African American Fiction and Literature 2006

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Black History Month 2006

FICTION

Ali, Mohammed. The Prophet of Zongo Street: Stories. 2005. (Fiction Ali.M)
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Stories in the rich traditions of Africa mixing myth and modernity.
Antoni, Robert. Carnival. 2005. (Fiction Anton.R)
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An aspiring New York novelist from an affluent West Indian background joins two childhood friends for a return visit to Trinidad for Carnival where he discovers a great deal more about life than how to have a wild time.
Barnes, Yolanda. When It Burned to the Ground. 2005. (Fiction Barne.Y)
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Set during the L.A. riots of 1992, this gritty novel revolves around the lives of people living on fictional Piedmont Street.
Benson, Angela. The Amen Sisters. 2005. (Fiction Benso.A)
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Two sisters, one who entered the ministry and rejected her family and friends for their seeming lack of faith, seek each other out during a time of crisis for both, and struggle to heal the huge rift.
Berry, Bertice. When Love Calls, You Better Answer. 2005. (Fiction Berry.B)
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Divorced social worker attracts a series of real losers as far as relationships go, but starts getting advice from the ghost of her deceased Aunt Babe.
Bible, Montre. Heaven Sent. 2005. (Fiction Bible.M)
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A typical teenage boy begins having frightening visions when his mother falls ill with a mysterious disease.
Black, Daniel Omotosho. They Tell Me of a Home. 2005. (Fiction Black.D)
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After a ten-year absence from his rural home town in Arkansas, a man with a Ph.D. in black studies returns to research historical matters and the reasons behind his parents cold and indifferent treatment when he was growing up.
Briscoe, Connie. Can't Get Enough. 2005. (Fiction Brisc.C)
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The elite suburb of P.G. County, just outside D.C., is revisited, and this amusing romp takes up the tales of the over-privileged, never satisfied (and often scandalous) residents.
Buckhanon, Kalisha.Upstate. 2005. (Fiction Buckh.K)
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A coming-of-age tale told through the emotion-filled letters between a young man in jail for a terrible murder and his girlfriend.
Buckley, Michelle. Bulletproof Soul. 2005. (Fiction Buckl.M)
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Single and searching for the right man, reporter Lacy Foxx deals with a current interest who is charming but mysteriously vague about himself, as well as her own family issues, job worries, and girlfriends with woes of their own.
Butler, Octavia E.Fledgling. 2005. (Fiction Butle.O)
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A young girl discovers that she is really a 53-year-old vampire genetically modified to live normally when she is the only survivor of a vicious attack on her community.
Butler, Tajuana. Just My Luck. 2005. (Fiction Butle.T)
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On the eve of her college graduation, 38-year-old Lanita Lightfoot recounts the story of her long struggle to achieve her goal.
Campbell, Bebe Moore. 72 Hour Hold. 2004. (Fiction Campb.B)
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A mother seeks help from an ultra-alternative treatment program for her daughter with severe bi-polar disorder when the usual bureaucratic mental heath system fails her.
Can I Get an Amen. 2005. (Fiction Short Stories Sims.J)
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Four authors portray romance, faith, and love at the Red Oaks Christian Fellowship Church.
Clay, Stanley. In Search of Pretty Young Black Men. 2005. (Fiction Clay.S)
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A mysterious young man with alluring, seductive qualities offers his special brand of solace to a woman stuck in a loveless marriage in an affluent black neighborhood in L.A.
Cleage, Pearl. Babylon Sisters. 2005. (Fiction Cleag.P)
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A successful businesswoman who runs an agency helping immigrant women find jobs helps her journalist friend investigate a female slavery ring while her college-age daughter begins an investigation of her own—searching for the man who fathered her.
Dickey, Eric Jerome.Genevieve. 2005. (Fiction Dicke.E)
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When his wife's mysterious and provocative sister arrives, a man becomes embroiled in dark family secrets hidden away in a small Southern town.
Dongala, Emmanuel Boundzâeki.Johnny Mad Dog. 2005. (Fiction Donga.E)
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A coming-of-age story set during the chaos of West Africa's civil wars. Johnny Mad Dog, a member of the Death Dealers, lives life as a typical teenager on the one hand, and as a hardened rebel on the other.
Dyja, Tom. The Moon in Our Hands. 2005. (Fiction Dyja.T)
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From the author of Play for a Kingdom comes a masterful story inspired by the early life of Walter White, a blonde, blue-eyed, and very light-skinned African American, who, in 1918, was recruited by the NAACP to investigate a brutal lynching in a small Tennessee town.
