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Author: Charazz

South Jamaica Queens couldn't get any bloodier...

Mike and Daquan are cousins by blood, but become brothers by circumstance. In a New York minute, Mike is exposed to the death of his uncle Will at an early age. That same death equally affects Daquan, whose father (Mike's uncle) was snatched away without warning. Daquan and Mike take to naturally take to hustling in the streets of Jamaica Queens in their late teens.

Their crew is rounded out by Sean and Kevin. The four teenagers find a dead spot on 118th and begin to turn it into an empire. The only problem is that they are cutting into the profits of the nearby drug gang known as the Young Gunz. Fronted by drug lord BK, Mike and his crew are hungry to make it happen. With BK as their supplier, they have the materials and the clout to take over the block. Things are moving, and money is being made hand over fist.

Mike happens to recognize one of Will's murderer in the strip club Dreams, and sets in motions a chain reaction of murders that rock Queens. Mike uses his girlfriend Tyasia, the most popular stripper in the club, to get Sha-Money sloppily drunk and back to his house. Once Tyasia gets him there, the 118th crew swoops in for the kill and disappear into the night.

The cop duo known as "Tom and Jerry" are hot on the 118th crew's trail, due to Tyasia dropping her purse in Sha-Money's house. The Young Gunz murder BK and focus on erasing the 118th crew to eliminate competition. The 118th crew is trying to make the last of their money before getting out of the game for good.

In a game of kill or be killed, eat or be eaten...can they survive the game long enough to get out of it? Or will they live up to the saying, "Live by the gun, die by the gun?"

Charazz wrote a great book. It's action packed, never gets dull and is a certified page turner. Redrum is equal parts murder, sex and morals. The editing could have been tightened, but nothing takes away from the great story.

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The Rise of Barack Obama

Author: Pete Souza

Illinois Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign has galvanized Democrats and independents in ways not seen or heard since John F. Kennedy was president. In fact, the belief in Obama's political positions, his charisma, and Barack's affinity for connecting with his audience has brought an endorsement from Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy.
Pete Souza has extensively documented Senator Barack Obama's rise to political stardom with exclusive photographs beginning with Obama's first day in the U.S. Senate. He has accompanied the Senator to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa, and Russia. Souza had unprecedented access to photograph private and political moments as senator and presidential candidate Obama went about his duties. His photographs of Obama have won national photojournalism awards for the past three years.
Souza is a freelance photographer and assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University. He has worked as an official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan and was also the official photographer for the President's June 2004 funeral. He is the author of two celebrated photographic books of President Reagan's term in office, Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Reagan (1992) and Images of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan by Triumph Books (2004.)
Souza's photographs have also appeared as photo spreads or covers in renowned magazines as National Geographic, Life, Fortune, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. His photographs have also been part of group exhibits at the National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, and Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Retail Price: $27.95
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Publisher: Triumph Books (July 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1600781632
ISBN-13: 978-1600781636

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Love on a Two-Way Street

Author: J.L. King

The author of the controversial New York Times nonfiction bestseller On the Down Low is back with a provocative tale of a sexy and powerful man who will do anything to have it all....

Music mogul James Lamar "Juice" Kennedy has a ruthless drive for sex, money, and power. When he meets sensuous, angel-voiced Brianna, he's determined to sign her to his label and get her luscious legs wrapped around him. With her silky skin and provocative curves, he finds her as fiery in the bedroom as she is on the charts. But Juice likes to have his cake and eat it too, and a hard-bodied man is one other dessert he can't resist.
Juice has a plan to bring together six more of the most wealthy, powerful, and influential men in politics, entertainment, and media who share his seductive secret. If they band together, all of their wildest dreams -- and fantasies -- will come true. If they betray the brotherhood, the consequences are deadly.
As Juice convenes his exclusive club, Brianna is quickly becoming the platinum-selling queen of hip-hop. Each day their relationship grows stronger, bringing Brianna closer to discovering Juice's deception. If his dangerous secret is exposed, he could lose everything he's worked, lied, stolen, and murdered for -- including the woman he loves.

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Publisher: Karen Hunter (July 29, 2008) Hardcover
ISBN-10: 141656312X
ISBN-13: 978-1416563136

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What Doesn't Kill You

Authors: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant

When it rains, it pours for Tee Hodges, the spirited, stiff-upper-lipped protagonist of DeBerry and Grant's latest. Tee, the longtime right-hand woman of fragrance entrepreneur Olivia Markson, gets the shock of her life when, shortly after Olivia dies, Olivia's daughter pink-slips her. Even worse, the bad news hits just as Tee's putting the finishing touches on her daughter's elaborate wedding. Yet even when she finds her world swirling out of her grasp, she maintains the image that she has everything together. As her savings dwindle, her employment prospects look bleak, creditors begin calling, her parents explore the possibility of divorce and friends she trusted turn out to be less than supportive, Tee begins to trust her instincts, which sharpens her confidence in her entrepreneurial drive and leads her into the arms of a doting man. This is the anti-pity party: snappy, fun and inspiring.

