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Tim Alberta - American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump — in conversation with Jonathan Swan

Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062896445
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Published: Harper - July 16th, 2019

The chief political correspondent for Politico, Alberta details how the Republican Party’s internal crises following the end of the George W. Bush administration, along with a growing national sense of economic and social disruption, combined to put Trump in the White House. Drawing on exclusive interviews with figures including Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Trump himself, Alberta traces the GOP’s search for direction after Bush, the right’s rebound during the Obama years, and the GOP’s split into two competing factions—a rift that opened the way for the businessman-turned-politician who announced his candidacy in the summer of 2015. Alberta will be in conversation with Jonathan Swan, national political reporter at Axios.

 

 

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Lauren Chelec Cafritz - Breath Love — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$14.95
ISBN: 9781733795548
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Published: Warren Publishing, Inc - June 11th, 2019

A teacher, speaker, and writer, Chelec Cafritz, founder of Experience Breath, is trained and certified in Integrative Breathwork and Transformational Breath. As she does in both individual and group sessions, in her book she shows how breath has the power to transform us by fostering courage, confidence, creativity, peace, and more. Combining her own experience and lessons from her classes, Chelec Cafritz helps readers overcome the fears that stand between them and their dreams.

 

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Ganesh Sitaraman - The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality

Friday, July 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780674987333
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 2019

Though the trend in recent years has been to decrease government’s role in civic life, Sitaraman—a professor at Vanderbilt Law School and longtime advisor to Elizabeth Warren, and author of The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution— shows that public institutions such as national parks, libraries, and swimming pools offer equal access, address social needs, and peacefully co-exist with private options. Arguing that the public option is more effective than vouchers and more equitable than the marketplace alone, Sitaraman offers concrete suggestions for how expanded government intervention could solve problems in housing, childcare, education, banking, and retirement benefits.

 

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Forrest Gander - Be With — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, July 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780811226059
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 28th, 2018

Awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Gander’s collection is a powerful look at grief, displacement, and dementia. In uncompromising poems that scrutinize both individual moments and larger legacies—“you who were given a life, what did you make of it?”—Gander, a prolific poet, essayist, and translator, takes language itself to the breaking point. Countering loss with a series of fragmented long poems, Gander challenges notions of solace with a version of a work by St. John of the Cross, defies boundaries with narratives written in English and Spanish, and mourns his late wife, fellow poet C. D. Wright, with a set of raw, angry, and beautiful lyrics. 

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
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Jenny Masur - Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C. & Heather M. Butts - Healing Civil War Veterans in New York and Washington, D.C.

Saturday, July 20, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$21.99
ISBN: 9781625859754
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Published: History Press - January 21st, 2019


An anthropologist and co-editor of the book Jewish Grandmothers, Masur worked for seventeen years for the National Park Service as National Capital Region manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Her new book tells the stories of the many Washingtonians who played vital parts in helping slaves find freedom via the Underground Railroad. Mostly unsung heroes, this group included both men and women, white people and Black, and ranged from lawyers to freed slaves and fugitives from Southern plantations.

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Butts is a cofounder and board member of HEALTH for Youths Inc. and teaches bioethics and public health law at Columbia University. Her book is a detailed look at how battle trauma was perceived and treated during and after the Civil War, shaped by the activism of figures such as Frederick Douglass and Clara Barton. She traces the rise of medical establishments equipped to heal veterans physically and mentally, a movement that by 1866 has resulted in the Congressional creation of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

 

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CANCELED: William D. Cohan - Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short

Saturday, July 20, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250070524
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 9th, 2019

This event has been canceled.

 

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Michael K. Kellogg - The Wisdom of the Renaissance

Saturday, July 20, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781633885189
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Published: Prometheus Books - July 9th, 2019

Kellogg follows his revelatory study of medieval thought, The Wisdom of the Middle Ages, with a similarly wide-ranging and accessible look at the major intellectual and artistic advances during the Renaissance. Starting with Petrarch (1304-1374), the scholar and poet often considered the inventor of humanism, and closing with Shakespeare (1564-1616), Kellogg examines two centuries’ worth of poetry, philosophical treatises, essays, letters, and dramas, tracing how ideas evolved, how they drove and were in turn influenced by, the Reformation, and examining how pivotal figures such as Rabelais, Montaigne, Cervantes, and the Bard brought us to the cusp of modernism.

 

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Natwar Gandhi - Still the Promised Land — in conversation with Robert Rimm — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, July 20, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$18.99
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Published: Arch Street Press - July 4th, 2019

During his thirteen years as Washington’s chief financial officer, Gandhi ushered the near-bankrupt city back to financial health. As he recounts in this stirring memoir, triumphing against the odds has been the pattern of his life: born in an Indian village that had no electricity or running water, Gandhi left for Mumbai at age 17 then made his way to the U.S. when he was 25—arriving with just $7. His story of hard work, determination, and resilience is at once the portrait of an extraordinary individual and a testament to the potency of another great survivor: the American dream itself. Gandhi will be in conversation with Robert Rimm, managing editor of Arch Street Press.

