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Matthew F. Delmont — Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad - with Tom Guglielmo — at Conn Ave

Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 pm
Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad By Matthew F. Delmont Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984880390
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Published: Viking - October 18th, 2022

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Over one million Black men and women served in World War II. Without their crucial contributions to the war effort, the United States could not have won the war. And yet the stories of these Black veterans have long been ignored, cast aside in favor of the myth of the “Good War” fought by the “Greatest Generation.” Half American is American history as you’ve likely never read it before. Their bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism is both inspiring and galvanizing. In a time when the questions World War II raised regarding race and democracy in America remain troublingly relevant and still unanswered, this meticulously researched retelling makes for urgently necessary reading.

Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College. A Guggenheim Fellow and expert on African American history and the history of civil rights, he is the author of four books: Black Quotidian, Why Busing Failed, Making Roots, and The Nicest Kids in Town. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, NPR, and several academic journals. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Delmont earned his B.A from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University.

Delmont will be in conversation with Thomas A. Guglielmo. Guglielmo is Associate Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. His most recent book is Divisions: A New History of Racism and Resistance in America's World War II Military (Oxford, 2021). It won the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Gilder-Lehrman Prize for Military History and the Museum of African American History Stone Book Award.

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Washington, DC 20008

April Ryan — Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem - at Conn Ave

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm
Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem By April Ryan Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063210196
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Published: Amistad - October 18th, 2022

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“I am keenly aware that everyone and everything has a story,” April D. Ryan acknowledges. “Also, I have always marveled at Black women and how we work to move mountains and are never really thanked or recognized.” In Black Women Will Save the Worldshe melds these two truths, creating an inspiring and heart-tugging portrait of one of the momentous years in America, 2020—when America elected its first Black woman Vice President—and celebrates the tenacity, power, and impact of Black women across America.

It is time for everyone to acknowledge Black women’s unrivaled contributions to America. Yet our democracy remains in peril, and their work is far from done. Black Women Will Save the World presents a vital kaleidoscopic look at women of different ages and from diverse backgrounds who devote their lives to making the world a better place—even if that means stepping out of their “place.”

White House Correspondent April Ryan, has a unique vantage point as the only Black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House—a position she has held since the Clinton era. April can be seen almost daily on CNN as a political analyst and is the Washington, DC, Bureau Chief for The Grio. She has been featured in Essence, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle magazine, and other top publications, has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association, and is an esteemed member of the National Press Club. April is the author of the award-winning book, The Presidency in Black and White, and At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White. She lives in Baltimore County, Maryland.

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Washington, DC 20008

Anand Giridharadas — The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy — with David Leonhardt - at Conn Ave

Thursday, November 3, 7:00 pm
The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy By Anand Giridharadas Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593318997
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

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An insider account of activists, politicians, educators, and everyday citizens working to change minds, bridge divisions, and fight for democracy—from disinformation fighters to a leader of Black Lives Matter to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more—by the best-selling author of Winners Take All and award-winning former New York Times columnist.

Anand Giridharadas is the author of the international best-seller Winners Take All, The True American, and India Calling. A former foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times for more than a decade, he has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Time, and is the publisher of the newsletter The.Ink. He is an on-air political analyst for MSNBC. He has received the Radcliffe Fellowship, the Porchlight Business Book of the Year Award, Harvard University’s Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Giridharadas will be joined in conversation with David Leonhardt, a senior writer for The New York Times. He writes The Morning, The Times’s flagship daily newsletter. He has worked at The Times since 1999 and has previously been an Op-Ed columnist, Washington bureau chief, co-host of The Argument podcast, founding editor of The Upshot section and a staff writer for The Times Magazine. In 2011, David received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He considers Politics & Prose his local bookstore.

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Washington, DC 20008

Lyle Jeremy Rubin — Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine's Unbecoming - with Stephen Wertheim — at Conn Ave

Friday, November 4, 7:00 pm
Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine's Unbecoming By Lyle Jeremy Rubin Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781645037095
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Published: Bold Type Books - November 1st, 2022

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Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body is a story of profound personal and political change. Rubin, a supervisor of men ordered to kill, shares his experiences on training bases in North Carolina, California, and Afghanistan, tracking his increasing disaffection with military culture, and his evolution into an activist for peace. Rubin brings us face to face in this argument-driven memoir with the U.S.’s presence in the Middle East, all while analyzing the racism, class divides, and culture of conquest that oil the machinery of American empire.

