Detailed Event List

Marjorie J. Spruill - Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Monday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
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$33.00
ISBN: 9781632863140
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 28th, 2017

Following the United Nations declaration of 1975 as International Women’s Year, American feminists, including icons like Bella Abzug and Gloria Steinem, gathered in Houston for the 1977 National Women’s Conference. There they established plans of action for abortion rights, gay rights, and the ERA. Meanwhile, a group of conservative women, led by Phyllis Schlafly and Lottie Beth Hobbs, rallied in favor of a pro-family agenda. In her dual narrative of these two opposing movements, Spruill, author of New Women of the New South and a member of the history faculty at the University of South Carolina, illuminates an overlooked chapter in the country’s deepening left-right divide.

Please note, our original event for this title was canceled due to weather back in March. We are happy to have been able to reschedule to this new date.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jesse Eisinger - The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501121364
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

In the 1970s prosecutors began to go after top corporate executives who had committed crimes, even sending some to jail. Yet by 2008, the CEOs of the top banks and Wall Street firms responsible for the Financial Crisis were left alone. What had changed? Eisinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter at ProPublica, finds the answer mainly in the Justice Department, particularly, as his title suggests, with prosecutors too daunted by legal complexities or frightened of failure to do their jobs. He traces this lack of will to a constellation of shifts in both attitudes and power that have made corporate lobbying stronger and weakened government resolve to prosecute big businesses.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson — at Sixth & I

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780767905923
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - October 8th, 2002

Join us to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the treasured classic Tuesdays with Morrie, which was born when Albom, a sports columnist for The Detroit Free Press, saw a piece on Nightline about Morrie Schwartz, a 78-year-old Brandeis sociology professor recently diagnosed with ALS. Albom had studied with Schwartz sixteen years earlier and contacted him. Schwartz remembered his former student and Albom made weekly pilgrimages to see him in Massachusetts. Albom’s moving, wise book chronicles his fourteen conversations with Schwartz before his teacher passed away in 1995.  Supplemented with Albom’s memories and Schwartz’s lectures, this book of clear-eyed thoughts on love, regret, and death is truly inspirational.

Albom will be in conversation with Ted Koppel, Nightline anchor from 1980 to 2005.

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All books and tickets will be available at will call at 6 p.m. the evening of the event.
Politics & Prose will not have books or tickets available for pick up prior to the evening of the event.

 

Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Edward Luce - The Retreat of Western Liberalism

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm
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$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127396
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - June 6th, 2017

In Time to Start Thinking, Luce described the decline of Western values, a trajectory now confirmed with Brexit and the rise of Trump and European populism. In this trenchant and closely argued follow-up, Luce, the chief U.S. columnist for The Financial Times, expands on the crisis facing liberal democracy. Putting today’s political and economic challenges in a broad historical context, Luce looks back to the rise of the industrial west, showing that since the end of the Cold War we’ve grown into a dangerously destabilizing complacency. We can’t take democracy for granted, he believes, and democracy in turn depends on a firm economic foundation that produces gains for the majority of its citizens.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mario Livio - Why?: What Makes Us Curious

Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm
Why?: What Makes Us Curious Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476792095
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

An astrophysicist by training, Livio has also explored math, biology, chemistry, and other topics. In his sixth book, the author of Brilliant Blunders and The Golden Ratio uses psychology and neuroscience to delve into the nature of curiosity itself. While curiosity drives activities ranging from casual conversations to disciplined scientific experiments to artistic creativity, there is no definitive consensus about what it is. By profiling two legendary inquiring minds, da Vinci and Richard Feynman, and by interviewing irrepressible thinkers including Noam Chomsky and Marilyn vos Savant, Livio assembles a fascinating template of the components of curiosity, from how it manifests itself and how it changes over a person’s lifetime to how it compares to other basic drives.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jason Zinoman - Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062377210
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Published: Harper - April 11th, 2017

Over the course of his thirty-three years as host of Late Night with David Letterman, Letterman single-handedly redefined the talk show. Zinoman’s biography, focusing on both the man and his work, takes readers behind the scenes to show us how that happened. The New York Times’s first comedy critic, Zinoman parses Letterman’s unique mix of absurdist, conceptual, and silly humor and traces it to his first stint, at an Indiana university radio station, where Letterman supplemented the script with invented stories. Zinoman spoke with hundreds of people who worked with Letterman throughout his career, including Late Night’s co-creator, Merrill Markoe, Jay Leno, Martin Short, and Letterman himself. The book is as much a work of cultural criticism as it is the profile of an inimitable performer.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Williams - When the English Fall

Saturday, July 29 at 1:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781616205225
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 11th, 2017

Wlliams’s debut novel unfolds in the wake of massive solar flares that virtually destroyed electricity and everything that depends on it. While most of modern civilization is in chaos, Amish communities are relatively stable. But as the increasingly desperate “English”—non-Amish—mobs flee the ruined cities, they stop asking the Amish for help and just take what they need. Williams tells this post-apocalyptic story from the point of view of an Amish husband and father, and Jacob’s journal is a compelling account of an unimaginable situation as well as an urgent meditation on how a man devoted to peace can defend his family and stay true to his principles in an increasingly violent situation.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ann Hornaday - Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies

Saturday, July 29 at 3:30 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780465094233
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Published: Basic Books - June 13th, 2017

To get the most out of a film, Hornaday argues, viewers need to be as actively engaged in watching it as the filmmakers were in creating it. Film critic for The Washington Post, Hornaday guides us through the movie-making process and shows how to break down a film into its seven fundamental parts. For each component—screenplay, acting, production design, cinematography, editing, sound and music, and direction—she suggests key questions to ask and draws examples from a wide range of classic and recent films in all genres.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mark Stein - Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present

Saturday, July 29 at 6:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9781612348940
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Published: Potomac Books - July 2017

Stein’s engaging and informative How the States Got Their Shapes (the basis for the History Channel series) told the stories behind the development of our weird jigsaw-puzzle of a nation. Now he looks at the equally quirky, yet serious, history of how Americans have defined and regulated vices. While we think of bowling as a harmless pastime, it was outlawed in colonial America. Today, we place more and more restrictions on where people can light up cigarettes, yet simultaneously ease regulations on smoking pot. Morality seems to shift with the prevailing cultural and political winds and Stein, a screenwriter and playwright, has a keen eye for the inherent humor and significance of our struggles to tell right from wrong. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Karin Tanabe - The Diplomat's Daughter

Sunday, July 30 at 1:00 pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781501110474
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 11th, 2017

Set during the Second World War, Tanabe’s fourth novel richly dramatizes the period’s turmoil and clashing allegiances. The narrative focuses on Emi Kato, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a Japanese diplomat. Briefly held in a Texas internment camp after Pearl Harbor, she falls in love with Christian, a fellow prisoner of German descent. But once released and sent back to Japan, Emi realizes she still loves Leo, a Jewish refugee in Shanghai. Intercutting scenes of the three characters’ different experiences of the war, Tanabe, a former Politico reporter and the author most recently of The Gilded Years, tells a story of how love can survive—and enable survival—in even the harshest circumstances.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alvin S. Felzenberg - A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.

Sunday, July 30 at 3:00 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780300163841
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Published: Yale University Press - May 2nd, 2017

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008) founded National Review, hosted Firing Line for over thirty years, and by means of his charm, argumentativeness, avid views, and extensive networking, was a major force in the rise of conservatism. Felzenberg, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School, traces Buckley’s rise to national prominence from his upbringing in a large Catholic family similar in some ways to the Kennedys. The focus of his study, however, is Buckley’s relationships with politicians, especially presidents. Buckley was a harsh critic of Eisenhower, a close friend of Reagan, and Felzenberg delves into Buckley’s roles as advisor, provocateur, and relentless advocate of conservative ideology.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jacques Berlinerblau - Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn't, for Professors, Parents, and Students

Sunday, July 30 at 5:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9781612196428
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Published: Melville House Publishing - June 13th, 2017

Berlinerblau, director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, started his academic career at a community college. In working his way up from adjunct faculty member to assistant professor and on to administrator, he has closely observed how higher education both meets and fails to meet its highest goals. His book, expanding on the critiques he published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other journals, is a vigorous defense of liberal education and of the engaged teaching it demands. Berlinerblau’s careful scrutiny of academia gives parents and students insight into the most crucial part of a college experience: the teachers, who, for undergraduates, are likely to be graduate students and adjuncts, more focused on the exigencies of “publish or perish” than on the quality of their classroom performance.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Where's Waldo? Hunt and Party

Monday, July 31 at 7:00 pm
Where's Waldo? 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763695798
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 16th, 2017

Where's Waldo? the Coloring Collection Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763695774
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 16th, 2017

Where's Waldo? the Totally Essential Travel Collection Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763695804
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 16th, 2017

Throughout July, with a Where's Waldo? party in The Den on July 31 at 7 p.m. 

Waldo has been hiding—in books—for 30 years! Celebrate Waldo’s anniversary in a month-long scavenger hunt to find the beloved character hiding in twenty-five businesses around D.C.
 
Beginning July 1, 2017, stop by the Children and Teens department at Politics and Prose to pick up your Find Waldo passport. The passport lists the 25 locations where Waldo is hiding. Take your passport with you as you travel to the different locations. You can start at any one of them. When you spot the hidden Waldo, tell an employee and they’ll stamp or sign your passport. Observational skills are needed as Waldo is only six-inches tall and he might be hiding in any public part of the establishment.
 
