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  • Peter Carey - Amnesia

    Jan 30 2015 7:00 pm
    Jan 30 2015 8:00 pm

    The thirteenth work of fiction from the two-time Booker-Prize winner dramatizes both the long roots of history and the technological capabilities of the digital era. When the powerful Angel Virus sets scores of prisoners free in Australia and the U.S., the event revives unresolved issues from 1942’s Battle of Brisbane. Investigating both, a journalist gets involved with hackers, radicals, and, most important, the cryptic Gaby, who set the virus loose. (Knopf)

    Amnesia: A novel (Hardcover)

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    ISBN-13: 9780385352772
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    Published: Knopf, 1/2015

  • Steven Brill - America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System — at GW Jack Morton Auditorium

    Jan 30 2015 7:30 pm
    Jan 30 2015 8:30 pm

     Steven Brill won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Service for his special report on the fight to pass the Affordable Care Act. In his book-length expansion on the Time cover story, America's Bitter Pill, the author of Class Warfare and founder of the Yale Journalism Initiative combines political reporting, policy analysis, and investigative journalism to present a detailed look at both the American health-care system and the legislative process.

    Brill will be in conversation with Zeke Emanuel, author of Reinventing American Health Care.

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  • Judith Bowles - The Gatherer, Rose Solari - The Last Girl, and Katherine E. Young - Day of the Border Guards

    Jan 31 2015 1:00 pm
    Jan 31 2015 2:00 pm

    Join us for a reading by three accomplished poets. Bowles, in her debut collection, uses words as the painter Edward Hopper used light, illuminating ordinary moments and spaces to an uncommon clarity. Solari, also a novelist and playwright, confronts life’s challenges with bluntness and honesty, declaring in her third collection that there’s “no / hell or heaven, just us creating / our own darkness, our own light.” And Young, a finalist for the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize, draws on her experience of living in the Soviet Union and Russia to evoke figures from Pushkin and Margarita to an anonymous woman in Chernobyl.


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  • Tom Davis, Martin Frost, and Richard Cohen - The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis

    Jan 31 2015 3:30 pm
    Jan 31 2015 4:30 pm

    This clear-sighted bipartisan analysis of partisan politics is itself proof that differences can be put to the productive work of ending legislative gridlock. For a discussion of congressional reform, join co-authors Frost, former Texas representative who served as chair of both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the House Democratic Caucus; Davis, former Virginia representative who chaired the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight; and Cohen, political reporter and author of Washington at Work. (FastPencil Premiere)

    $28.00
    ISBN-13: 9781619331280
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    Published: Fastpencil Inc, 12/2014

  • John Hooper - The Italians

    Jan 31 2015 6:00 pm
    Jan 31 2015 7:00 pm

    Just a glimpse of the chapter epigraphs in Hooper’s rich profile gives a sense of the diversity, complexity, and fascination of both Italy and this book by the award-winning author of The New Spaniards. Drawing from the wisdom of thinkers like Castiglione and Machiavelli, from Mafiosi and filmmakers, soccer fans and t-shirts, Hooper, the Italy and southern Europe correspondent for The Economist and The Guardian, respectively, profiles Italy with thoughtful considerations of its history, landscape, politicians, architecture, and more. (Viking)

    The Italians (Hardcover)

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    ISBN-13: 9780525428077
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    Published: Viking Adult, 1/2015

  • NERDS! Trivia Night ♦

    Jan 31 2015 8:00 pm
    Jan 31 2015 9:00 pm
     How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Put on your thinking cap, grab a drink, and join us for our monthly trivia night! Enjoy the grilled cheese sandwich special at MTC from 7 to 8 p.m., grab a latte (with a lid!) and trek upstairs to four rounds of mind-bending trivia questions. Prizes will be awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.

    Beer and wine will be available.