Lyle Jeremy Rubin is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who writes about capitalism and U.S. empire. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Rochester and has contributed to a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Raritan, and n+1. When he is not working or reading, he likes to pay attention to the birds.

Rubin will be in conversation with Stephen Wertheim, a historian of U.S. foreign policy and an analyst of contemporary problems in American grand strategy. He is a Senior Fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as well as a Distinguished Lecturer in History at Catholic University and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Wertheim is the author of Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy, which reveals how the United States decided to pursue global military dominance as an effectively perpetual project. He was named one of “the world’s 50 top thinkers for the Covid-19 age” by Prospect magazine. His essays have appeared in the Atlantic, Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the Guardian, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Wertheim was previously Director of Grand Strategy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a think-tank he co-founded in 2019. He received a PhD in History from Columbia University in 2015.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop — Daughter of Spies: Wartime Secrets, Family Lies - with Evan Thomas — at Conn Ave

Saturday, November 5, 3:00 pm
Daughter of Spies: Wartime Secrets, Family Lies By Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781646032747
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Published: Pact Press - October 25th, 2022

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As a child, Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop, along with her five brothers, was raised to revere the tribal legends of the Alsop and Roosevelt families. Her parents' marriage, lived in the spotlight of 1950s Washington where the author's father, journalist Stewart Alsop, grew increasingly famous, was not what either of her parents had imagined it would be. Her mother's strict Catholicism and her father's restless ambition collided to create a strangely muted and ominous world, one that mirrored the whispered conversations in the living room as the power brokers of Washington came and went through their side door. Through it all, her mother, trained to keep secrets as a decoding agent with MI5, said very little. In this brave memoir, the author explores who her mother was, why alcohol played such an important role in her mother's life, and why her mother held herself apart from all her children, especially her only daughter. In the author's journey to understand her parents, particularly her mother, she comes to realize that the secrets parents keep are the ones that reverberate most powerfully in the lives of their children.


Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop is the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages, including the novels Island Justice and In My Mother’s House. Robert Stone selected her short story, “The Golden Darters,” for Best American Short Stories. Her fantasy novels for children, The Castle in the Attic and The Battle for the Castle, are considered classics of the genre. Daughter of Spies is her first memoir.

Winthrop will be in conversation with Evan Thomas. Thomas is the author of ten books including, The Wise Men (with Walter Isaacson), The Man to See and, The Very Best Men, among others. Thomas was a writer, editor and correspondent for 33 years at Time and Newsweek magazines, including ten years as Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief. He has appeared on many TV shows, including Meet the Press, CBS Morning News, Morning Joe and the Colbert Report. Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton. His next book, about the last two weeks of the Pacific War, will be out in June 2023.

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Washington, DC 20008

Robert Pinsky — Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet - at Conn Ave

Saturday, November 5, 5:00 pm
Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet By Robert Pinsky Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393882049
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2022

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In late-1940s Long Branch, a historic but run-down Jersey Shore resort town, in a neighborhood of Italian, Black, and Jewish families, Robert Pinsky began his unlikely journey to becoming a poet. Descended from a bootlegger grandfather, an athletic father, and a rebellious tomboy mother, Pinsky was an unruly but articulate high school C student, whose obsession with the rhythms and melodies of speech inspired him to write.

Pinsky traces the roots of his poetry, with its wide and fearless range, back to the voices of his neighborhood, to music and a distinctly American tradition of improvisation, with influences including Mark Twain and Ray Charles, Marianne Moore and Mel Brooks, Emily Dickinson and Sid Caesar, Dante Alighieri and the Orthodox Jewish liturgy. He reflects on how writing poetry helped him make sense of life’s challenges, such as his mother’s traumatic brain injury, and on his notable public presence, including an unprecedented three terms as United States poet laureate.

