Around Harvard Square (Akashic, 2019). A novel for younger readers and adults about race, class, privilege and admissions in the Ivy League. Marlon James called the book “Wry, sly, and ferociously funny.” Purchase
Game World (Akashic, 2014). A comic fantasy adventure novel for younger readers. Kirkus Reviews called the book “Exhilarating, thought-provoking and one of a kind.” Purchase

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Kingston Noir (Akashic, 2012). Anthology of short fiction featured short story 54-46 (That’s My Number). Purchase

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Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
(Amistad/Harper Collins, 2006). Biography of the reggae star. The singer’s widow told NBC’s Today Show “it brought tears to my eyes because it’s exactly how Bob was.” Nominated for NAACP Image Award. Purchase

Kingston by Starlight
(Three Rivers Press/Crown, 2005). A historical adventure novel about pirates in 18th century Caribbean. Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) called the book “superbly poetic.” Purchase

Ray: A Tribute to the Movie, the Music and the Man
(Newmarket Press, 2004). This companion to the Ray Charles biopic, co-edited by actor Jamie Foxx and director Taylor Hackford, features an introduction by me. Purchase

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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey 
(Amistad/Harper Collins, 2003). I co-authored and co-edited companion volume to acclaimed PBS series. Scorsese called me a “great biographer and critic.” Purchase

Introducing Halle Berry
Pocket, 2002). My biography of Oscar-winning actress.

Aaliyah: More Than a Woman
(MTV, 2001). A best-selling biography of the beloved pop star who died young. Lifetime turned the book into a hit movie. Purchase

My Favorite War
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996). A well-reviewed satirical novel about the first Gulf War. Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale) called it “powerful.”

Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature 
(Wiley, 2000).  My Favorite War was excerpted in anthology featuring the most promising young African-American writers.

The Vintage Book of War Stories
The Vintage Book of War Stories
(Vintage, 1999). Anthology of the 20thcentury’s best writing about war. My Favorite War was excerpted, along with writings of Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer. Purchase