African American Fiction (and More) | November 2013

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Why deal with complicated revenge schemes when cut-quick-to-the-bone insults produce the same result in way less time? Listed here are a few verbal gems from this month’s selections that will probably lead to more frenemies than friends. That definitely wasn’t an Altar Call. That was a bonafide parade of fools. Does your mother know that […]

From Hard-Core Street Lit to Gentle Romance | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections range from hard-core street lit and a PI-type mystery to a more gentle romance. Just as varied are these novels’ settings. Not settling for the same old same old inner-city backdrop, authors have picked more exotic locations, from the dazzling lights of Vegas to the Caribbean island of Haiti. Pick of the […]

Family Ties | African American Fiction (and More)

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Several family members play a part in this month’s selections, and they may alternate being loving, dysfunctional, or ultimately loyal. Sometimes they mean well but stick their noses into the protagonists’ romantic plans. Other times they can be a pain—deadbeat dads and eager-to-give-free-advice aunts and uncles—that won’t go away. No matter what, it’s good to know somebody you grew up with has your back.

Relationship Talk | African American Fiction (and More)

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An impressive debut from rapper Mac Lethal. Hampton sets her latest to reality TV. Octavia writes a sequel to His First Wife, and the spotlight turns to a self-published author from Cleveland.

The Long and Short of It | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections run the gamut from epic inspirational tales with dozens of characters and plot twists (Vanessa Davis Griggs’s The Other Side of Divine) to clipped novellas that tell an explosive story in less than 130 pages (Most Wanted by Kiki Swinson and Nikki Turner).

Spreading the Gospel | African American Fiction (and More)

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Stories shift from the mean streets to small towns, where forgiveness allows relationships to bloom.

Ladies with Attitude | African American Fiction (and More)

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The ladies in this month’s selections are feisty, cunning, disrespectful to everyone, and laser beam-focused on fulfilling their self-centered desires.

An Excellent Year for K’wan | African American Fiction (and More)

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The Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) committee of librarians acknowledges the best of the best from 2012 and author K’wan hits the trifecta! A useful third annual list and reader’s advisory tool.

Pop Authors with Cred | African American Fiction (And More)

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Authors in this month’s column have tons of cred. In fact, they’re almost known by single names like pop culture celebrities Rihanna, Diddy, or Nas. Here we have Nikki, HoneyB, and Eric whose books are always snatched up by loyal readers.

It’s so cool when spot-on descriptions shoot a visual image into readers’ imaginations and demand to be shared. Thus a few examples of tell-it-like-it-is found in this month’s titles.

A Column Gets a Reboot | The Word on Street Lit

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From its initial installment in February 2008, this column has reviewed urban fiction, but beginning this month the scope will expand to cover a range of books representing reading interests of many African American readers. Subgenres such as urban Christian stories, steamy romance tales featuring African American characters, or contemporary novels far removed from the […]

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