Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

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If you were reading this at bedtime, would you want to go the fuck to sleep?
​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending June 19, 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.

Apparently there are lots of small children in St. Louis who are resistant to bedtime. Their parents have found a kindred spirit in Adam Mansbach. Mansbach's book Go The Fuck to Sleep (illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, read in the audio version by Samuel L. Jackson) has catapulted to the top of the local adult bestseller list on the basis of verses like, "The owls fly forth from the treetops./ Through the air, they soar and they sweep./ A hot crimson rage fills my heart, love./ For real, shut the fuck up and sleep."

Over at Slate, cultural critic Katie Roiphe argues that Mansbach's lament illustrates the Freudian principle that jokes stem from "hostile purposes" -- that they allow us to express our hidden rage -- and that the parents in the book, who want nothing more than the simple pleasure of sitting on the couch with a bag of microwave popcorn and watching a nice DVD, would be better served by getting dolled up, hiring a babysitter and heading out for a night on the town. This suggestion naturally drew the not-so-veiled rage of hundreds of Slate readers who happen to be sleep-deprived parents and would honestly prefer a quiet evening at home on the couch even if they could afford a baby-sitter which, incidentally, they can't.

Let's go over to the kids' list to see what sort of material these parents are buying their young ones. Hmmm. At the top of the list are the first and third books in Suzanne Collins' excellent and also exciting and super-violent and possibly nightmare-inducing Hunger Games trilogy, followed by The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, a tale of a Jewish girl growing up in Nazi Germany.

Gosh, it's no wonder nobody wants to go the fuck to sleep.

Full lists after the jump.

Adult Bestsellers:

1. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés
2. Stan Musial: An American Life by George Vecsey
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
4. American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Design by Robert Sharoff
5. Room by Emma Donohue
6. The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal by Eric Greitens
7. Just Kids by Patti Smith
8. The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle
9. Netsuke by Rikki Ducornet
10. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen

Children's/YA Bestsellers:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
4. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald
5. Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell
6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
7. Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
8. Island by Gary Paulsen
9. Curious George at the Baseball Game by Margret and H.A. Rey
10. Heist Society by Ally Carter

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From an Amazon review of the first book:

"I am constantly running into spam on political web sites, all either written by the same person, or by a group of people who are using the same boilerplate. Every one of them claims that Amazon and other sites have banned this book. Obviously Amazon hasn't, so why the lies? Why the spam? I would venture to guess that it is a sleazy campaign to drum up sales for a book which cannot stand on its own merits."

He and his "street team" (as it were) is slapping himself with "Homeland Security Warning: Possession of this novel may result in unlimited detention/enhanced interrogation" and imaginary bans to sell books.

iUniverse is the publisher so I doubt they're going to "ban" it. Not a bad ploy considering the intelligence levels of the target market. Don't take my word for it, there's plenty of 1-star reviews on Amazon for the books.

The target market:

Sample silliness:


Forget the book "Go the F**k to Sleep", a pathetic, soul-less, allegedly rebel, ‘children’s book’. Don’t waste your hard-earned money, instead read a BANNED book like "America Deceived II" by a real rebel and the "World’s Most Hated Author", E.A. Blayre III.Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

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