Our Current Book Club Pick
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.Buy a Copy Online
"Who has the power in Oz? It’s the women, the Good Witch, the Bad Witch, and Dorothy."
— Elizabeth Letts
Author Event with Elizabeth Letts
Tue, Jan 28, 2020
Time: 7 PM
Location: HPB Flagship Dallas, TX
Meet New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Letts at your Dallas Flagship HPB on Tuesday, January 28th at 7 p.m. Elizabeth will discuss and sign her most recent book, Finding Dorothy, the HPB Book Club pick for January and February 2020.
About Elizabeth Letts
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
Feb/Mar 2019Maid by Stephanie Land
Maid, by Stephanie Land, is an inspirational and deeply moving autobiography of a mother who tenaciously strives to provide a better life for her daughter.
Putting her dreams of college and becoming a writer on hold to have a child, twenty-something Stephanie Land finds herself homeless and alone with her little girl. Navigating government assistance and trying to find a way to provide for her daughter, she starts working for a cleaning service. As a maid, Land witnesses the lives of her clients while remaining invisible and overlooked. In Maid, Stephanie Land exposes the struggle of the working poor who strive to find the American dream while living below the poverty line.
"People in poverty do work very hard. They possibly work harder than anyone else."
— Stephanie Land
Oct/Nov 2018When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis
With most of the men in Brownwood, Texas over the age of 18 gone to war, the Brownwood Tigers are left without a coach, and if they don’t find one quickly, they may have to cancel the season. Knowing that without a reason to stay in Brownwood, the high school senior boys will disappear into recruiting offices and give up the rest of their childhood to war, Assistant Principal Tylene Wilson is determined to find a man to coach the team. Unfortunately, none of them know as much about football as she does. Having learned the game from her father, she secretly assists the only man she can find to take the job, but when the players don’t respect him, he turns the team over to Tylene, who then must face ostracism from her community for no other reason than being a woman who thinks she can coach football. Lewis’s debut novel seamlessly weaves truth and fiction to produce a wonderfully touching story that will inspire everyone who reads it.
Aug/Sep 2018Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins
After meeting at a weight-loss camp when they were teenagers, Georgia, Marley and Emerson develop a friendship to last a lifetime, but when Emerson’s health fails her, she challenges Georgia and Marley to do all the things they had promised they would do when they were at camp, including getting a stranger to buy them a drink, getting a piggy-back ride from a guy and telling off all the people who were mean to them when they were fat. Still dealing with the same image issues and family problems they had as children, Georgia and Marley go about trying to honor their friend’s last wish, with some humorous and touching results. In Good Luck With That, Kristan Higgins tackles the issues of body image and self-respect with perceptive humor and poignant insight.
Jun/Jul 2018A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
After three years away, Amar has returned to his childhood home and his family to celebrate his eldest sister’s wedding, and everyone is worried that Amar’s return could be a big mistake, especially Amar, whose volatile relationship with his father and desperate love for his childhood sweetheart threatens to destroy the peace and joy of his sister’s big day. In A Place for Us, Mirza weaves the past and the present together with ease and leads the reader down into the heart of an Indian Muslim family as they struggle to find a place between what was and what will be.
Apr/May 2018Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Billionaire video game inventor James Halliday died leaving his vast fortune to whoever finds the Easter egg hidden in the OASIS, the virtual world he created. But it’s been five years, and no one has been able to get past the first riddle. Enter our not-so-super hero Wade Watts. A poor orphan, Wade spends his days inside OASIS studying Halliday’s life and obsession—everything ’80s. When Wade becomes the first person to unravel Halliday’s first riddle and pass the first of three gates leading to the ultimate Easter egg, his life changes. Suddenly, he finds himself running to stay one step ahead of the girl he has a cyber-crush on, his best friend and a group of gamers who’ll stop at nothing to find the egg and gain control of Halliday’s company. In the end, Wade just might turn out to be a superhero after all!