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What's on the Nightstand: Rena Pederson

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At Interabang Books we love to ask our customers what they’re reading. We share some of their answers in What's on the Nightstand, a feature focused on what our friends in the community have been reading (or intend to).

Award-winning journalist Rena Pederson teaches writing at SMU. She has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, VP and Editorial Page Editor at The Dallas Morning News, and senior speechwriter / Strategic Communications advisor at the U.S. Department of State. An accomplished TED speaker, Ms. Pederson is the author of three books. Her next is a true crime account about the jewel thief known as “The King of Diamonds,” who got away with millions in jewels in 1960s Dallas.

What's on Rena's Nightstand is listed below:

The Which Way Tree Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316434959
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 6th, 2018

I am happy to say I heard this author speak at Interabang Books recently and was inspired to get her book. It’s a compelling story set in the Texas frontier days about a spunky young girl named Samantha Shreve who stalks the panther that killed her mother. Crook has a clever ear for Texas dialogue — actor Robert Duvall has already optioned her book for a movie and it should be a doozy.

Mrs. Osmond: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451493422
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Published: Knopf - November 7th, 2017

Just imagine if Henry James had written a sequel to his classic, “Portrait of a Lady” to find out what happens next to American Isabel Archer after her ill-fated marriage abroad — that’s just what Booker Prize-winning author John Banville did.  Fascinating to see a master taking on a master.

The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627791366
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - November 14th, 2017

This is a guilty pleasure. I am a Tina Brown fan — so talented, so brash — so it is fun to read about her adventures in the back-stabbing magazine world of Manhattan. How she had time to keep a diary and attend all those lunches and dinners with famous people is beyond me, but I am savoring her droll descriptions by reading just a few chapters every evening. 

Grant Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

The acclaimed biography of President Ulysses S. Grant by Ron Chernow of HAMILTON fame is next up — from all accounts it is a great read about a remarkable man; I am looking forward to diving in.