All 95 Bestselling Books for Full Year - 2021

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25 Bestselling Fiction

  1. Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson
  2. Palmares by Gayl Jones
  3. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  4. Awaken by Timothy George
  5. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston and M. Genevieve West (editor)
  6. The Man Across Eight Mile by D’Andre Walker
  7. Blood Grove by Walter Mosley
  8. His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
  9. Zora Neale Hurston Boxed Set by Zora Neale Hurston
  10. Limitation of Life by d. E. Rogers
  11. When No One Is Watching: A Thriller by Alyssa Cole
  12. The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright
  13. While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
  14. Captain Blackman by John A. Williams
  15. Life After Death by Sister Souljah
  16. The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.
  17. A Glimmer of Death by Valerie Wilson Wesley
  18. The Minister Primarily by John O. Killens
  19. Harlem Hit & Run by Angela Dews
  20. Wimbey’s Corner by David Covin
  21. Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  22. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
  23. Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
  24. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  25. Crossing Color Lines by d. E. Rogers

25 Bestselling Nonfiction Books

  1. The Victory of Greenwood by Carlos Moreno
  2. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  3. PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America by Claud Anderson
  4. Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice by Nkechi Taifa
  5. The ISIS Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
  6. No More Lies: The Myth and Reality of American History by Dick Gregory
  7. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
  8. Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
  9. Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters
  10. Bitcoin & Black America by Isaiah Jackson
  11. Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert with Erin I. Kelly
  12. The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by Charles M. Blow
  13. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  14. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  15. A Black History Reader: 101 Questions You Never Thought to Ask by Claud Anderson
  16. The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
  17. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  18. Sacred Nile by Chester Higgins, Jr.
  19. How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
  20. Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson
  21. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
  22. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  23. Social Action, Advocacy and Agents of Change by Ruby M. Gourdine and Annie W. Brown
  24. Nothing Personal by James Baldwin
  25. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

25 Bestselling Children’s Books

  1. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  2. Jump at the Sun by Alicia D. Williams
  3. Bunheads by Misty Copeland
  4. I Promise by Lebron James
  5. What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
  6. Welcome to the Party by Gabrielle Union
  7. Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes
  8. Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons
  9. Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe
  10. Baby Says by John Steptoe
  11. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford
  12. Different and the Same by Adijah & Atiya Brabham
  13. Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris
  14. I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t by Leo & Diane Dillon
  15. Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
  16. I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni
  17. A Story About Afiya by James Berry
  18. A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson
  19. Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim
  20. I Believe I Can by Grace Byers
  21. Born on the Water: The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson
  22. Baby Young, Gifted, and Black: With a Mirror! by Jamia Wilson
  23. All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
  24. Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke
  25. Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

20 Bestselling Poetry Books

  1. Vice: New and Selected Poems by Ai Ogawa
  2. In Shadowed Bliss by Alexander Andrews
  3. Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Bluestreak) by Sonia Sanchez
  4. Karma’s Footsteps by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
  5. I Am New Orleans: 36 Poets Revisit Marcus Christian’s Definitive Poem by Kalamu ya Salaam
  6. The Tradition by Jericho Brown
  7. Honoring the Ancestors by James E. Cherry
  8. Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman
  9. Long Rain by Lenard D. Moore
  10. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) by Ross Gay
  11. African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song by Kevin Young
  12. Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems by Mona Lisa Saloy
  13. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  14. Taught by Women: Poems as Resistance Language: New and Selected by Haki Madhubuti
  15. The Collected Poems Of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics) by Langston Hughes
  16. The Devil’s Garden by Adrian Matejka
  17. They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems by Quraysh Ali Lansana
  18. Cosmic Deputy: Poetry & Context by Kalamu ya Salaam
  19. The Collected Poems Of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 by Lucille Clifton
  20. The Age of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers