5 Bestselling Poetry Books for March/April - 2020

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Fiction: Both Evil Never Sleeps and The Nickel Boys made our list for the 4th time. Most of the other fiction titles are first-time bestsellers.

Nonfiction: Wealth Happens One Day at a Time: 365 Days to a Brighter Financial Future was originally published over 20 years ago and has never been out of print. It makes its first appearance on our list this period.

Children’s Books: Children’s Books continue to dominate sales of all genres this year. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs and Illustrated by Shane W. Evans has has been a #1 AALBC Bestseller 5 times!

Poetry: The 100 Best African American Poems edited by Nikki Giovanni leads poetry sales and is an excellent sampling of the best work from classic and contemporary Black poets.

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Book cover of The Maverick Room: Poems by Thomas Sayers Ellis

The Maverick Room

by Thomas Sayers Ellis

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Book cover of Refuse: Poems by Julian Randall


by Julian Randall

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