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Found in Translation

Lost within the vast forest of literary fiction that we have at Interabang is that subset of books from non-English speaking authors: books in translation. No doubt you are familiar with the more popular ones, like Tolstoy and Kafka, or more contemporary authors, like Ferrante and Murakami, but there are so many more choices than those. In a quick look through our stacks I discovered over 200 titles in translation, from Albanian to Thai, and even one translated from Faroese.

The Dog Days of Summer

What is it about canines that fascinates humans? Why are dogs known as man’s best friend? This theme has been explored in books from children’s literature about the bond between a child and a puppy to nonfiction covering the neuroscience of dogs. Though humanity may never come up with one single answer, this is central to any explanation: dogs are amazing beings. As we mark the “dog days of summer,” we invite you to check out some of our favorites featuring these wonderful animals.

Oh, the Places You'll Eat

Food should be an enjoyable experience, elevated from the merely necessary to the sustenance of life. To that end, we have highlighted some of our favorite books that break the monotony of our day-to-day culinary habits and inject a bold note of flavor into otherwise dull dinners.

The 60’s: Once Upon a Time…

The 1960s will be remembered as perhaps the most turbulent decade of the century, and 1968 and 1969 are particularly notable. From the sublime (Apollo 11 and the moon landing) to the ridiculous (BBC’s first Monty Python episodes), upheavals in our culture were mirrored in the arts. Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” is both a tribute to this time and to the film industry. With its parallel story involving the Manson cult and Sharon Tate, it shows us the dark side of human nature even as we reached to the stars. Below are some titles that cover this time.

Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” With those words, 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong of Apollo 11 became the first man to set foot on the moon. For people born during the Space Race, this moment feels like yesterday, while for those born later, it feels like ancient history. Either way, the allure of exploration is something that binds all ages together. Below are some of our books highlighting the Apollo mission and the efforts of those who made it possible.
 

Small Press Spotlight: COUNTERPOINT

 

COUNTERPOINT was created in 2007 through the acquisition of three notable independent presses: Counterpoint, Shoemaker & Hoard, and Soft Skull Press. In 2008, the company began publishing two imprints, Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press. In 2016, Counterpoint merged with Catapult, an independent press and publisher of an award-winning online magazine.

Year Two Bestsellers to be revealed this Saturday!

The seasons have come and spun the wheel again, and it is just a few more days until we are celebrating our second anniversary. We have learned a lot in our sophomore year, and quite a bit of that has been centered around what our customers love to read. 

FIND WALDO IN DALLAS!

Iconic Children’s Book Character Creates Summertime Fun to Support the Movement to “Shop Local”

Where’s Waldo? In Dallas, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 20 local businesses in our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement. 

Independence Day Reads

There’s something uniquely American in the celebration of Independence Day, beginning with the day we choose to commemorate. Independence is not celebrated with the anniversary of victory at Yorktown or the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Rather, it is the day of the people’s Declaration of Independence, the day the founders decided we would no longer be a colony of Britain. That stubborn self-reliance has woven itself into the very tapestry of our nation. To celebrate the revolutionary nature of our founding and our freedom, here are some of our favorites.
 

Beach Reads

We wait all year for the languid days of summer. As kids, we spent time with our friends or siblings, running amuck and spinning tales under the canopy of pecan trees and drinking from the garden hose until our moms let us back into the house for dinner. Or, if we were lucky enough, we could ride our bikes to the pool for some delicious respite from the heat.  Now, with our families and friends spread across the country, spending time on vacation at the seaside or lake during those hot months is no less precious.

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