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  Cover Art: Domino Falls Barnes, Steven
Domino Falls
It began on Freak Day - that day no one could explain, when strangers and family members alike went crazy and started biting one another. Some though the outbreak was caused by a flu shot, other that it was a diet drug gone terribly wrong. All anyone knew is that once you were bitten and went to sleep, you woke up a freak.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Money Can't Buy Love Briscoe, Connie
Money Can't Buy Love
When Lena wins the jackpot in the Maryland lottery, she quits her job, becomes engaged, and revels in her newfound popularity, but ultimately suspects that fortune comes with a price.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Silent Wager Bunkley, Anita R.
Silent Wager
Camille and Max Granville are trying to piece their life together after a devastating tropical storm. They have to rebuild their home and business from scratch as well as pay for the college tuition of their daughter Jaiden. Max makes a deal with two businessmen who do not seem to have the Granville's best interest at heart but whose financial help saves the family's home and restaurant. Tragically, Max is killed in a fire and it is now up to Camille to salvage her relationship with Jaiden and try to uncover exactly what happened the night Max died...
2006
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Fledgling Butler, Octavia E.
Fledgling
Fledgling, Octavia Butler's first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted--and still wants--to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: 72 Hour Hold Campbell, Bebe Moore
72 Hour Hold
Trina is eighteen and suffers from bi-polar disorder, making her paranoid, wild, and violent. Frightened by her own child, Keri searches for help, quickly learning that the mental health community can only offer her a seventy-two hour hold. After these three days Trina is off on her own again. Fed up with the bureaucracy and determined to save her daughter by any means necessary, Keri signs on for an illegal intervention known as The Program, launching them both on a terrifying journey.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: If Sons Then Heirs Cary, Lorene
If Sons Then Heirs
After World War II, Needham family members migrated north to Philadelphia from South Carolina, leaving behind the tragic injustice surrounding the violent death of their patriarch, King. His devoted widow, Selma, remains on the old home place. Over the years, she raises King's children, including his great-grandson, Rayne, on whom falls the responsibility to bring the family together to save the family land and mend the rift between him and his mother.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Till You Hear from Me Cleage, Pearl
Till You Hear from Me
Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama's presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five-year-old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds herself on Washington, D.C.'s post-election sidelines even as her twentysomething counterparts overrun the West Wing. She returns home to Atlanta, and her controversial civil rights icon father, Reverend Horace A. Dunbar.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Life is Short but Wide Cooper, J. California
Life is Short but Wide
This is "a story about love: hard-to-find, hard-to-get, hard-to-keep love." The narrator is 91-year-old Hattie B. Brown, who, along with her 105-year-old mother, relates the saga of a family that begins with Val Strong, a Native American cattle driver, and Irene, the African American woman he comes to love. Between them they build a life in Wideland, Oklahoma, with a house and some land. Their daughters, Rose and Tante, want different lives. Tante gets her PhD and moves to Paris, while Rose stays in the home she grew up in, continuing to teach poor children. Another family story, that of Herman Tenderman, emerges parallel to this one. It is when the two stories, or families, come together that the "hard" love story begins and winds its agonizing way to happiness.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Wanted Woman Dickey, Eric Jerome
A Wanted Woman
"She is a woman of a thousand faces, an assassin who could be anyone, anywhere. The Trinidad contract was supposed to be simple: to make a living man become a dead man. When the job goes bad under the watchful eye of a bank security camera, there is nowhere for agent MX-401, known as Reaper, to hide from the fearsome local warlords, the Laventille Killers. Her employers, the Barbarians, send her to Barbados, the next island over, barely two hundred miles away, with the LK's in hot pursuit of the woman who took many of their own. With the scant protection of a dank safe house, no passport, and no access to funds, an island paradise becomes her prison. While she trawls for low-profile assignments to keep her skills sharp and a few dollars in her pocket, Reaper discovers that family ties run deep, on both sides of the fight. Will the woman everyone wants, who has lived countless lives in the service of others, finally discover who she really is?" -- from publisher's web site.
