New African American Interest Books and Authors
Browse a variety of new books coming soon to the Denver Public Library.
November & December Fiction | November & December Nonfiction
October Fiction | October Nonfiction
November & December:
by Ashley & Jaquavis
Aries is ready to bury her deadly past and live a normal life with her husband and son in Barbados. But Case has a score to settle with Macy, his former drug partner. And since Aries still has an unpaid debt with Case, he hunts her down to tell her he's willing to cancel the debt only if she completes the hit on Macy. Knowing that Case won't hesitate to kill her family, Aries has no choice but to take on the assignment.
by Nnedi Okorafor
Kabu-Kabu takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations you didn't know you needed. This debut short story collection by an award-winning author includes notable previously published material, a new novella co-written with bestselling author Alan Dean Foster, six additional original stories, and a brief foreword by Whoopi Goldberg.
The Glamorous Life 2: All That Glitters Isn't Gold
by Nikki Turner
Calliope learned at a very early age that if she wanted to survive in this world then she needed to stand on her own. When she and her younger brother are abandoned by their mother, Calliope steps up to the plate and takes care of them both, but all she really wants is to feel safe and to have a place that she and her brother can call their own. But life takes her down paths she never dreamed and danger always seems to be a hair's breadth away. At her darkest hour, she meets Lynx and her life will never be the same. Lynx has been released from prison and it should be a fresh start for him and Bambi. But Lynx has discovered an insatiable appetite for gambling that threatens to bring both of them to ruin. When he meets Calliope, everything takes a dramatic new twist that will leave everyone reeling.
Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-In Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing
by Jeannine Bell
Despite increasing racial tolerance and national diversity, neighborhood segregation remains a very real problem in cities across America. Scholars, government officials, and the general public have long attempted to understand why segregation persists despite efforts to combat it, traditionally focusing on the issue of "white flight," or the idea that white residents will move to other areas if their neighborhood becomes integrated. In Hate Thy Neighbor, Jeannine Bell expands upon these understandings by investigating a little-examined but surprisingly prevalent problem of "move-in violence:" the anti-integration violence directed by white residents at minorities who move into their neighborhoods.
Another America: The Story of Liberia and the Former Slaves Who Ruled It
by James Ciment
In 1820, a group of about eighty African Americans reversed the course of history and sailed back to Africa, to a place they would name after liberty itself. They went under the banner of the American Colonization Society, a white philanthropic organization with a dual agenda: to rid America of its blacks, and to convert Africans to Christianity. The settlers staked out a beachhead; their numbers grew as more boats arrived; and after breaking free from their white overseers, they founded Liberia – Africa’s first black republic – in 1847.
by CeeLo with Big Gipp and David Wild
Everybody's Brother is the untold story of CeeLo Green's rise from the streets of Atlanta to the top of the charts – a story so cool, so complex that his brother-from-another-mother, Big Gipp, couldn't help but chime in. Now CeeLo gives his fans what they've been waiting for: an all-access pass into his perfectly imperfect piece of mind.
Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond
by Dina Hampton
In the early 1960s, a remarkable crop of students graduated from a small New York City school renowned for progressive pedagogy and left-wing politics: Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School. These young people entered college at the peak of the transformative era we now call The Sixties, and would go on to impact the course of United States history for the next half century. Among them were Angela Davis, the brilliant, stunning African American Communist and academic who became the face of the Black Power movement; Tom Hurwitz, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) activist and cinematographer who played a key role in the occupation of Columbia University; and Elliott Abrams, who rebelled against the leftist political orthodoxies of the school and of the times, and ultimately played key roles in the Reagan administration, the George W. Bush administrations and the neoconservative movement.
In Little Red, based on extensive original interviews and archival research, Dina Hampton tells the compelling, interwoven life stories of these three schoolmates.
Snoop Dogg: Reincarnated
by Snoop Lion
Immediately following the death of longtime friend and collaborator Nate Dogg, Snoop headed to Jamaica to regroup and record his twelfth album. There, he experienced a radical transformation from hip-hop god and legendary leader of the West Coast gang rivalry to Rastafarian spokesperson Snoop Lion, embracing non-violence and reggae. This book is an extension of this powerful moment in the life of a pop culture icon captured on film.
Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation
From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train – the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, and Aretha Franklin. Questlove reveals the remarkable story of the captivating program, and his text is paired with more than 350 photographs of the show's most memorable episodes and the larger-than-life characters who defined it: the great host Don Cornelius, the extraordinary musicians, and the people who lived the phenomenon from the dance floor.
by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello
Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised?
