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    February 22, 2013

    Local Authors Take Over Local Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending February 17, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Subterranean Books and The Book House. This week The Book House in Webster Groves begins reporting sa ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Cardinals 101: This Week's Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 20, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books and Subterranean Books. Even though hockey's back, this is the time of year when we yearn most for bas ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    There's Always a Cardinal on the St. Louis Bestseller List

    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, fo ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending December 2, 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, there are three books on the local St. Louis inde ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Beer Book War! Updated Anheuser-Busch Biography Available as E-Edition

    Last week Riverfront Times told you about Bitter Brew, the new biography of the Busch family that comes out this month from publisher HaperCollins. But Bitter Brew isn't the first book to examine St. Louis' first family of beer, nor is it the only book about the brewer to go on sale this fall. Under ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 21, 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. In an exciting new development in the local book world, reade ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012
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    October 23, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 14, 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. Sometimes the bestseller list contains random, unexplainabl ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending September 16, 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. Almost exactly a year after the death of Bob Cassilly, his ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending July 22, 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. When we last wrote about Cheryl Strayed, the author was about to ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending July 15, 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. Could it be that St. Louisans' Hunger Games lust has been sated? ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012
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    June 4, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending May 27, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. Fifty Shades, Fifty Shades, blah blah blah. Once aga ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending April 8, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. Friends, it's finally here: that book that provides ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending April 1, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. Last week everybody was preparing for Easter, so of ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending March 25, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. More than half of the titles on this week's adult ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending March 4, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. St. Louisans are apparently in a vengeful mood. G ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending February 26, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. It never really got cold enough this year to ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Marvel v. Local Comic Book Writer: Who Has Rights to Ghost Rider?

    image viaNever mind if he's dead or alive, who the hell gets the money he's making?​Sometime in the late 1960s, a Missouri-born comic book writer named Gary Friedrich came up with a new character: Ghost Rider, a motorcycle stunt rider who sold his soul to the devil and consequently exchanged h ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 8, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. Bob Reuter's got a band (Alley Ghost), a radio sh ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 30, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. Unbelievable as it may sound, on this wee ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 23, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. It's been a good week for St. Louisans -- ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 16, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. Hey, look, it's Freedom! Back again, in it ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Author Bonnie Jo Campbell Talks About Hunting, Shooting and Once Upon a River

    image viaBonnie Jo Campbell​Bonnie Jo Campbell will be in town tonight to help kick off this year's River Styx reading series at Duff's. (It starts at 7:30.) You should go. This may be your last chance to see Campbell up close and personal and buy her a beer before she becomes really, really f ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    August 8, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending July 31, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. One of the subsidiary functions of the local ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    This week's number five adult bestseller, the work of a couple of St. Louis cops.​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending July 24, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Is this a solution for the parents in Go the Fuck to Sleep?​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending July 3, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending April 10, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books, Sue's News and The Book House. Amazingly, there were some ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Not just a New York Times bestseller, but a St. Louis bestseller, too!​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending April 3, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranea ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011
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    March 1, 2011

    Publisher Attempts to Limit E-Book Circulation, Libraries Fight Back

    image via​It's a brave new electronic world we live in, where blogs like this one that you're reading have replaced daily newspapers, e-mail and Facebook updates have replaced letters and phone calls and the heavy stacks of textbooks that used to weigh down schoolkids may now be replaced with ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Left Bank, Subterranean Books Now Selling Google eBooks

    ​As of this morning, two of St. Louis's proudly independent bookstores have joined in the digital revolution: Subterranean Books in the Delmar Loop and Left Bank Books in the Central West End and downtown are now offering Google eBooks on their respective websites. Both stores have been selli ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    A Century After His Death, Twain is Back Atop of the Best-Seller List

    image via​October has been a rough month for Jonathan Franzen. First his glasses got stolen. Then he didn't get nominated for the National Book Award. And now Freedom has been overtaken and surpassed on the Amazon best-seller list by volume one of The Autobiography of Mark Twain. Yeah, Franzen ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Even Oprah Must Concede That Franzen Reigns Supreme

    ​Even Queen Oprah must bow down to the overpowering literary force that is Freedom. Although she doesn't plan to reveal her new book club selection till tomorrow's show, the Associated Press reports that the Queen of Talk, like everyone else (except the Washington Post's Ron Charles) thinks Jo ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Jonathan Franzen Deserves the Freedom Hype

    Every writer hates a winner. And so with Jonathan Franzen's new novel earning raves from just about everybody who matters in American letters, we've been subjected to the predictable envious backlash about how Franzen is overrated (and annoying), how middle-aged white guys get preferential treatment ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Forget Freedom (For Now): Other Books Are Just As Worthy

    image via​Someday I'll read Freedom. I'm currently 113th on the waiting list at University City Library. Maybe Sarah will lend me her copy in an attempt to convert me to Freedom-dom. I suppose I could go out and buy a copy. But $28 is a pretty steep price to pay for a hardcover, especially for on ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010
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    March 17, 2010
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    February 15, 2010

    Columbia Named 17th Most Romantic City in America

    flickr.com/photos/ryangladstonephoto Stuff like this happens in Columbia every day! That's what makes it one of the most romantic cities in America.​Some shocking news from Amazon.com: The most romantic city in Missouri is...Columbia. Yep. The home of the University of Missouri ranks 17th i ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    St. Louis Short Story Writer Joe Schwartz Now Giving It Up for Free

    lulu.com​That's his work, you dirty-minded fools.Joe Schwartz, as some of you may recall, is an employee of the St. Louis Public Library who self-published his first short story collection Joe's Black T-Shirt: Short Stories About St. Louis last August. He planned to sell the book at readings aroun ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009
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    December 11, 2009

    One More Food Book for 2009

    ​In yesterday's list of the ten most essential books in my development as a food writer, I mentioned that I'm so behind in my reading that I can recommend only two books published in 2009: the Momofuku cookbook and Westword restaurant critic Jason Sheehan's memoir, Cooking Dirty. A crippling brain ... More >>

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