Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending August 7, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News.
It's a historic week on the St. Louis bestseller list. In an astonishing turnaround, Go the Fuck to Sleep has finally been ousted by The Help, a book about black women who spent their lives telling white children to go the fuck to sleep. Over on the children's/YA list, for the first time, all three Hunger Games books are on the list. And Herman Munster (in his human incarnation as Fred Gwynne) posthumously wrote a bestseller, too, A Chocolate Moose for Dinner.
Local author Scott Phillips has done almost as well as Suzanne Collins: He's got two books on the bestseller list, The Adjustment, his latest novel, and Noir at the Bar, a collection of short stories from the popular reading series, which he co-edited with Jedidiah Ayres. Sales from Noir at the Bar will benefit the reading series' host, Subterranean Books.
A curiosity: Both Room and A Stolen Life are near the top of the best-seller list. Both are based on the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case. A Stolen Life is Dugard's own autobiography. Room is Emma Donaghue's fictional rendering. Room sold more copies this week.
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 2. Room by Emma Donoghue 3. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard 4. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés 5. Noir at the Bar edited by Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips 6. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett 7. The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force 8. The Best of "The Way I See It" and Other Political Writings (1989-2010) by Jamala Rogers 9. The Adjustment by Scott Phillips 10. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 4. Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson, Laura Park and Chris Tebbetts 5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 6. Divergent by Veronica Roth 7. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman 8. A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne 9. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater 10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins