• The Mothers: A Novel

    The Mothers: A Novel

    Bennett, Brit

    "It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance--and the subsequent cover-up--will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently?"--

    Format: Book - 2016

    Holds: 3 on 23 copies

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  • The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories

    The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories

    Benz, Chanelle

    "A ... debut collection ... about lives across history marked by violence and longing"--Flap page 1 of dust jacket.

    Format: Book - 2017 First edition

    Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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  • The Voices of Martyrs

    The Voices of Martyrs

    Broaddus, Maurice

    We are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us. Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future. There is an African proverb, "Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates as "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten." This is why we continue to remember the tales of struggle and tales of perseverance, even as we look to tales of hope. What a people choose to remember about its past, the stories they pass down, informs who they are and sets the boundaries of their identity. We remember the pain of our past to mourn, to heal, and to learn. Only in that way can we ensure the same mistakes are not repeated. The voices make up our stories. The stories make up who we are. A collected voice.

    Format: Book - 2017

    Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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  • What We Lose: A Novel

    What We Lose: A Novel

    Clemmons, Zinzi

    "Raised in Pennsylvania, ...Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor - someone, or something, to love."--

    Format: Book - 2017

    Holds: 2 on 19 copies

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  • An Extraordinary Union

    An Extraordinary Union

    Cole, Alyssa

    "Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South--to spy for the Union Army. Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he's facing his deadliest mission yet--risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia. Two undercover agents who share a common cause--and an undeniable attraction--Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy's favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost--even if it means losing each other."-- Page [4] of cover.

    Format: Book - 2017

    Holds: 2 on 11 copies

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  • Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories

    Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories

    Collins, Kathleen

    These short stories, discovered only recently, highlight Collins's masterfully blend of the personal issues--race, gender, family, and sexuality--with the ordinary moments that shape our lives. Also known as an artist and filmmaker, her stories create full-bodied men, women, and children who justify their lives while integrating the African American experience without becoming symbols or token images.

    Format: Book - 2016 First edition

    Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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  • Halsey Street

    Halsey Street

    Coster, Naima

    Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She's accepted that her future won't be what she'd dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It's also unforgivable. When Penelope moves into the attic apartment of the affluent Harpers, she thinks she's found a semblance of family, and maybe even love. But her world is upended again when she receives a postcard from Mirella asking for reconciliation. As old wounds are reopened, and secrets revealed, a journey across an ocean of sacrifice and self-discovery begins.

    Format: Book - 2017 First edition

    Holds: 0 on 15 copies

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  • Hollywood Homicide

    Hollywood Homicide

    Garrett, Kellye

    Format: Book - 2017 First edition

    Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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  • Difficult Women

    Difficult Women

    Gay, Roxane

    "A collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July"--

    Format: Book - 2017 First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition

    Holds: 1 on 28 copies

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  • The Wedding Date

    The Wedding Date

    Guillory, Jasmine

    "Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend. From the best man's toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other. They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want."-- (12/5/2019 2:20:22 PM)

    Format: Book - 2018 First edition

    Holds: 2 on 28 copies

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