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Michele Lent Hirsch - Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine

Sunday, March 18, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780807023952
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Published: Beacon Press - February 27th, 2018

Picture someone having a heart attack, and chances are you see a middle-aged man clutching his chest. So do doctors. Research has shown that most health-care providers are familiar with how symptoms manifest in men, and may not recognize them in women. Combine this with the statistics that show young women are the primary demographic for many major diseases, and you begin to glimpse the crisis Hirsch reveals. Women, and especially women of color, are one of the most overlooked populations in today’s health-care system. Hirsch, a writer and editor specializing in science, gender, and health, draws on interviews with scientists studying the nexus of gender and illness and tells the stories of women, including herself, who have experienced serious medical issues, showing that gender norms and sexism are literally matters of life and death.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mark Weinberg - Movie Nights with the Reagans: A Memoir

Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501133992
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 27th, 2018

Weinberg served as speechwriter and advisor to President Reagan throughout his two terms in office. When the first couple went to Camp David on weekends, Weinberg accompanied them, and he shared their evening movie screenings. From this unique perspective, Weinberg gives us a history of the Reagan years unlike any other. Here is what Reagan was like when he was relaxed and not performing. Here are the former actor’s thoughts on the films he saw, both classics and those of ‘80s vintage, as well as Weinberg’s analysis of how these movies shaped Reagan’s response to the events of the day, from the Star Wars project to relationships with leaders including Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev to the Challenger explosion and the attempted assassination by John Hinckley.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Luis Alberto Urrea - The House of Broken Angels

Sunday, March 18, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316154888
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Published: Little Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

Miguel Angel De La Cruz, the aging patriarch in Urrea’s family epic, has invited his sprawling Mexican-American clan to San Diego to help him celebrate one final birthday. When his mother, nearly one hundred, dies the same weekend, her death only sparks more memories and makes the occasion all the richer. Based on Urrea’s own family, the De La Cruzes are “imperfect and glorious, messy and hilarious,” and as Urrea, author of the classic The Devil’s Highway, brings their myriad perspectives to life, he gives us an immigration narrative that’s as intimate as it is panoramic.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Carolee Belkin Walker - Getting My Bounce Back: How I Got Fit, Healthier, and Happier (and You Can, Too) — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$18.95
ISBN: 9781633537101
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Published: Mango - January 1st, 2018

As Walker transitioned from work in the State Department to freelance journalism and wellness blogging, she learned by experience how important fitness is, especially as we age, and how difficult it can be to make time for it.  Difficult—but not impossible. Her book is full of inspiration, humor, and practical tips for people at all stages of life. From poking fun at her own false starts to sharing the tricks that work, from showing you how she faced setbacks to how she discovered the power of confidence and resilience, and from suggestions for motivational music to feel-good recipes, Walker tells you exactly what you need to know to get fit, look better, and feel happier.

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

Elaine Weiss - The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525429722
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Published: Viking - March 6th, 2018

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The Nineteenth Amendment is a simple and elegant statement that belies the long struggle that led to its ratification. Passed by Congress in June 1919, seventy years after the campaign for women’s suffrage was launched at the Seneca Falls Convention, the Amendment needed ratification by thirty-six states. By August 1920, thirty-five states had approved it and twelve had rejected or refused to vote on it, leaving its fate to Tennessee. In her dramatic and illuminating account of the suffrage movement’s final six weeks, Weiss, an award-winning journalist and author of Fruits of Victory, vividly profiles the key figures on all sides, details what each felt was at stake, outlines the dizzying repertoire of political dirty tricks in play, and puts the suffrage campaign into the context of the civil rights era to come.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Story Time — at Union Market

Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

In partnership with Keegan Theatre, Politics and Prose at Union Market will host Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month between February and April. Designed for all children under age six, the program will be led by professional teaching artists and will include dramatic readings of favorite children’s books along with creative movement activities that explore the themes of storytelling, bravery, understanding emotions, and diversity.

