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


  1. STUPID WHITE MEN by Michael Moore Regan Books, $24.95
  2. ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan Doubleday, $26
  3. WHAT WENT WRONG by Bernard Lewis Oxford University Press, $23
  4. COMMUNION by bell hooks William Morrow, $24.95
  5. WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER by David Edmonds and John Eidinow Ecco Press, $24
  6. NIGGER by Randall Kennedy Pantheon, $22
  7. FAST GIRLS by Emily White Scribner, $22
  8. THE NANNY DIARIES by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus St. Martin’s Press, $24.95
  9. FAIR WARNING by Robert Olen Butler Atlantic Monthly Press, $24
  10. THE MINER’S CANARY by Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres Harvard University Press, $27.95


  1. 9-11 by Noam Chomsky Seven Stories Press, $8.95
  2. FAST FOOD NATION by Eric Schlosser HarperCollins, $13.95
  3. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon Picador, $15
  4. THE TIPPING POINT by Malcolm Gladwell Back Bay Books, $14.95
  5. A BEAUTIFUL MIND by Sylvia Nasar Touchstone, $16
  6. UNDERSTANDING POWER by Noam Chomsky The New Press, $19.95
  7. THE TERRORISM TRAP by Michael Parenti City Lights Books, $8.95
  8. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler Villard Books, $12.95
  9. FOUNDING BROTHERS by Joseph J. Ellis Vintage, $14
  10. HATRED OF CAPITALISM edited by Chris Kraus and Sylvere Lotringer MIT Press, $16.95

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 Booksellers 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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