Fiction

Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson RobyBest Friends Forever by:Kimberla Lawson Roby
Things are falling apart in the Richardson household. Angry arguments between Celine and her husband, Keith, have become routine. She resents that he’s working long hours and staying out all night, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves. Their marriage is at a cross-roads and Celine worries how her 10-year-old daughter, Kassie, will be affected.

But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her relationship with Keith deteriorates, Celine worries that she’ll be left to navigate the difficult process of cancer treatment alone. But comfort and support come in the form of Celine’s best friend, Lauren. They’ve been attached at the hip since they were children and it is Lauren who’s there for Celine in her darkest moments.

Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions-about her marriage and otherwise-and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late?
Release: 1/5/16
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Cater to You by Shamara RayCater To You by:Shamara Ray
When four men vie for her attention, an ambitious personal chef has to figure out how to keep the heat contained in the kitchen in this delectable new novel from the bestselling author of the “sexy kitchen romance” (Publishers Weekly) Recipe for Love.

Riley Ryan is an up-and-coming personal chef hired to cater a retirement party for Louis and Miriam Carlyle. The Carlyles are so impressed with her skills, they hire Riley to be their chef on a weekly basis.

Every Sunday, the couple is joined for dinner by their four sons—all successful, all handsome, and all intrigued by Riley. Already in a strained relationship, Riley doesn’t believe in confusing her personal life with her professional life and definitely not with four men. As the brothers—one married, one recently out of college, and a set of twins—compete for Riley’s attention, she tries not to fall prey to their advances. But Riley soon finds herself at the center of a family divided. Can she figure out a way to cater to the Carlyles without jeopardizing her business, while quenching her own personal needs and desires?
Release: 1/5/16
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The Angels' Share by Garfield EllisThe Angels’ Share by:Garfield Ellis
Everton Dorril, a rising star at a Jamaican beverage company, immediately fears the worst when his stepmother calls one morning to tell him his father is missing. Everton soon discovers that his father has run off to track down a woman he has been in love with for thirty-five years. An “outside” child born to his father’s mistress, Everton deeply resents his father and hates the idea of jeopardizing the most important moment in his career to go find him, but feels he has no other choice.

His father’s stubborn refusal to return home leads Everton to reluctantly give up a week of work–one week only–to join him on his quest. By the fourth day, Everton is fed up with his father’s lies and excuses. In spite of his better judgment, and worried his father might be dying, Everton finally confronts him one drunken night and airs his resentments. He discovers that his father, frightened and unhappy with the failings of his past, is seeking closure and reconciliation. Fearing this is his last chance to find out more about the father who had no time for him when he was growing up, Everton and his father set out on an adventurous quest across Jamaica, hoping to make up for lost time.
Release: 1/5/16
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Non-Fiction

Been There, Done That by Al Roker, Deborah RobertsBeen There, Done That by:Al Roker & Deborah Roberts
Lessons in marriage, family, and career from the New York Times bestselling Today show personality and his news-journalist wife.

A funny and empowering collection of life lessons, hard-won wisdom, and instructive family anecdotes from Al and Deborah’s lives. They candidly share their childhood obstacles like obesity and growing up in the segregated south; the challenges and blessings that come from raising very different kids; the truths about marriage and career; the “little things” that adults can learn from children; and the genuine wisdom that the elderly can share with a younger generation. These are real-life stories told from every perspective—from parent, spouse, daughter, son, and friend, stories that every reader can relate to, appreciate, and share.
Release: 1/5/16
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Where They Belong by Hoda KotbWhere They Belong by:Hoda Kotb
From New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb—inspiring stories of people who find their life’s purpose in unexpected ways, often surprising themselves and the ones they love most.

Most of us wonder what we’re doing. We float around in the glass half-empty, gaze out into the world of possibilities, and wonder if we should get off of our raft and climb out. Maybe even today you asked yourself: Is it too late to do that thing that made me so happy when I was young? Could what matters most to me finally be the center of my life? Can I really trust this yearning voice in my head and longing in my heart? Do I feel like I’m where I belong?

In this incredible collection of stories, Hoda Kotb reveals individuals who reached a critical point in their lives to suddenly find they’re being pulled in a completely new direction. By following their passions, their gut, and their heart, these people learned their life purpose was utterly unlike what they’d planned. From the investment banker who became a minister after years of working in Manhattan, to the young woman from a blue-collar background whose passion took her to the Cordon Bleu, or the high-powered PR exec who found herself drawn to a pioneering residential community, the stories in Where They Belong come from an array of ordinary individuals who have discovered the power of embracing change. Hoda also interviews celebrities, such as actress/producer Roma Downey, comedienne Margaret Cho, and boxer Laila Ali, who have all pursued their passions to find fulfillment.

