Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal
Product rating: 4.1 with 303 reviews
Now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp
A New York Times Bestseller
A Boston Globe Bestseller
James Whitey” Bulger became one of the most ruthless gangsters in US history, and all because of an unholy deal he made with a childhood friend. John Connolly a rising star in the Boston FBI office, offered Bulger protection in return for helping the Feds eliminate Boston’s Italian mafia. But no one offered Boston protection from Whitey Bulger, who, in a blizzard of gangland killings, took over the city’s drug trade. Whitey’s deal with Connolly’s FBI spiraled out of control to become the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.
Black Mass is a New York Times and Boston Globe bestseller, written by two former reporters who were on the case from the beginning. It is an epic story of violence, double-cross, and corruption at the center of which are the black hearts of two old friends whose lives unfolded in the darkness of permanent midnight.
Posted in Law Enforcement Tagged with: Black, Bulger, Deal, Devil's, Mass, PublicAffairs, Whitey
They’re Not Like Us Volume 1: Black Holes for the Young
by: Image Comics
Product rating: 4.3 with 3 reviews
Eisner-nominated Nowhere Men writer Eric Stephenson teams up with red-hot artist Simon Gane for an all-new ongoing series! We all have advantages over one another, but what if you were capable of things most of us can only imagine? What would you do – and who would you be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Everyone has to make a choice about how to use the abilities they’re born with… but they’re not like us.
Posted in Science Fiction Tagged with: Black, Holes, Image Comics, Like, They're, Volume, young
Product rating: 3.9 with 49 reviews
A compulsively readable psychological thriller set in New York and at Oxford University in which a group of six students play an elaborate game of dares and consequences with tragic result
It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University; a game of consequences, silly forfeits, and childish dares. But then the game changed: The stakes grew higher and the dares more personal and more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, fourteen years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. Who knows better than your best friends what would break you? A gripping psychological thriller partly inspired by the author’s own time at Oxford University, Black Chalk is perfect for fans of the high tension and expert pacing of The Secret History and The Bellwether Revivals. Christopher J. Yates’ background in puzzle writing and setting can clearly be seen in the plotting of this clever, tricky book that will keep you guessing to the very end.
Posted in Contemporary Tagged with: Black, Chalk, Picador
Black Butler, Vol. 20
by: Yen Press
Product rating: 4.8 with 4 reviews
In the hinterlands of Germany, the servants of the Phantomhive house are at a loss when their master, Earl Ciel Phantomhive, is both physically and mentally debilitated by the curse of the Wolfman that roams the Werewolves’ Forest. In the face of his master’s pitiful new demeanour, consummate butler Sebastian, disillusioned, viciously takes Ciel to task, citing a breach of contract. As the Phantomhive household’s crisis unfolds, the sulphurous miasma of the Werewolves’ Forest encroaches ever more upon the village ruled by the Emerald Witch…
Posted in Fantasy Tagged with: Black, Butler, Vol., Yen Press
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
by: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Product rating: 4.8 with 23 reviews
What’s wrong with black women? Not a damned thing!
The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti–black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves.
When African women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra—servile Mammy, angry Sapphire, and lascivious Jezebel—followed close behind. In the ’60s, the Matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine leeching off the state, joined them. These stereotypes persist to this day through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies, and hit song lyrics. Emancipation may have happened more than 150 years ago, but America still won’t let a sister be free from this coven of caricatures.
Tamara Winfrey Harris delves into marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more, taking sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women. She counters warped prejudices with the straight-up truth about being a black woman in America. “We have facets like diamonds,” she writes. “The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling.”
Posted in African-American Studies Tagged with: Alright, America, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Black, Broken, Changing, Narrative, Sisters, Women
Serafina and the Black Cloak
Product rating: 4.8 with 232 reviews
A mystery-thriller about a strange and intriguing girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate in 1899. Published by Disney Hyperion, the book is written for both young readers and adults. It became a New York Times Bestseller in the first week of its launch and was selected as an Okra Pick for representing “the best in Southern Literature.” (SIBA)
“Never go into the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s vast and oppulent home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. She has learned to prowl through the darkened corridors at night, to sneak and hide, using the mansion’s hidden doors and secret passageways.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows the clues to follow. A terrifying man in a black cloak stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.
Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear, where she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must not only face her darkest enemy, but delve into the strange mystery of her own identity.
Posted in 1800s Tagged with: Black, Cloak, Disney-Hyperion, Serafina
The Black Star of Kingston
by: Story Warren Books
Product rating: 4.9 with 29 reviews
A century before Heather and Picket’s adventures in The Green Ember,
a displaced community fights for hope on the ragged edge of survival.
My place beside you
My blood for yours
Till the Green Ember rises
Or the end of the world.
Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages.
Old wars haunt. New enemies threaten. An oath is born.
A hero rises.
Posted in Fantasy Tagged with: Black, Kingston, Star, Story Warren Books