BY GOLLY WOW
by Yolanda Joe. Bebe finds love again when
she meets Isaac, a firefighter whos raising
his 13-year-old headstrong daughter. A sequel to
He Say She Say.
by George Macdonald Fraser. Based on the
life of Tom Molineaux, a slave who boxed his way to
freedom in the early 1800s.
by Sheneska Jackson. A
blessing to one is not necessarily good fortune to
another, as four friends find out when they are
torn apart by the fantasies and realities of
by Rosalyn McMillan. A Detroit auto plant
is the setting; murder and passion drive the
LIGHT: Prelude to the Invasion
of Light Trilogy
by Walter Mosley. A futuristic novel by
the author of the Easy Rawlins mystery
THE LIGHT OF MY FATHERS SMILE
by Alice Walker. The first new novel in
six years by the author of The Color
by Danzy Senna. Separated since their
parents divorce, fair-skinned Birdie searches
for her dark-skinned sister in 1970s
BLOOMS AT NIGHT
by Shani Mootoo. Cereus is a murder
suspect in the Paradise Arms House, where her
unlikely confidant is a vivacious male nurse.
A Child out of the Desire
by Clarence Nero. For Cheekie, who was
conceived and born out of wedlock, the New Orleans
housing project where she lives, "The Desire," does
not live up to its name.
by Andre Alexis. Middle-aged and living in
Canada, Thomas looks back on his childhood and what
he learned &endash; about the games of power and
romance played between his mother and the man who
may or may not have been his father.
DO RIGHT MAN
by Omar Tyree. Bobby Dallas is finally
ready to make a commitment and that should be easy
. . . right?
ERASE ME: Stories
by Carolyn Ferrell. Often invisible, poor
minority teens are determined to survive despite
by Charles Johnson. What if Martin Luther
King, Jr. had a double?
LILLY: A Novel of the South
by Tom Wicker. Can a young black woman on
trial for the murder of a white jail guard receive
a fair trial?
EDGE OF HEAVEN
by Marita Golden. A middle-class family
copes with the death of a child and the
imprisonment of the mother.
by Sandra Lee Gould. Is Willows new
love truly an alien as her grandmother
FARMING OF BONES
by Edwidge Danticat. Amabelle and
Sebastien, Haitians living in the Dominican
Republic, are planning their future; then Trujillo
begins the slaughter. Based on a true
by Barbara Hambly. It is New Orleans, and
freedmen are disappearing after a white couple is
poisoned. The sequel to A Free Man of
by Kwadwo Agymah Kamau. Even with
one of their own as prime minister, the people of a
Caribbean island find that self determination does
not bring freedom from political and religious
by Richard Price. A black detective is
skeptical of a woman who claims that her son was
kidnapped during a carjacking.
by Erika Ellis. Being black and living in
a white world carries a high price as the Spader
by Gayl Jones. Harlan Jane Eagleton, a
faith healer, travels from town to town working her
miracles, knowing she also has to heal
CANT WAIT ON GOD
by Albert French. She murders her pimp,
steals his Buick, and with her boyfriend heads for
New York City.
by Steven Barnes. Is the New Age cult,
which private investigator Cat Spaulding and her
partner Jax are investigating, really controlled by
by Benilde Little. Its
what they get when wealthy 30-somethings get
everything they say they wanted.
A Fable of Utopia
by Michael Resnick. Koriba is determined
to build a "Utopian" colony, not on earth but on
the terraformed planetoid.
by Lucinda Roy. A biracial British
woman travels first to America and then to Africa
in search of happiness and security.
LAST OF THE AFRICAN KINGS
by Maryse Conde. From African royalty to
the Caribbean to present-day United States. A
by Ken Greenhall. The subject of
Rubenss 17th-century painting,
"Four Heads of a Negro," is brought to
LIFE FOR A LIFE
by Ernest Hill. Fifteen-year-old
DRay Reid robs a convenience store when a
drug dealer threatens to kill his younger brother
if he doesnt come up with $100.
IS A RACKET
by John Ridley. Everythings a racket
for Jeffty Kittridge, a thirty-seven-year-old
ex-wannabe scriptwriter living on the skids in
OF BREWSTER PLACE
by Gloria Naylor. A revisit to the
fictional inner city neighborhood where there is
"an endless supply of I could, I shoulda, but I
didnt." Told this time
from the perspective of its sons and
MONKEY SUIT and Other Short Fiction on African
Americans and Justice
by David Dante Troutt. Ten classic
fictionalized legal cases involving
by Erroll J. Bailey. The spiritual entity,
Jr. Dream Merchant, guides a teenager through
BUT THE RENT
by Sharon Mitchell. An unexpected crisis
convinces four women that they have been looking
for love in all the wrong places.
by Penny Mickelbury. A disillusioned
criminal defense lawyer decides to investigate her
by Patricia Powell. A Chinese man
who fled to Jamaica in the 1890s writes to his
estranged daughter to explain his life as it nears
by Toni Morrison. When the outside
world intrudes, the community of Ruby, once a
paradise, is forced into a tragic
by Teresa McClain-Watson. Traumatized by
witnessing his brothers murder, 13-year-old
Bay Dawson is sent from Harlem to
by Lorene Cary. Can a life-long friendship
between four women survive after the
revelation of a long-kept secret?