Once you’ve collected 10 stamps, stop by P&P to receive a small prize. When you’ve collected 20 or more stamps, come to P&P to be entered into a grand prize raffle featuring Waldo and all of his friends! On July 31, plan to attend a rockin’ Waldo party at 7 p.m. at P&P. The party features trivia, games, activities, a costume contest, and, of course, the announcement of raffle winners!

In the Children and Teens Department:

Kids Trivia @ 7:15 p.m.
Costume Contest @ 7:30 p.m. (for kids and adults!)
Raffle Drawing @ 7:45 p.m.
Crafts
Photo Ops
Favors

In The Den:

Kids Activities
Waldo Waffles
Happy Hour priced wine & beer for adults in costume

 Help Politics and Prose spread the “shop local” word by finding Waldo at participating indie businesses! If you spot him, snap a pic and share it on Twitter or Instagram using #WheresWaldoDC, and be sure to tag the business too. Participating businesses:

Politics and Prose Bookstore
The Den Coffeehouse & Wine Bar
The Avalon Theatre
Pumpernickel's Bagelry & Deli
Bread Furst
Full of Beans
Write for You
Coffee Nature
All Fired Up
Open City DC
Open City at the National Cathedral
Wake Up Little Suzie
Core72
Core72 Cathedral Commons
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
Sullivan's Toys & Art Supplies
Comet Ping Pong
Jake's American Grille
Broad Branch Market
Little Red Fox
Blue 44
Dog Tag Bakery
2Amy's Neapolitan Pizzeria
Trickling Springs Creamery at Union Market
Angelika Pop-Up At Union Market

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sarah Menkedick - Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm

Monday, July 31 at 7:00 pm
Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101871416
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 2nd, 2017

Growing up in the Midwest, Menkedick believed her real life would start once she got away. She spent her twenties traveling alone around the world, supporting herself by teaching English or taking seasonal jobs. When she was thirty-one, she returned to Ohio and embarked on another kind of journey—a journey into motherhood. Along the way, Menkedick, the founder of Vela, earned degrees in the history of science and creative nonfiction, and her meditative essays blend evocative nature writing with introspection on questions of identity, motherhood, and creativity, drawing insight out of stories and stories out of insight.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jack Gilbert - Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System — in the Children & Teens Dept.

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm
Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250132604
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 6th, 2017

What used to be called simply “germs” are now known as the “microbiome,” the combined genetic material of all the microorganisms in a particular environment—such as a human body. Dr. Gilbert, a professor of surgery and Director of the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago, is at the forefront of research into the human microbiome, and he’s compiled a lively and informative guide for parents seeking help navigating this complex new world. Designed in an accessible question-and-answer format, the book starts with the effect of the microbiome on pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding; works through confusions about antibiotics and probiotics; gives advice on vaccines; and covers childhood illnesses, special conditions, diet, and general environment.

This event is part of the Politics and Prose Parenting Series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sam Kean - Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316381642
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 18th, 2017

Kean starts his fourth book with the extraordinary fact that every breath we take involves sextillions of molecules entering or leaving the lungs. Tracing the paths of a few of these molecules, Kean, as he did with the elements of the periodic table in The Disappearing Spoon, gives us a fresh and unique view of something so essential we rarely think of it. With his signature combination of science and storytelling, Kean explains how air changes over the course of a lifetime, how balloon flight was inspired by lingerie, and how nitrous oxide went from recreational drug to dental mainstay—just a few examples of how the seemingly insubstantial chemicals we call “air” have shaped the physical world and influenced human culture.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gareth Hinds - Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30 pm
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds Cover Image
By Gareth Hinds, Gareth Hinds (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780763681128
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 1st, 2017

Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780763695095
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 1st, 2017

The lasting appeal of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems and stories may be best attributed to their strange darkness and the quiet melancholy that stays with readers long after the final page. It seems fitting that these stories have been retold in graphic novel format, bringing to life the eerie images evoked by Poe’s chilling, lyrical prose. Gareth Hinds paints a richly dark and poetic visual accompaniment to Poe’s best-known tales, including “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Raven.” Both long-time admirers of Poe and new gothic horror fans will appreciate Hind’s signature watercolor and ink illustrations of these classics. Ages 12 and up.

