Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending November 4, 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.
It's probably not surprising that a week before the election, the number-one bestseller in St. Louis was Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope by Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan and Michael Moore. Or that I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano is on the list for the second straight week. Moral outrage and LOLcat poetry never get old. (Well, at least not to the people who love them.)
What is surprising is that novelist Ellen Hopkins had four books on the list, two for adults, two for kids. Hopkins gave a reading that week, but so did most of the other writers on the list. Hopkins writes all her novels in free verse. Maybe there's hope for poetry after all.
Also on the list: Tony LaRussa, The Hobbit (less than a month till the movie!) and Off the Leash, local author Jean Ellen Whatley's account of her journey across America with her dog, Libby.
1. Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope by Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan and Michael Moore 2. Triangles by Ellen Hopkins 3. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano 4. Off the Leash: How My Dog Inspired Me to Quit My Job, Pack My Car, and Take a Road Trip Across America to Reclaim My Life by Jean Ellen Whatley 5. The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands 6. Hungry Girl to the Max!: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook by Lisa Lillien 7. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien 8. Collateral by Ellen Hopkins 9. One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa 10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
1. Crank by Ellen Hopkins 2. Dinosaur vs. Santa by Bob Shea 3. Second Chance (The Slayer Chronicles) by Heather Brewer 4. Count to Sleep St Louis by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno 5. Heroes of Olympus: Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan 6. This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen 7. Every Day by David Levithan 8. Intentions by Deborah Heiligman 9. Tilt by Ellen Hopkins 10. Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Joshua Glenn, Munawar Iqbal and Heather Kasunick