Candid, engaging, and wry, Jersey Breaks offers an intimate self-portrait and a unique poetic understanding of American culture.

Robert Pinsky is the author of numerous books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Figured Wheel, and prose, including Democracy, Culture and the Life of Poetry. US. poet laureate from 1997 to 2000, he now teaches at Boston University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Washington, DC 20008

Joseph Sassoon — The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire - with Robert Worth — at Conn Ave

Sunday, November 6, 3:00 pm
The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire By Joseph Sassoon Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593316597
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Published: Pantheon - October 25th, 2022

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Drawing on the vast family archives, Joseph Sassoon brings vividly to life a succession of remarkable characters. From a single generation: Flora, the first woman to steer a major global business, Siegfried, the poet, and Victor, the Shanghai-based tycoon. The Sassoons is an intimate portrait of a family and a panorama of the hundred and thirty years of their prominence and then their fall. The book gives a fresh perspective on the evolution of globalization.

Joseph Sassoon is Professor of History and Politics at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and a Trustee of the Bodleian Library. His previous books include the prize-winning Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party, The Iraqi Refugees, and The Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics.

Sassoon will be in conversation with Robert F. Worth. Worth spent fourteen years as a correspondent for The New York Times, and was the paper’s Beirut bureau chief from 2007 until 2011. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books. He has twice been a finalist for the National Magazine Award. Born and raised in Manhattan, he now lives in Washington D.C.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Jeff Bingaman — Breakdown: Lessons for a Congress in Crisis — with Dana Millbank - at Conn Ave

Sunday, November 6, 5:00 pm
Breakdown: Lessons for a Congress in Crisis By Jeff Bingaman, Norman J. Ornstein (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jeff Bingaman, Norman J. Ornstein (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780826364142
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Published: High Road Books - October 15th, 2022

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In his thirty-year career representing the citizens of New Mexico in the US Senate, Jeff Bingaman witnessed great things accomplished through the legislative process. He also had a front-row seat for the breakdown of governing norms and the radical increases in polarization and partisanship that now plague what was once called the world's greatest deliberative body. Breakdown: Lessons for a Congress in Crisis traces the development of congressional dysfunction over more than three decades and provides eight case studies that examine how the crisis affects our government's ability to meet major policy challenges. We didn't always have a Senate that failed in its basic public obligations, including catalyzing a robust economy, confronting climate change, improving health care, fixing education, preserving public lands, and avoiding unnecessary wars. We do now.

Jeff Bingaman served as a US Senator from New Mexico for five terms (1983-2013). A native of Silver City, New Mexico, he attended Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He then joined the US Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974 and was elected as the New Mexico Attorney General from 1979 through 1982. In the Senate he served on the Finance Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; the Joint Economic Committee; and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he served as its chair. Jeff and his wife, Anne, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Bingaman will be joined in conversation with, Dana Milbank, a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist for the Washington Post. He has also been a contributor to CNN and MSNBC and is the author of the national bestseller The Destructionists, Homo Politicus, Tears of a Clown, O Is for Obama, and Smashmouth. He lives in Washington, DC.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Susan Shirk — Overreach: How China Derailed Its Peaceful Rise - with Edward Wong — at Conn Ave

Monday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Overreach: How China Derailed Its Peaceful Rise By Susan L. Shirk Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780190068516
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 18th, 2022

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Here is a devastatingly lucid portrait of China today. Shirk's extensive interviews and meticulous analysis reveal the dynamics driving overreach. To counter it, she argues, the worst mistake the rest of the world, and the United States in particular, can make is to overreact. Understanding the domestic roots of China's actions will enable us to avoid the mistakes that could lead to war.

Susan Shirk is a Research Professor and Chair of the 21st Century China Center at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego. Shirk is the author of China: Fragile Superpower and The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China. From 1997-2000, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.

