Top 10 Best-Selling Non-Fiction African American Books of 2015 February 29 2016
Thousands of African American authors released non-fiction books last year, but only a few made the top 10 list when it came to sales. Some of these best-selling books of 2015 were actually released in 2014, but the momentum continued right on into the new year.
Here are the top 10:
#1 - "10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse": Written by certified weight loss expert J.J. Smith, this book offers valuable advice on how to continue to lose weight and maintain good health by drinking green smoothies made with green leafy vegetables and fruits.
#2 - "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness": Written by Michelle Alexander, this book changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement.
#3 - "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks": Written by Rebecca Skloot, this book is about a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.
#4 - "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates": Written by Wes Moore, this story is about two kids who grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods, but both end up with two different futures - one a scholarly student in college, and the other, a convicted murderer.
#5 - "Bad Feminist: Essays": Written by Roxanne Gay, this book is a beautiful collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation.
#6 - "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration": Written by Isabel Wilkerson, this book compares the epic migration of more than 6 million people to the US to the migrations of other peoples in history. It's a definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
#7 - "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Expanded Edition: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment": Written by America's favorite actor, comedian, and TV personality, Steve Harvey shares advice with tips on dealing with your partner's exes, spicing up your relationship, ensuring you're ready for that walk down the aisle, and much more.
#8 - "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina": Author Misty Copeland's story on how she made history as the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. The book offers an insider’s look at the cutthroat world of professional ballet, as well as a moving story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
#9 - "America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great": Author Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. He shares his personal story from his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim.
#10 - "Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive": This smash hit by T.D. Jakes shows readers how to tap into their God-given intuition to achieve ultimate success. He teaches readers how to rediscover their natural aptitudes and reclaim the wisdom of their past experiences.