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Thursday, October 23, 7:00 pm

Before the novels and before the A&E series, Walt Longmire was a character in a short story. Johnson hasn’t forgotten the sheriff’s roots, and he’s written a new tale for his protagonist every Christmas for the last ten years. Now these short fictions have been gathered in one volume, along with one new story and an introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips. (Penguin)

Beer and wine will be available.

ISBN-13: 9780525427919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Adult, 10/2014

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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Trivia Night

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Put on your thinking cap, grab a drink, and join us for our monthly trivia night! Enjoy the grilled cheese sandwich special at MTC from 7 to 8 p.m., grab a latte (with a lid!) and trek upstairs to four rounds of mind-bending trivia questions. Prizes will be awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages. 


Seasonally Spooky Classes

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Brush upon your literary knowledge through the doom and gloom of autumn with these seasonal classes. Agatha, Empress of Crime surveys Agatha Christie, one of the world's most influental authors, in two sessions, examining how her work inspired waves of film, television and stage dramas. Spies: Classic Authors' Great Shots takes a peek behind the curtain at some of literature's greatest spy


Last Chance! Only a Few Spots Left

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.



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Books of the Week

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Keith Graves
The Monsterator
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Orange You Glad It's
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(Penguin Young Readers, $3.99)

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Courageous, devoted, and fiercely loyal, military dogs are truly man’s best friend on the battlefield. War Dogs (Palgrave Macmillan, $26) gets to the heart of the connections these dogs form with their human comrades, and how this symbiotic relationship has forever changed the way soldiers experience war. Frankel will be in conversation with James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlanti

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