[#NEWBOOKALERT]: Urban/Afr-American Fiction & Non-Fiction October Book Releases

We love to keep you updated on the newest book drops in the industry. Keep reading, to see a full list of new Urban Fiction, African-American Fiction, and Non-Fiction books by black authors that were released in October.

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October was full of great releases. From the surprise release of Ethic II from Ashley Antoinette, a new release from Urban Fiction vet, La Jill Hunt, a cookbook from Rapper Snoop Dogg, and a new one from Charlamagne tha God, we have you covered on everything that dropped.

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Flesh and Blood By Allison Hobbs

Flesh and Blood: A Novel (Zane Presents) by [Hobbs, Allison]

National bestselling author Allison Hobbs delivers a powerful novel about a father and son whose relationship is challenged after the son is suspected of crimes in his new neighborhood. -Via Amazon

Ethic II By Ashley Antoinette

Ethic 2 by [Antoinette, Ashley]

In this second installment of this epic love story, Ashley Antoinette taps into the soul of her readers as she explores the limits of love and forgiveness. Is anything truly unforgivable? Or is Ethic the one man who can love a woman back from the edge of madness. Via Amazon

War By T. Styles

Two Families. Two Egos. One War. Raised in complete poverty, fourteen-year-old Banks Wales world is rocked when his mother is murdered. If not for his best friend Mason, the son of a kingpin, Banks would be alone. One rich, the other poor, the two do their best to stay alive and navigate the murderous streets of Baltimore. There’s one problem. Banks father sees the young king’s affluent lifestyle as a reminder that he is lacking as a father and a man. So he makes a vicious move. One that puts his, and Banks’ life in extreme danger. Before long bodies drop and others rise to power. But when the smoke clears, the two childhood friends are separated by rage that spans a generation. And this is the beginning… Via Amazon

My Mama’s Drama By La Jill Hunt

My Mama's Drama by [Hunt, La Jill]

The love/hate relationship between Diane and Kendra Williams takes mother-daughter drama to entirely different level. -Via Amazon

Carl Weber’s Kingpins: the Bronx By Marcus Weber

Carl Weber's Kingpins: The Bronx by [Weber, Marcus]

Antonio Roberts and Paige Tillary are from vastly different backgrounds, so when they meet and fall in love, it won’t be easy. Family secrets, power, money, fame, and love are the ties that bind in this emotionally charged street tale. Via Amazon

Mistress for Hire By Niobia Bryant (September Release)

Mistress for Hire (Mistress Series Book 4) by [Bryant, Niobia]

National bestselling author Niobia Bryant detonates an explosive, relentlessly shocking tale of betrayal, desire, and revenge as a dish best never served . . .
 
She cheated with one of her best friends’ husbands—and turned scathing publicity into
cash-money celebrity. But Jessa Bell has reformed. She’s trying to make amends to those she did wrong, and she’s started a successful business catching rich unfaithful spouses. Her agents are beautiful lost girls who get a shot at the good life. And when Jessa’s sizzling affair with private detective Hammer turns into love and marriage, she’s sure she’s finally doing things right . . . Until she catches Hammer sleeping with one of her agents just months after their wedding. His betrayal, plus the return of someone from her past who is being used by her deadliest enemy, makes Jessa go back to her old ways with a vengeance . . . Via Amazon

The Proposal By Jasmine Guillory

The Proposal by [Guillory, Jasmine]

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes… -Via Amazon

Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me By Charlamagne Tha God

Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by [Charlamagne Tha God ]

Charlamagne Tha God, New York Times bestselling author of Black Privilege and always provocative co host of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, reveals his blueprint for breaking free from your fears and anxieties. Fear is holding you back. It’s time to turn the tables and channel your fears to actually fuel your success.

Charlamange hopes Shook One can be a call to action: Getting help is your right. Therapy and showing weakness are not always easy subjects, but if you go to the gym three or four times a week, why can’t you put that same effort and energy into getting mentally strong?Via Amazon

Well Read Black Girl By Glory Edim

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by [Edim, Glory]

An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.

