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Home - Toni Morrison
Call Number: F M882h
ISBN: 9780307594167
Publication Date: 2012
"Frank is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. He is shocked out of his apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life."-- From Publisher

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A Deeper Love Inside - Sister Souljah
Call Number: F S723d
ISBN: 9781439165317
Publication Date: 2013
"The stunning sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever. Sharp-tongued, quick-witted Porsche worships her sister Winter. Cut from the same cloth as her father, Ricky Santiaga, Porsche is also a natural-born hustler. Passionate and loyal to the extreme, she refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her family is torn apart. Unselfish, she pushes to get back everything that ever belonged to her wealthy, loving family."-- From Publisher

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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Call Number: F H966t
ISBN: 0061120065
"One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published -- perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature."-- From Publisher

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Tempted by Trouble - Eric Jerome Dickey
Call Number: F D551te
ISBN: 9780525950585
Publication Date: 2010
"When his promising future is upended by the recession, former Detroit auto industry employee Dmytryk and his wife, Cora, make a morally ambiguous and ultimately violent deal with a crime boss that forces Dmytryk to reassess his beliefs."-- From Publisher

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The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Call Number: F W177c
ISBN: 0156031825
"Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self."-- From Publisher

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Just Too Good to Be True - E. Lynn Harris
Call Number: F H313ju
ISBN: 0385492723
"Brady Bledsoe and his mother, Carmyn, have a strong relationship. A single mother, faithful churchgoer, and the owner of several successful Atlanta beauty salons, Carmyn has devoted herself to her son and his dream of becoming a professional football player. Brady has always followed her lead, including becoming a member of the church's "Celibacy Circle." Now in his senior year at college, the smart, and very handsome, Brady is a lead contender for the Heisman Trophy and a spot in the NFL. As sports agents hover around Brady, Barrett, a beautiful and charming cheerleader, sets her mind on tempting the celibate Brady and getting a piece of his multimillion-dollar future--but is that all she wants from him, and is she acting alone?"

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Who Asked You? - Terry McMillan
Call Number: F M167wo
ISBN: 9780670785698
Publication Date: 2013
"Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams-all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs."-- From Publisher

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The Battle of Jericho - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: F D766b
ISBN: 0689842325
"A high school junior and his cousin suffer the ramifications of joining what seems to be a "reputable" school club."

This book is the first book in the Jericho series:
November Blues F D766n
Just Another Hero

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A Lesson before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines
Call Number: F G142L
ISBN: 0679741666
"From the author of, A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel. Grant Wiggins, a college-educated man returns to 1940s Cajun, he visits and forms an unlikely bond with Jefferson, a young Black man convicted of murder and sentenced to death, for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. Best Books for Young Teen Readers. In the 1940s in rural Louisiana, an uneducated African American man is sentenced to die for a crime he was incapable of committing."-- From Publisher

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Little Green - Walter Mosley
Call Number: F M912t
ISBN: 9780385535984
Publication Date: 2013
"Surviving a near-fatal car wreck and cruising the streets of the Sunset Strip during the heyday of the late 1960s, Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of a young African-American, a case that is complicated by Rawlins's changing perspectives."-- From Publisher

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