Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 15, 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 children and adolescents of our city are in an apocalyptic mood. They have placed all three volumes of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy on this week's bestseller list, plus Legend, Marie Lu's tale of murder and betrayal in a post-apocalyptic version of America; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, about the fate of the residents of the titular institution; and The Fault in Our Stars, the latest by John Green (who, we must admit, is one of our very favorite YA authors) about true love between two teenage cancer patients. Yep, very cheerful reading.
The adults, meanwhile, may be feeling apocalyptic, too, but they're distracting themselves with guidebooks (Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle), picture books (Go the Fuck to Sleep and Goodnight iPad), funny books (Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel) and books about baseball players (The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach) and vampires (A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness). Is this just proof of the great philosopher John Hughes' most famous axiom, "When you grow up, your heart dies"? Discuss.
1. Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle with Kerri Bonasch 2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 3. Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd 4. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés 5. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larson 6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King 7. Storm Damage by Ed Kovacs 8. Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel 9. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness 10. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 8. I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer 9. Legend by Marie Lu 10. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld