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Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 pm

Busboys and Poets is throwing the quirkiest new year's bash in DC co-sponsored by Politics & Prose—all to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank and Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team! Fight hunger and help young poets thrive as you welcome the new year with one of the DMV's hottest DJ's, live dancers compliments of Dance Place, music, games, food, drinks, interactive art, burlesque in the nerd, midnight countdown and more. 

Come dressed as YOU—and if YOU is nerdy, even better!

This is the first official event at Busboys and Poets, Brookland

$50 tickets include food & 2 drinks per person

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P&P’s Top Ten of 2014

One of our greatest joys—and challenges—each December is to pick roughly 100 books published during the year to feature in the Politics & Prose annual holiday catalog. This year the task of choosing was as difficult as ever, given the number of wonderful books published in 2014. Our staff engaged in hours of vigorous discussion before arriving at a final list, which also includes P&P’s top ten books of the year—five each of fiction and non-fiction. We’re confident the holiday selections will satisfy a wide range of literary tastes and appetites. For starters, here are brief descriptions of P&P’s top 10 books of 2014:

Fiction
Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, a finalist for the National Book Award, is a stunningly beautiful story of two parallel lives that intersect on the Breton coast during the Nazi occupation of France.

Nora Webster, a literary masterpiece by Irish writer Colm Toibin, recounts the extraordinarily ordinary life of a widow in Ireland at the beginning of the Troubles. Hers is a journey of independence, self-discovery, and learning to live to one’s fullest.

Richard Flanagan’s epic, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, winner of the Man Booker Prize, has numerous literary and poetic subtexts and features an appealing, if roguish, protagonist whose life tells the tale of Australians held as prisoners of war by the Japanese in World War II.

Lila, the latest novel from Marilynne Robinson, is the third in a trilogy but actually a prequel to the first two, Home and Gilead. Lila’s struggle for moral clarity in the face of questions about her own parentage and abandonment lead her to an unlikely union with a much older man.

The incomparable Jules Feiffer has produced his first noir graphic novel, Kill My Mother, that pays tribute to the crime fiction and newspaper adventures strips he loved as a teenager. The book’s settings—in the Depression era and such locales as Bay City and Hollywood—are classic, as are many of the characters and plot twists. But Feiffer has his own fun with the traditional genre.

Non-Fiction—
Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
by Helen Thorpe is an important addition to contemporary journalism about the human costs of the war on terror. This remarkable book explores the experiences of three women who join the Indiana National Guard before 9/11 and find their lives dramatically changed after they wind up serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The doctor-writer-commentator Atul Gawande has become known as the conscience of our health care system, and his latest book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End¸ is a clear-eyed, provocative, and compassionate examination of the medical practices and values that dominate care at the end of life.

Bryan Stevenson has made a career defending those on the fringes of the legal system and has crusaded to end mandatory life sentences for children. In Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, he traces his own childhood and career and exposes some of the raw truths about our criminal justice system.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos won the National Book Award for non-fiction and is a testament to the writing and reportorial skill of the author. Through stories about ordinary and extraordinary Chinese people, Osnos, a staff writer for The New Yorker, paints a complex and compelling portrait of China today.

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is best-known as a novelist but is also a student and scholar of philosophy. Her book, Plato at the Googleplex, makes an energetic and entertaining case that philosophy is still essential in today’s world.

For more information about these works, as well as a complete list of the titles included in our holiday catalog, click here or pick up a physical copy in the store. The catalog also includes recommendations for the best CDs of the year and some of our favorite non-book gift items and stocking stuffers. Happy holidays!

--Brad and Lissa

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Be an Angel!

Every year, Politics & Prose supports a local charity in need of books. This year, in memory of beloved author Walter Dean Myers, our book angel recipient is Hope House. Myers wrote over 100 books, many award-winning, for children and teens. His experiences, growing up in Harlem, dropping out of high school, and enlisting in the Army, informed much of his writing and appealed to a wide range of readers from a variety of backgrounds.

Among Myers’ many passions was working with incarcerated youth. Hope House connects incarcerated parents with their children. One of its programs allows children to regularly visit their incarcerated fathers or mothers online, and to watch and listen to bedtime stories that dads or moms record. Check out the article about Hope House executive director Carol Fennelly in the December issue of Washingtonian.

Customers get 20% off their book angel purchases and P&P staff will collect the books. Customers may make a one-time purchase or support Hope House all year by signing up for our Children’s Book-a-Month program

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Children and Teens

All through December we'll be highlighting
some of our Department Favorites.

John Burningham
The Way to the Zoo
(Candlewick, $15.99)

 

Kathleen Krull
What's New? The Zoo!
(Arthur A.. Levine, $17.99)

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Frederick Douglass Walking Tour

Join us Saturday, February 7 at noon for an afternoon highlighting the life of Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s first civil rights heroes. The day will begin with a park-ranger led tour of the Douglass house, and continue with an author-led exploration of the historic neighborhood where Douglass lived the last years of his life. John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, will discuss how Douglass carried out his unrelenting advocacy for human rights, share intimate stories of his professional and personal undertakings, and his mentoring of the next generation of civil rights activists.

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Going Fast!

P&P is pleased to share our season of winter classes (running from January through March), a schedule packed with customer favorites and expanded to include new offerings we hope you'll enjoy. This season, we’re especially excited to offer classes at a new location, the first P&P at Busboys and Poets which opens at Brookland at the end of this year. Whether you are looking to take your project to the next level or for a group of like-minded readers led in a stimulating literary discussion check out all of the options in the link below.

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Favorite CDs of 2014

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Holiday and Christmas Music

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