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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

Sep
23
Phil Klay: Redeployment (Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch

Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch Additional: 1301 Olive St. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63103 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
24
Novel Ideas Reading Group: Burial Rites (Wednesday, September 24 at 12pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Burial rites by Hannah Kent!

Left Bank Books

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Toti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

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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Sep
24
Nancy Horan: Under the Wide and Starry Sky (Wednesday, September 24 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

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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Sep
25
Shelley Shepard Gray: Joyful (Thursday, September 25 at 7pm)
St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch

A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book of her Return to Sugarcreek series. When his brother offers Elizabeth Nolt a job to be their cook and maid, Randall Beiler is furious — and guilty about the way he treated her after a year together. Elizabeth wants to be loved for herself — not because she’s good at running a household. If Randall really wants something more than a pretty housekeeper, he must find a way to show her - or risk losing her.

Location: Street: St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch Additional: 427 Spencer Rd. City: St. Peters, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63376 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
25
Gay Men's Reading Group: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Thursday, September 25 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter By Carson Mccullers!

Left Bank Books (downstairs)

With the publication of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s.

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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Sep
27
Author Breakfast with Laura Benedict, Heather Brewer, John Dalton & Irene Hannon (Saturday, September 27 at 09:30am)
St. Louis Public Library - Carondolet Branch

Please register for this event by calling 314.752.9224.

Laura Benedict's suspense novel is Bliss House, praised as "Eerie, seductive, and suspenseful," by Edgar Award-winner Meg Gardiner. Laura is also the author of Devil's Oven, a modern Frankenstein tale. A Cincinnati native, Laura grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and lives with her family in the southern wilds of the Midwest.

Heather Brewer grew up on a diet of Twilight Zone and books by Stephen King. She chased them down with every drop of horror she could find - in books, movie theaters, on television. Heather doesn't believe in happy endings...unless they involve blood. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and two children.

John Dalton is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first novel, Heaven Lake, won the Barnes and Noble 2004 Discover Award. He grew up outside St. Louis, and has lived in Taiwan, Iowa, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Presently he is director of the University of Missouri-St. Louis MFA program.

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, including the Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two RITA Awards, a Carol award, and two HOLT Medallions, among others. She lives in Missouri.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Carondelet Branch Additional: 6800 Michigan Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63111 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
27
Writers Read Reading Group: Blood Meridian (Saturday, September 27 at 4pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west." Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

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

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Central West End Additional: 399 N. Euclid City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
29
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Oct
1
Monica Lieser: 14 Days of Foreplay (Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Have you ever noticed an affectionate couple and wonder what their secret is? Realizing that simple gestures and interactions count as foreplay adds a special intention to how couples communicate with each other all day long. 14 Days of Foreplay helps couples initiate conversations and interactions that build intimacy. Marriage and family therapist Monica Lieser offer simple, creative strategies to improve the way couples relate on a daily, and nightly, basis.

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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Oct
1
Great Novels of the 22nd Century: Case of Conscience (Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Case of Conscience by James Blish!

Left Bank Books

Father Ruiz-Sanchez, a priest and scientist, is sent to Lithia, where he comes upon a race of aliens who are admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason, which makes them incapable of faith or belief.

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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Oct
2
RA Salvatore: Rise of the King, Companions Codex II (Thursday, October 2 at 7pm)
Municipal Library Consortium - Webster Groves Public Library

In the second book of the Companions Codex, the latest series in the New York Times best-selling saga of dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, R.A. Salvatore picks up with the fan-favorite storyline of dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer and his bloody feud with the orc kingdom of Many Arrows. This event is presented by Archon STL.

Location: Street: Municipal Library Consortium - Webster Groves Public Library Additional: 301 E Lockwood Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63119 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Oct
3
Anthony Marra: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Friday, October 3 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

The Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series presents Anthony Marra, author of A constellation of vital phenomena. Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital in Chechnya where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.

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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Oct
6
Ellen Stimson: Good Grief (Monday, October 6 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

One vacation changed everything. Ellen Stimson and her husband had such a wonderful time in Vermont that they wondered what living there would really be like. What if we stayed here...forever? So began the series of adventures and misadventures of Ellen Stimson's hilarious first book, Mud Season. Now, having settled the family in Vermont's rich muddy soil, they are faced with new challenges of raising kids in the paradise of this very small, very rural town.

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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Oct
7
Lauren Oliver: Rooms (Tuesday, October 7 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Estranged patriarch Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country house full of Rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, two long-dead and restless ghosts, linger within the house's claustrophobic walls. The living and dead are haunted by painful truths that surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, the spirit and human worlds collide--with cataclysmic results.

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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Oct
8
Jane Smiley: Some Luck (Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres: a heartwarming, deeply engaging new novel about the life and times of an American farm family over three transformative decades, certain to become an instant classic. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally remarkable children.

