Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending February 12, 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 was a fine week on the bestseller list for St. Louis authors -- or at least authors who were St. Louis-born. Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood roared back to number two (halted only by Tiger Mother Amy Chua, who gave a reading at the County Library), followed by Charles Dickens: A Life by Webster Groves native and John Burroughs graduate Jane Smiley. Never mind that Smiley hasn't lived here for years and that Dickens loathed St. Louis. It was still the Dickens bicentennial and you all had to celebrate somehow. (See also A Boy Called Dickens on the kids' list.)
It's also Black History Month, which many of you found as good an excuse as any to read the classic for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange, who grew up in the Ville. And, finally, Congressman William Lacy Clay has published his first book, The Power of Principled Politics, which debuted on the list at number six.
1. Battle Hymn Of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua 2. Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle with Kerri Bonasch 3. Charles Dickens: A Life by Jane Smiley 4. Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen 5. for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange 6. The Power of Principled Politics: A Voice in Behalf of Minorities, Women, Workers and the Poor by William Lacy Clay Sr. 7. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson 8. All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay 9. The Gilder by Kathryn Kay 10. F My Life by Maxime Valette, Guillaume Passaglia and Didier Guedj
1. Cold Cereal: Cold Cereal Trilogy #1 by Adam Rex 2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 6. A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix 7. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone 8. Valentine's Day Fun! (Max & Ruby) by Penguin Group USA 9. Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann 10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver