Detailed Event List

Adam Valen Levinson - The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear and Love in the Modern Middle East — in conversation with Shana Knizhnik

Sunday, November 19 at 1:00 pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393608366
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2017

Levinson, a journalist for outlets including The Paris Review, Al Jazeera, and Haaretz, has specialized in telling the human stories behind the conflicts of many of the world’s hot-spots. He’s learned that to conquer fear and resist succumbing to paranoia, you have to face what you think you’re afraid of. His illuminating and surprisingly funny book about coping with the anxieties raised by 9/11 and the War on Terror documents his visits to Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan, Aleppo, Somalia, Oman, and Tahrir Square. He approached each place with an eager curiosity, an open mind, and good humor. What he found was often much different than what he’d been led to expect, and his book affirms the power of compassion to bridge cultures.

Levinson will be in conversation with Shana Knizhnik, Dunn Fellow at the ACLU and co-author of the best-selling Notorious RBG.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sophie Glasser - Le Big Manual — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 pm
$50.00
SKU: 9782359130379

$50.00
SKU: 9782359130188

 

 

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

John Burgess - The Stairway Guide's Daughter

Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 pm
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$15.00
ISBN: 9786167339870
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Published: River Books - October 16th, 2017

Burgess, a former Washington Post correspondent, has long been fascinated with Southeast Asia and its great stone temples. He’s written historical and fictional treatments of Angkor Wat, and now follows his history of the Preah Vihear Temple, Temple in the Clouds, with a vivid imagining of 12th-century Cambodia. Set in the golden age of Angkor civilization and evoking the grandeur of both the architecture and the faith it embodies, the novel focuses on Jorani, a young woman who guides pilgrims up the temple’s two thousand-step stairway. But the sacred site is beset with worldly troubles, and Jorani is unwittingly involved in a succession struggle that forces her to choose between her family and the abbot’s son.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lauren-Brooke Eisen - Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Sunday, November 19 at 5:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9780231179706
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Published: Columbia University Press - November 7th, 2017

In the 1980s private companies looked like the answer to overcrowded prisons. Yet while for-profit prisons have sprung up in twenty-nine states and house a hundred thousand of the nation’s 1.5 million prisoners, they have brought problems of their own. In her comprehensive study of private prisons, a $5 billion-a-year enterprise, Eisen, senior counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program and former assistant district attorney in New York City, combines hard data with the experiences of those most involved with these facilities. Representing the perspectives of inmates, their families, correctional staff, policymakers, activists, Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees, undocumented immigrants, and the executives of the largest private prison corporations, Eisen looks at the history and future of these facilities, asking whether we should phase them out or find a way to fix the system

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Anne Fadiman - The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir

Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780374228088
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - November 7th, 2017

Fadiman’s elegant and moving memoir of her father recalls him just as he would have wished, by spotlighting his abiding appreciation of fine wines. Clifton Fadiman, a writer, translator, critic, radio and TV host, long savored his memory of the vintage he sipped in Paris in 1927, and celebrated his eightieth birthday with an exact contemporary—a Château Lafite-Rothschild 1904. If his daughter feels her own taste for wine is less assured than his was, she nonetheless learned from her father how to take pleasure in well-made things. A renowned bibliophile, Fadiman wrote the classic Ex Libris and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Chris Matthews - Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9781501111860
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 31st, 2017

Matthews, political commentator and host of MSNBC’s Hardball, uncovered new facets of JFK in his acclaimed Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. Now he looks closely at the brilliant younger brother Jack often overshadowed. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews charts Bobby Kennedy’s evolution from a neglected son and perpetual underdog to a strong and independent political figure. Defining Kennedy as that rare combination of pragmatist and idealist, Matthews traces his subject’s political philosophy back to Bobby’s decision to enter the Navy as a common sailor rather than an officer. This put him in contact with a wide variety of people, many of whom supported his presidential ambitions in 1968.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Donna Brazile - Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House

Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316478519
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Published: Hachette Books - November 7th, 2017

As a former DNC chair and a longtime political strategist who worked in every presidential campaign from 1976 to 2000, Brazile is perfectly positioned for this revealing inside look at the 2016 presidential election. Her book is an unsparing account of an election year of unprecedented irregularities, and she offers new details about Russia’s efforts to influence the outcome, Hillary Clinton’s response to Trump’s tactics, and the Democrats’ infighting and miscalculations. A cautionary tale for all future elections, Brazile’s analysis is an urgent and essential assessment of what went wrong and what was done wrong. Until the facts are out, Brazile warns, we risk having the same thing happen again.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ashok Bajaj and Vikram Sunderam - Rasika: Flavors of India — in conversation with David Hagedorn — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 pm
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$34.99
ISBN: 9780062435552
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Published: Ecco Press - October 10th, 2017

Rasika is synonymous with power-dining and renowned for its innovative, elegant take on traditional Indian cooking. In this eagerly-awaited cookbook, Bajaj, Rasika’s owner and Washingtonian’s 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, and Vikram Sunderam, Rasika’s James Beard Award-winning chef, present 120 recipes that combine classic Indian cooking with local, seasonal ingredients to reimagine favorite dishes like grilled mango shrimp or goat biryani, and to create bold and sophisticated new ones, such as squash samosas, avocado chaat with banana, and, of course, their signature fried spinach dish, palak chaat. The book covers beverages, appetizers, and main courses, features a variety of breads, rices, chutneys, desserts, and vegetarian options, and coaches you through the essential skills of toasting raw spices, sautéeing vegetables, and meticulously marinating ingredients.

Bajaj and Sunderam will be in conversation with co-author David Hagedorn, dining columnist for Arlington and Bethesda magazines

 

70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

✯✯RESCHEDULED FOR 12/2: Carmen Maria Machado - Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 2.

Machado’s electrifying stories destabilize the familiar truths of psychological realism with jolts of a surreality that’s usually more at home in speculative fiction or outright horror. Writing in the vein of Angela Carter and Clarice Lispector, Machado focuses on women and the unequal power structure that affects all facets of their lives, especially their relation to their own bodies. In one story, she tracks a mysterious epidemic that causes women to evaporate. In another a woman recovering from a trauma develops the power to hear the unspoken thoughts of actors in porn films. Original and subversive, Machado doesn’t just suggest that culture needs an overhaul. She reimagines every episode of Law & Order, turning mere police procedural into something haunting and deeply true.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Brian Dear - The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the Plato System and the Dawn of Cyberculture

Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm
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$40.00
ISBN: 9781101871553
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Published: Pantheon Books - November 14th, 2017

Cyberculture started with PLATO, the Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations system, developed in 1960 at the University of Illinois. Before it shut down in 2006, unable to compete with faster, newer programs, PLATO had worldwide distribution and had influenced modern concepts in multi-user-computing including the technologies behind flat-panel wall TVs, touch-sensitive screens, instant messaging, screen savers, multiplayer games, flight simulators, crowdsourcing, interactive fiction, and more. Dear, a tech-startup entrepreneur who worked on PLATO for five years, details PLATO’s definitive role in the Digital Age and profiles the brilliant young computer visionaries who built and ran it for four decades.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Peter Baker - Obama: The Call of History

Tuesday, November 28 at 4:00 pm
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$50.00
ISBN: 9780935112900
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 27th, 2017

Baker reported on Obama in depth for eight years as The New York Times’s Chief White House correspondent. He caps that period with a book that’s at once a judicious assessment of Obama’s presidency and a fittingly outsize tribute to his legacy. Baker, who followed his coverage of the Bush years with Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, recreates the major events of the Obama years and many of the minor ones, telling stories and putting Obama’s accomplishments in the larger historical context. His detailed and intimate profile of the forty-fourth chief executive is vividly illustrated with full-color photos taken by various photographers, truly a keepsake.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bruce Handy - Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult

Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781451609950
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 15th, 2017

Rereading iconic children’s books as an adult, Handy, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a father of two, finds himself in a magical tesseract that’s part a child’s wonder and part an adult’s informed appreciation of literary masterpieces. Starting with Goodnight Moon and ending with Charlotte’s Web, Handy proceeds from classic picture books by Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, and Shel Silverstein to chapter books by Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, and many others. His spirited weave of personal anecdotes, biographical sketches, and consideration of the wider cultural context of these books leads to fresh insights about beloved literary figures.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Greta Van Susteren - Everything You Need to Know about Social Media (Without Having to Call a Kid) — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm
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$19.99
ISBN: 9781501132445
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 14th, 2017

Van Susteren’s user-friendly guide to social media platforms is both a practical handbook of terms and how-tos and a primer on larger considerations of behavior and responsibility. A former anchor on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, and the author of My Turn at the Bully Pulpit, Van Susteren focuses on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Twitter, explaining how to use them and how to choose one over the other. Along with advice about setting up profiles, posting videos, editing images, and protecting your privacy, Van Susteren shares stories of her own and others’ experiences with social media, some humorous, some cautionary, and all instructive.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Malu Halasa - Mother of All Pigs — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9781944700348
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Published: Unnamed Press - November 14th, 2017

Halasa’s accomplished first novel is set in a small Jordanian border town where world events are felt in the demographics of crossing populations and the quality of black-market goods. For the Sabas family, the times are unsettled. The Syrian war is underway, a visiting American niece is throwing off the matriarchal household’s balance, and the patriarch, the community’s only pig butcher, encounters a long-lost figure from his military past. The family must decide whether to turn in the soldier or help him, and their dilemma crystallizes issues ranging from refugees and loyalty to generational differences and sexism. A Jordanian Filipina American writer and editor based in London, Halasa has covered the Middle East for NPR, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and many other outlets, and is the author of books including Syria Speaks and Transit Tehran.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Blaine Harden - King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea

Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525429937
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Published: Viking - October 3rd, 2017

In the first full biography of Donald Nichols (1923-1992), Harden draws on previously classified documents, letters, and interviews to recount the troubling career of one of the country’s most effective covert agents. Recruited by the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps in 1946, Nichols received three months of training before being sent to Korea. By 1950 his connections included the Korean president and he was so attuned to events that he predicted the North Korean invasion. Nichols proved invaluable during the war itself, breaking codes, identifying targets, and recruiting agents. But he also sent those recruits on needless, fatal missions and participated in atrocities and their cover-ups. In this powerful story of a man by turns brilliant and brutal, Harden, former Washington Post bureau chief in East Asia and Africa and the award-winning author of The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, also illuminates much about the Korean War, especially the ways in which it anticipated the conflict in Vietnam.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephen Kotkin - Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 pm
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$40.00
ISBN: 9781594203800
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Published: Penguin Press - October 31st, 2017

Praised for its scope and detail, Kotkin’s magisterial Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, brought the General Secretary to the point of transforming the world’s largest peasant economy to a modern socialist state. The second volume of the trilogy follows Stalin from 1929 to 1941 as he makes good on his promises by unleashing a string of five-year plans, enforcing collectivization, creating new factory towns, and integrating penal labor into the larger economy. These were also the years of the global Great Depression, Hitler’s rise to power, and Stalin’s increasing paranoia, which manifested itself in the purges of millions, from military leaders to artists. Finally, Kotkin, director of Princeton’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program, covers Stalin’s 1939 pact with Hitler, in which the two leaders divided Poland—an act that did not appease the Nazis, who invaded a well-armed and determined, if not fully prepared USSR.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Romance and the Resistance: A Romance Panel with Alisha Rai, Alyssa Cole, and Sarah Wendell — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 pm
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780062566737
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Published: Avon Books - July 25th, 2017

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781496707444
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780062566751
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Published: Avon Books - November 28th, 2017

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781496707468
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - November 28th, 2017

From historical to steamy to subversive, romance novels are doing everything “literary” fiction does. Introducing her Forbidden Hearts series, Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You focuses on the forbidden love between Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler. Divided by feuding families and a past trauma, they nonetheless have an annual tryst, until a series of complications force them to make a decision. Set in the Civil War era, Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series takes its name from a secret society of freed blacks and slaves funneling information to the Union. The spies in the first volume, An Extraordinary Union, are Elle Burns, a freedwoman posing as a mute slave in a key confederate household, and Scottish immigrant Malcolm McCall, who purports to be a Confederate soldier. The pair work well together as agents, and the personal chemistry is also in place. But Elle is wary of the dangers of interracial romance, and she also wonders if she can trust a man who lies so well.

Rai and Cole will be in conversation with Sarah Wendell, who reviews romances on “Smart Bitches,Trashy Books” and is the author of Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Ann Powers - Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Friday, December 1 at 7:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062463692
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Published: Dey Street Books - August 15th, 2017

Powers’s charged history of the country’s last hundred years uses popular music as a lens for understanding some of our most complex social issues, especially race and sex. An award-winning music writer, Powers has been NPR’s music critic and correspondent since 2011, and she vividly illustrates her argument that music is America’s primary erotic form with examples ranging from Creole love songs to gospel singing, MTV to the gay subculture of disco, Brittney Spears to Beyoncé. Her analysis of the intersection of music and the body is as entertaining as it is illuminating, and Powers skillfully mines the glamour and spectacle of performance for truths about identity, evolving sexual mores, race relations, and American’s deeper hopes and anxieties.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Jared Yates Sexton - The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage & Sasha Polakow-Suransky: Go Back to Where You Came from: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy

Friday, December 1 at 7:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029569
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 15th, 2017

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781568585925
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Published: Nation Books - October 17th, 2017

Sexton’s vivid account of the 2016 campaign trail takes us directly into the fray of a divided nation. Covering both Trump and Clinton, Sexton was one of the first journalists to report behind-the-scenes from a Trump rally. His depictions of the raw anger and racist taunts the GOP candidate ignited are shocking still. By contrast, Clinton’s appearances were carefully managed and failed to tap into the longing for change that Sanders had engaged, leaving his supporters frustrated and often bitter. Putting these dispatches into a wider cultural context, Sexton, an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University, examines foreshadowing events such as the rise of Fox News and the shooting in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Reporting from the U.S., Europe, and South Africa, Polakow-Suransky, an Open Society Foundation fellow and former op-ed editor at The New York Times, explores today’s political polarization as a global phenomenon. Drawing on his close experience with international political figures like Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, Polakow-Suransky looks carefully at the reasons for the rise of demagoguery on one side and resistance on the other. His wide-ranging and thought-provoking investigation analyzes the recent waves of populism, xenophobia, and nationalism with an eye not only to their immediate effects, but also their long-term consequences for democracy.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Carmen Maria Machado - Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Saturday, December 2 at 1:00 pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Machado’s electrifying stories destabilize the familiar truths of psychological realism with jolts of a surreality that’s usually more at home in speculative fiction or outright horror. Writing in the vein of Angela Carter and Clarice Lispector, Machado focuses on women and the unequal power structure that affects all facets of their lives, especially their relation to their own bodies. In one story, she tracks a mysterious epidemic that causes women to evaporate. In another a woman recovering from a trauma develops the power to hear the unspoken thoughts of actors in porn films. Original and subversive, Machado doesn’t just suggest that culture needs an overhaul. She reimagines every episode of Law & Order, turning mere police procedural into something haunting and deeply true.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jefferson Morley - The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton

Saturday, December 2 at 3:30 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250080615
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 24th, 2017

As head of CIA Counterintelligence between 1954 and 1975, James Jesus Angleton operated in a shadowy realm of secrets, spies, and plots. As Morley demonstrates in his detailed biography, Angleton wielded more power than anyone realized, spying on anti-war and black nationalist movements, launching mass surveillance of ordinary Americans, obstructing the investigation of Kennedy’s assassination, and working so zealously to expose Soviet moles that he nearly destroyed the Agency. Yet he also proved a formidable adversary to America’s enemies. Morley, a longtime journalist focusing on intelligence, military, and political issues, vividly captures the Cold War’s rampant paranoia and documents its effects on the individuals and institutions responsible for national security.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Justin Spring - The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy

Saturday, December 2 at 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780374103156
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - October 10th, 2017

Spring has written ground-breaking biographies of 20th-century artists including Samuel Steward, Fairfield Porter, and Paul Cadmus. Now this talented cultural historian looks at a colorful and dynamic group of six American writers who helped popularize French food and wine in the United States: the well-known chefs Richard Olney and Julia Child, the wine expert Alexis Lichine, food and travel writer M.F.K. Fisher, New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling, and the inimitable Alice B. Toklas. Spring’s sparkling group portrait details his subjects’ adventures in post-war Paris and evokes both the elegance of haute cuisine and the spontaneity of bohemian life.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephanie Burt - Advice from the Lights: Poems — in conversation with Sandra Beasley

Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977894
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Burt’s fourth collection of poems is a kaleidoscopic look at identity, art, and memory. Writing as both Stephen and Stephanie, Burt dramatizes questions of gender and meditates on how her male and female selves, with their different memories, goals, and desires, cohere into one consciousness. Built of ambitious sequences, the book also profiles different years, each with its own songs and themes, and channels the Greek poet Callimachus. Author of books including Belmont, The Art of the Sonnet, and most recently, The Poem Is You, Burt has been hailed as one of today’s leading poetry critics. She is a poetry editor at The Nation and professor of English at Harvard.

