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events at the wharf
Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

As the son of one of the biggest rock stars of all time, 17-year-old Blade Morrison has grown up in an atmosphere of 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.

In addition to these two co-authors, Randy Preston will be on guitar.

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Solo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780310761839
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blink - August 1st, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Fed up with politics as usual? Fix it yourself! After the marches, the letters to representatives, and the donations to causes, the next step to effecting meaningful change may be running for office. Litman, co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, a PAC that helps recruit and support young, diverse progressive candidates for elective office, has gathered the wisdom and insight of a wide range of office-holders and political operatives for this primer on getting started in politics. As inspirational as it is practical, Litman’s book also draws on her own experience working on national and local campaigns for figures including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Charlie Crist.

Litman will be in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta, former politics editor of The Atlantic Online and current editor-in-chief of Yahoo Politics.

 

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Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501180446
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - October 3rd, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. First fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry honorees are selected in a juried competition. Join us to congratulate the 2017 nominees. Honorees speaking at this event will include Jacqueline Woodson, Patricia Bell-Scott, Ibram X. Kendi, and other nominees.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

In February 1968, the Soviet nuclear-armed submarine K-129 sank in the Pacific, northwest of Hawaii. The Russians couldn’t find it. Using new underwater acoustic equipment, the U.S. Navy did, but then were unable to raise it from its depth of 16,800 feet. Determined to gain access to the secrets buried in the vessel, the government put the CIA on the case. Project Azorian took six years, cost roughly $800 million, and was conducted under the cover story that it was an endeavor initiated by Howard Hughes to develop ocean-mining technologies. The mission was ultimately successful, though the sub broke apart when it was extracted. Dean, a widely published journalist and Outside correspondent, has written a taut and suspenseful account of Cold War ingenuity.

Elizebeth Smith Friedman (1892-1980) may not be a household name, but her code-breaking achievements were so crucial that they’ve been claimed by many others, including her husband, NSA chief cryptologist William Friedman, and J. Edgar Hoover. In this long-overdue and deeply researched biography, Fagone, a journalist and editor for the Huffington Post Highline, recounts how Friedman’s love of Shakespeare brought her to cryptology on the eve of World War I. He follows her career from Riverbank Laboratories to the U.S. War Department and on to the Treasury Department’s Bureaus of Prohibition and of Customs, where she used her skills to track international smugglers  During the Second World War, she was instrumental in helping to crack the Germans’ Enigma codes.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101984437
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books - September 5th, 2017

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430489
Availability: In Stock—Click for Details
Published: Dey Street Books - September 26th, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Perry specializes in military, intelligence, and foreign affairs issues, and he has covered myriad angles of these topics in histories, biographies, and policy analyses including Partners in Command, The Most Dangerous Man in America, and Talking to Terrorists. His tenth book draws on his three decades of experience and extensive interviews with American foreign policy makers to examine the fraught relationship between the country’s civilian leaders and its military officers. Showing how this animosity imperils the nation’s ability to formulate and carry out judicious actions, Perry illuminates much about the military’s lobbying clout and reveals new details about initiatives such as Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” and Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Pentagon's Wars: The Military's Undeclared War Against America's Presidents Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465079711
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Basic Books - October 24th, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Patrick Leahy was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1975 at the age of thirty-four. Now Vermont’s senior senator, former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and President pro tempore emeritus, Leahy holds the record for the longest tenure of any currently serving U.S. senator. In this important political biography, Baruth, a professor of English at the University of Vermont and an award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio, focuses on three facets of Leahy’s public career. He explores what it has meant that Leahy is Vermont’s first and technically only Democratic senator; analyzes his criticism of George W. Bush, opposition to the Patriot Act, and his role as an anthrax target after 9/11; and details the senator’s participation in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” Batman films, an experience which moved Leahy to support bills on copyright infringement and piracy.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
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Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781512600568
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University Press of New England - May 2nd, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Avery was hockey’s “bad boy” during the twelve years he played in the NHL. A left-wing for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, Avery drew strong reactions from fans, both pro and con. His memoir covers in detail the incidents that earned him repeated fines and suspensions and, off-ice, that landed him in the gossip columns. A dynamic storyteller, Avery give us an inside look at the glamorous nightlife of New York and Los Angeles, shares his experiences as a Vogue intern, a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, an activist for marriage equality, and his stints as an advertising executive and owner of Manhattan bars and restaurants.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
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Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399575754
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Blue Rider Press - October 24th, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm

 

 

