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Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 pm

Starting with a history of how the American health-care system achieved its current unwieldy shape, Dr. Emanuel, chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s department of medical ethics and health policy, shows how miraculous the passage of the Affordable Care Act was—similar pledges by presidents back to Teddy Roosevelt all came to nothing—and foresees ways the Act, too, is likely to be reformed in the future. (PublicAffairs)

Beer and wine will be available.

ISBN-13: 9781610393454
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: PublicAffairs, 3/2014

The Wide World of YA Literature

Books directed at young adults constitute one of the fastest growing categories of literature. Dubbed “YA,” this genre emerged in the 1940s and 1950s as teenagers were identified as a social demographic. YA books explore a wide range of topics that occupy adolescence, from sports and identity struggles to substance abuse and suicide. Often dealing with transformation in one form or another, the books appeal to teens who feel caught between the worlds of childhood and adulthood.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, starting in the late 1990s, gave YA a huge boost, inspiring a slew of other fantasy series. More recently, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga has helped make vampires a rage, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games has promoted notions of a dystopian future.

The growth of YA books also has led to somewhat of a blurring between YA and adult literature. Today, building on the broad popularity of such authors as John Green and Rainbow Rowell, YA lit is drawing not just teens but readers in their twenties and beyond. According to Bowker Market Research, 55 percent of YA books purchased in 2012 were bought by people between 18 and 44 years old.

The audiences that attend YA events at P&P reflect this mix. One mother, who recently came to the store with her daughter to hear a YA author, explained that her life is so busy and the world around her so fraught with bad news that she craves YA literature as an escape. Other adults say their interest in YA is motivated, at least in part, by a desire to better understand what their children are thinking.

Whatever is behind it, this YA boom has spurred us at P&P to expand our own YA offerings. You may have noticed more YA events on our calendar in recent months, and there are more to come, including:

• Eliot Schrefer, Threatened, on Tuesday, April 22 (ages 12 and up)
• Marcus Sedgwick, She is Not Invisible and Midwinterblood, on Wednesday, April 23 (ages 15 and up)
• Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, on Thursday, April 24 (ages 15 and up)
• Ann Brashares, The Here and Now, on Thursday, May 1 (ages 13 and up)
• Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, This One Summer, on Saturday, May 17 (ages 15 and up)
• E. Lockhart, We Were Liars, on Thursday, May 22 (ages 15 and up)
• Len Vlahos, The Scar Boys, and Mary Amato, Guitar Notes, on Thursday, July 10 (ages 13 and up)

We hope to see young and old at these events.

--Brad and Lissa

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Only a Few Spots Left: Provence

This October, the team behind P&P’s popular trip to Paris is offering a visit to Provence, one of France’s most beautiful regions and home to countless examples of artistic, literary, and cultural history. The model will be the same as Paris: some structure, some free time, optional discussions, and an opportunity for full exploration and enjoyment of a very special part of the world.

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Writers at the Willard

We’re delighted to announce a new literary series in
partnership with the Willard InterContinental Hotel.
click here to read all about it.


Passover: Last Call!

Last weekend to get ready for the Passover holiday! Politics & Prose has an extensive selection of haggadot in stock. Come in and browse the options or see some of what we have to offer, online.

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Children and Teens

New in Hardcover

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Carole Boston Weatherford
Sugar Hill
(Albert Whitman, $16.99)


Blast from the Past

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Walter Dean Myers
Here in Harlem
(Holiday House, $8.95)

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Our Next Children's Event

Monday, April 21, 10:30 am

Our Next Teen Event

Threatened (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780545551434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.