With examples of perseverance, self-reflection, and new attitudes on life, Where They Belong is a motivating and inspirational book at finding the right path for your personal journey.
Release: 1/5/16
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Abundance Now by Lisa Nichols
Abundance Now by:Lisa Nichols
New York Times bestselling author, Personal Transformation guru, and life coach for the Steve Harvey Show and Today, Lisa Nichols shares her journey from scarcity to abundance, outlining steps everyone can take to create abundance in career, relationships, self, and finances—while creating a legacy for others to follow. With a foreword by Steve Harvey.

Twenty years ago, Lisa Nichols was a single mother dependent on public assistance and jumping from one dead-end job to the next. Determined to break out of the defeatist mindset, negative behavior, and bad habits that were holding her back from success, she resolved to change her life. Today, she leads the life of her dreams.

In Abundance Now, this icon in the field of personal transformation shares her secrets for creating a life that is rich in every way possible. Focusing on the four areas of life that must be refined to bring true abundance, or the 4 E’s—Enrichment, Enchantment, Engagement, Endowment—Nichols identifies the framework upon which a fulfilled existence is built. Abundance Now offers provocative lessons, actionable plans and real-life case studies, and makes clear what we must do every day to attract abundance, how to act as if we are already leading abundant lives, and how to open the door to a life of richness in our work, our relationships, our finances, and in our view of ourselves.
Release:1/5/16
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A Doctor in the House by Candy CarsonA Doctor In The House by:Candy Carson
Candy Carson, wife of pioneering surgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson, offers an intimate portrait of her husband as a family man, Christian, and patriot.

While most people think of Dr. Carson as a trailblazing neurosurgeon and an outspoken conservative, Candy, his wife of 40 years, knows him as so much more: a loving husband, a devoted father, a devout Christian, and a patriot. With her new book, Candy Carson introduces America to a man equally remarkable in his private life as he is in public. Above all, she shows us Dr. Carson as a believer: in God, in family, and in America. He believes in the American dream—not as an abstract idea but as a reality, with the story of his own life as the evidence—and believes every American to be capable of achieving it.

In this intimate portrait, readers will learn how Ben Carson leads by example, whether as the lead surgeon in the operating room, as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, or as the founder of the Carson’s Scholars Fund. No less worthy of admiration is his leadership of his own home and family through their personal struggles and triumphs.
Release: 1/5/16
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The Audacity of Hoop by Alexander WolffThe Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama by:Alexander Wolff
While basketball didn’t take up residence in the White House in January 2009, the game nonetheless played an outsized role in forming the man who did. In The Audacity of Hoop, celebrated sportswriter Alexander Wolff examines Barack Obama, the person and president, by the light of basketball. This game helped Obama explore his identity, keep a cool head, impress his future wife, and define himself as a candidate.

Wolff chronicles Obama’s love of the game from age 10, on the campaign trail—where it eventually took on talismanic meaning—and throughout his two terms in office. More than 125 photographs illustrate Obama dribbling, shooting free throws, playing pickup games, cooling off with George Clooney, challenging his special assistant Reggie Love for a rebound, and taking basketball to political meetings. There is also an assessment of Obama’s influence on the NBA, including a dawning political consciousness in the league’s locker rooms.

Sidebars reveal the evolution of the president’s playing style, “Baracketology”—a not-entirely-scientific art of filling out the commander in chief’s NCAA tournament bracket—and a timeline charts Obama’s personal and professional highlights.

Equal parts biographical sketch, political narrative, and cultural history, The Audacity of Hoop shows how the game became a touchstone in Obama’s exercise of the power of the presidency.
Release: 1/4/16
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The Covenant with Black America - Ten Years Later by Tavis SmileyThe Covenant with Black America by:Tavis Smiley
In 2006, Tavis Smiley teamed up with other leaders in the Black community to create a national plan of action to address the ten most crucial issues facing African Americans. The Covenant with Black America, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller, ran the gamut from health care to criminal justice, affordable housing to education, voting rights to racial divides. But a decade later, Black men still fall to police bullets and brutality, Black women still die from preventable diseases, Black children still struggle to get a high quality education, the digital divide and environmental inequality still persist, and American cities from Ferguson to Baltimore burn with frustration. In short, the last decade has seen the evaporation of Black wealth, with Black fellow citizens having lost ground in nearly every leading economic category.

