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 independent bestseller list published by the same local St. Louis independent publisher, Blank Slate Press: Never Hug a Nun, a memoir of a Webster Groves childhood by Kevin Killeen; Driving Alone, a novel by Kevin Lynn Helmick and Off the Leash, a memoir of a cross-country road trip by Jean Ellen Whatley.
Over on the kids' list, it's starting to look a lot like Christmas: The Elf on the Shelf, Dinosaur vs. Santa and Christmas Wombat. And also Puff, the Magic Dragon Pop-Up, which we predict will be dragged out in future years to prove that the original "Puff" is about marijuana. Come on, man, the evidence is totally there! You just have to know where to look.
1. One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa 2. Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer by William Knoedelseder 3. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott 4. Never Hug a Nun by Kevin Killeen 5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 6. Driving Alone: A Love Story by Kevin Lynn Helmick 7. Off the Leash: How My Dog Inspired Me to Quit My Job, Pack My Car, and Take a Road Trip Across America to Reclaim My Life by Jean Ellen Whatley 8. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano 9. More Baths, Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself by Nick Hornby 10. The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force
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. Dinosaur vs. Santa by Bob Shea 5. Time for Bed by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer 6. Christmas Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley 7. Star Wars Pop Up: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart and Lucasfilm 8. Remarkable Animals: 1000 Amazing Amalgamations by Tony Meeuwissen 9. A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler 10. Puff, the Magic Dragon Pop-Up by Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton, Bruce Foster and Eric Puybaret