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Tracy Crow and Jerri Bell - It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 2 at 7:00 pm
It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan Cover Image
By Tracy Crow (Editor), Jerri Bell (Editor), Kayla Williams (Foreword by)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781612348315
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Published: Potomac Books - July 2017

Women have officially been allowed to serve in the military since 1917, but they’ve fought in America’s wars since the Revolution. In this illuminating anthology of women’s writings about their experiences in war, editors Bell, a retired naval officer and the managing editor of O-Dark-Thirty, and Crow, a former Marine Corps officer and the author of Eyes Right, present a wide range of excerpts from diaries, letters, oral histories, pension depositions, and published and unpublished memoirs. From the Revolution and Civil Wars, when women soldiers had to disguise themselves as men, to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they’ve had to contend with sexual harassment from male colleagues, women have served with courage, resourcefulness, and resilience. This is military history as it has not been written before.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Acoustic Open Mic — in The Den

Wednesday, August 2 at 8:00 pm

The Den’s intimate room and supportive atmosphere distinguishes us as a unique space that appeals to musicians and audiences alike. This popular Open Mic night is a great opportunity for local musicians to step out and network. Performances are typically packed with some of the area's most talented and most supportive musicians—forget what you thought you knew about open mics and come check it out! All styles of music, poetry, and performance are welcome. Sign up is 7:30 p.m. and the show runs from 8 – 10 p.m.  Open Mic is open to all ages and is free of charge.

Open Mic FAQ

 

The Den at Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, downstairs
Washington, DC 20008

Heather Harpham - Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 pm
Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250131560
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 1st, 2017

Like the best and most deeply affecting fairy tales, Harpham’s memoir takes the long way around to get to the happy ending—and there are many moments when it seems like there won’t be one at all. Part of a charmed couple, California-born Harpham fell in love with a writer in New York. But he didn’t want children, and when Harpham got pregnant, she left him, moving back home to deliver her daughter. If the parents broke up because of the child, the child’s serious illness brought them back together. Harpham, an award-winning essayist, fiction writer, and playwright now teaching at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase, explores the resilience and passion that go into the making of a family.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Passion and Prose: A Romance Panel with Sarah MacLean - The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III, Alisha Rai - Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts, Mary Burton - The Hangman and Tracey Livesay - Love on My Mind

Friday, August 4 at 7:00 pm
The Day of the Duchess Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062379436
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Published: Avon Books - June 27th, 2017

Hate to Want You Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062566737
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Published: Avon Books - July 25th, 2017

The Hangman Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781503943698
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Montlake Romance - April 25th, 2017

Love on My Mind Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062497819
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Published: Avon Books - August 23rd, 2016

Whether you’re looking for escape or for thrills, romance novels come in many flavors and cater to a wide variety of tastes. Join us for a discussion with four of today’s most exciting romance writers and sample a genre that may surprise you. Featured authors include: Mary Burton, author of The Hangman, the third of her Forgotten Files books, a series of romantic thrillers featuring Virginia State Police Agent Julia Vargas; Tracey Livesay, author of Love on My Mind, the first in a series of interracial romances pairing strong, successful heroines with powerful, passionate heroes; Sarah MacLean, a prolific historical romance writer, most recently of Day of the Duchess, who writes a monthly review of romances for The Washington Post; and Alisha Rai, introducing her Forbidden Hearts series with Hate to Want You, a steamy story that blends emotion and sensuality. The discussion will be moderated by Diane Gaston, award-winning author of Regency romances and a long-time member of the Washington Romance Writers Association.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Trita Parsi - Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

Monday, August 7 at 7:00 pm
Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780300218169
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Published: Yale University Press - August 2017

Parsi’s detailed insider account of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran is a story about “how to make peace,” and it’s one that should serve as a model for future crisis resolutions. Parsi interviewed key players on all sides, including Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Secretary of State John Kerry. He lays out what each side felt it had to lose, reveals how chillingly close we came to war, and presents the agreement as a major success that both averted the threat of war with Iran and prevented the possibility of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and a former faculty member at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities, is also the author of A Single Roll of the Dice, selected by Foreign Affairs as the Best Book of 2012 on the Middle East.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets Takoma: Hurston Wright Foundation Summer Workshop Reading featuring Kyle Dargan, Tiphanie Yanique, and Sheri Booker

Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 pm
Honest Engine: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780820347288
Availability: In Stock—Click for Details
Published: University of Georgia Press - April 2015

Land of Love and Drowning Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633812
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 21st, 2015

Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781592407620
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Published: Gotham Books - July 1st, 2014

Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Yanique is an award-winning poet, essayist, fiction writer, and an associate professor of English at Wesleyan. Her debut novel traces Caribbean history over some sixty years as it follows the Bradshaw family, starting with a set of sisters and their half-brother. Left orphaned after a shipwreck in the early 1900s, the three use their rare beauty and uncanny talents to make their way.

Dargan, American University writing professor, editor of POST NO ILLS magazine, and author of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winning The Listening, has reimagined elegy as self-portrait in his fourth collection, which commemorates recent losses of family members and friends and locates meaning in “a third realm—not of bodies or souls / but the miscellany of life sketched / along the interiors of our skulls.”