So Smiley calls for a renewal of The Covenant, presenting in this new edition the original action plan—with a new foreword and conclusion—alongside fresh data from the Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) to underscore missed opportunities and the work that remains to be done. While life for far too many African Americans remains a struggle, the great freedom fighter Frederick Douglass was right: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

With Smiley leading the charge, the time has come to finally convert the trials and tribulations of Black America into the progress that all of America yearns for.
Release: 1/5/16
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Destiny Journal by T. D. JakesDestiny’s Journal by:T.D. Jakes
#1 New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes inspires readers to discover breakthroughs and focus with this illustrated blank journal based on Destiny.

When you reflect on your life, you may be surprised by the moments that happened through a series of circumstances that you had no control over. Are these random events simply distractions from reaching your goals? Or can they actually be catalysts that force us to accept our destiny? For fans of his newest book Destiny, T.D. Jakes offers a beautiful journal to deepen and personalize the Destiny message. Complete with watermarked, one-sentence quotes from Destiny, this interactive volume will challenge readers to fill the beautifully designed diary pages with personal revelations and get to know themselves, learn what they are made of, and play the lead role in their own lives so that they can focus on God’s plan–and then just let the rest go!
Release: 1/5/16
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The Family Tree by Karen BrananThe Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth by:Karen Branan
In the tradition of Slaves in the Family, the provocative true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912—written by the great-granddaughter of the sheriff charged with protecting them.
Harris County, Georgia, 1912. A white man, the beloved nephew of the county sheriff, is shot dead on the porch of a black woman. Days later, the sheriff sanctions the lynching of a black woman and three black men, all of them innocent. For Karen Branan, the great-granddaughter of that sheriff, this isn’t just history, this is family history.

Branan spent nearly twenty years combing through diaries and letters, hunting for clues in libraries and archives throughout the United States, and interviewing community elders to piece together the events and motives that led a group of people to murder four of their fellow citizens in such a brutal public display. Her research revealed surprising new insights into the day-to-day reality of race relations in the Jim Crow–era South, but what she ultimately discovered was far more personal. As she dug into the past, Branan was forced to confront her own deep-rooted beliefs surrounding race and family, a process that came to a head when Branan learned a shocking truth: she is related not only to the sheriff, but also to one of the four who were murdered. Both identities—perpetrator and victim—are her inheritance to bear.

A gripping story of privilege and power, anger, and atonement, The Family Tree transports readers to a small Southern town steeped in racial tension and bound by powerful family ties. Branan takes us back in time to the Civil War, demonstrating how plantation politics and the Lost Cause movement set the stage for the fiery racial dynamics of the twentieth century, delving into the prevalence of mob rule, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the role of miscegenation in an unceasing cycle of bigotry.

Through all of this, what emerges is a searing examination of the violence that occurred on that awful day in 1912—the echoes of which still resound today—and the knowledge that it is only through facing our ugliest truths that we can move forward to a place of understanding.
Release:1/5/16
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The Ragged Road to Abolition by James J. GigantinoThe Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865 by:James J. Gigantino II
James J. Gigantino II shatters the easy dichotomy between free and slave states in early America. The Ragged Road to Abolition illustrates how slavery in New Jersey persisted until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and reveals the myriad ways this marginalized the state’s free blacks.

Contrary to popular perception, slavery persisted in the North well into the nineteenth century. This was especially the case in New Jersey, the last northern state to pass an abolition statute, in 1804. Because of the nature of the law, which freed children born to enslaved mothers only after they had served their mother’s master for more than two decades, slavery continued in New Jersey through the Civil War. Passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 finally destroyed its last vestiges.

The Ragged Road to Abolition chronicles the experiences of slaves and free blacks, as well as abolitionists and slaveholders, during slavery’s slow northern death. Abolition in New Jersey during the American Revolution was a contested battle, in which constant economic devastation and fears of freed blacks overrunning the state government limited their ability to gain freedom. New Jersey’s gradual abolition law kept at least a quarter of the state’s black population in some degree of bondage until the 1830s. The sustained presence of slavery limited African American community formation and forced Jersey blacks to structure their households around multiple gradations of freedom while allowing New Jersey slaveholders to participate in the interstate slave trade until the 1850s. Slavery’s persistence dulled white understanding of the meaning of black freedom and helped whites to associate “black” with “slave,” enabling the further marginalization of New Jersey’s growing free black population.

By demonstrating how deeply slavery influenced the political, economic, and social life of blacks and whites in New Jersey, this illuminating study shatters the perceived easy dichotomies between North and South or free states and slave states at the onset of the Civil War.
Release: 1/4/16
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