Helpful Resources for Our Homebound Booklovers

Running out of ideas for things to do while stuck at home? Half Price Books is here to help! We’ve compiled a list of resources that include a little bit of everything, including inspiration for homeschool activities, fun virtual story times and book lists for those who don’t know where to start. We hope this lists helps, and remember to stay home, wash your hands and keep reading!


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Children’s Learning Activities/Resources

Half Price Books’ Feed Your Brain– This year we’re kicking off our reading program early with a collection of activities and book suggestions to help keep your children’s minds active while at home! Check back frequently for more downloadable content. Continue reading

What Should Your Book Club Read Next?

As book clubs across the country move online, readers will have plenty of time to read their selected books before meeting in-person again. We’ve tapped our HPB Bestseller Buyer to help your book club make the best selection for the next page turner on your list. Check out her recommendations below.

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The Island of Sea Women  by Lisa See

Our March/April HPB Book Club selection, The Island of Sea Women, is the perfect choice for deep discussion with friends. How does a friendship get to the point where one woman doesn’t even want to meet the other woman’s grandchildren? From their friendship as children to their eventual falling out, these questions and more are explored in the newest beautiful and heartbreaking book from Lisa See. It is an all-encompassing tale of friendship and secrets about female divers on a Korean island. Lisa was kind of enough to answer some of our in-depth questions for our Behind the Book blog series. Read about the inspiration behind The Island of Sea Women here. Continue reading

Stock Up & Save at HPB.com: Wondering What Counts?

So you have your new HPB coupon! Wondering what items you can use them on? We have the answers. Once you find an item you’re interested in on HPB.com, just check the “sold by” field. As long as it lists HPB.com or any HPB store location, it qualifies for the discount.

stockupqualifierThis item is sold by the HPB location in Cedar Hill and qualifies for the discount!

 

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This item is sold by HPB.com and qualifies for the discount!

 

Coupons valid online only and only apply to products sold by HPB stores and distribution centers. Restrictions apply. See details.

New Releases To Keep You Entertained This Week

Now that there seems to be a bit more space on everyone’s schedule, there’s no better time to read a good book. Check out these great reads based on recommendations from the Half Price Books Bestseller Buyer! They run the gamut from creepy and mysterious to outright heart stopping, and you can get all of them online at HPB.com or via curbside pickup at your local HPB store*!

*Curbside pickup locations vary.


 

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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

From the author of the bestselling phenomenon, Station Eleven, comes a new novel, The Glass Hotel, which features such drama-heavy twists as the fallout of the demise of a Ponzi scheme and the disappearance of a woman on a ship at sea. The one thing that is certainly true of both novels is that author Emily St. John Mandel’s writing evokes such an eerily beautiful atmosphere – more than in any other book I’ve ever read. It’s like the settings of the stories are vivid characters themselves. The writing is hauntingly beautiful and the story is chilling. I’d highly recommend this book to fellow lovers of Station Eleven or literary fiction.

For a copy of The Glass Hotel or Station Eleven, please call your local store and one of our booksellers can either ship it to your house or have it ready for curbside pickup. You can also find it online HERE! Continue reading

Behind the Book: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Our May/June 2020 HPB Book Club Pick is Ask Again, Yes, by New York Times bestselling author Mary Beth Keane. Ask Again, Yes is a profoundly moving story about two neighboring families, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades and the power of forgiveness. Mary Beth Keane provides us with a closer look at the inspiration behind her latest novel below!

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What made you want to write about these two families and the far-reaching consequences of shared trauma?

I didn’t know it would be about two families, or really anything at all about the shape of the book or the themes it would bring in until I was well into a draft. I usually start with a character, usually in motion, and I saw Peter pretty fully before I started writing. Continue reading

Best of the Decade: 1930s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!


The Chrysler Building makes its mark on the Big Apple and up in the sky, it was a bird, a plane! This time it’s everyone’s favorite reporter turned caped hero…given that there’s a place to change nearby. Superman swoops in to save the day and we showcase a slew of other things that capture the hearts, and bookshelves, of the nation in the 1930s.

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Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Reading Tolkien

March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day, a day dedicated to reading the works of the genius that is J.R.R. Tolkien. As I thought back on my previous readings of the epic adventure Lord of the Rings and, of course, my favorite Tolkien book, The Hobbit, I realized that everything I need to know in life, I learned from reading Tolkien.

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It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door…You step into the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. (The Fellowship of the Ring)—Any day can become an adventure. Continue reading

Behind the Book: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Our March/April 2020 Book Club Pick is The Island of Sea Women, by New York Times bestselling author Lisa See. Few books can be called upon to so beautifully span decades and to delicately detail the relationship between two women who are inextricably linked. Lisa See provides us wiith a glimpse into the inspiration behind her latest novel  below.

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What made you want to write about haenyeo, Korean sea divers?
In many ways I feel that the haenyeo called to me. I was sitting in my doctor’s waiting room, leafing through magazines, when I came across a tiny article—just one paragraph and one small photo—about these remarkable women. I ripped it out of the magazine and took it home. I hung onto the article for eight years before I decided that now was the time to write about the haenyeo. They have a matrifocal society—a society focused on women. Historically, they were known to have the greatest ability of any human group on earth to withstand cold water. They hold their breath for two minutes and dive down sixty feet (deep enough to get the bends) to harvest seafood. They are the breadwinners in their families, while their husbands take care the children and do the cooking. In the past, women would retire at age fifty-five. Today, the youngest haenyeo is fifty-five. I was and am amazed by their bravery and persistence, as well as the camaraderie—sisterhood—that they share with each other. About five years ago, UNESCO gave the haenyeo the designation of an Intangible World Heritage Tradition and estimated the culture would be gone in about fifteen years. I felt I couldn’t wait five, ten, or fifteen years to interview women who were in their seventies, eighties, and nineties. Continue reading