Authors & Readers Book Corner

February Reads

Black History Month


Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

Things/People Margot Hates:
Mami, for destroying her social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
The supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

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Tempest Turner is all about getting what she wants. As the owner of the up-and-coming gentlemen’s club Head Turnerz, Tempest lives by one rule: Do what you need to get what you want! That is until a series of unfortunate events begins to make her take a second look at her selfish attitude. Does she give up her wants for her needs or can she continue to have it all? Alyssa King has worked hard for the life she has. Conservative, she’s all about the perfect image. She is the owner of one Atlanta’s premier beauty salons, married to a career driven man and together, they have two wonderful children. But after the perfect couple’s get away Alyssa is forced to admit that maybe her life, her man, and her marriage isn’t all she wants it to be. Two friend’s lives become forever changed as secrets come to the light and the truth is undeniable. With their lives in utter disarray, they are forced to make the choice to walk away or fall into temptation.

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Bodies are popping up all over the CSRA and Atlanta. When Shanequa Leonard learns that two of her colleagues and grandmother had been assassinated by the notorious Raynard “Busta” Freemont, a well known drug Lieutenant, she goes undercover working as a stripper trying to catch him and his top officials. Under direct orders from her captain not to pursue these lords, she defies him and ventures out on her own. As fate would have it, she falls in love with Busta’s charm, cash flow, and fast life. But the life she dreamed about having comes to a halt when the money and diamonds belonging to his boss, Taimur Haseem, the biggest drug king in Miami comes up missing and Shanequa was the last person in the room to see them. On the run with no one but her brother Quan to help her, Shanequa Leonard bites off more than she can handle finding herself in a world surrounded by prostitution, drugs, and one determined drug king wanting her head. Can Shanequa survive this cat and mouse game or will the streets claim another victim of circumstance?

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Lyric is happily married to Aries they seem to have the perfect marriage but he is never around. All he wants to do is make money. LaBrea has a lover that she will do anything for to prove her love. She has a lot going on in life; just crazy in love. Phaedra doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to her family. Everything seems perfect but it really isn’t. Jealousy, envy, lies and betrayal will make you reconsider who is real and who’s not. In the end, the ladies may all be saying silly of me because everything is not what it seems.

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