A new book about oddball South St. Louis

The fountain in Boathouse Lake

I’m thrilled to announce Reedy Press soon will release a new book by me, possibly later this year. In Scenes From South City, I’ll give a somewhat crackpot look at what I saw in about 50 miles of walks through the South Side. In seventeen chapters of about three miles each, all traipsed in 2021, I tell about the usual stuff: the parks, the stores, the best houses. To that, I’ll add the graffiti, the oddball artwork, the stuff you didn’t know about before.

You’ll learn about it in an oddball way you’ve never seen before. Keep watching this space for updates. I can’t wait for you to read it.

Artwork from a city park decorated with gravestones.

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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