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World Book Night
The deadline to sign up for World Book Night is Monday, February 6! World Book Night 2012 is looking for 50,000 volunteer book givers to hand out 20 copies each—for a total of 1 million free special World Book Night paperbacks April 23. Join Politics & Prose in helping share your passion for reading with your community!
What’s the only thing funnier than reading Tina Fey’s new memoir? Listening to Tina Fey read Bossypants! Kick back to hear the inimitable Tina Fey be Tina Fey—with her pitch-perfect deliveries, unedited clips from SNL and side-splitting impressions of the Second City improv troupe and 30 Rock cast and crew. The Bossypants audiobook feels like a glorious mix of top-notch stand-up comedy and after-work gabfest with your wickedly smart, hilarious best friend. I can attest that it will fill hours of highway driving with laughter and delight, but don’t wait for your next road trip to enjoy it! - Elizabeth Sher
David Brooks, the New York Times columnist and TV commentator has written a long, 378-page work about a fictional couple to illustrate discoveries about social psychology. This ambitious undertaking is untraditional non-fiction. Punctuated by excursions into modern research in cognitive science, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (Random House, $16) follows two main characters, Harold and Erica, as they pass from infancy to adulthood, including careers and marriage, and are largely unaware of the unconscious forces shaping their lives. Consequently the reader understands them far better than they understand themselves.
Brooks writes: "The people studying the mind and the brain are producing amazing insights about who we are, and yet these insights are having a sufficient impact on the wider culture...This book is an attempt to do that. It's an attempt to integrate science and psychology with sociology, politics, cultural commentary, and the literature of success." - Barbara Meade
With Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Penguin, $16), Amy Chua follows her economic and historical studies, World on Fire and Day of Empire, with a memoir focusing on her approach to parenting. Eschewing what she sees as the permissive Western style for a more disciplined Asian method, Chua recounts how she and her husband raised their two daughters to meet high academic standards, develop a strong work ethic, and respect authority. – Laurie Greer
In her many books on the history of religion (The Battle for God, The Great Transformation), Karen Armstrong has advocated compassion as one of the greatest virtues. In her new book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (Anchor, $14), she presents practical ways to practice compassion in everday life, including learning how to apply it to others and to yourself, and how to develop greater mindfulness, sympathetic joy, and concern for everyone. – Laurie Greer
Two more reasons to shop with Politics & Prose online - Updates to our website
Not only do we offer our recommendations, digital books at prices comparable to the big guys, and personal care with your orders by the same people you see in the store, but now there are two more new conveniences. . .
Stored credit card information for ease of checkout
Our website now provides the option of storing your credit card information so that you no longer need to tediously enter your card number every time you shop with us online. Because we use a secure, third-party, card authorization gateway, our site is protected to the degree that even our employees cannot see your card number. You also have the option of adding or deleting your credit card information at https://www.politics-prose.com/user
Introducting the "Beta" Wishlist Feature
With the holidays now in full swing, we are pleased to introduce the P&P wishlist! This is also a great feature for birthdays, school libraries, wedding registries, and baby showers. Or use it to keep track of a collection of books that you might like for a rainy day.
An "Add to Wish List" button now appears alongside the "Add to Cart" button on product pages and book lists on our website. When you are logged into your online P&P account, pressing this button will add the book to your wishlist. This option includes these features:
* Users can email their wishlist to friends and family, along with a custom message.
* The wishlist supports product quantities - useful for schools or charitable organizations which might want more than one of each item on a list.
* When another user makes a purchase for you from your wishlist, the list is updated. If the quantity of the product purchased equals the quantity desired, the item is marked as "Fulfilled" on the list, and the add to cart button is removed.
* Users can search for wishlists by email address.
Because this is the "Beta" format, we look forward to future updates:
* Google eBooks can not be added to wishlists at this time. Google eBooks on wishlists will require support for gifting ebooks, which we plan to implement in 2012. In the meantime, giving eBooks as gifts can be accomplished with a Politics & Prose Gift Card.
* Only 1 wishlist per user. (You do have the option of creating additional usernames and wishlists if you have multiple email addresses.)
* The "Add to Wish List" button will not appear in search results. You have to click the book from the search results to look at the detailed book page and then add it to your wishlist.
* You will not be notified when something is purchased from your list.
- Andrew Getman
Saturday, November 26
Think Local First DC – Shop Outside the (big) Box Challenge
Politics & Prose is a member of Think Local First DC, a consortium of local businesses that encourages us all to shop local. We're getting ready for the Shop Local First tour which takes place on November 26 at venues across the city. Learn about the tour, the Shop Outside the Big Box Campaign, or click here to take the Shop Local Challenge and make a commitment to the local, independent businesses that make DC a one-of-a-kind place to live!