Edwards, Cheri Paris. Plenty Good Room. 2005. (Fiction Edwar.C)
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Tamara Britton, dedicated social worker, loses her faith in God's support until Sienna, a feisty, rebellious teen, comes into her life, challenging every standard effort to help her turn her life around.
Evans, Diana. 26a. 2005. (Fiction Evans.D)
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Identical twins, Georgia and Bessi, share a private universe in their London flat to escape their depressed Nigerian mother and their alcoholic father.
Everett, Percival L. Damned if I Do: Stories. 2004. (Fiction Evere.P)
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Often hilarious, sometimes satirical, Everett's stories draw on a tradition of the African American tall tale and contemporary genre fiction to explore prejudice, identity, and the human condition.
Ewing, Rita. Brickhouse. 2005. (Fiction Ewing.R)
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The trials and tribulations of a trendy fitness gym's owner as she faces powerful small interests who want to demolish her building, a boyfriend who grows more distant, and a best friend on the brink of a divorce.
Farley, Christopher John.Kingston by Starlight. 2005. (Fiction Farle.C)
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Destitute, abandoned by her father, Irish born Anne Bonny seeks her fortune in the colonial West Indies and ends up as a ship's hand for a notorious pirate.
Forster, Gwynne. Whatever It Takes. 2005. (Fiction Forst.G)
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Twin sisters with a tradition of sibling rivalry and competition that started when they were crib mates raise the stakes from toys and clothes to money and men.
George, Nelson. The Accidental Hunter. 2004. (Fiction Georg.N)
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Private detective D. Hunter works his cases on the edges of New York's hip-hop club scene for wealthy clients reluctant to involve the NYPD.
Gregory, Tamara T. Passport Diaries. 2005. (Fiction Grego.T)
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An assistant D.A. has highly romantic notions of what she wants in a man and embarks on a grand European vacation when her job and the L.A. dating scene bring her more problems than pleasure.
Griggs, Vanessa Davis. Wings of Grace. 2005. (Fiction Grigg.V)
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Griggs's second book featuring Pastor George Landris. On the eve of his wedding, Pastor Landris becomes involved in sorting out the truths and secrets of two families.
Hardwick, Gary. The Executioner's Game. 2005. (Fiction Hardw.G)
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Taut novel about an efficient, cool-headed government assassin who begins to question the "why" of assignments as he meets a rival assassin in a deadly game of betrayal and survival.
Hardy, James Earl. A House Is Not a Home: A B-Boy Blues Novel. 2005. (Fiction Hardy.J)
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As one man contemplates his approaching 40th birthday and is tempted to make a major career change, his good buddy, a successful film star just now in this thirties, ponders taking a leading role as a gay man.
Harvey, Sheila Dansby. Illegal Affairs. 2005. (Fiction Harve.S)
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The incoming freshman class at a Texas law school forms the cast of this novel of rivalry, deceit, passion, and betrayal.
Hill, Donna (Donna O.) Getting Hers. 2005. (Fiction Hill.D)
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Three women at the top of their game—one a high class madam, one the lover of a chief underworld figure, one a successful CEO—are all struck with sudden reversals of fortune, and must deal with the life-changing fallout.
Holliday, Geneva. Groove. 2005. (Fiction Holli.G)
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It's a very hot summer in more ways than one, and this sexy, savvy romp follows four friends on their hilarious escapades in New York City.
Iweala, Uzodinma. Beasts of No Nation. 2005. (On Order)
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Set in an unnamed country in West Africa, this debut novel chronicles the experiences of a young boy recruited into a unit of guerilla fighters after he witnessed his father's brutal murder by militants.
Jackson, Derek. A Man Inspired. 2005. (Fiction Jacks.D)
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Surrounded by the glitter, hype and insincere friendships, super-hot motivational speaker Jermaine Hill mourns the simpler life he led before when family and true friends were his mainstays.
Jackson, Neta. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real. 2005. (Fiction Jacks.N)
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Once again the Yada Yadas pray together and face life's crazy-awful-wonderful experiences together.
Johnson, Charles Richard. Dr. King's Refrigerator, and Other Bedtime Stories. 2005. (Fiction Johns.C)
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Vivid cultural portraits and philosophical questions feature in this sly, witty collection of short stories by the award-winning author of Middle Passage.
Jones, Solomon. Ride or Die. 2004. (Fiction Jones.S)
