18 Jan

These are the books I personally read during 2010 for our Sankofa Literary Society (SLS) reading challenge. I read a total of 115 books for the year and this is my list of the best books from that group.

The books were submitted for review by the author, publisher or given to me as gifts. Each of the books on this list are considered 4-5 star reads. They are NOT listed in order by ranking. Each title below will enrich the lives of the new owners! I hope you will take the time to explore this list and to email this to at least 20 others, so that you too can Give the Gift of Knowledge!

The books below will make great gifts all year long! View all of our Best Books Recommended Reading Lists here:  Please follow our blog for more exciting news on the authors and the books coming out in 2011.

EDC Creations Books of the Year
Personally Selected by Ella Curry

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great MigrationWhatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and AmericaJustice Older than the Law: The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies)Perfect Peace

1. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson

2. Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough
Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. The story behind the documentary Waiting on Superman

3. 19 Years Old and 19 Men Later: How Someone Truly Loved Me
by Tenisha Gainey

4. Justice Older than the Law: The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree
by Katie McCabe and Dovey Johnson Roundtree

5. Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

TOP 40 BOOKS OF 2010

The Temple of My FamiliarThe Last Days of Ptolemy GreyFierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and CultureStop Being NiggardlyVictoireThe Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black WomenThe Kitchen House: A NovelBitch Is the New Black: A MemoirThe Bite of the MangoNinth Ward

EDC Creations Literary Hallmarks

1. The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

2. Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman by Sheri Parks

3. Victoire: My Mother’s Mother by Maryse Conde

4. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

5. The Last Days of Ptolemy by Walter Mosley

6. Bitch Is the New Black by Helena Andrews

7. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

8. Substitute Me by Lori L. Tharps

9.The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi Durrow

10.Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

11.Searching For Tina Turner by Jacqueline Luckett

12.Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison

13.Midnight by Beverly Jenkins

14.Relapse by Nikki Turner

15.How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique

16.Wildflowers by Lyah Beth LeFlore

17.Stop Being Niggardly by Karen Hunter

18.Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

19.Shake Loose My Skin by Sonia Sanchez

20.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

21.Zora and Me by Victoria Bond (YA)

22.Sassy Series by Sharon M. Draper (YA)

23.The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara (YA)

24.Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (YA)

25.Hollyhood by Valerie Joyner

26.Ashes, Ashes They All Fall Down by Anita Ballard-Jones

27. The Little Black Book of Success by Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha and Rhonda

28.A Purse of Your Own by Deborah Owens

29.Sing About That Black Rose by Janet “Jaize” Brown

30.How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler

31.The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris

32.The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

33.Cheetah by Missy Jackson

34.Daddy by Default by Pat Tucker

35.Little Black Girl Lost 5 by Keith Lee Johnson

36.A Slip In The Right Direction by Rachel Berry (YA)

37.Still Waters by Crystal Rhodes

38.Life is Like a Soul Train Line by  Monda Raquel Webb (Poetry)

39.From This Moment  by Sean Young

40.Unsigned Hype by Booker T. Mattison (Mature YA)

Authors, if you see your book listed, please leave a comment with your website address, bookseller links and any news about you and your books! Ask your network to stop by and share their reviews of your books too. Make sure you tell your fellow author friends if you see their names listed below.

If your name is listed below, you can copy the award image to your computer and add to your website as well as your promotional material.  I would like to interview ALL of the authors on this list for Black Pearls Magazine and for the Black Authors Network Radio Show. Email me at: to setup the interviews.

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations Media Group
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in EDC Creations


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