Best Books 2012: Street Lit

Animal Best Books 2012: Street LitK’wan. Animal. Cash Money Content, dist. by Atria: S. & S. ISBN 9781936399253. pap. $14.99; eISBN 9781936399260.
Given their author’s unmatched ear for street talk and talent for bringing gritty characters to life, K’wan’s “Hood Rat” stories make up one of the best series in urban fiction. His latest plot will draw readers into an intricate web of deceit. (The Word on Street Lit, 10/23/12)

Miller, Karen E. Quinones: An Angry-Ass Black Woman. Karen Hunter Bks: Gallery.
ISBN 9781451607826. pap. $15; eISBN 9781451608991.
Miller expounds on racism, crime, drug use, poverty, spousal abuse, and pedophiles preying on young black girls—exactly what street lit is all about. (The Word on Street Lit, 7/18/12)

Noire. Natural Born Liar: The Misadventures of Mink LaRue. Dafina: Kensington. ISBN 9780758266088. pap. $15; eISBN 9780758279392.
Noire knows all about street slang, scams, strip clubs, and wild sex bouts, but she also has created wonderfully realistic characters who are bold, fierce, and wide open. (The Word on Street Lit, 5/18/12)

Stringer, Vickie M. Low Down and Dirty. Atria: S. & S. ISBN 9781451660869. $23.99; eISBN 9781451660890.
Raven Gomez is the perfect street lit antiheroine: a lying, thieving, backstabbing, cold-blooded, selfish, heartless, scandalous bitch. Her adventures make a terrific read. (The Word on Street Lit, 3/13/12)

Swinson, Kiki & De’nesha Diamond. A Gangster and a Gentleman. Dafina: Kensington. ISBN 9780758251824. pap. $15; eISBN 9780758281913.
Two major urban fiction talents contribute novellas loaded with street-lit cred and plenty of furious action that will have readers pumping their fists and demanding more. (The Word on Street Lit, 8/13/12)

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