Major retailers and local bookstores alike have seen a surging demand for books about racial justice as protests and demonstrations against police brutality have been held around the world.
Of the top 20 best-selling books on Amazon the morning of June 5, 14 of those books were about racial equality.
Here’s the Amazon bestseller list as of 8 a.m. June 5. (The list is updated every hour).
1. “White Fragility: Why It’s so hard for white people to talk about racism” by Robin DiAngelo
2. So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
3. “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
4. “We’re different. We’re the Same.” (Sesame Street) by Bobbi Kates
5. “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi
7. “The Color of the Law” by Richard Rothstein
8. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
10. “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
11. “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” by Beverly Daniel Tatum Ph.D
12. “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, an Alabama attorney and leader. The movie based on this book is free to watch through the month of June.
13. “Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi
15. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
16. “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
17. “Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation” by Candace Owens
Two of the other five books were “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens and “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins. Crawdads has dominated charts for more than a year while Collins’ long-awaited prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy was released May 19.
The other three are “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle, “My First Learn to Write Workbook” by Crystal Radke, “Lose Weight Like Crazy Even if You Have a Crazy Life” by Autumn Calabrese and “When God Made You” by Matthew Paul Turner.
“Reading is one really good way to not only learn but put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It’s heartening to see so many people seeking to understand the world around them through books,” said Amanda Borden, director of the Hoover Public Library.
Borden said there are is currently a six month wait to check out a e-book copy of both “White Fragility” and “How to be an Antiracist.”
The Hoover library just opened for curbside pickup three days ago after being closed for weeks due to COVID-19, so Borden said library business is far from usual, but she said trends seen at major booksellers are generally reflected in the library.
“If it’s selling out at Barnes and Noble, it will be on a waiting list at the library. Any trends out there, will see the same trends at the library,” she said.
Over the last few days, libraries, bookstores and activists have curated lists of recommended books for people interested in learning about white privilege, racism and equality.
One such list, shared on Twitter by Victoria Alexander, has been retweeted more than 57,000 times.