20 Bestselling Nonfiction Books for May/June - 2021

AALBC’s Bestselling Book SealOur bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence. More ▶

Fiction: The #1 Fiction title for this period was, Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation Edited by Alain Locke and Introduction by AALBC.com’s Founder, Troy Johnson. Sales were bolstered by a 50% off “Flash Sale” offered exclusively to AALBC text message subscribers.

Nonfiction: Books dealing with racism continue to sell strong. The new book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith led all nonfiction titles.

Children’s Books: Cool Cuts written and illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe makes our list for the 2nd time and takes the top position for the first time.

Poetry: We did not sell enough poetry books to compile a list this period. However editor choices include, The Collection Plate: Poems by Kendra Allen

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Book cover of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law

by Richard Rothstein

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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 Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson

Just As I Am

by Cicely Tyson

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Book cover of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson


by Isabel Wilkerson

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Book cover of Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy by George G. M. James

Stolen Legacy

by George G. M. James

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Book cover of Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters

Black Fatigue

by Mary-Frances Winters

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