Street Lit

Fiction about the grim realities of life and violence in the ghettos of America's cities, featuring African-American hustlers, prostitutes, gangsters, drug dealers and hit men.

Streetwise Urban Fiction (David Wright of Seattle Public Library, in Library Journal): Article written July 2006. Extensive intro and background, bestsellers list, publishers list, review/discussion lists, and a Street Lit Sampler with author, title, publication, ISBN, page count, and summary for 17 novels.

Urban Fiction/Street Lit/Hip Hop Fiction Resources for Librarians (Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki): Intro, an Urban Fiction Booklist, with author, title, publication info and summary for about 50 novels; plus links to popular titles/authors list, review/discussion lists, publishers list, articles for librarians and general articles about the genre. Updated Aug. 2007.

Street Lit... Sex, Drugs, and Life On the Streets (Madison Public Library, WI): (For mature audiences only.) 'Fast-paced action, gritty ghetto realism, and social messages about the high price of gangsta life.' Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 35 works of fiction from Mark Anthony's Paper Chasers to Teri Woods' True to the Game. Updated April 2007.

Street Fiction (Kansas State Library): PDF. Author, title, summary for about 25 fiction titles, from Bertice Berry's The Haunting of Hip-Hop to Richard Wright's Native Son.

African-American Urban Fiction (Tacoma PL, WA): 'Glamour and grit in ... the genre that traces its history to the novels of Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim but with a little Jackie Collins for good measure.' Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 30 fiction titles and story collections, from Nikki Turner presents Street chronicles: Girls in the game to Zane's Nervous. Updated Oct. 2007.

Street Fiction: Great Novels You Haven't Read Yet (Springfield Library, Springfield, MA): Author, title, summary for 10 novels, from The Scene by Clarence Cooper to The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow. Updated May 2006.

Street Fiction (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link, summary for about a dozen titles, from Sheisty by T.N. Baker to True to the Game by Terri Woods. Compiled March 2006.

Urban Fiction and Beyond (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, and webcat link for about 50 fiction titles, 7 mysteries, and 5 non-fiction books, plus a few anthologies.

Street Lit (aka Urban Lit, Ghetto Lit) (Readers Advice): Author, title, Amazon link for about 130 titles, from 50 Cent's G Unit series to Zane's Skyscraper. Compiled Sept. 2005, updated regularly.