10 Bestselling Fiction Books for July/August - 2019

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Fiction: Bestselling fiction is led by the short story collection Evil Never Sleeps: Tales of Light and Darkness by Robert Fleming an accomplished yet under recognized talent and the new novel from Kalisha Buckhanon, Speaking of Summer.

Nonfiction: Always a good mix of interesting titles this period’s list reveals a theme of overcoming struggle with grace and dignity as illustrated by Fifty-Five Unemployed and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Retirement Life and After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom.

Children’s Books: Children’s books outsold all other genres this period. Sales were led by books on our “Top 150 Recommended African-American Children’s Books” list.

Poetry: One book made our list this period, Rock And Fire - Love Poetry From The Core by Marc Lacy.

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Book cover of Speaking of Summer: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon

Speaking of Summer

by Kalisha Buckhanon

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Book cover of The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

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Book cover of Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray


by Victoria Christopher Murray

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Book cover of One Night in Georgia by Celeste O. Norfleet

One Night in Georgia

by Celeste O. Norfleet

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