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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Oct
9
Fierce Reads Tour: Gennifer Albin, Jessica Brody, Nikki Kelly and Marissa Meyer (Thursday, October 9 at 7pm)
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Cyborgs, Grisha, witches and contemporary filled with breakups, makeups, & everything in between! Celebrate fierce books with YA authors Gennifer Albin, Jessica Brody, Nikki Kelly, and Marissa Meyer!

Gennifer Albin's Unraveled is the breathtaking finale to the Crewel World trilogy. Adelice returns to Arras, and soon discovers that she is not alone and must choose between an unimaginable alliance and a war that could destroy everyone she loves.

Jessica Brody's Unforgotten is the second book in the Unremembered Trilogy. After a daring escape from the scientists who created her, Seraphina believes that she and Zen are finally safe from the horrors of her past, only to discover that new threats await them.

Nikki Kelly's Lailah is the first book in the Styclar Saga. The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues who she really is, or her name. But there is a face in her dreams. She knows his name is Gabriel.

Marissa Meyer's Cress is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles. Cinder and Captain Thorne are plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood.

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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Oct
11
Graeme Simsion (Saturday, October 11 at unknown time)
Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant with an international reputation. His screen adaptation of The Rosie Project won the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script and has been optioned by Sony Pictures. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children, and is currently working on a sequel to The Rosie Project. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Oct
12
Jessica Day-George: Thursdays with the Crown (Sunday, October 12 at 2pm)
University City Public Library

Castle Glower has been acting weird, so it's no surprise when two towers transport Celie and her siblings to an unknown land. When they realize that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids set out through the forest to figure out where they are and what's happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover two wizards and an entire lost people, the oldest inhabitants of Castle Glower. But do they know how to get her back home? This event is sponsored by Lit in the Lou.

Location: Street: University City Public Library Additional: 6701 Delmar Blvd. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
13
Ann Leckie: Ancillary Sword (Monday, October 13 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

The anticipated sequel to Ancillary Justice, winner of the Nebula, Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Awards! Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she has only a single body and serves the emperor. With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would a agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew – a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.

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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Oct
13
Observable Readings: Tyler Mills, Devin Johnston and Nathan Hoks (Monday, October 13 at 7:30pm)
Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End

Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poetry has recently appeared in Blackbird, the Believer, and the Boston Review, among others. She lives in Chicago, where she is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago and is editor-in-chief of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought.

Devin Johnston is the author of several books of poetry including Traveler. A new book, Far-Fetched, is forthcoming in 2015. He works for Flood Editions, an independent publishing house, and teaches at Saint Louis University.

Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series. He works as an editor and letterpress printer for the micro-press Convulsive Editions and teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

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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Oct
14
G. Neri: Launch Party for Knockout Games (Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Carpenter Branch

Knockout Games is set in modern day St. Louis amidst a disturbing rash of seemingly random attacks on bystanders by a group of urban teenagers in a crew called the TKO club. The protagonist, Erica, is one of a few girls who is down with TKO in part due to her natural skill with a video camera and her ability to make art out of the attacks.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Carpenter Branch Additional: 3309 S Grand Blvd. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63118 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
14
Hampton Sides: In the Kingdom of Ice (Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached, the crew abandoned the ship, and the men found themselves marooned. Thus began their long march across a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world.

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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Oct
15
Lisa Bloom in Conversation with #FergusonReads: Suspicion Nation (Wednesday, October 15 at 12pm)
Left Bank Books

Join author Lisa Bloom in conversation with the #FergusonReads reading group to discuss her book, Suspicion Nation.

What is #FergusonReads?

What went wrong behind the scenes in the Trayvon Martin case? Why does America endure so many tragic shootings like this one? These are the questions at the heart of Suspicion Nation. Bestselling author, trial attorney, and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom exposes the injustice, conducting new in-depth interviews with key trial participants and digging deeper into the evidence. Please RSVP for this book club event on Facebook or at suspicionnation.brownpapertickets.com.

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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Oct
15
Michael Kahn: Face Value (Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

As St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold knows firsthand, the grueling hours and demands of Big Law take their toll on young lawyers. According to the medical examiner, Sari Bashir quit for good on leaving work one Thursday night when she fell to her death from the eighth floor of the downtown garage adjacent firm. The police rule her death a suicide and move on. However, Stanley Plotkin, the law firm's eccentric mailroom clerk, is sure that Sari was murdered.

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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Oct
15
Summer Never Ends Reading Group: Everybody Sees the Ants (Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Everybody sees the ants by A.S. King!

Left Bank Books We spent the summer Reading Rainbow. But summer doesn't have to end! Join us now as we read the novels of A.S. King, acclaimed author of six YA novels and one collection of short fiction for adults.

Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.Please RSVP to Jonesey at jonesey@left-bank.com or call 314-367-6731.

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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