     

  • Angelo Volandes, M.D. - The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care

    Feb 1 2015 1:00 pm
    Feb 1 2015 2:00 pm

    As a physician at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Volandes is skilled with the latest medical technology and cutting-edge techniques. What he’s learned from years of experience and from his work with Advance Care Planning Decisions, which he founded, however, is that the most important resource for end-of-life treatment is the old one of a frank discussion between patient and doctor, a lesson confirmed by the seven cases presented here. (Bloomsbury)

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    ISBN-13: 9781620408544
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    Published: Bloomsbury USA, 1/2015

  • Michael Pillsbury - The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower

    Feb 2 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 2 2015 8:00 pm

    While China’s economic boom and attendant gain in global influence are hard to miss, what many don’t realize is the extent to which U.S. assistance has made this possible. Pillsbury, drawing on his work with eight presidents, his experience as a RAND analyst, Defense Department senior staff, and his current work with the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies and as director of the Hudson Institute’s Center on Chinese Strategy, shows how China’s growing strength is part of that country’s ultimate goal of being the world’s superpower by 2049. (Holt)

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    ISBN-13: 9781627790109
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    Published: Henry Holt and Co., 11/2014

  • George O'Connor - Ares: Bringer of War

    Feb 3 2015 10:30 am
    Feb 3 2015 11:30 am

    This seventh book in O’Connor’s series of graphic novels starring the gods of Olympus tackles the god of war. It is the tenth year of the Trojan War, and Ares is going head-to-head with a powerful goddess, Athena. As the two gods go further and further in their attempts to defeat one another the mortals caught in the middle of their struggle suffer the consequences. Ages 9 – 14 (First Second)

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    ISBN-13: 9781626720138
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    Published: First Second, 1/2015

  • Scott Stossel - My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

    Feb 3 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 3 2015 8:00 pm

    Join us for the paperback release of this acclaimed study of the most commonly diagnosed mental disease today. Stossel, journalist, Atlantic editor, and biographer of Sargent Shriver, is one of the millions who suffer from anxiety, an illness at once “a function of biology and philosophy, body and mind.”  Drawing on science, literature, and his own experiences, Stossel’s book is both a comprehensive study and an intimate memoir (Vintage)

    Stossel with be in conversation with Jen Chaney, who writes about popular culture—including film, television, and books—for The Washington Post, New York magazine’s Vulture, The Dissolve, and other outlets.

    $27.95
    ISBN-13: 9780307269874
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    Published: Knopf, 12/2013

  • Deborah Voigt - Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-To-Earth Diva — at The Willard

    Feb 3 2015 6:30 pm
    Feb 3 2015 8:01 pm

    Willard InterContinental and Politics & Prose Literary Series

    Enjoy an evening with world-renowned opera singer, Deborah Voigt. In her memoir, Call Me Debbie, the internationally acclaimed soprano opens up about her life on-and off-stage, recounting struggles with alcoholism and weight, and sharing anecdotes from her remarkable career, painting vibrant portraits of colleagues, and providing insight on music and performance.

    The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Ms. Voigt will speak and perform a couple of songs, followed by a book signing.

    Appetizers will be served. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

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  • Gordon Korman - Masterminds

    Feb 4 2015 10:30 am
    Feb 4 2015 11:30 am

    Eli has never left his idyllic hometown of Serenity, New Mexico. When every lawn is perfectly manicured, every house has its own pool, and there is zero crime, why would you? But when Eli and his friend, Randy, bike to the edge of town and get hit with crippling headaches and a battalion of security descends on them, Eli starts to wonder if all is as it seems. The next day, Randy is gone. As Eli searches for Randy and uncovers more and more of Serenity’s secrets, he learns nothing is as it seems—not even his own parents. Ages 9 – 12 (Balzer + Bray)

    Masterminds (Hardcover)

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    ISBN-13: 9780062299963
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    Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2/2015

  • David J. Morris - The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Feb 4 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 4 2015 8:00 pm

    We can’t fully understand any disease without a narrative of the lives it has impacted, and when a writer draws on first-hand experience as a sufferer, the clinical description gains power and meaning. As Andrew Solomon did for depression and Kay Redfield Jamison for bipolar disorder, Morris, a former Marine and war correspondent, does for PTSD, interweaving his personal struggle with the disorder into a wider spectrum of case studies, a history of PTSD, and an analysis of its increasing frequency—it has been diagnosed in some 30% of recent war veterans. (Eamon Dolan)

    Morris will be in conversation with Phillip Carter, a Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. 

