Traces the impoverished early years of Ke-Ke, who awakens from a coma in her midlife to confront events that shaped her resolve to leave Harlem, earn an education, and pursue a writing career.
Published by Simon and Schuster on 10/02/2012
Book details: 288 pages.
Satin Doll is a witty, insightful, heartbreaking and honest tale about romantic relationships, friendships, and class distinctions. Bang! Being shot in the middle of the night and left for dead is what it took to open her eyes. Until that fateful moment, Regina Harris lived la vida loca with pimps and hustlers, a gangster lifestyle that supplied the money she needed to get high and forget the poverty of Harlem. Now she has turned her life around, is a college graduate and freelance journalist, and makes enough money to live on the Upper West Side and hob- nob with the city's movers and shakers. She's become the classy Satin Doll of the Duke Ellington song. But she can't forget where she came from: her three best friends are from the old neighborhood. The Harlem homegirls. Regina tries to give emotional support to each of her friends as they deal with their own personal issues: Yvonne is a single mother looking for the right man. Tamika must raise two children alone while their father does time in jail for robbery. Puddin' lives her life by picking up men and smoking weed. Living in two worlds; comfortable in neither. On a night out partying with her homegirls in Harlem, Regina meets aspiring lawyer Charles Whitfield, son of a pro-minent, upper-class black family in Philadelphia. He loves her but not her rough-around-the-edges friends. She loves him but doesn't think she can live up to his family's expectations. Regina tries desperately to hide her former life, but when her past is revealed, it threatens to destroy her relationship with Charles and the life she has worked hard to create. From its dramatic beginning to the fateful ending, Satin Doll is a witty and truthful take on relationships, friendships, and class distinctions.
Published by Simon and Schuster on 10/26/2001
Book details: 320 pages.
Years after discovering that her twin sister, Hope, was having a sexual relationship with their stepfather, literary agent Faith despairs as she watches her sister descend into drugs and prostitution, a situation that culminates in Hope's advances on Faith's husband. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Published by Simon and Schuster on 09/25/2012
Book details: 352 pages.
Regina Harris has been through it all, orphaned at 13 and forced to use street wits to survive. Now living in Harlem with her four-year-old daughter, she thinks her life has finally stabilized--but where there's Regina, there's always drama. She runs into a former boyfriend and, against her better judgment and the advice of friends, she resumes their steamy affair. Sparks fly when her U.S. Congressman ex-hubby decides he wants her back and her boyfriend decides he won't let her go. Life is no less dramatic for her three best friends--Yvonne can't tear herself from a lawyer turned violent junkie, Tamika and her family are being targeted by street thugs bent on revenge, and Puddin' still can't resist using any man in her sights to support bad habits.
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 08/07/2006
Book details: 272 pages.
Writer and welfare mother Brenda Carver, aspiring actress Rosa Rivera, and political activist Sharif Goldsby support and protect one another in their Harlem Ida Barrett Wells Tower home while pursuing independent goals and sharing life lessons. By the author of Using What You Got. Originally published as Ida B. Reprint.
Published by Simon and Schuster on 10/20/2006
Book details: 231 pages.
Shanika Ann Jenkins is the pride of her African-American family; smart, beautiful, and born with blue eyes and blonde hair. Though her grandmother and father are happy because she represents years of passing down light skin and marrying well, Shanika's mother insists on her name reflecting her African-American heritage so that she will always be proud of who she is. When Shanika gets the opportunity to work for a PR firm in New York, she finds that everyone assumes she is white; she also notices that being white has it advantages, from getting respect at work to getting picked up by a cab when other African-Americans are passed by. When she starts dating a successful white colleague, she continues with the lie, despite the guilt she feels at disappointing her mother and her heritage. When she falls for a handsome African-American business man, she must finally face who she is and what she's done, even if it means losing everything and everyone she loves.
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 02/15/2008
Book details: 304 pages.
Cheryl is married to a superstar baseball player nine years her junior, but when Sexy Sanchez starts sniffing around her husband, Cheryl finds herself willing to go to any length to keep her man.
Published by Simon and Schuster on 03/31/2015
Book details: 288 pages.
Ida B. Applewood believes there is never enough time for fun. That's why she's so happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brook. Then some not-so-great things happen in her world. Ida B has to go back to that Place of Slow but Sure Body-Cramping, Mind-Numbing, Fun-Killing Torture—school. She feels her heart getting smaller and smaller and hardening into a sharp, black stone. How can things go from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong? Can Ida B put together a plan to get things back to just-about perfect again?
Published by Harper Collins on 06/21/2011
Book details: 272 pages.
Essence® bestselling author Daaimah S. Poole brings you the sizzling tale of two ex-best friends who can't forgive, won't forget. . .and will find out what matters most. . . Nicole and Tia just know nothing can break up their long-time friendship. But when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes along, Tia takes her new boyfriend's advice to sue Nicole's mother after a car accident. Soon Tia has a new home in South Carolina--and one furious ex-friend out to grab some of the good life for herself. And when wealthy businessman, Dre, starts burning up her sheets, Nicole sees a future as sparkling as the engagement ring she's expecting. . . . . .until Tia turns up broke, with a new baby in tow. . .and news that Dre isn't the man he seems. Now, between lies, lust, and betrayal, Nicole must gamble on whom to believe, what she really wants--and a choice that may cost her everything. . . "The voice of a new generation." --Karen E. Quinones Miller "A DEFINITE MUST READ." --Candice Dow
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on 12/01/2012
Book details: 336 pages.
For the better part of her young life, Karen Baker reacts to people who either praise or resent her tawny complexion. When her mother abandons the family, she is left to help raise her younger siblings as her father unfortunately is absent even when he is at home. A biracial woman from a mentor program shows her new ways of looking at things and a positive change begins in Karen. However, Karen quickly learns everything has a price. Lacking a sense of belonging, Karen feels misunderstood in high school and defensive in college. Her failed romances with men of various ethnic groups make things even worse. As she journeys through her life, she gives up the idea that light skin and long hair are the main definitions of beauty. She also stops believing college graduates are better than people who do not have advanced education. Similar to PassinO by Karen E. Quinones Miller and Good Hair by Benilde Little, this novel explores African-AmericansO internal color and cultural discrimination.
Published by Lulu.com on 10/21/2017
Book details: 238 pages.