African American Chick Lit

Valerie Wilson Wesley

"A trio of great single women is being driven to distraction; they have one thing in common -- Randall Hollis, a successful art dealer at the top of his game. Randall is rich, handsome, and charming -- the true-to-life dream lover of these smart, independent women who all find themselves passionately involved with him during the same seven-month period. There's Medora Jackson, an artist who has loved Randall since college and is now desperately trying to cut him loose. But turning Randall Hollis out of her life will end up being far more difficult than she thinks. There's Ana Reese-Mitchell, a wealthy widow and art collector who is haunted by the death of her best friend and the specter of her cruel late husband. She hopes Randall Hollis will be her second chance at love. And there's ambitious Taylor Benedict, a graduate student in art history who is coming to terms with her parents' divorce and problems from her childhood that she can't chase away. She's sure that Randall Hollis will be the first rung on her ladder to success.

"Randall Hollis is a man for all seasons, representing a different fantasy for each of the women who love him. As the novel unfolds, each woman will discover more about herself than she bargained for. And each, along with the errant Randall himself, will finally know the true meaning of love and the peace that comes with forgiveness."

Also available on audio.

Erica Kennedy

"A velvet-voiced Cinderella from small-town Ohio comes to the Big Apple and finds excitement, romance, and reality in this fast-paced, wickedly hilarious novel by an unforgettable new voice in contemporary fiction."

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Kimberla Lawson Roby

Whitney, Taylor, and Charisse have been best friends for years. When one of the woman has a problem, the other two are there to support her. Whitney is a plus--sized woman who just can't turn down a box of Krispy Kremes or find a man who'll stick around. Taylor is in a long--term relationship with a boyfriend who won't commit to marriage. And Charisse----well, Charisse is married, with two adorable children, but somehow doesn't have what she wants or needs. Then suddenly Charisse spins out of control. Her doormat husband manages to stand up to her and even threatens to go public with some very shady practices that Charisse had hoped to keep hidden, especially from her interfering mother. Only a very risky scheme will save her, she decides. But this time, how far can friendship go? In a witty and rollicking and ultimately poignant story, Kimberla Lawson Roby is at her best, telling a tale of three women who know that sometimes exhaling isn't enough.

Also available on audio.

Donna Hill

Diva (n.): an extremely arrogant or temperamental woman. Delicious Diva Tip #13: When in doubt, just do it anyway.

Tiffany Lane and Chantal Hollis are bonafide divas-in every sense of the word. They've also been Margaret Drew's best friends since they were children. Margaret has always been the plain Jane of the threesome, living vicariously through the exploits of her friends. But when Tiffany and Chantal head to Europe on an extended vacation, leaving Margaret to tend their apartments, Margaret decides to see how the other half lives. Co-opting their apartments, their boyfriends (current and past), their fabulous lifestyles and Tiffany's very savvy pooch, Virginia, Margaret finally feels like she has found the life she has always wanted and deserved. But her double living begins to catch up with her and Margaret might soon be homeless, manless, and friendless all in one swoop.

Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal McCrary Anthony
"Lauren is trying to be an independent woman by starting her own documentary film company, but it's difficult when you're married to Ed Thomas, one of the wealthiest African-American businessmen in the country -- particularly when he seems to have a roving eye. Manny is an up-and-coming gay real estate agent who arrived in Manhattan from Alabama with only the clothes on his back. He's made his way to the top of his profession -- yet he still wants more and is intent on charming his way into riches to keep his gorgeous live-in boyfriend happy. Tandy is one of the powerful 'ladies who lunch' until her husband's death reveals his shocking financial problems. Now, she's desperate to reinvent herself and must find a new source of money."
Marilynn Griffith

"ONCE, TWICE, TEN TIMES A BRIDESMAID! I, Dana Rose, do solemnly swear to say 'I won't' the next time someone asks me to be in their wedding party. My weak will has gained me a closetful of unflattering bridesmaids' dresses in various sizes to accommodate my ever-fluctuating waistline. As if that isn't enough, the past is paying me a most unwelcome visit (my prodigal brother, my backstabbing sis). Then there's Mr. Practically Perfect, the ex who not only married someone else, but opened the business of our dreams-right across from my new shop! It's no wonder I've got problems! I'm thankful I've got my friends, the Sassy Sistahood, to rely on."

Trisha R. Thomas
"What happens when you toss tradition out the window and really start living for yourself? Venus Johnston has a great job, a beautiful home, and a loving live-in boyfriend named Clint, who happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous doctor. She has a weekly beauty-parlor date with Tina, who keeps Venus's long, processed hair slick and straight.

"Ever since childhood, the tedious hours in the salon and the harsh, burning chemicals have grated on Venus, and increasingly she dreams of cutting off her beautiful 'good' hair. When her boyfriend keeps balking at commitment, and the thought of another hour at the salon is just too much, Venus decides to give it up -- all of it. She trades in the long hair for a dramatically short, natural cut and sends Clint packing. It's a bold declaration of independence -- and one that has effects she never could have imagined."

Tia Williams

Super-intelligent and gorgeous, Billie Burke is a workaholic who hasn't taken a break since she set her sights on the top editor position at a premier beauty magazine. So far, her ambition has paid off professionaly, but it has also effectively curtailed her personal life. Now that just might change. Falling headfirst into a scandalous and addictive affair with a man named Jay Lane, Billie has no idea that secrets from Jay's past will emerge and threaten their budding relationship. On audio.

Terry McMillan

"... a wise, earthy story of a friendship between four African American women who lean on each other while 'waiting to exhale,' waiting for that man who will take their breath away."

Benilde Little

"Aisha Branch is in the midst of planning her elaborate wedding when the unthinkable happens -- she falls for another man, hard. All the drama stirs up old feelings in her mother and grandmother, and as Aisha confronts a painful dilemma, the three Branch women take turns telling their own stories, reflecting separately on their lives and relationships. With her signature dry wit, quietly resonant insight and sharp yet compassionate eye, Benilde Little deftly explores one family's expectations, anxieties and abiding love."

On audio and also available to download.

Connie Briscoe, Lolita Files, and Anita Bunkley

"Three fascinating women discover that life, love and everything else gets better with age! Maxine Davis's life is careening out of control--her marriage is dull, her teenage daughters are driving her insane, and she is days away from a big birthday. New York Times bestselling author Connie Briscoe spins a compelling story of betrayal, forgiveness and redemption in The Perfect Life.

"A nasty divorce and the tragic events of 9/11 help an empty nester see beyond the narrow confines of her material world. In Three for the Road, Essence and Blackboard bestselling author Lolita Files takes readers on a breathtaking road trip to self-discovery with Lillibelle Goldman, as she meets an unlikely kindred spirit...

"In This Time Around, by bestselling author Anita Bunkley, a successful career woman proves that life doesn't end at forty. At forty-nine, Anika Redmond has just received an extreme makeover. But even with her new, hot body and a power job, Anita is still searching for the one thing in life that eludes her--a happy ending...."