Seattle Picks: African American Fiction

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln By Carter, Stephen L. Book - 2012 FIC CARTER 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Having escaped assassination, President Lincoln instead faces the death of his political career as the Radical Republicans call for impeachment on the grounds of his abuse of power in this suspenseful alternative history.

Just Wanna Testify
Just Wanna Testify A Novel By Cleage, Pearl Book - 2011 FIC CLEAGE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Blue, a neighborhood whistleblower, is forced to rescue five young men destined to disappear into the clutches of gorgeous vampire models in town for a thinly-disguised fashion shoot.

Shattered A Novel By DuPree, Kia Book - 2012 FIC DUPREE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Heart-wrenching circumstances bring Kiki and her friend Nausy to an emotionally fragile present in this gritty story of courage and determination to find a normal life.

I Am Not Sidney Poitier
I Am Not Sidney Poitier A Novel By Everett, Percival L. Book - 2009 FIC EVERETT 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:What dark truths underlie the hilarious, unorthodox misadventures of Not Sidney Poitier, the orphan heir to a media fortune who bears an uncanny resemblance to… guess who?

In My Father's House
In My Father's House By Harris, E. Lynn Book - 2010 FIC HARRIS 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Disowned by his wealthy father for declaring his bisexuality, Bentley builds a top dollar modeling agency on his own, but trouble strikes when Dad has a heart attack and his protégé goes missing.

Hold It 'til It Hurts
Hold It 'til It Hurts A Novel By Johnson, T. Geronimo Book - 2012 FIC JOHNSON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Brothers and fellow soldiers Achilles and Troy Conroy return to New Orleans from Afghanistan for their adoptive father’s funeral. When Troy disappears, Achilles pursues him and wrestles with the complexities of love, family and racial identity.

Silver Sparrow
Silver Sparrow By Jones, Tayari Book - 2011 FIC JONES 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 16 copies

Annotation:“My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.” So begins this powerful and unusual coming-of-age story narrated by two girls, one who knows she is a secret daughter, set in 1980s’ Atlanta, Georgia.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie By Mathis, Ayana Book - 2012 FIC MATHIS 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 29 copies

Annotation:Personal stories of the Great Migration come alive through the children and grandchildren (the 12 tribes) of Hattie Shepherd, a woman who left the South in 1923 in hopes of finding a better life in Philadelphia.

GATHERING OF WATERS By McFadden, Bernice L. Book - 2012

Annotation:Emmett Till’s lynching put Money, Mississippi on the map in 1955 and when the girl who loved him returns years later she awakens his spirit in this haunting, magical story narrated by the town itself.

Home By Morrison, Toni Book - 2012 FIC MORRISO 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 29 copies

Annotation:Emotionally spent and mentally broken, Frank Money’s return home from the Korean War forces him to marshal the remnants of his sanity and save his equally damaged sister in this moving and lyrical story.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey By Mosley, Walter Book - 2010 FIC MOSLEY 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:At the age of 91 Ptolemy’s fogged brain suddenly clears, revealing in a flash his painful and poignant odyssey in a racially divided America, and one last struggle he must undergo.

Freeman A Novel By Pitts, Leonard Book - 2012 FIC PITTS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sam, a runaway slave from Philadelphia, goes in search of his wife who he has not seen in 15 years on a journey that takes him across the Civil War-torn South.

When Morning Comes
When Morning Comes By Ray, Francis Book - 2012 FIC RAY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:An egotistical surgeon and the hospital’s patient advocate are matched in tenacity and wit as they fall in love despite themselves and begin to heal old wounds. First in the new series, Family Affair.

The Perfect Marriage
The Perfect Marriage By Roby, Kimberla Lawson Book - 2013 FIC ROBY 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Comfortably well-off and happily married, Denise and Derrek Shaw risk losing it all and damaging their daughters by their continued drug abuse.

The Kid
The Kid By Sapphire Book - 2011 FIC SAPPHIR 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Precious’s son (from “Push”) endures one abusive situation after another from the time he is orphaned at nine. Graphic, realistic and heartbreaking.

Some Sing, Some Cry
Some Sing, Some Cry By Shange, Ntozake Book - 2010 FIC SHANGE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Music is the sustaining force in this story that traces African American history from Reconstruction to the present as it affects seven generations of the Mayfield women.

A Deeper Love Inside
A Deeper Love Inside The Porsche Santiaga Story By Souljah Book - 2013 FIC SOULJAH 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:The long-awaited sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever” tells the story of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s little sister. Porsche’s feisty nature lands her in juvenile detention where hard luck girls share stories and find strength in survival.

A Gangster and A Gentleman
A Gangster and A Gentleman By Swinson, Kiki Book - 2012 FIC SWINSON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Hot lust and sudden death are two sides of the same coin in this pair of streetwise novellas about latter-day Bonnies and Clydes.

Salvage the Bones
Salvage the Bones A Novel By Ward, Jesmyn Book - 2011 FIC WARD 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 23 copies

Annotation:Esch’s close-knit family barely has enough to eat or get by when Hurricane Katrina makes its way to their Mississippi town. National Book Award winner for Fiction in 2011.

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A variety of selections from African American writers on many topics, from slavery and racial prejudice, to urban fiction and humor.