Union Market
1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Mallory Ortberg - The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror — in conversation with Nicole Chung — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781250113429
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Published: Holt McDougal - March 13th, 2018

Ortberg’s follow-up to their hilarious take on the Western literary canon, Texts from Jane Eyre, is a collection of folk tales, fairy tales, and Bible stories told as you’ve never heard them told before. Drawn from the popular Toast series, “Children’s Stories Made Horrific,” the book presents familiar figures including the Little Mermaid, Mr. Toad, the Velveteen Rabbit, and the Frog Prince, but draws out new facets of their characters and relationships. Genders are fluid, emotions are complex and often alarming. With the wit and ingenuity of a careful reader, Ortberg boldly plays up the unconventional that’s long been lurking within these beloved plotlines. 

Ortberg will be in conversation with Nicole Chung, managing web editor of Catapult and former managing editor of The Toast.

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

Sarah McBride - Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781524761479
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 6th, 2018

As McBride recounts in this stirring memoir, she identified as female from the start, but came out as a transgender woman only at the end of her term as American University’s student body president in 2011. When the news went viral and she was featured on NPR and other media outlets, McBride decided to focus her political activism on LGBTQ rights. Her resumé alone is inspiring: an internship at the White House in 2012 made her the first openly transgender woman to work there, and her appearance at the 2016 Democratic convention made her the first openly transgender speaker at a major political convention. She is now National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

William A. Galston - Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780300228922
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Published: Yale University Press - March 20th, 2018

Galston frames the resurgence of populism as a backlash to the financial crisis, growing inequality, and immigration, one that, legitimate or not, reveals the vulnerabilities of liberal democracy and gives us the opportunity—perhaps even the duty—to strengthen it. A former policy advisor to President Clinton, Galston now holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Governance Studies Program at Brookings and he argues that populism’s disruption of the postwar bargain between political elites and citizens requires that leaders work for inclusive economic growth while frankly addressing fraught social and cultural issues encompassing legitimate demographic anxiety.

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

Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik - Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do about It

Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735222632
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Published: Penguin Press - March 20th, 2018

In this ground-breaking and often counter-intuitive study of systems, Clearfield and Tilcsik argue that there’s no such thing as too complex to fail. Most often, the very complexity that makes a system so essential is also what leaves it vulnerable to breakdown. Drawing on social science research and case studies from a wide range of sectors, including business, transportation infrastructure, and even busy households, the authors give a detailed analysis of how complexity can overwhelm us, leading to missed signals and poor decisions. They also explain why ugly designs can enhance safety, why teams with fewer experts are better at managing risk, and why diversity works against failure.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jonathan Weisman - (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump

Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250169938
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 20th, 2018

The Trump era has coincided with a rise in anti-Semitism and Weisman, a novelist and deputy Washington editor of The New York Times, has been targeted on Twitter by neo-Nazis. Noting both that the images they threw at him are rooted in ancient stereotypes and that the Trump era is shockingly tolerant of such speech, Weisman began to explore the rise of the alt-right in general. His thought-provoking account of today’s political atmosphere proposes that Jews can best respond to anti-Semitic slurs by uniting to help groups that are under attack not only from the alt-right but also from the White House: immigrants, black activists, and gay and Muslim communities.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mackenzi Lee - Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$19.99
ISBN: 9781419729256
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Published: Abrams Image - March 13th, 2018

Rulers, scientists, activists, artists—women have done it all, and they’re finally getting credit for it. Drawing from her weekly Twitter series, Lee gives us a year’s worth of brave, transgressive, fascinating women, from Hatshepsut (c. 1508-1458 BCE), the second female pharaoh of ancient Egypt, to Emma Nother (1882-1935), a German mathematician who made vital contributions to theoretical physics, to Stagecoach Mary Fields (1832-1914), the first African-American woman star route-mail carrier in the United States. Lee, author of the historical fantasy novels This Monstrous Thing and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, writes with humor and style, giving us great stories as well as inspiring examples.

