Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending December 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.
This week's bestseller list displays the effects of final-desperation holiday shopping, particularly on the kids' list: People grabbing books off the shelves that they actually enjoy and would like to bequeath unto a loved one. At least that's our favorite explanation for the presence of The Graveyard Books, The Secret Garden and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (with a spiffy new cover!). And possibly Fifty Shades of Grey too? (Did any of you enjoy reading it? If you did, please let us know in the comments. Don't worry, they're anonymous.)
1. Never Hug a Nun by Kevin Killeen 2. A Snowman in Hell: Christmas in Vietnam: A Collection of Photos and Stories compiled by Doug Berg 3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 4. Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri by James W Erwin 5. Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer by William Knoedelseder 6. Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon 7. One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa 8. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 9. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott 10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney 2. This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers 3. Count to Sleep St Louis by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno 4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 5. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey 6. Safari: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen and Carol Kaufmann 7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 9. Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & A Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans 10. Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away... by Chris Alexander