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Left Bank Books

399 North Euclid
St Louis, MO 63108

United States

314-367-6731; infoleft-bank.com

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Web site: http://www.left-bank.com/

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Twitter account: @LeftBankBooks

Description: Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is the only independently-owned, full-service bookstore in the greater metropolitan area of St. Louis.

Located in the historic Central West End neighborhood, Left Bank Books is situated among magnificent turn-of-the-century residences and some of the best restaurants and finest art galleries in the area.

Left Bank Books has a cultural and progressive political focus. Specialties include: modern literature and poetry, the contemporary art and performing arts scene, political analysis, African-American, feminist, gay and lesbian literature; psychology and high quality, multicultural children's books. Our regular customers come from the immediate neighborhood, the greater metro area, which has a population exceeding 2.5 million people, and the two-state area of Missouri and Illinois. We offer every book in print and a vast used selection online and ship everywhere in the world.

Other features of the store include an extensive used book department and an art gallery featuring nine to twelve shows annually by local artists. We have a variety of discounts for educators and institutions. We offer a 20% discount on books selected by our registered book groups.

Owners and operators of Left Bank Books have always been intimately involved in community organizations; many are writers or artists. Some have advanced degrees in education, history, or literature. Owner Barry Leibman has a background in history and education and is an abstract/conceptual artist with many solo shows to his credit. Owner Kris Kleindienst has a degree in Women's Studies and English Literature from Washington University is a writer and political activist. She is a board member of the ACLU, and a founding board member of BUILD St. Louis. She won a Lambda Literary Award for her edited collection of essays, This Is What Lesbian Looks Like: Dyke Activists Take On the 21st Century and writes a monthly column for the Vital Voice. Owner Lisa Greening has a degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and is a former educator with years of experience in various bookstores.

Some of our current community collaborations include collecting books for CASA and our "Clark Elementary School Reading Project," wherein our customers sponsor thirty-five students at Clark Elementary School who will receive a book a month until the end of the year.

Left Bank Books co-sponsors readings with a host of local literary organizations, including the St. Louis Public Library and River Styx.

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Upcoming events

Apr
1
Great Novels of the 22nd Century Reading Group: Engine Summer (Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of "Engine Summer" (in Otherwise: Three Novels) by John Crowley! A young man named Rush That Speaks is growing up in a far distant world—one that only dimly remembers our own age, the wondrous age of the Angels, when men could fly. Now it is the engine summer of the world, and Rush goes in search of the Saints who can teach him to speak truthfully, and be immortal in the stories he tells. The immortality that awaits him, though, is one he could not have imagined.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
2
Blaine Harden (Thursday, April 2 at 00am)
Blaine Harden (The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot)

Blaine Harden is a contributor to The Economist, PBS Frontline, and Foreign Policy and has formerly served as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in East Asia and Africa as well as a local and national correspondent for The New York Times and as a writer for the Times Magazine. He was also bureau chief in Warsaw, during the collapse of Communism and the breakup of Yugoslavia (1989-1993), and in Nairobi, where he covered sub-Saharan Africa (1985-1989). He is the author of three previous books: Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent (Norton, 1990), A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia (Norton, 1996) and Escape From Camp 14 (Viking, 2012). Africa won a Pen American Center citation for first book of non-fiction. Escape From Camp 14 enjoyed a number of weeks on various New York Times bestseller lists, and was an international bestseller published in 27 languages. He lives in Seattle with his family. His newest book The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot will come out from Viking in April 2015. (added from Random House)… (more)
Apr
2
Marvin J. Nodiff: The Dark Condos (Thursday, April 2 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

When the directors of a condo board hit the lottery and win a million dollars, what could possibly go wrong? Condo attorney Joshua Fyler soon learns that a lot can go wrong—and not just for his clients: he’s being investigated by the feds. The Dark Condos by St. Louis attorney Nodiff takes us on an entertaining, smart, quirky ride from a romantic vacation in Brussels to the south of France, from misguided condo boards to the joys of community living, from tangled disputes to common ground.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
3
Ridley Pearson: The Return: Disney Lands (Friday, April 3 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
4
Launch Party for Heather Brewer: The Cemetery Boys (Saturday, April 4 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Daniel Boone Branch

