Favorite Books

Treasure Trove of Books I Love

Although I've been an avid reader since the 70's, I've only been keeping up with a Favorite Top 10 list since 2009. Titles listed below are among my permanent book collection, titles published by a variety of great publishing houses I Highly Recommend!

2017 Top 10 Favorites (not all published in 2017)

 Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

 Pain Don’t Hurt by Mark ‘Fightshark’ Miller
 Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker
 Tha Doggfather by Snoop Dogg
 My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
 My Mistake by Daniel Menaker
 When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
 I Choose to Stay by Salome Thomas-EL
 The Journey Home by Clifton Taulbert
 Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money by Kevin O'Leary 


90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life by Don Piper

A Bridge Between by Velia Pola
A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington
A Lawyer's Life by Johnnie Cochran
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
A Mysterious Life and Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina by Charolette S. Riley, (edited by Crystal J. Lucky)
A Nation of Wusses by Ed Rendell
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald
And So it Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields

Between You & Me by Mike Wallace
Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
Big Little Man by Alex Tizon

Desperate to be a Housewife by Meg Bortin
Doing Germany by Agnieszka Paletta
Don’t Block the Blessings by Patti LaBelle

Etched in My Memory by Sol Tetelbaum
Every Little Step: My Story by Bobby Brown
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice
Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic by Bobby Norfolk

Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K. Gann
Farewell, My Beijing by Chi Newman
Foxy: My Life in Three Acts by Pam Grier
from ashes to africa by Josh and Amy Bottomly

Gift of a Lifetime by Sue Batton Leonard
Grace Revealed by Greg Archer

Healing After Dark by Morris A. Cohen and Helen Compton
Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
Hong Konged by Paul Hanstedt
Hope's Boy by Andrew Bridge
How Do Rumors Get Started by Marcus Thompson

I Am Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson
I Didn’t Ask to Be Born by Bill Cosby
I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I Shall Not Want by Terri Lyons

Just Waiting for the Bell by David Wehmeyer

Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny by Nile Rodgers
Life Is So Good by George Dawson, Richard Glaubman
Life On the Color Line by Gregory Howard Williams
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson 

Maybe You Never Cry Again by Bernie Mac, Pablo F. Fenjves
Mayor for Life by Marion Barry
My Times in Black and White by Gerald M. Boyd, Robin D. Stone

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Not the Mother I Remember by Amber Lea Starfire

On Call in Hell by Cdr. Richard Jadick

Poison Ivy by Kathryn White
Positive by Paige Rawl

She Got Game by Cynthia Cooper
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
Sweet Summer by Bebe Moore Campbell

The Autobiography of an ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
The Black Russian by Vladimir Alexandrov
The Color of Water by James McBride
The Cost of Hope by Amanda Bennett
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt (Intro), B.M. Mooyaart (Translation)
The Gifted Ones by Lisa Vaughn
The Highest Peak by Kathy Lee Pair
The Last Blind Date by Linda Yellin
The Last Dragon by Taimak Guarriello
The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem
The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw
The Second Tour by Terry P. Rizzuti
The Truth About Awiti by CP Patrick
Thou Shalt Not Steal by Bill ‘Ready’ Cash and Al Hunter Jr.
Tiger Woods: The Making of a Champion by Tim Rosaforte
True You by Janet Jackson

Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalván

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir by E. Lynn Harris
When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story by Eva Rutland

