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Saturday, November 1, 1:00 pm

Between November 15 and December 21, 1864, General Sherman and 62,000 Union troops swept through Georgia. Rubin’s study looks closely at the different populations the march affected, from the soldiers who carried it out, to the women, former slaves, and others who witnessed it. Using contemporary accounts in newspapers and private journals as well as later depictions in literature and film, Rubin, author of Shattered Nation and a Maryland history professor, shows how competing perspectives have altered views of the Civil War. (Univ. of North Carolina)

ISBN-13: 9781469617770
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press, 9/2014

A Book, a Dinner, and Two Chefs


Reading cookbooks is a wonderful way to get to know the culinary styles and tastes of particular chefs. But having dinner with a chef is even better. And now readers, home cooks, and foodies will have that opportunity at a special Politics & Prose event in November.

We’re delighted to host famed New York chef Gabrielle Hamilton for a dinner at Buck’s Fishing & Camping on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in celebration of her new cookbook, Prune. The meal will feature recipes from the book (Prune is the name of Hamilton’s restaurant in the East Village), and will be prepared by another acclaimed chef, Amy Brandwein, whose new restaurant and Italian market, Centrolina, is due to open at CityCenterDC in the spring of 2015.

Hamilton first gained celebrity beyond the culinary world with her memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter, which became a New York Times bestseller when published in 2011. As talented with words as she is with ingredients in the kitchen—she earned an MFA in writing—Hamilton captivated readers with the story of her family’s dissolution and her own quest over many years to recapture the happier (and food-filled) times of her early childhood. With food, and sometimes the absence of it, playing such a defining role in her life, she eventually opened her own restaurant in 1999. Prune soon became a favorite of New Yorkers for its down-to-earth food and unpretentious ambience. In 2011, Hamilton won the James Beard Award for best chef in New York City.

Over the years, Hamilton has become so popular, and her restaurant so successful, that a mere change in her menu can create headlines. That’s what happened earlier this year when she revamped Prune’s entire menu in anticipation of the release of her new cookbook. As she told The New York Times, she felt “a physical, chromosomal imperative to put all of that to permanent bed and let new grass grow over the fresh grave.” The cookbook includes 250 recipes, including items found on the re-imagined Prune menu.

While Hamilton will be eating rather than cooking dinner at the Buck’s event, Brandwein is a worthy interpreter of her cuisine. A former executive chef at Roberto Donna’s Galileo and more recently at Alba Osteria, Brandwein has made a mark in Washington as one of the most innovative and influential purveyors of Italian cooking.

Tickets are still available but space is limited. For more information or to buy tickets, click here. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a memorable and delicious occasion.

--Brad and Lissa

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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.



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.



Children and Teens


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Trick-or-Treat this Halloween at P&P! 

We've teamed up with TOON Books in celebration of All Hallows Read to give away free copies of Otto's Orange Day to our younger visitors.


Books of the Week 

New in Hardcover

Blast from the Past

Dana Alison Levy
The Misadventures of
the Family Fletcher

(Delacorte, $15.99)


Jon Scieszka
(Viking, $12.99)

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Monday, November 10, 7 p.m.



Tuesday, November 18, 10:30 a.m.



Sunday, November 23, 1 p.m.



Join Us at MLK Jr. Memorial Library

Wednesday, November 19, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, December 10, 7 p.m.



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Wednesday, November 12, 8 p.m.

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Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter. In The Art of Asking (Grand Central, $27), Amanda Palmer expands on the ideas in her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, could use a little help now and then.

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