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August 2008 Extended Best Sellers List




1. Waking With Enemies by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton, $24.95) (4)
2. Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton, $24.95)*
3. Them by Nathan McCall (Atria, $25) (1)
4. Sleeping With Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton, $24.95)*
5. Something On The Side by Carl Weber (Dafina, $24) (3)
6. Somewhat Saved by Pat G’Orge–Walker (Dafina, $22)*
7. Sin No More By Kimberla Lawson Roby (William Morrow, $23.95) (6)
8. The Last Street Novel by Omar Tyree (Simon & Schuster, $24) (8)
9. Sexcapades by HoneyB (Grand Central Publishing, $19.99) (9)
10. Deliver Me From Evil by Mary Monroe (Dafina, $24) (2)


1. True to The Game II by Teri Woods (Grand Central Publishing, $14.99) (2)
2. Dutch 3: The Finale by Dutch (Dutch, $15) (1)
3. Never As Good As The First Time by Mari Walker (St. Martin’s Griffin, $13.95)*
4. Secrets of a Sinner by Yolonda Tonette Sanders (Kimani Press New Spirit, $14.95)*
5. Nothing But Drama by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Pocket, $9.95)*
6. Dance Into Destiny by Sherri L. Lewis (Urban Christian, $14.95)*
7. Battle of Jericho by Kendra Norman-Bellamy (Urban Christian, $14.95)*
8. This Far By Faith by Stacy Hawkins Adams, Kendra Norman-Bellamy, and Linda Hudson-Smith (Kimani Press New Spirit, $14.95)*
9. Sister by T. Benson Glover (Amiaya Entertainment, $15)*
10. The Truth About Love by Tia McCullors (Life Every Voice, $13.99)*



1. Grace After Midnight
by Felicia “Snoop” Pearson and David Ritz (Grand Central Publishing, $22) (8)
2. Come on People by Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint (Thomas Nelson, $25.99) (1)
3. Reposition Yourself by T.D. Jakes (Atria, $24) (3)
4. Know What I Mean? by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $19.95)*
5. Take The Risk by Ben Carson, M.D. (Zondervan, $19.99)*
6. Do You! by Russell Simmons (Gotham, $25)*
7. April 4, 1968 by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $24.95)*
8. Pimps Up, Ho’s Down by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting (NYU Press, $22.95)*
9. Turning White by Lee Thomas (Momentum, $14.95) (9)
10. Debating Race by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $26)*


1. African Holistic Health
by Llaila O. Afrika (A & B Books, $18.95) (6)
2. Snakes in the Pulpit by Reuben Armstrong (Reuben Armstrong, $25.99) (1)
3. Why I Love Black Women by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $14.95)*
4. The Willie Lynch Letter by William Lynch and Kashif Malik Hassan-el (Lushena, $3.95) (5)
5. Stolen Legacy by George G.M. James (African American Images, $9.95)*
6. Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, M.D. (Zondervan, $12.99)*
7. Think Big by Ben Carson, M.D. (Zondervan, $12.99)*
8. The Big Picture by Ben Carson, M.D. (Zondervan, $12.99)*
9. Is Bill Cosby Right? by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $14.95)*
10. The Black Biblical Heritage by John L. Johnson (Johnson, $27.95) (9)

ABOUT THIS LIST: The Essence Best Sellers List is based on reports of retail sales. Respondents are African-American bookstores. Numbers in parentheses indicate last month’s position. An asterisk indicates a debut title on this list.

REPORTING STORES: Precious Memories (Richmond), 804-726-8501; Pyramid Art, Books, & Custom Framing (Little Rock, Arkansas), 501-372-5824; Underground Books (Sacramento, California), 916-737-3333; Under One Roof (Killeen, Texas), 254-554-6553; The Potter’s Wheel Bookstore (Dallas, TX), 214-337-4697; Hood Book Headquarters (Warren, Michigan), 313-515-7961; Pyramid Books (Boynton Beach, Florida), 561-731-4422; Kana CDs & Books (Columbus, Ohio), 614-577-1897); MochaReaders (Dayton), 937-304-9473.

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