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2015African-AmericanBestsellersbookbookspopularPower ListPress Release

40 Best-Selling African-American Books — Summer 2015


In Era of Political and Social Discontent, Titles with Political Slant Gain Traction on
Summer 2015 Edition of the Power List of Best-Selling African-American Books

September 8, 2015
New York, NY

Troy Johnson:
Gwen Richardson:

During a summer where both Black Lives Matter and New York billionaire Donald Trump were trending topics, books with a political slant were among the top sellers on the Summer 2015 edition of the Power List. Political topics were popular among both fiction and nonfiction titles.

Among non-fiction hardcover titles, the new release Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, tops the list and is described by New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani as, “Powerful and passionate…profoundly moving…a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”

blog-9780812994520pIn the number two position is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, a treatise on the inherent bias in America’s criminal justice system.

On the opposite end of the political spectrum is One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. One Nation ranks at number seven and has sold well, particularly among Evangelical Christians and others on the political right who support limited government.

Other politically-oriented titles on the Summer 2015 edition of the Power List include:

Paperback Nonfiction

Hardcover Fiction

  • The Sellout by Paul Beauty (#2) – A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court

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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 list is usually released on the fourth Monday in the month following each calendar quarter, and is a joint project of and

The Summer 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.


Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.