Best-Selling African-American Books for Summer 2014

Power List Announces Best-Selling African-American Books for Summer 2014

Autobiographies and books with political themes dominated both the hardcover and paperback non-fiction portions of the Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, which was released today.

The one notable exception was a health-related book, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days by nutritionist and certified weight loss expert J.J. Smith, whose book was #1 among paperback non-fiction books for the quarter ending June 2014.

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“Through my Facebook group, which has grown to about 100,000 people in 6 months,” says Smith, “I realized there were thousands of other people who were craving a simple and sustainable solution to lose weight and get healthy! This book was a labor of love written just for them.”

Other new non-fiction titles that performed well were the Toni Braxton memoir Unbreak My Heart, which debuted as the #1 hardcover book; Mayor For Life, the autobiography of former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, which ranked #2; and Things I Should Have Told My Daughter by bestselling author Pearl Cleage, which debuted at #3.

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Among fiction titles, Walter Mosley’s latest release, Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore, was #1 in the hardcover category, followed by A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey. Victoria Christopher Murray returns to the Power List with her latest release, Forever An Ex, which ranked #1 in paperback fiction.

Also notable about the Summer 2014 list was the inclusion of three authors who had more than one title on the list:

Malcolm Gladwell’s books, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, and Outliers: The Story of Success, placed #6 in hardcover non-fiction and #2 in paperback non-fiction, respectively.

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Retired neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson’s books, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future, and America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, placed #8 in hardcover non-fiction and #6 in paperback non-fiction, respectively.

Fiction author Kimberla Lawson Roby also had two books included on the list, The Prodigal Son which was #7 in hardcover fiction, and The Perfect Marriage, which was #4 in paperback fiction.

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The Power List is a quarterly compilation of data gleaned from online book sellers, random samples on relevant Facebook pages, and a quarterly survey of 1,200 African-American book clubs. The list is released on the fourth Monday in the month following each calendar quarter, and is a joint project of AALBC.com, Cushcity.com and Mosaic Literary Magazine.

The Summer 2014 lists are available for viewing at the Power List web site: www.powerlist.info. Updates are included on the Power List Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can connect with them there.

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