5 Bestselling Poetry Books for July/August - 2022

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Beloved AALBC best-selling author, Diane McKinney-Whetstone takes a departure from historical fiction to create Our Gen, a dazzling, provocative, and funny contemporary novel anchored in a retirement community brimming with secrets.

Elie Mystal explains why Republicans are wrong about the law almost all of the time. Allow Me to Retort, Mystal’s first book, is now a 2-time AALBC bestseller.

Children’s Books:
Kwame Alexander’s award-winning The Crossover is vividly brought to life as a graphic novel with stunning illustrations by star talent Dawud Anyabwile. Alexander also has three other bestselling children’s (middle grade) books on our list this period!

Smith’s book of poems is our #1 bestselling book, However, the real story is E. Ethelbert Miller having three books of poetry on our list at the same time!

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