A busy time ahead

I’ve just begun work on a second edition of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans. Following the pattern set with Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side, Reedy Press decided against just printing more copies when the last run ran out. Instead, I’ll be adding new stories to the favorites in the first edition. It should be out this summer or early this fall.

Also set for a fall release: a coffee table book with the working title Unique Homes of St. Louis. Since last spring, I’ve been traveling the highways and byways hereabouts with photographer Mark Abeln looking for the strangest, oddest, most unusual houses around. My musings on those houses will fill the white spaces that don’t contain a picture. It should be a fun book.

I can’t wait for you to read both books.


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

2 thoughts on “A busy time ahead

  1. HALLO JIM I have some books n the German Language, I would like to donate same, You know of someone who would like to have them? Please let me know………Bruno Erben.


  2. Reblogged this on Superiorecotour’s Blog and commented:
    I’m not from MO, so you don’t have to show me this for me to believe it. But I do like beer, brats and baseball … that ya better add BADGERS to this ! Anyway, Jim Merkel comes Up North so often — and writes about it — that he qualifies as a certified Chequamegon cheese head. I first met him when he walked into the newspaper with his book about a light house stuck out in the middle of nowhere on one of the Apostle Islands. Nobody lives out there. Nobody!


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