Dai Sijie, author of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, our no. 9 bestseller

(photo by Jacques Saunes)


1. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26

2. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro
Knopf, $24

3. The Universe In A Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
Bantam, $35

4. John Adams by David McCullough
Simon & Schuster, $35

5. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
Random House, $35

6. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Metropolitan, $23

7. The Darwin Awards II by Wendy Northcutt
Dutton, $18.95

8. The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Random House, $24.95

9. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Knopf, $18

10. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Atlantic Monthly Press, $24


1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Picador, $15

2. 9-11 by Noam Chomsky
Seven Stories Press, $8.95

3. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Little, Brown, $14.95

4. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
Little, Brown, $8.95

5. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
HarperPerennial, $14

6. Dispatches From the Tenth Circle Edited by Robert Siegel
Three Rivers Press, $16

7. Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
Random House, $14.95

8. The Best American Short Stories 2001 Edited by Barbara Kingsolver
Houghton Mifflin, $13

9. Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
Harvard University Press, $18.95

10. Brunelleschi’S Dome by Ross King
Penguin, $13

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 Bookstore Santa Monica, CA; Politics & Prose Washington, D.C.; Posman Books New York, NY; Prairie Lights Bookstore Iowa City, IA; The Regulator Bookshop Durham, NC; Ruminator Books St. Paul, MN; St. Mark’s Bookshop New York, NY; Seminary Co-operative 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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