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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

Oct
20
Thomas Troeger: Music As Prayer (Monday, October 20 at 7pm)
Second Presbyterian Church

Dr. Thomas H. Troeger, Ph.D, Yale University, presents the 2014 Pfautch Lectures on Monday, October 20 at 7pm, and Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm at Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End. The lectures, Song That Blesses Earth, are co-hosted by American Guild of Organists – St Louis Chapter, and Kirkwood Baptist Church, and consist of two different lectures. Dr. Troeger will present “Song That Deepens Faith” on Monday, Oct. 20. The topic of Tuesday’s lecture is “Song That Wakens Hope”.

For more information please visit secondchurch.net.

Location: Street: Second Presbyterian Church Additional: 4501 Westminster Pl. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
20
River Styx: Sena Jeter Naslund and Jason Sommer (Monday, October 20 at 7:30pm)
Tavern of Fine Arts

Sena Jeter Naslund is a co-founder and program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing, where she edits The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press. A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Ahab's Wife, a finalist for the Orange Prize.

Jason Sommer has written two collections of poetry: Other People’s Troubles, which was a finalist for PEN U.S.A. West’s literary prize for poetry, and Lifting the Stone. He has been recognized with fellowships in Poetry at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writer’s conferences and a Writer’s Community Residency from the National Writer’s Voice Project of the YMCA. He received his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University.

Location: Street: Tavern of Fine Arts Additional: 313 Belt Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63112 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
21
Shakespeare Festival Reads: The Rape of Lucrece (Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of "The Rape of Lucrece," in The Sonnets and Other Poems by William Shakespeare!

Left Bank Books

"The Sonnets and Other Poems" includes all of Shakespeare's sonnets, the long narrative poems "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece," and several other shorter works.

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
22
Novel Ideas Reading Group: The Orphan Master's Son (Wednesday, October 22 at 12pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson!

Left Bank Books

An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master's Son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

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
22
#FergusonReads Reading Group: Rise of the Warrior Cop (Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Rise of the warrior cop by Radley Balko. Purchase the book at Left Bank Books for 20% off through October 31.

What is #FergusonReads?

In Rise of the warrior cop, Balko shows how politicians' ill-considered policies and relentless declarations of war against vague enemies like crime, drugs, and terror have blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. His fascinating, frightening narrative shows how over a generation, a creeping battlefield mentality has isolated and alienated American police officers and put them on a collision course with the values of a free society.

Please RSVP at fergusonreadsoct.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
23
Aaron Teel: Shampoo Horns (Thursday, October 23 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

A grieving widow spied sleeping through the busted out window of a dilapidated trailer, a severed nipple, an illicit raid on a roadside fireworks stand: a boy named Cherry Tree, with a penchant for tight red underwear and old towels worn as capes, encounters these and other mysteries one heat-struck summer in 1989 when his world is expanded by an abusive older brother and an elusive Mexican girl. Shampoo Horns is a meditation on boyhood, brotherhood, and the fragmented process of coming of age.

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
23
Launch Party for Susan McBride: Very Bad Things (Thursday, October 23 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Join us for the official launch party of Susan McBride's new YA novel, Very Bad Things! Katie never thought her boyfriend Mark would cheat on her, but the proof is in the photo that people at their boarding school can't stop talking about. Mark swears he doesn't remember anything. But Rose, the girl in the photo, is missing, and Mark is in big trouble. Because it looks like Rose isn't just gone...she's dead.

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
23
Gay Men's Reading Group: Covering (Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino!

From the acclaimed Yale Law School professor, this remarkable and elegant work fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a redefinition of civil rights in today's 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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Oct
25
Halloween in the Central West End (Saturday, October 25 at 08:30am)
Central West End St. Louis’ most legendary Halloween street party returns to the Central West End. Festivities kick-off with family fun daytime activities and as the sun sets, the party continues with an adults only bash – the Adult Costume Contest and Party – legendary for its elaborate, complex and outrageous costumes. CWE Halloween is open to the public and free to attend. Adults interested in participating in the Adult Costume Contest are required to pay a nominal entry fee. Event Details Location: Maryland/Euclid intersection in the CWE 8:30am CWEA Flying Monkeys 5K 11am Kids Costume Parade* & After Party Noon Trick or Treating at neighborhood businesses 1pm Dog Parade* & After Party 6pm Adult party begins & Costume Contest Registration opens 8pm – 10pm Adult Costume Contest * Parade begins at McPherson/Euclid intersection and ends at the stage located at Maryland/Euclid intersection.

Location: Additional: Central West End City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
25
Celebrity Storytime with Ellen Fischer: If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant (Saturday, October 25 at 10:30am)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a special storytime event with Ellen Fischer, who will read from her new picture book, If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant. "Slurp, munch, crunch!" Little hands will be turning the page to find out the real meals of animals! Would an armadillo order spaghetti with meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! Through a series of humorous questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat.

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
25
Xiaolong Qiu: Enigma of China: An Inspector Chen Novel (Saturday, October 25 at 1:30pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Carpenter Branch

Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is in an unusual situation--a poet by training and inclination, he was assigned by the party to the Police Department. Now he's a rising cadre in the party, which is why he's brought in to sign off on the investigation into the death of a major party member. Though everyone wants it to be a suicide, the clues don't add up.

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
25
Writers Read Reading Group: Olives (Saturday, October 25 at 4pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Olives by AE Stallings!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

A. E. Stallings has established herself as one of the best American poets of her generation. In addition to a lively dialogue with both the contemporary and ancient culture of her adopted homeland, Greece, this new collection features poems that, in her inimitable voice, address the joys and anxieties of marriage and motherhood.

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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Oct
25
Sean Brock: Heritage (Saturday, October 25 at 4:30pm)
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

Meet Sean Brock, James Beard Award-winning chef of Husk and McCrady's to celebrate his first cookbook, Heritage.

Ticket Information: $75 includes an autographed copy of Heritage, as well as generous tastings of savory and sweet dishes and cocktails prepared from the book's recipes. Tickets available at Heritage.brownpapertickets.com.

Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady's, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the Heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston.

Location: Street: Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. Additional: 1831 Sidney Street City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63104 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
27
Jason Mott: The Wonder of All Things (Monday, October 27 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

On the heels of his critically acclaimed and bestselling debut novel, The Returned, Jason Mott delivers a spellbinding tale of love and sacrifice. After a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators at an air show, thirteen-year-old Ava is found huddled beneath the rubble with her best friend. When Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost, and she must decide how much she's willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most.

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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Nov
1
Billy Collins: Aimless Love (Saturday, November 1 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Ticket information: Individual Ticket: $16.00 - Admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of Aimless Love OR Package Ticket: $20.00 - Admits TWO and includes one paperback copy of Aimless Love. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/857988.

Two-term Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins presents his first volume of new and selected poems in twelve years. One of our most critically-acclaimed and beloved poets, Billy Collins's work appeals to readers and live audiences far and wide. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins's poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder.

For additional 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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Nov
3
Richard Blanco: The Prince of Los Cocuyos (Monday, November 3 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Richard Blanco's childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents' nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver – an "exotic" life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see "la patria." In this moving, contemplative memoir, the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age.

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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Nov
4
Trudy Lewis: Empire Rolls (Tuesday, November 4 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library – Central Branch, Carnegie Rom

Author and University of Missouri professor Trudy Lewis brings us the unforgettable protagonist Sally LaChance, who works as a park ranger by day and a roller derby emcee by night in a midsized Missouri town. The novel, The Empire Rolls, captures the changing cultural landscape of the Midwest on the brink of the 2008 recession.

Along with a reading from The Empire Rolls, Arch Rival Roller Girls members Girl Fawkes, Cruella Belle-Ville, Danisaurus Rex, and Party Foul will be on hand to show video clips of their competitions and talk about the culture of roller derby. Buttons, stickers, and light refreshments will be provided.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library – Central, Carnegie Room Additional: 1301 Olive St. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63103 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Nov
5
Great Novels of the 22nd Century: Gateway (Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Gateway by Frederik Pohl!When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take.

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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Nov
6
Read It Forward! with Gareth Hinds: Romeo & Juliet (Thursday, November 6 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch

In a masterful adaptation faithful to Shakespeare's original text, Gareth Hinds transports readers to the sun-washed streets and market squares of Shakespeare's Verona, vividly bringing the classic play to life on the printed page. Gareth Hinds's stylish graphic adaptation of the Bard's romantic tragedy offers modern touches -- including a diverse cast that underscores the story's universality.

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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Nov
9
W. Bruce Cameron: The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man (Sunday, November 9 at 3pm)
Left Bank Books

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan's full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars. Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. To complicate matters, it turns out Katie, the girl he's fallen for, is Alan's "daughter."

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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Nov
10
Jac Jemc: A Different Bed Every Time & Anne Valente: By Light We Knew Our Names (Monday, November 10 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Jac Jemc is the author of A Different Bed Every Time, a 41 story collection that allows readers to peek into the windows of fairy tales and domestic dramas and the locked up minds of the disturbed. These affecting stories mine the territory between what is real and what it means to create understanding.

Anne Valente is the author of By Light We Knew Our Names. From ghosts to pink dolphins to a fight club of young women who practice beneath the Alaskan aurora borealis, this thirteen story collection examines the beauty and heartbreak of the world we live in and explores the thin border between magic and grief.

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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Nov
10
Observable Readings: Kara Candito and Bridget Lowe (Monday, November 10 at 7:30pm)
Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End

Kara Candito is the author of Spectator, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has been published in AGNI, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. Candito is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. A creative writing professor at the UW-Platteville, she lives in Madison, WI, where she co-curates the Monsters of Poetry reading series.

Bridget Lowe is the author of the book of poetry At the autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky and contributor to the forthcoming anthology 12 Women. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry, among other publications. She has received a “Discovery”/Boston Review prize, the 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship to The MacDowell Colony, and has been a scholar and fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She lives in Kansas City, where she was born.

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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Nov
11
Shakespeare Festival Reads: The Tragedy of Arthur (Tuesday, November 11 at 7pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

From the acclaimed author of The Song Is You comes an emotional and cerebral tour de force that features a lost play by William Shakespeare: The tragedy of Arthur.

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 Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Nov
12
Erin Hunter Expert Erica Sussman: Warriors: Dawn of the Clans: The Blazing Star (Wednesday, November 12 at 5pm)
Left Bank Books

Join Erin Hunter expert Erica Sussman, who will interact with fans, answer questions, and read from the newest installment in the Dawn of the Clans Story! In The Blazing Star, after facing their first battle, the remaining mountain cats must seek The Blazing Star in order to survive a new threat: a deadly disease sweeping through their territory.Erica Sussman, Editorial Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, has been editing Erin Hunter books for the past 8 years. As the editor for Erin Hunter, Erica is instrumental in all aspects of every Warriors story, and works closely with all the Erin Hunters.

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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Nov
13
Terri Barnes: Spouse Calls (Thursday, November 13 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch

From her own kitchen table to Capitol Hill, Terri takes readers beyond the headlines and homecoming videos for an inside look at the day-to-day hardships, victories, and many ways military life shapes, challenges, and enriches its families. Through poignant personal stories, incisive interviews, and emotive reflections, Terri's military life columns create an historical snapshot of American and world affairs, preserving an important piece of our nation's culture.

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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