St. Louis native Jonathan Franzen situates this story in the 70s to examine one day in the life of a Midwestern family of five as each of them searches for a freedom that the others will only threaten. Quintessential Franzen.
Set in a small independent bookstore The Sentence asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader, and to the book. Pulitzer Prize winning author Louise Erdrich is back!
We hope you were lucky enough to see Ai Weiwei's astonishing exhibit last year at The Kemper Art Museum, but even if you weren't, Weiwei's remarkable memoir is absolutely worth reading.
Once an intimate of Mao Zedong, Ai Weiwei's father was branded a rightist during the Cultural Revolution, and he and his family were banished to a desolate place known as "Little Siberia," where Ai Qing was sentenced to hard labor cleaning public toilets. Ai Weiwei recounts his childhood in exile, and his difficult decision to leave his family to study art in America, where he befriended Allen Ginsberg and was inspired by Andy Warhol. With candor and wit, he details his return to China and his rise from artistic unknown to art world superstar and international human rights activist-and how his work has been shaped by living under a totalitarian regime.
Hometown boy Andy Cohen, who invented the Real Housewives series and other successes on the Bravo channel, offers us feel-good quotes, glitter-style, by the women he loves from his mother to Madonna.
Patchett's second essay collection centers around one long essay, "These Precious Days"--a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship which led to a new awareness of the always-becomingness of life. It's wunderbar!
From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s. This could be Colson's best yet!
Margaret Atwood and Left Bank Books owner Kris Kleindienst both love this book, but we're gonna let Claire Messud do the raving:
"[A] tribute by one fine essayist of the political left to another of an earlier generation…the great pleasure of reading [Solnit] is spending time with her mind, its digressions and juxtapositions, its unexpected connections . . . a captivating account of Orwell as gardener, lover, parent, and endlessly curious thinker…movingly, [Solnit] takes the time to find the traces of Orwell the gardener and lover of beauty in his political novels, and in his insistence on the value and pleasure of things."
From the highly acclaimed and beloved author of All the Light We Cannot See, comes the highly anticipated Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr's gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope-and a book.
Pre-order an autographed copy. Orders will ship and be available for pickup after December 5. While they last, limited copies.
We love David Sedaris and, judging by the number of you who show up for the multiple events we've hosted with him over the years, you do too. Here are his diaries, perhaps the wellspring of his snort-laugh, I can't believe I laughed at that, humor in all its sordid glory. You know you want to look. What are you waiting for?We love David Sedaris and, judging by the number of you who show up for the multiple events we've hosted with him over the years, you do too. Here are his diaries, perhaps the wellspring of his snort-laugh, I can't believe I laughed at that, humor in all its sordid glory. You know you want to look. What are you waiting for?
Dave Eggers has done it again in this Indie Bookstore exclusive edition of his latest novel.
When the world's largest search engine/social media company, the Circle, merges with the planet's dominant e-commerce site, it creates the richest and most dangerous-and, oddly enough, most beloved-monopoly ever known: the Every.
Delaney Wells is an unlikely new hire. A former forest ranger and unwavering tech skeptic, she charms her way into an entry-level job with one goal in mind: to take down the company from within.
Need we say more?
The amazing Elizabeth Strout returns to her memorable character who we met and loved in My Name Is Lucy Barton. Oh, William! , masterful account of human empathy, recounts Lucy's complex, tender relationship with William, her first husband-and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidant.
As Ann Patchett writes: "Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writers, so the fact that Oh William! may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for joy. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement."
Go behind the scenes of The 2011 World Series with St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hocham. The St. Louis Cardinals World Series-winning team is one of the most fondly remembered among fans, featuring players including Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, and David Freese.
Black Food is everything I want a cookbook to be. A succulent and hearty main course, it features a liberal sprinkling of moving and informative essays on the ways in which food carries meaning across the African diaspora. It is well-seasoned with recipes that speak to a lost or distant motherland, such as a mouthwatering Somali lamb stew or the corn and goat’s milk pudding. It is boosted by a secret ingredient: a ton of traditional Black American dishes, many of which feature an inventive twist, like collards with cornbread dumplings or the sweet potato grits. Many of the recipes are vegetarian/vegan friendly or adaptable. But more than anything, the book is bolstered by its powerful themes, like food’s relationships to spirituality, liberation, queerness, femininity, and self-care. Short articles, beautiful art, and spectacular food styling are the finishing touches on what is already my new favorite cookbook. - Danielle
The follow up to Cumming's NYT bestseller Not My Father's Son--a memoir in essays about his life in Hollywood, his loves, his struggles, and his search for authenticity.
Stephenson returns to the technothriller. Cutting edge climate science might just save life on the planet--or end it. It's an exhilarating, witty, mind-expanding adventure!
On the heels of her bestseller Writers and Lovers comes a wonderful collection of short stories b Lily King.
Told in the intimate voices of complex, endearing characters, Five Tuesdays in Winter intriguingly subverts expectations as it explores desire, loss, jolting violence, and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs. A reclusive bookseller begins to feel the discomfort of love again. Two college roommates have a devastating middle-aged reunion. A proud old man rages powerlessly in his granddaughter's hospital room. A writer receives a visit from all the men who have tried to suppress her voice.
Ann Patchett loves this book, so we are pretty sure you will too!
Super cool addition to the best-selling And Other Things series.
HIP-HOP (AND OTHER THINGS) is about, as it were, rap, but also some other things. It's a smart, fun, funny, insightful book that spends the entirety of its time celebrating what has become the most dominant form of music these past two and a half decades. Tupac is in there. Jay Z is in there. Missy Elliott is in there. Drake is in there. Pretty much all of the big names are in there, as are a bunch of the smaller names, too.
There's art from acclaimed illustrator Arturo Torres, there are infographics and footnotes; there's all kinds of stuff in there. Some of the chapters are serious, and some of the chapters are silly, and some of the chapters are a combination of both things. All of them, though, are treated with the care and respect that they deserve.
You'll immediately feel connection within Phoebe's hilarious and thoughtful stories - about living under quarantine and developing a better understanding of oneself as only she can. You Can't Touch My Hair is great, and so is Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes!
OMG, Left Bank Books has autographed copies of Baking with Dorie! While supplies last! This is an excellent gift for the baker in your family! That's Dorie Greenspan, the James Beard Award-winning and NYT best-selling author.
Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.
Winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize!
An enigmatic, elegant meditation on the end of civilization—if end it truly is.
A slim, gorgeous story that is already an international bestseller from Ireland's Claire Keegan. Beautifully rendered, a semi-classic setting of a small Irish town,--a dark secret, a man with a burden to bear--resolves in a sort of anti-Christmas Carol style. Utterly satisfying.
Miriam Toews, the bestselling author of Women Talking and All My Puny Sorrows, is back with a compassionate, darkly humorous, and deeply human new novel about three generations of women. Autographed!