She made my day

sign (2)I had all kinds of fun signing books and hanging out in the German Cultural Tent of the family-friendly St. Charles Oktoberfest Saturday afternoon. But my biggest treat was 9-year-old Susanna King, shown behind me with a copy of the second edition of my book. Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis. While I was talking to Susanna’s mom, Susanna picked up the book and started reading it. No, she stared at it and wouldn’t stop while we kept talking. Of course her mom, Olivia King, bought it for her daughter, who attends Blackhurst Elementary School in St. Charles. Let’s hope Susanna lets her mom read it when she’s done!

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.

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