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Two Kinds of Truth Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316225908
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 31st, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Chuck Hagel, former Defense Secretary, and his younger brother Tom served in Vietnam during the most grueling year of the war, 1967-‘68, when nearly 17,000 Americans were killed in action. The only two brothers to have served in the same infantry squad, the Hagels fought together in the Tet Offensive and saved each other’s lives on two separate occasions. Yet the war marked them differently. After their year in country, one supported the U.S. intervention, while the other opposed it. Bolger, who retired as a lieutenant general after thirty-five years in the Army, and who commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, vividly retraces the Hagels’ combat experience, using their story as a lens to explore the war’s divisive effects throughout American society.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
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Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306903267
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Da Capo Press - November 7th, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

As the site of major political battles over slavery, segregation, civil rights, the drug war, gentrification, and more, Washington D.C. has a central role in the national story. From its origins as part of a plantation society to becoming the nation’s first black-majority city to its current lack of full political rights, the District has its own distinctive history. In this comprehensive look at both the symbolic and actual D.C., Asch and Musgrove, editor of Washington History and associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, respectively, tell both stories, unfolding an illuminating dual perspective on race and democracy.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781469635866
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 6th, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Galaxy’s twenty-plus years working with cats and their human companions have taught him that there is one key to cat behavior: Cat Mojo. This is the confidence cat’s exhibit when they are at ease with their environment and can indulge in their instincts to sleep, eat, hunt, groom, and sleep. In this comprehensive guide to cat care, Galaxy, a cat behaviorist and host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell, gives advice on how to ensure proper Mojo in felines of all ages and in a variety of situations. By understanding how cats behave, people can meet the animals’ physical and emotional needs, ensuring both felines and humans live a happy life together.

To enter the signing line that follows the talk, customers will need a ticket. Tickets are available with the purchase of Total Cat Mojo at Politics and Prose at the Wharf. There is no additional charge for signing line tickets. 

Keep checking this page for any further guidelines as the event date approaches. 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
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Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143131618
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Tarcherperigee - October 31st, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm

In 1983, Brown, then editing Britain’s Tattler, was invited to New York by S. I. Newhouse Jr., to advise on the foundering Vanity Fair magazine. Brown served briefly as a contributing editor, then took over as editor-in-chief on January 1, 1984. By the time she left, eight years later, the magazine had increased its circulation from 200,000 to over a million and become known for the quality of its writers and its instantly iconic photos, such as Annie Leibovitz’s cover of the pregnant Demi Moore. Brown, who went on to edit The New Yorker, write the bestselling The Diana Chronicles, and launch The Daily Beast and Tina Brown Live Media, kept a detailed diary throughout her years at Vanity Fair. Her memoir recounts how she reinvented a publication she initially found “just dull,” and tells the inside stories behind the magazine’s signature moments.

 

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The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992 Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781627791366
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 14th, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

 

 

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Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World's Deadliest Weapons Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316264105
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 14th, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

 

 

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Best Food Writing 2017 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780738220185
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - October 17th, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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.

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Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781501111860
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 31st, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

 

 

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Rasika: Flavors of India Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780062435552
Availability: In Stock—Click for Details
Published: Ecco Press - October 10th, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

 

 

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Everything You Need to Know about Social Media: Without Having to Call a Kid Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501132445
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 14th, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Halasa’s accomplished first novel is set in a small Jordanian border town where world events are felt in the demographics of the 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.

 

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Mother of All Pigs Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781944700348
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Published: Unnamed Press - November 14th, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm

From historical to steamy to subversive, romance novels are doing everything “literary” fiction does. Join us for a reading by two innovative romance writers and a discussion of a genre that’s gaining critical as well as popular attention. 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 in place too. 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
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Hate to Want You Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062566737
Availability: In Stock—Click for Details
Published: Avon Books - July 25th, 2017

An Extraordinary Union Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781496707444
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
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Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062463692
Availability: In Stock—Click for Details
Published: Dey Street Books - August 15th, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 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).

 
Washington, DC  
Mon
16
7:00 pm
Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess - Solo — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Tue
17
7:00 pm
Amanda Litman - Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself — in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
19
7:00 pm
Hurston Wright Legacy Award Reading — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mon
23
7:00 pm
Josh Dean - The Taking of K-129 & Jason Fagone - The Woman Who Smashed Codes — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Tue
24
7:00 pm
Mark Perry - The Pentagon's Wars: The Military's Undeclared War Against America's Presidents — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Wed
25
7:00 pm
Philip Baruth - Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
2
7:00 pm
Sean Avery - Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Sun
5
3:00 pm
Michael Connelly - Two Kinds of Truth — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mon
6
7:00 pm
Daniel P. Bolger - Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided — in conversation with Chuck and Tom Hagel — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Wed
8
7:00 pm
Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove - Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Fri
10
7:00 pm
Jackson Galaxy - Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Wed
15
6:00 pm
Tina Brown - The Vanity Fair Diaries — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Fri
17
7:00 pm
Theo Emery - Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World's Deadliest Weapons — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Sat
18
6:00 pm
Tim Carman, Jane Black, Joe Yonan, and Todd Kliman in conversation with Holly Hughes - Best Food Writing 2017 — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mon
20
7:00 pm
Chris Matthews - Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Tue
21
7:00 pm
Ashok Bajaj and Vikram Sunderam - Rasika: Flavors of India — in conversation with David Hagedorn — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Tue
28
7:00 pm
Greta Van Susteren - Everything You Need to Know about Social Media (Without Having to Call a Kid) — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Wed
29
7:00 pm
Malu Halasa - Mother of All Pigs — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
30
7:00 pm
Romance and the Resistance: A Romance Panel with Alisha Rai, Alyssa Cole, and Sarah Wendell — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Fri
1
7:00 pm
Ann Powers - Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Fri
8
9:00 am
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events
Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501180446
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - October 3rd, 2017

