Book Notes: A Breakdown of the Latest Urban Reads


As the summer comes to a close and autumn begins, cooler weather and “cuffing” season starts with the change of the season. As you search for your winter boo, a great conversation starter is “What’s the latest book you read?” Have a great answer with some of these new urban releases.

Check out’s picks for the month of September:

Oversoul by Mitchell S. Jackson

A wonderful hodge-podge of essays and short stories, Oversoul is a Black man’s telling of his world and an introduction of a great new author to the urban landscape. From the title short story, “Oversoul”, about the struggles of a recently released ex-con to “Serial Killers: There are no alibis,” an honest essay about a particular breed of womanizing males, Jackson’s characters reconcile the conflicts that arise in those that see their dreams perpetually shattered.

They also realize the smallest of victories and harbor a wavering faith in redemption—all while struggling with ever-present vices.


Nicki Minaj: The Woman Who Stole the World (An Unauthorized Biography) by Lynette Holloway

In just two short years, Nicki Minaj has amassed worldwide album sales exceeding four million. She has close to 20 million Facebook ‘Likes’ and 13 million-plus Twitter followers and will reach the homes of over 200 million people worldwide as the newest addition as a judge on the world’s greatest talent show, “American Idol”.

In this unauthorized biography, Holloway delves into how Onika Tanya Maraj became one of the biggest stars in the world, Nicki Minaj.


Trouble & Triumph: A Novel of Power & Beauty by T.I. and David Ritz

The second part of the Power & Beauty trilogy, Trouble & Triumph is a great midpoint for the series and the characters. The second book finds Power and Beauty each involved in relationships with other people that are bordering on marriage. However, the pair is still in love with each other. In addition to their unrequited love, Power and Beauty are battling enemies, trying to build careers, and becoming more mature. Trouble & Triumph proves that with the assistance of his co-writer, T.I. is quite a prolific author with vision. His books are great vehicles to keep his name ringing and build a strong relationship with his audience.


Silent Cry: A Novel by Dywane Birch

In the sequel to Beneath the Bruises, this searing novel explores the effects of secondhand domestic violence on children. Fourteen-year-old K’wan Taylor has grown up in a household witnessing his father verbally and physically abuse his mother, which has affected him emotionally and landed him in a residential treatment facility for adolescent males.

He then begins to share insights about how witnessing violence affected his life and shaped his views on what it means to be a man. Silent Cry is a deep and compelling book on how boys become men.