 

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Bruce M. Beehler - Natural Encounters: Biking, Hiking, and Birding Through the Seasons and Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia

Sunday, July 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780300243482
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Published: Yale University Press - May 21st, 2019

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By Bruce M. Beehler, Middleton Evans (Photographer)
$49.95
ISBN: 9781421427331
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - March 26th, 2019

An ornithologist and research associate in the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History, Beehler has been studying and admiring wildlife in the D.C. area for some thirty years. In Natural Encounters he gives us a personal tour of the region’s outstanding natural features, illustrated by his own diary entries, field trip notes, photos, and half-tone wash drawings. For a close look at the region’s 400 bird species, Beehler’s Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia features detailed information on bird behavior and habitats along with advice on bird watching both in the backyard and on extended expeditions.

 

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William Sturkey - Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White

Sunday, July 21, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780674976351
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Published: Belknap Press - March 28th, 2019

Sturkey’s detailed history of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from its 1882 founding to its key role in the civil rights movement, powerfully conveys the realities of the Jim Crow era. In alternating narratives Sturkey, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-editor of To Write in the Light of Freedom, charts the parallel and starkly unequal experiences of the town’s Black and white residents, telling the stories of die-hard members of the Old South—including Faulkner’s great-grandfather, a Confederate veteran—and several generations of the Smith family, who started as rural sharecroppers and eventually ran a pharmacy where Medgar Evers and others would meet to strategize.

 

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Mary Beth Keane - Ask Again, Yes

Sunday, July 21, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982106980
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Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2019

Keane’s new novel is a rich multigenerational saga of two families. Unfolding over forty years in the New York City suburbs, the book opens in 1973 with rookie cops Brian Stanhope and Francis Gleeson bonding over the challenges of their job; later, they both move to a nearby town, start families, and the focus shifts to Brian’s son and Francis’s daughter, who fall in love. Meanwhile, each family struggles with its own, unspoken, tensions, which eventually drive the young lovers apart. Keane, who was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35,” tells the story from multiple perspectives, conveying the myriad textures of family life and illuminating changing attitudes toward mental health and addiction.

 

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Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake - The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats

Monday, July 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780525561965
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Published: Penguin Press - July 16th, 2019

Taking their title from the Pentagon’s term for cyberspace, the authors follow their bestselling Cyber Wars with a detailed look at how hackers, criminals, and autocrats can deploy computer viruses and other forms of cyberattack to shut down essential infrastructures, manipulate data, and even provoke wars. Interested less in the threats than in the solutions, Clarke, who served as White House counterterrorism coordinator under Clinton and George W. Bush, and Knake, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council, draw on their extensive experience in government and business to outline a new policy of for "cyber resilience.”

 

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Matthew Kepnes - Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, July 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250190512
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 16th, 2019

On a trip to Thailand in 2005, Kepnes realized that his career and all that went with it—car, house, mortgage—could wait. Planning to spend a year seeing the world before settling down, he ended up staying on the road for a decade. Now, with more than 500,000 miles and 90 different countries under his belt, Kepnes, who runs the travel site NomadicMatt.com, looks back over his experiences, telling vivid stories about places and people, reflecting on the deeper meanings of wanderlust, and showing how much travel can teach us about the world and ourselves.

 

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Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden - African Americans and Africa: A New History — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780300198669
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Published: Yale University Press - May 28th, 2019

Starting with the slave trade, Blyden’s study charts the long, complex, and often ambivalent relationship between African Americans and Africa. Attentive to the wide range of African American identities, Blyden, associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University and author of West Indians in West Africa, 1808–1880, reads this often overlooked history through a careful examination of different diasporas variously defined by region, ethnicity, and immigration. 

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Joy-Ann Reid - The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story — in conversation with E. J. Dionne

Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
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Published: William Morrow - June 25th, 2019

Host of MSNBC's AM Joy, Reid in her new book analyzes the chaos of the Trump administration with an eye to mapping the way to a better future. Pointing out that Trump’s outrages have prompted new waves of citizen action while his attacks on the media have galvanized journalists to expose the White House’s lies, Reid at once highlights Trump’s failings, argues that his destruction of the GOP opens opportunities for a revitalized Democratic party, and offers a positive, action-oriented blueprint grounded in the nation’s foundational ideals. Reid will be in conversation with E. J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and author/editor of thirteen books, including One Nation After Trump.

Reid will be in conversation with E.J. Dionne Jr., a columnist for The Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and professor at Georgetown University.

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Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields - The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics — in conversation with Bill Press — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 23rd, 2019

In this analysis of the Republican Party’s 1970s Southern Strategy, Maxwell and Shields show that the GOP’s move to appeal to Democrats in the South was based not only on racial issues but also on feminism and religion. Just as they had abandoned civil rights, Republicans dropped support for the Equal Rights Amendment, while at the same time joining forces with an increasingly fundamentalist Southern Baptist Convention. Writers and scholars based at the University of Arkansas, the authors show how the GOP used a language of absolutes, encouraged defensiveness, and accused the media of bias—all of which had national ramifications. Maxwell and Shields will be in conversation with Bill Press, author most recently of Trump Must Go.

