The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Travel Writing

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Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the expanded electronic reporting options including BookScan, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, here is the latest subject category list.

These lists are intended as inventory checking tools for booksellers, alerts to publishers as to what's selling in certain categories, and lists that the media can run. (Past Category Bestseller lists are available at

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Travel Writing Bestsellers

The Top 25 for the Last Four Weeks

1. A Cook's Tour, by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco, $14.95, 0060012781)
2. Blue Latitudes, by Tony Horwitz (Holt, $26, 0805065415)
3. Bill Bryson's African Diary, by Bill Bryson (Broadway, $12, 0767915062)
4. Walking the Bible, by Bruce Feiler (Harper, $14.95, 0380807319)
5. A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson (Broadway, $14.95, 0767902521)
6. Without Reservations, by Alice Steinbach (Random House, $13.95, 0375758453)
7. This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland, by Gretel Ehrlich (Vintage, $14, 0679758526)
8. In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson (Broadway Books, $14.95, 0767903862)
9. From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant, by Michael S. Sanders (HarperCollins, $24.95, 0060184728)
10. The Art of Travel, by Alain de Botton (Pantheon, $23, 0375420827)
11. The Best American Travel Writing (2002), ed. by Frances Mayes (Houghton Mifflin, $13, 0618118802)
12. Looking for Alaska, by Peter Jenkins (St. Martin's Press, $14.95, 0312302894)
13. A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance, by Marlena de Blasi (Algonquin, $23.95, 1565123212)
14. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy, by Frances Mayes (Broadway, $15, 0767900383)
15. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, by Rolf Potts (Villard Books, $11.95, 0812992180)
16. The River's Tale: A Year on the Mekong, by Edward A. Gargan (Vintage, $14, 0375705597)
17. French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew, by Peter Mayle (Vintage, $12.95, 0375705619)
18. Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer (Anchor, $7.99, 0385492081)
19. Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century, by David Roberts (Ed.) (Norton, $19.95, 0393323781)
20. On Rue Tatin, by Susan Herrmann Loomis (Broadway, $14.95, 0767904559)
21. A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle (Vintage, $12, 0679731148)
22. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler (Perennial, $13.95, 0060953748)
23. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, by Tony Horwitz (Vintage, $14, 067975833X)
24. Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon, by Edward Dolnick (Perennial, $13.95, 0060955864)
25. In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson (Broadway Books, $25, 0767903854)