20 Bestselling Fiction Books for July/August - 2020

AALBC’s Bestselling Book SealOur bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence. More ▶

Fiction: Novelist d. E. Rogers earned the #1 spot on our fiction bestsellers with with his debut novel, Black States of America: Real Black Power. Perennial AALBC favorite author Octavia Butler, makes our bestsellers list for the 3rd time with Parable of the Sower.

Nonfiction: Nonfiction sales have been strong all summer, outselling all other bestseller categories combined. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo was the overall bestselling book. First-time nonfiction bestsellers include, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson and Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad.

Children’s Books: A Black Woman Did That by Malaika Adero leads in the sales of all children’s books, while Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim continues to be the bestselling board book on AALBC.

Poetry: The Collected Poems Of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010, the 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Winning Book for Poetry, is the only bestselling book of poetry this period.

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Book cover of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Book cover of The Stolen Daughter by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

The Stolen Daughter

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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Book cover of Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi


by Yaa Gyasi

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Book cover of Blessings: A Novel by Sheneska Jackson


by Sheneska Jackson

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Book cover of Beloved by Toni Morrison


by Toni Morrison

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Book cover of Binti (#1) by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti (#1)

by Nnedi Okorafor

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