‘Til Death
From bestselling author Miasha comes Til Death: A Novel, the third and final installment of the Celess drama. The book blends the twists of 2006’s Secret Society with the 2008 release Never Enough.

In Secret Society, readers follow Celess and her closest friend Tina as they rise to the top of their game with the latest designer clothes, jewelry and cars. But when a devastating secret the two share is revealed, they fall from grace. In Never Enough, Celess deals with the loss of her good looks, former lover and Tina’s death in one single act of violence. After a phone call changes her life, Celess begins the healing process with a modeling contract.

In the most recent installment, trouble finds Celess and her new best friend, Sienna, again. The two leave America for Italy, but after being shot and nearly killed, the protagonist is determined to live an honest life. The lure of money and luxury living proves irresistible for Celess and Sienna, however, and they delve into a new business venture: an escort business.

Final word: Action, intrigue and drama abound.

Raising Him Alone- Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to Be Men

Raising Him Alone honors the struggles of single mothers raising boys with daily lessons ranging from “the talk” about sex to navigating the school system.

Written by David Miller and Matthew P. Stevens, founders of the Raising Him Alone Campaign, the book seeks to answer several key questions single mothers face: Can a single mom raise a boy to become a man? What will it take to successfully raise a boy to become a healthy and productive man, husband and father? What daily living strategies can single mothers adopt to cope with the daily struggles of raising a boy alone?

Cassandra Mack, an empowerment coach and author, said Raising Him Alone “will equip any single mother who is raising a son with the tools she needs to help him survive, succeed and thrive.”

Final word: Educational resource with real life look into single moms’ struggles.
In stores now. For more information visit raisinghimalone.com.

Washington’s U Street
The U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C., has been home to important scholars, entertainers, and political figures, as well as to historically prominent African-American institutions. Washington’s U Street neighborhood is central to African-American culture and a critical zone of contact between Black and White America, according to author and urbanist Blair A. Ruble.

The book traces the history of the U Street neighborhood from its Civil War-era origins to its recent gentrification and Ruble makes the case that U Street is one of the most inventive plots of American soil that nurtured African-American creativity, akin to Cambridge’s Harvard Square, New York’s Greenwich Village, Chicago’s Hyde Park, and Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue.

The book also considers the ambiguous future of U Street after the transitional period of the 1970s and 1980s led to its unrelenting gentrification, which appears to simultaneously build on, and consume, the area’s past. Washington’s U Street includes vignettes on important characters from each era, starting with Oliver Otis Howard and “Boss” Shepherd and continuing through Kathryn Schneider Smith and Adrian Fenty.

Final word: Straightforward tale about the District’s history with African Americans at the center.
Available now. For more information, visit wilsoncenter.org.