Give the Gift of St. Louis

If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, your answer might be Growing Up St. Louis or one of my other books. They all provide a special look at the people and history of the Gateway City that everybody on your list will love.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, you’ll have a chances to buy autographed copies at three different locations in South St. Louis. I’ll sign from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Elder’s Antiques, 2124 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO; from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday at The Royale Food & Spirits, 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd.; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Abigail’s Gift Boutique, 5611 Hampton Ave., and from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at Taha’a Twisted Tiki, 4199 Manchester Ave.

You also can buy it online,at Or else, you can come to my porch and pick out books well away from anybody else. Perfectly safe! Just email me at [email protected] to set up a time.

Whatever book you choose, it’ll be perfect for the friend or relative who gets it. Or for yourself!


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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