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Power List of best-selling African-American books – Winter 2014

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

12YearsBook 600The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, has released its winter 2014 list.

The influence of feature films strongly impacted the Winter 2014 list, as books based on two movies released in 2013 topped the list in two separate categories. "The Butler" by Wil Haygood was No.1 among hardcover non-fiction titles and "Twelve Years A Slave" by Solomon Northrup was No. 1 among paperback non-fiction titles. The movie adaptation of "Twelve Years A Slave" has received nine Academy Award nominations.

Terry McMillan's latest novel, "Who Asked You?," was No. 1 in hardcover fiction and "Animal 2: The Omen" by urban fiction author K'Wan was No. 1 in paperback fiction. McMillan has been a bestselling author for the past two decades, since her breakthrough novel, "Waiting To Exhale," remained on the New York Times bestseller list for several months. K'wan has written several successful urban fiction novels and "Animal 2" is the sequel to "Animal," which also was a Power List bestseller in 2013, reaching the highest position of No. 7.

Other notable information about the Winter 2013 list:

· The hardcover edition of Oprah's book pick, "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis, was included on the Power List in the spring, summer and fall of 2013. The paperback version of the book debuted on the Winter 2014 list and was No. 3 among paperback fiction bestsellers.

· Several non-fiction paperback titles that were published three or more years ago continue to be bestsellers, including "The Immortal Life" of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson and "Brainwashed" by Tom Burrell.

· Steve Harvey's "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man," continues to experience strong sales.

The Power List is compiled by collecting data from online booksellers, 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.

The Winter 2014 lists may be viewed at the Power List web site: www.powerlist.info. Updates are included on the Power List Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Power List is a joint project of AALBC.com, Cushcity.com and Mosaicbooks.com, three Web sites which have promoted African-American literature for more than a decade.


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