December 2008 Bestsellers List

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1. Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton Adult, $24.95) (2)
2. Something On The Side by Carl Weber (Dafina, $24) (3)
3. One In A Million by Kimberla Lawson Roby (William Morrow, $19.95) *
4. Sin No More By Kimberla Lawson Roby (William Morrow, $23.95) (8)
5. Waking With Enemies by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton, $24.95) (1)
6. Somewhat Saved by Pat G'Orge-Walker (Kensington, $22) (10)
7. Seen It All and Done the Rest by Pearl Cleage (One World/Ballantine, $25) (7)
8. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. by Sanyika Shakur (Grove Press, $19.95)*
9. The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley (Black Classic Press, $19.95)*
10. Still Dirty by Vickie M. Stringer (Atria, $23.95) (6)


1. True to the Game III by Teri Woods (Grand Central Publishing, $14.99) (1)
2. Can I Get a Witness? by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Pocket, $14) (10)
3. Too Little, Too Late by Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone, $15) (3)
4. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Anchor, $10.95) (8)
5. Mistress of the Game by Sherrie Walker (Triple Crown Publications, $15)*
6. Never As Good As The First Time by Mari Walker (St. Martin’s Griffin, $13.95)*
7. Them by Nathan McCall (Washington Square Press, $14)*
8. A Sin and a Shame by Victoria Christopher Murray (Pocket Star, $7.99)*
9. Nothing But Drama by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Pocket, $9.95)*
10. Love’s Secrets by Yolanda McVey (Genesis Press, $6.99)*


1. Letters To A Young Sister by Hill Harper (Gotham, $22.50) (3)
2. Hiding in Hip Hop by Terrence Dean (Atria, $23) (5)
3. Come On People by Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint (Thomas Nelson, $25.99) (3)
4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Crown, $25) (1)
5. Grace After Midnight by Felicia “Snoop” Pearson and David Ritz (Grand Central Publishing, $22) (4)
6. All About Love by Susan L. Taylor (Urban Books, $19.95)*
7. April 4, 1968 by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas Books, $24.95)*
8. Tapping the Power Within by Iyanla Vanzant (Hay House, $24.95)*
9. Know What I Mean? by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $19.95 (10)
10. Black Pain by Terrie Williams (Scribner, $25) (6)


1. The Willie Lynch Letter by William Lynch and Kashif Malik Hassan-el (Lushena, $4.95) (1)
2. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Three Rivers Press, $14.95) (2)
3. The Miseducation of the Black Child by Nathan Hare and Julia Hare (Black Think Tank, $14.95) (3)
4. Letters to a Young Brother by Hill Harper (Gotham, $12) (4)
5. The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson (The Book Tree, $17.95) (2)
6. Snakes in the Pulpit by Reuben Armstrong (Reuben Armstrong Publishers, $25.99) (1)
7. Why I Love Black Women by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $14.95) (5)
8. Secrets of a Sinner by Yolonda Tonnette Sanders (Kimani Press, $14.95)*
9. Do You! by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow (Gotham, $15) (4)
10.  How to Succeed in the Publishing Game by Vickie M. Stringer (Triple Crown Publications, $20) (6)

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 title that did not appear on last month’s list. REPORTING STORES: Precious Memories Bookstore (Richmond), 804-726-8501; Pyramid Books (Boynton Beach, Florida), 561-731-4422; Underground Books (Sacramento, California), 916-737-3333; Da Book Joint (Chicago, IL), 773-978-9555; Jokae’s African American Books (Dallas), 214-331-8100; Knowledge Bookstore (Brampton, Ontario), 905-459-9875; African-American Images (Chicago, IL), 708-672-4909; Hood Book Headquarters (Warren, Michigan), 313-515-7961; Truth Bookstore (Southfield, Michigan), 248-557-4824.


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