Bestseller Stat Shot

The world said goodbye to Maya Angelou this past weekend as the life of the acclaimed poet, memoirist, and civil rights champion was honored at a memorial service at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Angelou rose to national prominence with the 1969 publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and went on to write six more autobiographies, culminating with 2013’s Mom & Me & Mom; along the way, she also wrote cookbooks, poetry, and essays. In the days after her death, sales of her books (Caged Bird, in particular) shot up. Here’s a look.

Title Unit Sales, Week Ended 6/1 Unit Sales, Week Ended 5/25
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (mass market) 8,610 922
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (trade) 1,564 70
Mom & Me & Mom 1,273 85
Maya Angelou: Poems 1,154 39
Letter to My Daughter 999 52

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