Shirk will be in conversation with Edward Wong. Wong is a diplomatic correspondent at The New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington, D.C. He has worked for the Times for more than 23 years, reporting for 13 of those as an international correspondent and bureau chief from China and Iraq. Edward has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught journalism at Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley. He was also a recent fellow at the Wilson Center and at the Belfer Center of Harvard Kennedy School. Edward is a recipient of the Livingston Prize for his reporting from Iraq, and he is a member of a Baghdad bureau team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Andrew S. Weiss — Accidental Czar: The Life and Lies of Vladimir Putin — at Conn Ave

Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 pm
Accidental Czar: The Life and Lies of Vladimir Putin By Andrew S. Weiss, Brian "Box" Brown (Illustrator) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250760753
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Published: First Second - November 8th, 2022

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In Accidental Czar, Andrew S. Weiss, a former White House Russia expert, and Brian "Box" Brown show how Putin has successfully cast himself as a cunning, larger-than-life political mastermind--and how the rest of the world has played into the Kremlin's hands by treating him as one. They shatter all of these myths and expose the man behind the façade.

Andrew S. Weiss is the James Family Chair and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research on Russia and Eurasia. During the 2021-2022 academic year, he is also the Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-Russia Relations at the John W. Kluge Center. Prior to joining Carnegie, he was director of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Russia and Eurasia and executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum. He previously served as director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council staff, as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, and as a policy assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush. Before joining RAND, Weiss was a vice president and investment strategist at American International Group, Inc. subsidiary companies, where he worked primarily on global commodities, energy, and foreign exchange markets.

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Rachel King — Bratwurst Haven - with Mary Kay Zuravleff — at Conn Ave

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm
Bratwurst Haven: Stories By Rachel King Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781952271496
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Published: West Virginia University Press - November 1st, 2022

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Over the course of twelve interrelated stories, Rachel King gives life to diverse, complex, and authentic characters who are linked through the sausage factory and through their daily lives in a vividly rendered small town in Boulder County. The internal and external struggles of Bratwurst Haven’s population are immediately and intimately relatable and resonant: these people seek answers within the world they inhabit while questioning what it means to want more from their lives.

Rachel King is the author of the novel People along the Sand. Her short stories have appeared in One Story, North American Review, Green Mountains Review, Northwest Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Oregon and West Virginia University, she lives in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

King will be in conversation with Mary Kay Zuravleff. Zuravleff is the author of American Ending, coming in June 2023. She is a founder of NoveltyDC, which offers manuscript consultations and private coaching. She has taught writing at American University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University, and she has written and edited extensively for the Smithsonian Institution.

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Washington, DC 20008

Rabia Chaudry — Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family - with Yasmin Elhady — at Conn Ave

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 pm
Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family By Rabia Chaudry Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781643750385
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 8th, 2022

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At once a love letter (with recipes) to fresh roti, chaat, chicken biryani, ghee, pakoras, shorba, parathay and an often hilarious dissection of life in a Muslim immigrant family, Fatty Fatty Boom Boom is also a searingly honest portrait of a woman grappling with a body that gets the job done but that refuses to meet the expectations of others. Chaudry's memoir offers readers a relatable and powerful voice on the controversial topic of body image, one that dispenses with the politics and gets to what every woman who has ever struggled with weight will relate to.

Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, advocate, podcaster, and author of the New York Times bestseller Adnan's Story and executive producer of a four-part HBO documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed, which was based on her book. Chaudry is also co-producer and co-host of three podcasts, Undisclosed (360 million downloads), The 45th (four million download) and the new The Hidden Djinn. A 2021 Aspen Institute/ADL Civil Society Fellow and a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, she serves on the Vanguard Board at the Aspen Institute. She is a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Currently, she a founding board member of the Inter-Jewish Muslim Alliance and the Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, both of which focus on building Muslim-Jewish coalitions around pressing policy issues and educating across communities to break barriers.

