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

Tahar Djaout, author of The Last Summer of Reason, our No. 7 bestseller  (photo: Djamel Fares)


  1. THE CORRECTIONS by Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26
  2. ISLAM by Karen Armstrong Modern Library, $19.95
  3. GERMS by Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, William J. Broad Simon & Schuster, $27
  4. AUSTERLITZ by W.G. Sebald Random House, $25.95
  5. HALF A LIFE by V.S. Naipaul Knopf, $24
  6. WAR IN A TIME OF PEACE by David Halberstam Scribner, $28
  7. THE LAST SUMMER OF REASON by Tahar Djaout Ruminator Books, $19
  8. POLITICAL FICTIONS by Joan Didion Knopf, $25
  9. SAVAGE BEAUTY by Nancy Milford Random House, $29.95
  10. MY NAME IS RED by Orhan Pamuk Knopf, $25.95


  1. TALIBAN by Ahmed Rashid Yale University Press, $14.95
  2. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon Picador, $15
  3. THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood Anchor, $14
  4. PARIS TO THE MOON by Adam Gopnik Random House, $14.95
  5. EMPIRE by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri Harvard University Press, $18.95
  6. BIN LADEN by Yossef Bodansky Prima Publishing, $17.95
  7. PERSONAL HISTORY by Katharine Graham Vintage, $15
  8. JIHAD VS. MCWORLD by Benjamin R. Barber Ballantine, $15
  9. BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2001 Edited by Katrina Kenison and Barbara Kingsolver Houghton Mifflin, $13
  10. BLOWBACK by Chalmers Johnson Owl Books, $15

VLS Bestsellers is compiled from these independent bookstores:

Bailey/Coy Books Seattle, WA; Black Oak Books Berkeley, CA; Book Soup West Hollywood, CA; Book Woman Austin, TX; Canterbury Books Madison, WI; City Lights Bookstore San Francisco, CA; Cody’s Books Berkeley, CA; Fact & Fiction Missoula, MT; Farley’s Bookshop New Hope, PA; Harvard Book Store Cambridge, MA; Labyrinth Books New York, NY; Left Bank Books St. Louis, MO; Midnight Special Santa Monica, CA; Page One, Inc. Albuquerque, NM; Politics & Prose Washington, DC; Posman Books New York, NY; Powell’s Books Portland, OR; Prairie Lights Iowa City, IA; The Regulator Bookshop Durham, NC; Ruminator Books St. Paul, MN; Saint Mark’s Bookshop New York, NY; Seminary Cooperative Bookstore, Inc. Chicago, IL; Shaman Drum Bookshop Ann Arbor, MI; That Bookstore in Blytheville Blytheville, AR; Women & Children First Chicago, IL

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