All Time Faves: Street Lit

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Criminal Minded Criminal Minded
By Brown, Tracy
2005-06 - St. Martin's Griffin
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Brown tells the tale of the rise and fall of two young men determined to conquer the world, and the story of the women who loved them too much. …More

A Gangster's Girl A Gangster's Girl
By Chunichi
2007-06 - Urban Books
9781601620064 Check our catalog

Leaving the safety of her parents home, a very good girl enters a world of bad boys and fast money and hooks up with a sexy but dangerous man who could be the biggest mistake of her life. …More

Thugs and the Women Who Love Them Thugs and the Women Who Love Them
By Clark, Wahida
2010-07 - Dafina Books
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Clark takes readers through the stories of three ambitious, educated women who aspire to escape the ghetto and follow their hopes and dreams. None of the friends can resist their attraction to their thug boyfriends, which threatens to hold them back from their dreams. …More

Chyna Black: Triple Crown Publications Presents Chyna Black: Triple Crown Publications Presents
By Ervin, Keisha
2004-12 - Vickie Stringer
9780976234913 Check our catalog

There was a time when I didn't care about anybody, not even myself. Oh, and who am I? I'm Chyna, Chyna Danea Black to be more exact. I'm here to tell you my story, but for you to fully understand me, you have to understand my past. You see, I'm every black girl growing up in the hood, and like most, I got caught up in the life. Some things I didn't see coming. Other things were self-inflicted. I don't regret my path in life but I could have taken a different one. So, for all the young girls growing up in the hood, let me take you back to how I grew up. …More


Feenin' Feenin'
By Hall, Sereniti
2010-12 - Wahida Clark Presents
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Tanisha Hopkins a.k.a. Tiny dreams of living the glamorous life by any means necessary. A bona fide, certified, authentic material girl in every sense of the description, Tiny is Feenin to live life fast and furious and has found the perfect man to make all her dreams a reality. But everything that glitters isn't always gold. Meeting her match, Roscoe proves to be a disaster in the making. A hustler with a dream, a scheme, and his hand in the mix of everything. Tiny quickly learns why many people not only despise Roscoe, but fear him too. …More

Never Go Home Again Never Go Home Again
By Holmes, Shannon
2005-09 - Atria Books
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This coming-of-age story offers a fascinating firsthand account of the unforgiving inner-city streets and prison life, as well as a difficult lesson in accepting responsibility and moving on. …More

Doom Fox Doom Fox
By Slim, Iceberg
1998-09 - Grove Press
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Propelled by the story of Joe "Kong" Allen and his gorgeous, treacherous wife, Doom Fox is the last in Iceberg Slim's legendary series of underground novels. Written in 1978 and unpublished until now, Doom Fox is a tale of the Los Angeles ghetto that begins just after World War II and spans the next thirty years. In the no-holds-barred tradition of Chester Himes, Doom Fox captures a violent, vivid world of low-riding chippie-catchers, prizefighters, prostitutes, and smooth-talking preachers. Iceberg Slim detailed life among the hustlers in the inner city and reinvented the concept of cool. …More

Baby Girl Baby Girl
By Jihad
2005-10 - Urban Books
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Orphaned after her wealthy Los Angeles parents are murdered and raised by two homeless men in Atlanta, Baby Girl robs the rich and gives back to the 'hoods. Eventually she recruits and trains women like her, beautiful in appearance but poisonous to the touch. …More

Ride or Die Ride or Die
By Jones, Solomon
2005-11 - Minotaur Books
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From the critically acclaimed author of "The Bridge" comes a gritty, suspenseful Romeo and Juliet tale set in the 'hood. …More

Mo' Dirty: Still Stuntin' Mo' Dirty: Still Stuntin'
By King, Darrell
2008-08 - Urban Books
9781601620682 Check our catalog

From the author of "How Do You Want It?" comes an action-packed, gritty novelcentered around Peter Whiskey Battle, the enforcer for a Georgia street gang. …More

Eviction Notice Eviction Notice
By K'wan
2011-09 - St. Martin's Griffin
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From #1 Essence bestselling author, K'wan, comes the next installment in his bestselling Hood Rat series