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

Ramona Ausubel - Awayland: Stories

Friday, March 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781594634901
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

In her second collection of short stories, Ausubel explores familiar emotions in uncanny ways. A woman isn’t just homesick, but dissolves into mist under the pressure of her longing. A lovelorn Cyclops looks to the digital magic of the internet to find a companion. Unfolding variously in small-town America, on Caribbean islands, in the Arctic Ocean, and at the gates of heaven, Ausubel’s fiction is both grounded in the ordinary while richly imaginative in unexpected and revealing ways. The winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award for her first novel, No One Is Here except All of Us, Ausubel writes with compassion and humor, exploring the mysteries of human experience in ways that both clarify and complicate.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Irvin D. Yalom - Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir & Marilyn Yalom - The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love

Saturday, March 24, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780465098897
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Published: Basic Books - October 3rd, 2017

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780465094707
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Published: Basic Books - January 9th, 2018

Now eighty-six and emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, Yalom is still both a practicing psychiatrist and an engaging, insightful writer. The author of fiction as well as classics of psychology such as Love’s Executioner and The Gift of Therapy, Yalom now gives us a look at his own life. This long-awaited memoir starts with the lesson of empathy, drawn from a childhood dream, and ends with reflections on mortality. In between, Yalom discusses family, religion, motorcycle trips, LSD experiments, and his pioneering work in existential psychotherapy and group therapy.

Though ♥ bears little resemblance to what’s shown in anatomy texts, no one ever has to be told that it represents a heart. Simple as it is, this ubiquitous icon crystallizes a wide range of ideas about love, and it has for centuries. In this beautifully illustrated cultural history, Yalom, senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and author of books including A History of the Wife and The Social Sex, follows the heart through pagan love poetry, Christian theology, Tudor drama, Enlightenment reason, and into today’s tech-centered world.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

✯✯CANCELLED: Abdourahman A. Waberi and Nancy Naomi Carlson - Naming the Dawn

Saturday, March 24, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$19.00
ISBN: 9780857425461
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Published: Seagull Books - March 15th, 2018

This event has been cancelled.

Waberi’s first essays, stories, and novels appeared in French in the 1990s, and he has come to be recognized as one of Djibouti’s leading contemporary writers. Four of his books of fiction are available in English, and his first collection of poetry, The Nomads, My Brothers, Go Out to Drink from the Big Dipper, was published in English in 2015. Praised for evoking traditional Djibouti while also being unmistakably modern, that work highlighted Waberi’s effort to achieve a “unity of place and feeling.” He continues this project in his second volume of poems, a gathering of lyrics rich with both personal and socio-cultural resonance. Waberi, a professor of literature at George Washington University, will be in conversation with his translator, Nancy Naomi Carlson.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mark Eisner - Neruda: The Poet's Calling — in conversation with Gwen Kirkpatrick

Saturday, March 24, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780062694201
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Published: Ecco Press - March 27th, 2018

Born Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was already beginning to make a name for himself as a poet by age ten. He published his first collection of poems in 1923, followed a year later by Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair, still popular worldwide. Starting in 1927 he took a series of diplomatic posts and lived in places including Burma and Madrid. His experience in war-torn Spain politicized him, and engagement became an important component of his life and art. Following the intertwined literary, political, and personal strands of Neruda’s rich life, Eisner, principal translator and editor of The Essential Neruda, composes a deeply satisfying and illuminating portrait of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers.

Eisner will be in conversation with Gwen Kirkpatrick, Spanish professor at Georgetown University specializing in Latin American literature.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nafkote Tamirat - The Parking Lot Attendant & Tadzio Koelb - Trenton Makes

Sunday, March 25, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781250128508
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 13th, 2018

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780385543385
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 20th, 2018

Narrated by an unnamed woman and opening on an unspecified island, Tamirat’s first novel is a haunting investigation of identity and displacement. Newly arrived at a utopian commune that’s falling short of the mark, the narrator and her father keep to themselves, still processing the events that drove them from Boston. The two had been similarly isolated there, near but not part of the city’s Ethiopian community, until the narrator met Ayale. Working in a parking lot but dreaming—and scheming—for much more, the charismatic and manipulative Ayale changed the narrator’s life irrevocably.