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A modern day twist on Romeo and Juliet, this is the gritty story of two young people—a sheltered, innocent girl and a street savvy crack dealer—each faced with a life- changing decision after a murder charge is made.
Jones, Tayari. The Untelling. 2005. (Fiction Jones.T)
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After a childhood forever changed by a tragic car accident that killed her father and baby sister, and a youth spent growing up with a bitter mother and rebellious sister, a young woman on the verge of a secure, normal life confronts some heartbreaking secrets about her past.
Lester, Julius. The Autobiography of God. 2004. (Fiction Leste.J)
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Acclaimed author of both adult and children's books, Lester offers a story of a young female rabbi working as a college counselor and struggling with her loss of faith who is left a precious and miraculous legacy from a small Polish town eradicated in the Holocaust.
Lewis, William Henry. I Got Somebody in Staunton: Stories. 2005. (Fiction Lewis.W)
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A collection of ten stories evocative of time, place, and America's racial divide.
Little, Benilde. Who Does She Think She Is. 2005. (Fiction Littl.B)
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Not only does this indulged "bridezilla" run rampant planning an elaborate wedding (a $7,000 wedding dress, a fiancé no one really approves of), but she really gives in to her spoiled child impulses when she falls for another man.
Mason, Felicia. Enchanted Heart. 2004. (Fiction Mason.F)
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Playboy heir to a department store chain locks horns with the disapproving family members currently ruling things with an iron fist, and the lovely boutique owner who refuses to be bought out in more ways than one.
McClain-watson, Teresa. What We Did for Love. 2004. (Fiction Mccla.T)
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Conservative CEO and his liberal journalist girlfriend clash over much more than ideology when jealousy, outspokenness, and incriminating evidence of unfaithfulness arise.
McCollors, Tia. A Heart of Devotion. 2005. (Fiction Mccol.T)
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Two young women, best of friends, roommates, and equally dedicated to their church, are attracted to the seemingly devout and handsome newcomer to their community.
McMillan, Terry. The Interruption of Everything. 2005. (Fiction Mcmil.T)
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Marilyn Grimes, middle aged, perimenopausal, has sacrificed her dreams to live the life of the "sandwich generation"—kids, home, aging parents. She's fed up and finally ready to do something about it. She's just not quite sure what.
Millner, Denene. The Vow. 2005. (Fiction Milln.D)
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Three friends gather for a sorority sister's wedding and vow to find their true soul mates and get married within one year.
Monroe, Mary. In Sheep's Clothing. 2005. (Fiction Monro.M)
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Facing a dull future married to her dull boyfriend, a young woman takes a new job at a travel agency and proceeds to re-make herself—literally.
Morrison, Mary B. Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This. 2005. (Fiction Morri.M)
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The continuing story of playboy Darius Jones whose estranged wife may be expecting his child, and whose new love interest, a successful realtor, reveals some shocking facts from her past.
Murray, Albert. The Magic Keys. 2005. (Fiction Murra.A)
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A coming-of-age story about a young man who has been told he has a great future in store, but must discover on his own his true calling to fulfill everyone's great expectations.
Murray, Victoria Christopher.Grown Folks' Business. 2005. (Fiction Murra.V)
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A perfect family finds its perfect life in turmoil when husband and father reveals that he has slowly been falling in love with someone else and that someone else is a man.
Neff, Heather. Haarlem. 2005. (Fiction Neff.H)
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While struggling to stay sober, a New York City tunnel worker from Harlem undertakes a search for the mother he never knew that leads him to the Dutch town of Haarlem.
Noire. G-Spot: An Urban Erotic Tale. 2005. (Fiction Noire)
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The girlfriend of a dangerous and notorious Harlem club owner fantasizes about making other sexual conquests.
Norman-Bellamy, Kendra M.For Love & Grace. 2004. (Fiction Norma.K)
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A young lawyer must deal with his grief at his mother's death in a car accident and his conflicting emotions towards the young woman who caused the crash now lying in a coma.
Oyeyemi, Helen. The Icarus Girl. 2005. (Fiction Oyeye.H)
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As the child of an English father and Nigerian mother, Jess has difficulty adjusting to either culture until she meets an odd little friend when she is sent to live with her mother's family in Africa.
Perrin, Kayla. Gimme an O! 2005. (Fiction Perri.K)
