Legally Reading Book Club


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Legally Reading: A Joint Book Discussion Group

cover of "Left in the Midwest"

Legally Reading Book Discussion: Left in the Midwest edited by Amanda Izzo and Benjamin Looker

Our next selection is "Left in the Midwest: St. Louis Progressive Activism in the 1960s and 1970s" edited by Amanda Izzo and Benjamin Looker.

The Legally Reading book club will meet virtually until further notice. Videoconference information will go out prior to each meeting to those who sign up.

For more information, contact Library Director Gail Wechsler at 314-622-4470 or  

Complete list of upcoming books and dates: 

Remaining books and dates for 2023-24 are:

Tuesday October 10--Left in the Midwest: St. Louis Progressive Activism in the 1960s and 1970s--edited by Amanda L. Izzo and Benjamin Looker

Despite St. Louis’s mid-twentieth-century reputation as a conservative and sleepy midwestern metropolis, the city and its surrounding region have long played host to dynamic forms of social-movement organizing. This was especially the case during the 1960s and 1970s, when a new generation of local activists lent their energies to the ongoing struggles for Black freedom, lesbian and gay liberation, feminist social transformations, environmental protection, an end to the Vietnam War, and more. Learn more about this activist period in St. Louis history in this collection of essays.

Editors Amanda Izzo and Benjamin Looker will join us for the discussion of this book! 

Tuesday December 12--The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation. A National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction (2020)

Tuesday February 13--Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Inspired by true events that rocked the nation, a profoundly moving novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her patients. 

Tuesday April 9--Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt

Drawing on firsthand accounts and the voluminous records produced by the federal government, Saunt’s deeply researched book argues that Indian Removal, as advocates of the policy called it, was not an inevitable chapter in U.S. expansion across the continent. Rather, it was a fiercely contested political act designed to secure new lands for the expansion of slavery and to consolidate the power of the southern states. 

Tuesday June 11--Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond 

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a new and bracing argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.