    $27.00
    ISBN-13: 9780544086616
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    Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1/2015

  • @ Busboys and Poets Brookland: John Lewis and Andrew Aydin - March: Book Two

    Feb 4 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 4 2015 8:00 pm

     In March: Book Two (Top Shelf, $19.95) the eagerly-awaited second volume of his civil rights trilogy, Congressman John Lewis again collaborates with writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to put historic events into the immediate context of a graphic memoir. Recounting his personal and political coming-of-age in the segregated South, Lewis picks up the story after the heady days of the Nashville sit-ins, recounting the more dangerous challenges he faced with the Freedom Riders as the group’s nonviolent actions were met with beatings and imprisonment. Courage triumphed over brutality, and the book ends as the twenty-three-year-old Lewis is elected to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and prepares for the 1963 March on Washington.

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    We have reached capacity in the event space, the Pearl Bailey Room. There will be additional seating available in the restaurant, where you will be able to listen and watch via video stream. Space in the restaurant will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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  • Gordon Korman - Masterminds — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

    Feb 4 2015 7:30 pm
    Feb 4 2015 8:30 pm
    Eli has never left his idyllic hometown of Serenity, New Mexico. When every lawn is perfectly manicured, every house has its own pool, and there is zero crime, why would you? But when Eli and his friend, Randy, bike to the edge of town and get hit with crippling headaches and a battalion of security descends on them, Eli starts to wonder if all is as it seems. The next day, Randy is gone. As Eli searches for Randy and uncovers more and more of Serenity’s secrets, he learns nothing is as it seems—not even his own parents. Ages 9 – 12 (Balzer + Bray)

    Masterminds (Hardcover)

    $16.99
    ISBN-13: 9780062299963
    Availability: On Our Shelves Now
    Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2/2015

  • James Riley - Story Thieves **CANCELED

    Feb 5 2015 10:30 am
    Feb 5 2015 11:30 am

    This event is canceled.

    Riley, author of the Half Upon a Time series, returns to the land of story in his new book. Owen knows the real world is nowhere near as interesting as fiction, and when he sees a classmate, Bethany, climbing out of a book he grabs his chance for adventure. Bethany is half-fictional, and Owen promises to keep her secret if she’ll take him into his favorite tales. But while fantasy may be a lot more interesting, it’s also a lot more dangerous, and soon Owen and Bethany are fighting for their lives. Ages 9 – 12 (Aladdin)

    Story Thieves (Hardcover)

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    ISBN-13: 9781481409193
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    Published: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1/2015

  • Steve LeVine - The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World

    Feb 5 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 5 2015 8:00 pm

    What will save the world? One candidate is the lithium-ion battery, which will decrease the use of fossil fuels and stimulate the economy of whichever nation develops it first. The U.S., along with China, Japan, and South Korea are all working toward this end, and LeVine, former foreign correspondent and now a New America Foundation fellow, Washington correspondent for Quartz, and author of The Oil and the Glory, chronicles two years of the intensive effort at a secure federal lab near Chicago. (Viking)

    $28.95
    ISBN-13: 9780670025848
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    Published: Viking Adult, 2/2015

  • George O'Connor - Ares: Bringer of War — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

    Feb 5 2015 7:30 pm
    Feb 5 2015 8:30 pm
    This seventh book in O’Connor’s series of graphic novels starring the gods of Olympus tackles the god of war. It is the tenth year of the Trojan War, and Ares is going head-to-head with a powerful goddess, Athena. As the two gods go further and further in their attempts to defeat one another the mortals caught in the middle of their struggle suffer the consequences. Ages 9 – 14 (First Second)
    $9.99
    ISBN-13: 9781626720138
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    Published: First Second, 1/2015

  • Scott McCloud - The Sculptor

    Feb 6 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 6 2015 8:00 pm

    Would you sell your soul for art? Faust did, and in McCloud’s update on the deal-with-the-devil theme the young and ambitious David Smith, does too. This powerful and moving story by the award-winning comics artist follows Smith as he trades life-span for the ability to sculpt anything he can imagine, while a reconsideration of work, love, and home teaches him what really matters. (First Second)

    McCloud will be in conversation with Michael Cavna, writer, artist, and lapsed cartoonist now producing The Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs.”

