Hold That Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020

IMG NauertwfriendsfromCrestwoodPk (1)That’s when the St. Louis Public Library – Central Library – will host the launch event for my book, Growing Up St. Louis. Don’t miss it. It’ll start at 1 p.m. and definitely be worth your time. If you can’t make it, Growing Up will be in bookstores and online starting a little before April 1, 2020. But why would you want to miss it? You don’t have to read about people in my book, but you can meet them and hear more of their stories.

I started talking about this project before the end of 2016, which makes it by far my longest project. Here you’ll read about surviving in the depression, the baby boomer’s life in the suburbs, and what it was like for a kid to watch someone get shot in a gang-infested part of St. Louis.  It was the result of more than 100 interviews with people of all ages, black, white, rich, poor. Between the stories are photos of kids from every period. Like no other book, Growing Up St. Louis tells what it was like to grow up in the Gateway City.

This will be a book worth waiting for. Mark that date: April 11, 2020. It’ll be here before you know it.



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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