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Sharina Harris
Description: "When four college friends formed the Brown Sugarettes Mastermind Group, they had very different goals--but matched each other in ambition. Yet ten years later they can't help wondering what happened to the hopeful, confident, driven women they used to be--and how to get them back ... Radio personality Raina, known as the black Delilah, hates the wholesome persona that's made her a success. Doling out syrupy versions of her grandma's wisdom feels worlds away from the sarcastic, tell-it-like-it-is woman Raina really is. Kara Jones was sure she'd be a master sommelier by thirty. Life and loss interfered with that plan. Now she has one more chance--but it's taking a toll on her self-esteem and her marriage. Nikki Grayson hardly recognizes the stay-at-home mom she's become. When her band signed a record deal, she swapped the limelight for a minivan and a sensible 'do. Now she's wishing she had followed her heart. Instead, she's drowning her regret in alcohol. Public defender Sienna Njeri willingly put her city council aspirations aside to support her fiance's bid for office--and now she's wondering if her loyalty is misplaced. Longing for the support, advice, and tough love they once shared, all four resolve to start meeting up again. After all, their dreams may still be within reach. But are they worth the price they'll pay to achieve them?" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 3, 2020
author Rozlan Mohd. Noor
Description: "Inspector Mislan's final case after a long night's shift could be his last. Called to a wealthy neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur, he finds a crime scene unlike any he has encountered before: pristine, the victims a family seated at dinner, Mona Lisa smiles fixed to their faces, frozen mid-gesture around the traditional Chinese New Year dish of yee sang, signifying prosperity, longevity, many good things--though it's not that time of year. It makes an eerie, chilling tableau of death, but signifying what? The celebrity of the father, fashion magnate Robert Tham, has already drawn a media throng, and soon the upper echelons of the police have taken an interest, bringing pressure to solve the crime quickly. But every clue points to another unknown. This isn't the primary scene: where is it? What are the motives of Tham's younger business partner, the attractive Miss Irene? What of his connections to an old-school criminal gang and the triads? With rival units of the police seeking to co-opt and, he suspects, bury the case, Inspector Mislan's investigation takes him to every level of this modern, multi-ethnic, American-pop-culture-influenced society, to where moneyed power and influence demand their say. Maverick, hard-boiled yet tender, a single father raising a young child, Mislan must rely of his team--and the politically savvy woman leading Major Crimes who is his boss--to support, protect him from the corruption above, and help find a way to ensure the course of justice" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Roz
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2020
Wŏn-p'yŏng Son, Joosun Lee
Description: "Yunjae was born with a brain condition called Alexithymia that makes it hard for him to feel emotions like fear or anger. He does not have friends—the two almond-shaped clusters of neurons located deep in his brain have seen to that—but his devoted mother and grandmother provide him with a safe and content life. Their little home above his mother’s used bookstore is decorated with colorful Post-it notes that remind him when to smile, when to say "thank you," and when to laugh. Then on Christmas Eve—Yunjae’s sixteenth birthday—everything changes. A shocking act of random violence shatters his world, leaving him alone and on his own. Struggling to cope with his loss, Yunjae retreats into silent isolation, until troubled teenager Gon arrives at his school, and they develop a surprising bond. As Yunjae begins to open his life to new people—including a girl at school—something slowly changes inside him. And when Gon suddenly finds his life at risk, Yunjae will have the chance to step outside of every comfort zone he has created to perhaps become the hero he never thought he would be" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Son
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 3, 2020
Nazanine Hozar
Description: "Iran in the 1950s is wealthy in oil but riven by divisions of class, ethnicity, and religion, and its corrupt government is under foreign influence. At this volatile moment, an illiterate driver rescues a redheaded, blue-eyed baby girl who has been abandoned in a Tehran alley and names her Aria. When he can no longer care for her, he finds her a new home, setting her on an unlikely path from extreme deprivation to a life of privilege. Along the way, Aria acquires three mother figures with secrets of their own: one who abuses her, one who adopts her, and one whose role in her life is initially mysterious. At university, Aria is drawn ever further from her poverty-stricken past, until the 1979 revolution brings her various worlds violently together again. She and her friends are swept up in the excitement and danger as the shah is overthrown, but the final stage of the revolution will bring the Ayatollah Khomeini to power at the head of a brutal theocracy--just as Aria has become a mother herself. Nazanine Hozar's stunning debut gives us an unusually intimate view of a momentous time, through the eyes of a young woman coming to terms with the mysteries of her own past and future" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hoz