When she was fifteen, Booker got a summer job at the Albert P. Wylie Funeral Home in Baltimore. She worked there for nine years, and when she suffered losses in her family, Booker found surrogate parents in the Wylies. Later, as AIDS, drugs, and street violence claimed their victims, she witnessed grief in myriad forms and learned lasting lessons about life from the perspective of death.

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll St NW
Washington, DC 20012

Gillian Thomas - Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women's Lives at Work

Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 pm
Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women's Lives at Work Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250138088
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Published: Picador USA - August 8th, 2017

The Title VII Amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. But it’s taken a lot of work to see that these provisions get implemented. Focusing on women’s fight for equal rights in the workplace, Thomas, a senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project, presents ten Supreme Court cases pivotal to women’s ongoing struggle for access to jobs, fair pay, and protection from sexual harassment. Weaving a compelling narrative out of legal intricacies and personal stories, Thomas adds new names—Ida Phillips, Ruth Blanco, Lillian Garland, and Teresa Harris—to our list of civil rights heroes.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Henry Fountain - The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00 pm
The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101904060
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - August 8th, 2017

The earthquake that struck Alaska on March 27, 1964 measured 9.2 on the Richter scale and lasted nearly five minutes. It killed 130 people, erased the coastal village of Chenega, and was the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America and the second-biggest ever in the world. In his fascinating account of the disaster, Fountain, a veteran New York Times science writer, combines history, science and his own travels in Prince William Sound. Fountain interviewed many of the quake’s survivors and conveys their first-hand experiences of the temblor  and its aftermath. He also talked extensively with George Plafker, the U.S. Geological Survey geologist charged with explaining this massive earthquake, and chronicles how Plafker’s investigations helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tom Perrotta - Mrs. Fletcher

Thursday, August 10 at 7:00 pm
Mrs. Fletcher Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501144028
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 1st, 2017

Perrotta’s seventh novel tells the dual coming-of-age stories of Eve Fletcher and her son. Eve, executive director of a senior center, adjusts to her empty nest and tests the limits of her new freedom by taking a course on gender. But she’s more interested in porn websites and may even have attracted a cyberstalker. Meanwhile her son Brendan, a freshman, is jolted by the reality of a college life that’s less indulgent of his privileged attitudes than he had anticipated. As the two struggle with the unexpected consequences of their behavior, Perrotta, author of Election, Little Children, and The Leftovers, the basis for the HBO series of the same name, paints a sharp, insightful, and very funny picture of life in the digital era.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Paul Kingsnorth - Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays and Beast

Friday, August 11 at 7:00 pm
Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays Cover Image
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 1st, 2017

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ISBN: 9781555977795
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 1st, 2017

Former deputy editor of The Ecologist, Kingsnorth is co-founder of The Dark Mountain Project, a network of writers, artists, and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilization tells itself and are in search of new paradigms for a world on the brink. Kingsnorth has supplied this need with poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In his latest collection of essays, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, he discusses the disillusion that drove him from goals such as sustainability to a radical “dark ecology,” dedicated to preserving the wild for its own sake. As envisioned in his new novel, Beast, a sequel of sorts to his Man Booker-longlisted The Wake, the wild is an empty moor in the west of England. Edward Buckmaster, undergoing an acute existential crisis, is distracted from his internal demons by the realization that he’s being stalked by some kind of animal he never quite catches sight of.

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Anne Helen Petersen - Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

Monday, August 14 at 7:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780399576850
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Published: Plume Books - June 20th, 2017

The women who are making news today are angry, defiant, dynamic, and iconoclastic. They do things they’re not supposed to do, whether it’s running for president or getting old and refusing to bow out gracefully. Petersen, a BuzzFeed columnist, author of Scandals of Classic Hollywood and a PhD in media studies, profiles women celebrities including Serena Williams, Madonna, Lena Dunham, Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner, and others. She celebrates a bold, brash wave of feminism, analyzes new notions of femininity, and studies the nexus of race, class, gender, and the media, offering insight into a culture both fascinated and threatened by women who go their own way.

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Robert Wright - Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781439195451
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

People have always struggled to understand why there’s suffering in the world, and to find ways to relieve it. Buddhism’s answer is that we suffer due to not seeing clearly. The practice proposes that clarity—and morality and happiness along with it—comes through meditation.  Now research scientists are catching up with this ancient wisdom. Drawing on new findings in evolutionary psychology and neuroscience, Wright, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bloggingheads.tv and the author of books including The Evolution of God and The Moral Animal, traces suffering to fear, anxiety, and anger, the strong emotions that alerted our ancestors to danger and helped them survive. These triggers have been wired into us by evolution, but now, instead of saving us, they cause us to suffer. Meditation can help us see the inherent meaninglessness of these drives and dispel their power over us.

