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Black Is... 1998: Fiction
Booklists for Adults

ALL AMERICAN DREAM DOLLS by David Haynes.
Deneen moves back to her parents' home to eat hors d'oeuvres and watch TV, but something else awaits her there.

ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED; ALWAYS OUTGUNNED by Walter Mosley.
Interconnected short stories introduce Socrates Fortlow, a philosophical ex-con.

BALANCING ACT by Anita Richmond Bunkley.
Conflicting loyalties to career and family test Elise's values when a chemical plant explodes in her community.

BLOOD BROTHERS by Steven Barnes.
The occult and racism, from slavery to the present.

DARK STORM RISING by Chinelu Moore.
Despite the sizzling sex, Star resists crossing the cultural bridge to the wealthy Nigerian.

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST by Julie Dash.
Amelia's pursuit of her anthropology thesis leads to the discovery of her family roots in the Gullah culture of South Carolina.

DEAR FUTURE by Fred D'Aguiar.
Mysticism, enchantment, and the supernatural combine to create a satire of Caribbean politics.

DOUBLE DEAD by Gary Hardwick.
Who murdered Detriot's mayor? His mistress, Ramona Blake, or the assistant DA, Jesse King.

FINDING MAKEBA by Alexs D. Pate.
A father and daughter rediscover one another ten years later.

FRIENDS AND LOVERS by Eric Jerome Dickey.
Debra and Leonard form a solid relationship before their marriage, while their friends, Shelby and Tyrel, find that long-lasting romance doesn't begin between the sheets.

GLIMMER by Annie Waters.
A biracial college freshman longs for her absent black father.

HARLEM by Len Riley.
About to reach the pinnacle of Harlem Renaissance society, Gevon is trapped by the hatred, loyalty, betrayal, ruthless violence, and redeeming love in her past.

IF I SHOULD DIE by Grace F. Edwards.
Is it women's intuition that leads detective Mali Anderson to connect the attempted kidnapping of a small boy with his choral director's murder?

IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE by E. Lynn Harris.
A crisis reunites four college friends, forcing a re-examination of their priorities.

KINFOLKS: A NOVEL by Kristin Hunter Lattany.
Two single mothers plan a wedding for their children and find that they once shared a lover.

MAGIC CITY by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
A shoeshine operator is falsely accused of raping a white elevator worker in 1920s Oklahoma.

MISS OPHELIA by Mary Burnett Smith.
Belly remembers her eleventh summer when adult secrets ended her childhood.

MY SOUL TO KEEP by Tananarive Due.
"What would people be like if they never aged, never got sick, never died?"    A supernatural thriller.

N: A ROMANTIC MYSTERY by Louis Edwards.
With a drug dealer as partner, a well-educated journalist investigates murder in seamy New Orleans.

ONE BETTER by Rosalyn McMillan.
Dealing with love, drugs, and success in the 90s.

ONLY TWICE I'VE WISHED FOR HEAVEN by Dawn Turner Trice.
Lured from her protected middle-class community by life on the street, 11-year-old Tempestt witnessed the death of her best friend.

SOUL KISS by Shay Youngblood.
The search for a sense of family takes Mariah from her drug-addicted mother, to her elderly aunts, and finally to the father who never knew she existed.

STRAY DOGS by John Ridley.
Stewart learns that scorpions or coyotes are not the most dangerous things in the desert.

TEXACO by Patrick Chamoiseau.
Love, sex, murder, and political action among the slaves of Martinique and their descendants.

A TREASURY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHRISTMAS STORIES ed. by Bettye Collier-Thomas.

TRYIN' TO SLEEP IN THE BED YOU MADE by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant.
Childhood best freinds take different paths and reunite when one becomes homeless.

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES: MODERN AFRICAN STORIES ed. by Charles R. Larson.
Ordinary people trying to make a life for their families are caught up in the political and spiritual struggle for Africa.

THE VIEW FROM HERE by Brian Keith Jackson.
When Anna is pregnant the sixth time with her first daughter, her husband insists they can't afford to keep it.  A tale of the rural South.

*Recommended for Teens

This list is dedicated to the memory of KAREN L. WILLIAMS.  A frequent contributor to Black Is...

This selected list was compiled by:  Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Adult Reader and Information Services; Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Amy Manson, Jamaica Plain Branch; Sarah Markell, Charlestown Branch; Marilyn Poindexter, General Library, Teen Services; Jacquelyn Hogan, Chairperson, Grove Hall/Egleston Square Branch Libraries.  Boston Public Library, 1998.