Contributors include Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn), Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face), Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Rebecca Walker (Black, White and Jewish), and Barbara Smith (Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology).  –Via Amazon

Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay By Phoebe Robinson

Everything's Trash, But It's Okay by [Robinson, Phoebe]

New York Times bestselling author and star of 2 Dope Queens Phoebe Robinson is back with a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and the dumpster fire that is our world. With the intimate voice of a new best friend, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count. Via Amazon

Blend: the Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family By Mashonda Tifrere

Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family by [Tifrere, Mashonda]

A wise and inspiring guide to creating a happy and healthy blended family by Mashonda Tifrere with contributions from her co-parents–Swizz Beatz and his wife, Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys.

In January 2010, founder of ArtLeadHer Mashonda Tifrere and music producer Swizz Beatz finalized their divorce. When Swizz married award-winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, a new dynamic was born–three adults who loved and were deeply committed to raising Mashonda and Swizz’s four-year old son Kasseem. In Blend, Tifrere draws on the insights they gained from their journey as well as advice from family therapists, parenting experts, and other blending families, to provide an invaluable resource for blended families. Via Amazon

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen By Snoop Dogg

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen by [Dogg, Snoop]

The first cookbook and recipe book from Tha Dogg: You’ve seen Snoop work his culinary magic on VH1’s Emmy-nominated Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and now, Tha Dogg’s up in your kitchen…with his first cookbook. Via Amazon

Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration By Carla Hall

In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine and traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. Carla shows us that soul food is more than barbecue and mac and cheese. Traditionally a plant-based cuisine, everyday soul food is full of veggie goodness that’s just as delicious as cornbread and fried chicken. Via Amazon

Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking

Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking by [NMAAHC, Harris, Jessica B., Lukas, Albert, Grant, Jerome]A celebration of African American cooking with 109 recipes from the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Sweet Home Café.

Since the 2016 opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, its Sweet Home Café has become a destination in its own right. Showcasing African American contributions to American cuisine, the café offers favorite dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, adding modern flavors and contemporary twists on classics. Now both readers and home cooks can partake of the café’s bounty: drawing upon traditions of family and fellowship strengthened by shared meals, Sweet Home Café Cookbook celebrates African American cooking through recipes served by the café itself and dishes inspired by foods from African American culture.

With 109 recipes, the sumptuous Sweet Home Café Cookbook takes readers on a deliciously unique journey. More than a collection of inviting recipes, this book illustrates the pivotal–and often overlooked–role that African Americans have played in creating and re-creating American foodways. Offering a deliciously new perspective on African American food and culinary culture, Sweet Home Café Cookbook is an absolute must-have. –Via Amazon

A Fish Doesn’t Know Its Wet By Pharrell Williams

Following Rizzoli’s best-selling Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been, this volume documents the continuing adventures in art and design of one of the most influential figures in contemporary music and popular culture.

Lavishly illustrated with 250 photographs and illustrations, this book features Pharrell Williams’s prolific and ever-expanding body of work in a graphic language all his own.
Straddling art, design, and hip-hop, Pharrell’s creative output is without peer or precedent. By playing off different disciplines—music, fashion, and contemporary art—Pharrell has redefined the role of the contemporary artist, blazing a trail for other musicians and cultural figures. Expanding on themes covered in Places and Spaces I’ve Been, this book gathers a new group of collaborators. Engaging Pharrell in conversation, talents as diverse as Karl Lagerfeld and Takashi Murakami position Pharrell’s work within contemporary visual and material culture. Click here to buy.

The Mamba Mentality: How I play By Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by [Bryant, Kobe]

The first book from the basketball superstar Kobe Bryant—a lavish, deep dive inside the mind of one of the most revered athletes of all time

In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary “Mamba mentality.” Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it “the right way,” The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever. Click here to buy.

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