Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 30, 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.
Unbelievable as it may sound, on this week's bestseller list, All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin a book about knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee edged out Walter Isaacson's new biography of Steve Jobs, and a Tony Duquette/Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry, a book about, yes, jewelry beat out both Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84 and the RFT's Best Book by a Local Author, Scott Phillips's The Adjustment. And most unbelievable of all, one author, Gordon Korman, wrote seven of the ten books on the kids' bestseller list.
OK, maybe it's not so unbelievable, since Pearl-McPhee, Hutton Wilkinson and Korman all came to town the week before last. (Korman gave a semi-heroic four readings over the course of two days.) And now is maybe just as good a time as any to get all hipster and admit that we loved Korman before Korman was cool -- or at least before he wrote commercialized kiddie bestsellers. In junior high and high school, we frequently disrupted study hall by laughing too hard at his Macdonald Hall series and YA classics like A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag. Maybe the 39 Clues books are as good (we haven't read them), but it'll be a happy day when those earlier titles come back into print.
Meanwhile, there's Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan, who, as St. Louis's most prominent Cubs fan, undoubtedly had a rough week watching the Cards win the World Series. But, hey, Bill, your latest collection of columns, Gently Down the Stream, is the number-ten bestseller. Hope that eases the pain.
1. All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee 2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 3. Tony Duquette/Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry by Hutton Wilkinson, Stephanie Hanchett and Glenda Bailey 4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 6. Little Black Dress by Susan McBride 7. The Adjustment by Scott Phillips 8. The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits by Kent Greenfield 9. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff 10. Gently Down the Stream by Bill McClellan
1. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 1: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman 2. Zoobreak by Gordon Korman 3. Titanic #1: Unsinkable by Gordon Korman 4. Liar, Liar Pants on Fire by Gordon Korman and JoAnn Adinolfi 5. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr 6. Swindle by Gordon Korman 7. The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 8. The 39 Clues, Book 11: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman and Jude Watson 9. The 39 Clues, Book 8: The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman 10. I Believe in You by Marianne Richmond