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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 2017

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is certainly not the kind of person who judges other people; she just knows how things should be done and expect others to do them appropriately. So when she can no longer deny that her husband has been unfaithful, which is very inappropriate, she decides to leave him and get a job—as caretaker to a crumbling recreation center in the backwater town of Borg. Socially-awkwark and a bit of a clean-freak, Britt-Marie soon finds herself the clueless adviser of the town’s troubled youth, the unwilling coach of the town’s untalented children’s soccer team, and the unsuspecting love interest of the local police officer.  As she is drawn into the lives of the downtrodden townsfolk, Britt-Marie must learn to let down her guard, come to terms with her past, and decide what her future will be.  New York Times bestselling author Fredrik Backman is a master at taking unlikable characters and making you love them, and Britt-Marie Was Here may be his best book to date.

Feb/Mar 2017

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday enjoys her volunteer work at the French consulate and the new relationship she has begun with a handsome French actor, but her life is thrown into turmoil when Germany invades Poland and the man she loves returns to France.  Polish teenager Kasia Kuzerick resents the Germans who have overtaken her hometown and begins to work for the underground when the unthinkable happens and she ends up in the German concentration camp Ravensbrück. German doctor Herta Oberhausen accepts a position at Ravensbrück concentration camp in order to practice actual medicine, as under the Nazi government women are not encouraged to work out of the home. However the atrocities that occur in the camp will change her forever.   Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel, Lilac Girls weaves together the stories of these three women and keeps readers transfixed until the end.

Oct/Nov 2016

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Recently divorced alcoholic Rachel Watson fantasizes about the seemingly perfect couple she sees as she rides the train past her old neighborhood, where her ex-husband and his new family still live. Then one morning Rachel wakes up with a bad hangover and no memory of what happened the night before when the woman from the perfect couple disappeared. Paula Hawkins debut novel, The Girl on the Train is an addictive, HItchcockian thriller that explores how well we know others and how well we know ourselves.

Aug/Sep 2016

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove would never call himself cranky; he just sees that there is right and wrong in the world: He’s right, and everyone else is wrong.  That may be why most of his neighbors call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” However, when an accident prone man, his pregnant wife and two children move in next door,  Ove is forced to step out of his comfort zone and engage in the world around him, eventually banning together with his neighbors to save one of their own.  A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman brings together an interesting cast of characters and challenges the way we look at our neighbors.

Jun/Jul 2016

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Before Will Traynor’s accident, he had lived a large and adventurous life, but since becoming bound to a wheelchair, he has hardly left the renovated stables his parents fixed up for his use.  Before Louisa Clark went to work for the Traynors, she had been a gregarious waitress who loved working with people, and had never left the security of her hometown.  Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes brings together two very different people whose lives are changed as barriers are broken, secrets are revealed and a very special relationship emerges.