Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending June 10, 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.
Could the book-buyers of St. Louis be in revolt against the Fifty Shades juggernaut? Not because they made Kiss the Dead, the latest entry in local author Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, this week's number-one bestseller. Hamilton writes just as many steamy sex scenes as E.L. James, only hers involve vampires and werewolves.
No, look lower, to number three Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford and number five Reap What You Sew by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, both cozy mysteries about small towns and sewing circles and Amish people, with nary a butt plug or ben wa ball to be seen. Is there anything more antithetical to Fifty Shades than these?
Also new on the list: Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley, which was probably given to a lot of dads yesterday.
1. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton 2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 3. Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford 4. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James 5. Reap What You Sew by Elizabeth Lynn Casey 6. The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West by Imran Ahmad 7. Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr 8. Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen 9. Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley 10. Bossypants by Tina Fey
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 4. Oggie Cooder by Sarah Weeks 5. Another Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin 6. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 7. You Are My Little Cupcake by Amy E. Sklansky 8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 9. The New Potty by Mercer Mayer and Gina Mayer 10. Perfect Piggies! by Sandra Boynton