Set in Trenton, Koelb’s electrifying fiction debut doesn’t just explore the limits of self-invention—it pushes them with everything it’s got. The novel opens in 1946. Abe Kunstler has just returned home from the service to find that his wife, newly empowered by her wartime factory work, is unwilling to resume the old gender roles. She kills him, assumes his identity, finds a job, woos a woman, and lives happily as a man until the early 1970s when the façade of his life, like the former industrial city itself, begins to crumble.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bill Press - From the Left: A Life in the Crossfire

Sunday, March 25, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250147158
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 20th, 2018

Press grew up in a segregated working-class Delaware town. Part of a Catholic family, he was raised to believe that divorce, abortion, and homosexuality were sins, and he entered a seminary to prepare for a lifetime of defending his faith. Yet instead of following the conservative path he was primed for, Press became a noted progressive political commentator and early supporter of Bernie Sanders. In this engaging memoir, Press recounts the places, people, and events that caused him to rethink the values he was brought up with. His lively account charts the new perspective he gained while studying abroad, the influence of Southern California, and his initial foray into TV talk shows, and goes on to recount his experiences in Washington and his work at CNN and MSNBC. Press now hosts the nationally syndicated Bill Press Show and writes a syndicated column for Tribune Media Services.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nell Scovell - Just the Funny Parts...and a Few Hard Truths about Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club — in conversation with Alexandra Petri

Sunday, March 25, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062473486
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 20th, 2018

With more than thirty years of experience as a writer, producer, and director, Scovell knows how the entertainment industry works.  She came to Hollywood as a bookish New Englander and worked her way up from a low-level writer for Newhart to a major contributor to shows including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, and NCIS and on to creator of the series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. While her roles have mainly been behind the scenes, Scovell has had several moments in the limelight. In 2009 she spoke out about gender bias on late-night TV writing staffs, and later she collaborated with Sheryl Sandberg on Lean In. In both cases Scovell helped spark a debate about diversity in a male-dominated work environment that her candid, wise, and very funny memoir continues. Scovell will be in conversation with Alexandra Petri, Washington Post columnist.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bonnie J. Morris - The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women's Liberation

Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$34.95
ISBN: 9781588346124
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Published: Smithsonian Books - March 6th, 2018

Morris’s dynamic global history of the women’s movement starts with the 1966 founding of the National Organization for Women and covers pivotal events through the end of the twentieth century. These were decades that saw women and women’s issues figure prominently in political campaigns and demonstrations, such as protests for reproductive rights and marches to “take back the night.” They also marked the founding of women’s publishing houses, saw groundbreaking publications like Ms. and Our Bodies Ourselves, and ushered in changes in attitudes toward women’s work and social roles. As the 200 illustrations show, 20th-century feminism was a diverse movement, embracing women of all races, ages, and backgrounds. Morris, a women’s history professor at Georgetown and George Washington Universities, has interviewed a wide range of women who participated in the movement and many tell their stories here for the first time.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Steve Kistulentz - Panorama — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316551762
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Published: Little Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

When a passenger jet crashes in Dallas on New Year’s Day, it ends the lives of all on board, but starts a widening spiral of responses among people both closely and tangentially connected to the tragedy. In a series of pitch-perfect character studies Kistulentz, an award-winning poet here making his fiction debut, traces the impact of the accident on bereaved relatives as well as airport personnel and casual observers, composing a rich and insightful mosaic on loss and resilience.

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

Michael Isikoff and David Corn - Russian Roulette — at GW Jack Morton Auditorium

Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781538728758
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Published: Twelve - March 13th, 2018

Star journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have made headlines with their reports on the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia—and made it into Rep. Nunes’ memo on surveillance to the House Intelligence Committee. In Russian Roulette, they present the incredible account of how Moscow hacked our democracy in a covert attempt to help Donald Trump win the presidency. As in their bestselling Hubris, which uncovered the truth of the Iraq War, Isikoff and Corn expose what amounts to a cyber Watergate.