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2020
Elise Hooper
Description: "In the 1928 Olympics, Chicago’s Betty Robinson competes as a member of the first-ever women’s delegation in track and field. Destined for further glory, she returns home feted as America’s Golden Girl until a nearly-fatal airplane crash threatens to end everything. Outside of Boston, Louise Stokes, one of the few black girls in her town, sees competing as an opportunity to overcome the limitations placed on her. Eager to prove that she has what it takes to be a champion, she risks everything to join the Olympic team. From Missouri, Helen Stephens, awkward, tomboyish, and poor, is considered an outcast by her schoolmates, but she dreams of escaping the hardships of her farm life through athletic success. Her aspirations appear impossible until a chance encounter changes her life. These three athletes will join with others to defy society’s expectations of what women can achieve. As tensions bring the United States and Europe closer and closer to the brink of war, Betty, Louise, and Helen must fight for the chance to compete as the fastest women in the world amidst the pomp and pageantry of the Nazi-sponsored 1936 Olympics in Berlin" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Hoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Raven Leilani
Description: Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties--sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She is also haltingly, fitfully giving heat and air to the art that simmers inside her. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage--with rules. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren't hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric's home--though not by Eric. She becomes a hesitant ally to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie may be the only Black woman young Akila knows. Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life--her hunger, her anger--in a tumultuous era. It is also a description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.
Call Number: FIC Lei
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2020
Khary Lazarre-White
Description: "Passage tells the story of Warrior, a young black man navigating the snowy winter streets of Harlem and Brooklyn in 1993. Warrior is surrounded by deep family love and a sustaining connection to his history, bonds that arm him as he confronts the urban forces that surround him--both supernatural and human--including some that seek his very destruction. For Warrior and his peers, the reminders that they, as black men, aren't meant to be fully free, are everywhere. The high schools are filled with teachers who aren't qualified and don't care as much about their students' welfare as that they pass the state exams. Getting from point A to point B usually means eluding violence, and possibly death, at the hands of the "blue soldiers" and your own brothers. Making it home means accepting that you may open the door to find that someone you love did not have the same good fortune. Warrior isn't even safe in his own mind. He's haunted by the spirits of ancestors and of the demons of the system of oppression. Though the story told in Passage takes place in 1993, there is a striking parallel between Warrior's experience and the experiences of black male youth today, since nothing has really changed. Every memory in the novel is the memory of thousands of black families. Every conversation is a message both to those still in their youth and those who left their youth behind long ago. Passage is a novel for then and now" -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Laz
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 3, 2020
Lutishia Lovely
Description: "When eighteen-year-old Raina Reed is given an ultimatum -- her family or her first love -- she chooses the latter, leaves the rigid cult community she's grown up in and finds herself shunned, ex-communicated ... ghosted. Not seeing her parents is tolerable. Raina is happy for more time with her sweet, talented boyfriend Bryce, and enjoys the freedom found in living with him, his free-spirited cousin, Jackie, and Jackie's mom Valerie, a struggling attorney. But her heart breaks at the thought of not seeing her baby sister. Abby is ten years younger and they've never spent one day apart -- until now. While Raina embraces her new life, she can't shake her concern about Abby, especially when a lingering illness worsens and her parents refuse to seek medical help. Raina is determined to break through the religious rules that stand in the way of her sister's well-being" --Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Lov
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2020
Mark Russell, Richard (Illustrator) Pace, Leonard Kirk, Andy (Comic book artist) Troy, Rob Steen
Description: "God commands Earth's mightiest super-hero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus as his roommate and teach him how to use power more forcefully. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten them out" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Rus