 

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Emily Nussbaum - I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525508960
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Published: Random House - June 25th, 2019

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer for criticism,  Nussbaum writes about TV like the art that it is. Gathered from some fifteen years of work for The New Yorker, New York, and other publications—along with several new pieces—the essays in this collection wholeheartedly celebrate television and guide us to new ways of looking at it. Arguing that TV demands more than just watching, Nussbaum outlines her struggle with “prestige television”—an awakening she traces to Buffy the Vampire Slayer—and questions the breakdown of shows into high- and low-brow. She also examines programming in the light of #MeToo, explores how fans distort their favorite shows, profiles influential figures such as Kenya Barris, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy, assesses the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers, and more.

 

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Laura Lippman - Lady in the Lake — in conversation with Neely Tucker

Thursday, July 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062390011
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Published: William Morrow - July 23rd, 2019

In her latest stand-alone mystery, Lippman, author of the iconic Tess Monaghan series and one of crime fiction’s most decorated writers, returns to her Baltimore beat for a book that’s as much a compelling character study as it is a riveting thriller. Set in 1966, the story follows Maddie Schwartz as she leaves her marriage in search of a more fulfilling life. She seems to find one when she locates a missing girl and takes a job on the local paper. But her next assignment—investigating the death of an African-American woman—leads her into unforeseen complications, many related to blind spots in her own character.

Lippman will be in conversation with Neely Tucker, Washington Post staff writer and author of Only the Hunted RunMurder, D.C.; and The Ways of the Dead.

 

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Harriet A. Washington - A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

Friday, July 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316509435
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - July 23rd, 2019

A bioethicist and award-wining author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious Madness, and Medical Apartheid, Washington combines extensive scientific research with deep reporting to demonstrate that the black-white IQ gap is not a reflection of inherent racial difference but the product of unequal living and working environments. In a powerful indictment of systemic racism, Washington links studies proving the negative physical and cognitive effects of lead and other heavy metals, neurotoxins, bad nutrition, and poor pre-natal care to the demographic reality that poor Black communities are exposed to these dangers at a far higher rate than white populations.

 

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Thomas W. Lippman - Crude Oil, Crude Money: Aristotle Onassis, Saudi Arabia, and the CIA

Saturday, July 27, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$37.00
ISBN: 9781440863943
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Published: Praeger - May 31st, 2019

First as Middle East bureau chief of The Washington Post and then in acclaimed studies including Egypt After Nasser, Inside the Mirage, and Saudi Arabia on the Edge, Lippman has been writing about Saudi Arabia for some forty years. His new book tells the little-known story of Aristotle Onassis’s 1954 effort to corner the crude oil shipping market by making a deal with the Saudi king. This alarmed U.S. and British oil companies, and the Dulles brothers, worried about its effect on Cold War geo-politics as well as fearing that it would lead to the nationalization of Saudi oil, worked to undermine it.

 

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Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth & Melissa Rivero - The Affairs of the Falcóns — in conversation with Angie Kim

Saturday, July 27, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780062872357
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Published: Ecco - April 2nd, 2019

Set in Russia’s northeastern Kamchatka Peninsula, Phillips’s eagerly anticipated debut novel unfolds in twelve exquisitely-crafted chapters, each charting one month of the year following the disappearance of two girls from the close-knit and isolated community. Phillips, a Pushcart-nominated writer, spent a Fulbright year in Kamchatka, and her vivid descriptions of its harshly beautiful terrain form a resonant backdrop to the central mystery of the sisters’ fate and the stories of the town’s women. As she shifts the perspective from mothers to daughters to wives, Phillips masterfully builds toward a stunning conclusion.

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Rivero’s first novel draws on her own experience for a moving account of an undocumented Peruvian family struggling to survive in New York in the 1990s. Ana Falcón, a woman of indigenous descent married to a man from Lima, has a past haunted by terrorism and a present of few options. Working long hours in a factory, Ana is constantly exhausted, and with no access to banks, she’s dependent on a loan shark. When her husband’s cousins rescind the invitation to share their cramped apartment, he is ready to return to Peru, but Ana has no choice but to stay. Phillips and Rivero will be in conversation with Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek.

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Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen - The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History

Saturday, July 27, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$18.95
ISBN: 9780190625368
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 4th, 2019

As Ratner-Rosenhagen shows in her compelling intellectual history, behind the military conflicts, culture wars, and social movements that have shaped the nation, lie ideas. Spanning disciplines including religion, philosophy, political theory, the arts, and more, Ratner-Rosenhagen, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of American Nietzsche, tells the story of the United States through its central ideas, from the conception of freedom and equality to the meaning of “America” itself; its major thinkers, dating from before the Founders and up to today’s activists; and intellectual movements including the Enlightenment, transcendentalism, social Darwinism, progressivism, and postmodernism.

 

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Lawrence Pintak - America and Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs, and the Road to Donald Trump

Sunday, July 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781784539092
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Published: I. B. Tauris & Company - June 27th, 2019

An award-winning journalist and scholar, Pintak, author of books including The New Arab Journalist and Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens, has studied and reported on relations between the U.S. and Islamic nations since 1980. His new book draws on his experience and those of a wide range of Muslim voices for a detailed history and analysis of this country’s relationship with Islam. Focusing on decades of misunderstandings, Pintak explains why relations have been so fractious, highlights the media’s role in the inflamed debate, and shows how Trump is both the symptom of past unresolved problems and the cause of future tensions.

 

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Russell Gold - Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy — in conversation with Amy Harder

Sunday, July 28, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501163586
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 25th, 2019

Gold, author of fracking history The Boom, has reported on energy for The Wall Street Journal since 2002, earning a Gerald Loeb Award for his coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In his new book he explores the country’s move toward cleaner fuel sources, profiling the work of renewable energy pioneer Michael Skelly. A Houston renewable energy businessman, Skelly over the course of eight years built tiny Houston-based Horizon Wind Energy into the second largest wind power company in the United States. Following its $2 billion sale, he founded Clean Line Energy Partners, a firm that reconceptualizes the power grid. Gold will be in conversation with Amy Harder, who covers energy and climate change for Axios.

 

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Oyinkan Braithwaite - My Sister, the Serial Killer — in conversation with Tayla Burney

Sunday, July 28, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

Now available in paperback, Braithwaite’s spectacular debut novel is the story of two sisters, Ayoola and Korede, and the secrets that bind them together. As the book opens, Ayoola has just killed her boyfriend. She claims it was self-defense—as it was with the two previous boyfriends she killed. Korede, who works at a hospital, disposes of the body and tells no one. But her silent complicity is tested when Ayoola starts visiting her at work and attracts the attention of a doctor Korede is in love with. Fast-paced, smart, and chilling, Braithwaite ratchets up the tension to an explosive ending.

Braithwaite will be in conversation with writer and producer Tayla Burney.

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Lisa Taddeo - Three Women — in conversation with Olivia Nuzzi

Monday, July 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

Nearly ten years ago, Taddeo, an award-winning journalist and longtime contributor to New York magazine and Esquire, embarked on a project to write about desire from the female perspective. Her deeply reported, groundbreaking book follows the erotic lives and longings of three women: a North Dakota high school student having a relationship with her English teacher, a wife trapped in a passionless marriage whose life is changed by an affair, and an entrepreneur whose husband likes to watch her have sex with other people. Writing with nuance and empathy, Taddeo strips away the myths and assumptions that shape views of female sexuality. Taddeo will be in conversation with Olivia Nuzzi, Washington correspondent for New York.

 

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Neil Shister - Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World

Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092198
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 30th, 2019

Can Burning Man change the world? Its devotees believe it can. Shister, a former journalist for outlets like Time and the Miami Herald, was skeptical. After participating in the festival six times between 2013 and 2018 and interviewing many of the key figures involved with it, he now sees it as the vanguard of a crucial new social paradigm. His book takes us behind the scenes at Black Rock City, combining powerful reporting with compelling stories to demonstrate how Burning Man blends conservative ideals of self-reliance and accountability with progressive ideas of inclusion, consensual decision making, and collaborative endeavor to create a postmodern fusion of sixties humanism and high-tech Digital Era magic.

 

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Philip Mudd - Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World

Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781631491979
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 30th, 2019

As a former deputy director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center and the FBI's National Security Branch, Mudd witnessed first-hand the tremendous shock wave that went through the nation’s intelligence agencies with the 9/11 attacks. Drawing on his own experiences and on access to top-level officials, including George Tenet, Mudd paints a chilling picture of the fear of another attack that drove the CIA to weaponize intelligence gathering by the widespread adoption of enhanced interrogation techniques. Going beyond the 2014 Senate report, Mudd provides new details on the reality of CIA prisons to illuminate how and why interrogators made the decisions they did.

 

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John Larison - Whiskey When We're Dry — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780735220454
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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

Now available in paperback, Larison’s cinematic western delivers plenty of adventure and bravado in a tough, challenging landscape. It also overturns standard assumptions of the West with its observations of late 1880s race, class, and gender issues and its sharp, no-nonsense female hero. Orphaned at seventeen when her father dies, Jessilyn disguises herself as a man and leaves her homestead to track down her brother. An outlaw, Noah is also wanted by a territorial governor who hires Jess to help, though she’s troubled by the clash between her real and apparent identities as well as all the male swagger around her.

 

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Terry McAuliffe - Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Terry McAuliffe, John Lewis (Contributions by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250245885
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - July 30th, 2019

Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville when white supremacists descended on the town in August 2017. His action was undermined by Trump, however, who, finding “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” failed to condemn the racism and thus fomented the hatred that led to the killing of Heather Heyer. McAuliffe’s detailed, behind-the-scenes recreation of events surrounding the “Unite the Right” rally looks at what happened, speculates on what could have been done differently to deter the violence, and proposes ways the nation can confront its history of extremism to prevent future Charlottesvilles.

 

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Lyz Lenz - God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America — in conversation with Kristen Arnett

Friday, August 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$22.00
ISBN: 9780253041531
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Published: Indiana University Press - August 2019

Deeply shaken by the 2016 election, Lenz—a contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, the Roxane Gay-edited collection Not That Bad, and more—set out to discover the effect of the heightened divisiveness on the religious practices of the nation’s heartland. Her book combines her own experience as a Christian and native Midwesterner with the stories of others throughout the region to give an illuminating portrait of the changing role of faith in alienated communities. Visiting megachurches as well as small community gathering spaces, Lenz explores both why some people decide to leave religion and why others stay with it.

Lenz will be in conversation with Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ilya Kaminsky - Deaf Republic: Poems & Carmen Giménez Smith - Be Recorder: Poems — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Sunday, August 4, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978488
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 6th, 2019

Coming fifteen years after his award-winning Dancing in Odessa, Kaminsky’s second collection of poems is much more than a miscellany of lyrics. Arranged in two acts, the sequence plays out a parable of repression and freedom through the story of Vasenka, a town under military occupation. After soldiers kill a deaf boy for not stopping on command, the surviving citizens go deaf in solidarity, and, led by the owner of a puppet theatre, use sign language to organize a resistance. Kaminsky, born in the Soviet Union and himself hearing impaired since a childhood illness, eloquently conveys the power of both words and silence and the imperative to speak out.

A dazzling mix of rhyme, free verse, and prose poems, Smith’s sixth collection insists that we not only confront today’s troubling world—that “molten core of the real”—but acknowledge our role in it. Speaking out against compromise, self-delusion, and above all complacency, Smith’s speaker, a first-generation American, demands to know "why am I the locus of your discontent/ and not your president,” even as she asks herself "should I mother or write/ serve art or the state." Ultimately, Smith—author of books including Milk and Filth and the American Book Award-winning Bring Down the Little Birds, as well as poetry editor for The Nation—escapes the wreckage of late-stage capitalism into a compelling, video-game driven vision of the future.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th st NE
Washington, DC 20002

Zach Powers - First Cosmic Velocity

Monday, August 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Cosmic Velocity Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525539278
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 6th, 2019

Powers, director of communications at The Writer’s Center, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize for Gravity Changes, a collection that bent the laws of physics to wonderful literary ends. His first novel draws on actual events to dramatize the melding of science and illusion that was the Soviet space program. Set in 1964, his story starts with a crisis: the Soviets have launched—and lost—five space capsules, but by using twins they’ve staged false returns. Now they’re running out of twins. Writing with a sly black humor, Powers follows the machinations of the Chief Designer behind the scheme and the last of the hapless twins caught up in it.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Charles King - Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, August 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385542197
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Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

King, professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown, follows his acclaimed narrative histories of Istanbul and Odessa with a rich group portrait of the pioneers of cultural anthropology. Centering on Franz Boas (1858-1942), the Columbia anthropologist who developed the term “cultural relativism,” the book traces the shift from seeing human behavior in terms of biology to viewing it as a product of culture and learning. King chronicles Boas’s groundbreaking experiments and guides us through the field work of his students—Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ella Deloria.

 

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

Pierce Brown - Dark Age — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9780425285947
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Published: Del Rey - July 30th, 2019

The award-winning author of the Red Rising trilogy, Brown returned to the kingdom in Iron Gold, launching a second series set ten years after events in the first. His new volume opens with Darrow exiled from the Republic he founded after his rebellion against its corrupt Society; leaving destruction in his wake, is he still the hero he was? Meanwhile, Lysander au Lune battles the Gold families of the Core and prepares to challenge Darrow over the future of Mercury, and Mustang, on Luna, works to unite the Republic behind her husband. A shimmering work of breaking and shifting alliances, the novel charts an intricate web of power games.

 

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

Tope Folarin - A Particular Kind of Black Man — in conversation with Helene Cooper

Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781501171819
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2019

An award-winning D.C.-based Nigerian-American writer, Folarin has been a Rhodes Scholar and was recently named to the Africa 39 list of the most promising African writers under 39. His first novel is the powerful coming-of age-story of Tunde Akinola, son of Nigerian-born parents struggling to make a new life in a small town in Utah. When the family eventually breaks under the strain, Tunde’s life becomes the search for a place where he can feel at home. Following his protagonist from his remarried father’s household to a Texas middle school and on to a historically black college, Folarin explores questions of identity and exile, manhood and meaning itself. Folarin will be in conversation with Helene Cooper, author of Madame President.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Zahra Hankir - Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World — in conversation with Hannah Allam — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World Cover Image
By Zahra Hankir (Editor), Christiane Amanpour (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133414
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Published: Penguin Books - August 6th, 2019

In this groundbreaking essay collection, Hankir, a widely published Lebanese-British journalist, presents essays by nineteen of today’s most accomplished Arab and Middle Eastern women journalists. Outspoken and brave, these writers recount their experiences covering stories ranging from the Iraq war to the Syrian refugee crisis. By turns chilling, ironic, and wrenching, the stories include the special challenges they faced as women—such as the difficulty of traveling without a male relative in Yemen and the constant threat of sexual harassment—as well as the unique advantages of being able to speak to women at a medical clinic. Hankir will be in conversation with contributor Hannah Allam, reporter for Buzzfeed News.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Natalie Wexler - The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System--and How to Fix It — in conversation with Elizabeth Green

Wednesday, August 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735213555
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Published: Avery - August 6th, 2019

A leading education journalist, Wexler has been in the vanguard of Washington’s school reform movement for many years. Her book draws on her experience as both a reporter and a tutor in D.C.’s public schools, where she discovered that the fundamental flaw in the country’s education system is not lazy teachers, shoddy facilities, or lack of accountability, but the elementary schools’ focus on decontextualized reading comprehension “skills” rather than on actual knowledge. While many have overlooked this key component of education, Wexler spotlights the work of innovative educators who are finding new ways to help students acquire the knowledge and vocabulary they need to succeed.

Wexler will be in conversation with Elizabeth Green, co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization, and author of Building a Better Teacher.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Steven Greenhouse - Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor

Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101874431
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Published: Knopf - August 6th, 2019

In his new book, Greenhouse, an award-winning journalist who spent nearly twenty years covering labor and the workplace for The New York Times, traces today’s blight of wage stagnation, income inequality, gender-pay gaps, and a host of other social and political problems directly to the long decline of worker power. His eloquent defense of worker groups looks back to landmark achievements by labor unions as well as documenting the activities of the working class today; from hotel housekeepers to G.M. laborers to Uber drivers, Greenhouse shows the concrete ways workers are organizing and reclaiming their collective power.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Richard Russo - Chances Are . . .

Friday, August 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Chances Are . . .: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947746
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Published: Knopf - July 30th, 2019

The author of novels including Nobody’s Fool, Straight Man, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, Russo is our great chronicler of small-town America. His new book, infused with his signature humor and compassion, is the story of three men, friends since college. Now in their sixties, Lincoln, a commercial real estate broker; Teddy, a small-press publisher; and Mickey, a musician past his prime, get together in Martha’s Vineyard to relive old times. As they reminisce, spill secrets, and affirm their friendship, they also probe a still mysterious incident from a Memorial Day over forty years before.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert Wilson - Barnum: An American Life

Sunday, August 11, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Barnum: An American Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501118623
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2019

In the first major biography of P.T. Barnum in a generation, Wilson, editor of The American Scholar and author of lives of Mathew Brady and Clarence King, reveals the complex man beneath the spectacular image, shows how Barnum was a defining figure of the nineteenth century--and tells a dynamic, engaging story. One of the country’s first self-made millionaires, Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) was a brilliant showman and marketer, but also much more. Concerned with making his audiences happy, he probably did not say, “There's a sucker born every minute"; rather, he cultivated an energetic industriousness and optimism that allowed him to reinvent himself after a series of catastrophes.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lisa Howorth - Summerlings

Sunday, August 11, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Summerlings: A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385544641
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Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

In her second novel, Howorth, author of Flying Shoes and co-founder, with her husband, of Oxford, Mississippi’s Square Books, returns to Washington D.C., the city where she was born and grew up. Set in the summer of 1959, the story traces the lingering shadows of the Second World War and the rise of Cold War tensions through the lives of several families on Connors Lane. While the kids are hatching a plot to steal specimens of a rare spider that has invaded the area—possibly Soviet “insect warfare”—the adults try to forge solidarity with a block party that ends up in a drunken fiasco, with secrets spilled and lives irrevocably changed.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alexandra Fuller - Travel Light, Move Fast

Sunday, August 11, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Travel Light, Move Fast Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594206740
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Published: Penguin Press - August 6th, 2019

In a series of deft, powerful memoirs beginning with the award-winning Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller has kept readers riveted with stories of her unconventional family’s life in southern Africa. Her moving new book, written with her signature brio and humor, focuses on her father, the adventurous, restless Tim Fuller, who, announcing at age 7 his plans to leave England, moved first to Rhodesia than to Zambia. Writing from the shock of his sudden death in 2015—in Pest, Hungary, of all places—Fuller profiles and pays tribute to a man who devoured life whole.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

J. Michael Straczynski - Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood

Monday, August 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood Cover Image
By J. Michael Straczynski, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062857842
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 23rd, 2019

Straczynski may be best known as the creator of the Babylon 5 and Sense8 TV shows, but his amazing four-decade career also encompasses screenwriting—Changeling, Thor, and World War Z—writing for several DC and Marvel Comics’ series, and creating his own award-winning graphic works. Now in this stunning memoir he tells his own story—perhaps his most fantastic feat yet. Straczynski grew up in the care of adults variously damaged by addiction, mental illness, and poverty. His only refuge from the misery was comic books, and he gradually realized that he, too, could invent alternate worlds. But even as he managed to take power over his future, a terrible secret in his family’s past continued to haunt him.

