.

In Nobody, scholar and journalist Marc Lamont Hill presents a powerful and thought-provoking analysis of race and class by examining a growing crisis in America: the existence of a group of citizens who are made vulnerable, exploitable and disposable through the machinery of unregulated capitalism, public policy, and social practice. These are the people considered “Nobody” in contemporary America. Through on-the-ground reporting and careful research, Hill shows how this Nobody class has emerged over time and how forces in America have worked to preserve and exploit it in ways that are both humiliating and harmful.

To make his case, Hill carefully reconsiders the details of tragic events like the deaths of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and Freddie Gray, and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. He delves deeply into a host of alarming trends including mass incarceration, overly aggressive policing, broken court systems, shrinking job markets, and the privatization of public resources, showing time and time again the ways the current system is designed to worsen the plight of the vulnerable.

Timely and eloquent, Nobody is a keen observation of the challenges and contradictions of American democracy, a must-read for anyone wanting to better understand the race and class issues that continue to leave their mark on our country today.


Click for more detail about Notes to the Future: Words of Wisdom by Nelson Mandela Notes to the Future: Words of Wisdom

by Nelson Mandela
Atria Books (Nov 20, 2012)
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From the heart and soul of visionary Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, a collection of his most uplifting, time-honored quotes that have inspired our world and offer a path for peace.

“The book that you hold in your hands is nothing short of a miracle.” —Desmond Tutu, from the Introduction

The authorized record of Nelson Mandela’s most inspiring and historically important quotations

Notes to the Future is the definitive book of quotations from one of the great leaders of our time. This collection—gathered from privileged access to Mandela’s vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence, and audio recordings— features more than three hundred quotations spanning more than sixty years, and includes his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

These inspirational quotations, organized into four sections—Struggle, Victory, Wisdom, and Future—are both universal and deeply personal. We see Mandela’s sense of humor, his loneliness and despair, his thoughts on fatherhood, and the reluctant leader who had no choice but to become the man history demanded.

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A good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood and our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope and victory.

FROM A LETTER TO ZINDZI MANDELA, WRITTEN ON ROBBEN ISLAND, FEBRUARY 10, 1980


Click for more detail about Nothing But Drama (Good Girlz) by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Nothing But Drama (Good Girlz)

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Nov 07, 2006)
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The first book in an exciting and inspiring new series from national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Their lives are nothing but drama. . . .

Camille can’t believe her bad luck when she’s ordered to join a church youth group after hiding her boyfriend from the police. She’ll bide her time if that’s what it takes to get everyone off her back, but it’s the last place she ever expected to make a new friend. Angel has a secret that’s got her running scared, so when she sees a flyer for the group, she heads to the church, hoping to find an answer to her problem. Now Rachel, their group leader, has a task for them that may just end their daily dramas and give them a whole new beginning.

They just have to take a leap of faith. . . .

Along the way, they meet tough-as-nails Jasmine and society-darling Alexis, forging friendships built on strength, loyalty, and faith. As the girls take up Rachel’s challenge to honor their parents, they find that walking a new path isn’t always the easiest way to go. But together, Camille, Angel, Jasmine, and Alexis will embark on adventures that only the best of friends can share.


Click for more detail about Nothing Stays the Same (Zane Presents) by Suzetta Perkins Nothing Stays the Same (Zane Presents)

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (Mar 02, 2010)
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Combining suspense, high drama, and seduction, Nothing Stays the Same is about a man who’s on the brink of losing his business, home, family, and even his self respect.

Marvin Thomas, CEO of Thomas and Richmond Tecktronics, Inc., is living the good life. He and his partner, Kenny Richmond, head a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta. But Marvin is harboring a secret. The company is deep in debt and is being threatened with a takeover—which Marvin has failed to share with his partner, the shareholders, and his wife, Rachel. Marvin has exhausted most of the company’s available cash flow, including is own, to keep the company afloat and faces the biggest decision of his life— save the business or sell his shares in the company of which he’s the majority shareholder. However, a fifty-thousand dollar extortion scheme and an incriminating photo may send Marvin over the edge long before he’s had an opportunity to redeem himself.


Click for more detail about November Blues (The Jericho Trilogy) by Sharon M. Draper November Blues (The Jericho Trilogy)

by Sharon M. Draper
Simon Pulse (May 19, 2009)
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Two months after her boyfriend, Josh, dies in a hazing accident, high school senior November discovers she’s pregnant. Having to tell her mother is hard enough, but Josh’s parents’ reaction is even more devastating: they hire a lawyer to try to take her baby away from her. Josh’s cousin, Jericho, wants to help November however he can, but he’s still dealing with his own sense of responsibility for Josh’s death. The sequel to the Coretta Scott King Honor Book The Battle of Jericho pulls no punches as it explores—with Sharon M. Draper’s trademark keen insight into how teenagers think, feel, and speak—the difficult decisions and harsh realities of teen pregnancy.


Click for more detail about Oh Gad!: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Joanne C. Hillhouse Oh Gad!: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Joanne C. Hillhouse
Strebor Books (Apr 17, 2012)
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Click for more detail about On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by A’Lelia Bundles On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

by A’Lelia Bundles
Scribner (Feb 01, 2001)
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On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker, the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist, by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles.

The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then, with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women, everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century politi-cal figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as "Freedom Baby," "Motherless Child," "Bold Moves" and "Black Metropolis," Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

On Her Own Ground was named a 2002 BCALA Honor Book, a 2001 New York Times Notable Book and the 2001 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize winner for the Best Book on Black Women's History by the Association of Black Women Historians. It has become a favorite of women's book clubs and was one of the Go On Girl! Book Club selections for 2001. It is being taught in high schools, colleges and even in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility's college course for women prisoners.


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by A’Lelia Bundles
Scribner (Jan 01, 2002)
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On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles.

The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then—with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women—everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century politi-cal figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history’s most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author’s exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker’s complex relationship with her daughter, A’Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as “Freedom Baby,” “Motherless Child,” “Bold Moves” and “Black Metropolis,” Bundles traces her ancestor’s improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.


Click for more detail about On The Seventh Day by T. D. Jakes On The Seventh Day

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (Oct 23, 2012)
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Based on the film Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, executive-produced by T.D. Jakes, this novel follows the lives of a couple whose love and commitment are tested when their only child is kidnapped right from under them in their gated community in New Orleans.

David, a respected college professor, and his wife, Kari, appear to be the perfect churchgoing prosperous couple when their young daughter is abducted. The police immediately launch an investigation and set out to find the child of this high-profile couple. Reports surface of a serial kidnapper on the loose with a pattern of killing his victims on the seventh day, so there’s no time to waste. In pursuit of information relevant to the case, the police uncover startling information about Kari. Now Kari’s past threatens her marriage and challenges the couple’s capacity to forgive.

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New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes pens a compelling story that unites love, suspense, and faith into one heart-wrenching package.

David Ames could make a woman forget herself. Kari knows because it just happened a few minutes ago on this quiet Sunday morning. Surrounded now by the hot water and steam of the shower, she reflects on the last hour and the intimate moments with her husband.

It feels good to forget. To just let go. Yet lately, it seems Kari hasn’t been letting go as much as she’d like. Perhaps this is just what happens when a couple has been married for eight years. The thrill of a touch or a kiss is too often overshadowed by the needs of a child or the demands of a job. With her eyes closed, Kari knows it’s more than that. It will always be more than that.

—From On the 7th Day


Click for more detail about On the Seventh Day: A Novel by T. D. Jakes On the Seventh Day: A Novel

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (Nov 12, 2013)
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Based on the film starring Blair Underwood, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day is an unforgettable story about a devoted couple whose relationship is put to the ultimate test.

New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes pens a compelling story that unites love, suspense, and faith into one heart-wrenching package.

Based on the film Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (executive-produced by T.D. Jakes) this novel follows the lives of a couple whose love and commitment are tested when their only child is kidnapped right from under them in their gated community in New Orleans.

David, a respected college professor, and his wife, Kari, appear to be the perfect churchgoing, prosperous couple when their young daughter is abducted. The police immediately launch an investigation and set out to find the child of this high-profile couple. Reports surface of a serial child-kidnapper on the loose with a pattern of killing his victims on the seventh day, so there’s no time to waste. In pursuit of information relevant to the case, the police uncover information about Kari whose past threatens her marriage and challenges the couple’s capacity to forgive.


Click for more detail about On The Shoulders Of Giants: My Journey Through The Harlem Renaissance by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar On The Shoulders Of Giants: My Journey Through The Harlem Renaissance

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Simon & Schuster (Jan 30, 2007)
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From 1920 to 1940, the Harlem Renaissance produced a bright beacon of light that paved the way for African Americans all over the country. The unapologetic writings of W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, the fervent fiction and poetry of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, the groundbreaking art of Aaron Douglas and William H. Johnson, and the triumphant music

From 1920 to 1940, the Harlem Renaissance produced a bright beacon of light that paved the way for African-Americans all over the country. The unapologetic writings of W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, the fervent fiction and poetry of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, the groundbreaking art of Aaron Douglas and William H. Johnson, and the triumphant music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong gave voice and expression to the thoughts and emotions that Jim Crow segregation laws had long sought to stifle.

On the Shoulders of GiantsIn On the Shoulders of Giants, indomitable basketball star and bestselling author and historian Kareem Abdul-Jabbar invites the reader on an extraordinarily personal journey back to his birthplace, through one of the greatest political, cultural, literary, and artistic movements in our history, revealing the tremendous impact the Harlem Renaissance had on both American culture and his own life. Beginning with the rise of the Harlem Rens as pioneers of professional basketball, Kareem traces the many streams of historical influence that converged to create the man he is today -- the NBA's all-time leading scorer and a veritable African-American icon.

Travel deep into the soul of the Renaissance -- to the night clubs, restaurants, basketball games, and fabulous parties that have made footprints in Harlem's history. Meet the athletes, jazz musicians, comedians, actors, politicians, entrepreneurs, and writers who not only inspired Kareem's rise to greatness but an entire nation's.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in the midst of a cultural reawakening, carried on the shoulders of athletes trying to prove there was a lot more at stake than a ball game, men and women who made music that could break your heart, and writers and intellectuals who gave voice to not just the ideals of a movement but the raw emotions. Kareem tells what it took to get these revolutionaries to Harlem and how they changed the world. A world that is still riding on the shoulders of giants. 

of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong gave voice and expression to the thoughts and emotions that Jim Crow segregation laws had long sought to stifle.In On the Shoulders of Giants, indomitable basketball star and bestselling author and historian Kareem Abdul-Jabbar invites readers on an extraordinarily personal journey back to his birthplace, through one of the greatest political, cultural, literary, and artistic movements in our history, revealing the tremendous impact the Harlem Renaissance had on both American culture and his own life. Beginning with the rise of the Harlem Rens as pioneers of professional basketball, Karee


Click for more detail about One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant One Day My Soul Just Opened Up

by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon & Schuster (Jun 20, 1998)
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Iyanla Vanzant is the much-loved and bestselling author of "In the meantime" and "Until today!". Through her work, millions of readers have found the inspiration to make profound changes in their lives. Calling on both personal experience and her work with others, Iyanla’s "One day my soul just opened up" is a message of empowerment both for women and men, encouraging us to tap into our strengths and make our dreams come true. Through a forty day and forty night programme of exercises and readings, Iyanla guides us through our daily obstacles towards greater emotional and spiritual health.


Click for more detail about One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days And 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength And Personal Growth by Iyanla Vanzant One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days And 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength And Personal Growth

by Iyanla Vanzant
Touchstone (Jan 05, 1998)
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From Iyanla Vanzant, the star of the hit Oprah Winfrey Network show Iyanla: Fix My Life, One Day My Soul Just Opened Up is a program of inspiration and motivation that will help you work through problems and improve your emotional and spiritual health.

Through exercises and readings, Iyanla provides you with the tools to tap into your strengths and make your dreams come true. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up will open your mind, heart, and soul to the truth of your identity as a creative and powerful being.


Click for more detail about One Foot in Love: A Novel by Bil Wright One Foot in Love: A Novel

by Bil Wright
Touchstone (Mar 09, 2004)
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Small in number yet formidable in spirit, the Leave Him and Live Sisterhood adopts a recent widow, challenging everything she knows about life and loving.

Rowtina Washington is devastated when her adoring husband, Turtle, is killed in a tragic accident. When his ghost begins to appear to her, she delights in the opportunity to rekindle the passion they had. But then Turtle’s visits stop abruptly. Confused and desperate for answers, Rowtina is convinced to join the feisty and irrepressible Leave Him and Live Sisterhood, a tiny band of women who vary in age, race, and life experience. Osceola McQueen conceived the group, as she says, to "grab a hold of your sister till she can see the road." Lucy Antiglione is a waitress-warrior fighting off a punch-happy husband, while Egyptia Nelson is happiest on her way to the altar. And then there is Nelda Battey, sharp tongued and irreverent, who lives by her own definition of what it means to be a woman.
This tender yet humorous page-turner shines a light on the faith, optimism, and romantic possibilities that inspire and sustain us all.

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by Desiree Day
Gallery Books (Oct 16, 2007)
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From the author of Cruising and Crazy Love comes an I-can’t-believe-you-really-said-that novel about hot-as-hell twin sisters who share everything except their taste in men, and a fine-ass brother from Chicago.

Felicia and Aisha Goodman need separate places. Aisha can’t settle on any one man, and night after night of loud, hot sex in the room next door is driving Felicia crazy. But neither can imagine life without the other.

The solution: 1920 Peachtree, owned by their good friend Tarik. The twins can each have an apartment, yet still work together at the accounting firm they own. But for two crazy sistahs like Felicia and Aisha, life is never simple. Aisha’s eyeing Derrick upstairs, even after his pregnant ex-girlfriend from Chicago turns up. Felicia is having a secret affair that will shock even her sex-crazed sister, and her life takes an even crazier turn when she falls in love with her best friend. And they’re both beginning to wonder if the business they started was the right choice.

It’s a bumpy ride, but the twins are set to prove that determined women truly can have it all — careers, maybe marriage, and certainly lots of good, hot sex….


Click for more detail about One Must Wait (Carole Ann Gibson Mysteries) by Penny Mickelbury One Must Wait (Carole Ann Gibson Mysteries)

by Penny Mickelbury
Simon & Schuster (Jan 06, 1998)
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Introducing rising black criminal defense attorney Carol Ann Gibson—in a highly charged new series by the Lambda Award-nominated author of "Night Songs". When her husband, a high-powered corporate lawyer, ends up dead after meeting with a most unscrupulous client, Carol Ann travels from the nation’s capital to the backwater swamps of Louisiana to find out the secrets behind his death Targeted print ads. 3-city author tour.


Click for more detail about One Night Stand: A Novel by Roland S. Jefferson One Night Stand: A Novel

by Roland S. Jefferson
Atria Books (May 23, 2006)
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This sexy, action-packed thriller, set on the streets and in the courthouses of Los Angeles, is an explosive literary mix of contemporary urban authenticity and classic old-school crime fiction by the author of Damaged Goods and the cult classic The School on 103rd Street, How did a street hustler, in and out of jail since he was ten, beat a murder rap — no matter whether he did the crime or not? Meet Myra Cross, a thirty-one-year-old redheaded beauty with a take-no-prisoners reputation as a public defender. She confounds her colleagues and clients alike as she not only wins acquittal after acquittal for her clients but poses for Playboy spreads in her spare time. She has the face of an angel, the body of a goddess, and a mind like a steel trap — but with secrets and demons, she neither pretends to be a Girl Scout nor to have all the answers. But this time, when she’s once again assigned the defense of Napoleon T. Booker, aka Little Dog Nine, who’s charged with another homicide, she gets much more than she bargained for. Street smarts stopped Myra Cross dead in her tracks. Napoleon Booker had reached inside her brain and ripped out her essence, dangled it in front of her like an item for sale at an eBay auction. Was she that transparent — ’a coke-snorting, nymphomaniac basehead little freak?’ Roland S. Jefferson’s fiction earns him comparisons to fellow master storytellers, including Elmore Leonard and Walter Mosley. This hot new novel will have his loyal following and a legion of new fans alike on fire, sitting on the edge of their seats in this pulse-pounding thriller they won’t be able to put down until the last page!


Click for more detail about One Season (In Pinstripes): A Memoir by William Fredrick Cooper One Season (In Pinstripes): A Memoir

by William Fredrick Cooper
Strebor Books (Mar 29, 2011)
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A true story about sports, faith, and redemption, compliments of one season with the New York Yankees.

Author William Fredrick Cooper has experienced the loss of employment, painful character assaults on his literary journey and the painful truth that he must reinvent his life. Humbling himself before God and allowing the painful process of spiritual and emotional growth, an amazing journey begins. Taking a job as a maintenance attendant during the inaugural season at the new Yankee Stadium, his dreams start to come true. Connecting with colleagues, celebrities and players while rekindling a childhood love of sports, Cooper moves on from pain and loss with a championship season for the ages. In One Season (in Pinstripes), Cooper blends a sportswriter’s command of facts, real-life perspectives from a spiritual standpoint, the inside knowledge of a historian and the passion of a believer in faith to weave a sensational tale of satisfaction of a fan who can realize the ultimate dream.


Click for more detail about One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck One Word from Sophia

by Jim Averbeck
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jun 16, 2015)
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Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of negotiation.

Sophia has one true desire for her birthday. But she has Four Big Problems in the way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad…and Grand-mama.

Will her presentations, proposals, and pie charts convince them otherwise?

Turns out, all it takes is one word.


Click for more detail about Orange Crushed: An Ivy League Mystery (Ivy League Mysteries) by Pamela Thomas-Graham Orange Crushed: An Ivy League Mystery (Ivy League Mysteries)

by Pamela Thomas-Graham
Simon & Schuster (Jun 15, 2004)
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Murder stalks the campus in this exciting, witty, fast-paced, and extremely atmospheric novel, the third Ivy League Mystery by critically acclaimed writer Pamela Thomas-Graham. Harvard economics professor Nikki Chase has come to Princeton for the weekend, primarily to take part in a conference on world economy, but also to pay a quick visit to her younger brother, a graduate student there, and to attend a party honoring Princeton professor Earl Stokes, an old friend and mentor who is rumored to be considering giving up his dual responsibilities as head of Afro-Am Studies and professor in the Economics Department and to make a move to Harvard. Nikki is no stranger to the political games that are played among the professorial ranks, both intermurally and intramurally, so she is not surprised that she finds Professor Stokes under attack both from those who don’t want him to leave Princeton and from those who definitely do not want to see him at Harvard. Stokes, after all, hasn’t just risen in the ranks; he has become a star thanks to his recent controversial bestselling book, Color Counts. So when Stokes’s body is found in the smoldering ruins of the new Afro-Am Studies building, which was still under construction, Nikki is reluctant to accept the findings of the Princeton police that his death was an accident. There remain too many unanswered questions and, as Nikki is acutely aware, there are too many people who had a lot to gain from Earl Stokes’s death. Soon, despite warnings from his friends, her own department head, and the Princeton police, Nikki Chase has begun her own investigation into her mentor’s death, abetted by a Princeton debutante and a wealthy alumna. What she uncovers threatens to cause a major upheaval, not only on the Princeton campus, but back at Harvard as well. Smart and sassy and sexy, Orange Crushed is a thoroughly engaging page-turner that will appeal to all fans of mystery, with a distinctive and entertaining heroine readers will adore.


Click for more detail about Other People’s Skin: Four Novellas by Tracy Price-Thompson and Taressa Stovall Other People’s Skin: Four Novellas

by Tracy Price-Thompson and Taressa Stovall
Atria Books (Oct 02, 2007)
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In Other People’s Skin, Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall, along with fellow authors Elizabeth Atkins and Desiree Cooper, take on one of the most controversial topics within the African-American community: the self-hatred caused by intra-racial prejudice and the ongoing obsession with skin tone and hair texture. In other words, the skin/hair thang among black women.

It begins with TaRessa Stovall’s "My People, My People," in which a successful advertising executive acquires firsthand knowledge of prejudice when her clients insist on using light- rather than dark-skinned models. Next comes Tracy Price-Thompson’s award-winning story "Other People’s Skin," a tale set in 1970s Louisiana, where a dark-skinned young woman must come to terms with the bigotry of her light-skinned family. "New Birth," by Desiree Cooper reveals the intense roles that money, class, and skin color play in the intra-racial relationship between Catherine, a wealthy, light-skinned lawyer, and Lettie, her dark-skinned house cleaner. Finally, Elizabeth Atkin’s "Take It Off" tells the story of a biracial girl who hides her coarse, braided hair from her friends at a mixed-race university in Detroit.

Other People’s Skin is the most innovative and varied anthology of sisterhood and unity to date. Each novella entertains, challenges, and, most important, offers healing to the reader — no matter what her race, skin tone, or state of mind.


Click for more detail about Our Man in the Dark: A Novel by Rashad Harrison Our Man in the Dark: A Novel

by Rashad Harrison
Atria Books (Sep 04, 2012)
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A suspenseful debut novel based on a real person who worked for a civil rights organization and became an informant for the FBI during the months leading up to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In his stunning noir debut, Rashad Harrison shines a provocative light on the months leading up to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the FBI approaches John Estem, a bookkeeper for Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), they offer him a stipend to work as an informant. But they also issue a warning: they know he stole ten thousand dollars from the organization.

Estem is told he is performing his American duty, protecting the SCLC from communist infiltration. Once the FBI discovers evidence of King’s sexual infidelities, however, they set out to undermine his credibility as a moral leader and bring down the movement. Our Man in the Dark is a timely novel that comes on the heels of numerous recent revelations about informants within black movement organizations. With historical facts at the core of his writing, Harrison uses real life to create a poignant, page-turning drama.


Click for more detail about Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper Out of My Mind

by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 01, 2012)
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Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.


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by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Mar 09, 2010)
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Possessing a photographic memory in spite of an inability to walk or speak, Melody is mistaken as mentally challenged by those who cannot see beyond her cerebral palsy, impelling her to discover a way to communicate.


Click for more detail about Pandora’s Box: A Novel by Allison Hobbs Pandora’s Box: A Novel

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Oct 01, 2003)
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Ambition, desperation, and redemption abound in nationally bestselling author Allison Hobbs’s unforgettable novel about a woman forced to sink to the darkest depths of morality . . . and her quest to fight her way back.

Victoria Carlton invested everything into her dream of becoming a singer—her hopes, her time, her life savings—only to fall victim to the harsh realities of the recording industry. Devastated, broke, and faced with the choice between committing herself and her young son to a world of homeless shelters or entering the seedy world of prostitution, she applies for a job at Pandora’s Box, a downtown Philadelphia brothel that bills itself as a “massage salon.” Her lifestyle quickly improves, and the gratification of instant cash replaces her willingness to find a low-paying, legitimate occupation.

One day, an unlikely customer appears at Pandora’s Box. Young, handsome, and well dressed, he is immediately drawn to Victoria. The two begin a love affair fraught with complications, leaving Victoria plagued by guilt and insecurities until a botched robbery and the murder of a coworker compel her to look beyond the fast money and reclaim her morals—and her life.


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by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Apr 01, 2014)
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This gripping, chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, “by turns pulse-pounding and inspiring” (Kirkus Reviews), shows that all it takes is one bad decision for a dream to become a nightmare.

Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.

But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?

Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.

It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes—and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news.

From New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, this is a riveting exploration of power: how quickly we can lose it—and how we can take it back.


Click for more detail about Paradise Interrupted (Carole Ann Gibson Mysteries) by Penny Mickelbury Paradise Interrupted (Carole Ann Gibson Mysteries)

by Penny Mickelbury
Simon & Schuster (Feb 13, 2001)
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Before Carole Ann Gibson even has a chance to enjoy the white sand beaches of Isle de Paix, she senses there’s something sinister lurking in this tiny Caribbean paradise. She’s seen evidence of an international drug operation taking place, and somewhere on the island there’s also a fugitive in hiding — Denis St. Almain, a drug kingpin on the run from a murder charge. Carole Ann’s famous smarts, instincts, and raw courage will be tested to the utmost in Paradise Interrupted, the latest installment in Penny Mickelbury’s acclaimed Carole Ann Gibson mystery series. Luckily, this particular sleuth — a Washington, D.C., lawyer-turned-private detective — loves a challenge. The adventure begins as C.A. and her partner, ex-cop Jake Graham, are called in to help the new island government improve its security and communication systems. Already the new president’s bodyguards have been shot dead, and soon enough a construction foreman is murdered, and a new road to the interior uncovers a secret that threatens the lives of islanders and cops alike. But that’s not all: after heeding a mysterious call for help, C.A. finds herself not only working for the island government, but also coming to the aid of the island’s most wanted criminal. As Carole Ann untangles the web of social and political ties that binds her suspects, she learns that everyone has something to hide — Viviene and Odile, owners of a popular restaurant and sisters of the deposed president; the de Villages, a reclusive, aristocratic family protected by armed guards; and of course Denis St. Almain himself, who has the unnerving habit of materializing in the most unexpected places. What Carole Ann learns about theisland’s dangerous past leads her all the way back to Washington, D.C., and threatens her very life. Penny Mickelbury’s Paradise Interrupted is the most exciting Carole Ann Gibson mystery yet — a page-turning tale of blackmail, political sacrifice, family secrets, and betrayal.

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Click for more detail about Party Girl: A Novel by Pat Tucker Party Girl: A Novel

by Pat Tucker
Strebor Books (Feb 21, 2012)
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An unforgettable novel with ripped-from-the-headlines appeal: is being at the wrong place at the wrong time reason enough to ruin your life?

Twenty-nine-year-old Hope Reed didn’t pull the trigger….But a simple choice landed her behind bars, and now she is literally fighting for her life. After her car broke down, Hope accepted a ride from two neighborhood thugs. Later they were pulled over and arrested for a deadly convenience store robbery—and Hope was arrested too.

Brendon Reed stood by his wife after her arrest. He took out a second mortgage on their house and wiped out the family’s savings for her defense. But as Hope’s case dragged on, he was forced to consider other options.

