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The St. Louis Independent Bookstore Bestseller List | 03.14.11- 03.20.11

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Written by PLAYBACK:stl Sunday, 27 March 2011 08:50

Top sellers at the city’s amazing locally-owned bookstores. 

 

Jyouji Hayashi | The Ouroboros Wave

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Written by Ryan Parker Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:18

This story is intended for Hard Science Fiction fans only. And I do mean only.

   

Wesley Stace | Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer (Picador)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 14 March 2011 14:53

It’s a mystery of both literary and historical proportions.

 

 

Zack Snyder | Sucker Punch: The Art of the Film

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 22 February 2011 15:07

It's a full-color, large-format volume which not only showcases the film's art but also gives you an insider's view of some of the creative decisions that went into creating its distinctive look.

 

   

Kevin Young | Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels

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Written by Matthew Treon Sunday, 20 February 2011 10:48

Young's virtuosic use of the English language enables his words to practically sing themselves off the page.

 

Worldwatch Institute | 2011 State of the World: Innovations that Nourish the Planet

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Written by Stephen Fairbanks Friday, 21 January 2011 08:14

“We’re not telling people or governments or farmers what to do. We’re learning from them and we’re highlighting the work that’s being done on the ground to help alleviate hunger and poverty.”

   

Marcus Hearn | The Avengers: A Celebration: 50 Years of a Television Classic

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:09

It’s a large-format, beautifully-produced volume loaded with production and publicity stills and other visual memorabilia from the show along with to-the-point text by Marcus Hearn that explains the show’s somewhat convoluted production history and puts the pictures in context.

 

 

Mickey Leigh with Legs McNeil | I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir (Touchstone)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 01 December 2010 02:05

Whatever name the demons went by, they shaped a tale that manages to leave the reader with a feeling that Joey left his life not in submission to them, but after having conquered them.

   

Marcus Hearn | The Art of Hammer: Posters from the Archive of Hammer Films

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 25 November 2010 21:29

To cop a line from the late Forrest J Ackerman, The Art of Hammer offers a feast for the horror fan. 

 

Rick Springfield | Late Late at Night (Simon & Schuster)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 18 November 2010 15:30

Really, Rick, you should have just kept it to yourself.

 

   

Paul Auster | Sunset Park (Henry Holt & Co.)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 09 November 2010 22:50

Equally annoying, this novel seems determined always to tell and never to show, a choice that makes for effortless reading but leaves very little impression once you’ve finished.

 

Lisa Birnbach | True Prep

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 25 October 2010 13:55

True Prep is dutiful where The Official Preppy Handbook was cheeky and seems more interested in promoting the virtues of prep-dom than taking a satirical look at its foibles.

   

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