10 Bestselling Fiction Books for November/December - 2023

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:
Parable of the Talents is the #1 book for this period. The alarmingly prescient science fiction novel by Octavia E. Butler was first published in 1998 and is the sequel to Parable of the Sower. Both books are bestsellers for all of 2023, making Butler the only author to hold that distinction this year.

Nonfiction:
The Invisible Ache: Black Men Identifying Their Pain and Reclaiming Their Power by Robin L. Smith and Courtney B. Vance is not only the #1 bestselling nonfiction book for this period it is also the number #1 book for the year—and it wasn’t published until Nov 7, 2023!

Children’s Books:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander describes the #1 Childrens book Jelani’s Key by D. Amari Jackson as “Dramatic, daring, and authentic, Jelani’s Key is a page-turning epic chock full of culture, history, and all the things that will enlighten and inspire young readers.”

Poetry:
1919 by Eve L. Ewing tops all Poetry book sales this period.

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Book cover of Miss Ophelia by Mary Burnett Smith

Miss Ophelia

by Mary Burnett Smith

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Book cover of Homeward by Angela Jackson-Brown

Homeward

by Angela Jackson-Brown

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