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The Minimalists: Everything That Remains

The Minimalists

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career. Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately.

Read all about The Minimalists here

Watch the book trailer for Everything That Remains here

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Dee Williams: The Big Tiny

Dee Williams

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

The Big Tiny is a graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self--in just 84 square feet--by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Priscilla Dowden-White: Groping Toward Democracy

Priscilla Dowden-White

St. Louis Public Library - Buder Branch 

Dr. Priscilla Dowden-White discusses and signs Groping Toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949. Have breakfast with Dowden-White, a professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as she highlights civil rights in St. Louis in the era leading up to the Civil Rights Movement.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 10:00am

Kenneth Oppel: The Boundless

Kenneth Oppel

St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Rd. Branch 

Read St. Louis presents Kenneth Oppel. "The Boundless," the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life! When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:30pm

Hannah Kent: Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Toti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

Bryan Hayes, David W. Mesker, Gerard Craft, John McPheeters, & Robert W. Duffy: Missouri River Country

Missouri River Country

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Explore the scenic treasure of the Missouri River from the Confluence with the mighty Mississippi, just north of the Gateway Arch, to Hermann in a way that you've never seen before. Discover the magic of the confluence, Daniel Boone's last home, the nation's first viticulture area, unique conservation areas, and more. Missouri River Country offers a survey of the area's culture, both past and present.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:00pm

Lisa Lillien: The Hungry Girl Diet

Lisa Lillien

Dierberg's - Des Peres 

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Hungry Girl cookbooks now delivers the first-ever meal plan based on the concepts that have satisfied millions: The Hungry Girl Diet! Lisa Lillien has taken her famous super-sizing techniques, diet philosophies, and delicious recipes, and she's put them into a foolproof four-week jump-start plan to help you lose weight effortlessly. Approved by a registered dietitian, this program is not only completely satisfying but also entirely effective.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

JA Jance: Moving Target

JA Jance

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender, is set on fire and severely burned one night while hanging Christmas decorations. The police say that he did it to himself, but B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiance and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obligated to get to the bottom of what really happened. Meanwhile, Ali investigates the decades-old murder of Leland Brooks's father. With Ali otherwise occupied, B. turns to Sister Anselm--a Taser-carrying nun--for help protecting Lance.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

McKenzie Funk: Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

McKenzie Funk

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming is to see it through the eyes of those who see it as a market opportunity. By letting climate change continue unchecked, we are choosing to adapt to a warming world. Containing the resulting surge will be big business; some will benefit, but much of the planet will suffer. McKenzie Funk has investigated both sides, and what he has found will shock us all.

Listen to McKenzie Funk talk about Windfall on Fresh Air here!

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 7:00pm

Cathy Marie Buchanan: Painted Girls

Cathy Buchanan

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Following their father's death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opera. Her older sister finds work as an extra in a stage adaptation of Emile Zola's "L'Assommoir." Marie is soon modeling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be immortalized as "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen." Meanwhile Antoinette, derailed by her love for Emile Abadie, must choose between honest labor and more profitable avenues.

Listen to an interview with Cathy Marie Buchanan on NPR here

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

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