La La Anthony recently scored her first New York Times bestseller with her guide to marriage, and all things relationships with The Love Playbook. And though probably not one of the first celebs one would have predicted to release a smash book, Anthony is in good company. These 10 less-than-likely bestselling authors have had successes on hardcover and paperback.
Mike Tyson - Undisputed Truth (2013)
It's not exactly a shocker that a tell-all from one of the most controversial professional athletes of our generation became a best-selling book. People have wanted Mike’s side of the many headline-making stories he’s been a part of for quite some time. What may be more of a surprise is the fact that it became a hit one-man show on Broadway.
50 Cent - From Pieces To Weight: Once Upon A Time In Southside Queens (2005)
While suddenly perched atop the hip-hop world back in 2005, 50 Cent decided to add “bestselling author” to his then exponentially growing resumé. Serving as a sort of prelude to the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ film, the G-Unit boss chronicled his harsh Queens upbringing and its segway into his career.
Miley Cyrus - Miles To Go (2009)
Another unfamiliar face, even today’s Miley Cyrus probably has no idea who the girl on this book cover is. More ironic is that this book sat atop the Children’s Bestseller’s list. Another fun fact: the book includes Bible verses.
Tyrese and Rev Run - Manology: Secrets to Your Man’s Mind Revealed (2013)
Tyrese and Rev Run can do more that drop knowledge via Twitter. The two released a guide to great relationships for women, Manology: Secrets To Your Man’s Mind Revealed, last year. The secret passage to a man’s thinking was a New York Times bestseller from two not-so-unlikely wise men.
Wendy Williams - Wendy’s Got The Heat (2003)
The first of two New York Times bestsellers for the infamous media personality, even before her daytime talk show, Wendy’s Got The Heat is an invitation into the story behind her career, her drug addiction and early life.
Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian - Kardashian Konfidential (2010)
Only the Kardashian sisters could squeeze diary entries, beauty tips, fun facts and photos into a book with the most gimmicky name, and have it climb the 2010 bestseller lists. Whether you understand the obsession or not, it shall remain the ultimate power play.
Justin Bieber - First Step 2 Forever: My Story (2010)
Whether or not you recognize the boy on the cover of this book is another conversation, but that is indeed Mr. Justin Bieber. Before he was the subject of DUIs and other questionable behavior, Biebs was on the national bestsellers list for First Step 2 Forever: My Story. Time flies, but we’re sure he could pull this off again with another (perhaps more interesting, considering…) page-turner.
Bun B - Rap Coloring and Activity Book (2013)
Though a children’s book, hip-hop heads of all ages would be stuck face-first in Bun B’s Rap Coloring And Activity Book. Filled with a glossary, word finds and coloring activities featuring Drake, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West and more, the bestseller is the activity book of our wildest rap dreams.
Common - One Day It’ll All Make Sense (2011)
Employing the title of his 1997 album, Common released this memoir documenting his humble beginnings on Chicago’s South Side and his rise to rap prominence. Even if it weren’t a bestselling book (which it is), it still received praise from the likes of Maya Angelou.
Eminem - The Way I Am (2008)
It's common knowledge that anything Eminem touches turns to gold, and that includes a book. Filled with rare, self-actualizing anecdotes, personal photos and Rorschach-esque sheets of written lyrics, The Way I Am is a look inside the rapper’s genius mind. Kind of a no-brainer that this is a bestseller.