BOOK SENSE Announces the First Specialty Book Best Seller List - First list Features Best Selling African-American Books

Bestseller lists for poetry, young adult reading, mystery, travel and audiobooks are planned.
BOOK SENSE has just released the first of its monthly specialty book bestseller lists featuring the best selling African-American books. The specialty book lists are based on the previous month's sales in this important independent bookstore category.

The number one bestseller in the African-American book category is James McBride's "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother," published by Riverwood. In second place is "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats" by Michael Cunningham and Greg Marberry and published by Doubleday. The entire list of 15 fiction and nonfiction BOOK SENSE African-American bestsellers is posted on-line at

BOOK SENSE is planning specialty bestseller lists for poetry, young adult reading, mystery, travel and audiobooks. The weekly BOOK SENSE Bestseller List, now gaining wide recognition across the country for diversity and timeliness, is based on the reporting from over 350 independent bookstores with BOOK SENSE.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Booksellers Association, BSI administers the BOOK SENSE integrated marketing and branding campaign. BOOK SENSE, comprised of 1200 bookstore locations in 50 states, seeks to build a national identity for independent bookstores while celebrating the unique character of each store; to create awareness of independent booksellers across the country; and to underscore the collective strength of independent booksellers to consumers. Key components of the BOOK SENSE program are the BOOK SENSE Bestseller List, the BOOK SENSE 76 Recommendations List, the BOOK SENSE national gift certificate program, and