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GW Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Leonard Mlodinow - Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change - with Eliza Barclay

Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9781101870921
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 20th, 2018

In accessible and engaging books of popular science such as The Drunkard’s Walk and Subliminal, Mlodinow, trained as a theoretical physicist, focused on the everyday practical realities of things we only marginally control, such as chance and subconscious choice. In his new book he looks at another inescapable feature of today’s world: change. Drawing on cutting-edge research in neuroscience and psychology, Mlodinow shows how the human brain has evolved with an exquisite elasticity that enables us to adapt to change, even the constant and increasingly fast barrage of changes we face now. Mlodinow complements his technical explanations of these human cognitive skills with a survey of historical triumphs of elastic thinking and gives tips on how we can use our elasticity to fulfill goals and improve our lives.

Mlodinow will be in conversation with Eliza Barclay, who oversees Vox.com's health, science, energy, and environment coverage. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jonathan Miles - Anatomy of a Miracle & Jennifer Clement - Gun Love — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780553447583
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Published: Hogarth Press - March 13th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781524761684
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Published: Hogarth Press - March 6th, 2018

Private First Class Cameron Harris served in Afghanistan and returned to his Biloxi home a paraplegic. After being physically and emotionally stuck there for four years, one day he simply stands up: healed. Suddenly he’s the center of attention. Everyone from reality TV directors to local politicians to the Vatican wants something from him. As he struggles with the sudden celebrity, he wonders if the miracle—if that’s what it was—obligates him to serve a higher calling. Can’t he just live his life? In his engaging third novel, Miles, the author of Dear American Airlines and Want Not, provides plenty of comic and absurd moments as he explores serious questions of faith and fame.

Clement’s fourth novel is a powerful evocation of America’s love affair with guns, told through the unconventional lives of a mother and daughter. Now a young woman, Pearl more or less grew up in a ’94 Mercury, the car her mother used to drive away from one life in search of another when Pearl was an infant. The two got as far as Florida, and Pearl has grown up in the thick of gun country. Everyone she knows has guns, and soon her mother falls for Eli Redmond, a staunch gun devotee and also a man with a knack for finding trouble. As tragedy inevitably ensues, Clement, president of PEN International, looks squarely at the human cost of the right to bear arms.

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

Alan Hollinghurst - The Sparsholt Affair

Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781101874561
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 13th, 2018

Hollinghurst’s sixth novel is an incisive portrait of Britain from the 1940s to the present. Tracing the lives and loves of several generations of the upper-crust Sparsholt family, the narrative chronicles the period’s various literary and artistic movements, changing attitudes to class, and, most importantly, the transition from closeted gay life to social acceptance of homosexuality after the passage of the 1967 Sexual Offenses Act. As he did in The Stranger’s Child and his Man Booker Award-winning The Line of Beauty, Hollinghurst brilliantly depicts the emotional and physical nuances of complex relationships while also illuminating the wider socio-historical currents that help shape his characters’ lives.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sarah B. Snyder - From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780231169479
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Published: Columbia University Press - March 20th, 2018

Snyder’s ground-breaking study of 1960s civil rights activism argues that the movement had as great an impact on the nation’s foreign policy as it did on domestic issues. Snyder, who teaches at American University’s School of International Service, shows that as Americans became more sensitized to questions of social justice in this country, they began to demand it for people in other countries, too. Looking specifically at how Americans responded to repression in the Soviet Union, racial discrimination in Southern Rhodesia, and authoritarianism in South Korea, Snyder traces a direct line from 1960s social movements to agitation that resulted in legislation to curb military and economic assistance to repressive governments, created institutions to monitor human rights around the world, and enshrined human rights in U.S. foreign-policy making.

