Outwords Books Top Picks: February, 2014
In honor of Black History Month, in February the Outwords Books Hot Picks will feature New & Noteworthy titles illuminating the African-American LGBT experience.
Please note: the titles listed below are just a sampling of titles on display throughout the month of February.
For the Guys:
1. Lazarus, Rashid Darden
Abandoned by his father and emotionally distant from his mother, Adrian feels alone – adrift on campus - until he meets Savion. Savion has just what Adrian needs: stability, maturity, and love yet their relationship is threatened by Adrian’s biggest challenge: BETA CHI PHI. Finding the appeal of pledging his father’s fraternity irresistible, Adrian pledges Beta Chi Phi in an attempt to fill the void in his heart, even after his relationship with Savion blossoms. Adrian knows that he must keep his relationship with Savion a secret at all costs, for if his new-found family were to learn the truth, he may have to choose… The one he loves…or his brothers.
2. The Cross of Redemption, James Baldwin
The Cross of Redemption is a revelation by an American literary master: a gathering of essays, articles, polemics, reviews, and interviews that have never before appeared in book form. James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century, renowned for his fierce engagement with issues haunting our common history.
3. May the Best Man Win, M. T. Pope
Kardell Spencer is a hard-working, successful advertising company owner who has a no nonsense approach to work and professionalism. Lewis Turner is Kardell's flamboyant, over-the-top employee. They are polar opposites. Mateo Lopez is a rich, handsome restaurateur and a new client for Kardell. When he takes a liking to Kardell, Kardell plays hard to get. Lewis, however, is quick to move in and makes a play for Mateo. Mateo takes control of the situation and proposes a contest to see who will be the best man for him. But Mateo has an ulterior motive that puts both men's lives in jeopardy.
4. Mogul, Terrence Dean
After the sudden death of his father, Aaron clings to music as an escape. His love for music lands him at the estate of Larry “Pop” Singleton, a Hip Hop music mogul. With the help of Pop and “the family,” Aaron finds success and starts his own music label. He’s signed and worked with some of the biggest Hip Hop artists in the country. One of them is Brooklyn native lyricist, “Tickman.” Together they are making sweet music together. However, at the pinnacle of his career, compromising photos of Aaron land on the desk of a national news program and for the first time he is at a crossroad in his career: come out publicly with his secret or watch his music empire crumble.
5. The VIPs, Scott Poulson-Bryant
On a steamy June day in New York City, mega-star rapper TNT gathers a group of four successful men together, childhood friends who called themselves "the VIPs," signaling the big dreams they all once had. These four men have a history and bond that could be torn apart by a night of passion one of them had long ago. The VIPs, who haven't seen one another in years, are greeted at the Hotel Gansevoort by an openly hostile TNT, who asks them the bombshell question: "Which one of you bastards is my father?"
For the Gals:
1. The EXchange, Nikki Rashan
When readers first met Kyla, she was a confused young woman struggling with her sexuality. By the time we met her again, she was a loose philanderer, bed-hopping in her search for love. She found it with the beautiful, no-nonsense Asia. After nine years of solid commitment, Kyla has become bored. She soon finds the excitement she craves, but not in the right place. Angie, her ex turned longtime friend, is single again, and she's ready and willing to fill the void Kyla feels. Will Kyla trade the stability she has with Asia for the passion she's been missing?
2. Broken in Soft Places, Fiona Zedde
Some mornings, Sara Chambers wakes in bed next to her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s lover wondering how she ended up there. Beautiful, successful, and a force to be reckoned with at her Atlanta law firm, Sara is still powerless in her attraction to the rebellious and reckless, Rille Thompson. Now, after twenty years, Rille still pushes Sara beyond her limits, bringing a third lover into their bed. The hold Rille has over Sara—and their new lover—becomes as powerful as it is dangerous. Can Sara pull herself free in time, or will her life turn to cinders in the wake of Rille’s powerful flame?
3. Full Circle, Skyy
It's been two years since Lena decided to take time away from drama to find herself and focus on her child. But the present finds her staring at images of Denise, the one who got away. Will Lena finally move on to someone new, or go after the one she's wanted all along?
4. In Pursuit of Joi, Olivia Renee Wallace
Joi McIntosh is a woman torn. She is married to the perfect husband. She is the mother of the perfect daughter. She has her own thriving business and seems to be living the perfect life. But she has secrets... secrets that haunt her dreams. Along comes Latoya Bradshaw. She's beautiful, successful, and edgy. She awakens feelings in Joi that have lain dormant for years. She reminds Joi of her past. Joi must decide on whether she wants to continue living the life of the woman that she has become or risk it all to become the woman that she once thought that she was meant to be.
5. Taking a Chance at Love, Kesha Pride
Hospital policy clearly states that physicians cannot become involved with trainees. Thus the newest addition to the hospital, Dr. Tori Becker, and trainee, Dr. Kenya Jackson, are forced to ignore their mutual attraction. But that's not the only obstacle keeping them from one another. Old relationships, past flings all begin to surface. The two women must decide what lengths they are willing to go to for their chance at love.
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