Legally Reading Book Club

Legally Reading


Please Join Our Libraries In Presenting:

Legally Reading: A Joint Book Discussion Group


The Broken Heart of America

Legally Reading: The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

Our Next Selection is "The Broken Heart of America:  St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States" by Walter Johnson.   

In "The Broken Heart of America," Missouri native Walter Johnson uses a deep racial and social justice lens to look at the history of St. Louis. From Lewis and Clark’s 1804 expedition to the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, American history has been made in St. Louis. And as Walter Johnson shows in this searing book, the city exemplifies how imperialism, racism, and capitalism have persistently entwined to corrupt the nation’s past.

Remaining books and dates for 2020-21 are:


Tuesday February 9— Walter Johnson “The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States”


Tuesday April 13—Colson Whitehead “The Underground Railroad”


Tuesday June 8—Stephanie Land “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive”

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 gwechsler@llastl.org.