Fiction

Love Poems

Award Year: 
1998
Authors(s): 
Nikki Giovanni
Description: 
A stunning collection of love poems that includes more than twenty new works. Articulating in sensuous verse what we know only instinctively, Nikki Giovanni once again confirms her place as one of our nation's most distinguished poets and powerful truth-tellers.

Mama's Flora's Family: A Novel

Award Year: 
1999
Authors(s): 
Alex Haley
Author 2: 
David Stevens
Description: 
This sweeping family saga of three generations in the mid-20th century is the final, brilliant inheritance from Alex Haley. At the center of this poignant novel stands the indomitable Mama Flora, matriarch of an extraordinary family of destitute Tennessee sharecroppers.

Blues: For All the Changes

Award Year: 
2000
Authors(s): 
Nikki Giovanni
Description: 
Intimate, edgy, and unapologetic, Blues: For All the Changes bears the mark of Nikki Giovanni's unmistakable voice. Now, in these fifty-two new poems, Giovanni brings the passion, fearless wit, and intensely personal self that have defined her life's work to a new front.

For the Love of Money

Award Year: 
2001
Authors(s): 
Omar Tyree
Description: 
Tracy Ellison, the sizzling heroine of the bestselling Flyy Girl returns in an eye-opening and sharply crafted sequel from "one of the hottest young black male novelists in a long time" (Rosalyn McMillan).

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Award Year: 
2002
Authors(s): 
Terry McMillan
Description: 
McMillan's high-spirited novel introduces the Price family: matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their four adult kids, each of whom sees life--and one another--through thick and thin and entirely on their own terms. With her hallmark exuberance and sassy cast of characters, the author takes readers into the hearts, minds, and souls of America.

Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea

Award Year: 
2003
Authors(s): 
Nikki Giovanni
Description: 
A collection of 50 new poems, sketches, and meditations charts new territory, including popular culture and life in America, the poet's own battle with illness, relationships between mothers and their children, legendary historical figures, the South, the recent terrorist attacks, and Giovanni's own childhood.

Love

Award Year: 
2004
Authors(s): 
Toni Morrison
Description: 
This audacious exploration into the nature of love - its appetite, its sublime possession, its dread - is rich in characters, striking scenes, and a profound understanding of how alive the past can be.

Woman, Thou Art Loosed! The Novel

Award Year: 
2005
Authors(s): 
T.D. Jakes
Description: 
As a child she called her grandma mama, her mother by her first name, and her motherrs's boyfriends Uncle. She grew up fast with too many men, too many strangers, and too many betrayals. Lost and sentenced to a private hell of abuse, addiction, poverty, and crime, Michelle has now been given a second chance to reclaim her life. But first she has to believe in the possible. She has to believe in herself. What it takes to free her is the one thing Michelle thought she'd never have. It's called faith.

Breaking the Cycle

Award Year: 
2006
Authors(s): 
Zane
Description: 
Breaking the Cycle is a stunning and moving anthology of stories, each of which focuses on an aspect of domestic abuse. This powerful collection is sure to serve as a wake-up call for people either dealing with a domestic abuse situation, or those watching someone else endure it.

Baby Brother's Blues

Award Year: 
2007
Authors(s): 
Pearl Cleage
Description: 
When Regina Burns married Blue Hamilton, she knew he was no ordinary man. Regina enjoyed a circle of engaging friends and her own work as communications consultant, but she especially relished the company of her husband, who never ceased to be a source of passion and delight. Then everything changes. Frightened women are showing up in West End, seeking Blue's protection from lovers who have suddenly become violent. When the worst offenders begin to disappear, the speculation seems to implicate Blue and his long-time associates. Now that Regina is pregnant, her fears for Blue's safety have become an obsession that threatens the heart of their relationship.
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