Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 16, 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.
Hey, look, it's Freedom! Back again, in its pretty new paperback incarnation! At the top of the adult bestseller list! But we're not going to devote any more pixels to Webster Groves native Jonathan Franzen's novel. (Note: "spill any more ink" sounds a lot better.) We did that last year. We're also not going to talk about number three bestseller, The Marriage Plot, by Franzen's pal Jeffrey Eugenides. Eugenides has his own billboard in Times Square in which he looks as macho as a middle-aged man in a floral shirt and vest, carrying a Moleskine notebook, can look. Clearly, he doesn't need our help.
Instead, let's talk about the new paperback edition of another novel that originally came out last fall: the number eight bestseller, Troubled Waters, by Brentwood's very own Sharon Shinn. In 2009, Riverfront Times named Shinn Best Local Young Adult Author, but she writes for grown-ups, too (you know, just in case you're embarrassed about skulking around the YA section of the bookstore). Troubled Waters was nominated for the 2011 Mythopoeic Award, the highest honor in fantasy writing. It didn't win, but neither did some of the best fantasy books ever written (hello, The Mists of Avalon, The Dark is Rising, Tam Lin, Doomsday Book and American Gods!), so, as Shinn notes on her website, she's in good company.
If you can't decide whether Troubled Waters is worth buying, Shinn has a new short story up on the All Things Urban Fantasy Blog. It concerns the Elvis is Alive myth. And then have no fear: Shinn is far more prolific than Franzen. Her next book, The Shape of Desire, will be out this spring.
In other news, this is probably the first week in the history of the St. Louis Bestseller list that a book in Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy has not appeared on the list. What gives? Has the market finally been saturated?
Full lists after the jump.
1. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen 2. Good Eats 3: The Later Years by Alton Brown 3. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 4. Little Black Dress by Susan McBride 5. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis 6. Noir at the Bar edited by Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips 7. Guinness World Records 2012 by Guinness World Records 8. Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn 9. The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus 10. Night by Elie Wiesel
1. The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart and David Small 2. The Son of Neptune: Heroes of Olympus, Book 2 by Rick Riordan 3. Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw 4. Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Special Edition 2012 by Ripley's Inc. 5. SPHDZ Book #1! (Spaceheadz) by Jon Scieszka, Shane Prigmore and Francesco Sedita 6. Travel to Tomorrow (Fifties Chix) by Angela Sage Larsen 7. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper 8. SPHDZ Book #2! (Spaceheadz) by Jon Scieszka and Shane Prigmore 9. Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein 10. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.