Couples on the Rocks | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections feature couples in crisis. Some will salvage their relationships, and others will meet an unfortunate end

Church Ladies, Preachers, Gangstas | African American Fiction (and More)

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Put on your best Sunday going-to-church hat but be sure to pack some heat with that Bible. Four solid African American inspirational titles populate this month’s column, but also included is a major urban fiction author’s latest work. Wahida Clark’s writing is loaded with thrills, but her characters’ faith relies on a .38 Special pistol.

Reference Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Edward Hirsch’s A Poet’s Glossary; Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape; John R. Vile’s The United States Constitution: Questions and Answers, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

What’s in a Name? | African American Fiction (and More)

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Urban fiction dialog weighs in on the rough side laced with insults and profanity. There’s also name calling to challenge a rival or just to be a hater. While male characters are quick to pull pistols in a fight, women enter frays with cut-to-the-bone verbal insults, as this month’s selections reveal.

Desperate Times | African American Fiction (and More)

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The phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” is especially true for December’s selections. Whether plunging into a gang war or jockeying to be plucked as a millionaire’s wife, the characters in these novels find themselves caught up in desperate situations. Some will turn to God and others will rely on superior firepower.

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 […]

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).

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.

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