20 Bestselling Nonfiction Books for January/February - 2021

AALBC’s Bestselling Book SealOur bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence. You will learn about books selling well, in the Black community, that may never show up on lists published by corporate entities. Spread the word about our list; don’t let one or two lists, we don’t control, determine which books are important.

Fiction: Limitation of Life by d. E. Rogers the top-selling fiction book does not come out until Mar 23, but sold well due to a $5-off campaign for preorders.

Nonfiction: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson were, by far, the bestselling books across all genres this period.

Children’s Books: The inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, Amanda Gorman, has three bestselling books that have not been published yet! She is the only author to accomplish this feat.

Poetry: African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song Edited by Kevin Young topped our poetry list followed by (Amanda Gorman’s new collection, Call Us What We Carry. Interest in Gorman’s work surged in reaction to the poem she read during the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

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Book cover of Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson

Just As I Am

by Cicely Tyson

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Book cover of Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Four Hundred Souls

by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

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Book cover of No More Lies: The Myth and Reality of American History by Dick Gregory

No More Lies

by Dick Gregory

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Book cover of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson


by Isabel Wilkerson

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Book cover of The ISIS Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing

The ISIS Papers

by Frances Cress Welsing

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Book cover of Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters

Black Fatigue

by Mary-Frances Winters

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Book cover of Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District by Hannibal B. Johnson

Black Wall Street

by Hannibal B. Johnson

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Book cover of The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by Charles M. Blow

The Devil You Know

by Charles M. Blow

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Book cover of Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo


by Ijeoma Oluo

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Book cover of Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (signed) by Michael Eric Dyson

Long Time Coming

by Michael Eric Dyson

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Book cover of Race First: The Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association by Tony Martin

Race First

by Tony Martin

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