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Interabang Book Club

Our adult book buyer Lori Feathers facilitates an interesting and lively discussion about a fiction or non-fiction title each month here at the store. Come and share your opinions about the book and glean a deeper or different understanding of it from other readers. All are welcome!


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Invented Lives Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781947534902
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Published: Scribe Us - November 5th, 2019

Wednesday, January 8 -- 6:00pm

A family saga spanning Russia in the twentieth century to Melbourne in the late 1980s.

It is the mid-1980s. In Australia, stay-at-home wives jostle with want-it-all feminists, while AIDS threatens everyone’s sexual freedom. On the other side of the world, the Soviet bloc is in turmoil.

Mikhail Gorbachev has been in power for a year when twenty-four-year-old book illustrator Galina Kogan leaves Leningrad--forbidden ever to return. As a Jew, she’s inherited several generations worth of Russia’s chronic anti-Semitism. As a Soviet citizen, she is unprepared for Australia and its easy-going ways.

Once settled in Melbourne, Galina is befriended by Sylvie and Leonard Morrow, and their adult son, Andrew. The Morrow marriage of thirty years balances on secrets. Leonard is a man with conflicted desires and passions, while Sylvie chafes against the confines of domestic life. Their son, Andrew, a successful mosaicist, is a deeply shy man. He is content with his life and work--until he finds himself increasingly drawn to Galina.

While Galina grapples with the tumultuous demands that come with being an immigrant in Australia, her presence disrupts the lives of each of the Morrows. No one is left unchanged.

Invented Lives tells a story of exile: exile from country, exile at home, and exile from one’s true self.

It is also a story about love.


The Western Wind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802147721
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Published: Grove Press - October 15th, 2019

Wednesday, December 4 -- 6:00pm

Hailed as “this generation’s Virginia Woolf” (Telegraph), Samantha Harvey delivers a breathtaking medieval mystery told in reverse over the course of several disquieting holy days. Written with timeless elegance, steeped in the spiritual traditions of the Middle Ages, and brimming with propulsive suspense, The Western Wind is a riveting story of faith, guilt, and the freedom of confession from “one of the UK’s most exquisite stylists” (Guardian).


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Sula (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Wednesday, November 6 -- 6:00pm

Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

“You can’t go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they’re transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them.”--Barack Obama

Note: Due to tornado damage to our store, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture has invited us to hold our regularly scheduled November book club at its space at 2719 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201 in Uptown, Dallas. The discussion will still be led by book buyer and co-owner Lori Feathers. Big thanks to the Institute for their support in this time!


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Wednesday, October 2 -- 6:00pm

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

“A brilliant literary murder mystery.” -Chicago Tribune

“Extraordinary. Tokarczuk’s novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work.” -Annie Proulx


In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?


Mrs. Bridge Cover Image
By Evan S. Connell, James Salter (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781582435688
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 5th, 2010

Wednesday, September 4 -- 6:00pm

“Again and again. . . I find myself being a Mrs. Bridge evangelist, telling them that it’s a perfect novel, and then pressing copies on them. . . What writing Economical, piquant, beautiful, true.” --Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times

 

In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. The novel is comprised of vignettes, images, fragments of conversations, events--all building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal isolation. In this special fiftieth anniversary edition, we are reminded once again why Mrs. Bridge has been hailed by readers and critics alike as one of the greatest novels in American literature.


The Little Red Chairs Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316378246
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 6th, 2016

Wednesday, August 7 - 6:00pm

A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman’s struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal from the 2018 winner of the PEN/ Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.
 

One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Before long, the beautiful black-haired Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and convention, turns to him to cure her of her deepest pains. 

Then, one morning, the illusion is abruptly shattered. While en route to pay tribute at Yeats’s grave, Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal and mass murderer. The Cloonoila community is devastated by this revelation, and no one more than Fidelma, who is made to pay for her deviance and desire. In disgrace and utterly alone, she embarks on a journey that will bring both profound hardship and, ultimately, the prospect of redemption.

Moving from Ireland to London and then to The Hague, THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS is Edna O’Brien’s first novel in ten years -- a vivid and unflinching exploration of humanity’s capacity for evil and artifice as well as the bravest kind of love.

 


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Wednesday, July 10 -- 6:00 pm

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird

”A triumph on every level . . . Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth.” --David Grann, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon


Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted--thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.


The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017

Wednesday, June 5 -- 7PM

“Smith’s new novel unfolds slowly, and each moment of illumination offers a glimpse into the true heart of this quiet, captivating tale. Spanning more than three centuries, it is the story of three lives --a female master painter of the Dutch Golden Age, a moneyed New York patent attorney, and an art history student turned one-time art forger -- each changed by one haunting painting. Filled with hurt, grief, and deceit, but also layered with love, grace, and regret, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is a wonderful read, beautifully written.” 
— Heather Duncan (M), Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.

New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer’s marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.

Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.

 


The Stranger's Child (Vintage International) Cover Image
$18.65
ISBN: 9780307474346
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Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2012

Wednesday, May 1 -- 7pmOur pick for May's book club is The Stranger's Child, a National Book Critics Award finalist from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty and The Sparsholt Affair: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.
 
In the summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate—a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance—to his family’s home outside London. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him. That weekend, Cecil writes a poem that, after he is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried—until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.


The Immortalists Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735215092
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

Wednesday, April 3 -- 7pm

Our book for this month is The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. 

