Want to snuggle in and turn some pages this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with these easy and accessible book selections from Lake Highlands authors.

Sing Her Name  

Neighbor Rosalyn Story’s third novel hits the shelves in January. It tells the story of Eden Malveaux, a Black waitress in New York with a stunning voice that rivals the world’s greatest opera singers. The novel is inspired by Sissieretta Jones. She was the daughter of a formerly enslaved man and the first Black woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. 

Tigers, Not Daughters

Samantha Mabry, who grew up in Lake Highlands, has a few young-adult books to choose from. The most recent was named a School Library Journal Best Book of 2020. It’s a tale of three sisters and their attempts to escape their negligent father. After the oldest, Anna, falls to her death, her sisters are left to create a life without her. Mabry weaves magical realism through this family journey that explores grief, family, love, dating violence and the challenges of coming of age. 

Jane Against the World 

Award-winning author Karen Blumenthal wrote several nonfiction books for young adults. The most recent takes young readers on a journalistic journey that traces the path to the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade and the continuing battle for women’s rights. Blumenthal, a journalist and Lake Highlands resident who died in May 2020, examines the root causes of the current debate around abortion and the repercussions that have affected generations of American women. 

Bonus: Jenna Bush Hager’s faves

TODAY show host and Dallas native Jenna Bush Hager‘s last few book club picks could make perfect gifts for your loved ones. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles is a cross-country adventure told from multiple points of view, layering dynamic, unforgettable characters with suspense, humor and philosophy. Qian Julie Wang’s memoir Beautiful Country tells a revealing story of what it is like to grow up poor and undocumented in America, and how she rose above the challenges to define her own American dream.