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A prominent L.A. sex therapist, author of a popular self-help book, discovers that she needs to take her own advice when she meets a two-timing, good looking football star.
Phillips, Caryl. Dancing in the Dark. 2005. (Fiction Phill.C)
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A fictionalized account of the tragic life of Bert Williams, the first black entertainer in the U.S. to reach the pinnacle of success.
Phillips, Debra. Too Much Drama. 2005. (Fiction Phill.D)
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Cosmetic company executive does actually fall for the eligible bachelor her meddlesome mother picks out for her and decides to keep mum about the relationship despite the hilarious interference of her equally meddlesome sisters.
Raboteau, Emily. The Professor's Daughter. 2005. (Fiction Rabot.E)
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A young college student finds her life as a bi-racial child with an emotionally distant father—an eminent Ivy League scholar—all the more difficult when her beloved older brother is left in a coma after a freak accident.
Rawles, Nancy. My Jim. 2005. (Fiction Rawle.N)
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An ex-slave tells her granddaughter the sad, romantic tale of her lost true love, a daring slave boy who escaped down the Mississippi with a young white boy named Huck.
Rhodes, Evie. Expired. 2005. (Fiction Rhode.E)
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From an award-winning gospel songwriter comes a novel of profound loss. When Tracie Burlingame's youngest son suffers a horrible death, it becomes clear that her child's life was taken by something rather than someone—and only she can stop it.
Robinson, C. Kelly (Chester Kelly).The Strong Silent Type. 2005. (Fiction Robin.C)
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Former NFL pro finds his stuttering problem contributing to a bleak future in the non-sports world till he meets his new speech therapist.
Roby, Kimberla Lawson. The Best-Kept Secret. 2005. (Fiction Roby.K)
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The third installment of the continuing saga featuring wayward preacher Curtis Black who finds his equal in his third wife Charlotte, a woman with her own strong desires and secret agenda.
Ruiz, Xenia. Choose Me. 2005. (Fiction Ruiz.X)
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Told in alternating voices, this debut novel tells the tumultuous story of a Latina woman and an African American man whose search for true romance takes a detour through the perfect love of God.
Snowden, Faye. Fatal Justice. 2005. (On Order)
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Dr. Kendra Hamilton returns to her home town to seek revenge for her mother's murder years ago after the killer is acquitted.
Southgate, Martha. Third Girl from the Left. 2005. (Fiction South.M)
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A starstruck 20-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma, heads for Hollywood at the height of the 1970s blaxploitation film industry.
Stovall, TaRessa. The Hot Spot. 2005. (Fiction Stova.T)
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Public relations whiz falls hard for the chief of staff of one of her clients, a high profile congressman, while her girlfriend advisory circle are too focused on their own problems to help her.
Tyree, Omar. Boss Lady. 2005. (Fiction Tyree.O)
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A second installment on Tracy Ellison, the up-and-coming celeb we met in Flyy Girl. Older and wiser, Tracy wants total control of the large filmography in the making of which she is the subject.
Weber, Carl. The Preacher's Son . 2005. (Fiction Weber.C)
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The son and daughter of a well-respected pastor in Queens, New York, are drawn to the same temptations as any young person, but manage to maintain their squeaky clean image. When their father decides to run for office, public scrutiny uncovers more than anyone bargained for.
Webley, Curtis. Surviving in America. 2004. (Fiction Weble.C)
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The lives of two boyhood friends from Jamaica take diverging but intersecting paths when they move to America.
Wesley, Valerie Wilson. Playing My Mother's Blues. 2005. (Fiction Wesle.V)
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A woman considers ending her loveless marriage, but is haunted by the painful memories of her own mother who abandoned her family years ago.
Wideman, John Edgar. God's Gym. 2005. (Fiction Widem.J)
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A collection of short stories by one of America's most celebrated authors focuses on tales of life's turning points, personal strengths and failures, and thorny relationships.
Williams, Sheila (Sheila J.) On the Right Side of a Dream. 2005. (Fiction Willi.S)
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A woman explores the good and bad options her wandering life style offers as she deals with a slightly haunted, decrepit B & B she inherits in Paper Moon, Montana.
Zane. Afterburn. 2005. (Fiction Zane)
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A boy-meets-girl romp about a stunningly beautiful bank teller and one of her regular patrons who falls for her but assumes she must be spoken for. A cast of zany characters, some for, some against the slowly developing relationship, add to the general confusion.

