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Holiday Recommendations from Interabang Books

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The holidays are here! With the cold weather (finally) making its way to Dallas, it's the perfect time to cuddle up with a blanket, a mug of something warm, and a good book. Here are our staff's recommendations for good reads for the season.

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385353427
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Knopf - October 16th, 2018

Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis returns with the perfectly formatted book on history and political discourse. What if we could ask the founding fathers their thoughts on our contemporary conflicts? Would we listen? Do their original words still speak to us? Were they hypocritical? Ellis takes on the premise of showcasing a founder’s writings against current global and national crisis. This is what history can do: it can pull the past and the present toward each other to make sense of what may feel impossible to understand. - Tyler Heath

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524731656
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2018

Pulitzer Prize winner John Carreyrou returns with this year’s true crime thriller where he takes on the failed Silicon Valley startup Theranos. Carreyrou gets incredibly close to the dismantling of what could have been another Steve Jobs if not for the fraud. A book you will not want to give up after you’ve bought it for someone else. This is what good reporting can do. Wow! - Tyler Heath

Bridge of Clay (Signed Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375845598
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Masterful storyteller, Zusak, has returned after the long wait since the publication of his widely acclaimed The Book Thief. Bridge of Clay is an epic tale about a family of brothers, the past that still haunts them, and the bridge that will be built to save them. Zusak’s writing is as brilliant as it comes as he weaves his way in and out of the generations and events that brought this family to where they are. You will want to begin it again when you finish, just to savor his writing once more.  - Lisa Plummer

The Once and Future Geek (The Camelot Code #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368010849
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 20th, 2018

Secret codes, time travel, and video games - everything you expect to find in a brand new retelling of King Arthur’s tales. The Camelot Code follows a young Arthur of Camelot as he accidentally finds himself in the 21st Century, and upon googling his not-so-happily-ever-after in store for him upon his return, he decides to stay in the 21st Century. It’s now up to best friends Sophie and Stu to find a way to get Arthur back to his time or risk the fate of their world as they know it. Full of adventure, cheat codes, exciting puzzles, and magical battles - The Camelot Code is a fun and fast-paced read for gamers and fantasy fans of every age. - Dabney Rice

Cherry: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520139
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Knopf - August 14th, 2018

Nico Walker’s Cherry almost reads like a William S. Burroughs book: gritty, aggressive, smart. Walker is still serving a prison sentence upon his return from fighting overseas and this novel was composed during that time (his author photo is his mugshot). Cherry takes on drug addiction, PTSD, the working class and war with vulnerability. The perfect book for someone wanting a challenge. - Tyler Heath

Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393652222
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 14th, 2018

A different kind of a biography—one of an elegantly crafted inanimate object, its voyages around the world and its impact on the lives of those who came in contact with it. A fascinating account of a one-of-a-kind piano’s journey through music history. - Carlos Guajardo-Molina

Circe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556347
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Miller is back at it again with another ambitious retelling of one of the world’s most beloved classics. Using the same epic style as the original text, we follow Circe instead of Odysseus for this tale. Spanning hundreds of years, we see Circe’s transformation from a young goddess to a reviled and exiled witch, banished to Aeaea. We get to see her dynamic motivations for every action she took in the Odyssey. Filled with resilience, independence, and heart, you will not want to leave this epic tale when it comes to its close.  - Rhiannon Lomonaco

City of Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452295292
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

David Benioff's historical novel unfolds like a gritty fairy-tale. During the siege of Leningrad, a boy named Lev finds an ejected German pilot and rifiles the dead pilot's pack for food. Lev is captured by Soviet patrolmen and taken to the menacing Colonel Grechko for judgement. Grechko claims the pilot's body is Soviet property and finds Lev guilty of stealing from the state. The sentence is death. In a cold cell, Lev befriends Kolya, a young deserter who is also awaiting execution. Reprieve comes in an unusual form. Grechko's daughter is getting married and he want's her to have a cake.  The war has made it difficult to collect all the ingredients. And so he sends Lev and Kolya out to find a dozen eggs, promising to set them free if they complete the errand. Lev and Kolya go into the starving city and behind enemy lines to search for eggs, encountering cannibals, black marketeers, and and German patrols. This is a terrific read. - Richard Bailey

Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804187046
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 23rd, 2018

Ina has done it again with her latest book that is the perfect gift for the accomplished cook or the beginner. The Baked Pasta with Eggplant, page 83, is delicious as is the Crispy Mustard Chicken and Frisée, page 95. - Nancy Perot

Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Educated is my favorite new memoir about a young woman escaping her abusive family through her education, but also a brilliantly written reminder of how easily our memories can be twisted against us. Woven throughout with themes of home, memory and family, Educated is the best memoir I’ve read. If you try only one memoir this year, make it this one. - Tom Blute

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The Family Tabor: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250081452
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Flatiron Books - July 17th, 2018

Simply the best novel I have read this year. Wolas has a richly descriptive writing style and she weaves a fascinating story of a prominent family gathering to honor their father as he receives “The Man of the Decade” award in Palm Springs. Set over the course of one weekend, long hidden stories emerge that ultimately, and at a price, allow every family member to be free of long carried secrets. - Nancy Perot

The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219441
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

This year's winner of the National Book Award for fiction will warm your soul this holiday season. A charming story that follows a woman grieving from the death of her close friend, all that she has left of him is his dog. The woman and her new friend support each other through their grief, threat of eviction and ultimately give each other support when they both needed it the most. The triumph of human-canine connection will leave you hopeful this holiday season. - Mary-Louise Ryan

The Global Economy as You've Never Seen It: 99 Ingenious Infographics That Put It All Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615195176
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: The Experiment - October 23rd, 2018

99 infographics that will illuminate and clarify all the complexities of the global international economy! You’re sure to find some factoid or concept that is new! - Tom Blute

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Cover Image
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984854278
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Random House - October 16th, 2018

HAMILTON's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winner turns out to be brilliant at the pep talk, too. With this charmer of a book, he gives us a compilation of affirmations to help start each day without “getting lost in the comments section of life” (brilliant, see?) and end each day with wise words of encouragement. You'll want it on your bedside as well as under the tree gift-wrapped for your favorite people; it’s an upbeat book of comfort for any age, for people from any walk of life, and it’s priced just right for a little extra present.  - Kyle Hall

Highest Mountain, Smallest Star: A Visual Compendium of Wonders Cover Image
By Kate Baker, Page Tsou (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536204056
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Big Picture Press - October 23rd, 2018

Exquisite illustrations are paired with wonderful facts about nature’s superlatives. The oldest living trees, the longest bird migration, the highest waterfalls and many more interesting facts will keep readers intrigued for hours. This is a children’s book, but will be loved by all, as it is one of the most beautiful books in the store this season. - Lisa Plummer

Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria's Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421426242
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - October 31st, 2018

A charming story of how nature checked into New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria and made the community a better place. Leslie Day weaves natural history, gardening, beekeeping, New York history and food into a thoughtful and engaging conversational narrative. Carlos Guajardo-Molina

How 'Bout Them Cowboys?: Inside the Huddle with the Stars and Legends of America's Team Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538762349
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 9th, 2018

NFL expert and journalist Gary Myers explores America’s Team with his insider access to Jerry Jones, the players, and the managers. With the most up-to-date and indepth research of the most valuable sports franchise in the world, HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS is the perfect holiday gift for the sports enthusiast in your life. - Tom Blute

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538713297
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 30th, 2018

Looking for the perfect light couch read this holiday season? Jacobson's new memoir is a delightful cuddling companion. As the reader follows the solo cross-country adventure of Jacobson, her witty and smart commentary leaves the reader feeling like they are drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Essay's are accompanied by sweet drawings that owe homage to the music, literature and art Jacobson was exposed to while on her journey.  This memoir is thoughtful, funny, and above all inspiring. - Mary-Louise Ryan

Journey of the Pale Bear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534420779
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 2nd, 2018

Based on the true story of a “pale bear”, given as a gift from King Henry III of England to the King of Norway in 1251, this wonderful tale has it all - fascinting history, a grand adventure and most of all the story of friendship and compassion between a boy and a polar bear crossing the sea together. - Lisa Plummer

The Library Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476740188
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Orlean, author of the Orchid Thief, has written a fascinating tale about the fire in 1986 that destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library. “A riveting mix of true crime, history, biography and Immersion journalism”, according to Booklist. I could not have said it better myself. - Nancy Perot

Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521464
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Knopf - October 30th, 2018

Beautifully illustrated with selections from the British Museum, and written by its former museum director Neil MacGregor, this book is not the study of religion but a discussion of how a shared system of religious beliefs impacts the community in which it is practiced and how this informs this community’s place in the world.  From the largest world-wide religions to the smallest local, tribal practices, this book is a treasure trove of insight into societies’ customs, symbolism, lore and legend.  - Brian Weiskopf

Louisiana's Way Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763694630
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

One of my favorite children’s authors has given life again to one of her previous characters who will once again wrap her heart around yours. When Louisianna Elefante’s Granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to begin a journey from which she has no plan of return, Louisianna has to fight the winds of fate to find her way home. This beautiful story is about the family we make and the places that can feel like home even when they are far from where we started. - Lisa Plummer

The Lost Words Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781487005382
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary — widely used in schools around the world — was published, some forty common words concerning nature were dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail--a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world. Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, celebrating the wonder and importance of everyday nature. - Lori Feathers

Love Is Blind: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525655268
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Knopf - October 9th, 2018

Subtitled The Rapture of Brodie Moncur, this picaresque follows the life and loves of Scottish piano tuner Brodie as he navigates through fin-de-siecle Paris and St. Petersburg. More earthy than comparable novel The Gentleman in Moscow, this is a delightful and often humorous story and, according to those reviewers who are more familiar with Boyd’s works, a harkening back to his earlier novels. Since this is my first foray into his writing, I look forward to reading his others, especially Any Human Heart. - Brian Weiskopf

Orchid and the Wasp: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524761103
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Hogarth - July 10th, 2018

This is the first novel by the poet Caoilinn Hughes. The language is beautifully shaped and Hughes' observations are razor sharp. The heroine, Gael Foess, will likely stay with you long after you finish the book. The obstacles Gael faces and her drive for success have mythic emphasis. The novel is an intense and hilariously funny investigation of the "bootstraps" idea. Anyone who has crossed the powerful currents of fate to remake one's life into something new will recognize that an act of change is also an act of destruction; vital connections must sometimes be broken and personal truths must fall away in order to make one's self new. Hughes navigates this territory expertly. The book is a wonderful debut. - Richard Bailey

Origins of a Journey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604338041
Availability: Backordered
Published: Cider Mill Press - September 4th, 2018

A great gift for the history buff who consumes knowledge in delectable tidbits, Origins of a Journey features more than 120 stories of history’s most famous travellers and their finest adventures. - Carlos Guajardo-Molina

Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250081544
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Picador - February 9th, 2016

Rachel Cusk is a wise and compelling writer. Outline is the first book in a trilogy about a writer named Faye, who is overcoming loss. These books do not have a consecutive plot, but that hardly matters. Outline, like the books that follow, Transit  and Kudos, are about bearing witness. They will quietly break your heart and remind you how fruitful it is to listen, really listen, to other people when they talk through their troubles and share their stories.  - Richard Bailey

Sadie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250105714
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

Our first YA book club pick of the new year is here! Sadie is a riveting and deeply harrowing tale of an older sister’s devotion to her sibling. When Sadie’s younger sister winds up murdered, Sadie is determined to hunt down the killer on her own. Radio personality West McCray hears her story and takes off after her, documenting his search through podcast. Will he find her before it’s too late? Read and find out, then join us to discuss on January 8th at 7pm! - Rhiannon Lomonaco

Sawkill Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062696601
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

This YA fantasy novel brings us a timely message about female solidarity and support. LeGrand weaves an eerie story that functions as an extended metaphor for the ways in which patriarchy seeks to oppress and commodify women. Told as a mystery surrounding the disappearance of several young girls over the past few years on the remote island of Sawkill Rock, we soon discover that the monster lurking there is far scarier than anyone predicted. You will fall in love with the diverse trio of girls who lead the story, and their strength to see things through.  - Rhiannon Lomonaco

Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780875656540
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Texas Christian University Press - October 7th, 2016

Fans of Texas whiskey will be most familiar w/ Head Distiller Rob Arnold’s TX Blended Whiskey. SHOTS OF KNOWLEDGE does a fascinated deep dive on the chemistry and composition of whiskey. Best consumed with a glass of your favorite alcoholic beverage. - Tom Blute

