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Coming Soon: New African American Interest Books and Authors

Browse a variety of new books coming soon to the Denver Public Library.

July Fiction | July Nonfiction | June Fiction | June Nonfiction

July

Fiction:

Hitting the Right NoteHitting the Right Note
by Rhonda Bowen

JJ Isaacs' singing gig on stage at Lost and Found has taken her to major stages across the U.S. Her success is all thanks to Rayshawn Forbes, the producer that discovered her. But as she finds herself more in the spotlight, her secret relationship with her producer becomes harder to disguise. When she meets handsome doctor Simon Massri, everything JJ thought was enough suddenly falls short. Simon puts his beliefs first, something JJ has never experienced. Hitting the Right Note is a new Christian tale which explores trusting faith in the search for love.

Hell House 2: The Roof is on Fire: Reality TV DramaHell House 2: The Roof is on Fire: Reality TV Drama
by Brenda Hampton

Without supervision anything could happen inside Hell House – especially when there is $100,000 at stake. The Hell House isn't a joke anymore for the contestants who thought they could breeze through the challenge and carry on until the very end. The ladies continue to fight like cats and dogs, and the men don't have much love for each other, either. In a place where saying one wrong word can get the loudmouth a hard smack across the face, there's only one goal: survival by any means necessary. A few contestants will be called out for their sleazy, jaw-dropping actions, and a bad decision can lead to one place – the front door. Who will be the last woman or man standing, or who will walk out, slamming the door behind them and screaming at the top of their lungs?

Heart of Gold: A Blessings NovelHeart of Gold: A Blessings Novel
by Beverly Jenkins

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?

The Girl Who Saved the King of SwedenThe Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
by Jonas Jonasson

In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Put to work at five years old and orphaned at ten, she quickly learns that the world expects nothing more from her than to die young, be it from drugs, alcohol, or just plain despair. But Nombeko has grander plans. She learns to read and write, and at just fifteen, using her cunning and fearlessness, she makes it out of Soweto with millions of smuggled diamonds in her possession. Then things take a turn for the worse. Nombeko ends up the prisoner of an incompetent engineer in a research facility working on South Africa's secret nuclear arsenal. Yet the unstoppable Nombeko pulls off a daring escape to Sweden, where she meets twins named Holger One and Holger Two, who are carrying out a mission to bring down the Swedish monarchy by any means necessary. Nombeko's life ends up hopelessly intertwined with the lives of the twins, and when the twins arrange to kidnap the Swedish king and prime minister, it is up to our unlikely heroine to save the day – and possibly the world. 

Always UniqueAlways Unique
by Nikki Turner

With only two hundred dollars, Unique packed her suitcase and headed to New York City for a brand new start. It's there that Unique meets big time boxing promoter, Kennard, and it is love at first sight. After nine months of living in the lap of luxury with Kennard, skeletons from Unique's past show up and it will cost her a cool million dollars to not only keep her relationship but her life. Unique isn't about to lose it all. With the help of her best friend, she devises a major heist. To pull it off all she has to do is stay alive.

Hell on Heels: My Sister's KeeperHell on Heels: My Sister's Keeper
by Brittani Williams

Follows the intersecting lives of three women: fashion buyer Milan Brooks, her envious and vengeful sister Shekia, and strip club dancer/college student Sapphire.

Nonfiction:

Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & FireShining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire
by Philip Bailey

Earth, Wind & Fire has staked its claim as one of the most successful, influential, and beloved acts of our time. In Shining Star, its brilliant lead singer, Philip Bailey, chronicles his professional and spiritual journey from his origins as an aspiring Denver percussionist to his being recruited to join EWF, the band's meteoric rise to stardom, and its breaking up and triumphant reinvention. Shining Star is the story of what happens when real life exceeds your dreams, when the power and pain of building a lasting musical legacy brings both joy and faith-testing challenges.

Spirit Rising: My Life, My MusicSpirit Rising: My Life, My Music
by Angélique Kidjo

The singer, songwriter, and activist shares her story of escape from Africa, where her voice was censored by the Communist regime, to become a Grammy Award-winning, Billboard-topping musician and UNICEF Ambassador.

Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the CongoStringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo
by Anjan Sundaram

Following the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V.S. Naipaul, Stringer is a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's unhappiest countries.

Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story... and Why It Matters TodayInside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story... and Why It Matters Today
by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus

In Inside the Hotel Rwanda, survivor Edouard Kayihura tells his own personal story of what life was really like during those harrowing days within the walls of that infamous hotel and offers the testimonies of others who survived there, from Hutu and Tutsi to UN peacekeepers. Kayihura writes of a divided society and his journey to the place he believed would be safe from slaughter. The book exposes the Hollywood hero of the film Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, as a profiteering and politically ambitious Hutu Power sympathizer who extorted money from those who sought refuge, threatening to send those who did not pay to the genocidaires, despite pleas from the hotel's corporate ownership to stop. Inside the Hotel Rwanda is at once a memoir, a critical deconstruction of a heralded Hollywood movie alleged to be factual, and a political analysis aimed at exposing a falsely created hero using his fame to be a political force, spouting the same ethnic apartheid that caused the genocide two decades ago.

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June

Fiction:

The Secret History of Las VegasThe Secret History of Las Vegas
by Chris Abani

Before he can retire, Las Vegas detective Salazar is determined to solve a recent spate of murders. When he encounters a pair of conjoined twins with a container of blood near their car, he's sure he has apprehended the killers, and enlists the help of Dr. Sunil Singh, a South African transplant who specializes in the study of psychopaths. As Sunil tries to crack the twins, the implications of his research grow darker. Haunted by his betrayal of loved ones back home during apartheid, he seeks solace in the love of Asia, a prostitute with hopes of escaping that life. But Sunil's own troubled past is fast on his heels in the form of a would-be assassin.

