Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending September 2, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books.
We may not have been as clear as we could have been, but we're going to try to fix that. The books on this list are not all the books purchased by St. Louisans on Amazon, or downloaded to Kindles within the St. Louis metropolitan area. The books here were purchased at the four local independent bookstores listed in the introductory paragraph here.
The people that own these bookstores all live in St. Louis or St. Charles. They choose the books they sell, arrange them on the shelves and pay rent to local landlords. The tax dollars from the books they sell go to supporting their municipalities. Amazon does not have to pay sales tax in Missouri. When you buy a book from the website, it does not, in any way, make life in your community any better. And it causes local businesses to suffer.
We published a feature about this a year and a half ago ("Band of Bookstores") but we just wanted to remind you next time you have a hankering to buy a book.
And another thing: the local stores may be smaller, but they can order in books from the distributors that will arrive just as quickly as they would if you ordered them online. And they all also sell e-books, which you can download directly to any tablet, smartphone or e-reader -- except, unfortunately, the Kindle.
1. Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol 2. Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max 3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James 5. Noir at the Bar edited by Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips 6. The Basement Quilt by Ann Hazelwood 7. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper 8. Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks 9. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery 10. Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace by Michael Perry
1. Count to Sleep St. Louis by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno 2. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 3. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmier 4. The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud 5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault and Lois Ehlert 6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 7. Divergent by Veronica Roth 8. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 9. Floors #2: 3 Below by Patrick Carman 10. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski