Newest Black Fiction and Poetry
Cross My Heart
Call Number: B 813.54 P3171c 2013
James Patterson raises the stakes to their highest level, ever-when Alex Cross becomes the obsession of a genius of menace set on proving that he is the greatest mind in the history of crime.
The Other Side of Free
Call Number: B 813.6 R9611o 2013
In 1739, having escaped from slavery under the British, thirteen-year-old Jem finds himself in the custody of sharp-tongued Phaedra at Fort Mose in Spanish Florida, but his efforts to break free of Phaedra's will have surprising results.
Searching for Right
Call Number: B 813.6 H7491s 2012
On the brink of adulthood, four high school seniors--Lauren, Jayda, Danielle and Brenda--struggle with various issues and must rely on their faith in God and their friendship with each other to see them through these tough times.
The Wedding Gift
Call Number: B 813.6 B6662w 2013
In 1852, when prestigious Alabama plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah--her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the proper Southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving whom she chooses. Sarah equally hides behind the facade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape.
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Call Number: B 811.6 A798b 2013
"A rebellious boy's journey through the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family--this is the riveting story of a generation told through one dazzlingly poetic new voice."
Claire of the Sea Light
Call Number: B 813.54 D193c 2013
"Told with the piercing lyricism and economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while indelibly revealing the mysterious connections we share with the natural world and with one another, amid the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life."
Call Number: B 813.6 A374e 2007
"Eastside" is a coming-of-age tale set among the backdrop of inner-city gang violence in the early '90s.
Friends and Foes
Call Number: B 813.6 B5986f 2013
"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? ..."
Call Number: B 813.6 T216h 2012
"Janelle Evans hasn't gone back to Hope Springs for family reunions since losing her husband. But when she arrives for Christmas and learns that her grandmother is gravely ill, she decides to extend the stay. It isn't long before she runs into her first love, and feelings that have been dormant for more than a decade are reawakened."
Call Number: B 813.6 C7121i 2013
Publication Date: 2013-02-26
When a troubled young woman confronts her abuser, she discovers that facing him--and her problems--will lead her into the arms of Jesus. Healing from a divorce, Reese thinks she has it together, until the Midwest's biggest drug lord sweeps her off her feet.
Call Number: B 813.6 C3231L 2007
Even though talented young painter Islam Ian is taking New York and London by storm, he feels nothing but emptiness until he meets a mysterious woman who, while bringing him to new heights of pleasure, forces him to question his morals, limits, beliefs, and sanity.
The Hand I Fan With
"All her life, Lena McPherson, 45, has been using her supernatural powers to help people in Mulberry, Georgia, yet never has she been able to use them for herself, say to find love. One day that changes when a man who is visible only to her enters her life. But a spirit's love is impermanent, one of the disadvantages of falling in love with a ghost."
The Perfect Marriage
Call Number: B 813.54 R668p 2013
Watching her parents struggle with their drug addictions, their loss of control, and diminishing family unity, Mackenzie Shaw takes matters into her own hands.
The Secret She Kept
Call Number: B 813.6 B5986s 2012
"How far will you go to save someone you love and trust when they've kept a dangerous secret for years?"
You Know Better
Call Number: B 813.6 A617y 2003
"A novel of relationships and pathos follows the struggles of three very different women over one weekend as they seek to confront the pain of their lives."
Newest Black Nonfiction
Help Me to Find My People
Call Number: B 306.362 W7211h 2012
After the Civil War, African Americans placed poignant "information wanted" advertisements in newspapers, searching for missing family members. Inspired by the power of these ads, Heather Andrea Williams uses slave narratives, letters, interviews, public records, and diaries to guide readers back to devastating moments of family separation during slavery when people were sold away from parents, siblings, spouses, and children.
Letters to an Incarcerated Brother
Call Number: B 365.6092 H2932l 2013
A compelling, important addition to Hill Harper’s bestselling series, inspired by the numerous young inmates who write to him seeking guidance.
The Man from Scottsboro
Call Number: B 345.76102532 K563m 2003
"The one day trial of Clarence Norris and the other eight "Scottsboro Boys" resulted in their conviction and the death sentence despite a paucity of evidence. Though he was later pardoned, Norris spent 13 years in jail. (He died in 1989.) Norris's description of his arrest, trial and sentencing is both tragic and inspirational. "
Twelve Years a Slave
Call Number: B 306.362092 N878t 2013
The story that inspired the major motion picture. Kidnapped into slavery in 1841, Solomon Northup spent 12 years in captivity. This autobiographical memoir represents an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society.
