Top 40 Books Read by African Americans


Top 40 Books Read by African Americans


Nine of the books nominated for 2015 NAACP Image Awards, for outstanding literary work, were represented among the best-sellers on the Winter 2015 edition of the Power List of best-selling books written or read by African Americans. These titles, all of which were released in 2014, experienced strong sales both prior to and after their nominations were announced in December.


Image Award-nominated books and their respective rankings on the Winter 2015 Power List are as follows:


Book Title and Author                                             Power List Ranking

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay                                    #2 in paperback non-fiction

10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J. J. Smith       #3 in paperback non-fiction

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay                            #4 in paperback fiction

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson                                #3 in hardcover non-fiction

Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry                                       #9 in hardcover non-fiction

A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey                #5 in hardcover fiction

The Prodigal Son by Kimberla Lawson Roby            #6 in hardcover fiction

Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith                 #7 in hardcover fiction

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile                                 #10 in hardcover fiction


The NAACP Image Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. It will be broadcast live on TV One at 8 p.m. EST.


The Power List is compiled by collecting data from online book sellers, random samples on relevant Facebook pages, and a quarterly survey of 1,200 African-American book clubs. The lists (Paperback Fiction, Hardcover Fiction, Paperback Non-Fiction, and Hardcover Non-Fiction) are released on the fourth Monday of the month following each calendar quarter, and is a joint project of and


The Winter 2015 lists may be viewed at the Power List web site:  Updates are included on the Power List Facebook and Twitter pages.  For more information, contact either of the individuals listed above.



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