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 2013: African American Fiction

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G’Orge-Walker, Pat. Sister Betty Says I Do. Dafina: Kensington. ISBN 9780758289858. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780758289872..
There’s no drama like wedding planning drama, especially when Sister Betty Sarah Becton and trustee Freddie Noel decide to jump the broom. As the big event approaches, sinners and saints get into down-home humor, scripture readings, and outrageous trash talk. A wonderful and romantic laugh-out-loud romp. (African American Fiction and More, 6/19/13)

Grant, Michele. Losing To Win. Dafina: Kensington. ISBN 9780758289636. pap. $14; ebk. ISBN 9780758289650.
Fifteen years after her high school cheerleading days, Carissa Wayne is more fluffy than lean and her extended Louisiana family manipulates her into being a contestant on a weight-loss reality show. Carissa is a solid Southern woman with a lovely heart, and readers will cheer her campaign for a happily-ever-­after life. (African American Fiction and More, 9/17/13)

Kim K. Rise of an American Gangstress. Pt. 2. Melodrama. ISBN 9781620780220. pap. $14.99.
Partnering with a Colombian drug cartel has boss-lady Fancy Lane nervous, but the rags-to-riches leader of her New York drug empire should pay attention to her lovers. All the allure of street lit is found in this wicked brew of hot sex, gruesome torture, and hard-hitting revenge. (African American Fiction and More, 10/16/13)

Noire. Dirty Rotten Liar: The Misadventures of Mink LaRue. Dafina: Kensington. ISBN 9780758266101. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780758289247.
Noire’s third series installment is as fresh and saucy as its predecessors (Natural Born Liar; Sexy Little Liar). Mink and sidekick Bunni know how to handle risky business in and out of the bedroom as they concoct a scam to fleece a wealthy Dallas family. (African American Fiction and More, 5/16/13)

Weber, Carl. The Man in 3B. Grand Central. ISBN 9781455505265. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455505234.
A body burned beyond recognition is found in apartment 3B. Could it be sexy Daryl Graham? This closed-room mystery asks whodunit with an inner-city vibe as Weber balances street scenes, sex, and romantic relationships with a skilled hand. (African American Fiction and More, 2/21/13)

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  1. Troy Johnson says:

    Interesting list — thanks for sharing. Also reference the Power List Best-Selling Books: http://powerlist.info/ Power List titles are complied from booksellers, book clubs, social media. The Power List is the most comprehensive survey of what African American are actually reading available today.

    • Wilda Williams says:

      Thanks Troy for the tip on the Power list, which Rollie and I will be sure to check out.

  2. Most of the books on this list are in the urban fiction genre and continue to perpetuate a stereotype that is being peddled as black literature. Where is Nikki Giovanni’s new book or Lisa Tharps or Edwidge Danticat’s new book? Can there be some thought provoking literature featured?

  3. Rollie Welch says:

    The focus of my selections was to balance popularity with an engaging writing style and to give emphasis on titles not covered by mainstream publishers. The five titles are fine examples of these traits. Edwidge Danticat’s novel, Claire of the Sea Light, was named one of LJ’s top ten books of 2013.

  4. I am looking for people to reviewer my African fiction. My books are general romance in nature. No explicit sex. No swear language. No have speech. I am comfortable in sending pdf or kindle versions of these books. Print versions are on CreateSpace while kindlle is at Amazon. Contact me on writa1966 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Subject heading, FREE BOOK REVIEWS. Stay blessed.

  5. Author Jeannie Eneh says:

    I am a new author my current release is titled Lust and Basketball. I would love to read more articles on self-published and independent authors such as myself. Keep up the great work!