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



  1. WHAT WENT WRONG by Bernard Lewis Oxford University Press, $23Buy this book
  2. STUPID WHITE MEN by Michael Moore Regan Books, $24.95Buy this book
  3. THE CORRECTIONS by Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26Buy this book
  4. THE SUMMONS by John Grisham Doubleday, $27.95Buy this book
  5. A COOK’S TOUR by Anthony Bourdain Bloomsbury, $25.95Buy this book
  6. COMMUNION by bell hooks William Morrow, $24.95Buy this book
  7. NIGGER by Randall Kennedy Pantheon, $22Buy this book
  8. BASKET CASE by Carl Hiaasen Knopf, $25.95Buy this book
  9. WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER by David Edmonds and John Eidinow Ecco Press, $24Buy this book
  10. FINGERSMITH by Sarah Waters Riverhead, $25.95Buy this book


  1. FAST FOOD NATION by Eric Schlosser HarperCollins, $13.95Buy this book
  2. 9-11 by Noam Chomsky Seven Stories Press, $8.95Buy this book
  3. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon Picador, $15Buy this book
  4. A BEAUTIFUL MIND by Sylvia Nasar Touchstone, $16Buy this book
  5. KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdain Ecco Press, $14Buy this book
  6. MY DREAM OF YOU by Nuala O’Faolain Riverhead, $14Buy this book
  7. UNDERSTANDING POWER by Noam Chomsky The New Press, $19.95Buy this book
  8. THE TIPPING POINT by Malcolm Gladwell Back Bay Books, $14.95Buy this book
  9. THE DEATH OF VISHNU by Manil Suri HarperPerennial, $13.95Buy this book
  10. TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG by Peter Carey Vintage, $14Buy this book

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.