20 Bestselling Nonfiction Books for March/April - 2021

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Fiction: Richard Wright’s previously unpublished novel, The Man Who Lived Underground, is our bestselling fiction title. The Man Who Lived Underground was written between his landmark books Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945), at the height of Wright’s creative powers.

Nonfiction: Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice, Nkechi Taifa’s powerful memoir, outsold all other books this period and was given a rave review by AALBC.

Children’s Books: The 11-time AALBC bestseller, Whose Knees Are These?, by Jabari Asim led a very crowded field of popular children’s books. We cap our bestsellers list at 20 books, and our children’s list could have easily included 40 titles.

Poetry: The Tradition by Jericho Brown debuts on our bestsellers list at #1. The critically acclaimed work received many honors including winning a Pulitzer Prize.

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Book cover of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

The Sum of Us

by Heather McGhee

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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 The ISIS Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing

The ISIS Papers

by Frances Cress Welsing

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Book cover of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood by Tommy J. Curry

The Man-Not

by Tommy J. Curry

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Book cover of Pillars in Ethiopian History: African History Notebook Vol I by William Leo Hansberry and Joseph E. Harris (editor)

Pillars in Ethiopian History

by William Leo Hansberry and Joseph E. Harris (editor)

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Book cover of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

When They Call You a Terrorist

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

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Book cover of The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris

The Sisters Are Alright

by Tamara Winfrey Harris

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Book cover of Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Four Hundred Souls

by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

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Book cover of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Begin Again

by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

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Book cover of Pimp: The Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim


by Iceberg Slim

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Book cover of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

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