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Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club is focused on empowering Black and Latinx writers. We encourage book club ambassadors to highlight classic novels written by  Black women (i.e. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison) and bring visibility to debut authors like Elizabeth Acevedo, Brit Bennett, and Tomi Adeyemi. Our curated reading list celebrates the work of underrepresented writers and encourages readers who feel inspired by what we’re doing to be a part of our community.

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The Last Children of Mill Creek Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781948742641
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Published: Belt Publishing - April 20th, 2020

January 2021 Well-Read Black Girl reading group selection


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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781476777122
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2016

February 2021 Well-Read Black Girl reading group selection


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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
$11.96
ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

March 2021 Well-Read Black Girl 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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Bunny: A Novel Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780525559757
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2020

January 2021 Reader Beware! reading group selection


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The Sundial Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Victor LaValle (Foreword by)
$13.60
ISBN: 9780143107064
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 28th, 2014

February 2021 Reader Beware! reading group selection


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Black Ambrosia (Paperbacks from Hell) Cover Image
By Elizabeth Engstrom, Grady Hendrix (Introduction by)
$20.39
ISBN: 9781948405508
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Published: Valancourt Books - October 1st, 2019

March 2021 Reader Beware! reading group selection


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The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802126719
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Published: Mysterious Press - June 13th, 2017

April 2021 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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The Stars Are Legion Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481447942
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - November 7th, 2017

January 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Piranesi Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9781635575637
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 15th, 2020

February 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

March 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Nine Bar Blues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780997457896
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Published: Third Man Books - May 26th, 2020

April 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy Cover Image
$71.96
ISBN: 9781250784278
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Published: Tordotcom - October 27th, 2020

May 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tor.com - May 2nd, 2017

May 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250186928
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Published: Tordotcom - May 8th, 2018

May 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250191786
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Published: Tordotcom - August 7th, 2018

May 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250191854
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Published: Tordotcom - October 2nd, 2018

May 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Female Man (Bluestreak #11) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780807062999
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Published: Beacon Press - March 17th, 2000

June 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Unconquerable Sun (The Sun Chronicles #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250197269
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Published: Tor Books - June 8th, 2021

July 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Secret City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781892391445
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Published: Tachyon Publications - April 1st, 2007

August 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Foundation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553293357
Availability: Backordered
Published: Spectra - October 1st, 1991

September 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Machine: A White Space Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781534403017
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 20th, 2020

October 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Tropic of Kansas: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062563811
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 11th, 2017

November 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Sentient (Fiction Without Frontiers) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781787584327
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Published: Flame Tree Press - September 8th, 2020

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Architects of Memory (The Memory War #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250215475
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Published: Tor Books - September 8th, 2020

January 2022 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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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Bowlaway: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062862860
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Published: Ecco - November 5th, 2019

December 2020 Novel Ideas reading group selection


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The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780399590610
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Published: One World - November 17th, 2020

January 2021 Novel Ideas reading group selection


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

February 2021 Novel Ideas reading group selection


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The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593128176
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 23rd, 2020

March 2021 Novel Ideas reading group selection


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 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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Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593108178
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Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

September 2020 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Patsy: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631497896
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Published: Liveright - May 26th, 2020

October 2020 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Gentleman Jack (Movie Tie-In): The Real Anne Lister Cover Image
By Anne Choma, Sally Wainwright (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143134565
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2019

November 2020 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807062920
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Published: Beacon Press - September 8th, 2015

December 2020 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Cinderella Is Dead Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781547603879
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - July 7th, 2020

January 2021 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Untamed Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781984801258
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Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

February 2021 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Marriage of a Thousand Lies Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781616959470
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Published: Soho Press - July 10th, 2018

March 2021 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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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Lie With Me: A Novel Cover Image
By Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald (Translated by)
$12.80
ISBN: 9781501197888
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Published: Scribner - April 7th, 2020

January 2021 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


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Cleanness Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9781250785664
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Published: Picador - January 12th, 2021

February 2021 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


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Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (Jewish Lives) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780300248555
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Published: Yale University Press - September 10th, 2019

March 2021 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.

Othello (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812969153
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Published: Modern Library - August 25th, 2009

Julius Caesar (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812969368
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Published: Modern Library - June 14th, 2011

Much Ado About Nothing (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969177
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Published: Modern Library - August 25th, 2009

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781416541639
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2011

As You Like It (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812969221
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Published: Modern Library - May 4th, 2010

Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812971811
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 12th, 2010

Hamnet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

Macbeth (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812969160
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Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300222715
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Published: Yale University Press - January 24th, 2017

Henry IV, Part 1 (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812969245
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Published: Modern Library - August 25th, 2009

Henry IV, Part 2 (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812969252
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Published: Modern Library - August 25th, 2009

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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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525566182
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

March 2020 Read the Resistance book club selection


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