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Humble Beginnings

Whether they've won multiple literary awards or have written several bestsellers, all of our favorite writers have a debut. Was their future success a fait accompli, or did they have a long road ahead? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. and we'll discuss their first novels.

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Tipping the Velvet: A Novel Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781573227889
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2000

June 2019 Humble Beginnings reading group selection


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Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove Series #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780060735425
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 25th, 2004

July 2019 Humble Beginnings reading group selection


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The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

August 2019 Humble Beginnings reading group selection


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Breath, Eyes, Memory Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9781616955021
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Published: Soho Press - February 24th, 2015

September 2019 Humble Beginnings reading group selection


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Carrie Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984898104
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Published: Anchor - December 31st, 2018

October 2019 Humble Beginnings reading group selection


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There There: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

November 2019 Humble Beginnings reading group selection


Reader Beware!

Our book group reads Horror! Reader Beware! meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the basement of Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO to talk about all the scary stories!

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Colonial Horrors: Sleepy Hollow and Beyond Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781681778938
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 9th, 2018

June 2019 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


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Feed (The Newsflesh Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780316081054
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - May 2010

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The Hunger Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212534
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2019

August 2019 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


Great Novels of the 22nd Century

Science fiction reading group, hosted by Left Bank Books, moderated by Mark W. Tiedemann. We explore novels that reflect the potential of SF as both intellectually challenging and excellent writing. This group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month downstairs in the store at 7:00pm.

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Einstein Intersection Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780819563361
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wesleyan University Press - July 1998

June 2019 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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334: A Novel Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780375705441
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Published: Vintage - April 27th, 1999

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The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard Cover Image
By J. G. Ballard, Martin Amis (Introduction by)
$23.96
ISBN: 9780393339291
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 8th, 2010

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Dark Orbit: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765336309
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Published: Tor Books - May 10th, 2016

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Agency Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101986936
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Berkley - January 21st, 2020

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Mem Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781944700867
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Published: Unnamed Press - March 19th, 2019

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The Quantum Magician Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781781085707
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Published: Solaris - October 2nd, 2018

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Novel Ideas

Lunchtime reading group, featuring each month's book at 20% off. Novel Ideas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, selecting and discussing books of contemporary literary fiction. Interested? New members are encouraged to read the book and show up.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780735220690
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

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The Overstory Cover Image
$15.16
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

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Lesbian Reading Group

The Left Bank Books Lesbian Reading Group is open to the public and welcomes LGBTQI women and our friends. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. We generally meet at 7:15pm (new time!) downstairs at Left Bank Books in the Central West End. You will find the book we are reading for the month on this page.

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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781580056229
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Published: Seal Press - March 8th, 2016

June 2019 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Daughter of Mystery Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781594933806
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Published: Bella Books - February 18th, 2014

July 2019 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Silhouette of a Sparrow Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9781571317049
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 6th, 2013

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Gay Men's Reading Group

Meets at Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO on the fourth Thursday of every month. Open to gay men and our friends. 

The group meets monthly in the basement of Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO 63108. If you would like to join, feel free to join our discussion. We do ask that you have read the book or at least a significant portion of the book for the discussion.

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My Ex-Life: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250122445
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019

June 2019 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


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Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781631495953
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 4th, 2019

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Blackfish City: A Novel Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062684875
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Published: Ecco - October 2nd, 2018

August 2019 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


Shakespeare Festival Reads

The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them.

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The Sonnets and Other Poems (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$7.20
ISBN: 9780812969207
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Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

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Cymbeline (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$6.40
ISBN: 9780812969429
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Published: Modern Library - September 13th, 2011

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Shakespeare in Swahililand: In Search of a Global Poet Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374537265
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2017

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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780393356977
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 14th, 2019

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Richard III (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969139
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Published: Modern Library - August 12th, 2008

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Doctor Faustus and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780199537068
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 15th, 2008

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Cakes and Ale (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725029
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - December 5th, 2000

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Read the Resistance

Read the Resistance will broaden its scope to talk about social justice affecting our community. This reading group is an attempt to add some civility and context to the mix by exploring race, class, gender, and other issues, not only in St. Louis, but America as a whole.

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Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World Cover Image
By Frederic Martel, Michael Bronski (Foreword by), Patsy Baudoin (Translator)
$13.56
ISBN: 9780262537056
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Published: Mit Press - May 14th, 2019

June 2019 Read the Resistance reading group selection


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Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Cover Image
By Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)
$16.80
ISBN: 9780807088982
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Published: Beacon Press - August 2017

July 2019 Read the Resistance reading group selection


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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

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Friday Black Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

September 2019 Read the Resistance reading group selection


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Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781551527383
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 30th, 2018

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There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

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The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World (Politics of Place #3) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501183904
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

December 2019 Read the Resistance reading group selection


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