Hope’s best friend Katina vowed to step in and help out with Hope’s children. But that was when everyone thought Hope would get out of jail and be able to pick up where she left off. Now as years passed and Hope’s chances of acquittal began to look grim, Katina is torn, and the feelings she’s developed for Hope’s husband have thrown her loyalty into question.


Click for more detail about Passion Island: A Novel by Cairo Passion Island: A Novel

by Cairo
Strebor Books (Nov 14, 2017)
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From one of erotica’s hottest authors comes another page-melting novel where lies, infidelities, and unfettered desires beckon you to the edge of your seats, leaving you breathless until the last steamy page.

There’s always a price to pay for passion

Lies, infidelities, and loads of drama are what three couples—Brenda and Roselle Woods; LaQuandra and Isaiah Lewis; and Krista and Kendall Evans—are holding on to. Each partner is harboring their own sets of resentments and secrets that could destroy the very relationships they’ve professed to want. But each couple’s truths will either bring them closer together, or push them further apart.

Thousands of miles away from home, each couple will embark on a journey like no other. Surrounded by lush tropics, miles of sandy white beach, and emerald-blue waters lies a luxurious couples’ retreat tucked in the middle of the Pacific Ocean known as Passion Island. A privately owned, secluded paradise where couples struggling with emotional and physical intimacy are invited to spend six weeks working toward rekindling the passion in their troubled relationships, rediscovering the true meaning of love, or finally letting go.

And, with the help of renowned sexologist Dr. Gretchen Dangerfield, each couple is pushed beyond their wildest imaginations. Sexual boundaries are challenged. Rules are broken. Truths are confronted. Commitments are questioned. Insecurities are exposed. Relationships are tested. And jealousies arise as each couple is forced to face their obsessions and their deepest, darkest desires. Featuring Cairo’s signature “style that is so raw and graphic” (Allison Hobbs), Passion Island is a gripping and hot exploration of love, sex, and relationships.


Click for more detail about Patina (Track) by Jason Reynolds Patina (Track)

by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Aug 29, 2017)
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A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Ghost by New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom’s legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty’s also running for her mom, who can’t. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it’s building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won’t tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relaywhere you have to depend on other people? How’s she going to do THAT?


Click for more detail about Payback Ain't Enough by Wahida Clark Payback Ain’t Enough

by Wahida Clark
Cash Money Content (Apr 24, 2012)
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Picking up where the suspenseful ending of Payback With Ya Life left off, we’re plunged back into the hip hop drama, where the men are hot and dangerous, the women know their shoes from their Choos, and will stop at nothing to get what they want. In a game of power and intrigue where the stakes are high and the rewards are dazzling, the losers are gonna discover – there’s always a price to pay.


Click for more detail about Pecking Order: A Novel by Omar Tyree Pecking Order: A Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Sep 23, 2008)
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Bestselling author: One of the most popular and acclaimed African-American novelists of his generation, Omar Tyree has had five New York Times bestsellers, in addition to numerous other national lists over the years. Pecking Order, with its perfect blend of money, sex, and vulnerability, gives his fans another book to rave about.

Final novel: Smart, sexy, and sharply observed, Pecking Order confirms that Omar Tyree, as he moves on to film projects, retires from fiction at his best.

A sexed-up MBA case study: Pecking Order charts the dizzying rise of Ivan Davis, an accountant who decides to promote networking events among his rich, famous, and frivolous clients. After partnering with Lucina Gallo, the reigning diva of San Diego’s nightlife culture, Ivan hits the big time, and finds himself thrust into the limelight and lands at the doorstep of easy access to women, cash, private jets, and multimillion-dollar real estate. Tyree spins this breathless tale with his usual skill while presenting all the details of his protagonist’s rise to the top, from building website traffic to making property investments. It all makes for a “Horatio Alger update with bling” (Kirkus Reviews) that’s as instructional as it is impossible to put down.


Click for more detail about Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison Peeny Butter Fudge

by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
Paula Wiseman Books (Sep 15, 2009)
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Snuggle, snuggle.
Time to rest.
Nana joins us in her nest.

There is no one like Nana in the whole wide world. She is the best. Nana knows how to take an ordinary afternoon and make it extra special! Nap time, story time, and playtime are transformed by fairies, dragons, dancing, and pretending — and then mixing and fixing yummy, yummy fudge just like Nana and Mommy did not so many years ago….

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and her son Slade tell a story of what really goes on when Nana is left in charge!


Click for more detail about Pimp: The Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim Pimp: The Story of My Life

by Iceberg Slim
Cash Money Content (May 10, 2011)
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The book that brought black literature to the streets is back to show the Hip-Hop generation what it’s all about, where they came from.

A blueprint. A bible. What Sun Tzu’s Art of War was to ancient China, Pimp is to the streets. This is the story of Iceberg Slim’s life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. A trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the tale. The dangers of jail, addiction, and death that are still all too familiar.

By telling the story of one man’s struggles and triumphs in an underground world, Pimp shows us the game doesn’t change, it just has a different swagger.


Click for more detail about Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game by Pimpin’ Ken and Karen Hunter Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game

by Pimpin’ Ken and Karen Hunter
Karen Hunter Publishing (Aug 05, 2008)
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Star of the HBO documentaries Pimps Up, Ho’s Down and American Pimp, Annual Players’ Ball "Mack of the Year" winner Ken Ivy reveals the unwritten rules that took him from the ghetto streets to the executive suites.

The names change, but the game remains the same. In Pimpology, Ken Ivy pulls a square’s coat on the unwritten rules that took him from the ghetto streets to the executive suites. Ken’s lessons will serve any person in any interaction: Whether at work, in relationships, or among friends, somebody’s got to be on top. To be the one with the upper hand, you’ve got to have good game, and good game starts with knowing the rules.

If you want the money, power, and respect you dream of, you can’t just "pimp your ride," you need to pimp your whole life. And unless you’ve seen Ray Charles leading Stevie Wonder somewhere, you need Ken’s guidelines to do it. They’ll reach out and touch you like AT&T and bring good things to life like GE. Then you can be the boss with the hot sauce who gets it all like Monty Hall.


Click for more detail about Play Or Be Played: What Every Female Should Know About Men, Dating, And Relationships by Tariq Nasheed Play Or Be Played: What Every Female Should Know About Men, Dating, And Relationships

by Tariq Nasheed
Touchstone (Feb 03, 2004)
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Street-smart and straightforward, Play or Be Played will help you get with a king without being a hoochie, groupie, or a chickenhead.

Got Game? It’s a fact. Every woman needs game. Take Oprah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Beyonc Knowles. All three of these women have the one intangible quality that every mack, male or female, must possess: they all have game. In other words, they have intelligence, hustle, and common sense that they apply to every aspect of their lives — especially in their relationships.

Play or Be Played is an instruction manual for women who are tired of being played by men and who want to be players themselves. Though women may not want to play games, the truth is men often do. So women who hope to win in the game of love must first learn the rules. Bestselling author and true mack, Tariq "K-Flex" Nasheed shares:

-ways to spot a scrub
-what it takes to get with a baller
-why men cheat
-how men really judge women
-the top three mistakes women make in relationships


Click for more detail about Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee Please, Baby, Please

by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Apr 01, 2006)
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Go back to bed,
baby please, baby, please.

Not on your HEAD,
baby baby baby, please!

Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, preset a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills, and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby!

Vivid illustrations from celebrated artist Kadir Nelson evoke toddlerhood from sandbox to high chair to crib.


Click for more detail about Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee Please, Puppy, Please

by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Nov 01, 2005)
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Away from the gate,
puppy puppy, please, puppy.
Oh wait, puppy, wait,
please, please, please,
please….
In page after page of tail-wagging fun, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, Beacon Award-winning producer Tonya Lewis Lee, take a close-up look at what happens when a couple of high-energy toddlers meet their match in an adventurous pup who has no plans of letting up.
Irresistible illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson unleash countless memorable moments of toddlerhood, and puppyhood, which families with four-legged friends will enjoy over and over again.
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A Black Expressions Book Club


Click for more detail about Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness  by Jewell Parker Rhodes Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Atria Books (Oct 15, 2008)
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Award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction Jewell Parker Rhodes is a master of her craft, under-standing how both real and imagined stories can serve as a pathway to enlightenment. Porch Stories is Rhodes’s tribute to her beloved grandmother, a real account of the love she received and the lessons she learned.

Jewell Parker Rhodes was left in the care of her father and his mother when her own mother abandoned the family. Grandmother Ernestine’s house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was home to four other grandchildren as well. And while its crumbling bricks, lack of air-conditioning, and neighborhood rodents meant that life was anything but easy, the family house was filled with love. Everyone on their street knew and loved Grandmother Ernestine; men would tip their hats and children would rush up for a hug any time she was outside.

No one loved Grandmother Ernestine more than Jewell, who would pass up a movie with her cousins to sit outside on Ernestine’s front stoop and listen to her stories and her words of comfort. Jewell would later move out West to live with her mother and father as they reattempted marriage. But that was a short-lived experience. Before long, she was back in the loving arms of her grandmother, whose wisdom and warmth gave all of her children the tools to overcome the ordinary and extraordinary challenges life brings. Porch Stories, described by Rhodes as “an intergenerational love song,” is a loving tribute that is at once candid, courageous, and reverent — a literary portrait of family love that readers from all walks of life can see in themselves.


Click for more detail about Powder Necklace: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond Powder Necklace: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)

by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Washington Square Press (Apr 06, 2010)
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To protect her daughter from the fast life and bad influences of London, her mother sent her to school in rural Ghana. The move was for the girl’s own good, in her mother’s mind, but for the daughter, the reality of being the new girl, the foreigner-among-your-own-people, was even worse than the idea.

During her time at school, she would learn that Ghana was much more complicated than her fellow ex-pats had ever told her, including how much a London-raised child takes something like water for granted. In Ghana, water “became a symbol of who had and who didn’t, who believed in God and who didn’t. If you didn’t have water to bathe, you were poor because no one had sent you some.”

After six years in Ghana, her mother summons her home to London to meet the new man in her mother’s life—and his daughter. The reunion is bittersweet and short-lived as her parents decide it’s time that she get to know her father. So once again, she’s sent off, this time to live with her father, his new wife, and their young children in New York—but not before a family trip to Disney World.


Click for more detail about Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones by Connie Rice Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones

by Connie Rice
Scribner (Jan 10, 2012)
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From one of the nation’s most influential civil rights attorneys second cousin of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a noble, hard-hitting

memoir chronicling the life of a fiercely powerful woman dedicated to public service. Connie Rice has taken on the bus system, the school system, the death penalty, the LAPD and won. She has been at the forefront of dozens of major civil rights cases. In 1998, the Los Angeles Times designated Connie Rice one of the “most experienced, civic-minded, and thoughtful people on the subject of Los Angeles.” Rice literally wrote the report that has revolutionized the city’s law enforcement and outreach to gangs. Now, one of America’s most prominent and successful civil rights litigators, Rice illuminates

the origins and inspiration for

her life’s work in this extraordinary memoir. In her electrifying voice, Rice writes of being descended from a “proud and erudite clan” of former slaves and slaveowners who prized “the aggressive pursuit of knowledge and voracious accomplishment.” The Rice family’s quest for excellence was the defining feature of Connie’s youth, a childhood that would see her family move seventeen times across three continents, at the behest of the U.S. Air Force, for which her father was a racial-barrier-breaking major. The eldest of three children, Connie was inspired by influential women like Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Frank, and Rep. Barbara Jordan the first black woman elected to U.S. Congress from a Southern State whose eloquence and composure during the televised Watergate hearings so mesmerized a teenage Rice that she burned a hole ironing her father’s shirt. Provocative and passionate, studded with dramatic stories of a life in the trenches of civil rights law, Power Concedes Nothing reveals the inspiring life of an indomitable woman who knows that power concedes nothing without a demand.


Click for more detail about Power Forward: My Presidential Education by Reggie Love Power Forward: My Presidential Education

by Reggie Love
Simon & Schuster (Feb 03, 2015)
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Reggie Love is a unique witness to history, whose introduction to Washington was working in Junior Senator Barack Obama’s mailroom. As body man to Obama during his first presidential campaign, Love’s job was to stay one step behind the candidate, but think and act three steps ahead during a typical eighteen-hour workday. As President Obama’s personal aide during that momentous first term, Love sat yards from the Oval Office and often spent more time with the President than anyone else. While his experiences were unique, the lessons he learned during his tenure with the President are universal. Persistence. Responsibility. Passion for a cause greater than yourself. In short, maturity. Love has been singularly lucky in his mentors. At Duke University, where he was a walk-on and a captain of its fabled basketball team, Love learned from Coach Krzyzewski that sports builds character—from President Obama, Love learned that how you conduct your life defines your character. Accountability and serving with honor were learned during unsought moments: co-coaching with Malia Obama’s and Sasha Obama’s basketball team with the President; lending Obama his tie ahead of a presidential debate; managing a personal life when no hour is truly your own. From his first interview with Senator Obama, to his near-decision not to follow the President-elect to the White House, Love drew on Coach K’s teachings as he learned to navigate Washington. But it was while owning up to (temporarily) losing the President’s briefcase, playing pick-up games in New Hampshire to secure votes, babysitting the children of visiting heads of state, and keeping the President company at every major turning point of his historic first campaign and administration, that Love learned how persistence and passion can lead not only to success, but to a broader concept of adulthood. Power Foward is a professional coming of age story like no other.


Click for more detail about Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. Mckissack Precious and the Boo Hag

by Patricia C. Mckissack
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 01, 2005)
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When Precious is left home alone with a stomachache, she’s got nothing but a warning from Mama — "Don’t let nothing or nobody into this house" — to keep her company. You see, "nothing or nobody" could turn out to be something awful: the Boo Hag! The Boo Hag’s got a voice that rumbles like thunder and hair that shoots out like lightning. And she can disguise herself to look like anything. So when the Boo Hag comes calling, will Precious be clever enough to outwit even the trickiest trickster?
Here’s an oh-so-funny — and not-too-scary — story from Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia C. McKissack and Onawumi Jean Moss that’s paired with spirited, folksy illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker.


Click for more detail about Pretenses by Keith Lee Johnson Pretenses

by Keith Lee Johnson
Strebor Books (Jun 29, 2004)
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Pretenses, the story of Coco Nimburu - a fascinating, bloodthirsty assassin who will stop at nothing to kill her victims and artfully baffle the authorities. Enter Phoenix Perry: a tough, smart, and savvy FBI Agency known to hold her own against even the most lethal of criminals. Phoenix is supposed to be working on a serial rapist case, but is hand-picked by the President to find the identity of the assassin. Soon Phoenix finds that the two cases may be related - and that the culprit knows her every move.


Click for more detail about Prince’s Homecoming: A Novel by Sharai Robbin Prince’s Homecoming: A Novel

by Sharai Robbin
Strebor Books (Sep 13, 2020)
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The sequel to the highly charged "Candace Reign "depicts a realistic view of inner-city life as a single mother juggles her busy career, her intelligent son, a new boyfriend, and the return of her son s father after a decade in prison.
Candace Reign Brinton is back and at the top of her game.
The boss at a busy nursing home, Candace makes enough money to spoil herself and her quick-witted teenage son, Emmanuel. She has everything she ever wanted and life gets even better when she meets and falls for Ryan, a smooth-talking sports agent from down South.
Meanwhile, Marci, Candace s younger sister, can t seem to keep herself out of trouble and the wrong kind of love. Partying and spending more than she can afford, Marci soon finds herself at the bad end of some business transactions that could ultimately put her behind bars, unless she gets some help from her big sister.
Juggling a career, parenthood, her gregarious sister, and a too-good-to-be-true flame, Candace thinks she has it all under control. That is, until Prince, Emmanuel s father, walks through the door. Home after more than ten years in jail, Prince wants nothing more than to get his family back, regardless of Candace s hesitations. Not too pleased with her newfound relationship with Ryan, Prince is determined to do everything in his power to convince Candace she needs to be with him.
A steamy sequel to the popular "Candace Reign," the stakes are higher than ever as Candace has everything to gain but even more to lose if she doesn t make the right choices for her own life and the life of her son."


Click for more detail about Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Zane Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology

by Zane
Strebor Books (May 06, 2008)
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What happens when "The Finest Man" you have ever laid eyes on is a woman? What happens when a woman comes home to her man after a hard day's work with "Lipstick on Her Collar?" What happens when a married woman runs across the love of her life — another woman — who insists that "It's All or Nothing?" Is there such a thing as playing too "Hard to Get?" What happens when "Mom's Night Out" turns into group sex? What happens when you discover your true sexuality "At Last?" All of these questions and more are answered within the pages of Purple Panties.

Written by women from all over the world, here is a new level of lesbian erotica, compiled by Zane, that promises the most exciting and steamy reading experience possible. These stories move beyond race, age, and all walks of life, including long-hidden passions, secret rendezvous with strangers, and May-December romances.

With Zane's ever-growing popularity, and the need for increasingly quality erotica, Purple Panties will satisfy a long-standing demand for African-American lesbian literature.

In the tradition of such successful erotica anthologies as Chocolate Flava and Caramel Flava, Purple Panties uncovers a new world of evocative risk-taking that has never been explored before from a lesbian perspective. The adventures in these stories are beyond everyone's wildest imaginations.


Click for more detail about Put A Ring On It: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Allison Hobbs Put A Ring On It: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Jul 12, 2011)
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From the bestselling author of Double Dippin’ and Big Juicy Lips—a story about three friends with three different paths to the same goal: a husband, despite the dismal odds.

Desperate to be married, Vangie, Nivea, and Harlow are all on a quest to get to the altar. Dumped by her economically challenged fianc, Nivea begins a destructive course of action, as she begins to self medicate with excessive amounts of liquor.

When Vangie’s deadbeat baby daddy resurfaces and begins courting her with unrestrained zeal and spending quality time with their young son, she thinks that they have finally healed their troubled relationship.

After a horrifying childhood, Harlow believes she has finally found true love when she becomes engaged to savvy businessman, Drake Morgan. But Drake may have a secret that will destroy Harlow’s only chance at happiness.

Though holding distinct views and relying on diverse strategies, will any of these women find love, happiness, and commitment or will they discover that happily ever after is an unattainable dream?


Click for more detail about Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar by Donda West and Karen Hunter Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar

by Donda West and Karen Hunter
Karen Hunter Publishing (Mar 12, 2009)
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As the mother of hip-hop superstar Kanye West, Donda West has watched her son grow from a brilliant baby boy with all the intimations of fame and fortune to one of the hottest rappers on the music scene. And she has every right to be proud: she raised her son with strong moral values, teaching him right from wrong and helping him become the man he is today. In Raising Kanye, Donda not only pays homage to her famous son but reflects on all the things she learned about being his mother along the way. Featuring never-before-seen photos and compelling personal anecdotes, Donda’s powerful and inspiring memoir reveals everything from the difficulties she faced as a single mother in the African-American community to her later experiences as Kanye’s manager as he rose to superstardom. Speaking frankly about her son’s reputation as a "Mama’s Boy," and his memorable public outbursts about gay rights and President George W. Bush, Donda supports her son without exception, and here she shares the invaluable wisdom she has taken away from each experience — passion, tolerance, patience, and above all, always telling the truth. Ultimately, she not only expresses what her famously talented son has meant to her but what he has meant to music and an entire generation.


Click for more detail about Reach: 40 Black Men Speak On Living, Leading, And Succeeding by Ben Jealous, and Trabian Shorters Reach: 40 Black Men Speak On Living, Leading, And Succeeding

by Ben Jealous, and Trabian Shorters
Atria Books (Feb 03, 2015)
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A New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller

In this timely and important collection of personal essays, black men from all walks of life share their inspiring stories and ultimately how each, in his own way, became a source of hope for his community and country.

Reach includes forty first-person accounts from well-known men like the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, Isiah Thomas, Bill T. Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Talib Kweli, alongside influential community organizers, businessmen, religious leaders, philanthropists, and educators. These remarkable individuals are living proof that black men are as committed as ever to ensuring a better world for themselves and for others.

Powerful and indispensable to our ongoing cultural dialogue, Reach explodes myths about black men by providing rare, candid, and deeply personal insights into their lives. It’s a blueprint for better community engagement. It’s an essential resource for communities everywhere.

Proceeds from the sale of Reach will go to BMe Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building caring and prosperous communities inspired by black men. Reach is also a Project of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, one of the founding supporters of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

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Click for more detail about Real Men Cook: More Than 100 Easy Recipes Celebrating Tradition and Family by K. Kofi Moyo Real Men Cook: More Than 100 Easy Recipes Celebrating Tradition and Family

by K. Kofi Moyo
Touchstone (Jun 05, 2006)
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A delicious, heartwarming collection of soul-stirring stories and soul-satisfying recipes, from real men who do it in the kitchen!

Every Father’s Day, men — from the guy next door to politicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, and artists — gather together in cities across the country to participate in Real Men Cook for Charity events. It has become the largest Father’s Day charity event in the United States, raising over a million dollars for charities such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the YMCA, and Real Men Charities, Inc., for various family and health initiatives.

Now, some of the remarkable Real Men Cook volunteers have come forward to express their love of cooking, family, and community by sharing more than one hundred delectable recipes (some handed down over the generations) and the memories that inspire them to live as Real Men. A unique book with a priceless legacy that will nourish your family in body and spirit.


Click for more detail about Real Men Cook: Rites, Rituals, and Recipes for Living by K. Kofi Moyo Real Men Cook: Rites, Rituals, and Recipes for Living

by K. Kofi Moyo
Fireside Books (May 03, 2005)
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A co-founder of Real Men Cook for Charity shares the inspirational stories of fifty African-American men whose love for family traditions and community building have been reflected in their cooking, in a volume complemented by recipes, poems, and photos. 50,000 first printing.

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Click for more detail about Recipe For Love (Zane Presents) by Shamara Ray Recipe For Love (Zane Presents)

by Shamara Ray
Strebor Books (Feb 01, 2011)
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All the ingredients for the quintessential guilty pleasure: one part culinary delight, with a dash of romance, and a pinch of suspense—mixed up into a deliciously sexy novel.

Wouldn’t love be easy if it could be followed like a recipe? Jade, a sassy restaurateur, has mastered her share of recipes except for one: she can’t figure out the essential ingredients when it comes to love. There is one too many men in the mix. Jade is struggling to come to terms with being dumped by Bryce after four years. She surprises herself by agreeing to a date with Cain a mere three weeks after their painful break-up. But right as she moves on, Bryce decides that he wants her back. Jade can only hope that his obsessive pursuit of reconciliation doesn’t ruin her own pursuit of happiness.

Jade loves her new relationship with Cain, but her friends aren’t always supportive and she resorts to lies and deception. But just as Jade settles into life with Cain, her lies come back to haunt her and she has no one to blame but herself. She discovers that she must face the error of her own ways before it’s too late to salvage what matters to her most.


Click for more detail about Red Hats: A Novel by Damon Wayans Red Hats: A Novel

by Damon Wayans
Atria Books (May 04, 2010)
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Meet Alma, a mother and wife, who’s brutally honest and bitter. Disappointment and heartbreak have left the once vital and joyful woman so cynical and self-protecting that she has forgotten how to love anyone, including herself.

She has become so accustomed to being resentful of her husband, James, that even when she wants to show him love she doesn’t know how. He made some mistakes over the course of their decades-long marriage, but she made some mistakes, too, which alienated not only her husband but friends and neighbors as well. Deep down she is sorry for what happened and still loves Harold, but stubborn pride eats away the short time they have left to make amends.

When she finds herself widowed with grown children in far-off places, a deep loneliness sets in and she starts to give up on life. That is until a group of red hat ladies—whom she once thought of as belonging to a cult—extend hands of friendship and reintroduce her to herself and, possibly, a new love.

In this debut novel, Wayans has crafted unforgettable characters in Alma, her family, and friends, and a charming story that stays with the reader long after the last page is read and reminds us of the enduring power of love and friendship.


Click for more detail about Red Now and Laters by Marcus Guillory Red Now and Laters

by Marcus Guillory
Atria Books (Mar 11, 2014)
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South Park, Houston, Texas, 1977, is where we first meet Ti’ John, a young boy under the care of his larger-thanlife father—a working-class rodeo star and a practitioner of vodou—and his mother—a good Catholic and cautious disciplinarian— who forbids him to play with the neighborhood “hoodlums.” Ti’ John, throughout the era of Reaganomics and the dawn of hip-hop and cassette tapes, must negotiate the world around him and a peculiar gift he’s inherited from his father and Jules Saint-Pierre “Nonc” Sonnier, a deceased ancestor who visits the boy, announcing himself with the smell of smoke on a regular basis. In many ways, Ti’ John is an ordinary kid who loses his innocence as he witnesses violence and death, as he gets his heart broken by girls and his own embittered father, as he struggles to live up to his mother’s middle-class aspirations and his father’s notion of what it is to be a man. In other ways, he is different—from his childhood buddies and from the father who is his hero.

The question throughout this layered and complex coming-of-age story is will Ti’ John survive the bad side of life—and his upbringing—and learn how to recognize and keep what is good.


Click for more detail about Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits by T. D. Jakes Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (Aug 26, 2008)
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The star of BETs Mind, Body & Soul, and featured guest speaker on Oprah’s Lifeclass, Potters House pastor T.D. Jakes offers readers the New York Times bestselling Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits, an inspirational narrative self-help book that provides the spiritual underpinnings of his message about applying Christian principles to adjust to the many changes that life brings. In the vein of Joel Osteen’s Become a Better You and Dr. Phil’s Life Strategies, Reposition Yourself uses wisdom collected from more than thirty years of Jakes’s experience counseling and working with high-profile and everyday people on financial, relational, and spiritual creativity on the path to an enriched life filled with contentment at every stage.


