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March 2009 Bestsellers Books List

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HARDCOVER FICTION

1.    Midnight by Sister Souljah (Atria, $26.95) (1)
2.    She Had It Coming by Mary Monroe (Dafina, $24) (5)
3.    Dying for Revenge by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton Adult, $25.95)*
4.    Pecking Order by Omar Tyree (Simon & Schuster, $24)*
5.    Waking With Enemies by Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Group, $24.95)*
6.    Still Dirty by Vickie M. Stringer (Atria, $23.95) (8)
7.    The Million Dollar Deception by RM Johnson (Simon & Schuster, $24) (4)
8.    Something On the Side by Carl Weber (Dafina, $24)*
9.    Who’s Loving You by Mary B. Morrison (Dafina, $24)*
10.    Street Judge by Judge Mathis (Strebor Books, $24)*

PAPERBACK FICTION
1.    True to the Game III by Teri Woods (Grand Central Publishing, $14.99) (3)
2.    Queen B---- by Deja King (A King Production, $15)*
3.    Too Little, Too Late by Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone, $15)*
4.    Can I Get Witness? by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Pocket, $14) (4)
5.    Crack Head II by Lisa Lennox (Triple Crown Publications, $15)*
6.    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (HarperCollins, $15.95)*
7.    Living Consequences by Brittney Holmes (Kensington Books, $14.95)*
8.    Black & Ugly As Ever by T. Styles (The Cartel Publications, $13.05)*
9.    From the Streets to the Sheets by Noire (One World/Ballantine, $14)*
10.  The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (Pocket Star, $7.99)*

HARDCOVER NONFICTION
1.    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Crown, $25) (1)
2.    Letters To A Young Sister by Hill Harper (Gotham, $22.50) (2)
3.    Grace After Midnight by Felecia “Snoop” Pearson and David Ritz (Grand Central Publishing, $22)*
4.    Take Back Your Family by Rev Run and Justine Simmons (Penguin Group, $25)*
5.    Hope On a Tightrope by Cornel West (Hay House, $19.95)*
6.    PowerNomics by Dr. Claud Anderson (PowerNomics Corporation of America, $27)*
7.    Before You Do by T.D. Jakes (Atria, $25)*
8.    Hiding in Hip Hop by Terrance Dean (Atria, $23) (5)
9.    Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou (Random House, $25)*
10.  Debating Race by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $26)*

PAPERBACK NONFICTION
1.    Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Three Rivers Press, $14.95) (2)
2.    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Vintage, $7.99) (1)
3.     Letters to A Young Brother by Hill Harper (Gotham, $13)*
4.    Change We Can Believe In by Barack Obama (Three Rivers Press, $13.95) (5)
5.    Somebody’s Someone by Regina Louise (Agate, $14.95)*
6.    The Willie Lynch Letter by William Lynch and Kashif Malik Hassan-el (Lushena, $4.95) (7)
7.    A Chronology of the Bible by Yosef Ben-Jochannan (Black Classic Press, $4)*
8.    The Five Negro Presidents by J.A. Rogers (Helga M. Rogers, $4)*
9.    Hopes and Dreams: The Story of Barack Obama (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, $9.95) (4)
10.    And God Said…Just Walk by Karen D. Spencer (Vantage Press, $8.95)*

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: Jokae’s African-American Books & Custom Framing (Dallas), 800-749-7725; Kana CDs & Books (Columbus, Ohio), 614-306-1843; Truth Bookstore (Southfield, Michigan), 248-557-4824; Pyramid Books (Boynton Beach, Florida), 561-731-4422; Precious Memories Reading and Collectibles (Richmond), 804-726-8501; Knowledge Bookstore (Brampton, Ontario), 905-459-9875; Hood Book Headquarters (Warren, Michigan), 313-515-7961; MochaReaders (Dayton), 937-361-7657; Da Book Joint (Chicago), 773-978-3555; Not Just a Bookstore (St. Louis), 877-361-9955; Underground Books (Sacramento, California), 916-737-3333.

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