Goldie Taylor - Love You Save (St. Louis Launch Event)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 1, 7pm CT
In person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
Masks required for in person attendance
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Left Bank Books presents St. Louis raised journalist, political analyst and human rights activist,
Goldie Taylor,
who will discuss her harrowing, deeply hopeful memoir of family, faith and the power of books,
The Love You Save: A Memoir,
at the Ethical Society!!
Taylor will be in conversation with her former teacher
Mrs. Peggy Lewis-LeCompte!
Join us in person or virtually on YouTube Live Page.
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from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Taylor will personalize and sign additional copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
"The Love You Save will console and inspire countless people."--J.R. Moehringer, New York Times bestselling author of The Tender Bar
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings meets Educated in this harrowing, deeply hopeful memoir of family, faith and the power of books--from acclaimed journalist and human rights activist Goldie Taylor
Aunt Gerald takes in anyone who asks, but the conditions are harsh. For her young niece Goldie Taylor, abandoned by her mother and coping with trauma of her own, life in Gerald's East St. Louis comes with nothing but a threadbare blanket on the living room floor.
But amid the pain and anguish, Goldie discovers a secret. She can find kinship among writers like James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. She can find hope in a nurturing teacher who helps her find her voice. And books, she realizes, can save her life.
Goldie Taylor's debut memoir shines a light on the strictures of race, class and gender in a post-Jim Crow America while offering a nuanced, empathetic portrait of a family in a pitched battle for its very soul.
Profoundly moving, exquisitely rendered and ultimately uplifting, The Love You Save is a story about hidden strength, perseverance against unimaginable odds, the beauty and pain of girlhood, and the power of the written word.
Goldie Taylor is a journalist, political analyst and human rights activist. She been featured on NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News, CNN, HLN, The Steve Harvey Show, and Good Morning America, as well as NPR's All Things Considered. She has written for SalonAtlanta Journal ConstitutionSt. Louis Post DispatchThe GrioHuffington Post, and as editor-at-large for The Daily Beast. She lives in Boston. 
Peggy Lewis LeCompte is a senior advisor for the Office of Illinois State Representative LaToya Greenwood. She retired from East St. Louis School District 189 after nearly 40 years as an educator. LeCompte is actively involved in many community organizations through leadership roles, including vice president of Pearls of Power Foundation, parliamentarian of Franchell Boswell Education Foundation, fundraising and nominating committee chairman of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, chairman of the Trinity UMC Administrative Board and recording secretary of Women of Achievement St. Louis. She is a former international board member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the 10th national president of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., LeCompte is also involved in the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Gateway Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the Metro East Domestic Violence Committee.

"Harrowing, transcendent and written with singular grace, The Love You Save is the best kind of memoir. Goldie Taylor reveals how in the face of adversity, we can find hope in books, in faith, in family, and most importantly, in our own inner resolve. A powerful book that will stick with you forever."-- Tamron Hall, Emmy Award-winning journalist and author of As the Wicked Watch
"Bursting with hope, wonder and wisdom, The Love You Save is a deeply inspiring, must-read memoir about the transformative power of books to heal and unite us."-- Gabrielle Union, New York Times bestselling author of You Got Anything Stronger?
"Goldie Taylor's The Love You Save is at once candid and devastating. Writing with clarity and elegance, Taylor has crafted a memoir about finding peace, hope, and love after surviving unspeakable violence. This book will stay with me a long long time."-- Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir
"In The Love You Save Goldie Taylor weaves a vibrant retelling of her youth and by proxy a side of America that is rarely seen on the page. Instead of pathologizing hardship, Taylor celebrates survival and gives the readers a front row seat to a fascinating and poignant life. Deeply honest, it is an important cultural document wrapped in a memoir. Words are powerful, the pen can be our best weapon and here Taylor shows us that she survived and thrived because of them."-- Mikki Kendall, New York Times bestselling author of Hood Feminism
"Goldie Taylor writes of her childhood in East St. Louis--often cruel, often dire, punctuated by intense and complex familial love--with a clear-eyed lack of sentimentality, much less self-pity, and, somehow, unwavering compassion that put me in mind of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, especially as young Goldie finds strength and salvation in the transporting, redemptive power of books and the support of perceptive teachers. The writing in The Love You Save is always as beautiful as its story so often is not, and I read it through with a kind of fearful hopefulness."-- Benjamin Dreyer, New York Times bestselling author of Dreyer's English
The Love You Save is a powerful coming-of-age story about a little Black girl's determination to love and survive. It made me smile and grimace with deep recognition. This is a memoir about the pain and joy of being 'the first, ' with all of the sacrifices that come with opportunity. Taylor renders a lovely memoir about a slice of Black life with compassion and truth-telling."-- Tressie McMillan Cottom, National Book Award-nominated author of Thick: And Other Essays


Event address: 
Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road
Saint Louis, MO 63117
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