Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 13, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books and Subterranean Books.
Just as January is the time for eating brown rice and kale and going back to the gym to improve your body, it's also the time for tackling big, important books that will improve your mind. And no book is better or more important than Tenth of December, the new collection of stories by George Saunders. It's been certified by all the places you trust to certify such things: the New York Times, the New Yorker, PBS, NPR. Besides, it's not like it's War and Peace or anything that takes forever to read. It's only short stories.
Accordingly, Tenth of December has handily taken the top spot on the adult bestseller list, where it's joined by Home, Toni Morrison's latest; Arguably, Christopher Hitchens' last; Robert Massie's massive biography of Catherine the Great; and A Memory of Light, the final volume in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. (OK, the last may not be self-improving, but it's hefty, and fans of the series had despaired of its very existence because of Jordan's death. But not to fear: Brandon Sanderson took care of it.)
New to the list this week are a couple of titles by local authors: Cold Quiet Country, a novel for adults by Clayton Lindemuth, and Madeline Delilah: Extraordinarily Ordinary, the first in a series for kids by Mariah L. Richardson about a girl growing up in north city. And if you don't already believe in the greatness of Left Bank Books, read Kathleen Finneran's contribution to My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop and be converted.
1. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders 2. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson 3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 5. Cold Quiet Country by Clayton Lindemuth 6. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie 7. Home by Toni Morrison 8. Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens by Christopher Hitchens 9. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop by Ronald Rice 10. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
1. Jackie & Me by Dan Gutman 2. True Shoes by Doug Wilhelm and Sarah-Lee Terrat 3. The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood 4. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper 5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 6. Time for Bed by Mem Fox 7. Madeline Delilah: Extraordinarily Ordinary by Mariah L. Richardson and Dayne Sislen 8. The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm 9. The Diviners by Libba Bray 10. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown