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Our Current Book Club Pick
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.

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

— Elizabeth Letts


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Author Event with Elizabeth Letts

Date: 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.

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About Elizabeth Letts

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of both historical fiction and non-fiction. The Eighty-Dollar Champion was an Indie Next Pick, a Goodreads Readers Choice Finalist and winner of the Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation and is currently in development as a feature film at MGM Studios. Her second work of non-fiction, The Perfect Horse, was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the Pen USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction and is available in a young reader edition. Her most recent book, Finding Dorothy, is a Publishers Weekly bestseller, a Library Reads selection and Midwest Connections selection. Elizabeth majored in history at Yale and in both her fiction and non-fiction she is known for her deep and detailed research. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.



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Past Book Club Picks

Feb/Mar 2019

Maid by Stephanie Land

Maid 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


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


Oct/Nov 2018

When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis

When 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.

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


Aug/Sep 2018

Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins

Good 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.

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


Jun/Jul 2018

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A 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.

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


Apr/May 2018

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready 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!