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Publisher: Touchstone (January 6, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1416564209
ISBN-13: 978-1416564201

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Still Dirty

Author: Vickie Stringer

Red, the infamous expert of deception, is still up to no good, but faces challenges to baffle even the most clever hustler. Still, Red stops at nothing to outwit her adversaries and avoid being caught by either the law or the outlaws.

In Still Dirty, Red is again caught in a web of murder, theft, and deceit. We find her and her boyfriend Q running for a plane to Mexico after a violent fight with her ex-boyfriend Bacon, a released convict. Bacon is on their heels and determined not to let Red get away alive. Will Q come to her rescue once again? Or will he tire of cleaning up after Red's dirty deeds?

With an action-packed plot and sassy, stylish dialogue, Stringer creates a web of love and adventure that will keep you begging for more.

Retail Price: $23.95
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Publisher: Atria (July 22, 2008)
ISBN-10: 141656358X
ISBN-13: 978-1416563587

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Too Little, Too Late

Author: Portia A. Cosby

TAMEKA JAMES has always been a confident, outspoken, strong-willed woman with her one weakness being her ex-boyfriend, TJ. That weakness soon becomes the catalyst to a new life of fear, disease, and pain when one of TJ s enemies rapes her and threatens to kill her if she goes to the police. Now with a police report on file, an HIV diagnosis in her medical records, and the rapist running free, Tameka fights to maintain normalcy and save her new relationship. As tensions mount and stakes are raised, some lives are threatened while others are taken. The phrase too little, too late becomes a reality instead of a cliché when last minute efforts are made in vain.

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Publisher: Distinct Publishing (July 16, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0971892067
ISBN-13: 978-0971892064

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Sweet Dreams

Author: Nikkea Smithers

Dream is a high school student from Bridgeport, Connecticut who is traumatized when she is informed of the tragic suicide of her best friend. Feeling like she is alone in the world with an abusive mother and absent father, Dream almost comes to the resolution that her life is also not worth living... Antonio is also in high school but from Richmond, Virginia working two jobs to help his mother support his many brothers and sisters. Growing up in the projects, he is faced with a number of obstacles that will test his manhood. When Dream and Antonio s worlds collide both of their lives change forever...but is it for the better or for the worse?

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Publisher: Nikkea Smithers (April 24, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0977938735
ISBN-13: 978-0977938735

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Deliver Me From Evil

Author: Mary Monroe

The New York Times best-selling author of God Don't Like Ugly and God Still Don't Like Ugly, Mary Monroe has been hailed as "a real talent" (San Jose Mercury News) and as one of today's most provocative storytellers. In her sensational new novel, a beautiful, resourceful woman is caught in a high-stakes game of money, sex and betrayal--all in the name of a better future...

Once upon a time, Christine Thurman had the perfect marriage. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she made good by marrying Jesse Ray Thurman and helping him build a business worth millions. Together, they were the perfect couple--attractive, successful, and deeply in love. Christine was convinced she'd spend the rest of her life by her handsome husband's side.

But twelve years later, J. R. has become obsessed with building his video store empire and is taking his wife for granted. Feeling trapped and alone in a dead-end marriage, Christine finds herself tempted by her old haunts and the people she thought she left behind long ago. Suddenly, without J. R. even realizing it, their seemingly unshakable bond has started fraying at the seams--and Christine will do anything to break free.

Enter Wade Eddie Fisher, a bad boy with good looks from Christine's past. Wade left their hometown long ago to follow his Hollywood dreams, but now he's back, penniless, and as tempting as ever. Even though Wade is far from dependable, he offers Christine something she can't seem to resist. Soon she's immersed in a sultry affair, and before she knows it, she's concocted a scheme so risky that it promises to deliver everything she could possibly want--or shatter the lives of everyone close to her...

