Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending September 30, 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.
Tony La Russa! The 2011 World Series! Wooooooo! Is there any reason anybody in the St. Louis metropolitan area would want to read anything other than the former Cards' skipper's One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season?
But local heretics this week also consumed The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling's first book for adults; The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky's ode to adolescent awkwardness; Fire in the Ashes, Jonathan Kozol's look back on his years reporting on inner-city schools; Noir at the Bar, Volume 2, the second collection of work from Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips's reading series (available only at Subterranean Books); and a host of monster books because in the fall, even here, small children are more interested in beasts than birds.
1. One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa 2. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling 3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 4. The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides 5. Sutton by J. R. Moehringer 6. Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol 7. Noir at the Bar, Volume 2 edited by Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips 8. The Devil's Causeway: The True Story of America's First Prisoners of War in the Philippines, and the Heroic Expedition Sent to Their Rescue by Matthew Westfall 9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 10. Postcard History Series: St. Charles by Valerie Battle Kienzle with the St. Charles County Historical Society
1. Count to Sleep St Louis by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno 2. The Diviners by Libba Bray 3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 4. Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer 5. Absurd Alphabedtime Stories by Julius K. Hunter and Ronald Gomez 6. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri 7. Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin 8. Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott 9. The Monster's Monster by Patrick McDonnell 10. Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey and Giselle Potter