NOTE: Anyone can enter the post-event signing line provided they have proof of having purchased Becoming Superman from Politics and Prose. The author will sign up to three other items in addition to Becoming Superman.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jess Row - White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination — in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978327
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 6th, 2019

Looking primarily at literature, but also at music and film, Row traces a literary “white flight” that parallels and bolsters the social movement of white Americans into segregated suburbs and gentrified communities. With attentive readings of work by mainstream authors including Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, and Jonathan Franzen, Row, author of the novel Your Face in Mine, shows how white writers have limited themselves to insulated imaginative spaces that have stymied any meaningful engagement with race. By contrast, James Baldwin, Dorothy Allison, James Alan McPherson, and others offer models for how fiction can address matters of race and become not just a reflection of society but a reparative act. Row will be in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott, winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and author of The World Does Not Require You.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Karen Abbott - The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America

Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451498625
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Published: Crown - August 6th, 2019

Believed to have been the model for Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby, George Remus (1874-1952) made millions during Prohibition by exploiting a loophole that allowed him to buy up distilleries and sell bonded liquor “for medicinal purposes.” After a stint in prison, he gained further notoriety when he shot his second wife as she was on her way to the courthouse to divorce him. In her vivid account of the 1927 trial that riveted Jazz-Age America, Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City and Liar Temptress Soldier Spy, recounts Remus’s lucrative scheme, follows the intrepid woman prosecutor who put him away, and unknots the love triangle that sealed several fates.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Timothy Faust - Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next

Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612197166
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Published: Melville House - August 6th, 2019

One of the nation’s foremost advocates for health justice, Faust, producer of HEAVYXMEDICAL, a podcast about health policy and metal music, has toured the country extensively, lecturing and working with groups such as the Democratic Socialists and many grassroots organizations dedicated to Medicaid expansion. In his passionate and accessible book, he traces the history of healthcare in America, shows why instituting a single-payer, free-at-point-of-use plan is the key to reforming our current troubled system, lays out five clear, feasible steps we can take to achieve this goal, and looks ahead to the next items on the progressive agenda.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Chiké Frankie Edozien - Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man — in conversation with Kai Wright — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, August 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780995516236
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Published: Team Angelica Publishing - November 24th, 2017

Edozien’s book is at once a memoir, a love-letter to Africa, and a remarkable group portrait of same-gender loving Africans. Traveling around the world—from Lagos to Brooklyn, Accra to Paris—Edozien introduces gay men and women who live and love on their own terms, finding joy against considerable adversity.  Writing with urgency and compassion, Edozien tells these stories of courageous individuals against the backdrop of Africa’s increasingly homophobic political climate whose pressures often force gay Africans to seek refuge in the West. Edzoien will be in conversation with Kai Wright, host of WNYC's Narrative Unit and a columnist for The Nation.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Téa Obreht - Inland

Thursday, August 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Inland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812992861
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Published: Random House - August 13th, 2019

Obreht made an unforgettable literary debut with The Tiger’s Wife, an international bestseller that won the 2011 Orange Prize and earned her a slot on The New Yorker’s prestigious “20 Under 40” list. Her eagerly awaited second novel unfolds in the drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893. Drawing on little known historical episodes, Obreht follows the intertwined fates of Nora, an intrepid frontierswoman whose husband and older sons have gone in search of water, and Luke, a former outlaw haunted by more than just his past. Richly imagined and vividly told, Obreht’s story recreates the myth of the American West.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Elissa Altman - Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing — in conversation with Jacki Lyden

Friday, August 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399181580
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 6th, 2019

Picking up where her Washington Post “Feeding My Mother” column left off in May 2016, Altman’s bittersweet memoir tells the story of her and her mother’s lifelong struggle to understand each other. A  Manhattan singer and shopaholic, Altman’s mother had little in common with her quiet daughter, and after years of contention Altman established an independent life with her wife in Connecticut. Then her mother fell, and the complicated relationship took another turn as Altman became the caretaker.

Altman, an award-winning food writer and author of the Poor Man’s Feast blog, will be in conversation with Jacki Lyden, former NPR correspondent and author of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ibram X. Kendi - How to Be an Antiracist—at Sidwell Friends

Friday, August 16, 7:00 pm
How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Kendi will be in conversation with Vann R. Newkirk, an American journalist and staff writer for The Atlantic who writes on politics, race, and healthcare policy.

There will be a public signing.

1 Student Ticket (must show student ID at will call): $10
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1 Ticket and 1 Book: $35; $33 for members

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Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ian Urbina - The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

Sunday, August 18, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780451492944
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Published: Knopf - August 20th, 2019

A Pulitzer and Polk Award-winning investigative journalist, Urbina builds on his New York Times series for a gripping first-hand look at the high seas. Sprawling and difficult to regulate, the oceans teem with pirates, traffickers, and poachers as well as vigilante conservationists and floating abortion providers. Even legal enterprises, such as the fishing, oil, and shipping industries, are often rife with exploitation and abuse. In writing that’s by turns harrowing, suspenseful, and funny, Urbina exposes the true conditions mariners endure, chronicles a near-mutiny aboard a police ship, joins a maritime repo-man, and synthesizes his wide-ranging experiences into a revelatory profile of the global economy.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rick Moody - The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony

Monday, August 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781627798440
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 6th, 2019

