Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending February 19, 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.
None of the most famous battles of the Civil War -- Gettysburg, Shiloh, Bull Run -- happened in Missouri, but that doesn't mean that the war didn't come here. How could it not when we were one of the most sharply divided states on the slavery question? But Missourians fought by stealth, as St. Charles author James W. Erwin describes in this week's number-one bestseller, Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri. (Erwin also happens to be the husband of Vicki Berger Erwin, another local historian and owner of Main Street Books.)
Also new to the list this week is local author Amy Sklansky's latest picture book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space.
1. Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri by James W. Erwin 2. Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle with Kerri Bonasch 3. Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits by Wendy D. Johnson 4. The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie by Krickitt Carpenter and Kim Carpenter and Dana Wilkerson 5. Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King 6. Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin and Benjamin Whitmer 7. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan 8. The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppe and Mike Force 9. The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker 10. The Experiences Through the Human Eyes by Richard Cross
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 4. Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space by Amy Sklansky 5. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 6. I Can Draw It Myself, By Me, Myself by Dr. Seuss 7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 8. Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann 9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney 10. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss