Cozy or Rough | African American Fiction (and More)

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.

The Mean Streets | African American Fiction (and More)

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.

We Are Family—Sort of | African American Fiction and More

What is family? This month’s column offers a diverse array of family units from a pimp’s stable of women to three half-sisters coming to terms with their father’s abandonment.

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

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.