Burt will be in conversation with Sandra Beasley, whose most recent collection of poems is Count the Waves.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Garth Risk Hallberg - A Field Guide to the North American Family: An Illustrated Novella

Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 pm
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$22.00
ISBN: 9781101874950
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 31st, 2017

Originally published in 2007, and now reissued with a new full-color design, Hallberg’s inventive literary debut is a collection of sixty-three vignettes, each illustrated by one of forty photographers. At one level, these episodes are interlinked stories narrating the fates of two Long Island families after an unexpected death. At another level, each two-page spread is a meditation on a different fact of life, from love and freedom to mortgages, sibling rivalry, and midlife crisis. Each is cross-referenced, and readers can make their own ways through this ingenious do-it-yourself maze of a book. Hallberg, one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, made his name with City on Fire, his epic narrative of 1970s New York City.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert W. Merry - President McKinley: Architect of the American Century

Sunday, December 3 at 5:00 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9781451625448
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 7th, 2017

While our 25th president may often be overshadowed by his perennially popular successor, Theodore Roosevelt, Merry argues that McKinley laid the foundations for achievements which Roosevelt was given credit for. McKinley was elected to two terms as president, serving from 1897 to 1901. During his tenure he expanded executive power and established the U.S. as an imperial force. Merry, editor of The National Interest and author of Country of Vast Designs and Where They Stand, an analysis of presidential rankings, details McKinley’s accomplishments, which included taking the country to a strict gold standard, driving Spain out of the Caribbean, acquiring Hawaii and the Philippines, forging the long-standing “special relationship” with Britain, and developing the doctrine of “fair trade.”

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bob Schieffer and H. Andrew Schwartz - Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News

Monday, December 4 at 7:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781538107218
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 1st, 2017

Host of Face the Nation from 1991 to 2015, Schieffer has been with CBS News since 1969. He’s one of the few journalists to have covered the White House, the Pentagon, Congress, and the State Department, work for which he’s been named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Currently co-hosting the weekly “About the News” podcast, Schieffer has been part of the shift from old media to new, and in his fourth book he considers that changing landscape. Drawing on his experience and on interviews with more than forty leading media voices, Schieffer looks at how news is reported today, considers who reports it, and asks if the public is better informed or just overloaded with more information.

Schieffer will be in conversation with H. Andrew Schwartz, his co-host on ”About the News” and chief communications officer at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mark Siegel - 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior — at Chevy Chase Library (MD)

Tuesday, December 5 at 4:30 pm
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$12.99
ISBN: 9781101935880
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781101935866
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

 

 

Chevy Chase Library (MD)
8005 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Cullen Murphy - Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe

Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374298555
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - November 21st, 2017

Murphy, editor at large at Vanity Fair and the author of books including God’s Jury, grew up in the middle of a thriving community of illustrators and cartoonists in southwestern Connecticut. His father, John Cullen Murphy (1919-2004), who had been a student of Norman Rockwell’s, drew the popular comic strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt. Their neighbors were the artists responsible for classic comics ranging from Beetle Bailey to Hi and Lois to Family Circus. Murphy’s memoir pays tribute to these many creative individuals and warmly evokes the spirit of a bygone era.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kevin Young - Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781555977917
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 14th, 2017

Young is the award-winning author of eleven collections of poetry and The Grey Album, a playful multi-genre study of the African American tradition of “jazzing.” In his second work of nonfiction, Young, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem and poetry editor at The New Yorker, traces the history of hoaxing. A traditionally American phenomenon, hoaxes range from P.T. Barnum’s exhibit of Washington’s 161-year-old nursemaid and the “Native Americans” Grey Owl and Nasdjji to invented memoirs, identity thefts, fake news, and, the biggest hoax of all, race. Young shows how these stunts grow from stereotypes and suspicion to foster a culture of “truthiness” rife with cynicism.

 

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Acoustic Open Mic — in The Den

Wednesday, December 6 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.

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

Dar Williams - What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities--One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 pm
What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities--One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780465098965
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

Williams has recorded nine albums, most recently Emerald, and her tours have taken her to small towns across the country. Deliberately avoiding stadiums, Williams plays in smaller venues and cultivates a direct, personal rapport with audiences. Williams’s deep affection for the communities she’s visited comes through in her book, which spotlights the decline of small-town America in the post-industrial, corporate age. Williams is as well known for her activism on environmental and social justice issues as she is for her music, and her book is a heartfelt and hopeful call to action on behalf of an imperiled way-of-life.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Holiday Member Sale

Friday, December 8 at 9:00 am

All weekend long, Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 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: the original Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Avenue NW) along with our new location at The Wharf (70 District Square SW).

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

Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 pm

Holiday shopping, demystified, with Uncorked host Bethanne Patrick, a local critic and author who tweets @TheBookMaven. Patrick will provide books-as-gifts suggestions for many of your toughest recipients—including your nephew who claims to hate reading, your best friend who’s read everything, and your picky brother-in-law. Come forget your overpacked schedule, drink a glass of delicious wine or warm cider, and hear about the great books to give this season (and maybe get for yourself, while you’re at it).

