Our Current Book Club Pick
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.Buy a Copy Online
"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
Author Event with Lisa See
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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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
Apr/May 2019When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Still reeling from the revolution that robbed her brother of his life and her family of their home, beautiful, fiery Beatriz Perez won’t let the glitz and glamour of the 1960s Palm Beach social scene distract her from her mission to destroy Fidel Castro. Of course, she wasn’t on counting on meeting the handsome, charismatic, engaged Senator Nicolas Preston. Becoming entangled with both the CIA and Senator Preston, Beatriz becomes estranged from her family and finds herself in more danger than she ever imagined. As she gets nearer to her goal, Beatriz must make a choice: give up the country she loves or the man she can’t live without.
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.