Porsha: the ghetto princess. Boots: the scandalous baby mama. Frankie aka Francine: the con artist. These three girls live in one apartment and are into all kinds of hood foolishness while having fun. Until one day they find an eviction notice taped to their door. Now they have seventy-two hours to find out how to come up with all the money they owe in months of back rent. …More


Desperate Hoodwives: An Urban Tale Desperate Hoodwives: An Urban Tale
By Mink, Meesha
Author Diamond, De'nesha
2012-10 - Pocket Books
9781476704098 Check our catalog

The first in a drama-drenched new series of street lit novels set in the Atlanta housing projects chronicles four young women desperately trying to get out of the hood. …More

The Apostles the Apostles The Apostles the Apostles
By Moore, Y. Blak
2009-03 - One World/Strivers Row
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Gorilla Black Gorilla Black
By Seven
2008-05 - One World
9780345500526 Check our catalog

The first in the Nikki Turner Presents line of hard-hitting street-lit novelswith heart and soul. …More

T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.
By Shakur, Sanyika
2009-08 - Grove Press
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The follow-up to his bestselling memoir "Monster," Shakur's "T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E." is a vicious, heart-wrenching, and true-to-life novel that masterfully captures the violence and depravity of gang life. …More

Street Soldier Street Soldier
By Silhouettes
2011-06 - Urban Books
9781601624529 Check our catalog

This debut novel from a powerful new voice in urban lit follows the wild trials and tribulations of a reckless teenager whose world is spinning out of control. …More

The Coldest Winter Ever The Coldest Winter Ever
By Sister Souljah
2006-02 - Pocket Star Books
9781416521693 Check our catalog

Now available in a trade paperback edition, Sister Souljah's debut novel about the daughter of a drug lord captures the allure and the danger of Brooklyn's streets. …More

Let That Be the Reason Let That Be the Reason
By Stringer, Vickie M.
2009-03 - Atria Books
9781416570486 Check our catalog

"Essence"-bestselling author Stringer began her wildly successful career in 2002 with the publication of "Let That Be the Reason," a cautionary tale and a story of redemption, which is being re-released to the delight of her many fans. …More

Miss Wayne & the Queens of DC Miss Wayne & the Queens of DC
By Styles, T.
2010-06 - Cartel Publications
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Wifey Wifey
By Swinson, Kiki
2008-10 - Dafina Books
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An "Essence"-bestselling author offers a scandalous street-lit tale and shows that no one else stands a chance when a wifey runs the hustle. …More

Flyy Girl Flyy Girl
By Tyree, Omar
2001-08 - Simon & Schuster
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Tracy Ellison, a middle-class African-American teen in 1980s Philadelphia, uses her personal brand of intimidating flattery to conquer one guy after another--until she meets her match. Meanwhile, Raheema, Tracy's girlfriend and neighbor, struggles to maintain good grades in school and to avoid the pressures to stray from the path she has chosen. …More

Heartbreak of a Hustler's Wife Heartbreak of a Hustler's Wife
By Turner, Nikki
2011-04 - One World
9780345511089 Check our catalog

Yarni Taylor wants nothing more than for her husband, Des, to commit to his life as a pastor--especially after someone tries to kill him. Before he or Yarni can regain their footing, a young woman shows up on their doorstep--Desember Day, the 18-year-old daughter Des never knew he had. With their lives on the line, Yarni must sacrifice everything to save her husband and her family. …More

Flipside of the Game Flipside of the Game
By Whitaker, Tu-Shonda L.
2004-07 - Triple Crown Publications
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Dirty to the Grave Dirty to the Grave
By Williams, Karen
2012-03 - Urban Books
9781601624871 Check our catalog

From the acclaimed author of "Harlem on Lock" and "The People vs. Cashmere" comes a shocking, dark street tale about a desperate woman who crosses her closest friends to get what she wants. …More

Dutch Dutch
By Woods, Teri
2009-09 - Grand Central Publishing
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Dutch and his dangerous clique take over the lucrative heroin business of a local drug lord. District Attorney Anthony Jacobs is confident that his witnesses will testify against Dutch and his crew. But a sudden turn of events will soon make the DA's job harder than he imagined. …More