On a similar note, American Express is holding a Small Business Saturday promotion to support shopping at small local businesses. AmEx is offering a $25 statement credit if you use your AmEx card for purchases of $25 or more at small businesses, such as Politics & Prose, on November 26th. Note that you need to register your card before making the purchase to take advantage of this deal. Click here for more information.
Book Donation opportunities
Book Angels for Unity Health Care Pediatrics
Politics & Prose invites you to participate in our annual Book Angel Program. This year, we are collecting new books to donate to pediatric patients at Unity Health Care. Unity Health Care, Inc. operates a network of 30 sites and provides primary and specialty healthcare services to underserved populations throughout D.C., including 13 community health centers, and two school-based centers. Unity has a strong commitment to the promotion of literacy and serves approximately 18,000 pediatric patients from birth to 18 years old.
The Book Angel Program begins the Saturday after Thanksgiving and runs through December 31, 2011. Each book that is purchased for Unity Health Care is discounted 20%.
The ReadysetDC Book Used Swap for Books for Africa
On Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m., Politics & Prose is partnering with ReadysetDC, an online magazine highlighting arts and culture in Washington, D.C. and locally-owned Read's Clothing Project for The ReadysetDC Book Swap. Please bring additional gently used books to The Dunes Gallery, 1402 Meridian Place, N.W., to either donate, or to participate in the swap. Entry is free, with the donation of one book at the door. All collected books will be donated to Books for Africa, a non-profit dedicated to ending the book famine in Africa. All categories are welcome; children's, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, you name it! The evening will also feature music and a cash and credit bar.
Click here for more information.
P&P patrons receive 10% off tickets to Shakespeare Theatre Company's presentation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
November 25, 2011-January 1, 2012
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St., NW
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
'Tis the season for holiday cheer, a special date with a loved one, an outing with friends and great theatre at the Shakespeare Theatre Company! Much Ado About Nothing is the ultimate battle of the sexes, Shakespeare style, where young lovers woo and old enemies fight (before finding their true loves). Set against a back drop of hot and sultry 1930s Cuba, passions and temperatures will rise this winter at Sidney Harman Hall in this classic tale of love and wits.
Click here to purchase or call the Box Office at 202.547.1122, option 1 with promo code: POLITICSPROSE.
You can also enter to win a voucher for two tickets to the show and an autographed copy of the play, signed by director Ethan McSweeny! One runner up will also receive a voucher for two tickets. Enter the raffle by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Shakespeare Raffle" and your full name and contact phone number in the body of the message by November 30 -or drop your business card/contact info at the box by the Much Ado display in the store.
Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
The ReadysetDC Book Swap
The Dunes Gallery
1402 Meridian Place, N.W.
Politics & Prose is partnering with ReadysetDC, an online magazine highlighting arts and culture in Washington, D.C. and locally-owned Read's Clothing Project for The ReadysetDC Book Swap. Entry is free, with the donation of one book at the door. Please bring additional gently used books to either donate, or to participate in the swap. All books will be collected and donated to Books for Africa, a non-profit dedicated to ending the book famine in Africa. All categories are welcome; children's, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, you name it! The evening will also feature music and a cash and credit bar.
Click here for more information.
Do you love reading? Do you love penguins? We recommend two dark and hilarious mysteries from Andre Kurkov - Death and the Penguin and/or Penguin Lost (Melville House, $14.95 each). They feature the criminal underworld in Kiev, a local mobster, a Chechen warlord, an aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov – who is just trying to catch a break, and his penguin Misha, whom he rescued when the local zoo started downsizing its animals.
We are participating in a program set up by Melville House. For every 25 copies we sell, they will adopt a penguin in P&P's name! By "adopt" we don't mean that there will be a little feathered friend running around the store, but funds will be donated in our name to wildlife preservation. To read more about Melville House, Kurkov’s books, and the Adopt-a-Penguin program click here.
Support Politics & Prose, save some penguins, and read some great books. Come in and purchase a copy of Death and the Penguin or Penguin Lost today!Sarah Baline
Parking Lot Advisory
On Wednesday, November 16, we will host a children’s event in our parking lot. In order to accommodate this event, the parking lot will be closed all day. While we always recommend public transportation when you are attending our larger events, we particularly encourage everyone to take public transportation or carpool if you are coming to the store next Wednesday afternoon.
We want to send a note of appreciation to the oter businesses on the block who are permitting us to do this. Not only will several of them provide food for the event, Comet Ping Pong is letting us use their speakers, microphone and sound mixer for free. Comet will be open for lunch and will be selling pizza at the event. Marvelous Market will be selling food at the event and so will Besta Pizza. Our own Modern Times Café will be selling hot chocolate, cookies, and brownies.