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

Bruce Bartlett - The Truth Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks

Tuesday, January 2 at 7:00 pm
The Truth Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399581168
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 24th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Linda Gordon - The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

Wednesday, January 3 at 7:00 pm
The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631493690
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 24th, 2017

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sara Zaske - Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children

Thursday, January 4 at 7:00 pm
Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250160171
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Picador USA - January 2nd, 2018

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Helen Thorpe - The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

Thursday, January 4 at 7:00 pm
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501159091
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner Book Company - November 14th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

Friday, January 5 at 7:00 pm
Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872867239
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: City Lights Books - January 9th, 2018

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Bijan Omrani - Caesar's Footprints: A Cultural Excursion to Ancient France: Journeys Through Roman Gaul

Saturday, January 6 at 1:00 pm
Caesar's Footprints: A Cultural Excursion to Ancient France: Journeys Through Roman Gaul Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781681775661
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Pegasus Books - December 5th, 2017

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alan Pell Crawford - How Not to Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain

Saturday, January 6 at 3:30 pm
How Not to Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780544836464
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 17th, 2017

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

R. Marie Griffith - Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics

Saturday, January 6 at 6:00 pm
Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780465094752
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Basic Books - December 12th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Henry Allen - Where We Lived: Essays on Places

Sunday, January 7 at 1:00 pm
Where We Lived: Essays on Places Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781942134442
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Mandel Vilar Press - December 5th, 2017

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Biespiel - The Education of a Young Poet

Sunday, January 7 at 3:00 pm
The Education of a Young Poet Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029934
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 10th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Melissa Hartwig - The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30 and The Whole30 Day by Day: Your Daily Guide to Whole30 Success

Sunday, January 7 at 5:00 pm
The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328839206
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Houghton Mifflin - December 5th, 2017

The Whole30 Day by Day: Your Daily Guide to Whole30 Success Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781328839237
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - December 5th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Sam Graham-Felsen - Green — in conversation with Elizabeth Green

Monday, January 8 at 7:00 pm
Green Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399591143
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - January 2nd, 2018

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Peter Ginna - What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing

Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 pm
What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing Cover Image
By Peter Ginna (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780226299976
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 6th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Kendra Taira Field - Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation After the Civil War — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 pm
Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation After the Civil War Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9780300180527
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Published: Yale University Press - January 9th, 2018

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Torie Bosch and Roy Scranton - What Future: The Year's Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future — in conversation with Ross Andersen — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm
What Future: The Year's Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future Cover Image
By Torie Bosch (Editor), Roy Scranton (Editor)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781944700454
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Unnamed Press - November 7th, 2017

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - The Wife Between Us

Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm
The Wife Between Us Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250130921
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 9th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Wayne Jonas, MD - How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 pm
How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780399579240
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Published: Lorena Jones Books - January 9th, 2018

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Ann Hulbert - Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies

Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 pm
Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101947296
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 9th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David DeSteno - Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride

Friday, January 12 at 7:00 pm
Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780544703100
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 9th, 2018

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Arthur Herman - 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 pm
1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062570888
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - November 28th, 2017

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Edward L. Ayers - The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

Saturday, January 13 at 3:30 pm
The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393292633
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 24th, 2017

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard - Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life

Saturday, January 13 at 6:00 pm
Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life Cover Image
By Lea Berman, Jeremy Bernard, Laura Bush (Foreword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501157981
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 9th, 2018

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

James W. Pardew - Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans

Sunday, January 14 at 1:00 pm
Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780813174358
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: University Press of Kentucky - January 5th, 2018

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Nick Harkaway - Gnomon

Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 pm
Gnomon Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524732080
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 9th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Max Boot - The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

Sunday, January 14 at 5:00 pm
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780871409416
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 9th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Race In America Panel with April Ryan, Mary Frances Berry, Jason Riley, and more

Monday, January 15 at 7:00 pm
The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Four Presidents and Race in America Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781538106631
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - July 18th, 2017

At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White Cover Image
By April Ryan, Chris Matthews (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781442265639
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - December 15th, 2016

Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807061985
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Beacon Press - January 24th, 2017

False Black Power? Cover Image
By Jason L. Riley, John McWhorter (Contribution by), Glenn C. Loury (Contribution by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781599475189
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Templeton Press - June 15th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Kelly Corrigan - Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say

Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm
Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399588372
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - January 9th, 2018

 

 

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