Staff Picks

Urban Fiction

Urban fiction is a literary genre set in a city landscape; however the genre is as much defined by the socio-economic realities and culture of its characters as the urban setting. The tone for urban fiction is somewhat dark, focusing on the underside of city living. Here is a short list of some of the library's hottest urban fiction.

Bronxwood     Bronxwood    
Booth, Coe
    Y Booth

Tyrell's life is spinning out of control after his father is released from prison, his little brother is placed in foster care, and the drug dealers he's living with are pressuring him to start dealing.

Cheaper to keep her : a story     Cheaper to keep her : a story    

Bartending at Magic City, a Virginia Beach, VA, strip club, barely earns Lynise Washington enough cash to pay her bills. Imagine her joy when Duke Carrington, a dude dripping in bling (diamond-stud earrings and an iced-out pinky ring), offers her a condo and unlimited spending cash.

Heartbreak of a hustler's wife : a novel     Heartbreak of a hustler's wife : a novel    
Turner, Nikki

Corporate attorney Yarni Taylor has her hands full when someone tries to kill her husband Des and Desember Day, the eighteen-year-old daughter Des never knew he had, shows up at their door.

Hot girl     Hot girl    
Jordan, Dream
    Y Jordan

Kate, a fourteen-year-old Brooklyn girl and former gang member, risks losing her first good foster family when she adopts the risqué ways of her flirtatious new friend, Naleejah.

L.A. blues     L.A. blues    
Thompson, Maxine E.

Getting her life back together after being fired from the police force, Zipporah "Z" Saldana, sober for two years, opens up her own private investigation firm and finds herself in deep trouble when she looks into the murder of her former foster mother's grandson, a high school basketball star.

The family business     The family business    
Weber, Carl

By day, the Duncans are an upstanding family who run a thriving car dealership in Queens. By night, they live a dangerous secret life. L.C. Duncan, patriarch of the family, is at the age when he's starting to think about retirement in sunny Florida. But the recession is taking a bite out of the business and, worrying more, he has to decide which of his children should take over.

The liar's club     The liar's club    
Jordan, Layla

Living the glamorous life courtesy of her successful new husband, Sinclair plays with fire when her not-quite-ex-husband Kwame gets out of prison and blackmails her for cash and sex.

Upgrade U     Upgrade U    
Simone, Ni-Ni.
    Y Simone

Life is poppin' and seventeen-year-old Seven McKnight is rockin' Stiles University's hottest baller, Josiah Whitaker, on her arm when it all falls apart.

Wife     Wife    
Monay, Michelle

India Jones likes hubby Sump bankrolling her shopping sprees for $300 jeans and $2000 designer handbags, but she wants the dude to leave the streets and come home sometime before 4 a.m. She just knows he's cheatin', and, yep, he is.