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Publisher: Dafina (August 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 075821216X
ISBN-13: 978-0758212160

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Author: Liza Mundy

She can be funny and sharp-tongued, warm and blunt, empathic and demanding. Who is the woman Barack Obama calls "the boss"? In Michelle, Washington Post writer Liza Mundy paints a revealing and intimate portrait, taking us inside the marriage of the most dynamic couple in politics today. She shows how well they complement each other: Michelle, the highly organized, sometimes intimidating, list-making pragmatist; Barack, the introspective political charmer who won't pick up his socks but shoots for the stars. Their relationship, like those of many couples with two careers and two children, has been so strained at times that he has had to persuade her to support his climb up the political ladder. And you can't blame her for occasionally regretting it: In this campaign, it is Michelle who has absorbed much of the skepticism from voters about Obama. One conservative magazine put her on the cover under the headline "Mrs. Grievance."

Michelle's story carries with it all the extraordinary achievements and lingering pain of America in the post-civil rights era. She grew up on the south side of Chicago, the daughter of a city worker and a stay-at-home mom in a neighborhood rocked by white flight. She was admitted to Princeton amid an angry debate about affirmative action and went on to Harvard Law School, where she was more comfortable doing pro-bono work for the poor than gunning for awards with the rest of her peers. She became a corporate lawyer, then left to train community leaders. She is modern in her tastes but likes to watch reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Brady Bunch.

In this carefully reported biography, drawing upon interviews with more than one hundred people, including one with Michelle herself, Mundy captures the complexity of this remarkable woman and the remarkable life she has lived.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 7, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1416599436
ISBN-13: 978-1416599432

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Love Your Life

Author:Victorian Osteen

Do you ever feel like your life is moving at the speed of light? Are you constantly trying to keep up with all of your commitments and responsibilities? In this day and age when modern communication and technology cause our lives to move faster than ever, many people struggle to strike a balance between all the segments of their lives -- family, friends, career, social obligations, and self.

As CO-pastor of Lakewood Church -- America's largest church -- Victoria Osteen understands intimately how day-to-day responsibilities can pile up and at times feel overwhelming. As a wife and mother, she sets the tone for her household and acts as a role model for her family. As a minister, she reaches out to an enormous community of people who look to her for guidance, strength, wisdom, and encouragement. She knows as well as anyone that operating in so many different roles can be extremely demanding, yet she has managed to find balance, living her life in the unforced rhythms of grace. If you ask her, she'll tell you that she loves her life and she wants you to love your life, too.

No matter where you are in your life, no matter what responsibilities you may carry, you can find peace, balance, and enjoyment in every area of your life; but it all starts with you. You have more power inside you than you realize; all you have to do is learn to tap into what you already have! As you begin to recognize your own abilities and influence, and use them in healthy ways, all the other areas of your life will fall into order.

In Love Your Life, Victoria shares from her personal life experiences and her journey of faith the lessons she's learned that have made her the woman she is today. As you read, you'll feel like you're in a conversation with a trusted friend as Victoria shows you how to tap into all that God has given you to live effectively -- as a positive influence on the world around you. You'll be inspired by stories of victory and challenged to live at a higher level. You'll read about people who have accomplished incredible things by overcoming their fears, and people who have changed the world around them by simply recognizing their own value.

A life well lived does not come easily; you have to set out for it, look for it, and make it happen. Love Your Life shows how to turn the challenges of each day into opportunities to love and appreciate all that you are.

Retail Price: $25.00
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Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: 0743296931
ISBN-13: 9780743296939

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Recipes for the Good Life

Author:Patti LaBelle, Judith Choate, Karen Hunter

"A lot of my memories with my loved ones are set around a dinner table, sharing a meal and sharing good conversation. Food has always been at the center of my joy, from the fish fries my parents had every weekend to the barbecues I have in my backyard today. Food can bring people together, to laugh, to eat, and to simply celebrate life. Most people know me for my voice, and that is truly a gift from God. But food and the ability to share it with others is also a gift -- a gift that you can give to those you love. It is with that spirit that I share my third cookbook." -- Patti LaBelle Miss Patti is back, as fierce as ever, sharing more than 100 new recipes that will have your mouth watering and your guests begging for seconds! With dishes ranging from the Over the Top, Top, Top Macaroni and Cheese (with shrimp and lobster)! to the Poached Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce and Fettuccine, to the Tender and Juicy Barbecued Baby Back Ribs, to the Fried Apple Pie, there's something perfect for every occasion. She not only walks you through the preparation of her favorite dishes with ease, but also shares heartfelt and witty stories about food, family, and life throughout the book. Her first two cookbooks were hits and this one is sure to please as well.