Click for more detail about Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits by T. D. Jakes Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (May 08, 2007)
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The bestselling author of non-fiction and fiction books and film, leader of a congregation of 30,000 members and a business empire, Bishop T.D. Jakes continues to teach and demonstrate ways to lead a prosperous and balanced life based on faith. Reposition Yourself teaches spiritual principles of prosperity and success. Bishop T.D. Jakes explains from a Christian point of view how to re-evaluate and reconstruct your attitudes about giving, sharing, and reaping the rewards of life - financial and otherwise. He encourages readers to give themselves permission to succeed, give in a spirit of love, practice the discipline to observe the principle of divine portion, and so much more that will lead to prosperity and fulfilment. Grounded solidly in Biblical teachings, Reposition Yourself shows readers themselves - their character and their circumstances - a way to apply the lessons of scripture in everyday professional and personal life.


Click for more detail about Respect The Jux by Frank C. Matthews Respect The Jux

by Frank C. Matthews
Gallery Books (Sep 21, 2010)
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MEET CAT

In Jamaica . . . he learned the art of the “jux”: robbing people by studying their everyday movements. By the age of eight, Cat was shoplifting and purse-snatching. By ten, he had his first gun. At fifteen, he committed his first murder.

MAKE THE GANG

In New York City . . . he created The Order: a secret society of thieves who played by Cat’s rules. He taught his crew how to pull off the perfect jux. Made them swear on a bible and a bullet. Robbed dealers, pushers, thugs. And raked in millions. Then Cat was betrayed—by one of his own men.

BREAK THE RULES

In Miami . . . he set up a new operation. Bigger game, bigger stakes. The targets are prime—athletes, politicians, drug lords, celebrities—and the payoff is huge. But the party scene is as dangerous as the ladies are beautiful. Cat has to watch his back and remember the rules: Never trust a thief. Never get caught. And always . . .

RESPECT THE JUX

A novel based on true events, written by a man who experienced it within two degrees of separation.


Click for more detail about Revelations: There’s a Light After the Lime by Mason Betha and Karen Hunter Revelations: There’s a Light After the Lime

by Mason Betha and Karen Hunter
Atria Books (Sep 16, 2003)
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Imagine having it all and leaving it all behind — to answer a higher calling. . .
Revelations
His rise to fame was one of rap’s great success stories. He had millions of fans and the prospect of multi-millions of dollars. But just as Ma#&36;e — as he was then called — was poised to sign a deal with Sean "Puffy" Combs’ famed Bad Boy Records, he walked away.
Revelations is Mason Betha’s powerful memoir about a miraculous transformation: his own — from the material-minded Ma$e to the pastor he has become. Here, Betha reveals the rhyme and reason behind his choice to trade in his sensational music career for a richer, more spiritual one. As founder of a nondenominational movement called S.A.N.E. (Saving a Nation Endangered) Ministries, Betha has traveled throughout the country to share his messages of peace and prosperity with today’s youth. Revelations is his testament to the enduring power of faith, and to the limitless possibilities in a life transformed by God’s guiding hand.


Click for more detail about Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates

by Jonah Winter
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Mar 01, 2005)
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On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until—eventually—he made it to the Major Leagues. America! As a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he fought tough opponents—and even tougher racism—but with his unreal catches and swift feet, he earned his nickname, “The Great One.” He led the Pirates to two World Series, hit 3,000 hits, and was the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. But it wasn’t just baseball that made Clemente legendary—he was was also a humanitarian dedicated to improving the lives of others.


Click for more detail about Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem by bell hooks Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem

by bell hooks
Washington Square Press (Jan 06, 2004)
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In Rock My Soul, world-renowned scholar and visionary bell hooks takes an in-depth look at one of the most critical issues facing African Americans: a collective wounded self-esteem that has prevailed from slavery to the present day.
Why do so many African Americans — whether privileged or poor, urban or suburban, young or old — live in a state of chronic anxiety, fear, and shame?
In Rock My Soul, hooks gets to the heart and soul of the African-American identity crisis, offering critical insight and hard-won wisdom about what it takes to heal the scars of the past, promote and maintain self-esteem, and lay down the roots for a grounded community with a prosperous future.


Click for more detail about Running The Road To ABC (Aladdin Picture Books) by Denize Lauture Running The Road To ABC (Aladdin Picture Books)

by Denize Lauture
Aladdin (Feb 01, 2000)
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Six island children are running at daybreak — over the hills, through the fields, across the city square — to school! Never before has the love of learning (and learning together) been such a joyous time. Denise Lauture’s buoyant, poetic text captures the happiness and youth of energetic children on the way to school; Reynold Ruffins perfectly illustrates the rich beauty of Haiti with the bright-colored vibrance of Haitian folk art. A great read-aloud book for the classroom.


Click for more detail about Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam On Broadway ... And More by Danny Simmons Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam On Broadway ... And More

by Danny Simmons
Atria Books (Mar 29, 2005)
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This upbeat, one-of-a-kind collection brings the Def poets - as featured in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show and popular HBO television program - to life on the page. Among them: Suheir Hammad, Beau Sia, Steve Colman, Stacyann Chin, Mayda del Valle, Georgia Me, Poetri, and other well-established and up-and-coming Slam artists who have forever changed the face of poetry and offer a fresh, exuberant, insightful, and comedic look at who we are as Americans today.


Click for more detail about Said the Shotgun to the Head by Saul Williams Said the Shotgun to the Head

by Saul Williams
MTV Books (Sep 01, 2003)
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The greatest Americans
Have not been born yet
They are waiting quietly
For their past to die
please give blood
Here is the account of a man so ravished by a kiss that it distorts his highest and lowest frequencies of understanding into an Incongruent mean of babble and brilliance…


Click for more detail about Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream

by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Nov 01, 2003)
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Michael Jordan.
The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he’d never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That’s when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion — patience, determination, and hard work.
Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with his sister Roslyn to tell this heartwarming and inspirational story that only the members of the Jordan family could tell. It’s a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.


Click for more detail about Samson by Jacquelin Thomas Samson

by Jacquelin Thomas
Gallery Books (May 25, 2010)
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Samson Taylor has just been installed as assistant pastor at a thriving North Carolina church. He’s a man of God—and most definitely no saint. Handsome and charismatic, Samson is controlled by his lust for beautiful women, a weakness that stirs up trouble, heartache, betrayal, and damaging rumors—and soon costs him his marriage, his best friendship, and even his new job. Samson loves God and tries harder than ever to keep his temptations in check. Then he meets Delinda. . . .

Beautiful, irresistibly sexy, and married to a famous Nba star, Delinda has Samson head-over-heels in love . . . in a dangerous affair that leads to a physical confrontation with Delinda’s husband.

Now, the disgraced pastor begins a journey he could never have anticipated, where his heart is now his guide—not a heart of lust, but of new wisdom and a new kind of seeing. God will forgive Samson’s past—but will Samson himself be able to let go of bitterness and regret, and find a new light in his life?

Inspired by the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah, Jacquelin Thomas powerfully portrays a modern-day pastor’s dance with earthly desires . . . and the faith that made him whole.

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Click for more detail about Satin Doll: A Novel by Karen E. Quinones Miller Satin Doll: A Novel

by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Simon & Schuster (Jul 23, 2002)
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Until that fateful moment when she was shot and left for dead, Regina Harris was living la vida loca with pimps and hustlers and using whatever money she had to get high and forget that she was living in poverty in Harlem. Now she’s a college graduate and journalist who has turned her life around, living on the Upper West Side and hobnobbing with movers and shakers. She’s become the classy Satin Doll of the Duke Ellington song…but she’s never forgotten where she’s from.
On a night out partying with her homegirls in Harlem, Regina meets aspiring lawyer Charles Whitfield, who comes from a prominent, upper-class black family in Philadelphia. As a relationship begins, Regina tries desperately to hide her former life — and her friendships with Yvonne, who’s a single mother looking for a man; Tamika, who’s raising two kids while their father does time; and Puddin’, who has a weakness for bad boys and weed. But when Regina’s past is revealed, it threatens to destroy both her relationship with Charles and the life she has worked so hard to create.


Click for more detail about Say Amen, Again by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Say Amen, Again

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 05, 2011)
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The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding—and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama.

As the First Lady of Zion Hill, Rachel is not only Pastor Lester Adams’ wife—she’s currently his eight-months-pregnant wife, who’s going toe-to-toe with Lester’s onetime mistress, congregant Mary Richardson, also pregnant. Her baby may or may not be Lester’s, but Mary’s doing all she can to win sympathy and turn her fellow churchgoers against Rachel—even threatening to blackmail Pastor Adams with a paternity agreement. After all, where can an unmarried mother-to-be go but to the Lord? Rachel has a few choice answers for exactly where Mary can go . . . but as theseexpectant moms do battle, hostilities erupt into a drama unlikeanythingZion Hill has ever seen! Something has to give, and while Rachel contemplates everything from transferring her lifelong church membership to packing up and leaving Lester, she knows deep down God is calling her to forgiveness. Will the arrival of the new babies bring a new understanding? Or harden forever the anger that’s dividing them?


Click for more detail about Season: A Novel (Marie Laveau Mysteries) by Jewell Parker Rhodes Season: A Novel (Marie Laveau Mysteries)

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Washington Square Press (Apr 12, 2011)
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In Season (formerly titled Voodoo Season), Jewell Parker Rhodes revisits the sensual, magical landscape of her highly acclaimed 1995 debut novel, Voodoo Dreams.

Marie Levant, raised in the North by foster parents, begins her medical residency in New Orleans's Charity Hospital. Plagued by deja vu and haunted by increasingly violent dreams, Marie tries to make a life in a city that seems both foreign and familiar.

Without warning her world falls apart, for it is voodoo season: the season of heat, humidity, the West Nile virus, of unexplained deaths of young adults all with a mysterious symbol marked in red clay on their foreheads. It is the season of babies cut from their dead mother's wombs.

It is the season when the Guede, the death gods, haunt Levant--whispering tales, sending memories and dreams of Marie Laveau, a nineteenth century voodooienne, who walked on water and blended African loas with their Catholic saints, whispering tales of a second Marie, who murdered her mother and brought evil to the faith, whispering tales of a third Marie who died in a pool of blood, after abandoning her child to an orphanage. Marie Levant, the fourth Marie, must reclaim her heritage, reclaim the power of voodoo drums transformed to a jazz lament, reclaim her spiritual, womanist power. A contemporary epic and mythic tale, Marie learns "women hand down sight through generations, mother to daughter." She learns that love and passion can be intertwined, marriage and a profession can mix, and that a woman's love can redeem a world. She learns that there is no greater power than a mother's fierce passion and that of a woman secure in her self identity, secure in ancestral heritage as a black woman and a voodoo queen.


Click for more detail about Secret Lives of Cheating Wives: A Novel by Curtis Bunn Secret Lives of Cheating Wives: A Novel

by Curtis Bunn
Strebor Books (Dec 06, 2016)
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Delve into the minds of several frisky women who are willing to risk it all in the pursuit of pleasure from bestselling author Curtis Bunn.With sensual language and a unique understanding of women, The Secret Lives of Cheating Wives by Curtis Bunn is a gripping novel that reveals the lengths today’s women will go to indulge their deepest desires. The most unlikely of women—God-fearing, child-raising, career-driven, soft-spoken women—are taking risks outside their marriages unlike any time before, a state of affairs that has become an underground movement. Refusing to boast about their extramarital affairs like men, these women keep quiet and yet, the more they engage, the more daring they become—and the more at risk their marriages become, too. With relatable and complex characters, The Secret Lives of Cheating Wives, is more than your typical romance: it strives to explore the psyche of these women and challenges you into understanding their actions, all while enjoying a tense, steamy ride filled with edge-of-your-seat drama.


Click for more detail about Secrets Never Told by Rochelle Alers Secrets Never Told

by Rochelle Alers
Gallery Books (Jul 01, 2003)
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From national bestselling author Rochelle Alers comes the powerful story of one woman and the secrets that will forever alter her vision of her family, her marriage, and herself.

In one night, Morgana Johnson-Wells takes two hard hits: first, news that her mother has died, then evidence that her husband is having an affair. Fleeing Baltimore to tend to her mother’s estate in Salvation, Georgia, Morgana finds comfort in the company of her Uncle Julian and in the diaries her mother left hidden in the attic.
Shocked by her mother’s most private thoughts and confused about both her illusions of her own childhood and the fate of her marriage, Morgana is drawn to local artist Erick Wilson, with whom she shares the kind of intimacy she and her husband have lost along the way. The connection grows deep, and by the time all of her mother’s secrets are revealed, Morgana has a few secrets of her own…secrets of the heart, mind, and body that need never be told.


Click for more detail about Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva: A Novel by Victoria Rowell Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva: A Novel

by Victoria Rowell
Atria Books (May 04, 2010)
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Calysta Jeffries is the hottest black actress in daytime and the diva of the soap opera world, known for her role as Ruby Stargazer on television’s most popular soap opera, "The Rich and the Ruthless."

After fifteen years, three returns from the dead, two failed pregnancies, one alien abduction, and overcoming retrograde amnesia, Calysta still hasn’t managed to snag the biggest award in daytime drama: the Sudsy. Now is supposed to be her moment. But Calysta’s onscreen/offscreen rival Emmy Abernathy wins the award for the fourth time. The drama begins when journalist Mitch Morelli asks Calysta for a quote after the award show and her true feelings for her costar slip out.

Ripped from the headlines of Soap Opera Digest and straight off of the television screen, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva will give readers plenty to talk about as they try to guess where the real world ends and Rowell’s imagination begins.


Click for more detail about Seeking Sarah: A Novel by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Seeking Sarah: A Novel

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 11, 2017)
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From the national bestselling and award-winning ReShonda Tate Billingsley comes this gripping and emotional exploration of the complex bond between mother and daughter.

From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral, her grandmother breaks the shocking news: her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. She abandoned her family because she claimed she wasn’t fit for motherhood. After doing some research, Brooke discovers her mother is living in Atlanta, enjoying a great careerand a brand new family. Stunned, Brooke doesn’t know if she wants answers or revenge against the mother who abandoned her. When she meets Sarah’s husband, Tony, Brooke sees the perfect way to make her mother pay. But her plan for revenge just may leave everyone in danger, and end up costing Brooke more than she ever bargained for.


Click for more detail about Seize the Day by Curtis Bunn Seize the Day

by Curtis Bunn
Strebor Books (Dec 08, 2015)
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When a terminally ill man is at a crossroads, one choice will make him feel more alive than ever.

Calvin Jones has finally gotten his life on the right course. At forty-five, he has escaped a toxic long-term relationship with the mother of his only child, and he loves his job as a high school English teacher in Washington, DC. Life is good. But then life turns horribly bad. A routine checkup reveals a cancerous spot on his pancreas. The oncologist offers him chemotherapy in the hope that it will extend his life, but Calvin declines...and decides to live the best he can while he can.

Seize the Day is more than the story of Calvin Jones’s decision to pass on cancer treatment. It is the inspiring story of a man choosing not to wait on death and, instead, to live out his life with courage, hope, and resilience. What happens next is extraordinary.


Click for more detail about Sensuality: Caramel Flava II (Eroticnoir.com Anthology) by Zane Sensuality: Caramel Flava II (Eroticnoir.com Anthology)

by Zane
Atria Books (Jun 16, 2009)
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A sizzling new follow-up to the bestselling short story anthologies Chocolate Flava and Caramel Flava, edited by Zane—the Queen of Erotica.

Winner of the Black Expressions Book of the Year Award three years in a row for Afterburn, Nervous, and Addicted, New York Times bestselling author Zane is a publishing phenomenon whose fans can’t get enough of her smart, sexy, and wild stories.

Like Chocolate Flava and Caramel Flava, Sensuality: Caramel Flava II is a delicious assortment of fun, sensual stories by Zane and a select assortment of talented erotica authors. Sensuality: Caramel Flava II includes sections written expressly for both men and women, making it a perfect book for lovers to share. Featuring Latino as well as African- American characters and cultural references, Sensuality: Caramel Flava II offers a unique blend of literary spice, hot and sweet enough to fit on a menu only Zane could cook up.


Click for more detail about Serpent’s Gift by Helen Elaine Lee Serpent’s Gift

by Helen Elaine Lee
Scribner (Oct 01, 1995)
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One of the most striking and heartening developments in American letters in recent years has been the flowering and attendant celebration of African-American writers and of books that have introduced to readers everywhere people, situations, and events that have, hitherto, largely been ignored, denied, or unknown. Now comes Helen Elaine Lee’s supremely assured The Serpent’s Gift, a first novel that gives to us — with the fullest emotional resonance, humor, and exultation in the novelist’s art — the intertwined stories of two families from early in this century to our own times.
Central to this haunting (and sometimes haunted) novel are the mothers, a study in contrast in strength and rigidity, Ruby Staples and Eula Smalls, and their children: LaRue Smalls, adventurer, storyteller, and chronicler of his people; his sister Vesta, intimidated by life from an early age, yet determined, valiant even, to hold her disparate family together; and Ouida Staples, a rare beauty who elects, in the face of convention, to spend her life with another woman. Each will face trials and challenges and sometimes be transformed, shedding like the serpent, an old skin, reborn by the art of invention.
From its opening pages, which recount in eerily compelling detail, the death that will bring these people together, to its almost pastoral conclusion, The Serpent’s Gift creates a world that is both realistic in its detail and lyrical in its presentation — it is a superb, triumphant debut.


Click for more detail about Sex Appeal by Meta Smith Sex Appeal

by Meta Smith
Gallery Books (Nov 17, 2009)
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Sex, scandal, money, murder, and revenge….
An electrifying page-turner from the author of Whip Appeal.

Once, Ebony Knight was the hottest high-class dominatrix in Miami. She controlled millionaire "slaves" with the crack of a whip — and made money hand over fist. Then her so-called best friend, sleazeball lawyer Carmelita Sanchez, framed Ebony for murder, had her committed to a psychiatric hospital in the Everglades, and ran off with $14 million and change. Tonight, Ebony is busting out. Tomorrow, she’s kicking ass.

Unfortunately, getting revenge isn’t easy. A dreadlocked hustler and his conartist mama are trying to shake Ebony down. A crazy-ass mental patient who helped Ebony escape is out for blood. A sexy TV reporter is hot on Ebony’s trail. And a sassy Miami detective is hunting her down like a dog.

No biggie. Our girl will do anything it takes to come out on top. Peroxide her hair. Assume a new identity. Screw anyone who gets in her way. Ebony’s prepared to do whatever it takes — to stick it to the backstabber who ruined her life. This time, revenge is a dish best served hot.


Click for more detail about Sexpionage: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Lesley E. Hal Sexpionage: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Lesley E. Hal
Strebor Books (Mar 28, 2017)
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To catch a thief, the FBI is soliciting the help of someone who could prove to be most lethalhis lover. But the million-dollar question iswhose side is she really on?

Jordan Lei is debonair and smart. Armed with stunning good looks and enough swagger to make the most confident man feel inadequate, he uses his wits and charm to get whatever he wants. So when he sets his eyes on Bianca, she’s no different than any other treasure that he’s ever desired. Equipped with suave and seductive sophistication, Jordan can’t lose when he sweeps Bianca up into a world of espionage and international intrigue. No challenge is too great, no vault too difficult to crack, as Jordan prides himself on accomplishing any mission regardless of how impossible.

Bianca Brooks wants Pleasure Principles to become the premier event planning company that the upper echelon of society calls on when extravagance is a must. After her first steamy encounter with Jordan Lei, her world is transformed from that of a struggling business owner to one of mind-blowing privilege. Sexually enticed, Bianca is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Jordan giving her toe-curling thrills between the sheets. But once she discovers how far Jordan is willing to go to protect his lavish lifestyle, even at the expense of her own life, will Bianca finally snap out of the sexually induced spell he has her under? Or will she stay wrapped up in his web of sex, lies, and deceit?


Click for more detail about Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (A Shai & Emmie Story) by Quvenzhané Wallis Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (A Shai & Emmie Story)

by Quvenzhané Wallis
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Oct 03, 2017)
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From Academy Awardnominated actress Quvenzhan Wallis comes the first story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third graders destined for superstardom.

Shai Williams was born to be a star (or a veterinarian—and maybe a dentist). She attends a special elementary school for the performing arts, and her grandma Rosa and aunt Mac-N-Cheese are both actresses. So Shai is shocked when she doesn’t get the lead role in the third-grade musical. Instead, the part goes to the new girl, Gabby Supreme, who thinks she is better than everyone else.

To add insult to injury, Ms. Gremillion has now asked Shai to help Gabby with the role. Shai reluctantly agrees and enlists Emmie to help, but Gabby isn’t going to make it easy. As opening night draws near, Shai discovers that making a new friend is sometimes like putting on a show—it requires dedication, patience, and lots and lots of practice.


Click for more detail about Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants! (A Shai & Emmie Story) by Quvenzhané Wallis Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants! (A Shai & Emmie Story)

by Quvenzhané Wallis
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Jan 09, 2018)
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From Academy Awardnominated actress Quvenzhan Wallis comes the second story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third graders destined for superstardom.

Shai Williams—third-grader and superstar in the making—loves to act, sing, and dance. So when her teacher, Ms. Englert, signs their class up for a major dance competition, Shai’s fancy moves are put to the test. Paired up with her best friend Emmie and classmate Rio, Shai plans to settle her competition jitters by just having fun. That is until her rival, Gabby Supreme, challenges her to a bet: whoever loses the dance competition has to bring the winner one cupcake every day for a month.

Now Shai has to win.


Click for more detail about Shame on It All by Zane Shame on It All

by Zane
Strebor Books (Jan 01, 2001)
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Great read.


Click for more detail about Sharp Curves Ahead: A Novel by Allison Hobbs Sharp Curves Ahead: A Novel

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Oct 10, 2017)
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From bestselling author Allison Hobbs comes this explosive and thought-provoking novel about two best friends who struggle to survive the ultimate betrayal and redefine how society views full-figured women.

Plus-size friends Jayla Carpenter and Bailee Evans have been close since college. But despite their physical similarities, the two couldn’t be more different. Bailee is laid-back, happily married, and comfortable in her skin. Jayla, on the other hand, resents the many years that she was fat-shamed and is now obsessed with proving that she is as sexy as skinny chicks. Celebrating her body, she flaunts her extra weight in provocative clothing and enjoys the attention of a long list of random male admirers she meets on a dating site for curvy girls. The fact that her inbox is flooded with requests to hook up affirms Jayla’s opinion that a Rubenesque body type is more appealing than a stick figure.

But Bailee isn’t so sure that Jayla’s love life is as gratifying as she professes. She secretly worries that Jayla will end up getting her heart broken, or worse. Her fears are proven true when Jayla is stood up by her latest romantic interest on Valentine’s Day. Infuriated over the insult, Jayla goes on a man-stealing rampage to prove that she is more attractive and sexier than thin girls. Soon, it becomes clear that no man is off limits, not even her best friend’s husband.

Can a lifelong friendship recover after the ultimate betrayal or are some friends too damaged to keep?


Click for more detail about She by Saul Williams She

by Saul Williams
MTV Books (Jun 01, 1999)
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Hailed as "a dreadlocked dervish of words…the Bob Marley of American poets" (Esquire), Saul Williams is a gifted young poet who is opening up this literary art form to a new generation of readers. Like his writing — a fearless mix of connecting rhythms and vibrant images — Saul Williams is unstoppable. He received raves for his performance as an imprisoned street poet in the Trimark Pictures release Slam, winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. The consummate spoken-word performance artist, Williams has also been signed by producer Rick Rubin to record a CD of his poetry.
She is a fascinating and unique collection of interconnected poems by this multi-talented star — and marks the beginning of an incredible and totally original artistic career.


Click for more detail about Silent Cry (Zane Presents) by Dwayne D. Birch Silent Cry (Zane Presents)

by Dwayne D. Birch
Strebor Books (Jan 01, 2012)
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How children, particularly boys, are shaped by domestic violence.


Click for more detail about Silver Bullets (Zane Presents) by Suzetta Perkins Silver Bullets (Zane Presents)

by Suzetta Perkins
Strebor Books (Apr 29, 2014)
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In this sizzling, exciting novel, four women show that age is just a number by seeking out new forms of pleasure, love, and romance.

Whether it be getting a tattoo, using whips and chains, or preparing dinner in nothing but stilettos, four divas—all best friends and over fifty years old—decide that they need to spice up their love lives. And they’re willing to go to any length to achieve that.

So Emma, Queenie, Yolanda, and Connie set out to get the pleasure they crave. For Emma, that means rekindling her sex life with her doting husband, whom she decides to take care of for once. Yolanda, who is still turning heads and could have anyone she wants, finally meets a man who suits her tastes—but can she suit his? Queenie, who is fifty-eight and divorced, entertains her on-again, off-again male friend one night when he’s lucky enough to get his hands on some Viagra. And Connie, who has never been married, is in love with a man who won’t put a ring on her finger. Will she be able to convince him to marry her, or, more importantly, does she even want that herself?

As things start heating up, the ladies’ lives get sexierand more complicated. Soon, the four divas soon face more drama than they bargained for


Click for more detail about Sin in Soul’s Kitchen: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Andrew Oyé Sin in Soul’s Kitchen: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Andrew Oyé
Strebor Books (Jul 14, 2009)
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A sexy, psychological thriller that explores why men and women commit sinister crimes of passion, do the most hateful things in the name of love, and cook up schemes to punish one another when sweet romance turns sour.

Groomed for “the good life” by his affluent family, Thaddeus Carmichael has a new MBA and a new outlook. Unfortunately, Thad is also embroiled in a power struggle with his girlfriend, the ever-fabulous Chelsea Fuller. Thad insists that living happily ever after is a state of mind, and he questions the state of Chelsea’s mind. As time goes on, their relationship is seasoned with deceit, betrayal, and obsession—ingredients for a bitter existence. Bad things happen to good people who wrestle with destiny, so Thad’s pursuit of his passion over his fate with Chelsea is a recipe for disaster. With pulsating dialogue and funky backdrops, Sin in Soul’s Kitchen is a voyage into literary sensuality and suspense. It’s full of high drama and vibrates with cultural ambiance, sexy encounters, riveting twists, and a shocking ending that will satisfy readers looking to get lost in a world of intrigue, intimacy, and insanity.


