Books

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



HARDCOVER

  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



PAPERBACK

  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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