2 Bestselling Poetry Books for January/February - 2021

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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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