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Blown Away

I recently had the pleasant opportunity to enjoy James L. Haley’s A DARKER SEA: MASTER COMMANDANT PUTNAM AND THE WAR OF 1812, the sequel to THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI. While I have not had the pleasure of reading his first work, the second is a fine place to enter into the story of our hero, Bliven Putnam. Haley does a wonderful job of engaging the reader with an overarching historically factual narrative while writing realistic characters.

10 Great Books for the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Tuesday, November 7th marks the centenary of the October Revolution, the date Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd. Commemorate that earth-shaking event with these ten fantastic books about Russia and Russians, found in the store and online at Interabang Books!

The Power of Simple Baking

During a book fair this summer, a Japanese bookseller introduced me to a new word - Tsundoku - which is the act of buying books and letting them pile up unread. I’m sure many of us suffer from this affliction to some degree. Cookbooks are piled on my night stand and have always been a favorite bedtime read.

I especially like a cookbook with a good tale that takes you on a journey on how a recipe comes into being. And when the writer’s passion and love for his subject is as infectious as Jim Lahey’s, you can’t help but be swept along in the romance.

Everything You Should Know About Interabang Podcast

Interabang Books is excited to present Interabang Podcast, a weekly show featuring all things literature, from author interviews to book recommendations, and more. Here are the five things you should know about Interabang Podcast.


The mysterious death of a neighbor is the springboard for MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris, a coming-of-age story featuring comic book lover and intrepid amateur sleuth Karen, a girl who dons the hat and overcoat of every gum-shoe TV detective, but who otherwise is resoundingly original.

Vampires Try Again

This Halloween, I’m sure you’re ready to soak up all your favorite monsters. Werewolves, mummies, ghosts, zombies, and, of course, vampires.

The Iterations of Motherhood: Brit Bennett on Her Debut Novel

Brit Bennett was still in her late teens when she started the first draft of what would eventually become her debut novel, THE MOTHERS. She worked on it as an undergraduate at Stanford University and later at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA in fiction. The book received glowing praise from established writers like Jacqueline Woodson and Yaa Gyasi. We’re thrilled to host her in the store on Oct. 16 as well as feature her on our very first episode of the Interabang Podcast. Without further ado, here’s Brit Bennett on THE MOTHERS!

The Evolution of a Story: An Interview with Young Adult Novelist Samantha Mabry

Dallas author Samantha Mabry was sure she’d written an unpublishable book. The manuscript was a young adult novel, a Western set in a futuristic dystopia about a teenage couple deeply in love from the start. Mabry sent it to her publisher knowing full well that the dystopian market was saturated, Westerns for young adults were all but nonexistent and hardly any young adult novels began with a couple already in love.

8 Young Adult Books You Should Try

When adult readers hear the phrase “YA”, they often hear the words, “for teenagers only.” This is unfortunate. From fantasy to current events, YA books are, so to speak, on it. They focus on culturally relevant themes and strike emotional chords. Because of this, many adults already read YA literature. But for those of you who don’t, I’ve selected a few titles that might change your mind.

Gifts that Give Back

For those of you who buy a little gift for yourself while shopping for others, here are two lines that will make you feel a little less guilty about it: Public Supply and Blackwing!


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