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Our Current Book Club Pick
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See

Our next HPB Book Club pick is a beautiful, thoughtful novel that illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. It is a story of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them, introducing readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of a small Korean island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

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"What I think we can learn from the haenyeo is that no matter what tragedies or struggles we face, we must continue on for ourselves, for our families, and for the larger society that we’re a part of."

— Lisa See

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Author Event with Lisa See

Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2020
Time: 7 PM
Location: HPB Flagship Dallas, TX

Meet New York Times bestselling author Lisa See at your Dallas Flagship HPB on Thursday, March 26th at 7 p.m. Lisa will discuss and sign her most recent book, The Island of Sea Women, the HPB Book Club pick for March and April 2020.

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About Lisa See

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain , which tells the story of her Chinese-American family's settlement in Los Angeles. She has also written a mystery series that takes place in China. Her books have been published in 39 languages. She was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California as well as the History Makers Award from the Chinese American Museum, and she was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

New HPB Book Club Picks are announced in January, March, May, July, September and November. Check back soon for our next pick!

Past Book Club Picks

Jan/Feb 2020

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Our first HPB Book Club pick of 2020 is the fictional retelling of the true life of Maud Baum. Maud was not only the wife of L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, but also the daughter of Matilda Joslyn Gage, a women’s rights activist who fought alongside Susan B. Anthony. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, we see Maud become the strong and courageous woman that she was always destined to be. Finding Dorothy is the perfect inspirational read for lovers of all things Oz and historical fiction.

"Who has the power in Oz? It’s the women, the Good Witch, the Bad Witch, and Dorothy."

— Elizabeth Letts

  Behind the Book: Learn more about this book directly from the author.

Oct/Nov 2019

Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris

Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris

After being freed by the Russians from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Cilka Klein is charged with working for the Nazis and hauled away to a Siberian prison camp. Only eighteen-years old, Cilka finds herself held captive once again, surrounded by more guards, and more determined than ever to survive. Too weak to do the manual labor of working in the mines, Cilka is assigned to help in the hospital, where she discovers she has a talent for soothing patients and helping others. However, when another girl discovers why Cilka is in the camp, she blackmails Cilka into stealing drugs from the hospital. In order to free herself from this threat and from her own guilt, Clika will have to find the courage to speak about the unspeakable. Based on a true story, Cilka’s Journey is the powerful follow up to Morris’ international bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

"History never gives up its secrets easily. But stories like Cilka’s deserve to be told, and I’m humbled and honored to bring it to you. "

— Heather Morris

  Behind the Book: Learn more about this book directly from the author.

Aug/Sep 2019

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Cassie Hanwell is a tough-as-nails Austin firefighter who has just won an award and is up for a promotion, but when an unexpected encounter costs her her job, she moves to Massachusetts to live with her estranged mother and start anew at a fire station that has never had a female firefighter… and doesn’t want one. As Cassie fights to earn the respect of the others on her crew, she finds herself falling for another firefighter, which could be another career-ending move. Not to mention the threatening messages she starts finding in her locker, on her car and even at her home. To find peace in her new life, Cassie is going to have to find the strength to forgive her mother, her stalker and herself, and open herself up to the love that is waiting for her. A wonderful follow up to Center’s How to Walk AwayThings You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt novel about true strength and courage and the healing power of forgiveness.

"I know what it’s like to have a job you love like breathing. I know what it’s like to work like crazy to get good at something that’s impossibly hard."

— Katherine Center

  Behind the Book: Learn more about this book directly from the author.

Jun/Jul 2019

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

In 1939, when twelve-year-old Rill Foss’s father rushes her mother from their Mississippi River shantyboat to the hospital, a group of strangers arrive to rip Rill and her siblings away from their parents and take them to the Tennessee Children’s Home. Though they are promised that they will soon be returned to their parents, Rill soon discovers that the only way out of the Tennessee Children’s Home is through adoption or death. Faced with the home’s sadistic director and its pedophilic groundskeeper, Rill struggles to keep her family together. In the present day, Avery Stafford is being groomed to take her father’s place in the Senate, should his failing health require it. However, when she meets an old woman at a nursing home, she begins to question the woman’s links to her family and starts a journey to unearth a long-buried family secret. Wingate expertly weaves the past and present together to create a riveting and heart-wrenching novel that still manages to be hopeful and uplifting.

"I always seek out a happy ending. That can be tough when you are dealing with history that is as difficult as this plot."

— Lisa Wingate

  Behind the Book: Learn more about this book directly from the author.