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Street Life Isn't Always Glamorous

Author Nikki Turner is known as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Fiction". Turner says she writes her stories for a reason. "I want young girls to be forewarned about the vicious street life. They only see the glitz and the glamour. They don't see the dark side." (quote from Washington Post, July 31, 2004; Page C01)

A Hustler's Wife - This novel portrays the life of Yarni, a sweet and innocent girl from a well-to-do family. By chance she meets Richmond Virginia's notorious drug kingpin, Des. Immediately they develop an astronomical love, which separates her from her family and friends. But when Des is sentenced to life in prison, Yarni will learn being A Hustler's Wife isn't easy with her sole provider behind bars 

Forever a Hustler’s Wife - (Sequel to A Hustler’s Wife) Des, Virginia’s slickest gangsta, is about to become a dad when he is charged with the murder of his own attorney. But with Yarni, his gorgeous wife (and a brilliant lawyer), now calling the shots, Des isn’t going back to the slammer without a fierce fight. Even with the heat on, Des manages to take his game to the next level and finds a new hustle, one that will allow him to possess the three things all major players desire: money, power, and respect. He becomes a preacher. Reluctantly, Yarni stands by her man as he trades in his triple beam scale for a Bible and a Bentley and makes his Church of the Good Life Ministry a welcoming place for all sinners to step up to the altar.

But when Des’s nephew is killed in the high-stakes heroin trade and Des learns that someone close to him okayed the hit, the dyed-in-the-wool gangsta sets aside the Bible for the gospel of the streets–even if it means risking the one person who’s always had his back.

Heartbreak of a Hustler's Wife - Yarni Taylor is a successful corporate attorney who wants nothing more than for her husband, Des, to renounce his hustlin’ ways and commit to his life as a pastor—especially after someone tries to kill him. But Des isn’t ready to abandon his old habits just yet. He has to find out who is behind the murder attempt, and he wonders if the brazen robbery that took place during one of his church services is related in any way. But before he or Yarni can regain their footing, a young woman shows up on their doorstep—Desember Day, the eighteen-year-old daughter Des never knew he had. And, unfortunately, she takes after her father, so trouble isn’t far behind. 

With their lives on the line, Yarni must sacrifice everything and take it out of the office and back to the streets to save her husband and her family from their checkered but intricately connected pasts.

The Glamorous Life - The lure of Richmond, Virginia’s streets is too strong for Bambi, a good girl who fell in love with Reggie, a young hustler. Her thug love not only corrupted her but blinded her with the bling and cash that come with living the glamorous life of a gangsta’s girl—until Reggie hit her with a low blow, breaking her heart. From that day forward, Bambi vowed that whoever crossed her would pay—usually with large bills.

With the street knowledge she gleaned from her ex as well as her own business savvy, Bambi builds a multimillion-dollar party-planning empire and becomes a first-rate swindler and top-notch gamestress. Then she crosses paths with Lynx, who sees more in Bambi than the gold digger she is rumored to be. He penetrates her tough exterior layer by layer until he captures her heart. But is she just setting herself up to be played once again?

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Psyched Out!

From tales of social awkwardness, to gender identity to straight up hardcore psycological theory, the library's got you covered.

Check out this mix of non-fiction and fiction titles on display.

I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley -- 'Awkward'. That pretty much sums up the lady who's the source of these very short funny personal stories. From stealing an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to totally ticking off her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right. She's a complex kind of gal who constantly hits the ceiling while aiming for the stars.

How Beautiful the Ordinary: 12 Stories of Identity -- A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister's skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress; One boy's love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger; The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had "an accidental romance"; And a forgotten mother writes a letter to the teenage daughter she hasn't seen for 14 years. These are short stories about regret, eagerness and confusion based on love, sexuality, and gender identification.

Psychology by David G. Myers -- This book is called the definitive book for an introduction to psychology, psychological theory and applied psychology.

 

Way Back In the Day: History from the 1900's through the 1990s

Ever wonder what life was like "waaaaay back in the day" -- like in the 1980s or even before then? The library has collections of books that focus on everything from fashion to sports in every decade from the 1900's through the 1990s!

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Cancer, Car Crashes, Crushes & Curious People

Vlogger and author John Green tackles lots of crazy topics in his best-selling, award-winning novels. Ch-ch-check them out!

Looking for Alaska:Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson:When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

The Fault In Our Stars:Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Paper Towns:One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

An Abundance of Katherines:Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.