AROUND THE MOON
by Mary Burnett Smith. Looking back to the
year she was ten, a woman recalls the effects of
her familys move to a new town and her
RIVER WHERE BLOOD IS BORN
by Sandra Jackson-Opoku. One familys
journey over three centuries from ancient Africa to
by Nuruddin Farah. During the Civil War in
Somalia, Kalamans childhood sweetheart
returns, asking him to father her child, which
opens the floodgates to long-kept family
IN THE COMEBACK CHOIR
by Bebe Moore Campbell. Should Maxine give
up her career as a Los Angeles TV producer for her
grandmother and the crumbling Philadelphia
neighborhood where she grew up?
by Omar Tyree. Denise Stewart finds
herself involved with both of her sons
fathers, as well as in a relationship with a new
by Patrick Chamoiseau. A legendary
storyteller in Martinique is discovered dead of
unknown causes. Did one of his friends murder him,
or was he choked by his own words?
by Phyllis Alesia Perry. Through
out-of-body experiences, Lizzie relives her
great-grand-mothers experiences as a
STORE OF A MILLION ITEMS: Stories
by Michelle Cliff, the Jamaican
by Kim McLarin. Hope is a woman with every
reason to be mad. Her editor thinks she got her job
merely because shes black, her white lover
dumps her for a blonde, and her African-American
boyfriend considers her a traitor to the race.
by Diane McKinney-Whetstone. The escape of
three sisters from their nightmarish foster home
forces their caregivers to move beyond the abuse
that had characterized their relationships.
by John Edgar Wideman. A woman who has
lost her husband to AIDS and her two sons to
the streets must find a way to heal
JUMPED THE DEVIL
by Blair S. Walker. Neo-Nazis threaten to
bomb the NAACPs national
by Michael Reaves. "Murder and dark magic
prowl the New Orleans streets."
WAKE OF THE WIND
by J. California Cooper. The cataclysmic
effects of post Reconstruction Era lynchings and
injustice to a family of freedmen.
by Brian Keith Jackson. Returning to
Louisiana for his fathers funeral, a
successful New York photographer searches for the
reason for his abandonment as an infant.
LOOKS LIKE CRAZY ON AN ORDINARY DAY
by Pearl Cleage. Ava finds that HIV is not
a death sentence but a new beginning, thanks to her
sister, her new man, and a group of troubled
by Janice Daugharty. A black man discovers
a white womans body and is blackmailed by his
BOYS: Short Stories
by Reginald McKnight. Racism is part of
daily life in these stories that explore the
complexities of crossing the racial
by Rosemarie Robotham. What begins as a
passionate affair for Zachary and Korie becomes
increasingly troubled when secrets are revealed.
by Ellis Cose. A lawyer takes a case
defending a white client accused of killing his
Latino office colleague.
by Barbara Neely. The third book in
Neelys series features Roxburys Blanche
White discovering a cover-up in the murder of a
by Robert Skinner. Wesley Farrell passes
for white and owns a nightclub in New Orleans
during the Depression.
DARKER SHADE OF CRIMSON: An Ivy League Mystery
by Pamela Thomas-Graham. A Harvard
professor turns sleuth when she stumbles upon a
dead body during a blackout.
NO HIDING PLACE
by Valerie Wilson Wesley. Two new
entries in the Tamara Hayle mystery
OF THE CRICKET: A Lew Griffin Novel
by James Sallis. The fourth book in the
Lew Griffin series finds the detective searching
for his missing son.
THE LAWYERS: A Joe Sixsmith Mystery
by Reginald Hill. His meeting with a
lawyer ends in a shouting match; when the lawyer is
murdered, Joe becomes a suspect.
NO EVIL: A Marti MacAlister Mystery
by Eleanor Taylor Bland. Detective Marti
MacAlister investigates the death of a female drug
addict, while a stalker plans to kill her, her
family, and her housemates.
by Linda McKeever Bullard. An aspiring
judge is being blackmailed by her best
friends husband with whom she had an
by Margaret Cuthbert. An obstetrician
fears that many patients being referred to her have
fetuses that have been deliberately
A WOMANS GOTTA DO: A Novel of Suspense
by Evelyn Coleman. After her fiancÈ
fails to show up at their wedding and her car is
found covered with blood, Patricia is suspected of
LAST SEEN ALIVE: An Aaron Gunner Mystery
by Gar Anthony Haywood. What happened to
Elroy Covington who never returned from the Million
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