Amanda Gorman stunned the nation with her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” on Wednesday. And now she’s officially a bestselling author.
“I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!” Gorman tweeted hours after her performance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. “Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: ‘For words alone are certain good: Sing, then.’”
I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: "For words alone are certain good: Sing, then"— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) January 20, 2021
As of Thursday morning, that was still the case. Gorman’s poetry collection, The Hill We Climb, was No. 1 on Amazon’s bestseller list, with her children’s book, Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, at No. 2. The books are scheduled for publication this summer.
Gorman’s books also occupied the top two slots on Barnes and Noble’s bestseller list, with Change Sings at No. 1 and The Hill We Climb right behind it.
The inauguration clearly influenced Amazon customers’ recent purchases. The No. 3 bestseller at the retailer was Ambitious Girl, a children’s book by Meena Harris, the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris. Meena Harris’ Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea—based on her mother and her aunt—took the No. 20 spot.
And then, of course, there’s the Biden clan. First lady Jill Biden’s children’s book Joey: The Story of Joe Biden was the No. 37 bestseller on Amazon, with Joy McCullough’s Champ and Major: First Dogs—a children’s book about the two furriest Bidens—at No. 41.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.