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


  1. STUPID WHITE MENby Michael Moore Regan Books, $24.95

  2. ATONEMENT by Ian McEwanDoubleday, $26

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

  4. COMMUNIONby bell hooksWilliam Morrow, $24.95

  5. WITTGENSTEIN’S POKERby David Edmonds and John EidinowEcco Press, $24

  6. NIGGERby Randall KennedyPantheon, $22

  7. FAST GIRLSby Emily WhiteScribner, $22

  8. THE NANNY DIARIES by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola KrausSt. Martin’s Press, $24.95

  9. FAIR WARNINGby Robert OlenButler Atlantic Monthly Press, $24

  10. THE MINER’S CANARYby Lani Guinier and Gerald TorresHarvard University Press, $27.95


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

  2. FAST FOOD NATIONby Eric SchlosserHarperCollins, $13.95

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

  4. THE TIPPING POINTby Malcolm GladwellBack Bay Books, $14.95

  5. A BEAUTIFUL MIND by Sylvia Nasar Touchstone, $16

  6. UNDERSTANDING POWERby Noam ChomskyThe New Press, $19.95

  7. THE TERRORISM TRAPby Michael ParentiCity Lights Books, $8.95

  8. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUESby Eve EnslerVillard Books, $12.95

  9. FOUNDING BROTHERSby Joseph J. EllisVintage, $14

  10. HATRED OF CAPITALISMedited by Chris Kraus and Sylvere LotringerMIT Press, $16.95

VLS Bestsellers is compiled from these independent bookstores:

Bailey/Coy BooksSeattle, WA; Black Oak BooksBerkeley, CA; Book SoupWest Hollywood, CA; Book WomanAustin, TX; Canterbury BooksellersMadison, WI; City Lights Bookstore San Francisco, CA; Cody's BooksBerkeley, CA; Fact & Fiction Missoula, 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 Bookshop New York, NY; Seminary Co-Operative Bookstore, Inc.Chicago, IL; Shaman Drum BookshopAnn Arbor, MI; That Bookstore in Blytheville Blytheville, AR; Women & Children FirstChicago, IL.

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