MYSTERY

Alexandria, Vincent R. Black Rain. 2004. (Mystery Alexa.V)
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Detective Joe Johnson risks all—his family, his partner, his career—to come to the aid of ex-love Cheryl Chase, an FBI agent whose cover may be blown.
Bland, Eleanor Taylor. A Cold and Silent Dying. 2004. (Mystery Bland.E)
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Successful detective Marti MacAlister has a new boss who disapproves of her sloppy methods, but she decides to risk her job to take on a low-profile murder case without a department okay.
Carter, Charlotte (Charlotte C.).Trip Wire: A Cook County Mystery. 2005. (Mystery Carte.C)
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A young African American woman joins a multiracial commune in Chicago in 1968 to pursue her ideals of peace, love, and tolerance, but finds herself trying to solve two gruesome murders while she reconciles the dark side of unlimited freedom with her desire for independence.
Davis, Kyra. Sex, Murder and a Double Latte. 2005. (Mystery Davis.K)
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Half-black, half-Jewish, all-hilarious detective author Sophie Katz is convinced there's a copycat, serial murderer who's stealing her plot notes for ideas, and that she's the next victim on the list.
Greer, Robert O. Resurrecting Langston Blue. 2005. (Mystery Greer.R)
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Thirty years after the Vietnam War ER physician Carmen Nguyen searches for the African American father she never knew with the help of CJ, a street-wise bail bondsman, and Flora Jean, a former Marine intelligence sergeant.
Henry, Angela. The Company You Keep: A Kendra Clayton Novel. 2005. (Mystery Henry.A)
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Kendra Clayton attempts to prove her close girlfriend, Bernie, innocent of the brutal murder of her ex-boyfriend, a known lothario and slacker.
Phillips, Gary. Monkology: The Ivan Monk Stories. 2004. (Mystery, Phill.G)
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Thirteen stories showcase the cool of black L.A. private investigator Ivan Monk.

POETRY

Holladay, Hilary. Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton. 2004. (811.54 Clift.L Holla.H)
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The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry. 2006. (811.008 Oxford)
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Young, Kevin. Black Maria: Being the Adventures of Delilah Redbone & A.K.A. Jones. 2005. (811.54 Young.K)
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LITERATURE AND ESSAYS

Marberry, Craig. Cuttin' Up: Wit and Wisdom from Black Barber Shops. 2005. (817.008 Marbe.C)
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West, Dorothy. Where the Wild Grape Grows: Selected Writings, 1930-1950. 2005. (813.54 West.D West.D)




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