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Dec, 16, 2009

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HARDCOVER FICTION

1. Midnight by Sister Souljah (Atria, $26.95) (1)
2.The Best of Everything by Kimberla Lawson Roby (HarperCollins, $23.99)*
3.Still Dirty by Vickie Stringer (Atria, $23.95) (4)
4.Street Judge by Greg Mathis (Strebor Books, $24) (6)
5.She Had It Coming by Mary Monroe (Dafina, $24)*
6.A Mercy by Toni Morrison (Knopf, $23.95) (2)
7.The Million Dollar Deception by RM Johnson (Simon & Schuster, $24)*
8.Honey Flava by Zane (Atria, $22)*
9.Just Too Good To Be True by E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday, $24.95) (7)
10.Dying for Revenge by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton, $25.95) (5)

PAPERBACK FICTION
1.Queen B---- by Deja King (A King Production, $15) (1)
2.Crack Head 2 by Lisa Lennox (Triple Crown Publications, $15) (4)
3.The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (Pocket Star, $7.99) (9)
4.Black and Ugly as Ever by T. Styles (The Cartel Publications, $12)*
5.Knowledge Costs by T.C. Littles (Say U Promise Publications, $15)*
6.The Cartel by Ashley Antoinette and Jaquavis Coleman (Dafina, $14.95)*
7.Dutch: The Finale by Dutch (Dutch, $15) (2)
8.His First Wife by Grace Octavia (Dafina, $15)*
9.True to the Game III by Teri Woods (Grand Central Publications, $14.99)*
10.Sunday Brunch Diaries by Norma Jarrett (Bantam Books, $12.95)*


HARDCOVER NONFICTION
1.Life Overflowing by T.D. Jakes (Bethany House, $13.59)*
2.Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Crown, $25.95)*
3.Hiding in Hip Hop by Terrence Dean (Atria, $23)*
4.The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Crown, $25) (2)
5.The 4 Day Diet by Dr. Ian Smith (St. Martin's Press, $24.95)*
6.Keep the Faith by Faith Evans (Grand Central Publishing, $24.99) (8)
7.Pichon: A Memoir by Carlos Moore (Chicago Review Press, $26.95)*
8.Black Literate Lives by Maisha Fisher (Taylor & Francis, $125)*
9.Letters To A Young Sister by Hill Harper (Gotham, $22.50) (3)
10.The Rise of Barack Obama by Pete Souza (Triumph Books, $27.95) (9)


PAPERBACK NONFICTION
1.Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Vintage, $7.99) (2)
2.Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Crown, $25.95) (1)
3.April 4, 1968 by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas, $24.95)*
4.The Willie Lynch Letter by William Lynch and Kashif Malik Hassan-el (Lushena, $3.95) (3)
5.Change We Can Believe In by Barack Obama (Crown, $13.95)*
6.Snakes in the Pulpit by Reuben Armstrong (Reuben Armstrong Publishers, $25.99) (10)
7.And God Said Just Walk by Karen D. Spencer (Vantage Press, $8.95)*
8.Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane (Simon & Schuster, $15) (4)
9.Letters to a Young Brother by Hill Harper (Gotham, $13)*
10.America Speaks: The Historic 2008 Election by USA Today, ABC News & Charles Gibson (Triumph Books, $14.95) (8)


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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