By his own admission, Moody, author of books including Purple America, The Ice Storm, and Garden State, “failed spectacularly” at his first marriage. Then in October 2013, in love with an artist named Laurel, he tried it again. Almost immediately, the couple was beset by disasters. Their efforts to have a child resulted in heartbreaking miscarriages. Friends died. Laurel’s mother’s health began to fail. Their apartment was robbed. But Moody and Laurel weathered each storm together, and at the end of this difficult year, their marriage was thriving. Written with Moody’s signature insight and unflinching honesty, this memoir is a moving testament to the power of love.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jia Tolentino - Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Tuesday, August 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2016, has quickly become one of the most exciting and authoritative critical voices of the millennial generation. Praised for her fierce intelligence, formidable mix of skepticism and optimism, and her lyrical, lucid prose, Tolentino has written on a wide range of social and cultural topics, from music and marriage to female empowerment and race in publishing. Her eagerly awaited book presents nine new essays that see through the hype and contradictions of contemporary life to show us a clearer picture of ourselves and our historical moment.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

William Rosenau - Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America's First Female Terrorist Group

Wednesday, August 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America's First Female Terrorist Group Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501170126
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Published: Atria Books - August 20th, 2019

As the radical 1960s and ‘70s mellowed into the Reagan years, six women who had grown up protesting the Vietnam War and fighting for Black and Native American rights vowed to carry on the struggle. Calling themselves the May 19th Communist Organization (M19), from 1978 to 1985 they launched a string of violent actions which included prison breaks, bank robberies, and bombings—one of which, on November 7, 1983, targeted the U.S. capitol. In this long overdue account of the nation’s only female terrorist organization, Rosenau, a senior research scientist and former State Department counterterrorism advisor, charts in chilling detail the roots of homegrown extremism.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Karl Marlantes - Deep River

Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Deep River Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780802125385
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 2nd, 2019

Marlantes, a Vietnam vet, has been acclaimed for his powerful depictions of the experience of combat, first in fiction, with Matterhorn, and then in the memoir, What It Is Like To Go To War. For his third book he draws on his grandmother’s generation of Finnish immigrants to tell a compelling family saga—one with a moving love story at its center. Set near the old-growth forests along the Columbia River in the early years of the 20th century, the book follows the three Koski siblings as they build lives in their new homeland, the brothers by logging, and their sister by organizing the industry’s first labor unions.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

LaToya Council - IntersectionAllies—in Children and Teens

Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm
Intersectionallies: We Make Room for All Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340083
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Published: Dottir Press - July 23rd, 2019

With clear, accessible prose and vibrant art, authors Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi Ashley demonstrate solidarity and “allyship” through the stories of nine young people who “make room” for each other. As they explain, “Life’s ups and downs can take many forms, but standing together, we’ll rewrite the norms.” The friends come from different backgrounds, shaped by their unique circumstances, but come together to support each other. When one responds to an injustice, the others assist them however they can. Join us for an evening with co-author LaToya Council to learn more about how friends can help each other to become “allies.”  Ages 6-12.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jason DeParle - A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

Friday, August 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780670785926
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Published: Viking - August 20th, 2019

DeParle, an award-winning reporter for The New York Times, chronicled the realities of poverty and welfare through the lives of three Black women in his acclaimed American Dream. Taking a similarly intimate approach to immigration, his new book follows three generations of a Filipino family. The Comodas lived in the Manila slums when DeParle first met them thirty years ago. The middle daughter became a nurse, but the price of escaping poverty was leaving home—first to work in Abu Dhabi, then in Texas. As DeParle chronicles her difficulties getting visas, her long separation from her children, and her hard work, he sketches the complex cultural, economic, and personal upheavals of migration.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Louisa Treger - The Dragon Lady & James Meyer - The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture

Monday, August 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Dragon Lady Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781448217267
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Published: Bloomsbury Caravel - August 13th, 2019

The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780226521558
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 11th, 2019

Treger, a classical violinist, made her literary debut with The Lodger, which followed the life of the British modernist writer Dorothy Richardson in early 20th-century London. Her second novel again blends intriguing fact and deft fiction, this time telling the story of the talented and unconventional Lady Virginia Courtauld (1883-1972). In 1923, the impetuous Ginie, after a scandalous divorce, married Stephen Courtauld, heir to a textile fortune and ten years her junior. After years of struggling with social ostracism, the two became citizens of Rhodesia in 1954. There they funded a number of theatres and galleries and courted more trouble for themselves by working for racial equality.

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As the sixties themselves did, Meyer’s exploration of our collective cultural imagination of that tumultuous era encompasses politics, history, art, idealism, and much more, both in this country and around the world. Meyer, a curator at the National Gallery of Art, combines art criticism, theory, memoir, and fiction to reimagine the years from the 1950s to the 1970s—the long Sixties—showing how it was a period of both promise and crisis. As he recreates the protests, marches, and thought of the era, he also studies what such reflective acts say about both the 1960s in particular and our relationship to memory, representation, and nostalgia.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
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Chandrahas Choudhury - Clouds: A Novel — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781982136659
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Published: Atria Books - August 20th, 2019

 

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
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