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 people in America who resisted the mystical pull of the The Help, Kathryn Stockett's debut novel about racism and domestic servitude in 1960s Mississippi that has become both a movie (out in August) and the subject of a lawsuit (Stockett's brother's black maid believes the author's inspiration was too close to home), and decided to wait to read it till it came out in paperback. So here it is, at the top of the St. Louis bestseller list, just above Tina Fey's new memoir Bossypants and Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, a biography by Marable Manning that probably presents a very different view of race relations.
Over on the children's list, it appears that St. Louis parents are very eager to teach their young about the meaning of Easter: hope, resurrection and very cute baby animals.
Full lists after the jump.
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 2. Bossypants by Tina Fey 3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan 4. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Marable Manning 5. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 6. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace 7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 8. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel 9. Uppity: My Untold Story of the Games People Play by Bill White 10. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
1. The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin 2. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart 3. If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond 4. Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack and The Pioneers of Change by Michelle Cook 5. The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry 6. Remarkable Animals: 1000 Amazing Amalgamations by Tony Meeuwissen 7. Crank by Ellen Hopkins 8. Why Do We Celebrate Easter by Mark Sutherland and Julie Hammond 9. Beyonders by Brandon Mull 10. Monster at the End of this Book by Michael Smolin and Jon Stone