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Suzy Hansen - Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World

Wednesday, August 16 at 7:00 pm
Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374280048
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 15th, 2017

Hansen grew up in a small, conservative New Jersey town. She didn’t know she’d been living in a bubble until the combination of 9/11 and overseas travel showed her the gap between how Americans think of themselves and how they’re viewed abroad. Hansen, now an Istanbul-based journalist and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, retraces her global coming-of-age with this hybrid memoir/travelogue. Intertwining personal reflection, history, and the experiences of many years of reporting from Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran, Hansen’s book is a revealing portrait of what it means to be American in a world where the old certainties no longer hold.

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Haroon Moghul - How to Be a Muslim: An American Story — in conversation with Wajahat Ali

Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780807020746
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Published: Beacon Press - June 6th, 2017

Moghul became a public presence in the wake of 9/11, speaking out as an undergraduate leader at NYU’s Islamic Center. He was only just beginning to work out his personal relationship to Islam, and his memoir traces his struggle to come to terms with a faith he had long felt ambivalent about. Growing up, Moghul, a second-generation immigrant, wanted a typical American childhood. But his was complicated by encounters with anti-Muslim bias, bouts of depression, and his own reservations about many aspects of his Islamic heritage. Now a senior fellow and director of development at the Center for Global Policy, as well as the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Moghul writes honestly about identity as a work in progress.

Moghul will be in conversation with Wajahat Ali, author of the play Domestic Crusaders and lead author of the investigative report Fear, Inc.

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Angela P. Dodson - Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box — in conversation with Dorothy Gilliam

Friday, August 18 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781455570935
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Published: Center Street - May 23rd, 2017

Drawing her title from Abigail Adams’s admonition to her husband as he prepared for the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Dodson has compiled a rich history of the roles women have played in American politics since the country’s beginning. A contributing editor for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Dodson focuses closely on women’s fight to gain the vote, which they won just a hundred years ago. Informative and inspiring, Dodson’s book includes a variety of photos, drawings, posters, and other ephemera that illustrate both the high points of women’s struggle for equal rights and the many smaller steps between the speeches and victories.

Dodson will be in conversation with Dorothy Gilliam, former columnist for The Washington Post.

 

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Joe Tone - Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream

Monday, August 21 at 7:00 pm
Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812989601
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Published: One World - August 8th, 2017

The title of Tone’s fascinating account of life on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border points to the brutal tactics of the area’s drug traffickers, but it also refers to the name of a champion quarter horse. When Jose Trevino, a Mexican-born Dallas bricklayer of modest means, bid close to a million dollars to win Bones at auction, the FBI got interested. Tone, former editor of the Dallas Observer, traces the government’s investigation as it uncovered a major drug laundering scheme behind the horseracing. He also follows the very different fates of Jose, a hardworking family man who loved horses, and the man behind the money laundering: Jose’s older brother Miguel, a leader of the notorious Zeta drug cartel.

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Walter Stahr - Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary

Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781476739304
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 8th, 2017

Stahr’s illuminating account of Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) is the first new biography of Lincoln’s secretary of war in fifty years. The award-winning author of Seward and John Jay, Stahr focuses on Stanton’s crucial role in the struggle to hold the nation together. Responsible for organizing the overall war effort, Stanton mobilized and directed the more than one million men who served in the Union armed forces.  But he also arrested and imprisoned thousands for resisting the draft or calling for an end to the war. His aggression made him widely controversial, to the point that some suspected he’d been involved in Lincoln’s assassination. Rather, as Stahr shows, Stanton took the lead in reassuring the country after Lincoln’s death.

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Ibram X. Kendi - Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America — in conversation with Wesley Lowery

Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Nation Books - August 15th, 2017

Kendi’s National Book Award-winning study argues that racism in America has grown from deliberate policies rather than from emotional responses like fear or hatred. Starting with the Puritans, Kendi traces the development of racist ideas and their effect on racist practices through the lives of five thinkers, discussing Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis. Within these profiles Kendi, professor of history and international studies at American University, identifies three strains of thought about race: segregation, antiracism, and assimilation; outlines their differences, and points to how each can be discredited in order to free the nation for the post-racial era it has long yearned for.

Kendi will be in conversation with Wesley Lowery, a national correspondent for The Washington Post and author of They Can't Kill Us All.

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Kamila Shamsie - Home Fire

Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 pm
Home Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735217683
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 15th, 2017

Unfolding in London, Western Massachusetts, and Syria, Shamsie’s powerful novel is the story of a family pulled in several directions at once. Isma, after being thrown into the role of caretaker for her younger siblings by her mother’s death and her jihadist father’s absence, is at last free to pursue her own dreams. But moving to the U.S. only sharpens her concerns for her unpredictable sister and the brother consumed with his father’s legacy. Further complications arise when the son of a prominent political figure enters their lives. Through these vivid, complex characters, Shamsie, one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and a two-time finalist for the Orange Prize, engages with urgent issues of extremism, bigotry, and xenophobia.

