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LBB Book Club: Well-Read Black Girl discusses Everything Inside

Monday, June 27th, 7pm  **NOW MEETING AT 7pm**
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
THIS WILL BE A HYBRID MEETING. Email shane.m@left-bank.com for info to join.

Join Well-Read Black Girl Book Club! for a reading group discussion of Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat.

Get Everything Inside for 20% off by phone and online during the months of May and June!

 

Edwidge Danticat is the winner of the 2019 Saint Louis Literary Award!

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • "Unforgettable tales of families and lovers—from Haiti to Miami, Brooklyn, and beyond—often struggling with grief, loss, and missed connections.” Vanity Fair • A TODAY Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick!


A romance unexpectedly sparks between two wounded friends. A marriage ends for what seem like noble reasons, but with irreparable consequences. A young woman holds on to an impossible dream even as she fights for her survival. Two lovers reunite after unimaginable tragedy, both for their country and in their lives. A baby’s christening brings three generations of a family to a precarious dance between old and new. A man falls to his death in slow motion, reliving the defining moments of the life he is about to lose.

Set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, here are eight emotionally absorbing stories, rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity. At once wide in scope and intimate, Everything Inside explores with quiet power and elegance the forces that pull us together or drive us apart, sometimes in the same searing instant.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of numerous books, including The Art of Death, a National Book Critics Circle finalist; Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times Notable Book; Brother, I'm Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah's Book Club selection; and Krik? Krak!, also a National Book Award finalist. A 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature winner, and the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, and elsewhere.
Monday, June 27, 2022 - 7:00pm

LBB Book Club: Gay Men's Reading Group discusses A Union Like Ours

Thursday, October 27th, 7:00pm
399 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
THIS BOOK GROUP MEETING IS BACK IN THE STORE! 
A virtual option is still available, EMAIL shane.m@left-bank.com for virtual meeting link.

Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of A Union Like Ours by Scott Bane.

Get A Union Like Ours for 20% off by phone and online during the months of September and October!

 

After a chance meeting aboard the ocean liner Paris in 1924, Harvard University scholar and activist F. O. Matthiessen and artist Russell Cheney fell in love and remained inseparable until Cheney’s death in 1945. During the intervening years, the men traveled throughout Europe and the United States, achieving great professional success while contending with serious personal challenges, including addiction, chronic disease, and severe depression.

During a hospital stay, years into their relationship, Matthiessen confessed to Cheney that “never once has the freshness of your life lost any trace of its magic for me. Every day is a new discovery of your wealth.” Situating the couple’s private correspondence alongside other sources, Scott Bane tells the remarkable story of their relationship in the context of shifting social dynamics in the United States. From the vantage point of the present day, with marriage equality enacted into law, Bane provides a window into the realities faced by same-sex couples in the early twentieth century, as they maintained relationships in the face of overt discrimination and the absence of legal protections.

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 7:00pm

LBB Book Club: Gay Men's Reading Group discusses Alec

Thursday, September 22nd, 7:00pm
399 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
THIS BOOK GROUP MEETING IS BACK IN THE STORE! 
A virtual option is still available, EMAIL shane.m@left-bank.com for virtual meeting link.

Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of Alec: A Novel by William Di Canzio.

Get Alec: A Novel for 20% off by phone and online during the months of August and September!

 

 

William di Canzio’s Alec, inspired by Maurice, E. M. Forster’s secret novel of a happy same-sex love affair, tells the story of Alec Scudder, the gamekeeper Maurice Hall falls in love with in Forster’s classic, published only after the author's death.

Di Canzio follows their story past the end of Maurice to the front lines of battle in World War I and beyond. Forster, who tried to write an epilogue about the future of his characters, was stymied by the radical change that the Great War brought to their world. With the hindsight of a century, di Canzio imagines a future for them and a past for Alec—a young villager possessed of remarkable passion and self-knowledge.

Alec continues Forster’s project of telling stories that are part of “a great unrecorded history.” Di Canzio’s debut novel is a love story of epic proportions, at once classic and boldly new.

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

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