Click for more detail about Sing, Unburied, Sing  by Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward
Scribner (Sep 07, 2017)
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Sing, Unburied, Sing is a road novel turned on its head, and a family story with its feet to the fire. Lyric and devastating, Ward’s unforgettable characters straddle past and present in this spellbinding return to the rural Mississippi of her first book. You’ll never read anything like it.” Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi's past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers.

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward's distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature.


Click for more detail about Single Mom: A Novel by Omar Tyree Single Mom: A Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Oct 19, 1998)
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Description: ""I had become something else, some different kind of woman, and a different kind of human. What kind of a woman could not cry? I even tried to force myself to cry again, and could not do it. I shed not one tear."" After more than ten years of raising her two sons alone, Denise Stewart finds herself again involved with both of her sons’ fathers as well as in a relationship with a new man. Jimmie, the father of her older child, suddenly wants a major role in his son’s life. After being an absent father for thirteen years, he discovers his teenager is a top basketball prospect. That’s when Jimmie decides to make some time to spend with his son. Walter, the father of Denise’s second son, is trying to gain custody of his twelve-year-old. After attending the Million Man March in Washington, Walter believes he should assume full responsibility for his son instead of just for two weekends out of each month. And truck driver Dennis is failing in love with Denise, and is fond of her boys. Although he is uncertain whether he wants the burden of a ready-made family, he also feels insecure in an intimate relationship with a white-collar woman who earns more than he does. All this as Denise runs her own thriving business, co-chairs a single mothers’ organization with her best friend Camellia, and struggles to keep faith in her family. Suddenly, for this single mom, success takes on an all-new meaning in her increasingly complex life. Omar Tyree offers a provocative look at the emotional lives of three black men as they grapple with their roles and changing views as fathers and lovers. And, at the center of this compelling novel, Tyree creates a single mother of striking character and independence.


Click for more detail about Sinners & Saints by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray Sinners & Saints

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jan 10, 2012)
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TEAM JASMINE or TEAM RACHEL?

Bestselling and award-winning novelists Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley bring their favorite heroines together in a novel that will delight their legions of fans.

Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams are not your typical first ladies. But they’ve overcome their scandalous and drama-filled pasts to stand firmly by their husbands’ sides.

When a coveted position opens up—president of the American Baptist Coalition— both women think their husbands are perfect for the job. And winning the position may require both women to get down and dirty and revert to their old tricks. Just when Jasmine and Rachel think they’re going to have to fight to the finish, the current first lady of the coalition steps in . . . a woman bigger, badder, and more devious than either of them.

Double the fun with a message of faith, Sinners & Saints will delight readers with two of their favorite characters from two of their favorite authors.


Click for more detail about Sins Of The Mother: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray Sins Of The Mother: A Novel

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 01, 2010)
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Have the sins of the mother come upon the daughter?
Jasmine Larson Bush is finally living a drama-free life. She’s left her lying, cheating, stealing stripper days behind and is standing by her husband’s side as the first lady of one of the largest churches in New York City. The Bushes have been blessed with the best of everything—including two lovely children.

But just when Jasmine has committed her life completely to God, her daughter Jacqueline is kidnapped from a mall the day after Thanksgiving. The police and the church community join in the frantic search to find the four-year-old. As the days pass without any sign of her daughter, Jasmine begins to crack under the strain and turns to Brian Lewis, Jacqueline’s biological father, for solace.

Has Jasmine’s past finally caught up to her? Will her daughter be found or will Jasmine pay the ultimate price?

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Click for more detail about Sista’ Girlfren’ Breaks It Down When Mom’s Not Around by Francheska Ahmed-Cawthorne Sista’ Girlfren’ Breaks It Down When Mom’s Not Around

by Francheska Ahmed-Cawthorne
Fireside Books (May 06, 1996)
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Proving that mother really does know best, Francheska Ahmed-Cawthorne presents a compendium of advice for young black girls—on everything from sex and boys to drugs to school to the travails of growing up. Totally hip and cool, this guide tells kids what they really need to know in today’s world.


Click for more detail about Sistah For Sale: A Novel by Miasha Sistah For Sale: A Novel

by Miasha
Touchstone (Mar 04, 2008)
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After her father was killed and her mother was deported, Sienna grew up in Miami’s prostitution scene in the care of her father’s business partner, Chatman. Beautiful and ambitious, Sienna determines that the best route to the life she wants is to become the most coveted of Chatman’s call girls. When Sienna learns that her mother has been murdered and that Chatman had a role in the murder, she turns to her friend Ryan for comfort, beginning a secret relationship with the boy Chatman is grooming to take over his business.

Eager to gain her independence from the man she both admires and loathes, Sienna takes steps to increase her value as a sex worker by learning her wealthy clients’ cultures and languages, but her plan backfires. Chatman is more determined than ever not to let her go, and Sienna is equally intent on finding a way to break free — no matter what it takes.


Click for more detail about Sistergirls.Com by Earl Sewell, William Fredrick Cooper, Michael Pressley, Rique Johnson, Destin Soul, V. Anthony Rivers, William Cooper and V. Rivers Sistergirls.Com

by Earl Sewell, William Fredrick Cooper, Michael Pressley, Rique Johnson, Destin Soul, V. Anthony Rivers, William Cooper and V. Rivers
Strebor Books (Aug 01, 2003)
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In the spirit of Blackgentelmen.com come five sensual novellas about the excitement — and danger — of meeting someone online.
Welcome to Sistergirls.com, where men can meet the women of their dreams. Making a selection is just a beginning — these ladies are more than mere images, and getting to know them is the really fun part. But just like most things, looks can be deceiving. And while the guys who take this plunge think they’re in for the adventure of a lifetime, some of them are headed for the worst nightmare. Gathering five dramatically different voices between two covers, these stories travel the tantalizing crossroads between romance and cyberspace.
As today’s world of dating expands beyond the traditional dinner-and-movie to the vast realm of Internet, this collection offers a timely and exciting glimpses into the adventures of cyber-relationships.
NOVELLAS INCLUDE: "You Are Making Me Wet" by Earl Sewell "Life Happens" by Rique Johnson "The Wanting" by Michael Presley "Somewhere Between Love and Sarcasm" by V. Anthony Rivers "Legal Days, Lonely Nights" by William Fredrick Cooper


Click for more detail about Sistergirls.com by Earl Sewell, William Fredrick Cooper, Michael Pressley, Rique Johnson and Destin Soul Sistergirls.com

by Earl Sewell, William Fredrick Cooper, Michael Pressley, Rique Johnson and Destin Soul
Strebor Books (Jun 26, 2007)
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In the spirit of Blackgentelmen.com come five sensual novellas about the excitement — and danger — of meeting someone online. Welcome to Sistergirls.com, where men can meet the women of their dreams. Making a selection is just a beginning — these ladies are more than mere images, and getting to know them is the really fun part. But just like most things, looks can be deceiving. And while the guys who take this plunge think they’re in for the adventure of a lifetime, some of them are headed for the worst nightmare. Gathering five dramatically different voices between two covers, these stories travel the tantalizing crossroads between romance and cyberspace. As today’s world of dating expands beyond the traditional dinner-and-movie to the vast realm of Internet, this collection offers a timely and exciting glimpses into the adventures of cyber-relationships. NOVELLAS INCLUDE: "You Are Making Me Wet" by Earl Sewell "Life Happens" by Rique Johnson "The Wanting" by Michael Presley "Somewhere Between Love and Sarcasm" by V. Anthony Rivers "Legal Days, Lonely Nights" by William Fredrick Cooper


Click for more detail about Six Days in January by William Fredrick Cooper Six Days in January

by William Fredrick Cooper
Strebor Books (Feb 24, 2004)
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A Manhattan man spends six day reevaluating the events and relationships that contributed to his present downward spiral and is forced to confront buried memories and feelings that have transformed his natural sensitivity into cynicism. A first novel. Original.

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Click for more detail about Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories by Walter Mosley Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories

by Walter Mosley
Atria Books (Jan 07, 2003)
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Walter Mosley’s bestselling and award-winning novels — from Gone Fishin’ to Devil in a Blue Dress, named one of the “100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century” by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association — have endeared him to legions of readers from a U.S. president to everyday people who can’t get enough of Easy Rawlins. Now from the bestselling and award-winning writer comes “Six Easy Pieces. “The beloved Ezekiel Rawlins now has a steady job as senior head custodian of Sojourner Truth High School, a nice house with a garden, a loving woman, and children. He counts the blessings of leading a law-abiding life, but is “nowhere near happy.” Easy mourns the loss of his best friend, Mouse. Though Easy tries to leave the street life behind, he still finds himself trading favors and investigating cases of arson, murder, and missing people. People who can’t depend on the law to solve their problems seek out Easy.A bomb is set in the high school where Easy works. A man’s daughter runs off with his employee. A beautiful woman turns up dead and the man who loved her is wrongly accused. Easy is the man people turn to in search of justice and retribution. He even becomes party to a killing that the police might call murder.Six of the seven stories in “Six Easy Pieces” were published in reissued Washington Square Press editions of the Easy Rawlins mysteries “Gone Fishin’, Devil in a Blue Dress, A Red Death, White Butterfly, Black Betty,” and “A Little Yellow Dog.” A seventh, “Amber Gate,” is newly published here, making this new Walter Mosley classic a must-have for all fans of great fiction.


Click for more detail about Skyscraper: A Novel by Zane Skyscraper: A Novel

by Zane
Atria Books (Dec 02, 2003)
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Most corporations hand out bonus checks or gift certificates for Christmas, but Wolfe Industries hands out drama. Skyscraper chronicles the week before the annual Christmas party at Wolfe Industries, an African American-owned automobile manufacturer.
Chico, a nineteen-year-old mail-room clerk who still lives with his overprotective mother, is the typical young man when it comes to sex. He doesn’t turn it down. So, when Zetta Wolfe, the wife of CEO Tomalis Wolfe, attempts to seduce him, he jumps at the opportunity. Meanwhile, Anastasia, a twenty-five-year-old secretary, along with her best friend and coworker, Shakia, spends her nights in the secret penthouse maintained by Wolfe executives for partying and wild sex. She has higher aspirations though — she wants to be the next wife of the CEO. Tomalis has never actually participated in the in-office sexual activities, but Anastasia plans to seduce him by the end of the year.
Diana, a thirty-five-year-old single mother is frustrated with her current position as an executive assistant. Every time she approaches her boss, Bradford, about the possibility of a promotion, he makes her promises that he never keeps. Meanwhile, Edmund, a parking-garage attendant, has the hots for her, but she won’t give him the time of day. That is until two of her girlfriends drag her to a holiday cabaret and she discovers another sexier side to this blue-collar man.
The week leading up to the Wolfe Industries annual Christmas party is unforgettable, as the lives of four people who have barely interacted with one another in the past begin to cross paths in the most disturbing ways. By the time the party is over, they will be lucky if the skyscraper is still standing.


Click for more detail about Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance

by Mark Whitaker
Simon & Schuster (Feb 06, 2018)
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The other great Renaissance of black culture, influence, and glamour burst forth joyfully in what may seem an unlikely place—Pittsburgh, PA—from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Today black Pittsburgh is known as the setting for August Wilson’s famed plays about noble but doomed working-class strivers. But this community once had an impact on American history that rivaled the far larger black worlds of Harlem and Chicago. It published the most widely read black newspaper in the country, urging black voters to switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party and then rallying black support for World War II. It fielded two of the greatest baseball teams of the Negro Leagues and introduced Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pittsburgh was the childhood home of jazz pioneers Billy Strayhorn, Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams, and Erroll Garner; Hall of Fame slugger Josh Gibson—and August Wilson himself. Some of the most glittering figures of the era were changed forever by the time they spent in the city, from Joe Louis and Satchel Paige to Duke Ellington and Lena Horne.

Mark Whitaker’s Smoketown is a captivating portrait of this unsung community and a vital addition to the story of black America. It depicts how ambitious Southern migrants were drawn to a steel-making city on a strategic river junction; how they were shaped by its schools and a spirit of commerce with roots in the Gilded Age; and how their world was eventually destroyed by industrial decline and urban renewal. Whitaker takes readers on a rousing, revelatory journey—and offers a timely reminder that Black History is not all bleak.


Click for more detail about Song for My Father: Memoir of an All-American Family by Stephanie Stokes Oliver Song for My Father: Memoir of an All-American Family

by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
Atria Books (Jul 27, 2004)
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On Election Day in 1960, a classmate of Stephanie Stokes Oliver threatened to beat her up. Why? Because in their class’s mock presidential election, Stephanie revealed that she would follow her father’s lead and vote for Nixon over Kennedy. Stephanie realized this day that her family was different from most other African Americans at the time: They were Republicans."Song for My Father" is Stokes Oliver’s memoir of her father, Charles M. Stokes, a prominent member of the National Republican Party. Known as "Stokey," this pioneering black man in the fields of law, legislation, and politics raised three children in the tumultuous 1960s and 70s, when memories of the Republican Party as the party of Abraham Lincoln — and association of the party with the emancipation of slaves — had faded. As Stephanie came of age, she and her father disagreed on everything — especially politics — but they were bound by mutual love and respect.Born in Kansas in the early twentieth century, Charles M. Stokes established himself in his home state as a lawyer and a Republican leader before moving in 1943 to Seattle, where he was the only black attorney in private practice. He later became Seattle’s first black state legislator and served as Washington State’s first African-American district court judge. When he ran for lieutenant governor in 1960, Stokes was narrowly defeated in the primary, but his political race blazed a trail for other African Americans in both local and national politics. This is Stokes Oliver’s tribute to a larger-than-life father, but it is also the inspiring story of an American family who worked, struggled, dreamed, and succeeded.


Click for more detail about Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) by Jonah Winter Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition)

by Jonah Winter
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Nov 10, 2009)
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The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court.

Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation’s highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn’t have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed — her mother’s love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work she succeeded. With little sunlight and only a modest plot from which to grow, Justice Sotomayor bloomed for the whole world to see.

Antes de que la magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor llegara al mximo tribunal de nuestra nacin, no era ms que una niita en el South Bronx. La magistrada Sotomayor no tuvo mucho durante sus primeros aos, pero s tuvo lo que contaba — el amor de su madre, la voluntad de aprender y su propia determinacin. Con valenta se hizo la persona que quera ser. Con trabajo arduo triunf. Con un poquito de sol en un solarcito donde crecer, la magistrada Sotomayor floreci para que todo el mundo la vea.


Click for more detail about Sorrow’s Kitchen: The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston by Mary E. Lyons Sorrow’s Kitchen: The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston

by Mary E. Lyons
Atheneum (Oct 31, 1990)
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Describes the life and work of the prolific black author who wrote stories, plays, essays, and articles, recorded black folklore, and was involved in the Harlem Renaissance.


Click for more detail about South by Southeast: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel (Tennyson Hardwick Novels (Paperback)) by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes South by Southeast: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel (Tennyson Hardwick Novels (Paperback))

by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes
Atria Books (Sep 18, 2012)
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The fourth installment in this award-winning mystery series draws actor-turned-super-sleuth Tennyson Hardwick into his most challenging case, compelling him to face the unthinkable: save his daughter or the woman he loves.

South by Southeast, a title inspired by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, finds Tennyson and his family in South Beach, Florida, where he is filming his role in a television detective series. Ten’s soon-to-be-adopted daughter, Chela, runs into old friend Maria from her earlier days as a prostitute in Los Angeles. The pair dives into the South Beach club scene, but Maria mysteriously goes missing.
When Maria’s body washes ashore, Chela and the authorities fear that her suspicious death is connected to a serial killer preying on young prostitutes. Tennyson believes he knows who the killer is, but the suspect escapes when the actor-detective tries to capture him.
When it’s believed the suspected killer may have committed suicide, things return to normal for Ten and his family. But the respite doesn’t last long, and Tennyson discovers someone is after him, his girlfriend, and Chela. Realizing it’s the killer who’s terrorizing him, Ten is presented with a lose-lose dilemma: save his daughter or the woman he loves.
In a pulse-pounding thriller that could be described as Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins meets Miami Vice, Tennyson Hardwick is back big time with his trademark sexiness, sizzle, and James Bond-like sophistication.


Click for more detail about Sparkle: A Novel by Denene Millner, Howard Rosenman, Joel Schumacher and Mara Brock Akil Sparkle: A Novel

by Denene Millner, Howard Rosenman, Joel Schumacher and Mara Brock Akil
Atria Books (Aug 07, 2012)
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THEY HAD A DREAM. SHE HAD IT ALL.

Detroit, 1968. The Motown sound is sweeping the nation. Girl groups are hotter than ever. Over their mother’s objections, three beautiful sisters—Delores, Sister and Sparkle—are taking the local music scene by storm. But their dreams are bigger than Detroit. Their manager, Stix, is just as ambitious and will do whatever it takes to make it to the big time, even if it means using the girls—and his love for Sparkle—as the foundation of a new musical empire.

Behind the music and lights, the recording industry is a ruthless and unforgiving place, just as Mama had warned her girls. Sister, with her good looks and voice, is the natural headliner of the trio, yet her complicated personal life threatens to overshadow her talent; Delores has her sights set on a different kind of life outside the spotlight; and young Sparkle must push past her deepest fears if she is to fulfill her destiny—does she really have what it takes to go all the way?

Riveting and soul-stirring, this timeless tale reminds us of the unbreakable bonds between family, the high price of fame and what can happen when we dare to show the world how brightly we can sparkle.


Click for more detail about Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It: Inside Guerrilla Filmmaking by Spike Lee Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It: Inside Guerrilla Filmmaking

by Spike Lee
Fireside Books (Oct 15, 1987)
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Spike Lee wrote, directed and starred in She’s Gotta Have It, the independent-film success story of 1986. Shot on a shoe-string budget of $175,000 in black-and-white 16mm, the film was made with Spike Lee’s persistence and talent plus the help of family and friends. It grossed $8 million at the box office and proved to be a major hit with both critics and audiences. Now Spike Lee reveals how he did it, mapping out the entire creative and production processes-from early notebook jottings to film festival awards. Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It is a unique document in film literature - it’s funny, absorbing, and fresh as the hit film itself.


Click for more detail about Spirits of the Passage by Cornel West Spirits of the Passage

by Cornel West
Simon & Schuster (Feb 12, 1997)
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In a watery grave off the coast of Florida lies the earliest slave ship ever recovered. The English-owned Henrietta Marie plied the waters from Europe to Africa and the New World, sinking in the year 1700. She has waited three hundred years to reveal her story. Taking the wreck of the ship as its dramatic heart, Spirits of the Passage presents the first general-interest history of the early years of the slave trade. Told in part from the decks and the cargo hold of a single merchant slaver, this powerful and fascinating story covers a period that has heretofore been largely the territory of scholars - the late seventeenth century, when the slave trade began a period of explosive growth. Spirits of the Passage describes the story of the largest forced migration in human history, with a powerful text that personalizes the experience of slavery in the most gripping way. Richly illustrated with artifacts found in the wreck along with etchings and paintings of the time, the book documents a tragic tale of human misery even as it reveals the strength of spirit that made survival possible for enslaved Africans. Included throughout are narratives of resistance and survival, many of them never before told. The mosaic of profiles breathes life into stories from all sides of the trade, stories that will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dilemmas of the time. As integral parts of this important volume, profiles, anecdotes, illustrations, and incisive narrative all combine to create a compelling account of one of history’s most important, and shattering, moments.


Click for more detail about Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential by Michael Beckwith Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

by Michael Beckwith
Atria Books (Oct 06, 2009)
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Michael Bernard Beckwith — the dynamic spiritual leader who touched millions of readers and viewers in The Secret and through the spiritual community he founded, the Agape International Spiritual Center — is now sharing his transforming central message and his powerfully accessible means for embodying that message in daily life, a process he calls "aspiring toward spiritual liberation."

Michael Beckwith teaches that inner spiritual work, not religiosity or dogma, liberates us. He draws on a wide spectrum of ancient wisdom teachers such as Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha; contemporary spiritual luminaries Thich Nhat Hanh, Sri Aurobindo, and the Dalai Lama; and Western contributors to the New Thought tradition of spirituality such as Emanuel Swedenborg, Walter Russell, and Dr. Howard Thurman to create a profound new belief synthesis.

Either read silently or aloud, Spiritual Liberation can be included during meditation or prayer. Each chapter includes an affirmation that distills its core concepts into a sentence or two for the reader to easily practice throughout the day. Beckwith’s personal and touching accounts guide the practitioner to integrate and activate the intrinsic gifts of divinity into everyday life.

The core concepts of Beckwith’s teachings are cohesively conceived and convincingly stated in the provocative chapters of Spiritual Liberation. Topics covering "Evolved People," "Transportation to Trans-formation," "Transcending the Tyranny of Trends," and "Inner Ecology" are some of his foundational teachings that bring together insights from a range of spiritual paths to form a coherent practice that is neither Eastern nor Western but truly spiritually global.

Regardless of their belief system, readers will find it impossible to finish this book without at least a few "Aha!" moments.


Click for more detail about Spiritual Seduction by Desiree Day Spiritual Seduction

by Desiree Day
Gallery Books (Apr 20, 2010)
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From the author of One G-String Short of Crazy, a sexy tale with a paranormal twist puts one unsuspecting woman in the center of a dangerous struggle between her conniving dead husband and her irresistible immortal lover.

Widowed with two small children, Riley Tyson is devastated when her husband, Bradley, is murdered. She doesn’t miss his fiery temper and heartless philandering, though. In fact, now that he’s dead, their relationship is better than ever. Bradley’s spirit sneaks into her bedroom at night, tempting her with gentle, seductive caresses and showering her with the attention he never gave her in life. It seems too crazy to be true. Until he drags her unsuspecting soul into a world so evil even Lucifer won’t go near it. . . .

Enter Malik Davenport, Riley’s boss and longtime friend. At six feet seven, with smooth, almond-colored skin and vibrant blue eyes, Malik rarely goes unnoticed. An ancient warrior prince who specializes in slaying demons, he’s the only man who can save Riley’s life—and the only one whose passionate touch unleashes the sexy vixen inside her.

As Bradley’s ruthless spirit orchestrates a deadly power surge against the living, Malik and his team of paladins prepare for a war of the worlds that has been brewing for ages. If they win, Malik and Riley can be together forever, but if they lose, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.


Click for more detail about Stand Your Ground: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray Stand Your Ground: A Novel

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 01, 2015)
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From the AALBC.com bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray comes Stand Your Ground, a new novel about two women who are faced with the same tragedy.

A black teenage boy is dead. A white man shot him. Was he standing his ground or was it murder?

Janice Johnson is living every black mother’s nightmare. Her seventeen-year-old son was murdered and the shooter has not been arrested. Can the D.A. and the police be trusted to investigate and do the right thing? Should Janice take advantage of the public outcry and join her husband alongside the angry protestors who are out for revenge?

Meredith Spencer is married to the man accused of the killing and she sees her husband and the situation with far more clarity than anyone realizes. What she knows could blow the case wide open, but what will that mean for her life and that of her son? Will she have the courage to come forward in time so that justice can be done?

#1 national bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray’s Stand Your Ground is a pulse-pounding meditation on race, motherhood, marriage, and vigilante justice that will have readers spellbound until its shocking end.


Click for more detail about Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934 by Charles R. Smith Jr. Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 03, 2012)
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Meet Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and other baseball heroes in this unique radio broadcast reenactment of a legendary All-Star Game, marking a pivotal time in sports history.

1934, Chicago. Come step back in time to witness the best of the best Negro League players take each other on in one of the most fascinating All-Star ballgames in American history.

Using a unique radio broadcast transcript, Coretta Scott King Award Winner Charles R. Smith, Jr. has recreated this momentous event with a lively play-by-play retelling of the second annual Negro League East-West Game. Meet legendary players like Satchel Paige, Turkey Stearness, and Cool Pappa Bell, hang in the stands with the fans, and experience this exhilarating untold, true story—with a lyrical twist.

Stars in the Shadows is a must-have for any baseball aficionado or anyone interested in forgotten history. Beautifully packaged and with incredible black-and-white illustrations by Frank Morrison, this is a rare and extraordinary book.


Click for more detail about Starting Home: The Story of Horace Pippin, Painter (African-American Artists and Artisans) by Mary E. Lyons Starting Home: The Story of Horace Pippin, Painter (African-American Artists and Artisans)

by Mary E. Lyons
Atheneum (Sep 01, 1993)
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A portrait of the life and work of this African-American painter examines the self-taught folk artist’s life, from his childhood, to his struggle to teach himself to paint, to his current acclaim as one of America’s foremost artists.


Click for more detail about Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper Stella by Starlight

by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 06, 2015)
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When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de force from Sharon Draper, the New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind. Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.


Click for more detail about Stop Being Niggardly: And Nine Other Things Black People Need To Stop Doing by Karen Hunter Stop Being Niggardly: And Nine Other Things Black People Need To Stop Doing

by Karen Hunter
Gallery Books (Apr 27, 2010)
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niggardly (adj.) [nigerd-le]

1. stingy, miserly; not generous

2. begrudging about spending or granting

3. provided in a meanly limited supply



If you don’t know the definition of the word, you might assume it to be a derogatory insult, a racial slur. You might be personally offended and deeply outraged. You might write an angry editorial or organize a march. You might even find yourself making national headlines



In other words, you’d better know what the word means before you pour your energy into overreacting to it.



That’s the jumping-off point for this powerful directive from Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and bestselling author Karen Hunter. It’s time for the black community to stop marching, quit complaining, roll up their collective sleeves, channel their anger constructively, and start fixing their own problems, she boldly asserts. And while her straight-talking, often politically incorrect narrative is electrifyingly fresh and utterly relevant to today’s hot-button issues surrounding race, Hunter harks back to the wisdom of a respected elder—Nannie Helen Burroughs, who was ahead of her time penning Twelve Things the Negro Must Do for Himself more than a century ago. Burroughs’s guidelines for successful living—from making education, employment, and home ownership one’s priorities to dressing appropriately to practicing faith in everyday life—teach empowerment through self-responsibility, disallowing excuses for one’s standing in life but rather galvanizing blacks to look to themselves for strength, motivation, support, and encouragement.



