20 Bestselling Nonfiction Books for May/June - 2022

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 ▶

Sales were led by preorders for Running to Fall: A Novel written by Kalisha Buckhanon and published by AALBC Publishing. (Sept 6, 2022) Essence magazine selected Running to Fall for their “18 New Books We Can’t Wait To Read This Summer” list.

The Enneagram for Black Liberation: Return to Who You Are Beneath the Armor You Carry by Chichi Agorom was the #1 Bestselling fiction book. It was followed by the 2022 Pulitzer Prize winning memoir, Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert.

Children’s Books:
Sailing Commitment Around the World with Captain Bill Pinkney is the top book in the children’s category. Written by Captain Bill Pinkney with illustrations by Pamela C. Rice, the picture book for early readers tells the story of Captain Pinkney’s historic solo sail around the world in 1990.

Collections by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Ai Ogawa, Langston Hughes, and Nikki Giovanni make our list this period and ensure there is poetry everyone can enjoy.

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Book cover of Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert with Erin I. Kelly

Chasing Me to My Grave

by Winfred Rembert with Erin I. Kelly

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Book cover of The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America by Shawn D. Rochester

The Black Tax

by Shawn D. Rochester

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Book cover of His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

His Name Is George Floyd

by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

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Book cover of Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis

Finding Me

by Viola Davis

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Book cover of PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America by Claud Anderson


by Claud Anderson

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Book cover of The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson

The Second

by Carol Anderson

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Book cover of Miss Chloe: A Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison by A.J. Verdelle

Miss Chloe

by A.J. Verdelle

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