Yasmin Elhady is a comedian & attorney who has toured all over the US & UK. She’s performed at The Kennedy Center and is featured on NBC’s True Story with Ed Helms and Randall Park, now streaming on Peacock. You can catch her stand up comedy on TikTok and her comedic skits on IG. She’s also appeared locally on WUSA9 with Reese Waters, NPR, The Washington Post, and in Vice Media’s book Little America: Incredible True Stories of Immigrants in America, which was later turned into an Apple TV+ series by Kumail Nanjiani. She was just named a 2022 “Yes, And…Laughter Lab” finalist for comedy & social justice.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Lewis M. Simons — To Tell the Truth: My Life as a Foreign Correspondent - with David Sanger — at Conn Ave

Friday, November 11, 7:00 pm
To Tell the Truth: My Life as a Foreign Correspondent By Lewis M. Simons, The Dalai Lama (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Lewis M. Simons, The Dalai Lama (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781538173169
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - November 15th, 2022

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At a time when journalism is under attack from Trumpian charges of "lying press," Lew Simons 50 years as a foreign correspondent in Asia demonstrate that without journalists who risk their lives, American democracy is in danger of shattering.

Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis M. Simons began his career as a foreign correspondent in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War. He saw the war through to the end, covering the fall in quick succession of the three former Indochinese states. Since then, Simons has reported on war, civil unrest, politics and economics around the globe. He was a staff correspondent for The Washington Post, Time, the Associated Press and Knight-Ridder Newspapers. He is the author of Worth Dying For, co-author with Senator Christopher S. Bond of The Next Front, and a contributing author of half a dozen books on war and international affairs. A graduate of New York University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Simons was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve. He held the 2012-2013 Snedden Chair in Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He and fellow journalist Carol Simons have three grown children and reside in Washington, DC.

Simons will be in conversation with David Sanger. Sanger is national security correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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Washington, DC 20008

Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden — The Ransomware Hunting Team - at Conn Ave

Saturday, November 12, 5:00 pm
The Ransomware Hunting Team: A Band of Misfits' Improbable Crusade to Save the World from Cybercrime By Renee Dudley, Daniel Golden Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374603304
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 25th, 2022

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The Ransomware Hunting Team traces the adventures of these unassuming heroes and how they have used their skills to save millions of ransomware victims from paying billions of dollars to criminals. Working tirelessly from bedrooms and back offices, and refusing payment, they’ve rescued those whom the often hapless FBI has been unwilling or unable to help. Foremost among them is Michael Gillespie, a cancer survivor and cat lover who got his start cracking ransomware while working at a Nerds on Call store in the town of Normal, Illinois. Other teammates include the brilliant, reclusive Fabian Wosar, a high school dropout from Germany who enjoys bantering with the attackers he foils, and his protégé, the British computer science prodigy Sarah White. Together, they have established themselves as the most effective force against an escalating global threat. This book follows them as they put their health, personal relationships, and financial security on the line to navigate the technological and moral challenges of combating digital hostage taking.

Urgent, uplifting, and entertaining, Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden’s The Ransomware Hunting Team is a real-life technological thriller that illuminates a dangerous new era of cybercrime.

Renee Dudley is a technology reporter at ProPublica. Previously, as an investigative reporter at Reuters, she was named a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work uncovering systematic cheating on college admissions tests. She started her career at daily newspapers in South Carolina and New England, and has won numerous journalism honors, including the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award.
 
Daniel Golden, a senior editor and reporter at ProPublica, has won a Pulitzer Prize and three George Polk Awards. He is the bestselling author of The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges—and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates and Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities.
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Washington, DC 20008

Helen Benedict — Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece - with Jacki Lyden — at Conn Ave

Monday, November 14, 7:00 pm
Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece By Helen Benedict, Eyad Awwadawnan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781804440018
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Published: Footnote Press - October 18th, 2022

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Helen Benedict, award-winning British-American professor of journalism at Columbia University, teams up with Syrian writer and refugee, Eyad Awwadawnan, to present the stories of five refugees who have endured long and dangerous journeys from the Middle East and Africa to Greece.

Hasan, Asmahan, Evans, Mursal and Calvin each tell their story, tracing the trajectory of their lives from homes and families in Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Cameroon to the brutal refugee camps, where they are trapped in a strange and hostile world.

These are compelling, first-person stories of resilience, suffering and hope, told in a depth rarely seen in non-fiction, partly because one of the authors is a refugee himself, and partly because both authors spent years getting to know the interviewees and winning their trust. The women and men in this book tell their stories in their own words, retaining control and dignity, while revealing intimate and heartfelt scenes from their lives.