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Howard Cruse
Description: "As a young gay man leading a closeted life in the 1960s American South, Toland Polk tries his best to keep a low profile. He’s aware of the racial injustice all around him―the segregationist politicians, the corrupt cops, the violent Klan members―but he feels powerless to make a difference. That all changes when he crosses paths with an impassioned coed named Ginger Raines. Ginger introduces him to a lively and diverse group of civil rights activists, folk singers, and night club performers―men and women who live authentically despite the conformist values of their hometown. Emboldened by this new community, Toland joins the local protests and even finds the courage to venture into a gay bar. No longer content to stay on the sidelines, Toland joins his friends as they fight against bigotry. But in Clayfield, Alabama, that can be dangerous―even deadly. This 25th anniversary edition brings this rich and moving tale of identity and resistance back in print―complete with an updated introduction from Alison Bechdel, rare photographs, and unpublished archival material" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Cru
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 3, 2020
Olivia Waite
Description: "When Agatha Griffin finds a colony of bees in her warehouse, it’s the not-so-perfect ending to a not-so-perfect week. Busy trying to keep her printing business afloat amidst rising taxes and the suppression of radical printers like her son, the last thing the widow wants is to be the victim of a thousand bees. But when a beautiful beekeeper arrives to take care of the pests, Agatha may be in danger of being stung by something far more dangerous. Penelope Flood exists between two worlds in her small seaside town, the society of rich landowners and the tradesfolk. Soon, tensions boil over when the formerly exiled Queen arrives on England’s shores—and when Penelope’s long-absent husband returns to Melliton, she once again finds herself torn, between her burgeoning love for Agatha and her loyalty to the man who once gave her refuge. As Penelope finally discovers her true place, Agatha must learn to accept the changing world in front of her. But will these longing hearts settle for a safe but stale existence or will they learn to fight for the future they most desire?" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Wai
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Donna (Donna O.) Hill
Description: She's a brilliant Senate candidate, a tech mogul's loving wife, and mother to two precious daughters. As a member of one of the country's most prominent families, Kimberly Maitland grew up having it all--and fighting to help those who need help most. But when journalist Zoie Crawford reveals her family's best-hidden, most shattering secret, the media firestorm and personal fallout are beyond devastating . . . Now Kimberly's campaign and reputation is in ruins. Her unforgiving husband is moving to break up their family for good. And with nowhere to go, Kimberly must take refuge with the family she never knew she had--and answer the hardest questions of her life. Who is she outside of her accomplishments and privilege? Will forging new, unexpected bonds give her the strength and courage to remake herself without losing everything else she loves?
Call Number: FIC Hil
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2020
1839-1908 Machado de Assis, Flora Thomson-DeVeaux
Description: "The mixed-race grandson of ex-slaves, Machado de Assis is not only Brazil's most celebrated writer but also a writer of world stature. In The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, the ghost of a decadent and disagreeable aristocrat decides to write his memoir. He dedicates it to the worms gnawing at his corpse and, in 160 brief chapters, tells of his failed romances and halfhearted political ambitions, serves up harebrained philosophies, and complains with gusto from the depths of his grave. Wildly imaginative, wickedly witty, and utterly unforgettable, it is a novel ahead of its time that has been compared to the work of everyone from Cervantes to Sterne to Borges to Joyce to Nabokov to Calvino, and that has influenced generations of writers around the world. This new English translation is the first to include extensive notes providing crucial historical and cultural context and also includes excerpts from previous versions of the novel never before published in English" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2020
Dola De Jong, Kristen Gehrman
Description: When Bea meets Erica at the home of a mutual friend, this chance encounter sets the stage for the story of two women torn between desire and taboo in the years leading up to the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. Erica, a reckless young journalist, pursues passionate but abusive affairs with different women. Bea, a reserved secretary, grows increasingly obsessed with Erica, yet denial and shame keep her from recognizing her attraction. Only Bea's discovery that Erica is half-Jewish and a member of the Dutch resistance--and thus in danger--brings her closer to accepting her own feelings.