From our urban communities to small-town America, the issues Hunter is bold enough to tackle in Stop Being Niggardly affect us all. Refreshingly candid and challenging, certain to get people everywhere talking, this is the book that takes on race in a new—yet also historically revered and
simply stated—way that can change lives, both personally and collectively.


Click for more detail about Stop Being Niggardly: And Nine Other Things Black People Need to Stop Doing by Karen Hunter Stop Being Niggardly: And Nine Other Things Black People Need to Stop Doing

by Karen Hunter
Karen Hunter Publishing (May 03, 2014)
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niggardly (adj.) [nigerd-le]

1. stingy, miserly; not generous

2. begrudging about spending or granting

3. provided in a meanly limited supply



If you don’t know the definition of the word, you might assume it to be a derogatory insult, a racial slur. You might be personally offended and deeply outraged. You might write an angry editorial or organize a march. You might even find yourself making national headlines



In other words, you’d better know what the word means before you pour your energy into overreacting to it.



That’s the jumping-off point for this powerful directive from Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and bestselling author Karen Hunter. It’s time for the black community to stop marching, quit complaining, roll up their collective sleeves, channel their anger constructively, and start fixing their own problems, she boldly asserts. And while her straight-talking, often politically incorrect narrative is electrifyingly fresh and utterly relevant to today’s hot-button issues surrounding race, Hunter harks back to the wisdom of a respected elder—Nannie Helen Burroughs, who was ahead of her time penning Twelve Things the Negro Must Do for Himself more than a century ago. Burroughs’s guidelines for successful living—from making education, employment, and home ownership one’s priorities to dressing appropriately to practicing faith in everyday life—teach empowerment through self-responsibility, disallowing excuses for one’s standing in life but rather galvanizing blacks to look to themselves for strength, motivation, support, and encouragement.



From our urban communities to small-town America, the issues Hunter is bold enough to tackle in Stop Being Niggardly affect us all. Refreshingly candid and challenging, certain to get people everywhere talking, this is the book that takes on race in a new—yet also historically revered and
simply stated—way that can change lives, both personally and collectively.


Click for more detail about Strawberry Spring by Ruth P. Watson Strawberry Spring

by Ruth P. Watson
Strebor Books (May 01, 2018)
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From beloved author Ruth P. Watson comes the latest historical novel following Carrie Parker and her family in 1920s Deep South.
Just as the mystery of the death of her stepfather, Herman Camm, is solved, Carrie Parker realizes that she must choose between her love for her husband and a man she adores.
With Simon, her husband, gone for months as he pursues his dream, Carrie is left alone to wait for his return while Adam begs her to forget about him. Although Carrie may know what he says is true, she can’t forget the happiness she had with Simon when they first met.
Making matters worse, Carrie struggles in her relationship with her son, Robert. He is a fine boy but the spitting image of his father. Whenever she looks into the eyes of her son, she sees her estranged husband and is reminded of how confusing her life has become. Caught between her son, her lover, and her husband, Carrie is forced to make some of the most difficult decisions of her life.


Click for more detail about Street Judge by Greg Mathis Street Judge

by Greg Mathis
Strebor Books (Sep 23, 2008)
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From the author of his truly candid memoir, Inner City Miracle, comes the fast-paced thriller—now available in paperback—about a judge who is caught up in a gritty case involving a brutal murder that no one else seems to care about.

Detroit was once considered the murder capital of the nation, and as fresh-to-the-bench Judge Mathis discovers, it may be living up to its name. In one of the city’s most horrific crimes ever, a black female has been discovered decapitated in an alleyway, with her head located several blocks away. The police are stumped until the arrest of a drug dealer promises to reveal vital information about the case. The only problem? The drug dealer won’t talk to anyone but Judge Mathis. The dealer demands privileges and assurances of safety from Mathis, who refuses to bend his moral code and give in to the conditions, setting the investigation back to square one. But Mathis isn’t about to give up and finds himself unable to stop thinking about the case. So he sets out on the streets, using his savvy and connections to uncover the motives and means that led to the woman’s death.

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Click for more detail about Substitute Me by Lori Tharps Substitute Me

by Lori Tharps
Atria Books (Aug 24, 2010)
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Zora Anderson is a 30-year-old African American middle class, college educated woman, trained as a chef, looking for a job. As fate would have it, Kate and Craig,a married couple,aspiring professionalswith a young child are looking for a nanny.

Zora seems perfect. She’s an enthusiastic caretaker, a competent house keeper, a great cook. And she wants the job, despite the fact that she won’t let her African American parents and brother know anything about this new career move. They expect much more from her than to use all that good education to do what so many Blacks have dreamed of not doing: working for White folks. Working as an au pair in Paris, France no less, was one thing, they could accept that. Being a servant to a couple not much older nor more educated, is yet another. Every adult character involved in this tangled web is hiding something: the husband is hiding his desire to turn a passion for comic books into a business from his wife, the wife is hiding her professional ambitions from her husband, the nanny is hiding her job from her family and maybe her motivations for staying on her job from herself.

Memorable characters, real-life tensions and concerns and the charming—in a hip kind of way—modern-day Park Slope, Fort Greene, Brooklyn setting make for an un-put-down-able read.


Click for more detail about Succulent: Chocolate Flava II by Zane Succulent: Chocolate Flava II

by Zane
Atria Books (Dec 30, 2008)
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Succulent: Chocolate Flava II is a collection of buck-wild and choco-holic erotica presented in a series of mind-blowing tales handpicked by Zane that also includes three original stories by the queen of erotica herself.

Succulent features twenty-seven tantalizing short stories to tease and please both him and her. For couples who want to heat things up or for singles who want to spark a fire, there are stories written especially for women, and others are penned expressly for men. From a psychic aficionado who finds more than tarot cards to spread or a mnage trois with a fifty-year-old woman, her husband, and his new girlfriend, to a lucky bachelor who finds himself with plenty of sexy presents on Christmas — from a promiscuous mother and daughter — the authors in this anthology take risks, pushing the envelope as they explore unique situations sure to set fire to your fantasies. These sensual stories turn Zane on and are sure to turn you on, too.


Click for more detail about Succulent: Chocolate Flava II (v. 2) by Zane Succulent: Chocolate Flava II (v. 2)

by Zane
Atria Books (Feb 05, 2008)
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Succulent: Chocolate Flava II is a collection of buck-wild and choco-holic erotica presented in a series of mind-blowing tales handpicked by Zane that also includes three original stories by the queen of erotica herself.

Succulent features twenty-seven tantalizing short stories to tease and please both him and her. For couples who want to heat things up or for singles who want to spark a fire, there are stories written especially for women, and others are penned expressly for men. From a psychic aficionado who finds more than tarot cards to spread or a mnage trois with a fifty-year-old woman, her husband, and his new girlfriend, to a lucky bachelor who finds himself with plenty of sexy presents on Christmas — from a promiscuous mother and daughter — the authors in this anthology take risks, pushing the envelope as they explore unique situations sure to set fire to your fantasies. These sensual stories turn Zane on and are sure to turn you on, too.


Click for more detail about Sugar & Spice: A Novel by Keith Lee Johnson Sugar & Spice: A Novel

by Keith Lee Johnson
Strebor Books (Nov 15, 2003)
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This fast-paced thriller twists and turns its way through the prplexing investigation of several mysterious murders that will have readers on the edge of their seats.
When the set of twins are released from prison they have one thing on their minds; to settle the score against the people who put them there in the first place. The revenge killings begin in the District of Columbia with the murder of the prison warden and his wife — both found viciously beaten and brutally dismembered — and to continue on the opposite coast where a socialite is found dead in Malibu. Baffled by the gruesome murders, Detective Phoenix Perry ends her vacation early to conduct an unauthorized investigation and embarks upon a thrilling adventure to unravel the mystery and put end to violence.
Sugar & Spice is a gripping race to discover who is behind all of the murder, corruption, and revenge. It is sure to keep readers guessing up to the stunning climax. From a promising new voice in fiction, this novel will keep spines tingling and pages turning.


Click for more detail about Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D. San Souci Sukey and the Mermaid

by Robert D. San Souci
Aladdin (May 01, 1996)
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Sukey’s new step-pa is a mean, bossy man. Every day Sukey wakes at dawn to work in the garden. All her step-pa ever does is watch her and yell if she so much as stops to fan herself. Sukey’s ma calls him Mister Jones. Sukey prefers the name "Mister Hard-Times."
Son one day, Sukey runs away to her secret place by the ocean. There, she calls up Mama Jo, a beautiful black mermaid. Mama Jo’s got a surprise for Sukey; a magical kingdom beneath the sea without time or pain. But it’s also without people. Is it really better than the world above?


Click for more detail about Sun Dog by Monique Roffey Sun Dog

by Monique Roffey
Simon & Schuster Ltd (Feb 01, 2011)
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August Chalmin feels the weather like no one else. A large awkward recluse, with bright orange hair and sun-shy eyes, August hides himself away behind the counter of a Shepherd’s Bush deli. One winter’s day two things change his life forever: his mother’s ex-lover Cosmo shambles back into his life, and he discovers a rash on his arm which looks like frost. A rash which is frost. As Cosmo raises questions about August’s identity, August finds himself changing with the seasons, in a journey that takes him deep into his past and to the very centre of his soul…


Click for more detail about Sweet St. Louis : AN Urban Love Story by Omar Tyree Sweet St. Louis : AN Urban Love Story

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Aug 15, 2000)
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Description: When Anthony ""Ant"" Poole, a young auto mechanic with a creative approach to the mating game, tries out his latest line on Sharron Francis, he has no idea of the impact it will have. For Sharron, an ordinary girl in search of companionship and happiness, Ant’s words are filled with mystery and allure. Would she really be getting an actual piece of him, or just a piece period? The more Sharron contemplates Ant’s line, the more it confounds her. When she decides the only way for her to discover its meaning is to discover Ant for herself, both her life and his are turned upside down. A seductive, insightful look at the age-old question: How do people fall in love -- and stay in love?


Click for more detail about Talking with Artists by Pat Cummings Talking with Artists

by Pat Cummings
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Mar 31, 1992)
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A look at how today’s most popular children’s book illustrators got their start features the words of such beloved artists as the Dillons, Lois Ehlert, Jerry Pinkney, Chris Van Allsburg, and others, offering the story of their lives.


Click for more detail about Tastes Like Chicken: A Novel (Files, Lolita) by Lolita Files Tastes Like Chicken: A Novel (Files, Lolita)

by Lolita Files
Simon & Schuster (May 04, 2004)
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It’s the return of the sistahs! Tastes Like Chicken is Lolita Files’s much anticipated continuing story of the lives of Misty Fine and Reesy Snowden, the dynamic heroines of the bestselling novels Scenes from a Sistah and Getting to the Good Part. With steamy thrills and disastrous infidelities, Lolita’s latest is a tale of two women who find themselves poised at life’s crossroads with everything to lose but their friendship. What’s a girl to do when she finds out her man’s been feeding her lies? When readers last saw them, Misty had just married her dream man, Rick Hodges, and was off on a fabulous honeymoon. On an equally hopeful note, a pregnant and newly engaged Reesy was riding off into the sunset with her fianc — reformed ladies’ man Dandre Hilliard. But it isn’t long before the men start misbehaving again, and in Tastes Like Chicken, they get what’s coming to them. Reesy gets the shock of her life on her wedding day, when a vengeful stranger delivers an ugly surprise that gives her serious doubts about the man she loves. Reesy doesn’t stick around to hear more bad news — she hightails it to California, leaving her old life and her fianc behind. Dandre is fast on her heels trying to prove the legitimacy of his feelings, but those California girls prove to be a dangerous distraction, and Reesy herself finds some racy excitement in the heady world of L.A. casting calls and nightclub scenes. Meanwhile, back on the East Coast, family and friends of both women are wrestling with their own relationship problems. A seductive interloper threatens to upset Reesy’s parents’ marriage, and Misty and Rick get a surprise of their own, which forces Misty to confront some shocking truths about the man she married. With her best friend on the other side of the country, Misty can only hope that she doesn’t have to face the future alone. As fans of these savvy, sexy women know, not much can keep Reesy and Misty from their ultimate dream of "having it all." Filled with the humor and personal drama that made her first books national bestsellers, Lolita Files’s Tastes Like Chicken takes the sistahs — and readers — on their wildest ride yet.


Click for more detail about Tears Of A Tiger (Hazelwood High Trilogy) by Sharon M. Draper Tears Of A Tiger (Hazelwood High Trilogy)

by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jul 23, 2013)
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Andy tackles his guilt and grief in the first book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy, now in trade paperback with a new cover.

Tigers don’t cry—or do they? After the death of his longtime friend and fellow Hazelwood Tiger in a car accident, Andy, the driver, blames himself and cannot get past his guilt and pain. While his other friends have managed to work through their grief and move on, Andy allows death to become the focus of his life. In the months that follow the accident, the lives of Andy and his friends are traced through a series of letters, articles, homework assignments, and dialogues, and it becomes clear that Tigers do indeed need to cry.


Click for more detail about Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps For Success by Stedman Graham Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps For Success

by Stedman Graham
Touchstone (Sep 05, 2000)
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Prepare yourself for a lifetime of emotional and intellectual success and physical well-being with this essential and practical guide—perfect for teens, parents, grandparents, and educators alike.

The teenage years are filled with growth, promise, trials, and tribulations. During this time, one may be faced with life-changing decisions and challenges. And often these dilemmas are not easily answered. In Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success, prominent businessman and author Stedman Graham guides readers to a better understanding of themselves, their strengths, and their desires, while helping them to devise and achieve plans for realizing their visions. In an entertaining and interactive style, Graham bridges the gap between education and the real world, and provides teenagers with the means to boost self-esteem, avoid peer pressure, and handle the daily stresses that come with being a young adult. As founder of Athletes Against Drugs, an organization created to combat drug abuse and promote youth leadership, Graham knows how to talk to teenagers. Teens Can Make It Happen is filled with relevant and practical wisdom for today’s young adults. Its hands-on approach and personal style make this engaging handbook a must-have for teens as well as for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who influences young people.


Click for more detail about That Mean Old Yesterday: A Memoir by Stacey Patton That Mean Old Yesterday: A Memoir

by Stacey Patton
Washington Square Press (Sep 16, 2008)
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An astonishing coming-of-age memoir by a young woman who survived the foster care system to become an award-winning journalist

On a rainy night in November 1999, a shoeless Stacey Patton, promising student at NYU, approached her adoptive parents’ house with a gun in her hand. She wanted to kill them. Or so she thought.

No one would ever imagine that the vibrant, smart, and attractive Stacey had a childhood from hell. After all, with God-fearing, house-proud, and hardworking adoptive parents, she appeared to beat the odds. But her mother was tyrannical, and her father turned a blind eye to the years of abuse his wife heaped on their love-starved little girl.

Now in her beautiful memoir, Stacey links her experience to the legacy of American slavery and successfully frames her understanding of why her good adoptive parents did terrible things to her by realizing they had terrible things done to them.

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Click for more detail about The Accidental Hunter: A D Hunter Mystery by Nelson George The Accidental Hunter: A D Hunter Mystery

by Nelson George
Touchstone (Feb 02, 2005)
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The first assignment is unusual. The second will set D Hunter in urgent pursuit of a mysterious entity that is kidnapping Top Forty hitmakers.

Always cloaked in the color black, security specialist D Hunter lives on the periphery of the monied Manhattan nightlife. But he’s the man people come to when they need help without the interference of the NYPD. When a rising singer called Night is kidnapped, music manager Ivy Greenwich hires D Hunter to deliver the ransom. Mission is accomplished, but Greenwich isn’t finished with Hunter.
Greenwich has devised a tried-and-true plan to transform Bridgette Haze’s mega-pop-star image from the tween-bubblegum-pop genre to an edgier urban one: bring her to New York City where she can be seen at the right night spots and work with leading hip-hop producers. But the recent near tragedy with Night convinces him that she’ll need extra protection. D isn’t really in the bodyguard business anymore, but he needs the money. So he reluctantly agrees, never expecting he’ll need to fight both a surprising sexual attraction to Haze and the determination of one who is seeking revenge for betrayals of the past.
Set in the hip-hop clubs and shrouded secret hearts of New York City, The Accidental Hunter is a page-turning adventure.


Click for more detail about The Aftermath: The Joneses 2 by Shelia M. Goss The Aftermath: The Joneses 2

by Shelia M. Goss
Strebor Books (Apr 28, 2015)
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Filled with scandalous situations and unexpected twists, this sequel to The Joneses follows the eponymous family as secrets are revealed and drama leads to dangeror maybe even death.

The Joneses’ world is turned upside down as their family life comes under public scrutiny. But now, matriarch Lexi Jones is no longer concerned with “status.” Will she be able to withstand the recent tragedy or resign to watching her world crumble around her? Meanwhile, Charity, Hope, and Lovie must put aside sibling rivalry to find out who killed an ex-family friend. When the killer is revealed, they are all in for the shock of their livesand the end result could mean life or death for the Joneses.

As loose ends are tied up, even more scandals and secrets are exposed. Once again, family drama doesn’t disappoint in The Aftermath: The Joneses 2the book that give new meaning to “keeping up with the Joneses” and will have you eager for more.


Click for more detail about The Baptism by Shelia P. Moses The Baptism

by Shelia P. Moses
Margaret K. McElderry Books (Jan 09, 2007)
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When you turn twelve in Occoneechee Neck in Jackson, North Carolina, everything changes. You get to do stuff you couldn’t do when you were eleven. And it means it’s time to get baptized.

Twin brothers Leon and Luke Curry turned twelve last month. Ma has given them one week in which to do right to cleanse themselves of their sinning ways and get themselves ready for the baptism. Next Sunday they will go down to the "mornin’ bench" at church, sit in front of Reverend Webb, and be saved. It will be a glorious day. But that’s only if Twin Leon and Twin Luke can keep themselves out of trouble. Which is easier said than done when you’ve lost your daddy and have a new stepfather; when you have a bullying big brother who plays tricks on you; and when it’s summertime and all you want to do is go fishing instead of working in the fields.

How Twin Leon and Twin Luke stick together to face the odds as only twelve-year-old boys can do, managing to save themselves while also unexpectedly saving their entire family in a week’s time, is the heart of this moving, often funny, and often poignant novel.


Click for more detail about The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis The Bat Boy and His Violin

by Gavin Curtis
Aladdin (Jan 28, 2001)
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Reginald loves to create beautiful music on his violin. But Papa, manager of the Dukes, the worst team in the Negro National League, needs a bat boy, not a "fiddler," and traveling with the Dukes doesn’t leave Reginald much time for practicing.
Soon the Dukes’ dugout is filled with Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach — and the bleachers are filled with the sound of the Dukes’ bats. Has Reginald’s violin changed the Dukes’ luck — and can his music pull off a miracle victory against the powerful Monarchs?
Gavin Curtis’s beautifully told story of family ties and team spirit and E. B. Lewis’s lush watercolor paintings capture a very special period in history.


Click for more detail about The Battle Of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper The Battle Of Jericho

by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Oct 22, 1990)
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"Are you willing to do anything to help your slimy pledge brothers become Distinguished Gentlemen?" Sharp demanded. "Anything, sir," Jericho said. He just wanted it to be over. "Then suck my big toe." "Sir?" Jericho wasn't sure if he had heard correctly…

When Jericho is invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, he thinks his life can't get any better. As the most exclusive club in school, the Warriors give the best parties, go out with the hottest girls, and sail through their classes. And when Arielle, one of the finest girls in his class, starts coming on to him once the pledge announcements are made, Jericho is determined to do anything to become a member…

But as the initiation week becomes progressively harrowing, Jericho is forced to make choices he's not entirely comfortable with. And one member seems to have it in for the sole female pledge in the group...a pledge who will stop at nothing to show she can handle the pressure. But when is she being pushed too far, and when should Jericho and his friends step in and risk losing their places in the pledging process? As Jericho becomes increasingly uneasy, his cousin Joshua breezes through the initiation, never thinking of the consequences, even when the fine line between fun and games, and life and death is crossed.

Sharon M. Draper proves once again that she knows just how real kids think, act, and feel in this haunting story of peer pressure, popularity, and hazing.


Click for more detail about The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement by Nate Parker The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement

by Nate Parker
Atria / 37 Ink (Sep 27, 2016)
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This official tie-in to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, surveys the history and legacy of Nat Turner, the leader of one of the most renowned slave rebellions on American soil, while also exploring Turner’s relevance to contemporary dialogues on race relations.

Based on astounding events in American history, The Birth of a Nation is the epic story of one man championing the spirit of resistance as he leads a rough-and-tumble group into a revolt against injustice and slavery.

Breathing new life into a story that has been rife with controversy and prejudice for over two centuries, the film follows the rise of the visionary Virginian slave, Nat Turner. Hired out by his owner to preach to and placate slaves on drought-plagued plantations, Turner eventually transforms into an inspired, impassioned, and fierce anti-slavery leader.

Beautifully illustrated with stills from the movie and original illustrations, the book also features an essay by writer/director, Nate Parker, contributions by members of the cast and crew, and commentary by educator Brian Favors and historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry who place Nat Turner and the rebellion he led into historical context. The Birth of a Nation reframes the way we think about slavery and resistance as it explores the passion, determination, and faith that inspired Nat Turner to sacrifice everything for freedom.


Click for more detail about The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir (Touchstone Books (Paperback)) by Jennifer Baszile The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir (Touchstone Books (Paperback))

by Jennifer Baszile
Touchstone (Dec 29, 2009)
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A powerful, beautifully written memoir about coming of age as a black girl in an exclusive white suburb in "integrated," post-Civil Rights California in the 1970s and 1980s.

At six years of age, after winning a foot race against a white classmate, Jennifer Baszile was humiliated to hear her classmate explain that black people "have something in their feet to make them run faster than white people." When she asked her teacher about it, it was confirmed as true. The next morning, Jennifer’s father accompanied her to school, careful to "assert himself as an informed and concerned parent and not simply a big, black, dangerous man in a first-grade classroom."

This was the first of many skirmishes in Jennifer’s childhood-long struggle to define herself as "the black girl next door" while living out her parents’ dreams. Success for her was being the smartest and achieving the most, with the consequence that much of her girlhood did not seem like her own but more like the "family project." But integration took a toll on everyone in the family when strain in her parents’ marriage emerged in her teenage years, and the struggle to be the perfect black family became an unbearable burden.

A deeply personal view of a significant period of American social history, The Black Girl Next Door deftly balances childhood experiences with adult observations, creating an illuminating and poignant look at a unique time in our country’s history.


Click for more detail about The Black Woman: An Anthology by Toni Cade Bambara The Black Woman: An Anthology

by Toni Cade Bambara
Washington Square Press (Mar 29, 2005)
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A collection of early, emerging works from some of today’s most celebrated African American female writers When it was first published in 1970, The Black Woman introduced readers to an astonishing new wave of voices that demanded to be heard. In this groundbreaking volume of original essays, poems, and stories, a chorus of outspoken women — many who would become leaders in their fields: bestselling novelist Alice Walker, poets Audre Lorde and Nikki Giovanni, writer Paule Marshall, activist Grace Lee Boggs, and musician Abbey Lincoln among them — tackled issues surrounding race and sex, body image, the economy, politics, labor, and much more. Their words still resonate with truth, relevance, and insight today.


Click for more detail about The Blacker The Berry… by Wallace Thurman The Blacker The Berry…

by Wallace Thurman
Touchstone (Feb 02, 1996)
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Blacker The Berry… originally published in 1929, is one of the most widely read and controversial works of the Harlem Renaissance, The Blacker the Berry…was the first novel to openly explore prejudice within the Black community. This pioneering novel found a way beyond the bondage of Blackness in American life to a new meaning in truth and beauty.
Emma Lou Brown’s dark complexion is a source of sorrow and humiliation — not only to herself, but to her lighter-skinned family and friends and to the white community of Boise, Idaho, her home-town. As a young woman, Emma travels to New York’s Harlem, hoping to find a safe haven in the Black Mecca of the 1920s. Wallace Thurman re-creates this legendary time and place in rich detail, describing Emma’s visits to nightclubs and dance halls and house-rent parties, her sex life and her catastrophic love affairs, her dreams and her disillusions — and the momentous decision she makes in order to survive.
A lost classic of Black American literature, The Blacker the Berry…is a compelling portrait of the destructive depth of racial bias in this country. A new introduction by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, author of The Sweeter the Juice, highlights the timelessness of the issues of race and skin color in America.


Click for more detail about The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson The Blood of Emmett Till

by Timothy B. Tyson
Simon & Schuster (Jan 31, 2017)
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In 2014, protesters ringed the White House, chanting, “How many black kids will you kill? Michael Brown, Emmett Till!” Why did demonstrators invoke the name of a black boy murdered six decades before?

In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional.

The national coalition organized to protest the Till lynching became the foundation of the modern civil rights movement. Only weeks later, Rosa Parks thought about young Emmett as she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Five years later, the Emmett Till generation, forever marked by the vicious killing of a boy their own age, launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle into a mass movement. “I can hear the blood of Emmett Till as it calls from the ground,” shouted a black preacher in Albany, Georgia.

But what actually happened to Emmett Till—not the icon of injustice but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part detective story, part political history, Timothy Tyson’s The Blood of Emmett Till draws on a wealth of new evidence, including the only interview ever given by Carolyn Bryant, the white woman in whose name Till was killed. Tyson’s gripping narrative upends what we thought we knew about the most notorious racial crime in American history.


