Given the circumstances, American readers are more interested in combatting racism than in literary escapism. After dominating books sales at the No. 1 spot on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books List, the new “Hunger Games” prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” has been dethroned. The crown was claimed not by a hot new thriller or dishy celebrity memoir, but by a nearly two-year-old book.
The book that has managed to do this is titled “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” by Robin DiAngelo. Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, sales of books on race and racism have skyrocketed.
This week, after over two weeks of mass protests prompted by Floyd’s death around the country, anti-racist literature and books about race make up half of the Top 10 of USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books List. Those titles include:
- “White Fragility,” by Robin DiAngelo at No. 1
- “How to Be an Antiracist,” by Ibram X. Kendi at No. 3
- “So You Want to Talk About Race,” by Ijeoma Oluo at No. 4
- “Me and White Supremacy,” by Layla F. Saad at No. 5
- “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at No. 8
This is a major change and proves that people are become more aware and will not stop anytime soon.
You can check out a list of Anti Racist books prepared by us by clicking here.