Call Number: FIC De J
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Cat Sebastian
Description: "Will Sedgwick can’t believe that after months of searching for his oldest friend, Martin Easterbrook is found hiding in an attic like a gothic nightmare. Intent on nursing Martin back to health, Will kindly kidnaps him and takes him to the countryside to recover, well away from the world. Martin doesn’t much care where he is or even how he got there. He’s much more concerned that the man he’s loved his entire life is currently waiting on him hand and foot, feeding him soup and making him tea. Martin knows he’s a lost cause, one he doesn’t want Will to waste his life on. As a lifetime of love transforms into a tender passion both men always desired but neither expected, can they envision a life free from the restrictions of the past, a life with each other?" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Seb
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Latoya Chandler
Description: "As a pastor, nothing instills more pride than seeing your child follow in your footsteps, learning to teach, believe, and abide by the Word. Pastor Dexter Lewis wants to see his legacy continue through his son, Zayvon. But what happens when the only heir to the legacy that you built is born deaf? Do you question God? Do you blame your wife? When the truth is finally discovered, Pastor Dexter Lewis’s buried past surfaces. Will he accept the inevitable or remain in denial?" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 3, 2020
John Elizabeth Stintzi
Description: "Alani Baum, a non-binary photographer and teacher, hasn't seen their mother since they ran away with their girlfriend when they were seventeen -- almost thirty years ago. But when Alani gets a call from a doctor at the assisted living facility where their mother has been for the last five years, they learn that their mother's dementia has worsened and appears to have taken away her ability to speak. As a result, Alani suddenly find themselves running away again -- only this time, they're running back to their mother. Staying at their mother's empty home, Alani attempts to tie up the loose ends of their mother's life while grappling with the painful memories that -- in the face of their mother's disease -- they're terrified to lose. Meanwhile, the memories inhabiting the house slowly grow animate, and the longer Alani is there, the longer they're forced to confront the fact that any closure they hope to get from this homecoming will have to be manufactured" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sti
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 3, 2020
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(Im)perfectly Happy
Sharina Harris
FIC Har
Stuck Rubber Baby
Howard Cruse
FIC Cru
21 Immortals : Inspector Mislan And The Yee Sang Murders
author Rozlan Mohd. Noor
FIC Roz
The Care And Feeding Of Waspish Widows
Olivia Waite
FIC Wai
Almond : A Novel
Wŏn-p'yŏng Son, Joosun Lee
FIC Son
The Other Sister
Donna (Donna O.) Hill
FIC Hil
Aria
Nazanine Hozar
FIC Hoz
The Posthumous Memoirs Of Brás Cubas
1839-1908 Machado de Assis, Flora Thomson-DeVeaux
FIC Mac
Fast Girls : A Novel Of The 1936 Women's Olympic Team
Elise Hooper
FIC Hoo
The Tree And The Vine
Dola De Jong, Kristen Gehrman
FIC De J
Luster
Raven Leilani
FIC Lei
Two Rogues Make A Right
Cat Sebastian
FIC Seb
Passage : A Novel
Khary Lazarre-White
FIC Laz
Unspoken Words
Latoya Chandler
FIC Cha
Saving Her Shadow
Lutishia Lovely
FIC Lov
Vanishing Monuments : A Novel
John Elizabeth Stintzi
FIC Sti
Second Coming. Volume One
Mark Russell, Richard (Illustrator) Pace, Leonard Kirk, Andy (Comic book artist) Troy, Rob Steen
FIC Rus