Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending March 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.
Hunger Games! Hunger Games! Hunger Games! Are you sick of The Hunger Games yet? Too damned bad. The movie's out now, which means you're going to have to buy the book so you can check out all the little details that the movie got wrong. (Just ask your nearest Hunger Games-obsessed fourteen-year-old.) You can't trust the movies. Not ever.
New to the list this week is another media sensation: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. This touching story of a S&M relationship between a wealthy industrialist and a naive college student was originally conceived as a work of Twilight fan-fiction (really!) and self-published, but now it -- and its two sequels -- has just been purchased for a seven-figure sum by a division of Random House. All of which means that you can't read the traditional book version anymore because the entire world will know you're reading "lady porn." (Because everybody knows women have no interest in sex at all, or if they do, they have to keep it a big secret. No one must ever know!) Thank goodness for e-readers, and not just because hardcover copies are getting mighty scarce.
The plot of Fifty Shades of Grey seems to us a bit reminiscent of Jane Eyre, only with way more sex, so it's interesting to note that the number ten bestseller on the kids' list this week is a board book edition of Jane Eyre. The book is also said to be a counting primer. We can't quite imagine it: One is the number of crazy wives in Mr. Rochester's attic?
1.The Way I See It, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's by Temple Grandin 2. Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle with Kerri Bonasch 3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 4. Bossypants by Tina Fey 5. Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond by Lilly M. Ledbetter with Lanier Scott Isom 6. The Elements of F*cking Style: A Helpful Parody by Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen 7. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin 8. Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd 9. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See 10. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins* 2. Super Sized Slugger by Cal Ripken, Jr. 3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 5. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson 6. Hothead by Cal Ripken, Jr. 7. Sleeping Beauty by Michael Teitelbaum and Cathy Hapka 8. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri 9. Wildwood by Colin Meloy 10. Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre: A Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams
*Note: According to Amazon.com, which, it should be noted, does not contribute to this list, St. Louisans are the seventh most dedicated Hunger Games readers in the nation. Number one is Sunnyvale, California. Number two is, interestingly, Salt Lake City.