Click for more detail about The Blueprint for My Girls in Love: 99 Rules for Dating, Relationships, and Intimacy by Yasmin Shiraz The Blueprint for My Girls in Love: 99 Rules for Dating, Relationships, and Intimacy

by Yasmin Shiraz
Touchstone (Jun 07, 2005)
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This is my first relationship. What should I do?
I don’t know who to trust. Which guys can be trusted?
My best friend and I like the same guy. Should we remain friends?
Has everyone had sex except me? How long should I wait?
No one defines your life but you.
After publishing her first book, The Blueprint for My Girls, author Yasmin Shiraz conducted workshops with girls across the country. She was flooded with questions the girls had about love, relationships, and intimacy, questions they didn’t feel comfortable asking their family and friends. She realized that her role as the "old enough to advise you, young enough to keep it real" big sister could help girls stay grounded as they experienced dating, relationships, and intimacy for the first time. In this book, Yasmin tackles the pressures of dating, breaking up, and friendships — as well as HIV, pregnancy, and abuse. By sharing her own mistakes Yasmin helps girls answer the tough questions without being preachy.
It’s the perfect guide to help young girls decide for themselves what they want from relationships, guys, and love.


Click for more detail about The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds The Boy in the Black Suit

by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 06, 2015)
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Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this “vivid, satisfying, and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption, and grace.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. Crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy stuff than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.


Click for more detail about The Bum Magnet by K. L. Brady The Bum Magnet

by K. L. Brady
Gallery Books (Apr 12, 2014)
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"Charisse Tyson’s got it all going on . . ."
She’s a savvy, successful real-estate agent with a quick wit, a low tolerance for BS, a gorgeous size-14 body, and a thirst for top shelf vodka. Despite her dream house, luxury car, and appetite for life’s best—like fine dining and hot men—she seems to have her own special talent for attracting players. Why do all of her ex-lovers belong in the Losers Hall of Fame?
There was Lamar, the hazel-eyed Adonis who sowed more wild oats than Quaker. . . Sean, an expert at juggling relationships . . . Marcus, whose lips wandered as often as his eyes . . . and others, too. But just as Rissey swears off sex and vows to dump her emotional baggage, she meets house-hunting client Dwayne Gibson. There’s no way she can resist his seductive smile and rock-hard body. . . . Will Dwayne turn out to be the biggest bum of them all? Or will this time be different?


Click for more detail about The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood The Butler: A Witness to History

by Wil Haygood
Atria / 37 Ink (Jul 30, 2013)
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Read a review of Lee Daniel's film made from this book.

The book is brief, but the two sections and many images of Allen's quietly extraordinary life speak volumes about a nation struggling, and succeeding by degrees, to come to terms with an ignominious history of racial inequality. Poignant and powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews

Eugene Allen, 89, who worked under eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, tries on his old White House uniform last week for a photographer. (Kevin Clark -- The Washington Post)
Photo of Eugene Allen (then 89) from Haywood’s 11/7/08 Washingt Post article (photo Kevin Clark)

From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion picture: Lee Daniels' The Butler, the highly anticipated film that stars six Oscar winners, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey (honorary and nominee), Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams; as well as Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber.

With a foreword by the Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler not only explores Allen's life and service to eight American Presidents, from Truman to Reagan, but also includes an essay, in the vein of James Baldwin’s jewel The Devil Finds Work, that explores the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, and fifty-seven pictures of Eugene Allen, his family, the presidents he served, and the remarkable cast of the movie.


Click for more detail about The Climax (V. 2) by Allison Hobbs The Climax (V. 2)

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Feb 05, 2008)
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From the bestselling author of Pandora’s Box and Insatiable — the story of two women whose lives are consumed by their rivalry for the same man.

A seductive tale of lust and revenge, The Climax charts the entangled lives of two women — Terelle and Kai — who have both suffered irrecoverable losses in their pursuit of Marquise, who is believed to be dead. Kai is in prison, and Terelle suffered from a mental breakdown after losing her fianc. After two years of catatonia, Terelle is awakened by a sweet and mysterious kiss, and the voice of her lost love.

As Terelle recovers, she clings to the idea that Marquise (who is the father of her child) is still alive and out there, waiting to reunite with her. She goes into grueling rehabilitation in order to find a way back to him, all the while enduring the concern of loved ones, who think she is delusional. At the same time, Kai is jailed for a murder she didn’t commit, but that doesn’t stop her wanton behavior. Not a day goes by that Kai doesn’t plot a wicked revenge on Terelle. Throughout steamy prison encounters, and despite a lifetime sentence, Kai vows that Terelle will never know a moment of peace, so long as she lives


Click for more detail about The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah The Coldest Winter Ever

by Sister Souljah
Washington Square Press (Sep 20, 2005)
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Renowned hip-hop artist, political activist, and bestselling author Sister Souljah brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly unforgettable first novel. I came busting into the world during one of New York's worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter. Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn't want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do anything to stay on top.


Click for more detail about The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah The Coldest Winter Ever

by Sister Souljah
Pocket Star Books (Jan 28, 2006)
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Click for more detail about The Courage To Hope by Shirley Sherrod The Courage To Hope

by Shirley Sherrod
Atria Books (Jul 16, 2013)
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Sherrod was a lifelong activist who served as Georgia’s first black director of rural development. In the summer of 2010, a right-wing blogger disseminated an ill- conceived video clip of a speech Sherrod had given to the Georgia NAACP, intending to make her an example of “reverse racism.” The media frenzy that ensued caused the Obama administration to demand her resignation. After hearing from Sherrod herself and learning the entire truth of what she said in that speech, the administration tried to backtrack. Public officials and media professionals admitted to being duped and apologized for their rush to judgment. Ultimately, Sherrod found herself the subject of a teachable moment. The Courage to Hope addresses this regrettable moment in American politics, but it also tells Sherrod’s own story of growing up on a farm in southwest Georgia during the final violent years of Jim Crow.


Click for more detail about The Courage To Hope: How I Stood Up To The Politics Of Fear by Shirley Sherrod The Courage To Hope: How I Stood Up To The Politics Of Fear

by Shirley Sherrod
Atria Books (Aug 28, 2012)
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In the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was catapulted into a media storm that blew apart her life and her job doing what she’d done for decades: helping poor, hardworking people live the American dream. She was a lifelong activist who served as Georgia’s first black director of rural development.

A right-wing blogger, the now late Andrew Breitbart, disseminated a video clip of a speech Sherrod had given to the Georgia NAACP, intending to make her an example of “reverse racism.” The right-wing media ramped up the outrage, and before Sherrod had a chance to defend herself, the Obama administration demanded her resignation. Then, after hearing from Sherrod herself and learning the entire truth of what she said in that speech, the administration tried to backtrack. As public officials and media professionals admitted to being duped and apologized for their rush to judgment, Sherrod found herself the subject of a teachable moment.

The Courage to Hope addresses this regret-table episode in American politics, but it also tells Sherrod’s own story of growing up on a farm in southwest Georgia during the final violent years of Jim Crow. As a child she dreamed of leaving the South, but when her father was murdered by a white neighbor who was never brought to justice, Sherrod made a vow to stay in Georgia and commit herself to the cause of truth and racial healing. With her husband, Charles, a legend in the civil rights movement, she has devoted her life to empowering poor people and rural communities—Americans who are most in need.

The incident that brought Sherrod into the spotlight does not define her life and work, but it strengthens her commitment to stand against the politics of fear and have the courage to hope.

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Click for more detail about The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop by Saul Williams The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop

by Saul Williams
MTV Books (Feb 01, 2006)
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In the underground labyrinths of New York City’s subway system, beneath the third rail of a long forgotten line, Saul Williams discovered scrolls of aged yellowish-brown paper rolled tightly into a can of spray paint. His quest to decipher this mystical ancient text resulted in a primal understanding of the power hip-hop has to teach us about ourselves and the universe around us.

Now, for the first time, Saul Williams shares with the world the wonder revealed to him by the Dead Emcee Scrolls.

I have paraded as a poet for years now. In the proc ess of parading I may have actually become one, but that’s another story, another book. This book is a book that I have been waiting to finish since 1995. This is the book that finished me. The story I am about to tell may sound fantastic. It may anger some of you who have followed my work. You may feel that you have come to know me over the years, and in some cases you have, but in others…well, this is a confession.


Click for more detail about The Deal, The Dance, And The Devil: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray The Deal, The Dance, And The Devil: A Novel

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 07, 2011)
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What would you do for five million dollars? Adam and Evia Langston have lived in their own little garden of Eden since the two married at the age of seventeen. Working their way up from the humblest of beginnings, the Langstons have thrived beyond anything they could have ever imagined. Now they live in the finest home, drive the best cars, and indulge in all the trimmings that signify their massive success.

But then the recession hits and rips apart the family’s financial stability. Unable to support their three children and other relatives, Adam and Evia find themselves drowning in financial trouble and teetering on the brink of complete disaster. With nowhere to turn, the Langstons have no idea what to do.

Until Shay-Shaunt, Evia’s multimillionaire boss, comes to the Langstons with a five-million-dollar offer that seems so hard to refuse. Will the Langstons make this deal? Or will they recognize that the glitter of five million dollars may be far from gold?

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Click for more detail about The Devil Is a Lie by ReShonda Tate Billingsley The Devil Is a Lie

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 07, 2009)
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All that glitters isnt gold in this new compelling tale of love, money, and divorce gone wrong from award-winning and #1 Essence bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

Most people think that money is the key to happiness, but when an ecstatic Nina Lawson wins millions in the Powerball lottery, her world is turned upside down. At first, she and her fiancé, Rick, are delighted with the unexpected windfall and immediately begin planning their future. Soon, family members and friends begin coming out of the woodwork to claim a piece of Nina’s winnings. But the most unexpected request comes from Todd, Nina’s ex-husband. He and his fiancée, Pam (with whom he had the affair that ended their marriage) reveal that the paperwork making Todd and Nina’s divorce official was never filed…and she may be compelled to share half the money with her husband. As the situation begins to spiral out of control, Nina risks losing her heart and her newfound winnings to find out what really matters.

With just the right blend of joy, drama, and humor, Billingsley entertains and inspires readers with every turn of the page it’s no surprise that her readership grows with each new book.


Click for more detail about The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood by Kevin Powell The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood

by Kevin Powell
Atria Books (Oct 27, 2015)
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In the spirit of Piri Thomas’s Down These Mean Streets and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this powerful memoir by writer and activist Kevin Powell vividly recounts the horrific poverty of his youth, his struggles to overcome a legacy of anger, violence, and self-hatred, and his journey to be a man and a voice for others.

Driven by his single mother’s dreams for his survival and success, Kevin Powell became the first in his family to attend a university, where he became a student leader keenly aware of widespread social injustice. But the struggle to define himself and break out of poverty continued into adulthood, with traumatic periods of homelessness and despair. As a young star journalist with Vibe magazine, Powell interviewed luminaries such as Tupac Shakur, writing influential chronicles of the evolution of hip-hop from his eyewitness view. Now, with searing honesty, Powell examines his troubled relationships, his appearance on MTV’s first season of The Real World, his battles with alcohol and depression, his two campaigns for Congress, and the uplifting trip to Africa that renewed his sense of personal mission. Finally, Powell embarks on a search for the father he never really knew in a redemptive passage from abandonment to self-discovery.

A striking memoir by a child of post-Civil Rights America, The Education of Kevin Powell gives eloquent testimony to the power of the soul to heal.


Click for more detail about The Enchantress by Allison Hobbs The Enchantress

by Allison Hobbs
Strebor Books (Nov 07, 2006)
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Bestselling author Allison Hobbs’s latest creation features a complex web of ghosts, evil spirits, the crimes of the antebellum South, and the endless depths of revenge.

Eris is a fallen goddess who has been demoted to roam the earth in the guise of a slave. Intending to become the mistress of the plantation, she uses her dark powers to bewitch and sexually enslave her owner, Arthur Stovall. Her plan, however, goes awry and Eris is banished to the dark realm — the dwelling place for corrupt and depraved souls.

With an uncontrollable desire for vengeance upon the Stovall family, Eris uses trickery to escape this lower dimension. However, two hundred years have passed and settling the score with the plantation master is no longer an option. Undeterred, Eris turns her merciless intentions toward the last descendant of the Stovall line, who happens to be an African-American male, making her road to revenge much more complicated.

With an all-encompassing plot, spanning from the 1800s to present-day Philadelphia, and Hobbs’s signature themes of erotica and the paranormal, The Enchantress is a quick-paced, thrilling novel.


Click for more detail about The Envy Of The World: On Being A Black Man In America by Ellis Cose The Envy Of The World: On Being A Black Man In America

by Ellis Cose
Washington Square Press (Jan 07, 2003)
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With a compassionate eloquence reminiscent of James Baldwin’s Letter to My Nephew, Ellis Cose presents a realistic examination of the challenges facing black men in modern America.
Black men have never had more opportunity for success than today — yet, as bestselling author Cose puts it, "We are watching the largest group of black males in history stumbling through life with a ball and chain." Add to that the ravages of AIDS, murder, poverty, illiteracy, and the widening gap separating the black "elite" from the "underclass," and the result is a paralyzing pessimism. But even as Cose acknowledges the obstacles that confront black men, he refuses to accept them as reasons for giving up; instead he rails against the destructive attitude that has made academic achievement a source of shame instead of pride in many black communities — and outlines steps black males can take to enhance their odds for success.
With insightful anecdotes about a broad range of black men from all walks of life, Cose delivers a warning of the vast tragedy that is wasted black potential, and a call to arms that can enable black men to reclaim their destiny in America.


Click for more detail about The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption by Farai Chideya The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption

by Farai Chideya
Atria Books (Jan 26, 2016)
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Find your most rewarding place in today’s economy. Award-winning author, researcher, and analyst Farai Chideya offers a practical guide to the ways in which work in America is changing and how you can navigate today’s volatile job market.

Since the Great Recession of 20072009, America’s work landscape has changed dramatically. Many people experienced long-term unemployment that eroded their savings, and the globalized economy means that not just jobs but entire career tracks are created and destroyed in front of our eyes. We’re living in an age of rapid disruption where we can barely adjust to one new reality before a new new reality comes along.

So how are we supposed to live a rewarding life—working fulfilling, stable jobs that also cover our monthly expenses—in such a chaotic economy?

In The Episodic Career, Farai Chideya explores the landscape of employment in America. Profiling the rich, the poor, and people from every strata in between, Chideya seeks to understand the many kinds of work we do—for example, not just job fields, but whether we seek to build institutions or seek social change while earning money. In addition, Chideya provides a self-diagnostic tool to help you find your work/life “sweet spot.” You’ll see how different types of people have navigated their careers and forged their own paths even in times of hardship. As a young reporter at Newsweek, CNN, and ABC, Chideya realized that her working-class Baltimore childhood and factors like Ivy League education affected how people viewed her, and she takes a frank look at stereotypes, employment discrimination, and how to create healthy workplaces. Ultimately, she asks how we as a country can sustain the American Dream.

Knowledge of the workplace is power over your career. The Episodic Career provides the big-picture vision of the world economy, as well as the particulars of salary, family, health, and lifestyle that you need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.


Click for more detail about The Ex Files: A Novel About Four Women and Faith by Victoria Christopher Murray The Ex Files: A Novel About Four Women and Faith

by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 19, 2007)
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There are four ways a woman can handle heartbreak. She can fall apart, seek revenge, turn cold, or move on. The Ex Files is the story of these four women:

When Kendall Stewart finds her husband and her sister in bed together, she vows to never let anyone get that close again. But when she is faced with saving the life of the woman who destroyed hers, will she be able to forgive?

When an NBA superstar tells his mistress, Asia Ingrum, that he’s decided to honor his marriage vows, her shock quickly gives way to revenge…but her decision may come back to haunt their five-year-old daughter.

Every night Vanessa Martin wonders why her husband committed suicide. Even worse, she contemplates joining him in eternity. Will Vanessa be able to gather the strength to live again?

Sheridan Hart is finally finding her way after a lie destroyed her seventeen-year marriage. Her new love is ready to get married, but will she commit to this younger man or is her ex-husband taking up too much space in her heart?

When their pastor asks Kendall, Asia, Vanessa, and Sheridan to meet weekly for prayer, they can’t imagine they will have anything in common. But then a devastating tragedy strikes and these strangers are forced to reexamine their choices. Will they find true friendship, or will prayer — and their union — fail them?


Click for more detail about The Face That Changed It All: A Memoir by Beverly Johnson The Face That Changed It All: A Memoir

by Beverly Johnson
Atria Books (Aug 25, 2015)
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A revelatory and redemptive memoir from Beverly Johnson, the first black supermodel to grace the cover of Vogue, and who, over five hundred magazine covers later, remains one of the most successful glamour girls ever.

In The Face That Changed It All, Beverly Johnson brings her own passionate and deeply honest voice to the page to chronicle her childhood growing up as a studious, and sometimes bullied, bookworm during the socially conscious, racially charged ’60s. Initially drawn to a career in law due to the huge impact the Civil Rights movement had on her life, Beverly eventually made her mark as the first black cover model of American Vogue in 1974. A successful three-decade career in modeling followed.

Offering glamorous tales about the hard partying of the 1970s and Hollywood during the ’80s and early ’90s, Johnson details her many encounters and fascinating friendships with the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Halston, Calvin Klein, and Andy Warhol, as well as stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Keith Richards, and Warren Beatty. But not everything that glitters is gold, and Johnson’s memoir reveals the countless demons she wrestled with over the course of her storied career. She brings us into the heart of her struggles with racism, drug addiction, divorce, and a prolonged child custody battle over her daughter that tested her fortitude and sanity. She shares for the first time intimate details surrounding her love affair with the late tennis icon Arthur Ashe, giving little known insight into the heart, mind, and spirit of the revered tennis legend. She also pays homage to her mentor, the late Naomi Sims, while lifting the veil off the complicated, catty, and often times tense relationships between black models during her fashion heyday. Familiar names from the catwalk, such as Pat Cleveland and Iman, appear regularly in her story, illustrating how each had to fight various battles to survive not just the system at large, but each other.

Featuring gorgeous, never-before-seen photos from Johnson’s childhood and modeling days, The Face That Changed It All gives a no-holds-barred look at the lives of the rich, fabulous, and famous. It is also a story of failure and success in the upper echelons of the fashion world, and how Beverly Johnson emerged from her struggles smarter, happier, and stronger than ever.

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Click for more detail about The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci The Faithful Friend

by Robert D. San Souci
Aladdin (Jan 01, 1999)
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A friendship is tested by love and magic in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.

On the lush tropical island of Martinique live Clement and Hippolyte, two inseparable friends. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, Hippolyte agrees to join his best friend on his journey to propose marriage. But when Pauline accepts Clement’s proposal, it enrages her uncle Monsieur Zabocat—reputed to be a quimboiseur, a wizard. To prevent the wedding, the old wizard lures Hippolyte into a deadly trap, forcing him to choose between his friend’s safety and his own.


Click for more detail about The Fall of Rome: A Novel by Martha Southgate The Fall of Rome: A Novel

by Martha Southgate
Scribner (Jan 07, 2003)
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Latin instructor Jerome Washington is a man out of place. The lone African-American teacher at the Chelsea School, an elite all-boys boarding school in Connecticut, he has spent nearly two decades trying not to appear too ""racial."" So he is unnerved when Rashid Bryson, a promising black inner-city student who is new to the school, seeks Washington as a potential ally against Chelsea’s citadel of white privilege. Preferring not to align himself with Bryson, Washington rejects the boy’s friendship. Surprised and dismayed by Washington’s response, Bryson turns instead to Jana Hansen, a middle-aged white divorce who is also new to the school — and who has her own reasons for becoming involved in the lives of both Bryson and Washington.

Southgate makes her debut as a writer to watch in this compelling, provocative tale of how race and class ensnare Hansen, Washington, and Bryson as they journey toward an inevitable and ultimately tragic confrontation.

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Click for more detail about The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

by Jesmyn Ward
Scribner (Aug 02, 2016)
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National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin’s 1962 “Letter to My Nephew,” which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: “You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon.” Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin’s words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation’s most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume. In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a “post-racial” society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront. Baldwin’s “fire next time” is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. Contributors include Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnette Cadogan, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Mitchell S. Jackson, Honoree Jeffers, Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Daniel Jose Older, Emily Raboteau, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Wendy S. Walters, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kevin Young.


Click for more detail about The First Part Last by Angela Johnson The First Part Last

by Angela Johnson
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Jan 05, 2010)
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This little thing with the perfect face and hands doing nothing but counting on me. And me wanting nothing else but to run crying into my own mom’s room and have her do the whole thing.
It’s not going to happen….
Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy — impulsive, eager, restless. On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever. She’s pregnant. Bobby’s going to be a father. Suddenly things like school and house parties and hanging with friends no longer seem important as they’re replaced by visits to Nia’s obstetrician and a social worker who says that the only way for Nia and Bobby to lead a normal life is to put their baby up for adoption.
With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson looks at the male side of teen pregnancy as she delves into one young man’s struggle to figure out what "the right thing" is and then to do it. No matter what the cost.


Click for more detail about The Fisher King: A Novel by Paule Marshall The Fisher King: A Novel

by Paule Marshall
Scribner (Oct 04, 2001)
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In 1949, Sonny-Rett Payne, a jazz pianist, fled New York for Paris to escape both his family’s disapproval of his music and the racism that shadowed his career. Now, decades later, his eight-year-old grandson is brought to Payne’s old Brooklyn neighborhood to attend a memorial concert in his honor. The child’s visit reveals the persistent family and community rivalries that drove his grandfather into exile.
The Fisher King — a moving story of jazz, love, family conflict, and the artists’ struggles in society — offers hope in the healing and redemptive power of one memorable boy.


Click for more detail about The Flip Side of Sin by Rosalyn McMillan The Flip Side of Sin

by Rosalyn McMillan
Simon & Schuster (Jul 06, 2000)
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Isaac Coleman’s tragic mistakes cost him years away from everyone and everything that mattered to him — especially his wife and son. Alone, confused, and bitter, Isaac can only become whole by learning to love again…but when he reenters the world he left and attempts to reacquaint with his now teenage son, he finds heartbreaking rejection. As Isaac struggles with his new life, his only form of self-expression is found in the keys of his saxophone. When he later meets up with Miracall Lake, a woman with whom he shares a painful past, she surprisingly helps him face his fears and reach for his dreams. An extraordinary novel from a writer of immense talent, The Flip Side of Sin shows how the power of love can bring redemption and the ultimate salvation to any circumstance.


Click for more detail about The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Perfect Get-Together: Delicious Recipes to Delight Family and Friends by Shakara Bridgers, Jeniece Isley, and Joan Davis The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Perfect Get-Together: Delicious Recipes to Delight Family and Friends

by Shakara Bridgers, Jeniece Isley, and Joan Davis
Touchstone (May 05, 2009)
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For women with an appetite for life — the Get ’Em Girls’ new cookbook is filled with recipes that will make every occasion one to savor!

Who is a Get ’Em Girl? She’s a smart, savvy urban professional with a great job, loyal friends, and plenty of style. Still, the working world can really limit time with loved ones and the big city can get very lonely. But here’s a well-known fact: Cooking for special ones is more meaningful (and cheaper) than dining out. The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Perfect Get-Together will inspire you to round up those special people and show them just how much they matter!

Birthday, family reunion, picnic, baby shower, dinner party, holiday feast, or just poker night — whatever the occasion — The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Perfect Get-Together has you covered from tips on organizing to setting the mood for a party and more than 140 easy and delicious recipes, including:

- Maple Pecan Crumble French Toast Casserole for a Sunday brunch to impress your new sweetheart’s parents

- Lump crab salad tea sandwiches to add a delicious touch to a baby shower

- Spice-rubbed grilled tilapia for a fantastic family reunion

-Beer-batter shrimp with spicy tartar sauce for a knockout fight night bash

- A sinfully good "Cocoa Cure Chocolate Martini" for an in-house cocktail party

And much more! With their trademark witty commentary and innate flair, the Get ’Em Girls dish the secrets to creating mouthwatering, unforgettable meals that don’t require hours of planning, dicing, and fretting — short on prep time but long on taste. This guide to entertaining is a can’t-fail classic and a must-have in your kitchen!


Click for more detail about The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Power of Cuisine: Perfect Recipes for Spicing Up Your Love Life by Shakara Bridgers, Jeniece Isley, and Joan Davis The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Power of Cuisine: Perfect Recipes for Spicing Up Your Love Life

by Shakara Bridgers, Jeniece Isley, and Joan Davis
Touchstone (Aug 26, 2008)
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In Life, Get ’ Em Girls Always Go After What They Want…You know a Get ’Em Girl when you see one. She’s got it together: great job, nice friends, and plenty of style. But when it comes to love, not all Get ’Em Girls have it figured out.While some may think it’s a clich, maybe the way to a lover’s heart is still through his stomach. But who has time to be chained to a stove? Just like having an extra job skill can help you get hired, someone willing to invest a little time and energy into a relationship definitely stands out in a crowded dating field.The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Power of Cuisine features over 120 easy and delicious recipes that reflect the authors’ southern-girl-in-the-big-city upbringings and will complement every stage of a growing relationship: "Grown ’n’ Sexy" desserts meant for sharing The first "Morning After" Breakfast The "Bring Him Back" Chicken Soup when he’s sick "Meet the Parents" Carrot Cake and much more! Whether planning an intimate dinner for two or a down-home feast reminiscent of Mama’s Sunday dinner, The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Power of Cuisine is filled with helpful tips, from stocking the pantry, to selecting wine, and even dating advice!Cooking for a lover can be more meaningful (and cheaper) than dining out. But this is about more than just the food: it’s about women investing in themselves and in their relationships. For all the women who aren’t afraid to go after what they want, The Get ’Em Girls’ Guide to the Power of Cuisine is a must-have in their kitchens!


Click for more detail about The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe The Gilded Years

by Karin Tanabe
Washington Square Press (Jun 07, 2016)
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The Gilded Years is a historical novel based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black woman to graduate from Vassar College in the late 1890s. But because Vassar, at the time, did not admit African Americans, she was able to attend and graduate only by passing as a white woman.

It’s really a page-turner and one that will in large part introduce readers to the life and legacy of Anita Hemmings, who was a real pioneer in her day and beyond. Although Vassar was her dream school and her high degree of intellect alone made her worthy of being a student at the school, her journey was one filled with potential conflict, danger and shame. With each turn of the page, Tanabe leaves the reader brimming with anticipation of whether this will be day that Anita Hemmings is found out? And if so, what next? Is everything she’s worked hard for at Vassar destroyed?


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In 1897, one young woman risks everything to earn a college degree—but the secret she hides could be her undoing. Passing meets The House of Mirth in this captivating reimagining of a remarkable true story.”

Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country’s most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise “Lottie” Taylor, the scion of one of New York’s most prominent families.

Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie’s sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it’s like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman—the person everyone believes her to be—and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It’s only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita’s brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister’s, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita’s college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Gilded Age, an era when old money traditions collided with modern ideas, Tanabe has written an unputdownable and emotionally compelling story of hope, sacrifice, and betrayal—and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life.


Click for more detail about The Goat Woman of Largo Bay: A Novel (A Shadrack Myers Mystery) by Gillian Royes The Goat Woman of Largo Bay: A Novel (A Shadrack Myers Mystery)

by Gillian Royes
Atria Books (Sep 27, 2011)
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The Goat Woman of Largo Baybegins the detectiveseries featuring Shad, a bartender in a fishing village in Jamaica, who is the community problem solver and right hand ofEric, an American who owns the bar and a hotel left in ruins by a hurricane.

When Shad sees movement on the island offshore,he thinks it’s just a goat. But it turns out to be Simone, an American who has run away from her professional and personal life in the U.S., an intriguing womanwho captures Eric’s heart. Always keeping his ear to the ground, Shad discovers that agunshotheard near Simone’s place late one night isn’t exactly friendly fire, but tied to a plot toharmSimone and ultimatelymanipulate local elections. But why does someone want to harm Simone? And what does she have to do with the elections? Only Shad can find out.

An irresistible character is born in The Goat Woman of Largo Bay and Royes wonderfully blends suspense and thesoul of the islands in this smart debut.


Click for more detail about The Good House: A Novel by Tananarive Due The Good House: A Novel

by Tananarive Due
Atria Books (Sep 02, 2003)
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From the American Book Award winner and author of "one of the most talked about debuts in the horror field since the advent of Stephen King" (Publishers Weekly) comes a terrifying story of supernatural suspense, as a woman searches for the inherited power that can save her hometown from evil forces. Tananarive Due’s first three novels gained her legions of dedicated fans who recognize a true master of the genre. Now she returns with her best yet — a chilling story set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. The house Angela Toussaint’s late grandmother owned is so beloved that townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington, call it the Good House. But is it? Angela hoped her grandmother’s famous "healing magic" could save her failing marriage while she and her family lived in the old house the summer of 2001. Instead, an unexpected tragedy ripped Angela’s family apart. Now, two years later, Angela is moving past her grief and taking control of her life as a talent agent in Los Angeles, and she is finally ready to revisit the rural house she loved so much as a child. Back in Sacajawea, Angela realizes she hasn’t been the only one to suffer a shocking loss. Since she left, there have been more senseless tragedies, and Angela wonders if they are related somehow. Could the events be linked to a terrifying entity Angela’s grandmother battled in 1929? Did her teenage son, Corey, reawaken something that should have been left sleeping? With the help of Myles Fisher, her high school boyfriend, and clues from beyond the grave, Angela races to solve a deadly puzzle that has followed her family for generations. She must summon her own hidden gifts to face the timeless adversary stalking her in her grandmother’s house — and in the Washington woods.

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Click for more detail about The Gq Candidate: A Novel by Keli Goff The Gq Candidate: A Novel

by Keli Goff
Atria Books (Jul 05, 2011)
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The literary debut of political analyst Keli Goff is a savvy tale inspired by the 2008 presidential election. Luke Cooper, one of the first black and, by virtue of adoption, Jewish governors in US history, decides that it is time to run for president. His friends offer to help out with the campaign but a fundraiser, hosted by Luke’s good friend, becomes the subject of an incredibly negative gossip campaign. Meanwhile, Luke’s wife is ambivalent about her husband’s aspirations


Click for more detail about The Harris Family: A Novel by R.M. Johnson The Harris Family: A Novel

by R.M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Oct 08, 2002)
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The unforgettable crew of characters from RM Johnson’s bestselling debut novel, The Harris Men, returns in a riveting story of love, loss, and second chances.
Julius Harris walked out on his family twenty-five years ago — and not a moment goes by he doesn’t regret it. Five years ago, after learning he had cancer, Julius tried to make peace with his three sons. It didn’t take. Now, the disease has gone into remission. Overjoyed, Julius is grateful for this miracle, and the time it affords him to make up for his past mistakes.
It won’t be easy. In Chicago, life isn’t exactly simple for his three grown sons. The oldest, Austin, a successful attorney, struggles to be a good father to his children despite his ex-wife’s attempts to turn them against him. Marcus, the middle son, wrestles with a fear of commitment that drives away the woman he loves. And young Caleb, just released from prison, fights to rebuild his life and win back his wife and child. The three Harris brothers have a hard enough time being there for each other — let alone a father they haven’t seen in years. Nor are they sure they even want him in their lives.
Filled with intrigue, romance, and shocking twists, The Harris Family is a deliciously gripping novel of contemporary black relationships and, ultimately, a moving testament to the power of family, love, and forgiveness.


Click for more detail about The Harris Men by R.M. Johnson The Harris Men

by R.M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Apr 01, 2000)
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RM Johnson’s extraordinary debut is a stirring family portrait that resonates with emotion and wit, as a father faces death — and the three sons he abandoned so many years before.
"Mr. Harris, I’m sorry, but you have cancer." Although devastated to learn he has just one year to live, fifty-five-year-old Julius Harris has always known that the day would come when he would pay for walking out on his wife and three children twenty years earlier. Now, with a sudden and passionate determination to make his family whole again, Julius begins trying to find a way back to his sons.
Caleb, the youngest, struggling to support a son and make his way in a relentless world, couldn’t care less about his own absentee father. Middle son Marcus can’t abide even his father’s memory, which gets in the way of his committing to the one woman who has turned his life around. And Austin, Julius’ eldest child, so adores what he remembers of his father that he’s following in his footsteps, abandoning his wife and children just as Julius had done.
Inspired by RM Johnson’s own fragile family history, The Harris Men is his poignant exploration of the increasing problem of absentee fathers — and of the compromises made by the families they leave behind. As the Harris men grapple with their fears and their choices, Johnson gets to the very heart of what it means to be a man.


Click for more detail about The Heat Seekers by Zane The Heat Seekers

by Zane
Atria Books (May 01, 2003)
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Hot, hungry, and hunting…
They’re sisters of the soul, two girlfriends hitting the clubs in search of that oh-so-rare commodity: straight, single guys. Tempest sports a modest suit, while Janessa runs wild in a skintight minidress — but they both want the same thing: the heat, the passion, the spark to ignite the sensual fires inside. It takes time and patience to find such a special lover. But somewhere among the freaks and fruitcakes, they know there’s a match for each of them.

Tall, dark, and hands-on…
The last thing Geren wants is a relationship — most women can’t see past his money and his good looks. His best friend Dvont is a player, with sex — and definitely not commitment — on his mind. But when Dvont talks Geren into going clubbing, fate leads them to Tempest and Janessa. Attractions flare, connections are made, lives are changed — and secrets come to light. Together, they are the heat seekers, four daring hearts willing to play with fire — and take the risk of getting burned….


Click for more detail about The Hot Box by Zane The Hot Box

by Zane
Atria Books (Aug 16, 2011)
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“Hot Box” is a baseball drill that can be played with three or more players and two to four bases. The players take turns being fielders and runners, ultimately trying to tag the rest of the players out. In The Hot Box, best friends Milena and Lydia are playing the game with Jacour, Yosef, Glenn, and Phil. The only problem: the men do not realize that they are playing. Milena lives a sheltered and dismal existence and has not allowed a man to touch her body in eight years . . . until now. Lydia dreams of getting away from small-town America but, until she can make that happen, she is prepared to do whatever it takes to continue to have her bills paid . . . on time. Good sex always does the trick. Two women. Four men. Two love triangles. Reading has never been this hot because, once again, Zane is taking you outside the box.


Click for more detail about The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood

by Helene Cooper
Simon & Schuster (Jul 21, 2009)
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Journalist Helene Cooper examines the violent past of her home country Liberia and the effects of its 1980 military coup in this deeply personal memoir and finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Helene Cooper is “Congo,” a descendant of two Liberian dynasties—traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. When Helene was eight, the Coopers took in a foster child—a common custom among the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa girl, suddenly became known as “Mrs. Cooper’s daughter.”

For years the Cooper daughters—Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice—blissfully enjoyed the trappings of wealth and advantage. But Liberia was like an unwatched pot of water left boiling on the stove. And on April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers staged a coup d’état, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. The Coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. After a brutal daylight attack by a ragtag crew of soldiers, Helene, Marlene, and their mother fled Sugar Beach, and then Liberia, for America. They left Eunice behind.

A world away, Helene tried to assimilate as an American teenager. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she found her passion in journalism, eventually becoming a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She reported from every part of the globe—except Africa—as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell.

In 2003, a near-death experience in Iraq convinced Helene that Liberia—and Eunice—could wait no longer. At once a deeply personal memoir and an examination of a violent and stratified country, The House at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor’s gentle humor. And at its heart, it is a story of Helene Cooper’s long voyage home.


Click for more detail about The Hunt for the Magic Pearl by Shirley Perry-Church The Hunt for the Magic Pearl

by Shirley Perry-Church
Archway Publishing (Jan 26, 2015)
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The Hunt for the Magic Pearl is the first in a series of planned books that will be filled with colorful illustrations, rich vocabulary, informative, and fun content. Shirley Perry-Church believes that every child should find mystery, adventure, discovery, exploration, stimulating challenges, and identity during the reading process. She knows that given a chance, every child can learn to read.

Once, long ago, in the deepest parts of a mighty ocean, beautiful mermaids lived in Merland, a magical place surrounded by all sorts of creatures including every kind of fish imaginable, pods of playful dolphins, the grandest and wisest of whales, magnificent shellfish, and abundant sea treasures.

In Merland, the most sought-after treasure by all mermaids was the magic pearl, held by the elusive great oyster. The magic of the pearl was said to offer any mermaid who found it unimaginable beauty and powers beyond belief. It was the dream and desire of every mermaid to discover the great oyster with the magic pearl.

In The Hunt for the Magic Pearl, three beautiful, smart, and fun-loving mermaids embark on a treasure hunt to find the pearl. During their quest, Shimmer, StarFire, and Little SeaStar experience many exciting and dangerous feats. Together, they must find the courage and wisdom to outwit a monstrous, blood-thirsty shark and its band of mermaid killers.

Filled with colorful illustrations, this children’s fantasy book (1st of a series) shares the journey of three orphaned mermaids in the kingdom of Merland—an interactive story that captures the imagination of young girls, parents, teachers, and the young at heart.

Read more about this book’s backstory in Shirley Perry-Church’s article “Part One: Diversity is not Racism, I Just Wanted Them to Look like Me.”


Click for more detail about The Joneses by Shelia M. Goss The Joneses

by Shelia M. Goss
Strebor Books (Feb 18, 2014)
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Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.

On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovieand everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever

The funeral home business has been slow lately, and Royce is in serious trouble. When Lexi learns of their financial strain, she vows to hold on to her status by any means necessaryeven if it means going behind her husband’s back. Lovie, seeing his beloved mother so stressed, will do whatever it takes to put a smile back on her face. And sibling rivalries tense up when Charity and Hope both fall for the same guy. On top of this, they all have secrets they’re hiding not only from people outside their familybut from each other. It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control and they’re revealed for who they truly are.


Click for more detail about The Last Prejudice: A Novel (Zane Presents) by David Rivera The Last Prejudice: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by David Rivera
Strebor Books (Jul 31, 2012)
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An erotic and romantic tale about how real love is measured by the size of your heart and not the size of your hips.

Noreen Klein is an empowered diva who is more than comfortable inside the smooth curves of her size 24 frame. She always gets what she wants—including hot men.

Dahlia Ortega is extremely insecure about her thick body. Beautiful and docile, she recently ended an abusive marriage and now she has a raging thirst for dominance. Kat Davis once had a “perfect” body but now has to contend with the additional sixty pounds left over from a tumultuous pregnancy and a self-imposed emotional prison that prevents her from embracing the love she deserves.

As these three voluptuous women endure the ups and downs of juicy romances, chaotic lives, and emotional challenges, they find support in one another. David Rivera Jr.’s fresh, thoughtful, and endlessly provocative novel is a must-read for women of all sizes.


Click for more detail about The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka’Iulani of Hawai’I by Fay Stanley The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka’Iulani of Hawai’I

by Fay Stanley
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Apr 01, 1991)
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The moving story of a young woman who showed great bravery in a time of heartbreaking change, The Last Princess is illustrated with exquisitely detailed paintings by Diane Stanley and includes a note on the Hawaiian language, a map, and a bibliography. Illustrations in full color.


Click for more detail about The Last Street Novel by Omar Tyree The Last Street Novel

by Omar Tyree
Simon & Schuster (Jul 03, 2007)
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Description: Back home in Harlem, searching for literary inspiration, novelist Shareef Crawford finds more material than he ever bargained for! Beset by hardcore action, violent gang disputes & passionate characters from the gritty inner city, how can the author of steamy romance novels possibly survive the crossfire?


Click for more detail about The Legend of Buddy Bush by Shelia P. Moses The Legend of Buddy Bush

by Shelia P. Moses
Margaret K. McElderry Books (Dec 28, 2003)
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The day Uncle Goodwin "Buddy" Bush came from Harlem all the way back home to Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina, is the day Pattie Mae Sheals’ life changes forever.
Pattie Mae adores and admires Uncle Buddy — he’s tall and handsome and he doesn’t believe in the country stuff most people believe in, like ghosts and stepping off the sidewalk to let white folks pass. He unsettles the dust and brings fresh ideas to Rehobeth Road. But when Buddy’s deliberate inattention to the protocol of 1947 North Carolina lands him in jail for a crime against a white woman that he didn’t commit, Pattie Mae and her family are suddenly set to journeying on the long, hard road that leads from loss and rage to forgiveness and pride.
Shelia P. Moses tells a moving and lyrical story in The Legend of Buddy Bush that introduces the remarkable and memorable character of Pattie Mae Sheals — a girl whose sense of humor, ability to get into "grown folks business," and determination to know the truth will endear her to readers everywhere.


Click for more detail about The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

by Carole Boston Weatherford
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Jan 24, 2017)
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Celebrate the life of Lena Horne, the pioneering African American actress and civil rights activist, with this inspiring and powerful picture book from award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford.

You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way.

Lena Horne was born into the freedom struggle, to a family of teachers and activists. Her mother dreamed of being an actress, so Lena followed in her footsteps as she chased small parts in vaudeville, living out of a suitcase until MGM offered Lena something more—the first ever studio contract for a black actress.

But the roles she was considered for were maids and mammies, stereotypes that Lena refused to play. Still, she never gave up. “Stormy Weather” became her theme song, and when she sang “This Little Light of Mine” at a civil rights rally, she found not only her voice, but her calling.


Click for more detail about The List by Karin Tanabe The List

by Karin Tanabe
Washington Square Press (Feb 05, 2013)
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From a former Politico reporter, a fast-paced debut novel about a young journalist at D.C.’s hottest (and most cut-throat) political rag who uncovers a scandal sure to turn the Beltway inside out.

Meet Adrienne Brown, a twenty-eight-year-old Wellesley College grad who recently left her glamorous job at Town & Country for a spot at the Capitolist. Known simply as the List to Beltway insiders, it’s the only media outlet in D.C. that’s actually on the rise. Taking the job means accepting a painful pay cut, giving up perks like free Louboutins, and moving back in with her parents, but Adrienne is certain that her new position will be the making of her career.

And it is—but not at all in the way that she expects. The Capitolist runs at an insane pace: Adrienne’s up before five in the morning, writing ten stories a day (sometimes on her BlackBerry, often during her commute), and answering every email within three minutes. Just when it seems like the frenetic workload is going to break her, she stumbles upon a juicy political affair, involving a very public senator—and her most competitive colleague. Discovering that there’s much more to the relationship than meets the eye, Adrienne realizes she’s got the scoop of a lifetime. But should she go public with the story?

Inspired by Washington insider Karin Tanabe’s experiences at Politico, The List is a riveting debut novel bursting with behind-the-scenes details about what happens when media and politics collide.

In 1897, one young woman risks everything to earn a college degree—but the secret she hides could be her undoing. Passing meets The House of Mirth in this captivating reimagining of a remarkable true story.&rldquo;

Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country’s most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise “Lottie” Taylor, the scion of one of New York’s most prominent families.

Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie’s sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it’s like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman—the person everyone believes her to be—and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It’s only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita’s brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister’s, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita’s college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Gilded Age, an era when old money traditions collided with modern ideas, Tanabe has written an unputdownable and emotionally compelling story of hope, sacrifice, and betrayal—and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life.


Click for more detail about The Living Blood by Tananarive Due The Living Blood

by Tananarive Due
Washington Square Press (Jan 01, 2002)
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From the author of the national bestseller My Soul to Keep comes a riveting new novel of supernatural suspense — a gripping tale that brilliantly showcases a writer at the pinnacle of her astounding storytelling abilities.
Jessica Jacobs-Wolde has somehow survived the worst that any mother or wife could ever endure: the deaths of her husband and first daughter. But now, four years later, not only is the nightmare continuing — it may have only just begun. Jessica has discovered the terrifying truth behind the legacy that her husband left to their second daughter, Fana…a legacy preordained a thousand years before her time and drenched in the powerful lifeblood that now courses through her veins. As young Fana begins to display unearthly abilities that are quickly spiraling out of control, she becomes the target of those who will stop at nothing to exploit her power — and the unwitting touchstone in an ancient supernatural battle whose outcome may decide the fate of all humanity.


Click for more detail about The Maintenance Man: A Novel by Michael Baisden The Maintenance Man: A Novel

by Michael Baisden
Touchstone (Oct 10, 2000)
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Michael Baisden, the bad boy of literature, strikes gold again with this provocative, nationally bestselling novel about love, lust, and lies. Malcolm Tremell lives the life that most men can only fantasize about: exotic cars, designer clothes, and a steady stream of sexually available women. For the past twelve years, for a very generous fee, Malcolm has willingly played the role of temporary companion and lover. But the endless nights of meaningless sex and secret rendezvous with married women have begun to weigh on his conscience. Malcolm is suffering from job burnout. He soon discovers, however, that a life-style change won’t come so easily, not with the allure of so many beautiful women and thousands of tax-free dollars.


Click for more detail about The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women by Edward Lewis The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women

by Edward Lewis
Atria Books (Jun 10, 2014)
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Essence magazine is the most popular, well respected, and largest circulated black women’s magazine in history. Largely unknown is the remarkable story of what it took to earn that distinction.

The Man from Essence depicts with candor and insight how Edward Lewis, CEO and publisher of Essence, started a magazine with three black men who would transform the lives of millions of black American women and alter the American marketplace. Throughout Essence’s colorful and storied history, Ed Lewis remained the cool and constant presence, a quiet-talking corporate captain and business strategist who prevailed against the odds and the naysayers. He would emerge to become the last man standing—the only partner to survive the battles that raged before the magazine was sold to Time, Inc. in the largest buyout of a black-owned publication by the world’s largest publishing company.

By the time Lewis did the deal with Time, a little magazine that limped from the starting gate in 1970 with a national circulation of 50,000 had grown into a powerhouse with a circulation of more than a million and a pass along readership of eight million.

The story of Essence is ultimately the story of American business, black style. From constant battles with a racist advertising community to hostile takeover attempts, warring partners packing heat, mass firings, and mass defections—all of which revealed inherent challenges in running a black business—the saga is as riveting as any thriller steeped in high drama, hijinks, and juicy dishing.

In this engaging business memoir, Ed Lewis tells the inspiring story of how his own rise from humble South Bronx beginnings to media titan was shaped by the black women and men in his life. This in turn helped shape a magazine that has changed the face of American media.

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Click for more detail about The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks: A Novel (A Shadrack Myers Mystery) by Gillian Royes The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks: A Novel (A Shadrack Myers Mystery)

by Gillian Royes
Atria Books (Dec 04, 2012)
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Jamaica is the picturesque background for this explosive novel about love, fear, and intolerance, the second in Gillian Royes’s mystery series featuring charming and charismatic bartender-turned-detective Shad.

PICTURESQUE AND IMPOVERISHED Largo Bay is the background for this explosive novel about love and fear, the second in Gillian Royes’s mystery series featuring Shad, a Jamaican bartender-detective. With the arrival of Joseph, estranged son of Eric, the bar’s owner, hopes for the village’s future come alive but are soon to be threatened. Janna, who has returned to the island, falls for Joseph’s good looks and charm, but she isn’t the only one with an eye for this mysterious man.

As questions about Joseph’s sexuality arise, Shad struggles with protecting the survival of his beloved birthplace amid the deeply ingrained culture of intolerance that surrounds him. What it means to be a man and a father raises questions within the bartender’s own home, as his longtime love, Beth, pressures him to make a commitment.

In a land where religion is strong, but life is cheap and violence is often the answer, what will it take for Shad to protect Eric and his family? In this truth-telling sequel to The Goat Woman of Largo Bay, the village must confront its own darkness or lose a bright future.


Click for more detail about The Marvelous Effect (Marvelous World) by Troy CLE The Marvelous Effect (Marvelous World)

by Troy CLE
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2007)
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Louis Proof is an ordinary kid.

He loves listening to hip-hop, racing radio-controlled cars, and hanging out with his best friend, Brandon. Then a mysterious letter invites him to visit the local junkyard. There he finds a secret, underground amusement park like no other in existence. This is the best day of Louis’s life. The park even has the most amazing race course for radio-controlled cars. Louis starts racing right away. It’s a close contest; he’s about to activate his nitro boost to take the lead, when…

This is the worst day of Louis’s life. Without warning or reason, thirteen-year-old Louis Proof falls into a coma due to a virus of a mysterious, celestial origin. When he awakens three months later, the world that he once knew and loved is totally out of control. He will learn that his illness is connected to everything that is wrong, and that it’s not only his responsibility but his destiny to set things right.

This story is a megadramatic, remarkably true, super action fantasy. Get ready!


Click for more detail about The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story For Our Times by T. D. Jakes The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story For Our Times

by T. D. Jakes
Atria Books (Nov 03, 2009)
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T.D. Jakes’s first Christmas story features a grandmother seeking inspiration from the Bible as she prepares to create a quilt. Grandmother feels as if her life and loves have all passed, leaving her alone to reminisce about the joy of yesteryear and the real Christmases she celebrated. But as she opens her heart to the stories of the Virgin Mary, the truth of what really matters to her comes to light. At the end, she folds up the quilts she has made and ventures off to share their joy and warmth with the children in a local shelter, leaving them with something to keep them physically and spiritually cloaked. With ten life lessons divined from the story of Jesus’ birth, A Christmas Story for Our Times is a charming, thoughtful treat for those who consider the Christmas season to be the most special time of the year.


Click for more detail about The Million Dollar Deception: A Novel by R.M. Johnson The Million Dollar Deception: A Novel

by R.M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Sep 08, 2008)
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Now in paperback, the sequel to the #1 Essence bestselling author’s sensational The Million Dollar Divorce—a novel that takes the surprises and sensuality of the first book to new heights.

• Bestselling author: RM Johnson’s The Harris Family was a #1 Essence bestseller. The Million Dollar Divorce, which launched this series with a bang, is a favorite amongst the author’s loyal—and growing—fan base.

• Universal appeal: Like its exciting predecessor, The Million Dollar Deception appeals to women with its brilliantly unpredictable plotting. It also hooks men with the brotherhood angle that garnered so much praise with Johnson’s last novel, Do You Take This Woman?

• Enthralling story: An emotionally complex novel about desire, commitment, and excruciating choices, The Million Dollar Deception is about Monica Kenny, whose love life has become a confusing labyrinth of doubts. Lewis Waters, the younger man who may or may not be right for Monica, will do anything to hold on to her. And Nate Kenny, Monica’s unscrupulous ex-husband, realizes now how foolish it had been to give her up a year ago—and is about to plot the destruction of Lewis Waters to get her back.


Click for more detail about The Million Dollar Demise: A Novel (Million Dollar Trilogy) by R.M. Johnson The Million Dollar Demise: A Novel (Million Dollar Trilogy)

by R.M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Sep 22, 2009)
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In the final installment of his immensely popular Million Dollar trilogy, the #1 Essence bestselling author delivers a juicy and shocking conclusion that his throngs of fans will never forget.
• The scandalous end: RM Johnson’s eagerly anticipated denouement lures us back into the tragic, soap operatic love triangle that has riveted readers since The Million Dollar Divorce. The tension and suspense are ramped up to an all- new high in an ending to the series that will not disappoint.
• Fan favorite: The Million Dollar series had Johnson’s fans raving and begging for more. The Million Dollar Divorce was a terrific success and The Million Dollar Deception is exceed- ing expectations out of the gate. As the track record clearly shows, this is a saga that readers have sunk their teeth into.
• The author at his best: Picking up where The Million Dollar Deception left off, Johnson’s well-known cast of char- acters are at it again, engaging in a tableau of backstabbing, duplicitous, vengeful behavior that only he could paint with such riveting depth.


Click for more detail about The Million Dollar Divorce: A Novel by R.M. Johnson The Million Dollar Divorce: A Novel

by R.M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster (Sep 01, 2005)
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RM Johnson, the Essence bestselling author of Dating Games and The Harris Family, delivers an absorbing and provocative new novel about the lowdown schemes and broken dreams that follow a fractured marriage.

