6 Bestselling Fiction Books for September/October - 2019

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Children’s books outsold all other categories this period. The #1 bestselling book this period is the awarding winning I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t by Leo & Diane Dillon. Wonderfully illustrated and “Brimming with joy and enthusiasm, Zoe playfully explores all the things she can be. A world of opportunities are within her reach, from becoming an archeologist to becoming U.S. President!’

Fiction sales were led by the final book in the Wolf Queen series, The Promise of Aferi. The author, Cerece Rennie Murphy, brings us another epic fantasy/historical novel.

Nonfiction sales was led by Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy Leary. Originally published in 2005 this book helps us understand the generational, epigenetic and genetic, influences on our psyches after hundreds of years of extreme trauma.

Not enough poetry books were sold to generate a bestsellers list, however A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib and the National Book Award finalist, The Tradition by Jericho Brown, sold this period and are worth checking out.

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Book cover of The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi Book II by Cerece Rennie Murphy

The Wolf Queen

by Cerece Rennie Murphy

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Book cover of Good Man Gone Bad: An Aaron Gunner Mystery by Gar Anthony Haywood

Good Man Gone Bad

by Gar Anthony Haywood

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Book cover of Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta


by Buchi Emecheta

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Book cover of Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Krik? Krak!

by Edwidge Danticat

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