Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending August 14, 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.
The Help is now a movie. In the two weekends it's been in the theaters, it has inspired a shitstorm of articles, ranging from passionately-articulated rage to attempts at reconciliation. It appears that a lot of people have been inspired to check out Kathryn Stockett's original novel. Is it racist? Merely condescending? Hopelessly naive? An inspiring tale of women banding together? Let us know in the comments.
Meanwhile, local author Scott Phillips's latest novel, The Adjustment, continues to climb the bestseller list. The Adjustment is dedicated to the proposition that all men and women, regardless of race, color or creed are capable of being total assholes. It's a fine read. Phillips also co-edited, with Jedidiah Ayres, the Noir at the Bar anthology, which benefits Subterranean Books.
Over on the children's/YA list, Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy continues to dominate. Its view of humanity is closer to The Adjustment than to The Help. For this reason, teenagers think it is awesome. New on the list this week are two books dealing with cerebral palsy: Taking Cerebral Palsy to School, a picture book by Mary Elizabeth Anderson and Tom Dineen, and Out of My Mind, a middle-grade novel by Sharon M. Draper. For more on what it's like to have cerebral palsy, check out former RFT music editor Annie Zaleski's feature from last December, "Step Right Up."
Finally, an RFT staff writer has dared to answer the question posed by the number nine adult bestseller, Is God a Christian?: "Not if His son was Jewish."
Full lists after the jump.
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 2. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin 3. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés 4. The Adjustment by Scott Phillips 5. Noir at the Bar edited by Scott Phillips and Jedidiah Ayers 6. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain 7. The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppe and Mike Force 8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese 9. Is God a Christian?: Creating a Community of Conversation by R. Kirby Godsey 10. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 3. The Bridge to Never Land by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry 4. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder 5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 7. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper 8. Every Day on Earth by Steve Murrie, Matthew Murrie and Tom Bloom 9. Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry and Greg Call 10. Taking Cerebral Palsy to School by Mary Elizabeth Anderson and Tom Dineen