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Feb 14th

African-American literature web sites launch "power list" of best-selling books

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Three leading African-American literature web sites announced the launch of the Power List, a quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans. The Power List is a joint project of, and, three Web sites which have promoted African-American literature for more than a decade.

The founders of these companies believe there is 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 "We wanted to compile and analyze the data across the board and present those findings to the public."

In addition to collecting data from online book sellers and random samples on relevant Facebook pages, the Power List has a unique feature: Its findings include 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 "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 Spring 2013 list is divided into separate categories: Hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, paperback fiction and paperback nonfiction. Best-selling ebooks and classics will be added in future editions. 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 a total of 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 "To promote African-American literature; to assess the reading habits of African Americans; and to report those findings to the public."

The Spring 2013 lists may be viewed at the Power List web site: Updates will be included on the Power List Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information, contact one of the individuals listed above.

The titles for the first list, Spring 2013. The list is also available online:

book friendsandfoesSpring 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

book actlikealady thinklikeamanSpring 2013 - 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

book manin3bSpring 2013 - 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

book manology tyresegibsonSpring 2013 - 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 Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires by Dennis Kimbro
#5 - 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 Power List ( is compiled quarterly by, and

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