    The Sculptor (Hardcover)

    $29.99
    ISBN-13: 9781596435735
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    Published: First Second, 2/2015

  • Neil Roberts - Freedom as Marronage

    Feb 7 2015 1:00 pm
    Feb 7 2015 2:00 pm

    Taking his title from the societies of escaped slaves, or “maroons,” living on the outskirts of slave societies in the Caribbean, Roberts, Williams College associate professor of Africana studies, draws on history and on thinkers ranging from Douglass and Du Bois to Arendt and Angela Davis, to examine freedom as a condition of perpetual flight akin to marronage. (Univ. Chicago)

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    ISBN-13: 9780226201047
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    Published: University of Chicago Press, 2/2015

  • Lee Trimble - Beyond The Call: The True Story of One World War II Pilot's Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front

    Feb 7 2015 3:30 pm
    Feb 7 2015 4:30 pm

    Asking his father, Robert Trimble, an 8th Air Force bomber pilot what he did in the Second World War, Trimble heard just part of the story. Only at the end of Robert’s life did the veteran reveal that he had undertaken a secret mission to rescue American and allied POWs left stranded on the Eastern Front as the Nazis retreated. With coauthor Jeremy Dronfield, a novelist and biographer, Lee Trimble recreates the four harrowing months his father spent in war-ravaged Poland. (Berkley)

    $26.95
    ISBN-13: 9780425276044
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    Published: Berkley Hardcover, 2/2015

  • Rafia Zakaria - The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan

    Feb 7 2015 6:00 pm
    Feb 7 2015 7:00 pm

    In 2007, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. At roughly the same time, Zakaria’s family was shocked when her aunt’s husband took a second wife. Zakaria, an attorney and activist who writes for Al Jazeera America, Dissent, DAWN, and other publications, looks at the public and private lives of women in Pakistan today, and her hybrid memoir/history shows how the country’s increasing conservatism, with its resurgence of polygamy, is having a negative effect on women’s lives. (Beacon)

    Zakaria will be in conversation with NPR producer Bilal Qureshi.

    $26.95
    ISBN-13: 9780807003367
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    Published: Beacon Press, 2/2015

  • Aviva Kempner, Menachem Rosensaft, and Michael Brenner - God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors

    Feb 8 2015 1:00 pm
    Feb 8 2015 2:00 pm


    Marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress, who has a special expertise in the law of genocide and war crimes trials, has compiled this anthology of testaments from eighty-eight children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. (Jewish Lights)

    Joining Rosensaft to discuss what this legacy has meant to them will be Aviva Kempner, award-winning filmmaker, frequent film reviewer, and founder of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, and Michael Brenner, Chair of Israel Studies at American University and author of A Short History of the Jews.

    $25.00
    ISBN-13: 9781580238052
    Availability: On Our Shelves Now
    Published: Jewish Lights Publishing, 11/2014

  • Katherine Heiny - Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories

    Feb 8 2015 5:00 pm
    Feb 8 2015 6:00 pm

    If you were one of The New Yorker’s readers eager for more by the young fiction writer whose “How to Give the Wrong Impression” was a hit in the 1990s, your patience will be rewarded now. Heiny’s first collection includes that breakthrough story, along with deft and funny variations on the themes of infidelity, family dynamics, friendships, and more.

    As part of Knopf’s Hundredth Anniversary, Heiny will be in conversation with her editor, Jenny Jackson, who also edits the work of Peter Heller, Jesse Ball, and Emily St. John Mandel.