Helen Benedict is a recipient of the 2021 PEN Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History and the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. She is the author of 13 books, including the award-winning The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, and a play The Lonely Soldier Monologues. Her writing inspired both a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of people sexually assaulted in the military and the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary, The Invisible War. She is a novelist and Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, New York. For more information, visit www.helenbenedict.com.

Benedict will be in conversation with Jacki Lyden. Lyden was an award-winning journalist for NPR for over thirty years. In 1997, Jacki published Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, a critically-acclaimed memoir which chronicles her life growing up in the presence of her mother’s profound mental illness. The memoir, which The New York Times described as “vivid, original, lyrical,” was immediately optioned by Wind Dancer Films for Meryl Streep and Gwyneth Paltrow. Jacki is at work on a new memoir, Tell Me Something Good, which frames how life can change in a moment.  She is a 2017-2018 recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, and won the Grand Prize from the National Mental Health Foundation for a series on the incarceration of the mentally ill in Montana.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Billy Collins — Musical Tables: Poems

Monday, November 14, 8:00 pm
Musical Tables: Poems By Billy Collins Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399589782
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Published: Random House - November 15th, 2022

 

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Now “America’s favorite poet” (The Wall Street Journal) has found a new form for his unique poetic style: the small poem. Here Collins writes about his trademark themes of nature, animals, poetry, mortality, absurdity, and love—all in a handful of lines. Neither haiku nor limerick, the small poem pushes to an extreme poetry’s famed power to condense emotional and conceptual meaning. Inspired by the small poetry of writers as diverse as William Carlos Williams, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, and Charles Simic, and written with Collins’s recognizable wit and wisdom, the poems of Musical Tables show one of our greatest poets channeling his unique voice into a new phase of his exceptional career.

Billy Collins is the former Poet Laureate of the United States. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including the bestsellers Aimless Love, The Trouble with Poetry, and Sailing Alone Around the Room. He is also the editor of Poetry 180, 180 More, and Bright Wings. A former Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, Collins served as New York State Poet from 2004 to 2006. In 2016 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Florida with his wife, Suzannah.

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P&P Live! Anthony Horowitz — The Twist of a Knife - with Shari Lapena

Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 pm
The Twist of a Knife: A Novel By Anthony Horowitz Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062938183
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Published: Harper - November 15th, 2022

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Thrown into prison and fearing for both his personal future and his writing career, Anthony is the prime suspect and when a second theatre critic is found to have died in mysterious circumstances, the net closes in. Ever more desperate, he realizes that only one man can help him. But will Hawthorne take the call? With a cast of characters that all have a motive, The Twist of a Knife has distinct echoes of Agatha Christie, which will delight Anthony Horowitz fans and new readers alike.

One of the world’s most prolific and successful writers, Anthony Horowitz may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author, working across so many media, from books, to TV, film, plays and journalism. Several of his previous novels were instant New York Times bestsellers. His bestselling Alex Rider series for Young Adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS; other TV work includes Poirot and the widely acclaimed mini-series Collision and Injustice. His award-winning novel Magpie Murders has been adapted into a six-part miniseries that’s now on BritBox, written by Horowitz himself and staring Lesley Manville. It will be on PBS Masterpiece this fall 2022. He lives in London.

Horowitz will be in conversation with Shari Lapena, the author of six internationally bestselling thrillers, including The Couple Next Door and Not A Happy Family. All of her books have been NY Times and UK Sunday Times bestsellers; three have been Richard and Judy Book Club picks. Her books have been sold into 38 territories. She lives in Canada.

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[POSTPONED] Mehdi Hasan — Win Every Argument - with Jen Psaki - at Conn Ave

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 pm
Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking By Mehdi Hasan Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250853479
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 28th, 2023

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Win Every Argument shows how anyone can communicate with confidence, rise above the tit for tats on social media, and triumph in a successful and productive debate in the real world. Whether you are making a presentation at work or debating current political issues with a friend, Mehdi Hasan will teach you how to sharpen your speaking skills to make the winning case.

