Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 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.
The bestseller list for the last week of 2011 is out, which means the year is finally over. Onward into 2012, we say! Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle continues to dominate the adult list and on the kids' list, the odds are with The Hunger Games, as they've been for most of the year.
Mad Madame Lalaurie, the grisly tale tale of a New Orleans society women who was discovered, in 1834, to have the bodies of tortured and mutilated slaves in her attic, returned to the bestseller list this week. One of the book's authors, Victoria Cosner Love, is the administrator for the First Missouri State Capitol in St. Charles.
Also back on the list is Winter's Bone by Ozark author Daniel Woodrell. (Does this have anything to do with the fact that the movie adaptations of both Winter's Bone and The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence?) If you'd like to learn more about Woodrell, check out this 2006 profile by former RFT staff writer Ben Westhoff.
1. Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle with Kerri Bonasch 2. The Tiger's Wife: A Novel by Téa Obreht 3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 4. The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds by Richard Crossley 5. Stone Soup Cottage: A Vignette of Seasonal Recipes by Carl and Nancy McConnell 6. Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith 7. Winter's Bone: A Novel by Daniel Woodrell 8. Mad Madame Lalaurie: New Orleans's Most Famous Murderess Revealed by Victoria Cosner Love and Lorelei Shannon 9. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés 10. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 2. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler 3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 4. 2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids by Amy Zuckerman, James Daly and John Manders 5. Close to Famous by Joan Bauer 6. The Secret History of Mermaids and Creatures of the Deep by Ari Berk, Wayne Anderson, Virginia Lee and Douglas Carrell 7. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 8. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 9. The First Kill (The Slayer Chronicles) by Heather Brewer 10. Floors by Patrick Carman