Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 6, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books and Subterranean Books.
There are some changes to the local bestseller list this week. For one thing, for the first time in many months, neither Tony La Russa's One Last Strike nor William Knodelseder's Bitter Brew appears on the adult list. Has the market been saturated? Has our curiosity about the Cards' former skipper and the sins of the Busch family been satisfied at last? (At least until the next memoir or tell-all comes out.)
But the Cardinals are still represented in the form of Edward Everett Yates, the 27-year-old rookie who is the protagonist of The Might Have Been, the first novel by Webster prof Joe Schuster. Read it. Read it now. And then buy a couple of copies for your friends. Riverfront Times declared it the Best Book By a Local Author last year. What further endorsement do you need?
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 2. Never Hug a Nun by Kevin Killeen 3. The Might Have Been by Joseph M. Schuster 4. Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind by Richard Fortey 5. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman 6. St. Charles Then And Now by Vicki Berger Erwin and Jessica Dreyer 7. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon 8. A Snowman in Hell: Christmas in Vietnam: A Collection of Photos and Stories compiled by Doug Berg 9. The Basement Quilt by Ann Hazelwood 10. America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney 2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 3. Plunked by Michael Northrop 4. Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton 5. "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket and Seth 6. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3) by Rick Riordan 7. The Legacy of Tril: Soulbound by Heather Brewer 8. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 9. Son by Lois Lowry 10. Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier and Suzy Lee