Bestsellers compiled from our survey of the nation's top independent bookstores listed below


  1. THE CORRECTIONSby Jonathan FranzenFarrar, Straus & Giroux, $26

  2. WHAT WENT WRONGby Bernard LewisOxford University Press, $23

  3. WITTGENSTEIN'S POKERby David Edmonds and John EidinowEcco Press, $24

  4. BASKET CASEby Carl HiaasenKnopf, $25.95

  5. NIGGERby Randall KennedyPantheon, $22

  6. PEACE LIKE A RIVERby Leif EngerAtlantic Monthly Press, $24

  7. ISLAM: A SHORT HISTORYby Karen ArmstrongModern Library, $19.95

  8. CRASHING THE PARTYby Ralph NaderSt. Martin's, $24.95

  9. AUSTERLITZby W.G. SebaldRandom House, $25.95

  10. THE SECRET LIFE OF PUPPETSby Victoria NelsonHarvard University Press, $29.95


  1. 9-11 by Noam ChomskySeven Stories Press, $8.95

  2. A BEAUTIFUL MINDby Sylvia NasarTouchstone, $16

  3. FAST FOOD NATIONby Eric SchlosserHarperCollins, $13.95

  4. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAYby Michael ChabonPicador, $15

  5. UNDERSTANDING POWERedited by R. Mitchell and John SchoeffelNew Press, $19.95

  6. THE BODY ARTISTby Don DeLilloScribner, $12

  7. ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAYby David SedarisLittle, Brown, $14.95

  8. WHITE TEETHby Zadie SmithKnopf, $14

  9. PRODIGAL SUMMERby Barbara KingsolverHarperPerennial, $14

  10. BRUNELLESCHI'S DOMEby Ross KingPenguin, $13

VLS Bestsellers is compiled from these independent bookstores:

Bailey/Coy BooksSeattle, WA; Black Oak BooksBerkeley, CA; Book SoupWest Hollywood, CA; Book WomanAustin, TX; Canterbury BooksMadison, WI; City Lights BookstoreSan Francisco, CA; Cody's BooksBerkeley, CA; Fact & FictionMissoula, MT; Farley's BookshopNew Hope, PA; Harvard Book StoreCambridge, MA; Labyrinth BooksNew York, NY; Left Bank BooksSt. Louis, MO; Midnight Special BookstoreSanta Monica, CA; Politics & ProseWashington, D.C.; Posman BooksNew York, NY; Prairie Lights BookstoreIowa City, IA; The Regulator BookshopDurham, NC; Ruminator BooksSt. Paul, MN; St. Mark's BookshopNew York, NY; Seminary Co-operative Bookstore, Inc.Chicago, IL; Shaman Drum BookshopAnn Arbor, MI; That Bookstore in BlythevilleBlytheville, AR; Women & Children FirstChicago, IL.

Also in This Week’s Books Section:

Joy Press on The Sweetest Dream by Doris Lessing

Alisa Solomon on Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine by Raja Shehadeh

J. Hoberman on Reading The Funnies: Essays On Comic Strips by Donald Phelps

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