LJ Best Books 2017

It's time again for LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.   SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Best Books 2011: Street Lit

DuPree, Kia. Silenced. Grand Central. ISBN 9780446547741. pap. $13.99.
This searing portrait of the working poor living on the wrong side of K Street in Washington, DC, is the real deal. Its inner-city realism compares favorably with Sister Souljah’s The Coldest Winter Ever and Sapphire’s Push. (LJ BookSmack! 8/18/11)

Hall, Sereniti. Feenin’. Wahida Clark Presents Pub. ISBN 9780982841440. pap. $15.
Hall’s from-the-heart writing exposes the harsh reality of crack addiction and landing on the wrong side of the law while winning over fans of raw street lit. (LJ BookSmack! 1/20/11)

Hilton, Erica & others. Dirty Money Honey. Melodrama Pub. ISBN 9781934157442. pap. $14.99.
Honey Brown is one bad woman planning a Las Vegas casino robbery. Three street lit authors‚ Hilton, Nisa Santiago, and Kim K.‚ tag team Honey’s story line and come up with a wild ride marked by rough slang, murder, and nasty sex. (LJ BookSmack! 9/15/11)

K’wan. Eviction Notice: A Hood Rat Novel. Griffin: St. Martin’s. ISBN 9780312536985. pap. $14.99.
This latest installment in K’wan’s widely popular series lifts him from just another street lit author to a writer who produces thrilling plots laced with genuine street slang. (LJ BookSmack! 7/21/11)

Silhouettes. Street Soldier. Urban Bks. ISBN 9781601624529. pap. $14.95.
With Street Soldier defiantly tattooed on his chest, Jamal Prince Perkins is a teenager who knows how to survive. A boy’s best friend wasn’t his dog around here…it was a 9 mm strapped to his side. An edgy tale of coming-of-age on the street. (LJ BookSmack! 6/16/11)

Turner, Nikki. Heartbreak of a Hustler’s Wife. One World: Ballantine. ISBN 9780345511089. pap. $14.
This sequel to Natural Born Hustler comes loaded with plenty of drama, crackling slang, and oh, my, Turner writes with fury when her women get scorned. (LJ BookSmack! 2/17/11)

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  1. CL Winslow says:

    We’re so honored that Dirty Money Honey was selected. Library Journal rocks!

  2. Troy Johnson says:

    Congratulations are in order for all the authors and their publishers especially Melodrama — hangin’ with the big dogs!

  3. renee says:

    Congratulations Sereniti Hall!! I loved Feenin keep up the good work.

  4. wahida clark says:

    Wow! Congratulations Sereniti Hall! What an accomplishment for your debut novel. And shout out for representing the home team Wahida Clark Presents!