Bestselling Books, Book Reviews, & More – May 2019 Newsletter

New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent
by Margaret Busby

New Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby is the magnificent follow-up to the original, celebrated anthology, updated for a new generation- an international collection that brings together the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, celebrating their artistry and showcasing their contributions to modern literature and international culture. Learn More ►

AALBC Bestselling Books March – April 2019

AALBC Bestselling Books March – April 2019
AALBC Bestsellers

Fiction: The Crossroads anthology is the top-selling book across all genres this period and features the writing of 21 bestselling and award-winning authors (only available as a Kindle eBook).

Nonfiction: Nonfiction was the best selling genre this period. Authors like Lerone Bennett, Anthony Browder, and Carter G. Woodson are joined by other writers who uplift and inform readers about our great contributions to civilization.

Children’s Books: I Am Loved, by Nikki Giovanni, which made our “Top 130+ African-American Children’s Books” list, leads all Children’s books sales.

Poetry: Poetry from Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and Nichole L. Shields tops our poetry book sales. More ►

Authors You Should Know

A Young Gayl Jones

Gayl Jones “The Tumultuous Life of a Brilliant Writer”

In 1975 Jones published her first novel Corregidora. After Toni Morrison read the novel, she told The New York Times Magazine in a 2015 interview that, “… no novel about any black woman could ever be the same after this.”

In 1998 Jones was a finalist for a the National Book Award, which was in recognition for her outstanding literary work for her novel The Healing. Jones was influenced by many, but Alice Walker, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce were found to be at the top of her list. Learn More ►

Acclaimed Author Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley One of AALBC’s Most Popular Authors

Mosley’s writing career started at age 34, always remembering his father’s encouraging words to pursue a career in writing. He was also inspired by author Alice Walker and by his tutor Edna O’Brien to pursue a career in literature. He published his first novel Devil in a Blue Dress (1990) which also became a major motion picture, starring Denzel Washington in 1995. Learn More ►

Recently Reviewed Books for Younger Readers

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles

“I found myself fully engrossed with the story and willingly accompanied the Alston boys on a suspenseful journey to uncover hidden truths about the stranger and the people of Fry. There are a few other mini mysteries that are wrapped up in this thrilling adventure. A parallel universe, time travel and futuristic gizmos make this a perfect sci-fi book that centers around two incredibly smart and cool cousin-brothers.” Read the Entire Review ►

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan

“Oh, to go back in time when life was simpler and filled with of fun, friends and family. Reminiscing on all the highs of your first crush and lows of your first heartbreak. Trying to be unique and cool all at the same time while recreating a better version of yourself is no small feat for any teenager. The joy of forming strong bonds with your besties is what keeps you afloat in a sea of unknown possibilities. Recalling the courage you had to stand and fight for great causes made you the change agent this world needs. This coming of age novel, Watch Us Rise, by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, highlights the friendship of remarkable teens who have all these experiences and more. One little spark ignites a passionate fuse of social justice campaigns that rocks a high school community to its core.” Read the Entire Review ►

One Book One Bronx’s Reading List

One Book One Bronx’s Reading List

One Book One Bronx is a new style reading group that inspires, encourages, and delights readers. Every week, they meet to discuss one book that reflects the people of the Bronx. Sessions are free to join. The first 25 attendees receive a free copy of the book.

Check out their complete reading list; you are sure to discover your next great read. Visit to learn more.

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