The Raven Book Store’s bestsellers for the week of June 1, 2021 (Sponsored post)

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Note from the Times: This bestseller list comes to us straight from The Raven Book Store in Lawrence. See other editions of the list here.

This week, Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Braiding Sweetgrass” continues its impressive run by climbing to the No. 1 spot. Not only is this a gorgeous book, but it’s an older title (in the book industry we call this “backlist”) by an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, published by a small midwestern press. We’re so thrilled to see its success at the Raven and everywhere else. We hear Kimmerer will be visiting Lawrence later in 2021, and we can’t wait.

Elsewhere on the list, we’re happy to see strong debuts from Raven favorites Mieko Kawakami, Julie Murphy, and Adrienne Maree Brown.


1.       Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

2.       Amy Solomon: Notes from the Bathroom Line: Humor, Art, and Low-Grade Panic from 150 of the Funniest Women in Comedy

3.       John Green: The Anthropocene Reviewed

4.       John McWhorter: Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever

5.       Mieko Kawakami: Heaven

6.       Danny Caine: How to Resist Amazon and Why: The Fight for Local Economics, Data Privacy, Fair Labor, Independent Bookstores, and a People-Powered Future

7.       Dennis “Boog” Highberger: Boogorama

8.       Adrienne Maree Brown: Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation

9.       Julie Murphy: Pumpkin

10.    Heather McGhee: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

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