The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead | LJ Reviews

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Whitehead’s superb new novel raises the bar for fiction addressing slavery.

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.

Best Books 2015: Genre Fiction

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African American Fiction By Rollie Welch Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. Mama’s Boy. Gallery. ISBN 9781476714950. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476715032. F Billingsley’s emotionally moving story dramatically captures the fear an African American mother endures when her son gets involved in a racial confrontation with a white cop that goes very wrong. (African American Fiction and More, […]

A Mother’s Fear, a Daughter’s Revenge | African American Fiction (and More)

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Moving away from standard urban fiction themes of violence and sex, established African American fiction author ReShonda Tate Billingsley tackles the hot-button topic of the police shooting of unarmed black men and teens, while Saundra’s tale of street vengeance recalls Sistah Souljah.

From Dealin’ to Wildin’ Out | African American Fiction (and More)

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Urban fiction from drug dealing to wild and ruthless Memphis gangs. Plus a steamy erotic tale that leaves nothing uncovered.

Q&A: LaShonda Katrice Barnett | Debut Authors, February 15, 2015

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Barnett’s compelling and acclaimed debut novel, Jam on the Vine, shines a spotlight on the crucial role the black press played in the lives of African Americans after the Civil War.

African American Lives: Books for February, Black History Month

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These 100 titles celebrate the rich variety of the lives of the community’s artists, ­businesspeople, athletes, scholars, activists, and more.

Fuel to the Flame | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s authors throw gas on urban fiction’s constantly smoldering fire of sex and violence. Brace yourself for decapitations, group sex, girl-on-girl knock-down, drag-out fights and of course stellar trash talking.

Best Books 2013: African American Fiction

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The best African American fiction of 2013.