The 10 Best Black Books of 2013 (Non-Fiction)


   By Kam Williams                               

1.          (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race

Edited by Yaba Blay, Ph.D. with photography by Noelle Theard


2.         Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s       Universities

by Craig Steven Wilder


3.         David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell


4.         The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Dr. Donald Yacovone


5.         Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine 51YDmOSjxaL

by Adrian Miller


6.         This Is the Day: The March on Washington

Photos by Leonard Freed


7.         No Place for Race: Why We Need to Address Economic and Social Factors

That Are Crushing Us Every Day

by Rodney L. Demery


8.         The Speech: The Story behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream

by Gary Younge


9.         High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges

Everything You Know about Drugs and Society

by Dr. Carl Hart


10.       The Motherhood Diaries: A Humorous Look at Motherhood in the                           

New Millennium

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley





Honorable Mention



If You Can See It, You Can Be It: 12 Street-Smart Recipes for Success

by Chef Jeff Henderson


Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair

by Nikki Walton with Ernessa T. Carter


Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson

by Barbara Ransby


Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire

by Andrea Stuart


Men We Reaped

by Jesmyn Ward


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

by Kiese Laymon


Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

by Stanley Crouch


Harlem Nocturne

by Farah Jasmine Griffin


Life upon These Shores

by Henry Louis Gates


Jim Crow Wisdom

by Jonathan Scott Holloway


Boomerangs to Arrows

by Sharon Norris Elliott


Self-Inflicted Wounds

by Aisha Tyler


The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership

by Reverend Al Sharpton


A Matter of Life or Death: Why Black Men Must Save Black Boys in America’s Public Schools

Edited by Dr. Michael W. Nellums and Dr. Walter Milton, Jr.


Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush

by Eric Draper


Guiou: The Other Blacks

by Gloria J. Arnold


The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires

by Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D.


Raising the Bar

by Gabrielle Douglas


Harlem Street Portraits

by Harvey Stein


The Lace Wig Bible: How to Style, Care & Maintain Lace Wigs

by Morgan R. Gantt


Where Did Our Love Go? Love and Relationships in the African-American Community

Edited by Gil L. Robertson, IV


Shattered Mirrors: Broken in Plain Sight

by Karl Allen Griggs


PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life

by Dr. Elaine Richardson


240 Ways to Close the Achievement Gap

by M. Donnell Tenner, M.Ed.


Journey to the Woman I’ve Come to Love:

Affirmations from Women Who Have Fallen in Love with Themselves

by Miki Turner


God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens

by Reverend Romal Tune


Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction

by Ester Nicholson


My Guide to Love & Romance

by Mama Jones




1.         To order a copy of (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, visit:


2.         To order a copy of Ebony & Ivy, visit:


3.         To order a copy of David and Goliath, visit:


4.         To order a copy of The African Americans, visit:


5.         To order a copy of Soul Food, visit:


6.         To order a copy of This Is the Day, visit:


7.         To order a copy No Place for Race, visit:


8.       To order a copy of The Speech, visit:


9.         To order a copy of High Price, visit:


10.       To order a copy of The Motherhood Diaries, visit:

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