All 98 Bestselling Books for Full Year - 2023

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25 Bestselling Fiction

  1. Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue
  2. Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson
  3. Intermission by Phyllis R. Dixon
  4. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  5. Running to Fall: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon
  6. Killens Review of Arts & Letters (Fall / Winter 2021) by Clarence V. Reynolds
  7. Sex Therapy by Shaun Sinclair
  8. Dr. No by Percival Everett
  9. The Coming by Daniel Black
  10. Black Girl Lost by Donald Goines
  11. Killens Review of Arts & Letters (Fall / Winter 2022-2023) by Clarence V. Reynolds
  12. midnight & indigo Issue 7: celebrating black women writers by Ianna A. Small
  13. Jackal by Erin E. Adams
  14. Fool Me Thrice: Money Changes Everything by Dean Conan
  15. Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
  16. Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown
  17. Lone Women by Victor Lavalle
  18. The Talk by Darrin Bell
  19. Coleman Hill: A Biomythography by Kim Coleman Foote
  20. The Thing about Home by Rhonda McKnight
  21. Alice in Dreamland by Roland S. Jefferson
  22. Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi
  23. Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  24. Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham
  25. Swimming in Cotton by Lawrence Deron Thomas

27 Bestselling Nonfiction Books

  1. The ISIS Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
  2. Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote-A History, a Crisis, a Plan by Eric Holder
  3. A Black History Reader: 101 Questions You Never Thought to Ask by Claud Anderson
  4. How We Do It: Black Writers on Craft, Practice, and Skill by Jericho Brown
  5. Don’t Let Them Bury My Story: The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre in Her Own Words by Viola Ford Fletcher
  6. Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey
  7. Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America! by Ronald Dalton Jr.
  8. Only for the Brave at Heart: Essays Rethinking Race, Crime, and Justice by Leon E. Pettiway
  9. Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America by Michael Harriot
  10. CROWNED: Magical Folk and Fairy Tales from the Diaspora by Kahran and Regis Bethencourt
  11. How White Folks Got So Rich: The Untold Story of American White Supremacy by Reclamation Project
  12. The Invisible Ache: Black Men Identifying Their Pain and Reclaiming Their Power by Robin L. Smith and Courtney B. Vance
  13. Black on Black: On Our Resilience and Brilliance in America by Daniel Black
  14. In Spite of the Consequences: Prison Letters on Exoneration, Abolition, and Freedom by Lacino Hamilton
  15. The Jewish Onslaught: Despatches from the Wellesley Battlefront by Tony Martin
  16. I Love My People by Kim Singleton
  17. Searching for Agabus: Embracing Authenticity and Finding Your Way to You by Michael Walrond
  18. Black Labor, White Wealth : The Search for Power and Economic Justice by Claud Anderson
  19. The Gospel according to James Baldwin: What America’s Great Prophet Can Teach Us about Life, Love, and Identity by Greg Garrett
  20. The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin
  21. Reparations on Fire: How and Why it’s Spreading Across America by Nkechi Taifa
  22. White Fear: How the Browning of America Is Making White Folks Lose Their Minds by Roland S. Martin
  23. It Hurts to Lose a Special Person: Grieving the Death of One You Love by Amy Ross Mumford
  24. Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Recipes, Letters, and Remembrances by Kwame Alexander
  25. New Dimensions in African History by John Henrik Clarke
  26. Black History: An Inclusive Account of American History by Walter Milton, Jr. and Joel A. Freeman
  27. Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice by Denisha Jones and Jesse Hagopian

25 Bestselling Children’s Books

  1. Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
  2. Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi
  3. Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar: The Musical Story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Woman Who Invented Rock and Roll by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
  5. Jelani’s Key by D. Amari Jackson
  6. Sailing Commitment Around the World with Captain Bill Pinkney by Bill Pinkney
  7. Black Girls by Dominique Furukawa
  8. Dream Big, Little Leader by Vashti Harrison
  9. I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes
  10. Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette Ford
  11. The Making of Butterflies by Zora Neale Hurston and Adapted by Ibram X. Kendi
  12. Repeat After Me: Big Things to Say Every Day by Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill
  13. Cornrows (2023) by Camille Yarbrough
  14. I Want to Be Big! by Tiffany Golden
  15. Treasure Island: Runaway Gold by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  16. Something, Someday by Amanda Gorman
  17. Shining Legacy: Storypoems for the Young, So Black Heroes and Heroines Forever Will Be Sung by Nkechi Taifa
  18. I Am Rosa Parks (Penguin Young Readers, Level 4) by Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins
  19. An American Story by Kwame Alexander
  20. My Red, White, and Blue by Alana Tyson
  21. A Flag for Juneteenth by Kim Taylor
  22. Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver
  23. The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman
  24. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  25. C is for Curly by Markita Staples-Green

21 Bestselling Poetry Books

  1. Collected Poems: 1974–2004 by Rita Dove
  2. 1919 by Eve L. Ewing
  3. Above Ground by Clint Smith
  4. On The Imperial Highway: New And Selected Poems by Jayne Cortez
  5. Side Notes from the Archivist: Poems by Anastacia-Reneé
  6. Magic City by Yusef Komunyakaa
  7. S O S: Poems 1961-2013 by Amiri Baraka
  8. Life On Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
  9. Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans
  10. Leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess
  11. Dream of a Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Toni Asante Lightfoot
  12. Mother Love: Poems by Rita Dove
  13. Afrodisia;: New poems by Ted Joans
  14. Heroism in the New Black Poetry: Introductions and Interviews by D. H. Melhem
  15. Three Pieces by Ntozake Shange
  16. Never As Strangers by Laini Mataka
  17. The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry by Arnold Rampersad and Hilary Herbold
  18. Blessing The Boats: New And Selected Poems 1988-2000 (American Poets Continuum) by Lucille Clifton
  19. Hipology: Horizons in Poetry by Ron Alle and Stella Crews
  20. Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman
  21. Black Poetry by Dudley Randall