    $23.95
    ISBN-13: 9780385353632
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    Published: Knopf, 2/2015

  • Reggie Love - Power Forward: My Presidential Education

    Feb 9 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 9 2015 8:00 pm

    Love, now CEO of Eighty-Four Productions, worked as special assistant and aid to Obama from 2007 to 2011; during that time, Obama was more than a boss—he was a mentor, even a father figure. In his warm and inspiring memoir, Love recounts how he came to politics via sports—he led the Duke Blue Devils basketball team to an NCAA championship in 2001—and made a natural, if not always smooth, transition from one team to another. (Simon & Schuster)

    $26.00
    ISBN-13: 9781476763347
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    Published: Simon & Schuster, 2/2015

  • Lynsey Addario - It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

    Feb 10 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 10 2015 8:00 pm

    Addario’s prizes range from the Pulitzer to a MacArthur and her assignments have taken this courageous photojournalist to hot spots around the world; her experience made her the natural choice to cover the American invasion of Afghanistan. Now adding her personal observations to the memorable images she’s published in The New York Times, The National Geographic, Time, and others, Addario recounts her experiences in the field, including her abduction by pro-Qaddafi forces in Libya. (Penguin Press)

    $29.95
    ISBN-13: 9781594205378
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    Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 2/2015

  • David O. Stewart - Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America

    Feb 11 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 11 2015 8:00 pm

    Among their many challenges, the founders had to turn their disparate visions into one strong and functional nation. As Stewart, the award-winning historian of The Summer of 1787 and American Emperor shows in his portrait of James Madison, the fourth president worked uncommonly well with others, garnering Washington’s support for the Constitutional Convention and Bill of Rights, composing the Federalist papers with Hamilton, working with Jefferson to found the nation’s first political party, not to mention the War of 1812 and his partnership with Dolley. (Simon & Schuster)

    Stewart will be joined by James Madison. (Actually Madison impersonator John Douglas Hall.)

    $28.00
    ISBN-13: 9781451688580
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    Published: Simon & Schuster, 2/2015

  • David Axelrod - Believer: My Forty Years in Politics — at Sixth & I

    Feb 11 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 11 2015 8:01 pm

     Prior to founding the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2012, Axelrod served as a political strategist for President Obama’s two presidential campaigns, as well as a senior advisor to both President Obama and to President Clinton.  Influential and visible as these positions are, they represent but a fraction of Axelrod’s life-long passion for politics. His inspiring memoir, Believer, is replete with stories ranging from his early days, first in New York and then as a young reporter for The Chicago Tribune, to his national campaign work, including Paul Simon’s successful Senate race in 1990  and subsequent campaigns with a host of Democratic leaders, and on to his long friendship with Obama. Axelrod offers rich behind-the-scenes glimpses of people and events while keeping in perspective a half-century’s worth of political change.

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  • James Mann - George W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 43rd President, 2001-2009

    Feb 12 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 12 2015 8:00 pm

    Will Bush be remembered as having done all he could for homeland security or will he stand out for fostering a high-surveillance state? In the latest volume of the well-respected and popular American Presidents series, Mann, of the 2004 look at Bush’s foreign policy team, Rise of the Vulcans, traces the 43rd chief executive’s growth in office. (Times Books)

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    ISBN-13: 9780805093971
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    Published: Times Books, 2/2015

  • Dana Thomas - Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

    Feb 13 2015 7:00 pm
    Feb 13 2015 8:00 pm

    The author of Deluxe and currently contributing editor for T, Thomas started her career writing for The Washington Post before moving on to Paris as Newsweek’s European and fashion correspondent. Her second book traces the lives and work of two influential designers, John Galliano, who began as an illustrator before establishing himself with Dior, and Alexander McQueen, a tailor who developed his signature style with Givenchy. Working for companies owned by the luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH, both men were burned out by 2010, and Thomas examines the fate of artists in a fashion world run by corporations. (Penguin)

    $29.95
    ISBN-13: 9781594204944
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    Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 8/2014