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Jennifer Close spoke about her book, The Smart One, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
In her second work of fiction, the author of Girls in White Dresses–and former P&P bookseller—offers a witty and insightful look at what happens when a parent of adult children does not have an empty nest. Weezey Coffey raised three children, only to have them return: one after a failed career, another after a broken engagement, and the third while in thrall to a high-maintenance girlfriend.
Mika Brzezinski spoke about her book, Obsessed: America's Food Addiction-And My Own, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
Brzezinski has had a long struggle with food—worrying about what and how much to eat, feeling guilty about eating junk rather than vegetables. As her book reflects, she’s not alone. From chefs to writers to politicians, the Morning Joe co-host has interviewed a wide range of Americans about health and diet, and she offers advice on how to come to grips with the challenge of eating well. For the event, Brzezinski spoke about her book with Morning Joe co-host, Joe Scarborough.
First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about her book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn. As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children. Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest.
Erica Brown, Author of "Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death," Recommends Her Favorite Books on Grief and Grieving
Erica Brown shared some of her favorite books on grief and grieving and discussed her book, Happier Endings: A Meditation on Grief and Grieving, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
The notion of “a good death” is an ancient ideal, one that adds meaning to life by forcing us to recognize what we value most. In her wise and good-natured reflections on mortality, Brown, scholar in residence with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and author of the National Jewish Book Award-finalist Inspired Jewish Leadership, offers ways to make the most of goodbye.
Rashid Khalidi spoke about his book, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, at Politics & Prose on Friday, April 5, 2013.
In his seventh book on the Middle East, Khalidi, Columbia professor of modern Arab studies, looks closely at the American role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Focusing on the 1982 Reagan Plan, the Madrid Peace Conference a decade later, and Obama’s shifting position on Israel’s settlements, Khalidi argues that the U.S. has impeded, not furthered, an agreement.
Mary Roach spoke about her book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, at Politics & Prose on on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Whether investigating the fine points of space travel, death, or sex, Roach is both audacious and authoritative, asking questions other science writers don’t dare to. She's also hilarious, and in her fifth book takes readers on a tour of the human gullet, exploring different flavors and textures of food, contemplating the maximum capacity of the stomach, and monitoring exactly what happens as food goes down the hatch.
You can also watch our short interview with Mary at the link below, where she discusses growing up curious and why she's all for being "a middle-aged woman with the soul of a 12 year-old boy."
Shannon K. O'Neill Discusses "Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead"
Shannon K. O'Neil spoke about her book,Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
The Mexico most Americans think they know—riddled with drug-related violence and funneling undocumented immigrants north—is only part of the story. O’Neil, senior fellow for Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, shows that the other part is a more prosperous and democratic nation, with a growing, better educated, and more stable middle class.
Ralph Nader Introduction and Interview of David Helvarg, Author of "The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair With the Sea"
David Helvarg is interviewed about his book,The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair With The Sea, at Politics & Prose on on Friday, March 22, 2013. Helvarg is introduced by author, lawyer, and consumer advocate, Ralph Nader.
In his sixth book, the award-winning journalist, producer, and president of the Blue Frontier Campaign takes readers on a tour of the California coastline. The 1,100 miles between the borders of Oregon and Tijuana are home to diverse groups of sea birds, mammals, and fish, but also face natural and man-made disasters.
Glenn Frankel spoke about his book,The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
In 1956 John Ford made The Searchers, a Western based on Alan Le May’s 1954 novel, which was itself based on events from 1836, when Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. Frankel’s investigation of this legendary—even archetypal—episode from the white conquest of the American West leads him to fresh assessments of both the country’s foundational myths and Ford’s enduring classic..
Hali Felt on Passion, Possession and her book, Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor
Until the early 1950s, scientists knew little about the ocean floor; most assumed there was nothing there. Then came Columbia University’s geophysical lab, sonar, and Marie Tharp. In this fascinating biography, Felt, who teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh, profiles a determined and talented woman who, starting at age 28, spent her life translating data into maps, work that was crucial to the development of tectonic-plate theory and continental drift.
You can watch the full in-store discussion with Hali Felt at the link below.