Retail Price: $25.00
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Publisher: Karen Hunter (November 4, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1439101523
ISBN-13: 978-1439104520

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Author:Sister Souljah

Sister Souljah, the hip-hop generation's number one author and most compelling storyteller, delivers a powerful story about love and loyalty, strength and family. In her best-selling novel, The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah introduced the world to Midnight, a brave but humble lieutenant to a prominent underworld businessman. Now, in a highly anticipated follow-up to her million-selling masterpiece, she brings readers into the life and dangerously close to the heart of this silent, fearless young man.

Raised in a wealthy, influential, Islamic African family, Midnight enjoys a life of comfort, confidence, and protection. Midnight's father provides him with a veil of privilege and deep, devoted love, but he never hides the truth about the fierce challenges of the world outside of his estate. So when Midnight's father's empire is attacked, he sends Midnight with his mother to the United States.

In the streets of Brooklyn, a young Midnight uses his Islamic mind-set and African intelligence to protect the ones he loves, build a business, reclaim his wealth and status, and remain true to his beliefs.

Midnight, a handsome and passionate young man, attracts many women. How he interacts and deals with them is a unique adventure. This is a highly sensual and tremendous love story about what a man is willing to risk and give to the women he loves most. Midnight will remain in your mind and beat in your heart for a lifetime.

Her "raw and true voice" (Publishers Weekly) Will both soothe and arouse you? In a beautifully written and masterfully woven story, Sister Souljah has given us Midnight, and solidified her presence as the mother of all contemporary urban literature.

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ISBN-10: 1-4165-4518-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-4518-7

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Hiding in Hip Hop

Author:Terrance Dean

Everyone wants to know the truth about their favorite celebrities' heart's desire. Within the masculine culture of Hip Hop and Hollywood, there is a well-known gay subculture that industry insiders are keenly aware of but choose to hide. Terrance Dean worked his way up for more than ten years in the entertainment industry from intern to executive, and has lived the life of glitz and bling along with Hollywood and Hip Hop's most glamorous. With a family full of secrets and working in an industry founded on maleness -- where one's job, friendships, and reputation all depend on remaining on the down low and in hiding -- Dean writes a revealing account of the journey of coming out from hiding.

Full of startling anecdotes and incredible true stories, Hiding in Hip Hop is not a traditional tell-all. A personal and poignant memoir, it is also one of the most provocative and honest looks at stardom and sexuality.

Retail Price: $23.00
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Publisher: Atria; 1st Atria Books Hardcover Ed(May 13, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1416553398
ISBN-13: 978-1416553397

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Before the Legend

Author: Tony Rose

Before the Legend – The Rise of New Kids on the Block and … a Guy Named Maurice Starr: The Early Years (An Unauthorized Biography) is a remarkable true story as told by author Tony Rose, the primary architect along with Maurice Starr of the Roxbury/Boston Black Music Scene. Recently reunited after breaking up in 1994, New Kids on the Block was a white teen group created and managed by Maurice Starr, an African American who wrote, produced, and arranged their albums. In Before the Legend – The Rise of New Kids on the Block…and a Guy Named Maurice Starr: The Early Years (An Unauthorized Biography), Rose, a former music producer and friend of Starr, chronicles that collaboration, which would not have happened without the African American community in Boston's Roxbury. - Ann Burns - Associate Editor - Library Journal

Includes the early history of Roxbury/Boston's own "New Edition" and an insightful study of the 1980's music industry.

Born and raised in the Whittier St. Housing Projects, Roxbury/Boston, Mass., Tony Rose, during the eighties, held production deals with Virgin Records, Atlantic Records and Pavilion/CBS/Sony Records through his Solid Platinum Records and Productions, recording, producing and licensing numerous top ten records and albums throughout the world. His thirty year friendship and musical collaborations with Maurice Starr resulted in albums produced by Rose sharing the charts with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for six consecutive months in 1983 in the number one, two and three positions throughout the world, and receiving two Ampex Golden Reel Awards for recording and engineering in his Boston based Hit City Recording Studio, New Kids On The Block, Christmas Album titled "Merry, Merry Christmas" in 1989.

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Publisher: Colossus Books (184 pgs)
ISBN 978-0-9790976-7-6

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Dying for Revenge

Author: Jerome Dickey

After a best-selling doubleheader in 2007 with Sleeping with Strangers and Waking with Enemies (both reaching #9 on the New York Times bestseller list), Eric Jerome Dickey is back with the final installment in his thrilling trilogy—Dying for Revenge.

This fast-paced story about a steamy, seamy underworld of crime that spans the globe features the hit man Gideon, a character who captivated fans in the first two books, squaring off against his most intriguing adversary yet.

Retail Price: $25.95
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Publisher: Dutton Adult (November 18, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0525950869
ISBN-13: 978-0525950868

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