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Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas

Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age in the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking Americ...
 
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S.R.O. by Robert Deane Pharr

his powerful and heavily autobiographical novel chronicles the disconcerting initiation of a college-educated waiter and writer Sid Bailey into the teeming life of Logan, a Harlem welfare hotel. Bailey gradually sheds his strai...
 
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COTTON COMES TO HARLEM by Chester Himes

Black flim-flam man Deke O’Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta’s state penitentiary than he’s back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement he’s counting on the big Harlem rally to p...

 
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BLACK PEARL by Alvin Vincent Grimes

He stared at his hands, hands which had spilled so much blood and rubbed them together in a washing motion. Snake, intuitive as ever, placed a friendly hand on his shoulder and said, “The only thing that will make that damned s...
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TRUE TO THE GAME by Teri Woods

For Gena, getting out of the Philly projects was easy. But this smoke-eyed beauty wants it all… including a man who can help put past in the rearview mirror for good. Enter Quadir, whose entrepreneurial skills and ruthless “by ...

 
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SENTENCES: THE LIFE OF M.F. GRIMM by Percy Carey

Hip-Hop. The name alone brings conflicting images of both excessive wealth and abject poverty. A culture that’s vibrant as well as violent. Yet to many, Hip-Hop is seen as an escape from life on the streets, and the rise to the...
 
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EVE by K’wan

The only family Eve Panelli has ever known is the infamous Twenty Gang. Orphaned as a small child, Eve quickly learned the art of the hustle, and by age seventeen she had spent two years in prison. But now Eve is eighteen, back...
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HOOD RAT by K’wan

Yoshi is young, fine, and larcenous. She lives her life playing on men’s heart as well as their pockets, looking for the ultimate come-up. She learns the hard way that all that glitters isn’t gold. Billy, a former high school b...
 
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STILL HOOD by K’wan

Jah and Yoshi’s relationship was supposed to be a romance straight out of a fairy tale. But there are no such things in the ‘hood. Yoshi’s position as a stylist keeps her in the mix and the company of some industry heavyweights...
 
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TO LIVE AND DIE IN HARLEM by Relentless Aaron

Reginald “Push” Jackson has had a hard-knock life. His parents were murdered when he was young, and he’s spent too much of his adulthood in prison. Now there’s only one thing left in the world worth fighting for: his home. Harl...