18 Bestselling Fiction Books for November/December - 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 ▶

Fiction:
“Almost since its inception, I saw AALBC as not just a resource for Black writers and readers, but a vessel for me as a creative Black mind to always see I was necessary and not alone, and to navigate harsh waters for me in publishing and the arts. When I discovered I was an AALBC bestselling novelist for my fourth novel, and then again for my fifth novel AALBC published as its first such undertaking, it brought me full circle: from a girl in college with dreams to an influence for other young women with dreams. I admire all AALBC and Troy Johnson provides the publishing industry and American literary landscape. I encourage everyone I know and don’t know to purchase my books and others here.” —Kalisha Buckhanon, #1 AALBC Bestselling Author

Nonfiction:
“I am absolutely thrilled that my latest book, Reparations on Fire, has been listed as an AALBC #1 bestseller this period. Thanks to everyone who values the importance of supporting Black Booksellers! And I so very much appreciate AALBC for providing a professional vehicle for Black book authors in general, and in particular, those who are independently published such as myself, to receive acknowledgment and recognition for sales. In the spirit of all the principles of Kwanzaa. Let us all make 2023 a banner year for Buying Black!” —Nkechi Taifa, #1 AALBC Bestselling Author

Children’s Books:
“I’ve known Troy Johnson since the inception of AALBC.com. He and his team have turned it into the premier online destination for black literature. For so many of us, to be included on the site, to be acknowledged, to be featured is a career goal. To have The Undefeated listed as an AALBC #1 bestseller this period is an honor, and quite frankly a dream come true. It doesn’t just mean that the book is selling and we are both generating revenue for our businesses, but more importantly, more readers are finding the book meaningful and worthy. And that is everything.” —Kwame Alexander, #1 AALBC Bestselling Author

Poetry:
There weren’t enough poetry book sales to generate a list. However, if you are interested in listening to excellent new poetry, check out E. Ethelbert Miller’s poetry album, Black Men Are Precious. Miller exhibits a profound understanding of what it means to be a Black man today, and he relates this knowledge with poignancy and tenderness. E. Ethelbert Miller is a 6-time bestselling author with 3 bestselling books.

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#4

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

Speaking of Summer

by Kalisha Buckhanon

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#5

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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#7

Book cover of When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

When We Were Birds

by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

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#8

Book cover of Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Take My Hand

by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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#9

Book cover of Jackal by Erin E. Adams

Jackal

by Erin E. Adams

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#11

Book cover of 1996 by Gloria Naylor

1996

by Gloria Naylor

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#13

Book cover of Solemn by Kalisha Buckhanon

Solemn

by Kalisha Buckhanon

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#16

Book cover of The Son of Mr. Suleman by Eric Jerome Dickey

The Son of Mr. Suleman

by Eric Jerome Dickey

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#18

Book cover of Captain Blackman by John A. Williams

Captain Blackman

by John A. Williams

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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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