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Philadelphia: Street Justice
by Treasure Hernandez
When Billie was eight years old, her father was murdered. Ever since that day, she has vowed to bring every criminal to justice, especially the man responsible for her father's death. Twenty years later, Billie is still on a mission to rid the streets of criminals. If she can't do it legally, then she takes matters into her own hands.
Ancient, Ancient: Short Fiction
by Kiini Ibura Salaam
Acclaimed author and critic Nalo Hopkinson writes, "Salaam treats words like the seductive weapons they are. She wields them to weave fierce, gorgeous stories that stroke your sensibilities, challenge your preconceptions, and leave you breathless with their beauty."
Zane Presents Busy Bodies: Chocolate Flava 4: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology
Edited by Zane
Busy Bodies is filled with erotic escapes and sexy scenarios. From the student in a faraway place who encounters a mysterious man with a supernatural attraction, to a boyfriend who gives his girlfriend a birthday surprise she never saw coming, this diverse collection of stories is an express train to all points of passion and pleasure.
A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot That Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War
by Stephen V. Ash
In May 1866, just a year after the Civil War ended, Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence that saw whites rampage through the city's black neighborhoods. By the time the fires consuming black churches and schools were put out, forty-six freed people had been murdered. Congress, furious at this and other evidence of white resistance in the conquered South, launched what is now called Radical Reconstruction, policies to ensure the freedom of the region's four million blacks – and one of the most remarkable experiments in American history.
Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid
by Nikki Giovanni
The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. She's been hailed as a healer and a national treasure. But if her reputation is writ large upon the national stage, her heart resides in the everyday where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered. And at every gathering there is food, food as sustenance, food as aphrodisiac, food as memory. A pot of beans are flavored with her mother's sighs, this sigh part cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover requests a banquet as an affirmation of ongoing passion; an homage is paid to the most time-honored appetizer, soup.
Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?: Teaching Lessons from the Bronx
by Ilana Garon
Garon reveals the sometimes humorous, oftentimes frustrating, and occasionally horrifying truths that accompany the experience of teaching at a public high school in the Bronx. The overcrowded classrooms, lack of textbooks, and abundance of mice, cockroaches, and drugs weren't the only challenges Garon faced during her first four years as a teacher. Every day, she'd interact with students dealing with addiction, miscarriages, stints in "juvie," abusive relationships, and gang violence. These students brought with them big dreams and uncommon insight – and challenged everything Garon thought she knew about education. In response, Garon – a naive, suburban girl with a curly ponytail, freckles, and Harry Potter glasses – opened her eyes, rolled up her sleeves, and learned to distinguish between mitigated failure and qualified success.
The Popular History of Graffiti: From the Ancient World to the Present
by Fiona McDonald
Throughout history, graffiti has served as an innately individualistic expression (such as Viking graffiti on the walls of eighth-century churches), but it has also evolved into a visual and narrative expression of a collective group. Graffiti brings to mind not only hip-hop culture and urban landscapes, but petroglyphs, tree trunks strewn with carved hearts symbolizing love, and million-dollar works of art.
Becoming Mr. October
by Reggie Jackson
Becoming Mr. October is a revelatory self-portrait of a baseball icon at the height of his public fame and private anguish. Filled with revealing anecdotes about the notorious “Bronx Zoo” Yankees of the late 1970s and bluntly honest portrayals of his teammates and competitors, this is eye-opening baseball history as can be told only by the man who lived it.
Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way
by Stewart F. Lane
The African American actors and actresses whose names have shone brightly on Broadway marquees earned their place in history not only through hard work, perseverance, and talent, but also because of the legacy left by those who came before them. Like the doors of many professions, those of the theater world were shut to minorities for decades. While the Civil War may have freed the slaves, it was not until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s that the playing field began to level. In this remarkable book, theater producer and historian Stewart F. Lane uses words and pictures to capture this tumultuous century and to highlight the rocky road that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way.
Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion
by Michael Stephans
More than a mere entertainment, jazz is a pleasurable and sometimes dizzying listening experience, with an extensive range in structure and form, from the syncopated swing of a big band to the musical experimentalism of the small combo. As Stephans illustrates, listeners and jazz artists face their musical challenges together, an experience nearly unique in the world of music. Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz inevitably takes place on a deeply personal level.
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