Best Books 2010 Non-fiction/Memoirs/Self-help

18 Jan
2010 Best Books by the Sankofa Literary Society

Black Pearl Inspiration — Non-fiction/Heritage/Spiritual/Memoirs/Self-help

The Sankofa Literary Society and its founder Ella Curry are focused on the issues and lifestyles that define today’s avid readers — what they read, what they want out of their literature, how they connect to each other, what motivates them and how they feel about their community as a whole.

Many have stated, “There is no African American village…it’s dead,” we don’t feel that way. The Village is here, the village in now! Expand your horizons! We are a community of 11 bookclub units, 4 social networks and 22 nurses who want to enrich our community with books and the written word. Listed below are the books we have read in 2010 presented by small press publishers, traditional publishers and self-published authors. Join us today to add your voice and experiences to our union. Come on in and join this movement to Give the Gift of Knowledge!

While highlighting our heritage, our experiences and delivering our voice–we remain anchored to the spiritual, emotional and practical realities of our entire global community, supporting all races. We are not limited solely to reading just African American (AA) authors; we hope to educate our readers by offering a variety of quality literature and resources. We are offering you the best in literature period, from our perspective. Spread the word…please share this listing with at least 20 people you know! The books below will make excellent gifts all year long.

Listed below are a few of the best books representing the literary world and the arts. Each book created an impact for our readers/reviewers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. Here are the books we want to showcase to the world. Please take your time and expand your reading territory by saluting the literary greats and leaders listed below. The books are NOT listed in any order pertaining to the quality of the literature—they are all 4-5 star reads. The number beside the title, does not indicate the ranking of this list.

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.

2010 Best Books Award: Black Pearl Inspiration —Non-fiction/Spiritual/Memoirs/Self-help

Die Free - A Heroic Family HistoryConversations with MyselfLessons Learned: Loving Yourself As A Black WomanSouls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories and Heal Their Spirits

1. Die Free: A Heroic Family History by Cheryl Wills

2. Bitch Is the New Black: A Memoir by Helena Andrews

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

4. Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant

5. Lessons Learned by Tinisha Nicole Johnson

6. By Any Greens Necessary by Trayce Lynn McQuirter

7. Souls of My Sister by Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy

8. The Little Black Book of Success by Elaine Meryl Brown

9. Colored People: A Memoir by Henry Louis Gates Jr

10.Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela

11.Straight from Your Gay Best Friend by Terrance Dean

12.Girl, Get Your Mind Right!  by Tionna Smalls

13.Love Brought Me Back by Natalie Cole

14.Great Food, All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart by Maya Angelou

15.The Conversation by Hill Harper

16. 52 Weeks of Wow Faith by Mary E. Banks

17.The 50th Law by 50 Cent

18.Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice

19.Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There by Whoopi Goldberg

20.Color Blind: A Memoir by Precious Williams

21.Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You by Donna Michele Watford

22.Why Do I Have To Think Like A Man? by Shanae Hall

23.Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All by Russell Simmons

24.In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens by Alice Walker

25.Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm

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.

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