African American Fiction

Waking with Enemies

By Eric Jerome Dickey

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“. . . [S]exy hitman Gideon in London confront[s] his own mortality when he becomes the target of an attempted hit. In addition, Gideon also resolves his inner turmoil when he realizes that people in his past were not exactly whom he believed them to be. Although his love triangle and quadrangles are quite unconventional, Gideon eventually finds a love that seems to satisfy his long search for normalcy.” From Library Journal
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True to the Game

By Teri Woods

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"When Gena meets Quadir, a charismatic drug lord, she is immediately attracted to his status and wealth. Gena loves the fact that Quadir owns the streets of Philly. As Gena and Quadir begin to fall in love, Quadir shares his deepest desires with Gena. Someday, he tells her, he wants to be a dentist and live a legit life. He explains that he got into the drug business in order to support his desitute family. Quadir proposes to Gena (who happily accepts) and tells her that due to all the money he has stashed he is already a millionaire many times over. He has decided to go legit and leave the drug business. As Gena and Quadir prepare to make a life together tragedy strikes, forcing Gena to reevaluate her life and her future." Sandra Calhoune, Allreaders.com
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Push: A Novel

By Sapphire

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“Untrained, uneducated, and pregnant by her father, Claireece Precious Jones has nowhere to turn until Ms. Blue encourages her to read and write down everything in a journal. As her writing becomes more accessible, she gains confidence in herself.” From Booklist
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God Don't Like Ugly

By Mary Monroe

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“Annette Goode, born in the racist South of the 1950s, is the heroine of Monroe's strong second novel . . . a coming-of-age journey depicted with wit, poignancy and bite.” From Publisher’s Weekly
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Forever a Hustler’s Wife: A Novel

By Nikki Turner

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“Yarni Taylor, a successful lawyer who has dedicated herself to helping "minority men caught up in the wrath," fights to keep her hustler husband out of prison in this anemic tale of treachery and dedication among the rich and ghetto-fabulous.” From Publisher’s Weekly
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Midnight: A Gangster Love Story

By Sister Souljah

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"Midnight is the enigmatic character from Souljah's 1999 best-seller, The Coldest Winter Ever. In this novel, she backs up to tell Midnight's story: a young Sudanese boy migrates to America with his pregnant mother, leaving behind a political activist father and a much wealthier life. For seven years, they struggle in a Brooklyn tenement among drug pushers and prostitutes, the mother creating a Sudanese idyll. By the age of 15, Midnight easily navigates the city streets, negotiating on his mother's behalf, straddling Sudanese and American culture. He helps his mother build a lucrative clothing business with wares that appeal to immigrants hungry to maintain their culture. Working at a Chinese fish market, Midnight meets and falls in love with Akemi, a young Japanese artist. The fact that she doesn't speak English and he doesn't speak Japanese doesn't impede. Remarkably disciplined in his Muslim faith and Sudanese culture, Midnight learns ancient self-defense techniques and eschews the aggressive attention of desperate females. Hip-hop artist and master storyteller Souljah offers biting social critique on contemporary urban culture tucked inside a love story." Vanessa Bush for Booklist
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Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel

By Sister Souljah

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“The trials and tribulations of young Winter Santiaga are described in gritty detail in this coming-of-age novel, the first by the phenomenally popular rap star who frequently lectures on the themes of this novel: overcoming teenage pregnancy, fatherless households, and drug use in African American communities.” From Library Journal
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Baby Momma Drama

By Carl Weber

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“In Richmond, Virginia, Stephanie and Jasmine compete for affection from their grandmother, Big Mama. The oldest sister, Jasmine, is waiting on her boyfriend, Derrick, to get out of jail. After three years of loyalty and celibacy, on one of her visits she finds Derrick in a compromising position with his baby's mama, Wendy. The hurt of that encounter causes her to seek out her friend, Dylan. Their relationship starts off shaky when his ex-girlfriend claims that she is pregnant. Little sister, Stephanie, has a daughter by her high-school sweetheart, Malek, who left her to pursue a music career in Washington, D.C. Throughout all of the "baby's mama drama," Jasmine and Stephanie learn that they actually have more in common and that no matter what they will always be sisters.” From Booklist

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The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner

By Walter Dean Myers

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Fifteen-year-old Artemis journeys to Tombstone, Arizona, in 1882 to avenge the murder of his uncle, in a Western spoof complete with dastardly villains. 

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