Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 22, 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 election time, which, as you know, means smearing all over the place, including depictions of First Lady Michelle Obama as an Angry Black Bitch. With all due offense to the First Lady's attackers, we'd like to point out that the original Angry Black Bitch actually lives here in St. Louis and is one of our city's finest bloggers.

A new entry onto this week's bestseller list also addresses issues of race and gender, though in a more academic mode: Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry. Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans and a soon-to-be-pundit on MSNBC; she does not, however, appear to paint her face, at least not in public.

Adult Bestsellers:

1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 3. Bossypants by Tina Fey 4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 5. Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King 6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness 7. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese 8. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry 9. Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle with Kerri Bonasch 10. The World We Found: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar

Children's/YA Bestsellers:

1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green 2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 3. A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix 4. Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel by Andrea Cremer 5. The Giver by Lois Lowry 6. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz 7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 8. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 9. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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