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January 2009 Bestsellers List

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HARDCOVER FICTION
1.    Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton Adult, $24.95) (1)
2.    Sin No More by Kimberla Lawson Roby (William Morrow, $23.95) (4)
3.    One In A Million by Kimberla Lawson Roby (William Morrow, $19.95) (3)
4.    Something On The Side by Carl Weber (Dafina, $24) (2)
5.    Honey Flava by Zane (Atria, $22)*
6.    Just Too Good to Be True by E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday, $24.95)*
7.    The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley (Black Classic Press, $19.95) (9)
8.    She Had It Coming by Mary Monroe (Dafina, $24)*
9.    Who’s Loving You by Mary B, Morrison (Dafina, $24)*
10.    Trading Dreams at Midnight by Diane McKinney-Whetstone (Harper, $24.95)*
11.    Seen It All and Done the Rest by Pearl Cleage (One World/Ballantine, $25) (7)

PAPERBACK FICTION
1.    Waking With Enemies by Eric Jerome Dickey (NAL, $14)*
2.    Nothing But Drama by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Pocket, $9.95)
3.    Never As Good As The First Time by Mari Walker (St. Martin’s Griffin, $13.95)*
4.    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Anchor, $10.95) (4)
5.    Can I Get a Witness? by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Pocket, $14) (2)
6.    Them by Nathan McCall (Washington Square Press, $14) (7)
7.    Mistress of the Game by Sherrie Walker (Triple Crown Publications, $15) (5)
8.    Somewhat Saved by Pat G'Orge-Walker (Dafina, $15)
9.    Secrets of a Sinner by Yolonda Tonette Sanders (Kimani Press, $14.95)*
10.    The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (Pocket Star, $7.99)*

HARDCOVER NONFICTION
1.    Letters To A Young Sister by Hill Harper (Gotham, $22.50) (1)
2.    Come On People by Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint (Thomas Nelson, $25.99)3
3.    Before You Do by T.D. Jakes (Atria, $25)*
4.    Grace After Midnight by Felecia “Snoop” Pearson (Grand Central Publishing, $22) (5)
5.    April 4, 1968 by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas Books, $24.95)*
6.    Hiding in Hip Hop by Terrence Dean (Atria, $23) (2)
7.    Do You! by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow (Gotham, $25)*
8.    All About Love by Susan L. Taylor (Urban Books, $19.95) (6)
9.    Life Overflowing by T.D. Jakes (Bethany House, $19.99)*
10.    The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur (MTV Books, $21.95)*

PAPERBACK NONFICTION
1.    The Willie Lynch Letter by William Lynch and Kashif Malik Hassan-el (Lushena, $4.95) (1)
2.    Letters to a Young Brother by Hill Harper (Gotham, $12) (4)
3.    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (The Rivers Press, $14.95)*
4.    The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson (The Book Tree, $17.95) (5)
5.    Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Three Rivers Press, $14.95) (2)
6.    Democracy Matters by Cornel West (Penguin, $15)*
7.    Hidden Butterflies by Nikki Ransom (Outskirts Press, $13.95)*
8.    The Will to Change by Bell Hooks (Simon & Schuster, $13)*
9.    Lessons in Living by Susan L. Taylor (Anchor, $14)*
10.    \Why African Americans Can’t Get Ahead by Gwen Richardson (CushCity Communications, $14.95)*

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: Underground Books (Sacramento, California), 916-737-3333; Da Book Joint (Chicago), 773-978-3555; Pyramid Books (Boynton Beach, Florida), 561-731-4422; Not Just a Bookstore (St. Louis, MO), 877-361-9955; Jokae’s African American Books+ (Dallas), 214-331-8100; Kana CD’s & Books (Columbus, Ohio), 614-306-1843; Precious Memories Bookstore (Richmond), 804-726-8501; Knowledge Bookstore (Brampton, Ontario), 905-459-9875; Cushcity (Houston, Texas), 281-444-4265; The Potter’s Wheel Bookstore (Dallas), 214-337-4697; Hood Book Headquarters (Warren, Michigan), 313-515-7961; The Dock Bookshop (Fort Worth, Texas), 817-457-5700.

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