Multcolib Staff Picks: Best Black Books, 2013
Annotation: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.
Annotation:In this collection of six gritty tales from the underground, Iceberg Slim creates a tribute to the streets and those forced to try to survive them. From slick con men, classic tales of revenge, to a heist gone awry, Robert Beck, the man many know as Iceberg Slim, brings us on a ride through the terrifying urban streets.
Annotation:In the incendiary and fast-paced Little Green, Easy Rawlins returns from the brink of death to investigate the dark side of L.A.’s 1960s hippie haven, the Sunset Strip.
Annotation:Kardell Spencer is a successful advertising company owner who is hard working and has a no nonsense approach to work and professionalism. Lewis Turner is Kardell’s flamboyant, over-the-top, employee. Both are attracted to Mateo Lopez , the rich, handsome restaurateur and new client of Kardell Spencer’s company.
Annotation:Pull up a chair at Big Earl's diner and meet the 'Supremes': three women from Plainview Indiana, who've been best friends since their high-school days in the Sixties.
Annotation:Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America's whitest city, Portland, OR. in the '90s. In his autobiographical novel, he writes what it was to come of age in that time and place. The Residue Years switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, who dreams of reclaiming his home by selling crack and his mother, Grace. just out of a drug treatment program, trying to stay clean.
Annotation:Zane Presents serves up its eighth Eroticanoir.com anthology, an impressive compilation of short stories by twenty-five up-and-coming writers of erotica plus Zane, who dishes out a tale about a town that once visited will leave memories that last forever.
Annotation:Social worker Sienna St. James is no stranger to setbacks. But, now, she has set up a new therapy practice, bought a new home, and has finally moved on. Maybe. When a wealthy, secretive new couple she's counseling pulls her into their very real life-and-death drama, her long-lost husband's whereabouts can no longer be ignored, and her teenage son goes AWOL, Sienna realizes she has a few more hurdles to clear.
Annotation:A leading African American historian exposes the uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy, revealing that leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it.
Annotation:Questlove, tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. It isn't just a memoir. It's a dialogue about the nature of memory and the idea of a post-modern black man saddled with some post-modern blues.
Annotation: In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth—and it took her breath away.
Annotation:Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away, and unearths the well of emotions she experienced long afterward as a result. For the first time, she reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence, a presence absent during much of the author's early life.