2014
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Durrow, Heidi W.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Rachel, the daughter of a danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop. Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It's there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity. This searing and heartwrenching portrait of a young biracial girl dealing with society's ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self Evans, Danielle
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
Fearless, funny, and ultimately tender, Evans's stories offer a bold new perspective on the experience of being young and African-American or mixed-race in modern-day America.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: I Am Not Sidney Poitier Everett, Percival L.
I Am Not Sidney Poitier
The novel follows the life of a young man named Not Sidney Poitier, after he was orphaned at age eleven and inherited a staggering number of shares in the Turner Broadcasting Corporation.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Lesson Before Dying Gaines, Ernest J.
A Lesson Before Dying
A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.
1993
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Whoreson : the Story of a Ghetto Pimp Goines, Donald
Whoreson : the Story of a Ghetto Pimp
Whoreson Jones is the son of a beautiful black prostitute and an unknown white john. As a child, he's looked after by his neighbourhood's imposing matriarch, Big Mama, while his mother works the streets. At the age of 12, his street education begins when a man named Fast Black schools him in trickology. By 13, Whoreson is a cardsharp. At the age of 16 his childhood comes to an abrupt end when he becomes a fully-fledged pimp: cold-blooded and ruthless. As he battles to understand his world, he must learn to live up to his mother's words, 'First be a man, then be a pimp'.
200u
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Spook Who Sat By the Door Greenlee, Sam
The Spook Who Sat By the Door
A classic in the black literary tradition, The Spook Who Sat by the Door is both a comment on the civil rights problems in the United States in the late 60s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy. Dan Freeman, the "spook who sat by the door," is enlisted in the CIA's elitist espionage program. Upon mastering agency tactics, however, he drops out to train young Chicago blacks as "Freedom Fighters" in this explosive, award-winning novel. As a story of one man's reaction to ruling-class hypocrisy, the book is autobiographical and personal. As a tale of a man's reaction to oppression, it is universal.
2002
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: No One in the World Harris, E. Lynn
No One in the World
Follows the experiences of a gay social climber and his career criminal brother, who reunite thirty years after being separated as children.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Heart of Gold : a Blessings Novel Jenkins, Beverly
Heart of Gold : a Blessings Novel
"Henry Adams has had its fair share of drama ever since Bernadine Brown bought the town with her divorce settlement. Now just when things are starting to settle down, it's about to get crazy again... Cephas Patterson doesn't just want to be left alone-if you dare step onto his property, he'll meet you with a shotgun and a warning to stay away from his gold. He reminds Zoey of the lonely time she spent living on the streets, so she quietly begins leaving him small offerings. But then Cephas dies and leaves a saddle bag of gold-to Zoey. And that's not all. Zoey's parents are going through a trial separation, her former BFF Devon is giving her fits, and friend Crystal has run away from home. Then there's Bernadine's mean-spirited baby sister who has arrived unexpectedly, and an ongoing battle with a neighboring town is about to heat up. Will Henry Adams ever be the same again?"--
2014
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Middle Passage Johnson, Charles Richard
Middle Passage
In 1830, seeking to escape an unwanted marriage, Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave, becomes a stowaway aboard The Republic, unaware that the ship is a slave clipper bound for West Africa.
1998
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Known World Jones, Edward P.
The Known World
Henry Townsend, born a slave, is purchased and freed by his father, yet he remains attached to his former owner, even taking lessons in slave owning when he eventually buys his own slaves. Townsend is part of a small enclave of free blacks who own slaves, thus offering another angle on the complexities of slavery and social relations in a Virginia town just before the Civil War.
2003
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Silver Sparrow Jones, Tayari
Silver Sparrow
Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families, the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters, the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle, she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another's lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers--think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye--Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women, just not as their mothers.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
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