Local bestsellers are based on recent sales at Austin bookstores selected to reflect varied reading interests.
Book Sense is the cornerstone of an effort by the American Booksellers Association, a consortium of independent bookstores across the nation, to create a national identity for independent bookstores. Below is the most recent list of bestselling paperback fiction titles at stores that participate in the Book Sense program. Area bookstores participating in Book Sense include Adventures in Crime and Space, BookPeople, and The Old Main Bookstore in Bastrop.
1. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
3. Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
4. Plainsong by Kent Haruf
5. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
6. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
7. Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
8. Waiting by Ha Jin
9. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
10. Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri