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Best-selling print books in the U.S. 2020

The best-selling print book in the United States in 2020 ranked by unit sales was 'The Promised Land' by former U.S. president Barack Obama, with 2.57 million copies sold that year. This is not the first time the Obama family has seen success in the book market. The 2018 bestseller was Michelle Obama's 'Becoming', which retained its popularity throughout 2019 and ranked second that year with almost 1.2 million unit sales, losing out to Delia Owens' 'Where the Crawdads Sing', which topped the ranking in 2019 with 1.84 million copies sold. Owens' book was also popular in 2020, selling 1.13 million units and ranking sixth. Other successful books in 2020 included 'White Fragility' by Robin DiAngelo, and 'Too Much and Never Enough' by American psychologist Mary L. Trump.

Best-selling print books in the United States in 2020, by unit sales

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January 2021


United States

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