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel struggles to maintain security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

Both a dazzling family love story and a sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds


A Long Way from Home (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525435990
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Published: Vintage - February 5th, 2019

Wednesday, March 6 -- 7pm

Our pick for March's book club is A Long Way from Home. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in southeastern Australia. Together they enter the 1954 Redex Trial, a weeks-long endurance contest of a car race that circles the entire continent. With them is their lanky, fair-haired navigator: deposed quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher Willie Bachhuber. If they win the Redex, the Bobs name alone will get them a dealership, and Willie will have recharged a life currently ground to a halt. But before any of that might happen, their official strip maps will lead them, without warning, out of the comfortable white Australia they know so well. A breakneck, often hilarious, eye-opening adventure that at the same time reminds us how white people took possession of a timeless culture—the high purpose they invented, and the crimes they committed along the way—A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey’s late-style masterpiece.

 


Good Morning, Midnight Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393303940
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 1999

Wednesday, February 6 -- 7pm

Our pick for February's Book Club is Good Morning, Midnight. This is the story of Sasha Jensen, who has returned to Paris, the city of both her happiest moments and her most desperate. Her past lies in wait for her in cafes, bars, and dress shops, blurring all distinctions between nightmare and reality. When she is picked up by a young man, she begins to feel that she is still capable of desires and emotions. Few encounters in fiction have been so brilliantly conceived, and few have come to a more unforgettable end.


 


In Your Hands Cover Image
By Ines Pedrosa, Andrea Rosenberg (Translator)
$16.45
ISBN: 9781503901933
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Published: Amazon Crossing - October 16th, 2018

Wednesday, January 2 -- 7PM

Our book for this month is In Your Hands, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel spanning three generations of women united in their struggle for independence and fulfillment against oppressionThrough revealing journals, snapshots of a turbulent era, and private letters, the lives of these three generations unfold, embracing all that has separated them and all that binds them--their strength, their secrets, and their search for love through the currents of change.

 


The Plague (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679720218
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

Wednesday, October 3 -- 7PM

A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus’ novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.


The Days of Abandonment Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

Wednesday, September 5 -- 7PM


The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3) (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375726347
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2001

Wednesday, August 8 -- 7PM


Scoop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316216371
Availability: Backordered
Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

Thursday, July 12 -- 7PM

 


On Chesil Beach Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307386175
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Published: Anchor - June 10th, 2008

WEDNESDAY, June 6th -- 7 PM

It's 1962, and Florence and Edward are celebrating their wedding in a hotel on the Dorset coast. Yet as they dine, the expectation of their marital duties become overwhelming. Unbeknownst to them both, the decisions they make this night will resonate throughout their lives. With exquisite prose, Ian McEwan creates in ON CHESIL BEACH a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

 


All the Birds, Singing: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345802507
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

Wednesday, May 2 -- 7PM


A Separation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399576119
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

Wednesday, April 11 -- 7PM


The Picture of Dorian Gray (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780375751516
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Published: Modern Library - June 1st, 1998

Wednesday, March 7 -- 7PM

 


The Woman Upstairs (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307743763
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Published: Vintage - February 4th, 2014

Wednesday, February 7 -- 7PM

Our February book club selection is THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by the wonderful Clair Messud. Told with urgency, intimacy, and piercing emotion, this New York Times bestselling novel is the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and abandoned by a desire for a world beyond her own. Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family--dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza--draws her into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.


The Bridge of San Luis Rey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060757502
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - September 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, January 3 -- 7PM

 


The Exception Cover Image
$18.65
ISBN: 9781400096657
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Published: Anchor - July 8th, 2008

WEDNESDAY, November 8 -- 7PM

Our November book club read is THE EXCEPTION by Christian Jungersen: a provocative novel that explores conflicts, both interoffice and on the international scale. When workers at a Danish non-profit that investigates genocide starts receiving death threats, they suspect the Serbian war criminal whom they have exposed. But then, the office workers begin to suspect each other. Jungersen’s novel is a psychological thriller quite unlike any other.


My Heart Hemmed in Cover Image
By Marie Ndiaye, Jordan Stump (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781931883627
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Published: Two Lines Press - July 11th, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 -- 7PM

MY HEART HEMMED IN is extraordinary: an original and suspenseful novel that exposes all that is monstrous and ugly in the way that we regard those around us -- our tendency to harbor suspicions, judgments and prejudices against people we do not want or even try, to understand. Ndiaye takes us inside the disturbing mind of Nadia, her unforgettable protagonist, with writing that is arresting; the tension, immediately palpable, builds steadily. The temptation to turn the pages quickly is great but the prose is so fine that you will want to savor it. With its unsettling atmosphere reminiscent of Doris Lessing’s THE FIFTH CHILD, Ndiaye’s brilliant novel obtains pride of place with the very best literary horror. MY HEART HEMMED IN is a morality tale for our times.


The Summer That Melted Everything: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250131676
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 3rd, 2017

 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 -- 7 PM

Our September book club pick is Tiffany McDaniel’s THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING, a novel set in small-town Ohio during the sizzling hot summer of 1984. When a successful prosecuting attorney begins to believe that neither his profession nor his religious faith will bring justice to victims of evil, he places an ad in the local newspaper inviting the devil to town. Soon a self-proclaimed devil does appear in the form of a young, poor black boy whose very presence exposes citizens’ deepest fears, disrupting the town’s bucolic tranquility. THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING is a gothic treasure, so original and masterfully written that you will wish that the long, hot summer would never end.


Imagine Me Gone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316261333
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 21st, 2017

 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 -- 7 PM

Our first book club selection is Adam Haslett’s IMAGINE ME GONE, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction finalist. Haslett’s novel is the story of an everyday American family and its singular journey traversing the joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments that life throws its way. Haslett uses multiple narrators to color the narrative and bring to focus the quiet but profound repercussions of mental illness.


The Infatuations (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307950734
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Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2014

Wednesday, November 7