12 Bestselling Nonfiction Books for January/February - 2020

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Fiction: Fiction sales were led by the two-time AALBC bestseller The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins, which was also a Go On Girl! Book Club selection for January 2020. Read what the ladies had to say about this book.

Nonfiction: The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison topped all sales in the Nonfiction category. In addition to being a two-time AALBC Bestseller, Morrison’s book is the winner of a 2020 NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction.

Children’s Books: Children’s Books dominated sales of all genres this period. Sales were led by Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof by Ivy Claire, which was created by Kobe Bryant and his publishing company Granity Studios.

Poetry: We did not sell enough poetry books to compile a list this period. However editor choices include, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by Damaris B. Hill and Mistress by Chet’la Sebree

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Book cover of A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Testament of Hope

by Martin Luther King, et al.

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Book cover of I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream

by Martin Luther King, et al.

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Book cover of Righteous Riches: The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion by Milmon F. Harrison

Righteous Riches

by Milmon F. Harrison

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Book cover of Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston and Deborah G. Plant

Barracoon

by Zora Neale Hurston and Deborah G. Plant

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Book cover of Ki-Asana Zen: Bridging the Gap Between East and West by Vernon Kitabu Turner

Ki-Asana Zen

by Vernon Kitabu Turner

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