Other New Black Nonfiction
Ella Baker: the Forgotten Female Voice of Civil Rights
Call Number: B 323.092 B1671Ym 2013
"Ella Baker invented a form of grassroots community organizing for social justice that had a profound impact on the struggle for civil rights and continues to inspire agents of change on behalf of a wide variety of social issues... In this book, historian J. Todd Moye masterfully reconstructs Baker's life and contribution for a new generation of readers."
First Class: the legacy of Dunbar, America's first Black public high school
Call Number: B 373.753 S8491f 2013
"An analysis of the first US high school for African Americans, the publication of which will coincide with the opening of the school's new facility."
High Price:A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society
Call Number: B 920 H3251h 2013
A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction.
Call Number: B 364.1523 S9493l 2002
"Acclaimed journalist Randall Sullivan follows Russell Poole, a highly decorated LAPD detective who in 1997 was called to investigate a controversial cop-on-cop shooting, eventually to discover that the officer killed was tied to Marion "Suge" Knight's notorious gangsta rap label, Death Row Records...'
Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D. C.
Call Number: B 370.92 B563Yj 2013
Jones explores the monumental life of Mary McLeod Bethune as a leader, a crusader and a Washingtonian.
More Than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa
Call Number: B 305.8687291 G7985m 2002
"This ethnography follows Cuban exiles from Jose Marti's revolution to the Jim Crow South in Tampa, Florida, as they shape an Afro-Cuban-American identity over a span of five generations. Building on Marti's declaration that being Cuban was "more than white, more than black," this book views, from the vantage of a community unique in time and place, the joint effects of ethnicity and gender in shaping racial identities."
Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat
Call Number: B 616.85263092 C8737n 2009
Stephanie Covington Armstrong does not fit the stereotype of a woman with an eating disorder. She grew up poor and hungry in the inner city. Foster care, sexual abuse, and overwhelming insecurity defined her early years... In this moving first-person narrative, Armstrong describes her struggle as a black woman with a disorder consistently portrayed as a white woman's problem..."
Psychological Health of Women of Color: intersections, challenges, and opportunities
Call Number: B 155.333 P9745 2013
"This perceptive and practical guide explores the growing phenomenon of successful women serving as mentors to other women in academia or in professional careers."
Saltwater Slavery: a middle passage from Africa to American diaspora
Call Number: B 381.440973 S6359s 2008
"Stephanie E. Smallwood offers a penetrating look at the process of enslavement from its African origins through the Middle Passage and into the American slave market."
Raise Him Up: a single mother's guide to raising a successful Black man; taken from the Book of Acts
Call Number: B 649.10243 M8211r 2013
"Raise Him Up delves into the challenges faced by African-American single moms and offers advice, scriptural support, and helpful prayers. Each chapter relates a spiritual point taken from the book of Acts, a mother's story, and draws parallels to the struggles of the modern day African-American mother..."
Segregation, Poverty, and Mortality in Urban African Americans
Call Number: B 305.896 P763s 1997
"This book examines mortality rates for African-Americans in selected U.S. urban areas in relation to both social class and the degree of black-white residential segregation."
Slaves on Screen: film and historical vision
Call Number: B 791.43655 D2611s 2000
""Tackles the large issue of how the moving picture industry has portrayed slaves in five major motion pictures spanning four generations. The potential of film to narrate the historical past in an effective and meaningful way, with insistence on loyalty to the evidence, is assessed in five films; Spartacus (1960), Burn! (1969), The Last Supper (1976), Amistad (1997), and Beloved (1998)."
Social Work with African American Males: : health, mental health, and social policy
Call Number: B 362.8496 S67812 2010
" Taking a step back from the traditionally myopic view of African American males as criminals and hustlers, this groundbreaking book provides a more nuanced and realistic portrait of their experiences in the world. Chapter authors, both established and emerging scholars of social problems relevant to African Americans, offer a comprehensive overview of the social and economic data on black males to date and the significant issues that affect them from adolescence to adulthood..."
This Is the Day: the March on Washington
Call Number: B 323.11960739046 F8534t 2013
This Is the Day is a stirring photo-essay documenting the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of August 28, 1963, the historic day on which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
Unbelievable :the life, death, and afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.
Call Number: B 782.421642092 C682u 2012
".... Compellingly written and brilliantly illustrated, with rare color and black-and-white photographs from Vibe's archives and Biggie's family, this is an in-depth look at the life and afterlife of an icon..."