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

Mitch Landrieu - In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780525559443
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Published: Viking - March 20th, 2018

Mayor Landrieu’s removal of four Confederate statues from New Orleans was an important act of resistance, and his May 2017 speech about his decision has moved and inspired millions of people. Writing with the same eloquence and conviction that made his address so powerful, Landrieu examines both his personal history and the nation’s legacy of racism to show how misplaced nostalgia, willful misunderstanding, or sheer indifference have for too long masked the true virulence of these Confederate monuments. Carrying on the spirit of his father, Moon Landrieu, who fought for civil rights in the 1960s and ‘70s, Landrieu urgently demands that white people face their role in slavery and its socio-economic consequences rather than tacitly letting the inequalities continue.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer Palmieri - Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$20.00
ISBN: 9781538713457
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 27th, 2018

Palmieri, the Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, has no doubt that there will be a woman president, and her book is a letter to her—and to all women aspiring to lead. Drawing on her experiences in the campaign as well as on what she learned as White House Communications Director for President Obama, Palmieri reimagines leadership roles using women, not men, as the models, and she shows women in all fields how they can learn from 2016 to think independently and take control over their lives, their workplaces, and their country. Inspiring and, more important, practical, Palmieri’s message uses the disappointment of 2016 as route to empowerment.

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

Mohsin Hamid - Exit West — at Sidwell Friends Meeting House

Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West was one of the biggest novels of 2017. An international bestseller, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Kirkus Prize and named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times, NPR, and The Guardian—and no wonder. Exit West is at once an affecting love story, a work of inventive literary fantasy, and a compelling reflection on war, displacement, and what it means to leave the only country you know. The New Yorker wrote that the novel “feels immediately canonical, so firm and unerring is Hamid’s understanding of our time and its most pressing questions.”
 
Hamid will be in conversation with Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.

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3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Ross Douthat - To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism

Saturday, March 31, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501146923
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 27th, 2018

Douthat’s critique of Pope Francis and his vision for the Roman Catholic Church considers the Pope’s proposals for change not just in terms of what they will mean for the Church, but for their significance in the larger context of Western civilization. Why should anyone other than Catholics be concerned about whether the divorced and remarried are permitted to take Communion? Douthat, a columnist for The New York Times op-ed page, explains that this and other controversial reforms both divide Catholics and cut the Church off from its traditional roots and also weaken the West at a time when we’re vulnerable to outside attacks from ISIS and Putin as well as to our own internal divisions and self-doubts.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Annelise Orleck - "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now": The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages

Saturday, March 31, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807081778
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Published: Beacon Press - February 27th, 2018

From berry pickers to garment workers to home health care aides, and from Manila to Capetown, California to Morocco, low-wage workers are bearing the true costs of globalization. And they are fighting back. In this deeply researched profile of the new global labor movement, Orleck, a professor of history at Dartmouth College and author of Storming Caesars Palace, draws on interviews with 140 workers from around the world. Through these compelling and immediate stories, many related in the worker-activists’ own words, Orleck vividly conveys what’s at stake for these dedicated and resilient people as they struggle for a living wage, safe working conditions, and respect.

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Washington, DC 20008

Laurie J. Cameron - The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening

Saturday, March 31, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781426218361
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Published: National Geographic Society - March 27th, 2018

Mindfulness has been credited with improving focus, boosting productivity, lifting moods, and helping people develop greater resilience—benefits confirmed by scientific research. The main challenge for many of us is finding time to practice these techniques. Designed for the over-scheduled, Cameron’s guide offers practical, step-by-step ways to incorporate mindfulness into everyday routines, from the morning commute to the family dinner. Cameron, a leadership coach, teacher, and senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason, illuminates the ancient teachings and shows how they can help us navigate modern life.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ira Shapiro - Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country? — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, April 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country? Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781538105825
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - January 15th, 2018

 

 

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

Anthony Ray Hinton - The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Monday, April 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250124715
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 27th, 2018

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Washington, DC 20008

Jacqueline Winspear - To Die But Once

Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
To Die But Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062436634
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Published: Harper - March 27th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Amy Siskind - The List: A Week-By-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The List: A Week-By-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635572711
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 27th, 2018

 

 

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

Leslie Jamison - The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316259613
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cameron Stauch - Vegetarian Viet Nam — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Vegetarian Viet Nam Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393249330
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 13th, 2018

 

 

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

Charles Frazier - Varina

Thursday, April 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Varina Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062405982
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Published: Ecco Press - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Elle Luna - Your Story Is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, April 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Your Story Is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781523502691
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Published: Workman Publishing - March 6th, 2018

 

 

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

SOLD OUT: Cecile Richards - Make Trouble — at Sixth & I

Thursday, April 5, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501187599
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Published: Touchstone Books - April 3rd, 2018

For the first time, Cecile Richards—president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, and heroine of the resistance—tells the story of her lifetime fighting for women's rights and making change. Richards had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, watching her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But that meant that starting as a young girl, Richards witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, and violence confronting those who challenge authority. Now, she shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way.