Mehdi Hasan is an award-winning British-American journalist. He is the host of The Mehdi Hasan Show on MSNBC and NBC’s streaming channel Peacock. Hasan is a former columnist and podcaster at The Intercept and a former presenter on Al Jazeera English, and his op-eds have also appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Hasan will be in conversation with Jen Psaki, who has been called “one of the best press secretaries ever” - a fitting accolade given that her tenure as the White House Press Secretary covered one of the most complex periods in modern presidential history. Prior to her time in the Biden White House, Psaki was a long-time advisor to President Barack Obama. She served as a traveling press secretary on his first long-shot campaign, and later served as the White House Communications Director for the final years of the Obama presidency. Psaki also served as the administration’s public face on the global stage during her tenure as the State Department Spokesperson, traveling the world with Secretary of State John Kerry. She is a former CNN political commentator and former Vice President of Communications and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. This fall, Psaki will join MSNBC where she will host a new streaming show that is slated to debut in early 2023.

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Hugh Bonneville — Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru — at Conn Ave

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 pm
Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru By Hugh Bonneville Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781635423426
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Published: Other Press - November 8th, 2022

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Hugh’s coming memoir Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru, creates a brilliantly vivid picture of a career on stage and screen. What is it like working with Judi Dench, Kate Winslet Maggie Smith, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Julia Roberts, playing Robert de Niro's right leg, or not being Gary Oldman, twice? As a naturally gifted writer and uproariously funny storyteller, Hugh also writes with poignancy about his father's dementia and of his mother, whose life in the secret service only emerged after her death. Hugh is primed to offer up his disarming charm and unflinching honesty in Playing Under the Piano.Whether telling stories of working with divas, Dames or a bear with a penchant for marmalade, this is a richly entertaining account of his life as an actor.

Hugh Bonneville was a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and made his professional acting debut at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, in 1986. He joined the Royal National Theatre in 1987 and the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1991, where his roles included Laertes, opposite Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. He is perhaps best known for playing Mr Brown in the Paddington movies and Robert Crawley in the ITV/PBS series Downton Abbey. Over its six seasons and two movies, Downton Abbey won dozens of awards worldwide, Bonneville receiving a Golden Globe nomination and two Emmy nominations for his performance. He lives in West Sussex, England, with his wife, Lulu Williams, and their son, Felix.

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John Farrell — Ted Kennedy: A Life - at Conn Ave

Saturday, November 19, 3:00 pm
Ted Kennedy: A Life By John A. Farrell Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780525558071
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Published: Penguin Press - October 25th, 2022

 

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In Ted Kennedy: A Life, we find that his life was buffeted by heartbreak: the violent deaths of his three older brothers, his own terrible plane crash, his children’s bouts with cancer, and the hideous self-inflicted wounds of Chappaquiddick and stretches of drinking and womanizing that caused irreparable damage to an already fragile first marriage. Those wounds scarred Ted deeply but also tempered his character, and, eventually, he embarked on a run as legislator, party elder, and paterfamilias of the Kennedy family that would change America for the better. John A. Farrell brings us the man as he was, in strength and weakness, his profound but complicated inheritance and his vital legacy, as only a great biographer can do. Without the story this book tells, no understanding of modern America can be complete.

John Farrell is the former national political reporter, White House correspondent and Washington editor for the Boston Globe.  He is the author of Richard Nixon: The Life, which won the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and the New-York Historical Society Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2018. In 2001, he published Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century, which won the D. B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress. His book Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography in 2011. He has also earned a George Polk award, the Gerald R. Ford prize, and White House Correspondents’ Association honors for his coverage of the presidency.

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse — The Scheme: How the Right Wing Used Dark Money to Capture the Supreme Court — at Conn Ave

Saturday, November 19, 5:00 pm
The Scheme: How the Right Wing Used Dark Money to Capture the Supreme Court By Sheldon Whitehouse, Jennifer Mueller Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781620977385
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Published: New Press - October 18th, 2022

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The world got a glimpse of this story when the Senator's presentation at the Amy Coney Barrett hearing went viral. Now, full of unique insights and inside stories, The Scheme pulls back the curtain on a powerful and hidden apparatus that has spent years trying to corrupt our politics, control our courts, and degrade our democracy.

