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The Works of José Saramago

This summer will mark ten years since the passing of Portuguese author and Nobel Laureate José Saramago and, as Mariner books has recently reprinted many of his quintessential novels with handsome new jackets (designed by prolific book cover designer Christopher Moisan), now is as good a time as any to revisit, or discover, the works of one of the more unique voices in contemporary European literature. 

EARTH COULD USE A HUG RIGHT NOW: Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

On Wednesday, April 22nd, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, a day set aside to support environmental protection of our earth. Even though we are all practicing social distancing and are housebound, this is a wonderful opportunity to get outside and enjoy the air, land and water that make up our home and perhaps leave it a little better than we  found it. Another way to celebrate Earth Day is to learn something new about our environment and how to bring about positive change. Here are some books to get you started.

Holding Up A Mirror

I don’t know about everyone else, but as of late I seem to have a lot of thinking time on my hands! That is something that I for one, am not super used to; normally, I am constantly on the go from one activity to the next. So now, instead of trying to fill every moment of downtime / think-time with pure distraction (don’t get me wrong—I am still doing my fair share of that!), I am trying to challenge myself to harness that think-time for good, and use it for reflection. 

What I am reading on my Covid-19, shelter-in-placecation

As much as the Interabang staff love sharing what we have read to our customers, we also enjoy getting recommendations from them. Below is a partial list of my bedside pile that I am finally getting to, containing a couple of recommendations from customers and other staff members to me, an old favorite dressed up in new clothes, and some new books I am ready to commit some time to (they’re pretty hefty).

Shelter In Place - Comforting Classics

In times of high anxiety and unrest, my default reaction is to turn to books that I’ve read before that are happy, funny, and fluffy - books where I can lose myself in the cheerful narrative and thoroughly ignore the real world.  Luckily, my bookshelves are full of happy endings that I can select from during this time of sheltering in place. Here are some of my favorite books for escaping from the stress of everything that is currently happening.

Craft Books

If I just had the time I know I’d be able to finish writing my novel... Oh yeah? Prove it. As readers many of us also fall into the category of aspiring writers. But isn’t time always the excuse, the easy way out? I’ve used it myself over and over. Wait until things slow down; you won’t be able to keep me from it, just wait. You’ll see. So here’s your chance; here’s that time that’s eluded you. What’s the excuse now?

Middle Grade Adventure

During this time of crisis, with school shutdowns and a lack of regularly sterilized playgrounds, I know that kids can get to be a handful. In search of solutions, I picked out my absolute favorite Middle Grade stories for children old enough to read chapter books. These books run the gamut from young to tween, so keep your kids in mind as you read. I also find that kids love adventure stories, and have fewer problems with fantastical stories than adults do. To showcase that same spirit, I give you my favorite Middle Grade Adventures.

Support Interabang As You Shelter In Place

As we comply with Dallas County directives and suspend operations from our storefront beginning Tuesday 3/24, online order fulfillment will continue uninterrupted via www.interabangbooks.com. Any book in print can be ordered through Interabang Books’ website, now with no charge for shipping through the USA. Our online business is vital during this time. We urge our friends to remember that you can shop online and still shop local, supporting your neighbors and the community at large by spending your dollars at locally owned shops like ours.


Right now, most of us have more free time than we could have ever imagined. And what could be better company than to spend the day with a good book? Here are five contemporary novels that make for great entertainment when staying at home. (Curbside pick-up at the store, or free shipping to your home—use code FREESHIP.) 

An Important Message from Interabang Books

March 17, 2020

Dear Interabang friends and readers,


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