A 2018 antiracist book has knocked Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games prequel from the top spot on USA Today’s bestseller chart.
Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism is the new No. 1 bestseller on the newspaper’s list, the newspaper announced, replacing Collins’ much-hyped The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Antiracist books have proved to be extremely popular the past few weeks as the country has tried to come to grips with the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer last month. Copies of the books have been selling out at Amazon and Barnes Noble, as well as at independent bookstores.
As of Friday afternoon, White Fragility was the No. 1 bestselling book at both Amazon and Barnes Noble, and on backorder at both retailers. Kendi’s book was No. 2 at both of the stores, while Oluo’s book was No. 3 at Amazon and No. 5 at Barnes Noble.
The New York Times’ bestseller list also reflected the books’ popularity. The most recent edition of the list had White Fragility as the No. 1 combined print and e-book bestseller, with Oluo’s book at No. 2 and Kendi’s at No. 3.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.