St. Louis libraries, bookstores see demand spike for books about race

Libraries and bookstores in St. Louis have seen huge increases in demand for books about race, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

This isn’t an isolated trend. It’s happening across the nation in light of protests over the death of George Floyd.

All five of the New York Times’ adult non-fiction bestsellers are books about race. So are four out the five top-selling books on Amazon.

“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo is the St. Louis Public Library’s most requested book.

In Webster Groves, bookseller The Novel Neighbor has seen a 200% increase in sales of nonfiction books about race. This trend also extends to books for children and young adults, the New York Times reports.


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