Betrayal and Forgiveness | African American Fiction (and More)

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There’s a satisfying amount of betrayal, bedroom romps, and violence to please a wide range of urban fiction readers. However, Kimberla Lawson Roby’s latest work moves away from these overworked themes and offers a message of forgiveness while dealing with an overzealous “friend.”

Fan Favorites and Promising Newcomers | African American Fiction (and More)

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Urban fiction fan favorites Ni-Ni Simone and De’Nesa Diamond return, but librarians will also want to watch promising debut authors Ginger McKnight-Chavers and Stephen Mack Jones.

Cozy or Rough | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month treats us to new releases from popular urban fiction authors plus a tasty cozy murder mystery centered on the owner of a soul food restaurant and her sassy cousin.

Boy-Meets-Girl Drama | African American Fiction (and More)

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Titles this month are about the drama swirling around the time-tested boy-meets-girl story line. Is there a bit of romance? Maybe. Sex? Absolutely.

Sexy Reads | African American Fiction (and More)

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Mirroring the mantra “sex sells,” this month’s selections feature such salacious situations as open marriages, hiring prostitutes for a hubby’s bedroom pleasure, cougars turned on by younger guys, and gold diggers taking older men’s money.

Pushing Genre Boundaries | African American Fiction (and More)

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A historical mystery set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, an inspirational novel about a very human man of God and his family, a soft cozy, an urban tale starring a Latina thief, and a rough-and-tumble street lit title populate this month’s selections.

No Shortage of Drama | African American Fiction (and More)

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There’s plenty of drama and tension in this month’s novels, including an interesting take on the struggle for civil rights, a police procedural to solve multiple deaths, and a dysfunctional family circling their wagons to protect their own. Plus Terry McMillan returns!

Old and New Voices | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections are dominated by well-known African American authors who benefit from instant name recognition. But don’t miss out on a first novelist who writes about an African American man’s journey to accept his sexuality during the wild times of the Prohibition era.

The Mean Streets | African American Fiction (and More)

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While Harlem and Brooklyn have been the setting for much of urban fiction, this month’s selections extend into Newark, NJ, Detroit, and Memphis. Yet the place that really stands out is Washington, DC’s Library of Congress.

Saints and Sinners | African American Fiction (and More)

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December’s selections are tales that could have been drawn from the Bible but offer a 21st-century slant.