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5 Most Popular Books of the Month: March, 2017

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Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

We love to geek out with stats, and what could be better than using them to see which books Book Riot readers were most interested in? Below are the five most-purchased titles from the previous month.

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“In Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, Starr is a young black girl who is both witness and subject to instances of police brutality that are completely unjust. As a reader, it is difficult to bear witness, (and yet we must), to moments with her close friend and father that are real enough to make you hold your breath for pages at a time. Thomas does not shy away from the social and psychological implications of these moments on Starr. We, the readers, become involved simultaneously in the development and unraveling of a young black girl in today’s America.” —Black Girl YA Gives Revolutionary Hope, Jamie Moore


2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“Last week, when the full trailer of The Handmaid’s Tale came out, three Book Riot contributors discussed how close the trailer felt to reality. Of course, it’s extremely exciting to see the novel be adapted, but recent political developments have brought overt misogyny and sexism back into fashion. It was noted that we all felt the same, but that we all come from different countries and contexts. Below are our reactions, contextualized within the political moment of three different countries: India, the USA, and Brazil.” —The Handmaid’s Tale: Reactions from Three Corners of the World


3. White Rage by Carol Anderson

“Better understanding the context of social policy in the United States certainly requires a better understanding of the many ways it has been impacted by race. In White Rage, Anderson traces the racism in policy, and in particular the way political leaders have worked to twist policies and legislation to adversely impact African Americans.”  —100 Must-Read Books on U.S. Social Policy, Trisha Brown


The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit4. The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

“I think everyone I know right now is reading or has read Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, so it’s a great time to check out her new book. “In a timely follow-up to her national bestseller …, Rebecca Solnit offers indispensable commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more.” #masculinitysofragile” —7 Small Press Books to Check Out in March, Susie Rodarme


5. Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

“I’ve already raved about how much I loved this one over on our YouTube channel, so I’ll be short here. Two teen girls, one the ne’er do well errand girl for a crooked defense attorney, the other the daughter of the head of southern Virginia’s most powerful biker gang, become ride or die (literally) best friends and come together to defeat some terrible men. Teen girl Thelma and Louise. Go read it.” —Inbox/Outbox, Amanda Nelson