You Have No Idea by Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams
Biographies | Nonfiction
  • 102 Minutes by Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn
  • Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam by Bernard Edelman (Editor)
  • Eyewitness Auschwitz by Filip Muller, Susanne Flatauer (Editor)
  • From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton
  • Inside Anne Frank's House: An Illustrated Journey Through Anne's World by Hans Westra, Menno Metselaar (Editor), Ruud Van Rol (Editor), Dineke Stam (Editor), Overlook Press (Manufacturer)
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
  • Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
  • Sobibor: A History of a Nazi Death Camp by Jules Schelvis
  • The Bee Eater by Richard Whitmire
  • The Education of Value Investor by Guy Spier
  • The Zhivago Affair by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
  • Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Who Owns America's Past? by Robert C. Post
Nonfiction Collections
  • Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing and Hope from Black America by Tavis Smiley
  • Black: A Celebration of Culture by Deborah Willis
  • Sacred Bond: Black Men and Their Mothers by Keith Michael Brown
Highly Recommended Memoirs
  • 7:17 by Rayna Gray 
  • A Boy From Down East by Larry B. Gray
  • A Country Called Nigeria by Robert Siller Jr.
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  • Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt 
  • Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson
  • At Home on the Steppe by Janet Givens
  • At Wit's End by Erma Bombeck
  • Benefit of the Doubt by Myra A. Dorsey
  • Bird Dream by Matt Higgins
  • Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
  • Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
  • Chicken Soup for the African American Soul
  • Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
  • Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker by Marla Martenson
  • Family Matters And More: Stories Of My Life In Soviet Russia by Sol Tetelbaum
  • Funny In Farsi: A Memoir Of Growing Up Iranian In America by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Grumpy Old Menopause by Carol E Wyer
  • Hippie BoyA Girl's Story by Ingrid Ricks
  • HOSTAGE: Kidnapped on the High Seas by Linda Davies
  • How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
  • I Am the New Black by Tracy Morgan
  • I'm Down by Mishna Wolff
  • In Black In White by LT Woody
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Kicking and Dreaming by Ann and Nancy Wilson
  • Larry Kane's Philadelphia by Larry Kane
  • Life With No Breaks by Nick Spalding
  • Musical Chairs by Jen Knox
  • My Life by Bill Clinton
  • NAKED by Julie Freed
  • No Disrespect by Sister Souljah
  • Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle by Marc Gonsalves
  • Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom by Janet Louise Hubert
  • Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora by Andrew Lam
  • Pieces from Life's Crazy Quilt by Arnett, Marvin V.
  • Project Girl by Janet McDonald
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Really Cher? by Julian M. Coleman
  • Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen
  • Stir Up the Monkeys by Betty W. Bohlen
  • stranger here by jen larsen
  • The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir by Jennifer Baszile
  • The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel
  • The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris
  • the House on Sunset by Sarafina Bianco
  • The Kitchen Sink Papers: My Life as a Househusband by Mike McGrady
  • The Life and Laughs of an at Home Mom by Chris Liefer
  • The Lullaby Illusion by Susan Joyce
  • The Pact by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, Lisa Frazier Page
  • The Wrong Answer Faster by Michael Goodkin
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  • To the Moon and Timbuktu by Nina Sovich
  • tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Ugly to Start With by John Michael Cummings
  • Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
  • Until Next Time... by JJ Ellis
  • You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes: A Memoir by Laura Love
    Short Stories
    Fiction (Parable)
    • Être the Cow by Sean Kenniff 
    • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
    Graphic Novel 
    Recommended Novels
    • Cats, Scarves, and Liars by Kathryn White
    • Daughters of the River Huong by Nicole Uyen Duong
    • Damascena by Holly Lynn Payne
    • Easy Like Sunday Mourning by Jennie Marts'
    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
    • Lifetimes Ago: A Love Story Inspired from Past Memories by Susie Schecter
    • Lord Vishnu's Love Handles A Spy Novel by Will Clarke
    • No Alligator in Sight by Kirsten B. Feldman
    • Painted Picture by Sheila Peele-Miller
    • Proof of Angels by Mary Curran Hackett
    • PUZZLES by Terri E. Lyons
    • She Likes It Rough by GVR Corcillo
    • Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
    • Something's Wrong with Your Scale by Van Whitfield
    • The Crisis before Midlife by Mario D King   
    • The Floater by Sheryl Sorrentino
    • The Secret Sense of Wildflower by Susan Gabriel
    • The Upper Room by Mary Monroe
    • Tempest Rising by Diane McKinney-Whetstone