Richards will be in conversation with Karen Tumulty, a columnist and former national political correspondent for the Washington Post.

Please note that copies of Make Trouble will not be signed or personalized.

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meg Wolitzer - The Female Persuasion — in conversation with Ron Charles

Friday, April 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Female Persuasion Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594488405
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Keplinger - Another City: Poems

Saturday, April 7, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Another City: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571314864
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 13th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Joel Richard Paul - Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

Saturday, April 7, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594488238
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 20th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Timothy Snyder - The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Saturday, April 7, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525574460
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Frances Mayes - Women in Sunlight (signing only)

Sunday, April 8, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Women in Sunlight Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780451497666
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

A Tuscan Lunch with Frances Mayes and chef Amy Brandwein — at Buck's Fishing and Camping

Sunday, April 8, 12:30 pm
Women in Sunlight Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780451497666
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 3rd, 2018

Join us for a family-style Tuscan lunch and reading to celebrate Frances Mayes' newest novel, Women in Sunlight, in which four American women become unexpected friends when they move to a beautiful villa in Tuscany. Mayes is the beloved and bestselling author of the 2006 memoir Under the Tuscan Sun, as well as Swan, Bella Tuscany, and many more works of fiction, travel writing, and memoir - all of which feature plenty of sumptuous Tuscan food and wine, and many celebratory, communal meals. 

Lunch with Mayes at neighborhood restaurant Buck's Fishing and Camping will feature a menu and wine pairings inspired by Women in Sunlight, overseen by Amy Brandwein, chef and owner of Centrolina and 2017 finalist and 2018 semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic award.


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5031 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20008

Joseph A. Esposito - Dinner in Camelot: The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House

Sunday, April 8, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Dinner in Camelot: The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781512600124
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Published: Foreedge - March 1st, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alan S. Blinder - Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers When Economics and Politics Collide

Sunday, April 8, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers When Economics and Politics Collide Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465094172
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Published: Basic Books - March 27th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer Segal - Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes

Sunday, April 8, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452156187
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John Lewis Gaddis - On Grand Stategy

Monday, April 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
On Grand Strategy Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594203510
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Published: Penguin Press - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Diana Butler Bass - Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, April 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062659477
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Published: HarperOne - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

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

Lorrie Moore - See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary — Sidwell Friends Meeting House

Monday, April 9, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524732486
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 3rd, 2018

Lorrie Moore is one of America's most loved and admired fiction writers. Every one of her story collections, from Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? to Birds of America to Bark, is a literary event—and so is See What Can Be Done, her first-ever book of nonfiction. Moore is no stranger to the genre, though. She's been a leading critic for decades, writing regular essays for The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Guardian and more. From fiction reviews to deep-dives into prestige TV to the state of the Republican Party, this collection gives us a brilliant mind-s view of the artistic, cultural, and political moments that have defined our country for the past thirty years.

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3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Fred Bowen - Lucky Enough

Tuesday, April 10, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Lucky Enough (Sports Story) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781561459575
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - March 1st, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Samantha Irby - Meaty: Essays

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Meaty: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525436164
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sam Kean - The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (Young Readers Edition)

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (Youn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316388283
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Barbara Ehrenreich - Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455535910
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Published: Twelve - April 10th, 2018

 

 

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

Todd S. Purdum - Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781627798341
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Anne Trubek with Ben Gwin and Margaret Sullivan - Voices from the Rust Belt — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, April 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Voices from the Rust Belt Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250162977
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Published: Picador USA - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

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

Åsne Seierstad - Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey Into the Syrian Jihad

Thursday, April 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey Into the Syrian Jihad Cover Image
By Asne Seierstad, Sean Kinsella (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374279677
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 3rd, 2018

 

 

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