20 Bestselling Nonfiction Books for January/February - 2022

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Fiction: The bestselling fiction book this period is a literary Magazine, the Killens Review of Arts & Letters (Fall / Winter 2021). Published by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Ever College and Edited by Clarence V. Reynolds, the Killens Review provides a wonderful collection of essays, poetry, and nonfiction.

Nonfiction: Nonfiction books were by far the bestselling genre this period. During Black History Month we often see a surge in nonfiction book sales. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story created by Nikole Hannah-Jones is the bestselling book, of all, this period.

Children’s Books: Children’s Books sales were led by Born on the Water written by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith. This book is also part of the 1619 Project and was the #1 bestselling book for all of 2021.

Poetry: Poetry sales were led by the 4-time AALBC Bestseller, Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman. We are especially happy to see Cosmic Deputy: Poetry & Context by Kalamu ya Salaam make our list. Kalamu was the coeditor, with Kwame Alexander, of our first bestselling book of poetry, 360° A Revolution of Black Poets, which made the list in 1998.

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Book cover of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones

The 1619 Project

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Book cover of How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged by Kimberly Jones

How We Can Win

by Kimberly Jones

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Book cover of Keep On Moving: My Journey in the Fourth Quarter by Ronald Ancrum

Keep On Moving

by Ronald Ancrum

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Book cover of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs

The Three Mothers

by Anna Malaika Tubbs

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Book cover of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

by Robin DiAngelo

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Book cover of Black Africa: The Economic And Cultural Basis For A Federated State by Cheikh Anta Diop

Black Africa

by Cheikh Anta Diop

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