Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending December 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.
Do you want to know what your fellow St. Louisans got for Christmas this year? Take a good look at this week's local bestseller list. Tony La Russa! The Busch clan! Gone Girl! A Founding Fathers/Sun Tsu mashup! (Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.) Heaven forbid anybody incorporates any lessons from these books into their list of New Years resolutions. (Although it would make your life a lot more interesting.) Except for Tony La Russa's: hard work, persistence, belief in oneself and one's abilities, rally squirrel, etc. And, over on the kids' list, Princess in Training. There is no reason why your four-year-old shouldn't be a princess, too.
1. Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer by William Knoedelseder 2. One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa 3. Never Hug a Nun by Kevin Killeen 4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 5. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham 6. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver 7. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson 8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 9. The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force 10. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Maciuliano
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney 2. Count to Sleep St Louis by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno 3. The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold 4. This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen 5. Elemental by Antony John 6. True Shoes by Doug Wilhelm and Sarah-Lee Terrat 7. Who Could It Be At This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket and Seth 8. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea 9. Press Here by Hervé Tullet 10. Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer and Joe Berger