Sheldon Whitehouse represents Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate. He has served as his state’s United States Attorney and as the state Attorney General, as well as its top business regulator. The author of Captured and The Scheme (both from The New Press), he lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Sorayya Khan — We Take Our Cities With Us - at Conn Ave

Sunday, November 20, 3:00 pm
We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir (Machete) By Sorayya Khan Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780814258484
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Published: Mad Creek Books - November 7th, 2022

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We Take Our Cities with Us ushers us from Khan’s childhood independence forged at her grandparents’ home in Lahore; to her adolescence in Pakistan’s new capital, Islamabad; to Syracuse and Ithaca, New York, where Khan finds her footing as the mother of young, brown sons in post-9/11 America; to her birthplace, Vienna, where her parents die; and finally to Amsterdam and Maastricht, the cities of her mother’s conflicted youth. In Khan’s gripping telling of her immigrant experience, she shows us what it is to raise children and lose parents in worlds other than your own. Drawing on family history, geopolitics, and art in this stunning story of loss, identity, and rediscovery, Khan beautifully illuminates the complexities of our evolving global world and its most important constant: love. 

Sorayya Khan is the author of three novels, Noor, Five Queens Road and City of Spieswhich received the Best International Fiction Book Award, Sharjah International Book Fair, 2015. She was the recipient of a US Fulbright Award to conduct research in Pakistan and Bangladesh for her novels. She received a Malahat Review Novella Prize and is a recipient of a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant, which took her to Banda Aceh, Indonesia on a project interviewing tsunami survivors. Her work has appeared in multiple publications including Guernica, LongreadsThe Kenyon Review, North American Review, and Journal of Narrative Politics. She is the daughter of a Pakistani father and a Dutch mother, was born in Europe, grew up in Pakistan, and now lives in New York with her family. 

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Shahan Mufti — American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC - at Conn Ave

Monday, November 28, 7:00 pm
American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC By Shahan Mufti Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374208585
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 22nd, 2022

 

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Shahan Mufti’s American Caliph gives a full account of the largest ever hostage taking on American soil and of the man who masterminded it. Informed by extensive archival research and access to hundreds of declassified FBI files, American Caliph is a riveting true-crime story that sheds new light on the disarray of the 1970s and its ongoing reverberations.

Shahan Mufti is the chair of the Department of Journalism at the University of Richmond and a former daily news reporter for The Christian Science Monitor. He is the author of The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War, and his writing has appeared in Harper’s MagazineThe New York Times MagazineThe Atlantic, and The Nation, among other publications.

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Mary Beth Albright — Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being - at Conn Ave

Tuesday, November 29, 7:00 pm
Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being By Mary Beth Albright Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781682686904
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Published: Countryman Press - November 29th, 2022

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Food has power to nourish your mind, supporting emotional wellness through both nutrients and pleasure. In this groundbreaking book, journalist Mary Beth Albright draws on cutting-edge research to explain the food/mood connection. She redefines “emotional eating” based on the science, revealing how eating triggers biological responses that affect humans’ emotional states both immediately and long-term. Albright’s accessible voice and ability to interpret complex studies from the new field of nutritional psychology, combined with straightforward suggestions for what to eat and how to eat it, make this an indispensable guide. Readers will come away knowing how certain foods help reduce the inflammation that can harm mental health, the critical relationship between the microbiome and the brain, which vitamins help restore the body during intensely emotional times, and how to develop a healthful eating pattern for life—with 30-day kickoff plan included. Eat and Flourish is the entertaining, inspiring book for today’s world.

Mary Beth Albright is a writer, editor, and executive producer at the Washington Post. She was a project director and subject matter expert for the US Surgeon General, appeared on Food Network, and earned degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Holiday Member Sale

Friday, December 2, 12:00 am to Sunday, December 4, 11:30 pm

All weekend long, from Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4, we invite Politics and Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, gift items, DVDs, and CDs! Members' online and phone purchases will 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.

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