Join us for the launch party for The Cemetery Boys, the first stand-alone novel from St. Louis' own Heather Brewer, bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod! Welcome to Spencer, population: 814. When Stephen moves to the small, midwestern town to live with his grandmother, a woman as bitter and stuck as Spencer itself, he quickly falls in with punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. But the town has a dark secret, and the twins are caught in the middle of it.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Daniel Boone Branch Additional: 300 Clarkson Rd. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63011 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
6
Michael Castro: How Things Stack Up (Monday, April 6 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

How Things Stack Up is Inaugural St. Louis Poet Laureate Michael Castro's fifteenth book, which include collections of his own poetry, translations of modern Hungarian poets, and the prose work, "Interpreting the Indian." How Things Stack Up contains mostly new poems with a few older ones, like the celebrated "Man Who Looked Into Coltrane's Horn." Each poem functions individually and as part of a longer sequence, and is marked by Castro's characteristic evocative word music and vivid imagery.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
8
TC Boyle: The Harder They Come (Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from modern master TC Boyle. Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
9
Erik Larson: Dead Wake (Thursday, April 9 at 7pm)
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books present Erik Larson, bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, who will sign and discuss his new book Dead wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

Ticket Information: $31 admits one and includes one copy of Dead wake. $36 admits two, includes one copy of Dead wake, and $5 is rebatable towards the purchase of a second copy of Dead wake at the event. On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, carrying a record number of children and infants. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, but captain William Thomas Turner placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game. As the "Lusitania" made its way toward Liverpool, an array of forces—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

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Location: Street: Ethical Society of St. Louis Additional: 9001 Clayton Rd. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63117 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
10
Barney Frank: Frank (Friday, April 10 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Ticket packages: Individual Ticket - $27 (admits ONE and includes one copy of Frank) OR Package Ticket - $32 (admits TWO and includes one copy of Frank). Tickets go on sale February 1 and can be purchased through www.slcl.org or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)

In this candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to the U.S. Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness for more than four decades. With his trademark directness and insight, Frank explores how he became the first member of Congress to voluntarily disclose his homosexuality and chronicles his lifelong struggle against inequality, which culminated in co-writing the most significant Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
11
Assistance League Brunch: Karna Small Bodman and Teri Greige (Saturday, April 11 at 10am)
Edward Jones Atrium

The Assistance League of St. Louis presents the 10th Annual Author Brunch, featuring the Honorable Karna Small Bodman (Castle Bravo, Checkmate, Gambit, Final Finesse) and St. Louis author Teri Greige (Powered By Hope). Admission is $55 and proceeds benefit Project ROSE, which provides personal care gift bags along with household items for women and their children in shelters. Reservations are due by March 27. Registration forms are available at alstl.org.

Location: Street: Edward Jones Atrium Additional: 12555 Manchester Rd. City: Des Peres, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
13
Observable Readings: Richard Newman (Monday, April 13 at 7:30pm)
Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End

Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections All the Wasted Beauty of the World, Domestic Fugues, and Borrowed Towns. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, and many other periodicals and anthologies, and have been featured many times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. He lives in St. Louis where he serves as editor of River Styx and co-directs the River Styx at the Tavern reading series.

Location: Street: Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End Additional: 4747 McPherson City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
14
Ian Caldwell: The Fifth Gospel (Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly

Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's The Rule Of Four became a literary phenomenon. Now, after a decade of research, Caldwell returns with a masterful new thriller. In 2004, the curator of an exhibit at the Vatican Museums is murdered. Launching his own investigation, his research partner, Greek Catholic priest Father Alex Andreou, begins to see what the curator saw: a link between the Gospels (including a fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron) and a controversial holy relic.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch Additional: 225 N. Euclid City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
15
Benjamin Percy: The Dead Lands (Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm)
The Improv Shop

In Benjamin Percy's post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans live in outposts such as the Sanctuary—the remains of St. Louis—with its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, but the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight. This event will be hosted by St. Louis author Curtis Sittenfeld.

