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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

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!

Feb/Mar 2018

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

As a child Lydia Gladwell hid under the sink while the murderer who came to be known as the Hammerman brutally murdered three other people. As an adult Lydia Smith hides in plain sight as a clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore. However, when one of her favorite “BookFrogs,” Joey, hangs himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia discovers a picture of her 10-year-old self in his pocket, and realizes that changing her name cannot change her past. Being bequeathed his bleongings, she strives to untangle the mystery of Joey’s suicide, unearthing long buried memories and forcing her to face the truth about that dreadful night and the identity of the Hammerman.

Oct/Nov 2017

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Having just completed a job in Syria, retired Belgian police officer Hercule Poirot is looking forward to a little R&R in Stamboul. However, when he reaches his hotel, he is greeted with a message calling him back to London, and he must leave right away.  He finds passage on the Orient Express, where he is pressed into service when the train gets stuck in a snowbank the same night a murder takes place aboard the train. With everyone providing alibis for everyone else and eyewitness reports of the extra purser and the mysterious woman in the scarlet kimono, will the killer actually be able to get away with murder?

Aug/Sep 2017

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Auggie Pullman is a smart, funny 10-year-old boy who happens to have a rare medical facial deformity and is about to start attending a mainstream school for the first time. Though he wants nothing more than to be treated normally, his classmates have trouble seeing past his extraordinary face.  Told from different point of view throughout the book, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio pulls at your heart-strings as you learn not only about the struggles Auggie faces because of his deformity, but also how it affects his family and his new friends.  Everyone will love this thought-provoking, memorable story of courage and kindness.

Jun/Jul 2017

The Girls by

The Girls by

At the start of the summer in 1969, fourteen-year-old Evie Boyd is struggling to find her place in the world after her parents’ divorce, and deal with her feelings of abandonment as her parents redefine themselves.  Then, she sees a group of girls walking through the park and is struck by the air of freedom and reckless abandon that surrounds them.  Mesmerized by one of the girls, Evie soon finds herself inducted into the cult of the charismatic, egomaniac Russell, and the imprisioning freedom of sex, drugs and corruption that leads to one violent night, changing all of their lives forever.  This debut novel by Emma Cline is a brilliant and beautifully written story about a horrific subject.