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Tuesday, October 21, 10:30 am

Set in Greenwood, Mississippi during Freedom Summer, Deborah Wiles’s second “documentary novel” weaves songs and newspaper articles, photos and fliers, between its covers, provide context for the story of two children—one white, one black—whose lives become accidentally entangled during a late-night escapade to a swimming pool. Their differing perspectives on the summer’s events, as well as the historical material, create a deeply engaging story, half fiction and half fact. Ages 11 – 15 (Scholastic)

Revolution (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780545106078
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press, 5/2014

Books to Cope with Breast Cancer

The current cover of People magazine is, as usual, a head shot of a celebrity. But this time the celebrity is a bald woman—a tell-tale sign of someone undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

Joan Lunden, a former anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, chose to take off her wig for the People cover photo to raise awareness about her own experiences with breast cancer and the disease’s effects on women. She’s not alone. More and more women are going public about their experiences as breast cancer patients and survivors, and some have written deeply personal books about being diagnosed with and treated for the disease.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign every October, we’re delighted to recommend several titles that provide thoughtful and compassionate guides to those experiencing this all-too-prevalent affliction.

At the top of our list is A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka, executive editor of NPR News and herself a breast cancer survivor. Sikka explains that she wrote the book “for anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and needs a companion.” It’s a slim and digestible volume that provides an alphabetized list of subjects of interest to women at all phases of breast cancer, from finding a lump to navigating life post-treatment. For example: A is for anxiety; F is for fashion accessories (tip: don’t use silk if you’re wearing a scarf on a bald head during chemotherapy because it tends to slip off); U is for un- (as in understanding, unpredictable, unfair, uncertain). With a mix of candor, humor, and personal insight, Sikka covers some important if obvious terrain (D is for drugs) as well as some usually taboo areas (S is for sex). The result is a brave, witty, and highly practical guide, not only for women but also for their spouses, partners, and loved ones. (Sikka will be signing books at the National Press Club’s annual book fair on November 18. We also have a limited number of signed copies of her book at Politics & Prose.)

Also worth noting are several other memoirs by women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer. Last year, best-selling novelist Alice Hoffman published Survival Lessons, a slender book (83 pages) that tells her own tale of being diagnosed and offers tips for coping (eat chocolate; make the perfect hard-boiled egg; choose your friends). Highly personal, the book is a quick and uplifting read for patients, survivors, and those around them. We also recommend Kelly Corrigan’s story of her diagnosis with cancer at age 36 and her father’s parallel battle with late-stage cancer, which she writes about with humor and bravery in The Middle Place, a New York Times bestseller after its publication in 2008. And for an inspirational life story, turn to Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Roberts overcame the challenge of being treated not only for breast cancer but also for a rare blood disorder that required her to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

Given that an estimated one million teenagers in America have a parent with cancer, we’re also pleased to offer an array of books geared toward youngsters. One especially useful resource for teenagers is My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks: Real-Life Advice From Real-Life Teens by father-daughter duo Marc and Maya Silver. Marc’s wife and Maya’s mom, Marsha, was diagnosed with cancer when Maya was 15 (she’s now an adult living in Colorado). Marc and Maya decided to write a book to help families through the process.

All these titles will be on display in the store during October.

--Brad and Lissa

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The 37th Annual National Press Club Book Fair & Authors’ Night in partnership with P&P

Tuesday, November 18, 5:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.

Politics & Prose is proud to partner with the National Press Club for a night of pols, pundits and prose in the National Press Club Ballroom. Come meet authors Maureen Corrigan, Senator James Webb, Misty Copeland, Matt Taibbi, Mark Leibovich, Pat Buchanan, and many more who will be on hand to greet fans and sign books. Proceeds from this event will benefit the NPC's non-profit Journalism Institute, which provides minority scholarships and hands-on training for mid-career journalists. We're also helping The SEED School of Maryland develop the library at their Baltimore campus. The SEED School helps under-served students prepare for college.



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December 7 through 13

Wouldn't you rather do your holiday shopping in Paris? Winter is the perfect time to visit the City of Light. Politics & Prose invites you to join us and a small group of like-minded, book-loving travelers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. Each morning, you’ll choose where you’d like to go that day. Donna Morris and Sheila Campbell of Best Friend in Paris will lead small groups, via Metro or city buses, moving about the city like locals.



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New in Hardcover

Blast from the Past

Nicola Davies
Tiny Creatures:
The World of Microbes

(Candlewick, $15.99)


David Macaulay
(David Macualay Studio, $3.99)

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Tuesday, October 21, 7 p.m.

at Lohrfink Auditorium, Georgetown University

Bestselling author Christopher Reich bridges high finance and international terrorism in The Prince of Risk (Anchor, $9.99). A hedge fund manager is on the cusp of making a monumental deal when his father is killed in a brazen attack at the South Lawn of the White House. In searching, Robert Astor stumbles onto a sophisticated foreign conspiracy that threatens to wipe out not only Astor's own fund but to destroy the entire foundation of the financial system of the United States.