Fed up with politics as usual? Fix it yourself! After the marches, the letters to representatives, and the donations to causes, the next step to effecting meaningful change may be running for office. Litman, co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, a PAC that helps recruit and support young, diverse progressive candidates for elective office, has gathered the wisdom and insight of a wide range of office-holders and political operatives for this primer on getting started in politics. As inspirational as it is practical, Litman’s book also draws on her own experience working on national and local campaigns for figures including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Charlie Crist.

Litman will be in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta, former politics editor of The Atlantic Online and current editor-in-chief of Yahoo Politics.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 pm

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. First fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry honorees are selected in a juried competition. Join us to congratulate the 2017 nominees. Honorees speaking at this event will include Jacqueline Woodson, Patricia Bell-Scott, Ibram X. Kendi, and other nominees.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Monday, October 23, 7:00 pm
The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101984437
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books - September 5th, 2017

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430489
Availability: In Stock—Click for Details
Published: Dey Street Books - September 26th, 2017

In February 1968, the Soviet nuclear-armed submarine K-129 sank in the Pacific, northwest of Hawaii. The Russians couldn’t find it. Using new underwater acoustic equipment, the U.S. Navy did, but then were unable to raise it from its depth of 16,800 feet. Determined to gain access to the secrets buried in the vessel, the government put the CIA on the case. Project Azorian took six years, cost roughly $800 million, and was conducted under the cover story that it was an endeavor initiated by Howard Hughes to develop ocean-mining technologies. The mission was ultimately successful, though the sub broke apart when it was extracted. Dean, a widely published journalist and Outside correspondent, has written a taut and suspenseful account of Cold War ingenuity.

Elizebeth Smith Friedman (1892-1980) may not be a household name, but her code-breaking achievements were so crucial that they’ve been claimed by many others, including her husband, NSA chief cryptologist William Friedman, and J. Edgar Hoover. In this long-overdue and deeply researched biography, Fagone, a journalist and editor for the Huffington Post Highline, recounts how Friedman’s love of Shakespeare brought her to cryptology on the eve of World War I. He follows her career from Riverbank Laboratories to the U.S. War Department and on to the Treasury Department’s Bureaus of Prohibition and of Customs, where she used her skills to track international smugglers  During the Second World War, she was instrumental in helping to crack the Germans’ Enigma codes.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 pm
The Pentagon's Wars: The Military's Undeclared War Against America's Presidents Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465079711
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Basic Books - October 24th, 2017

Perry specializes in military, intelligence, and foreign affairs issues, and he has covered myriad angles of these topics in histories, biographies, and policy analyses including Partners in Command, The Most Dangerous Man in America, and Talking to Terrorists. His tenth book draws on his three decades of experience and extensive interviews with American foreign policy makers to examine the fraught relationship between the country’s civilian leaders and its military officers. Showing how this animosity imperils the nation’s ability to formulate and carry out judicious actions, Perry illuminates much about the military’s lobbying clout and reveals new details about initiatives such as Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” and Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 pm
Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781512600568
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University Press of New England - May 2nd, 2017

Patrick Leahy was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1975 at the age of thirty-four. Now Vermont’s senior senator, former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and President pro tempore emeritus, Leahy holds the record for the longest tenure of any currently serving U.S. senator. In this important political biography, Baruth, a professor of English at the University of Vermont and an award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio, focuses on three facets of Leahy’s public career. He explores what it has meant that Leahy is Vermont’s first and technically only Democratic senator; analyzes his criticism of George W. Bush, opposition to the Patriot Act, and his role as an anthrax target after 9/11; and details the senator’s participation in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” Batman films, an experience which moved Leahy to support bills on copyright infringement and piracy.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, November 2, 7:00 pm
Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399575754
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Blue Rider Press - October 24th, 2017

