25 Bestselling Fiction Books for Full Year - 2023

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These books are the bestsellers of all our bestselling books for entire year! The newest book considered was Only for the Brave at Heart: Essays Rethinking Race, Crime, and Justice by Leon E. Pettiway (Dec 14, 2023). The oldest was No Place to be Somebody: A Black-black Comedy (1969) by Charles Gordone.

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#1

Book cover of Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson

Voices of the Harlem Renaissance

by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson

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#3

Book cover of 
Coleman Hill: A Biomythography by Kim Coleman Foote

Coleman Hill

by Kim Coleman Foote

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#4

Book cover of Intermission by Phyllis R. Dixon

Intermission

by Phyllis R. Dixon

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#8

Book cover of Jackal by Erin E. Adams

Jackal

by Erin E. Adams

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#9

Book cover of Alice in Dreamland by Roland S. Jefferson

Alice in Dreamland

by Roland S. Jefferson

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#12

Book cover of Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing

by Yaa Gyasi

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#15

Book cover of Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Take My Hand

by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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#16

Book cover of Sex Therapy by Shaun Sinclair

Sex Therapy

by Shaun Sinclair

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#17

Book cover of Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown

Black Candle Women

by Diane Marie Brown

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#19

Book cover of Dr. No by Percival Everett

Dr. No

by Percival Everett

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#20

Book cover of Lone Women by Victor Lavalle

Lone Women

by Victor Lavalle

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#23

Book cover of The Talk by Darrin Bell

The Talk

by Darrin Bell

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#25

Book cover of Black Girl Lost by Donald Goines

Black Girl Lost

by Donald Goines

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More About our Bestsellers List


You will learn about books selling well, in the Black community, that may never show up on lists published by corporate entities. Spread the word about our list; don’t let one or two lists, which we don’t control, determine which books are important.

We collect our bestselling titles from all our sales channels. The majority of our sales come from this website and our in-person events. We also include sales generated through our affiliate relationships, including Bookshop.org, Libro.fm (audiobooks), Black History 365 Education, and Amazon.com*.

We aggregate all formats of a book sold (print, ebook, and audio) into one format, usually the most popular print format

*For a few years, we actively boycotted Amazon but have discontinued this practice, as many of our authors have made their books exclusively available from Amazon. While we discourage giving Amazon the exclusive right to sell a book, we do not want this to be a reason to exclude an author from our site. Amazon also has an effective monopoly on eBooks and out-of-print books, which we highlight on this site.


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