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‘Power List’ of books written or read by African Americans

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Power-List-Spring-2013-400Three leading African-American literature web sites have launched the Power List, a quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans.

The Power List is a joint project of AALBC.com, Cushcity.com and Mosaicbooks.com. The founders of the companies see a need for a comprehensive list of best-selling African-American books.

"Currently, the data is dispersed over a wide variety of sources," said Gwen Richardson, co-founder of Cushcity.com. "We wanted to compile and analyze the data across the board and present those findings to the public."

Besides collecting data from online booksellers and random samples on relevant Facebook pages, the Power List includes a quarterly survey of 1,200 African-American book clubs.

"African-American book clubs are well-established in urban communities across America," said Troy Johnson, founder of AALBC.com. "The survey results tell us not only which black authors are gaining traction among black readers, but they also let us know which non-black authors have garnered their attention."

The list will be released on the fourth Monday in the month following each calendar quarter.

Notable information about the Spring 2013 list:

Urban fiction author duo Ashley & Jaquavis have four books among the top ten paperback fiction best sellers.

Author Sister Souljah has titles on both the paperback and hardcover fiction lists.

Best-selling author E. L. James' "Fifty Shades of Gray" was a top seller among African-American readers.

Two titles by politically-conservative African Americans were among the best-selling titles in paperback non-fiction books

"Our ultimate mission is three-fold," said Ron Kavanaugh, founder of Mosaicbooks.com. "To promote African-American literature; to assess the reading habits of African Americans; and to report those findings to the public."

Here are the titles for Spring 2013:

Paperback - Fiction

#1 – "Friends & Foes" by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria Christopher Murray

#2 – "The Cartel 4" by Ashley & Jaquavis

#3 – "The Cartel 3" by Ashley & Jaquavis

#4 – "The Cartel 2" by Ashley & Jaquavis

#5 – "Animal" by K'Wan

#6 – "Murderville 2" by Ashley & Jaquavis

#7 – "Midnight: A Gangster Love Story" by Sister Souljah

#8 – "The Hot Box" by Zane

#9 – "Fifty Shades of Gray" by E. L. James

#10 – "Payback Ain't Enough" by Wahida Clark

Paperback – Non-Fiction

#1 – "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" by Steve Harvey

#2 – "America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great" by Ben Carson

#3 – "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

#4 – "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander

#5 – "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson

#6 – "Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair!" by Nikki Walton

#7 – "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore

#8 – "Blacklash: How Obama and the Liberal Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation" by Deneen Borelli

#9 – "Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine" by Bryant Terry

#10 – "Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community" by Gil L. Robertson IV

Hardcover - Fiction

#1 – "The Man In 3B"by Carl Weber

#2 – "The Twelve Tribes" of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

#3 – "If I Can't Have You" by Mary B. Morrison

#4 – "The Perfect Marriage" by Kimberla Lawson Roby

#5 – "A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story" by Sister Souljah

#6 – "The Reverend's Wife" by Kimberla Lawson Roby

#7 – "God Don't Make No Mistakes" by Mary Monroe

#8 – "An Accidental Affair" by Eric Jerome Dickey

#9 – "The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat" by Edward Kelsey Moore

#10 – "Maintenance Man II: Money, Politics & Sex: Everyone Has A Price" by Michael Baisden

Hardcover - Non-Fiction

#1 – "Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed" by Tyrese Gibson

#2 – "Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped" by Cissy Houston

#3 – "Mom & Me and Mom" by Maya Angelou

#4 – "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" by Jeanne Theoharis

#6 – "Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home" by Sampson Davis

#7 – "It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership" by Colin Powell

#8 – "Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party" by Joshua Bloom

#9 – "One Day It'll All Make Sense" by Common

#10 – "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes" by Ian K. Smith

(The Spring 2013 lists may be viewed at the Power List web site: www.powerlist.info and http://aalbc.it/plbooks.)


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