The book is almost here

GUP Final CoverThe waiting soon will be over. On Friday, I’m told, we’ll get real copies of Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades. We’ll have a chance to look at what I got from interviews of  more than 100 people about their experiences growing up here. When you add the transcribing, writing, rewriting, changes editing, proofreading and so much more, the whole process took more than three years.

The work often was frustrating. Change that. It always was exasperating. But I knew we had a great concept: have grown ups tell, in their own words, what it was like to be a kid in St. Louis.

I’m looking forward to that new book smell. I’m disappointed that we had to postpone or cancel signings and presentations for now, including the big Laugh Event on April 11 at the Central Library downtown. But the book was worth the wait. You can order a signed copy here. The $26 cost includes the $20.95 cost of the book, sales tax and shipping.  I’m biased, but I think this is my best book yet.


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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