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The Uncorked Reading Series with The Book Maven — in The Den

Thursday, August 24 at 8:00 pm

Join local critic and social-media presence Bethanne Patrick for an evening focused on the work of acclaimed novelist Alice McDermott, whose latest novel comes out Tuesday, September 19. The Ninth Hour is a look at early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn, and how one family’s tragedy leads to generational trauma. During this Uncorked Reading Series discussion, Patrick will give a brief overview of McDermott’s work, from plots to characters to themes, inviting participants to share their thoughts as well as to ask questions. There will be plenty of time for meeting other booklovers—and for sharing a few drinks on a late-summer evening, too. Please join us!

 

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José Ballesteros - Knocking on the Door of the White House: Latino and Latina Poets in Washington, D.C. (2001-2009)

Friday, August 25 at 7:00 pm

Zozobra Publishing was established in 2013 and is dedicated to publishing bilingual English-Spanish editions of the best Spanish-language poetry by Latinx writers living in the U.S. Co-edited by Ballesteros, one of Zozobra’s founders, this anthology features work by twenty-three writers in the Washington area. Join us for a reading and discussion about the challenges and goals of being a Latinx writer in this city with co-editors Ballesteros, author of the collection, Lovedust/Polvo enamorado, and Carlos Parada Ayala, author of Light of the Storm and a winner of D.C.’s Larry Neal Poetry Award; poets Samuel Miranda, founder of the poetry collective, Tres Raíces and Martha Sanchez-Lowery, author of the chapbook, Bocanegra and executive producer of the CD Poetry Alive at Iota, and translator Deborah Sobeloff, a writer, teacher, and recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Poetry.

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Education Teach-In with Valerie Strauss, Jonathan Kozol, Lillian M. Lowery, and David Osborne

Saturday, August 26 at 3:00 pm

As the 2017–’18 school year begins, Politics and Prose is happy to announce a teach-in on the topic of K-12 education. What is the best way to provide accessible, high-quality education for all children? How can schools and school systems protect children from discrimination and support those living in poverty? How should we as parents, students, and citizens respond to various political agendas? What is the case for privatization within our education system?

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss moderates a panel featuring Jonathan Kozol, Lillian M. Lowery, and David Osborne.

Much as teach-ins provided a foundation for education and tools for action during the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, we hope that the store's teach-ins this year will offer the same opportunity for our community as we collectively navigate uncharted and uncertain political terrain. We are grateful that some of our nation's leading experts are willing to lend their time and talents to guide these discussions. We hope you will be able to participate as well.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can still watch the event on Facebook Live, and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TeachIn. We hope to see you at these discussions about the future of our country, as we explore what we can do together to safeguard our democratic values and institutions in these politically divisive and uncertain times.

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NERDS! Trivia Night ♦

Saturday, August 26 at 8:00 pm

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.

Beer and wine will be available.

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Mark Lilla - The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics — in conversation with Sean Illing

Sunday, August 27 at 5:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9780062697431
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Published: Harper - August 15th, 2017

Expanding on his New York Times op-ed piece, “The End of Identity Liberalism,” published just days after Trump’s election, Lilla argues that 2016 marked the end of a political era. While the right faces the deterioration of libertarianism into populist demagoguery, the left has to admit that identity politics has failed. To reinvigorate the Democratic Party and achieve real political change, progressives must stop relying on symbolic politics and pursuing narrow social movements. Instead, Democrats have to focus on encouraging solidarity and developing an expansive vision of national destiny, one grounded in building a government that helps all Americans. Lilla, Professor of Humanities at Columbia and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications, has written a well-reasoned analysis of liberalism’s last two decades and a bracing polemic for the future.

Lilla will be in conversation with Sean Illing, interviews writer for Vox.

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Emily Paster - The Joys of Jewish Preserving: Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit Butters, and More--For Holidays and Every Day

Monday, August 28 at 7:00 pm
The Joys of Jewish Preserving: Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit Butters, and More--For Holidays and Every Day Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781558328754
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Published: Harvard Common Press - July 15th, 2017

Throughout Jewish history, preserved foods have served both practical and spiritual needs, keeping alive a people and their faith through sojourns in deserts and isolation in ghettoes. In her second book, Paster, a D.C. native now based in Chicago where she writes the West of the Loop blog, presents seventy-five recipes. Both traditional and brand new, these cover jams and fruit preserves, pickles, and holiday dishes. Each is illustrated with beautiful color photographs and accompanied by stories contextualizing it within Jewish tradition.