Location: Street: The Improv Shop Additional: 510 N. Euclid City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
16
LaShonda Katrice Barnett: Jam! On the Vine (Thursday, April 16 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Beginning in 1897, the year after the Supreme Court decision legalizing Jim Crow, Jam! On the Vine follows Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith from Texas, whose lifelong obsession with journalism is first ignited when she steals a newspaper from her mother’s white employer. Ivoe flees the Jim Crow South with her family and settles in Kansas City, where she and her former teacher and lover, Ona, found the first female-run African American newspaper.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
16
Lesbian Reading Group: The Paying Guests (Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters!

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
18
Steve Berry: The Patriot Threat (Saturday, April 18 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former boss asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files—the kind that could bring the United States to its knees—Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.944.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
19
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Sunday, April 19 at 3pm)
Left Bank Books

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans actively resisted expansion of the US empire.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
20
River Styx: Loosely Identified (Monday, April 20 at 7:30pm)
Tavern of Fine Arts

Loosely Identified is a women's poetry writing group based in St. Louis, Missouri, whose roots go back some 40 years. They are relatively free of structure and have nevertheless managed to continue through time and maintain a core sense of purpose and continuity. Their chapbook, Breathing Out, is a compilation of the best of their work, published by Cherry Pie Press.

Location: Street: Tavern of Fine Arts Additional: 313 Belt Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63112 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Apr
21
Shakespeare Festival Reads Reading Group: Living With Shakespeare (Tuesday, April 21 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Living with Shakespeare, edited by Susannah Carson!

Why Shakespeare? What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays? Carson invites 40 actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
22
Elizabeth Berg: The Dream Lover (Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

George Sand was a 19th century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior. After leaving her estranged husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore men's clothing, smoked cigars, and had love affairs with famous men and an actress named Marie. Elizabeth Berg has created a gorgeous novel about the life of George Sand, with exquisite insight into the heart and mind of a woman who was considered the most passionate and gifted genius of her time.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch Additional: 225 N. Euclid City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
23
Liam Callanan: Listen (Thursday, April 23 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Listen is a book where characters ask readers to do just that: listen to their stories, especially because many aren’t the type of people who often get listened to—even though they should be. These characters’ trials, missed connections, and sundry challenges are full of surprises—some good, some bad, some funny, some wise, and some all this at once. Even more surprising, there’s tenderness here and a lot of heart—which often gets the collection’s characters into a lot of trouble.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
25
Writers Read Reading Group: Infinite Jest (Section 2) (Saturday, April 25 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Infinite Jest (section 2) By David Foster Wallace!

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
28
An Evening with Parlor Press Poets: Jennifer Atkinson, Allison Funk and Eric Pankey (Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for an evening with three local (or formerly local!) poets published by Parlor Press!

Jennifer Atkinson will read from Canticle of the Night Path, winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize. The poems in Canticle of the Night Path, collected in alphabetical order from “Canticle of A” to “Canticle of Zed,” are little songs of five—five lines, five sentences, five couplets, or five paragraphs—canticles to, for, with, and of all sorts of things.

Allison Funk will read from Wonder Rooms. Centuries before modern museums, European wonder rooms housed artifacts and curiosities that mirrored the worlds of their collectors. In them, the New World met Old. In Wonder Rooms, she is similarly in between: at once in the shelter of her childhood home and the chaos of a loved one’s mental illness.

Eric Pankey will read from Crow-Work. "What is a song but a snare to capture the moment?" Eric Pankey asks in his new collection, Crow-Work. This central question drives Pankey's ekphrastic exploration of the moment where emotion and energy flood a work of art.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
28
Summer Never Ends Reading Group: The Doubt Factory (Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The doubt factory by Paolo Bacigalupi!

When a radical band of teen activists claim that Alix's powerful father covers up wrongdoing by corporations that knowingly allow innocent victims to die in order to make enormous profits from unsafe products, she must decide if she will blow the whistle on his misdeeds.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm).

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
29
Eric Greitens: Resilience (Wednesday, April 29 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Bestselling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offer a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that will change your life. In 2012, Greitens unexpectedly heard from a struggling former SEAL comrade. They started writing, and Eric's letters are now gathered in this timeless handbook. They explain how we can build purpose, confront the pain in our lives, practice compassion, develop our vocations, find a mentor, create happiness, follow a role model, and think about the story of our lives.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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