Radiance of TomorrowRadiance of Tomorrow
by Ishmael Beah

At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.

A Wanted WomanA Wanted Woman
by Eric Jerome Dickey

Her name is Reaper. She kills. And so does her sister. Wherever the Barbarians send her she goes, then gets out quickly. Within hours she's wearing a new disguise, a new accent, a new wig and is on the way to a new continent, a new assignment. But when a job goes bad in Trinidad and she kills two of the island's ruthless gangsters, the Laventille Killers, the Barbarians aren't pleased. They send her to Barbados but the gangsters are on her track and she is stuck. So she makes plans of her own, which could save her, or lead her to more danger than ever.

Bad Girl BlvdBad Girl Blvd
by Erica Hilton

The five-block radius in Canarsie, Brooklyn known as 'Bad Girl Blvd' was once a serene area known for its middle class residents and up-and-comer mentality. But that was before the heroin known as 'Bad Girl' and Luca Linn, the vicious vixen pushing it, moved in. Using young girls as worker bees to build her empire of drugs, organized crime, and destruction, Luca's appetite for money and power are insatiable. This thirst for domination proves to be her weakness, however, and one fateful decision catapults her into a fight or flight situation and places her empire under fire.

The Replacement WifeThe Replacement Wife
by Tiffany L. Warren

Five years after his beloved wife's death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn't returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin's five children are getting out of control, until his mother steps in and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith, and love, once more. But not everyone loves Montana. A "friend" of Quentin's first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she's just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she'll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana, including blackmail, theft, and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana's past. But Chloe forgets she's got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming.

Nonfiction:

Without Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep SouthWithout Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South
by David Beasley

On December 9, 1938, the state of Georgia executed six black men in eighty-one minutes in Tattnall Prison's electric chair. The executions were a record for the state that still stands today. The new prison, built with funds from FDR's New Deal, as well as the fact that the men were tried and executed rather than lynched were thought to be a sign of progress. They were anything but. While those men were arrested, convicted, sentenced, and executed in as little as six weeks – E. D. Rivers, the governor of the state, oversaw a pardon racket for white killers and criminals, allowed the Ku Klux Klan to infiltrate his administration, and bankrupted the state. Race and wealth were all that determined whether or not a man lived or died. There was no progress. There was no justice. 

Knowing Mandela: My Years as an Eyewitness to HistoryKnowing Mandela: My Years as an Eyewitness to History
by John Carlin

After serving 27 years of a lifetime sentence for conspiring to overthrow South Africa's apartheid government, Nelson Mandela emerged to become both the catalyst and the symbol of post-apartheid South Africa. He served as the country's first black president and has since been internationally acclaimed as a powerful and vigilant humanitarian. At the age of 95, Mandela has spent most of 2013 in a hospital he may never leave. His followers prepare to mourn their beloved dignitary and celebrate his extraordinary life. John Carlin will be an integral part of this celebration. Carlin began covering South African politics while serving as the London Independent's Bureau Chief in South Africa in 1989, and has formed a relationship with Nelson Mandela in the decades since. Mandela has called Carlin's journalism "courageous" and "absolutely inspiring." Now, at the end of Mandela's life, Carlin reflects back on the man he has studied and admired for much of his career.

Spear of the Nation (Umkhonto weSizwe): South Africa's Liberation Army, 1960s-1990sSpear of the Nation (Umkhonto weSizwe): South Africa's Liberation Army, 1960s-1990s
by Janet Cherry

Umkhonto weSizwe, Spear of the Nation, was arguably the last of the great liberation armies of the twentieth century – but it never got to "march triumphant into Pretoria." MK – as it was known – was the armed wing of the African National Congress, South Africa's liberation movement, that challenged the South African apartheid government. A small group of revolutionaries committed to the seizure of power, MK discovered its principal members engaged in negotiated settlement with the enemy and was disbanded soon after. The history of MK is one of paradox and contradiction, of successes and failures. In this short study, which draws widely on the personal experiences of – and commentary by – MK soldiers, Janet Cherry offers a new and nuanced account of the Spear of the Nation.

Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan GreenSeeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green
edited by Kwame Dawes and Marjory Wentworth

The best artists are a force for all art, and renowned Gullah artist Jonathan Green's work has inspired a wide range of responses from artists around the world. In Seeking we see how Green's art prompts works of poetry, prose, and memoir. Seeking's evocative power lies in the intimacy of this dialogue, which speaks to the shared sense of landscape and culture that Green stirs in these writers, ranging from close friends and fellow artists from his home state of South Carolina to nationally established authors who regard Green's work as an important cultural institution. The contributors have allowed themselves to be challenged by Green's brilliance, his honesty, his intense spirituality, and his deep love of people. 

The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow SouthThe Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South
by Katherine S. Van Wormer

The Maid Narratives shares the memories of black domestic workers and the white families they served, uncovering the often intimate relationships between maid and mistress. Based on interviews with over fifty people – both white and black – these stories deliver a personal and powerful message about resilience and resistance in the face of oppression in the Jim Crow South. The housekeepers, caretakers, sharecroppers, and cooks who share their experiences in The Maid Narratives ultimately moved away during the Great Migration. Their perspectives as servants who left for better opportunities outside of the South offer an original telling of physical and psychological survival in a racially oppressive caste system.

 

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