All Time Faves: African American Women Authors

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Book Cover When Love Calls, You Better Answer
By Berry, Bertice
2005/06 - Broadway Books
0385510837 Find It

"The author of the hit Redemption Song" returns with a sparkling new novel about looking for love in all the wrong places--and with all the wrong people.
Full of spirit and wisdom, the novels of Bertice Berry bring to life a rich tapestry of human experience.
 

Book Cover P.G. County
By Briscoe, Connie
2003/09 - One World
9780345444134 Find It

In the sprawling homes and upscale townhouses of the exclusive, largely African American Prince George's County, the lives of five women intersect-and the secrets, scandals, loves, and losses that ensue are par for the course where power, beauty, and wealth reside. 

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72 Hour Hold
By Campbell, Bebe Moore
2005/06 - Alfred A. Knopf
1400040744 Find It

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In this novel of family and redemption, Campbell draws on the powerful emotions of her own experience and African-American roots in this story of a mother who struggles to save her 18-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder.
 

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Baby Brother's Blues
By Cleage, Pearl
2006/02 - One World
0345481100 Find It

The lives and loves of Atlanta's West End denizens continue to play out unforgettably in the newest novel by the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Babylon Sisters." 

Book Cover Some Sunday
By Johnson-Hodge, Margaret
2001/09 - Dafina Books
1575669161 Find It

From her successful debut novel, Butterscotch Blues (2000), Johnson-Hodge brings back her characters Sandy and Sandy's best friends, Martha, Britney, and Janice. While Sandy is grieving over the death of her husband, Adrian, from AIDS, her friends are dealing with love, family, and financial issues. .

Book Cover My Fine Lady
By Joe, Yolanda
2005/03 - Plume Books
0452286182 Find It

Joe has wowed thousands of fans with her lively storylines and savvy heroines. Now she introduces Imani, a rising star whose dreams and challenges will capture the hearts of many more. "My Fine Lady" presents the dilemmas of romance, family, and career with Joe's signature wit and flair. 

Book Cover Who Does She Think She Is?
By Little, Benilde
2005/05 - Free Press
0684854821 Find It

From the beloved, bestselling author of "Good Hair" and "The Itch" comes a richly evocative multigenerational story of three powerful women. 

Brown Girl, Brownstones Brown Girl, Brownstones
By Marshall, Paule
2006-08 - Feminist Press
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This beloved coming-of-age story set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II follows the life of Selina Boyce, the daughter of Caribbean immigrants. Author Danticat explores the novel's themes of identity, sexuality, and values as well as Selina's struggle against the racism and poverty surrounding her.

Book Cover Nowhere Is a Place
By McFadden, Bernice L.
2006/02 - Dutton Books
0525948759 Find It

Traveling across country together, a mother and daughter discover the assorted pieces of their family's past, which--when pulled together--reveal a history of amazing survival and abundant joy. 

Book Cover Leaving Cecil Street
By McKinney-Whetstone, Diane
2004/03 - William Morrow
0688163858 Find It

Winner - 2005 ALA Black Caucus Award
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This riveting tale of tragedy and hope set in late sixties Philadelphia is from an author who "ought to be classified among the best of all contemporary fiction writers period" ("Detroit Free Press")


Book Cover Blue Collar Blues
By McMillan, Rosalyn
1998/09 - Warner Books
0446522430 Find It

A brutal struggle for power in the manipulative auto industry pits white collar against blue collar, in this powerful and sexy novel by the author of "Knowing" and "One Better". 

Book Cover The Interruption of Everything
By McMillan, Terry
2005/08 - Viking Books
0670031445 Find It

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Highly entertaining, deeply human, a page-turner full of heart and soul, this time McMillan turns her eye to the question of how one woman can start putting her own needs higher on the to-do list while not shortchanging those she loves. 


Book Cover Using What You Got
By Miller, Karen E. Quinones
2004/07 - Simon & Schuster
0743246152 Find It

After being spoiled by a father who recklessly spares no expense when it comes to his girls' material desires, 18-year-old Tiara's life decisions threaten to destroy not only her, but her entire family.

Book Cover Deliver Me from Evil
By Monroe, Mary
2007/09 - Dafina Books
9780758212177 Find It

In this sensational new novel from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "God Dont Like Ugly" and "God Dont Play," a beautiful, resourceful woman engineers a high-stakes game of love, money, and sex--all in the name of a better future. ...More

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Love and Lies
By Roby, Kimberla Lawson
2007/02 - William Morrow & Company
0060892498 Find It

The author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Best-Kept Secret" returns with a fabulous tale featuring the beloved scoundrel, Curtis Black. 

Book Cover I Left My Back Door Open
By Sinclair, April
2007/02 - Harper Perennial
0380732807 Find It

In spite of all the personal turmoil surrounding her, Daphne Dupree is keeping her back door open, just in case something romantic happens to drop by. And it's just open enough to let sexy and sensitive Skylar walk right in with all of his own cumbersome baggage.