Avery was hockey’s “bad boy” during the twelve years he played in the NHL. A left-wing for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, Avery drew strong reactions from fans, both pro and con. His memoir covers in detail the incidents that earned him repeated fines and suspensions and, off-ice, that landed him in the gossip columns. A dynamic storyteller, Avery give us an inside look at the glamorous nightlife of New York and Los Angeles, shares his experiences as a Vogue intern, a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, an activist for marriage equality, and his stints as an advertising executive and owner of Manhattan bars and restaurants.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Sunday, November 5, 3:00 pm
Two Kinds of Truth Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316225908
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 31st, 2017

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Monday, November 6, 7:00 pm
Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306903267
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Da Capo Press - November 7th, 2017

Chuck Hagel, former Defense Secretary, and his younger brother Tom served in Vietnam during the most grueling year of the war, 1967-‘68, when nearly 17,000 Americans were killed in action. The only two brothers to have served in the same infantry squad, the Hagels fought together in the Tet Offensive and saved each other’s lives on two separate occasions. Yet the war marked them differently. After their year in country, one supported the U.S. intervention, while the other opposed it. Bolger, who retired as a lieutenant general after thirty-five years in the Army, and who commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, vividly retraces the Hagels’ combat experience, using their story as a lens to explore the war’s divisive effects throughout American society.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 pm
Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781469635866
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 6th, 2017

As the site of major political battles over slavery, segregation, civil rights, the drug war, gentrification, and more, Washington D.C. has a central role in the national story. From its origins as part of a plantation society to becoming the nation’s first black-majority city to its current lack of full political rights, the District has its own distinctive history. In this comprehensive look at both the symbolic and actual D.C., Asch and Musgrove, editor of Washington History and associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, respectively, tell both stories, unfolding an illuminating dual perspective on race and democracy.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Friday, November 10, 7:00 pm
Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143131618
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Tarcherperigee - October 31st, 2017

Galaxy’s twenty-plus years working with cats and their human companions have taught him that there is one key to cat behavior: Cat Mojo. This is the confidence cat’s exhibit when they are at ease with their environment and can indulge in their instincts to sleep, eat, hunt, groom, and sleep. In this comprehensive guide to cat care, Galaxy, a cat behaviorist and host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell, gives advice on how to ensure proper Mojo in felines of all ages and in a variety of situations. By understanding how cats behave, people can meet the animals’ physical and emotional needs, ensuring both felines and humans live a happy life together.

To enter the signing line that follows the talk, customers will need a ticket. Tickets are available with the purchase of Total Cat Mojo at Politics and Prose at the Wharf. There is no additional charge for signing line tickets. 

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Politics and Prose at The Wharf
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Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 pm
The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992 Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781627791366
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 14th, 2017

In 1983, Brown, then editing Britain’s Tattler, was invited to New York by S. I. Newhouse Jr., to advise on the foundering Vanity Fair magazine. Brown served briefly as a contributing editor, then took over as editor-in-chief on January 1, 1984. By the time she left, eight years later, the magazine had increased its circulation from 200,000 to over a million and become known for the quality of its writers and its instantly iconic photos, such as Annie Leibovitz’s cover of the pregnant Demi Moore. Brown, who went on to edit The New Yorker, write the bestselling The Diana Chronicles, and launch The Daily Beast and Tina Brown Live Media, kept a detailed diary throughout her years at Vanity Fair. Her memoir recounts how she reinvented a publication she initially found “just dull,” and tells the inside stories behind the magazine’s signature moments.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
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Friday, November 17, 7:00 pm
Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World's Deadliest Weapons Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316264105
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 14th, 2017

 

 

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Saturday, November 18, 6:00 pm
Best Food Writing 2017 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780738220185
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - October 17th, 2017

 

 

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Monday, November 20, 7:00 pm
Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit Cover Image
$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
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Tuesday, November 21, 7:00 pm
Rasika: Flavors of India Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780062435552
Availability: In Stock—Click for Details
Published: Ecco Press - October 10th, 2017

 

 

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Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 pm
Everything You Need to Know about Social Media: Without Having to Call a Kid Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501132445
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 14th, 2017

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
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Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 pm
Mother of All Pigs Cover Image
$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 the 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
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Thursday, November 30, 7:00 pm
Hate to Want You Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062566737
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Published: Avon Books - July 25th, 2017

An Extraordinary Union Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781496707444
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

From historical to steamy to subversive, romance novels are doing everything “literary” fiction does. Join us for a reading by two innovative romance writers and a discussion of a genre that’s gaining critical as well as popular attention. 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 in place too. 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
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Friday, December 1, 7:00 pm
Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062463692
Availability: In Stock—Click for Details
Published: Dey Street Books - August 15th, 2017

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Friday, December 8, 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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