Successful business entrepreneur Nate Kenny is thrilled to marry the beautiful and intelligent Monica, chiefly because it means he can at last fulfill his lifelong dream of having a family. While he isn’t happy about it, he agrees with Monica to wait three years before trying for pregnancy. Once those three years are up and the couple discovers that she is unable to bear children, any love he once felt for Monica is gone, and Nate wants out of the marriage. But he’s worried about losing half of his sixty-million-dollar fortune in a divorce settlement. Desperate for an out, he searches for a way to exploit the infidelity clause in the couple’s prenuptial agreement.
Enter Lewis Waters. With his baby’s mother addicted to drugs, Lewis is already seriously down on his luck when he accidentally smashes his car into Nate’s Bentley. Without auto insurance or any way to pay for the repairs, Lewis is at the end of his financial rope. But the scheming Nate sees another way for the attractive young man to repay his debt: as sexual bait for Monica. And so Nate sets up Lewis with all of the accessories he believes Lewis will need to earn Monica’s love, or at the very least, her lust: a big house, a fancy car, expensive clothes, and a full bank account. But as is often the case when it comes to matters of the heart, things don’t unfold according to plan. When Monica falls hard for Lewis, Nate panics — was protecting his fortune more important than trying to save his marriage? As he finds himself overwhelmed by second thoughts, Nate is willing to do anything to get Monica back.
An inspired fusion of realism and romance, The Million Dollar Divorce is an unpredictable caper of lust, betrayal, and family ties.


Click for more detail about The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

by Issa Rae
Atria / 37 Ink (Jul 12, 2016)
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In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?

Being an introvert (as well as “funny,” according to the Los Angeles Times) in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.


Click for more detail about The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2: Middle School Mayhem

by Rachel Renée Russell
Aladdin (Jun 06, 2017)
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From #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell comes the second book in an all-new series about Max Crumbly and his daily ups and downs in middle school.

When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School—and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals!

Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom?

Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?


Click for more detail about The Missing Cupcake Mystery (Tony and Lauren Dungy Ready-to-Reads) by Tony Dungy The Missing Cupcake Mystery (Tony and Lauren Dungy Ready-to-Reads)

by Tony Dungy
Simon Spotlight (Jan 01, 2013)
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The Dungy kids learn that honesty is the best policy—even when you can’t resist a tempting treat!

When Mom brings home cupcakes for dessert, all the Dungy kids are thrilled. “These are for after dinner,” she tells the children, and they all agree. But when she opens the box after dinner, one of the treats is gone! Who took the missing cupcake? Justin, Jordan, and Jade all have the same answer—“Not me!” Dad says it’s a real mystery, and that they must all look for the missing cupcake. But Jade has a heavy heart—and cupcake crumbs on her bedroom floor. Was Jade the one who couldn’t wait for dessert?

This charming Level 2 Ready-to-Read features all the Dungy children and highlights the importance of always telling the truth.


Click for more detail about The Motherhood Diaries by ReShonda Tate Billingsley The Motherhood Diaries

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Strebor Books (Apr 09, 2013)
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As the working mother of three children—ages twelve, ten, and five—ReShonda Tate Billingsley knows about juggling a family on the move. With personalities that are “made for TV,” according to her social media followers, it’s a recipe for nonstop entertainment.

As a mother, you love your kids. You’d do anything for them, but chances are, at some point in their childhood, you’ve probably wondered, “What in the world was I thinking?” Even if you’ll never admit it, if you’ve ever wished for Calgon to take you away, then The Motherhood Diaries is for you!

As the working mother of three children, ReShonda Tate Billingsley knows motherhood isn’t a perfect science. She openly shares stories with her thousands of followers on social media about her children: thirteen-year-old Mya, the diva whose Instagram post—and subsequent punishment went viral; to ten-year-old Morgan, who has a serious case of middle-child syndrome and a knack for giving her teachers a few of her mother’s favorite things; and finally, Myles, a witty and precocious five-year-old who, as his grandmother says, “has been here before.” It was while chronicling her journey that she discovered she wasn’t the only mother who longed for the days when she could use the restroom in peace, who sometimes sat in the driveway because she didn’t want to go in the house, and who sometimes wondered, Is this what I signed up for? Hence, The Motherhood Diaries was born.

Through humorous and enlightening dialogue and narrative, ReShonda chronicles her own journey, as well as reveals candid imperfections of a mother trying to balance it all. With humorous and heartwarming stories from other mothers also trying to “get it right,”The Motherhood Diaries shares candid and honest conversations about the good, the bad and the downright disastrous path of mothering in the New Millennium.

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Click for more detail about The Necessary Hunger: A Novel by Nina Revoyr The Necessary Hunger: A Novel

by Nina Revoyr
Simon & Schuster (Dec 05, 2011)
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Description: As a star basketball player in her last year of high school, Nancy Takahiro’s life is about to change forever. Facing the fear of leaving home and wondering where her skill will take her, Nancy is not prepared for the complications that arise when she meets Raina Webber, a devoted, ferocious athlete, whose love of basketball is matched only by her talent for it.


Click for more detail about The New Negro: Voices Of The Harlem Renaissance by Alain Locke The New Negro: Voices Of The Harlem Renaissance

by Alain Locke
Touchstone (Mar 01, 1999)
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From the man known as the father of the Harlem Renaissance comes a powerful, provocative, and affecting anthology of writers who shaped the Harlem Renaissance movement and who help us to consider the evolution of the African American in society.

With stunning works by seminal black voices such as Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, and W.E.B. DuBois, Locke has constructed a vivid look at the new negro, the changing African American finding his place in the ever shifting sociocultural landscape that was 1920s America. With poetry, prose, and nonfiction essays, this collection is widely praised for its literary strength as well as its historical coverage of a monumental and fascinating time in the history of America.


Click for more detail about The Next American Century: How The U.S. Can Thrive As Other Powers Rise by Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen The Next American Century: How The U.S. Can Thrive As Other Powers Rise

by Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen
Simon & Schuster (Jan 08, 2008)
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“Finally, a thoughtful (and thought-provoking) book that tells us the positive strategic news about the rise of China, India, and other emerging global powers, without glossing over the challenges.”

—Dan Burstein, venture capitalist and author of Secrets of 24

“The Next American Century provides a strong, practical, optimistic lesson that Americans should take to heart.”

—Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Adviser ?to Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush

“The Next American Century describes brilliantly why the world’s rising powers are not only necessary competitors but essential partners. The main challenge is to accept challenge. This positive, down-to-earth reminder should be essential reading.”

—Matt Miller, Fortune magazine columnist ?and author of The 2 Percent Solution

“The authors of The Next American Century offer a refreshing alternative to the customary prophesies of doom and the obsessive search for a new arch-enemy.”

—Brian Urquhart, former Under Secretary-General of the UN


Click for more detail about The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise by Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise

by Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen
Simon & Schuster (Feb 16, 2010)
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“Finally, a thoughtful (and thought-provoking) book that tells us the positive strategic news about the rise of China, India, and other emerging global powers, without glossing over the challenges.”

—Dan Burstein, venture capitalist and author of Secrets of 24

“The Next American Century provides a strong, practical, optimistic lesson that Americans should take to heart.”

—Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Adviser ?to Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush

“The Next American Century describes brilliantly why the world’s rising powers are not only necessary competitors but essential partners. The main challenge is to accept challenge. This positive, down-to-earth reminder should be essential reading.”

—Matt Miller, Fortune magazine columnist ?and author of The 2 Percent Solution

“The authors of The Next American Century offer a refreshing alternative to the customary prophesies of doom and the obsessive search for a new arch-enemy.”

—Brian Urquhart, former Under Secretary-General of the UN


Click for more detail about The Next Phase Of Life: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Charmaine R. Parker The Next Phase Of Life: A Novel (Zane Presents)

by Charmaine R. Parker
Strebor Books (Jul 30, 2013)
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Finding a good man, getting along with your sister, and keeping up with your friends’ escapades doesn’t get any easier—even after forty!

Now that Tai Wilson has hit forty, the successful entrepreneur and proud homeowner is finally ready to settle down with the man of her dreams. She just has to find him. But her focus on dating gets pushed aside when her long-lost sister, Trista, surfaces. Separated as children following their parents’ deaths, the women live completely different lives, and Trista has trouble fitting into Tai’s upscale world. Will the sisters finally create the everlasting bond they crave, or will their relationship crumble entirely before their very eyes? Will Tai find the partner she seeks? Throw in some feisty friends with their own issues, and Tai is definitely ready for The Next Phase of Life.


Click for more detail about The Old Man In The Club (Zane Presents) by Curtis Bunn The Old Man In The Club (Zane Presents)

by Curtis Bunn
Strebor Books (Jun 17, 2014)
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He’s the “old guy in the club” who everyone judges and scorns, but there’s so much more to his story…Travel into the mind and soul of a complex man on the road to redemption in this riveting, true-to-life novel.

Almost everyone who has been to a nightclub has seen him: the “old man in the club.” He’s the graying, balding loner looking totally out of place, like he could be everyone’s father. Or grandfather. And almost everyone’s wondering the same thing: Why is he in here?

In Curtis Bunn’s The Old Man in the Club, you learn why. Meet Elliott Thomas, sixty-one years old, and not afraid of spending a night among twenty-something strangers. But his motivation for hanging out in clubs isn’t his fear of growing old; it’s his desire to “catch up on what I have missed.” Life hasn’t been easy for Elliott, and now he’s on a journey to redemption. How he goes about it, however, gives some people pause. Some find him charming, some find him creepy. The women his age find him disgusting. His buddies marvel at his nerve. His children loathe his existence. But no matter who judges him, Elliott is set on reclaiming his youth—the way he wants to.

A page-turner that outlines the depth, complexities, and motivations of an intriguing character, this novel will surprise and touch you—and make sure you’ll never look at the “old man in the club” the same way again.


Click for more detail about The Pastor’s Wife by ReShonda Tate Billingsley The Pastor’s Wife

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Nov 20, 2007)
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From bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billinglsey comes a charming novel filled with love, laughter, inspiration and drama as Pastor Terrance searches for his Mrs. Right.

Most men barely survive one mother, but Terrance Ellis has three: his aunts. His grandmother Essie’s sisters Eva, Dorothy Mae, and Mamie lovingly raised him after Essie died in a tragic accident. They made sure that troubled young Terrance got on the right path and made something of his life. And now that he’s all grown up and the rising pastor of Houston’s Lily Grove church, the endlessly argumentative sisters agree on one thing: Terrance needs to find a wife. And not just any wife but the right young woman to stand beside him as First Lady of Lily Grove at the fast-approaching one-hundredth-year Christmas service.

Humble and handsome, Terrance is focused on preaching more than dating and has kindly fended off the advances of more than a few perfectly available ladies. So why, of all women, is outrageous, flirtatious Savannah McKinney drawing him in? Seeing Terrance falling under her seductive spell has got his aunts frantically matchmaking since time is running out and gossip is flying. Who will be the pastor’s wife? Only heaven knows for sure…and before he finds her, some surprising and dramatic revelations are in store for Terrance, his congregation, and the three aunts who love him most in the world.


Click for more detail about The Perfect Mistress by ReShonda Tate Billingsley The Perfect Mistress

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Gallery Books (Jul 05, 2016)
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The daughter of an adulterous father deals with the long-rippling effects of his actions in her own love life in this emotionally powerful novel by award-winning and national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

Lauren Robinson knows exactly what it takes to be the perfect mistress. She had a front-row seat when she tagged along with her father on all of his extramarital trysts. She loved keeping Daddy’s special secrets, but many family members, especially her mother, consider her an accomplice in helping break up their family.

Years later, Lauren’s mother, Joyce, whose health is failing, cannot let go of the bitterness caused by her husband s philandering. She continues to blame Lauren, as does Lauren’s brother. Joyce can’t see past her anger and betrayal and has withheld her maternal affection from Lauren for most of her life. This emotional distance and Lauren s early dating experiences lead her to date married men.

That is until Dr. Matthew King enters the scene. Now poised to become a college president, Matthew is a former beau that left Lauren brokenhearted. He tries to show Lauren that he’s a changed man since their college days. The two truly connect and their relationship quickly escalates. When Matthew proposes marriage, Lauren happily accepts, but as their very public engagement makes the news, someone is intent on sabotaging their relationship. Someone who watched her own marriage destroyed by Lauren, and won t be happy until she gives Lauren a taste of her own medicine. Can Lauren stop the cycle of destruction in time to salvage the only love she’s ever known?


Click for more detail about The Planet Of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton The Planet Of Junior Brown

by Virginia Hamilton
Aladdin (May 01, 2006)
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Junior Brown, an overprotected three-hundred pound musical prodigy who’s prone to having fantasies, and Buddy Clark, a loner who lives by his wits because he has no family whatsoever, have been on the hook from their eighth-grade classroom all semester.

Most of the time they have been in the school building — in a secret cellar room behind a false wall, where Mr. Pool, the janitor, has made a model of the solar system. They have been pressing their luck for months…and then they are caught. As society — in the form of a zealous assistant principal — closes in on them, Junior’s fantasies become more desperate, and Buddy draws on all his resources to ensure his friend’s well-being.


Click for more detail about The Price of Inheritance by Karin Tanabe The Price of Inheritance

by Karin Tanabe
Washington Square Press (Aug 05, 2014)
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In this enthralling new novel from the author of The List (a “smartly paced and dishy debut,” Publishers Weekly, starred review), a young woman working in the high-end art world stumbles upon a rare antique—and an irresistible man with a dark past.

After eight years in the American Furniture department at Christie’s, twenty-nine-year-old Carolyn Everett is a rising star. But one wrong decision and a scandal leaves her unemployed and broken. Desperate to piece her life back together, Carolyn leaves New York City to work in a tiny antique store in Newport, Rhode Island.

One day at a small county auction, she discovers a piece of Middle Eastern pottery, which she purchases for twenty dollars on a hunch. Curiosity sends her on a mission to find its original owner, and she eventually winds up in the town’s United States Navy Base—and in a relationship with notorious womanizer Marine Sergeant Tyler Ford, who claims the relic came to him as a gift from his translator during the early days of the Iraq War. From two different worlds, Tyler and Carolyn become obsessed with the mysterious relic—and each other—until the origin of the art comes under intense scrutiny and reveals a darker side of Tyler’s past. Carolyn still feels like there’s more to the story, but can she risk attaching herself to another scandal—and does she truly know the man she’s fallen in love with?

The Price of Inheritance is a rare find of a novel. Engaging, suspenseful, and full of intrigue, it delves into the elite world of big bucks deals and dangerous black market promises, where one woman must decide whether she’s willing to gamble her greatest asset—her heart.


Click for more detail about The Price of Passion by Evelyn Palfrey The Price of Passion

by Evelyn Palfrey
Atria Books (Oct 01, 2000)
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"Does it have a name?" Vivian asked Walter. What would be the proper question to ask her husband of nearly twenty years, when he brings home his illegitimate baby as casually as a bag of groceries? Although Walter’s frequent infidelities became increasingly obvious to Vivian, she struggled to accept them. After all, she reasoned, they came with the Mercedes, the beautiful house, and the prestige of being Mrs. Carlson, the Texas state representative’s better half. Having long since abandoned her attempts at motherhood, Vivian resigned herself to her law studies and a lonely existence as the perfect political wife in suburban Austin.
But Vivian draws the line at her husband’s unexpected arrival. And once one line is drawn, she discovers that she can draw others. Left alone with this tiny, helpless bundle that disgusts and fascinates her, Vivian faces some of the hardest choices of her life. On the brink of a long-forgotten freedom, she begins the painful, empowering process of rebuilding her shattered life — and the reawakening of her soul to the possibilities of love.
An emotionally charged, razor-sharp take on the myriad challenges facing women today, Evelyn Palfrey’s witty and suspenseful novel establishes her as a refreshing new voice in contemporary women’s fiction.


Click for more detail about The Prisoner’s Wife by asha bandele The Prisoner’s Wife

by asha bandele
Scribner (Aug 28, 2000)
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“This is a terrifying, heart-breaking and, ultimately, important book. While bandele’s narrative offers a profound prescription for an entire population in exile, it also serves as a fundamental text for the rest of us living/learning/moving toward (with or without) love. The Prisoner’s Wife can be our talisman, our healing potion, how we keep breathing-- as they lock us up in numbers beyond comprehension, The Prisoner’s Wife reminds us that we can survive, even if it is only two at a time.”
Junot Diaz, author of Drowning

How did a beautiful, talented college student fall in love with a man serving twenty to life for murder? And why did she marry him? At a time when one in four black men are caught in the web of the criminal justice system, Asha Bandele shatters the myths of prisoners' wives and tells a story of embracing the beauty of love in the ugliest circumstances and of people’s ability to change, to do better, to grow. Whether she is describing her restricted but romantic courtship with Rashid - when letters were like dates, like.”.hispers on the slow, blue-light dance floo.”.- or riding the bus upstate with the other wives and girlfriends, Asha Bandele creates haunting images and reflections so powerful and unique that they beg to be reread and savored. At the same time that she recalls the extreme ups and downs that accompany a relationship constantly scrutinized by guards and surveillance cameras, she confronts her own dark secrets and sadness. The love of a man with an ugly past but a firm belief in redemption is what heals her broken spirit and grants her the courage and confidence to embrace life again.

This powerful book was the source of many posts on Thumper’s Corner the AALBC.com discussion board here are excerpts of just a few comments

”...We have to be very careful when we stereotype people without having a wide-scoped understanding of the conditions about which we are commenting.

Currently 72% of ALL inmates in American prisons, both state and federal are in prison for non-violent offenses. Nearly 70% are people of color, and the majority of the crimes are either substance-related (drugs) or “.ustenance-relate.”.(that is, breaking the law to to make a living) Most imprisoned Americans are undereducated, low-income, men of color—and they are likely to stay undereducated and low-income if they don’t have viable options for bettering themselves.

Women with low self-esteem are everywhere, including in prison visiting rooms, but they are also married to ministers, doctors and judges.

Strong women who love themselves are everywhere as well—Which means it is not impossible to find articulate, attractive, moral, spiritually strong sistas standing by an inmate and patiently waiting to be the better half he’ll need if he’s going to one day be the man God created him to be.

They are already fighting an uphill battle... They don’t need the additional burden of being seen in society’s eyes as desperate and lacking in self-esteem....”
’Kathleen Cross, author of Skin Deep

“...I have to admit up front it always amazes me when I hear about a brother, who is imprisoned, that manages to find a woman—any woman—to marry him. I generally concluded that these women have low self esteems or semi retarded. Then came ashe.

Attractive, articulate, compassionate, and educated. After hearing her describe her situation it made sense and I felt shallow. It is a compelling story...”
’Troy Johnson, AALBC.com Founder

“…I have stopped feeling tired for black men who make bad choices. Life is full of opportunities for anyone who sees it as such. Creating your life’s actions around choices that are self defeating is pitiful. I keep hearing stories of 'poor pitiful black men' well I’m sorry. If black women can raise children, get themselves educated, look after relatives and aging parents, run organizations and businesses and still live a racist and sexist society and then still ’got cha back for black men’ I think it’s high time that self pitying brotha man start helping themselves, their communities, etc....If you are pitiful it is because you have taken the imagination that someone else has of you and made it your own. (and no I am not a conservative, republican, etc...”
’Posted by.”.east We forge.”


Click for more detail about The Reason Why: A Novel by Vickie M. Stringer The Reason Why: A Novel

by Vickie M. Stringer
Atria Books (Aug 11, 2009)
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Pamela was a naive coed from Detroit, going to classes by day and clubs by night. The hottest spot was Jazzy Jay’s and that’s where one of the guys slipped his gun in her pocketbook, knowing that the police who had just descended on the club wouldn’t check the girls for weapons. She didn’t know his name or anything other than he was cute and charming. But, when she tracked him down to return his property, she found out his name was Chino, his game was hustling, and his plan was to make her his woman—and give her more than she ever bargained for out of life, love, and the pursuit of money.


Click for more detail about The Rejected Stone by Al Sharpton and Nick Chiles The Rejected Stone

by Al Sharpton and Nick Chiles
Cash Money Content (Oct 08, 2013)
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Lord knows, Reverend Al has had his person­al and very public ups and downs – but he’s come out bigger and better than ever. Though the host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation is as fiery and outspoken as ever about the events and issues that matter most, he’s learned that the only way we can get right as a nation is by getting right from within.

In this, his first book in over a decade, Reverend Al will take you behind the scenes of some un­expected places – from officiating Michael Jack­son’s funeral, hanging out with Jay-Z and Presi­dent Barack Obama at the White House, to taking charge of the Trayvon Martin case. And he will discuss how he came to his unexpected conclusions in such areas as immigration, gay rights, religion and the family.

But the heart of this book is an intimate discus­sion of his own personal evolution from street activist, pulpit provocateur and civil rights leader to the man he is today – one hundred pounds slim­mer, and according to the New York Observer, “the most thoughtful voice on cable.”

No, the Reverend Al you met ten years ago isn’t the same man you’ll meet today. And he has a simple promise. We can transform this nation and we can all lead better lives if we’re willing to transform our hearts and transform our minds.

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Click for more detail about The Rhythm of the August Rain: A Novel by Gillian Royes The Rhythm of the August Rain: A Novel

by Gillian Royes
Atria Books (Jul 28, 2015)
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Shad Myers, the lovable bartender and town sleuth of Largo Bay, hunts down clues to a woman’s mysterious disappearance in this fourth riveting novel in the Shad detective series.

Shannon, a photojournalist on assignment for a Canadian magazine, arrives in the impoverished but beautiful fishing village of Largo Bay, Jamaica. But she’s seeking more than a tropical paradise: She wants to know why a Canadian woman named Katlyn went missing there more than three decades ago.

So she calls on Shad—“bartender by trade, investigator by vocation, and unofficial sheriff of Largo Bay” (Publishers Weekly)—for help. Together, they delve into Rastafarian life and history while preparations are being made for Shad’s wedding and the groundbreaking of his new hotel. But the deeper they get into the story, the deeper they get into trouble. And it’s clear that whoever wanted Katlyn buried all those years ago will do anything to keep the truth buried as well…

As in her previous novels The Sea Grape Tree, The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks, and The Goat Woman of Largo Bay, Gillian Royes transports readers into a beautiful Caribbean setting where life is cheap but religion is strong, and one man is still trying to solve the island’s relentless questions.


Click for more detail about The Rise: Creativity, The Gift Of Failure, And The Search For Mastery by Sarah Lewis The Rise: Creativity, The Gift Of Failure, And The Search For Mastery

by Sarah Lewis
Simon & Schuster (Mar 04, 2014)
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It is one of the enduring enigmas of the human experience: many of our most iconic, creative endeavors—from Nobel Prizewinning discoveries to entrepreneurial inventions and works in the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts.

The gift of failure is a riddle. Like the number zero, it will always be both a void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of our greatest triumphs come from understanding the importance of this mystery.

This exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of creative human endeavor. The Rise begins with narratives about figures past and present who range from writers to entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F. B. Morse, and J. K. Rowling, for example, feature alongside choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prizewinning physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, Arctic explorer Ben Saunders, and psychology professor Angela Duckworth.

The Rise explores the inestimable value of often ignored ideas—the power of surrender for fortitude, the criticality of play for innovation, the propulsion of the near win on the road to mastery, and the importance of grit and creative practice. From an uncommonly insightful writer, The Rise is a true masterwork.

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Click for more detail about The Rock And The River (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award For New Talent) by Kekla Magoon The Rock And The River (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award For New Talent)

by Kekla Magoon
Aladdin (Apr 06, 2010)
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In 1968 Chicago, it’s not easy for thirteen-year-old Sam to be the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs. Especially when his older brother, Stick, starts keeping to himself. Then, one day, Sam finds something under Stick’s bed that changes everything: literature about the Black Panthers. Suddenly, nothing feels certain anymore. And when Dr. King is shot and killed, Sam’s father’s words are no longer enough to make him believe in change….This moving, coming-of-age story gracefully encompasses the scope of the struggle between the civil rights and black power movements through an intimate and relatable lens.


Click for more detail about The Sea Grape Tree: A Novel (A Shadrack Myers Mystery) by Gillian Royes The Sea Grape Tree: A Novel (A Shadrack Myers Mystery)

by Gillian Royes
Atria Books (Jul 01, 2014)
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Set in a sun-kissed Caribbean paradise, this third book in the Shad detective series explores a love triangle gone wrong—and how class divisions create a perfect storm of trouble.

Sarah, a talented but shy artist from England, arrives at the perfect getaway—a small fishing village in Largo Bay, Jamaica. There she falls in love with Danny, a wealthy investor with a hotel in Largo Bay. Soon Sarah runs afoul of her host as well as Danny’s local lover, and her fate, as well as that of Danny’s hotel, become endangered.

Meanwhile, Shad Myers—“bartender by trade, investigator by vocation, and unofficial sheriff of Largo Bay” (Publishers Weekly)—has another set of problems to solve, alongside his friend Eric, an American who owns the bar. The two friends entertain a new potential investor in their quest to rebuild their hotel left in ruins by a hurricane. Eric wants to make Shad a partner in the business, not just a worker. But first the two must overcome the class divisions that make it difficult for local partners in the business to accept Shad’s new, more important role.

With a delicious blend of suspense and soul, The Sea Grape Tree explores the class divisions in Jamaica—and what happens when a love triangle becomes life threatening. Gillian Royes once again delivers a vivid, thought-provoking novel with passion and punch that is sure to leave her fans wanting more.


Click for more detail about The Seasons of Beento Blackbird by Akosua Busia The Seasons of Beento Blackbird

by Akosua Busia
Touchstone (Dec 01, 1997)
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Caribbean-born Solomon Wilberforce writes best-selling children’s books under the moniker Beento Blackbird. He is an intense lover, spending each season with a different woman, but when life whisks him and he loves in a new direction, Solomon must to heart, mind, and spirit to know where — and with whom — he belongs.


Click for more detail about The Secret by Rhonda Byrne