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Mark Bowden - Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam — in conversation with Bob Woodward

Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm
Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780802127006
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - June 6th, 2017

Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam, was the country’s third-largest city in 1968 when it became the center of the Tet Offensive. The North Vietnamese stormed Hue from hidden outposts, surprising and then overwhelming American and South Vietnamese forces. The fight lasted twenty-four days and the 10,000 killed there made it the bloodiest battle of the war. It also definitively turned the tide against the U.S. Bowden’s comprehensive account vividly captures each stage of the action from multiple viewpoints, and he combines meticulous reporting, including a look at the role of the media in revealing what was happening, with profiles, stories, and cinematic set pieces. The author of books including Black Hawk Down, Killing Pablo, and, most recently, The Three Battles of Wanat, Bowden is a feature writer for the Atlantic and Vanity Fair.

Bowden will be in conversation with Bob Woodward, Washington Post associate editor.

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John Nichols - Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America

Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781568587806
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Published: Nation Books - August 29th, 2017

A national affairs writer for The Nation, Nichols published the groundbreaking article, “President Trump—It Could Happen,” in February 2016. Now that it has, he draws on his decades of political-reporting experience for this primer on key figures in the Trump administration. Nichols delves beyond the household names like Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, profiling more obscure Trump advisors such as Carl Icahn and Diane Hendricks. He lays out these people’s connections and special interests, and describes what’s likely in store for the departments they’re in charge of. 

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Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess - Solo

Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780310761839
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Published: Blink - August 2017

As the son of one of the biggest rock stars of all time, 17-year-old Blade Morrison’s lifestyle has always included parties, paparazzi, and celebrity encounters. He also has to deal with his drug-addicted father, whose yearning to make a musical comeback overshadows Blade’s desire to have a normal life. When Blade learns a family secret that causes him to question everything he’s ever known, he travels from Los Angeles to Ghana to find answers. Newbery Award-winner Alexander teams up with Hess to tell this fast-paced story about addiction, ethics, and personal identity. Blade’s rollercoaster-like journey of self-discovery is documented in free verse, reading like a YA rock opera that will keep teens on the edge of their seats. Ages 14 and up.

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James Atlas - The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale

Friday, September 1 at 7:30 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9781101871690
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Published: Pantheon Books - August 22nd, 2017

 

 

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Richard McGregor - Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

Tuesday, September 5 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399562679
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Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

 

 

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Atul Gawande - Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End — at Sixth & I

Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador USA - September 5th, 2017

In his bestselling Being Mortal, Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, frequent media commentator, and the author of books including The Checklist Manifesto, confronts the role of medicine in the end of life. Drawing on both his medical practice and his own father’s sickness, Gawande proposes ways for doctors to emphasize comfort, independence, and quality of life in treating aging and terminally ill patients. He writes about the role of health care for patients who cannot be healed, proposes ways to turn elder-care facilities into true homes, and explores the physiology of aging. Now available in paperback, this book offers a valuable meditation on the human condition for people of all ages.

Gawande will be in conversation with Sarah Kliff, one of the country's leading health policy journalists.

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Loudon Wainwright III - Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things

Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00 pm
Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399177026
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Published: Blue Rider Press - September 5th, 2017

 

 

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Adam Gopnik - At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York

Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781400041800
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 5th, 2017

 

 

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Fall Member Sale

Friday, September 8 at 9:00 am

All weekend long, Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10, we invite Politics & Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

Enjoy the benefits of your membership at any of our locations.

 

 
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Danielle Allen - Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

Friday, September 8 at 7:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781631493119
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 5th, 2017

 

 

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Vanessa Grigoriadis - Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus

Saturday, September 9 at 6:00 pm
Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780544702554
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 5th, 2017

 

 

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Claire Messud - The Burning Girl

Sunday, September 10 at 5:00 pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393635027
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 29th, 2017

 

 

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Sally Quinn - Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir

Monday, September 11 at 7:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062315502
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Published: HarperOne - September 12th, 2017

 

 

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William Drozdiak - Fractured Continent: Europe's Crises and the Fate of the West

Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780393608687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

 

 

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Jeremi Suri - The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office

Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9780465051731
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Published: Basic Books - September 12th, 2017

 

 

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Celeste Ng - Little Fires Everywhere — in conversation with Nicole Chung

Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

 

 

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Deborah Campbell - A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War

Friday, September 15 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781250147875
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Published: Picador USA - September 5th, 2017

 

 

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Karl Ove Knausgaard - Autumn — at St. Pauls

Friday, September 15 at 7:30 pm
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ISBN: 9780399563300
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Published: Penguin Press - August 22nd, 2017

Knausgaard’s My Struggle novels have captivated readers across the world. Zadie Smith has raved about them, and Norwegian offices have had to declare My Struggle-free days in order to keep workers on track. With Autumn, Knausgaard launches a new cycle of books, each named for a season. This first takes the form of a series of letters to his unborn daughter, describing the world she’s about to inhabit. He uses his trademark precision to draw our attention to the beauty of nature and routine, turning a welcome to his child into a substantive set of meditations for us all.

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