The Sisters of the Winter Wood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316483254
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Redhook - September 25th, 2018

Rossner’s debut makes a splash in the literary world. This Jewish inspired retelling of the Goblin Market will make many feel at home in its pages, and teach many others about Jewish culture. Infused with rich prose, Hebrew, and deep sisterly love, this is a tale for the ages. Certainly one of the most stunning fantasy releases of the year, you do not want to miss out on this beautiful story - Rhiannon Lomonaco

The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary Dishes to New Classics Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455574308
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Grand Central Life & Style - April 29th, 2014

Local chef Dean Fearing is nationally known, and his cookbook from The Mansion was a vast bestseller. This followup, an arguably better book, didn’t get the wide distribution it deserved when published and therefore not the same acclaim, but we mean to right that wrong! It should be easy after a look at these colorful pages. A strong candidate to be a gift for food- or restaurant-obsessed friends, especially after Dean signed all our copies at an event in downtown’s Klyde Warren Park in November.  - Kyle Hall

Those Who Knew: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560432
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Published: Viking - November 6th, 2018

In the wake of the #metoo movement Novey's novel is the perfect medicine. Those Who Knew explores the complicated nuances of power, gender, violence, race and complicity in an accessible way for any reader. The story follows many perspectives of the same incident the death of Maria P. As the reader follows their stories, the issue of complicity and who we should trust becomes more ambigious. - Mary-Louise Ryan

Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers Cover Image
By Walter Hoving, Joe Eula (Illustrator), John Hoving (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780394828770
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 18th, 1989

There’s a reason this has been in print for 50+ years, and it’s not just the cute size, the dust jacket in “Tiffany blue,” or the charming illustrations by the great Joe Eula (who’d have been as famous as his colleague Andy Warhol had he been just a bit more odd). No, it’s because this guide to table etiquette for teenagers is great for ANY-agers. The brief text is simple and clear, with just enough explanation of why this, not that. And like any good handbook about manners, it’s about creating confidence so we can all be comfortable, not about making pointless distinctions so somebody can feel superior. A truly invaluable little book - Kyle Hall

Trees: Between Earth and Heaven Cover Image
By Gregory McNamee, Art Wolfe (By (photographer)), Wade Davis (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781683830825
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Earth Aware Editions - November 20th, 2018

Simply breathtaking photography of the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our most precious inheritance -- trees, by award-winning author Art Wolfe. - Lori Feathers

Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062684561
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

Kingsolver delivers another intriguing story filled with interwoven characters from different time periods that all circle around a crumbling old mansion. The author’s interest in the natural world is very prominent in the story and Charles Darwin is an important figure. Beautiful language and a thought provoking look at what “shelter” truly means. - Nancy Perot

The Western Wind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128287
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Grove Press - November 13th, 2018

Everything that we look for in a good book: compelling characters, original storytelling, writing that is rich and perceptive, and Samantha Harvey achieves these so completely that hers is not just a very good novel but a truly great one. Harvey brings to vivid life the fifteenth century village of Oakham and its colorful residents as they mourn the apparent death of the town’s wealthiest man. Narrated by the village priest, Harvey unfolds her suspenseful, psychologically-driven story through a reverse chronology of events that crackles with intrigue. With The Western Wind Harvey shows us just how satisfying a smart, beautifully written novel can be.  - Lori Feathers

The White Darkness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385544573
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2018

Continuing his fascination with explorers, like Percy Fawcett in The Lost City of Z, Grann has traded the green hell of the Amazon for the white desert of the Antarctic. In this small book, Grann recounts the history of Antarctic exploration through two recent expeditions to the South Pole, each involving Henry Worsley, British special forces officer and student of the great polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Worsley shows his true mettle in his solo run to the pole and measures up in every way to his idol Shackleton. A great story perfect for the armchair adventurer in all of us. - Brian Weiskopf

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523504459
Availability: Usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 2nd, 2018

Every book lover will enjoy having this on their bookshelf. So much more than just another book of lists, Mustich took 10 years to research which books to include and and how they should be categorized. The essays are delightfully written and the colorful graphics make it inviting and very readable. - Nancy Perot