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Sunday, February 28, 5:00 pm
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984877512
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2021

Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump's unique presidency with shocking new reporting and insight into its implications.

Leonnig and Rucker, with deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., tell of rages and frenzies but also moments of courage and perseverance. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with some of the most senior members of the Trump administration and other firsthand witnesses, the authors reveal the forty-fifth president up close, taking readers inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as well as the president’s own haphazard but ultimately successful legal defense. Here for the first time certain officials who have felt honor-bound not to publicly criticize a sitting president or to divulge what they witnessed in a position of trust tell the truth for the benefit of history.

The authors will be in conversation with Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post who won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for her coverage of Russian interference.

Special signed copies of the book are available while supplies last if you order using the ticket button below.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, March 1, 1:30 pm
Black Broadway in Washington, DC (American Heritage) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467139298
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: History Press - January 4th, 2021

Barry Farm-Hillsdale in Anacostia: A Historic African American Community (American Heritage) Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781467147699
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: History Press - January 4th, 2021

Washington, D.C. Housing Co-Ops: A History Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467146234
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: History Press - February 1st, 2021

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

P&P Live! welcomes three outstanding authors from Arcadia Publishing as they discuss their new releases.

Before chain coffeeshops and luxury high-rises, before even the beginning of desegregation and the 1968 riots, Washington's Greater U Street was known as Black Broadway. From the early 1900s into the 1950s, African Americans plagued by Jim Crow laws in other parts of town were free to own businesses here and built what was often described as a city within a city. Local author and journalist Briana A. Thomas narrates U Street's rich and unique history, from the early triumph of emancipation to the days of civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell and music giant Duke Ellington, through the recent struggles of gentrification. Black Broadway in Washington, D.C.

Barry Farm-Hillsdale was created under the auspices of the Freedmen's Bureau in 1867 in what was then the outskirts of the nation's capital. Residents built churches and schools, and the community became successful. In the 1940s, youth from the community courageously desegregated the Anacostia Pool, and Barry Farm Dwellings was built to house war workers. In the 1950s, community parents joined the fight to desegregate schools in Washington, D.C., as local leaders fought off plans to redevelop the area. Both the women and the youth of Barry Farm Dwellings, then public housing, were at the forefront of the fight to improve their lives and those of their neighbors in the 1960s, but community identity was being subsumed into the larger Anacostia neighborhood. Curator and historian Alcione M. Amos tells these little-remembered stories. Barry Farm-Hillsdale in Anacostia

For one hundred years, housing cooperatives in various sizes and shapes have been a positive part of the urban landscape of Washington, D.C. Co-ops first arose in the city in the 1920s. Building slowed during the Great Depression, but their numbers expanded after World War II. Conversions expanded their numbers, and the model thrived and became a vital part of the city's fabric. Local historian Steve McKevitt tells the stories of the architecture and development of each District co-op with both historic and modern images. Washington, D.C. Housing Co-Ops

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Briana A. Thomas - Black Broadway in Washington, DC Briana A. Thomas has been published in Washingtonian Magazine, the historic Afro-American newspaper, and the Washington Post throughout her journalism career. Briana earned a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland–College Park and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications from Greensboro College. She is the co-senior pastor of a Maryland-based multisite church Open Bible Ministries.

Alcione M. Amos - Barry Farm-Hillsdale in Anacostia Alcione M. Amos, currently a museum curator at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C., is originally from Brazil and has lived and worked in the United States for almost five decades. She received an MSLS from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Among other works, she has published two books: The Black Seminoles: History of a Freedom Seeking People and Os Que Voltaram: A História dos Retornados Afro-Brasileiros na África Ocidental no Século XIX (Those Who Returned: The History of the Afro-Brazilian Returnees in West Africa in the 19th Century).

Stephen McKevitt - Washington, D.C. Housing Co-ops: A History Steve McKevitt lives in a mid-size co-op in Adams Morgan. He is proud to be a native Washingtonian. Now retired, he explores the many aspects of Washington’s civic and cultural history. Steve is a board member of the D.C. Cooperative Housing Coalition and also belongs to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Steve is a strong believer in the concept of housing cooperatives and considers them good for a city’s environment and good homes for city residents.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 pm
The Dangerous Gift (Wings of Fire, Book 14) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338214543
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 2nd, 2021

The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338214512
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Press - July 30th, 2019

Attention all Wings of Fire fans! Your wait for the next book in the popular dragon civilization series is finally over! Join us for a conversation about book #14, The Dangerous Gift, and all things dragon related with creator Tui Sutherland who will be in conversation with Jackson Pearce. In this latest offering Snowfall, the young queen of the IceWings and Winter’s cousin, must keep her tribe safe from a group of strange dragons that have arrived on their shores looking for help. Can she trust them or is her tribe in terrible danger? Expect all of the amazing character-driven and world building adventure that readers have come to love in the series.

Tui Sutherland is the author of the bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons, and two very patient dogs.

Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn't make it; other jobs she's had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist. Jackson is the author of a series of retold fairytales, the Ellie Engineer series, and Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures.

Ages 8-12

Purchase of The Dangerous Gift from Politics and Prose is required to attend the event.>

Signed bookplates and other fun swag will accompany each purchase of The Dangerous Gift!

Ticket packages are available in the U.S. For other countries, please contact the store directly for options by emailing: PoliticsProseKids@gmail.com.

  • Event Admission and book (Store Pickup) - $17
  • Event Admission and book (U.S. Shipping) - $24

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 pm
Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of the Global Search for Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062933928
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - March 2nd, 2021

Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of  the Global Search for Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls unfolds across four continents, from the remote forests of northern Nigeria to the White House; from clandestine meetings in Khartoum safe houses to century-old luxury hotels on picturesque lakes in the Swiss Alps. A twenty-first century story that plumbs the promise and peril of an era whose politics are fueled by the power of hashtag advocacy, this urgent and engrossing work of investigative journalism reveals the unpredictable interconnectedness of our butterfly-wings world, where a few days of online activism can bring years of offline consequences for people continents away.

Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw are Wall Street Journal Pulitzer Prize finalists and nominees who have covered Nigeria for more than a decade. Their work has been submitted for virtually all international reporting awards. Two of the newspaper’s most seasoned foreign correspondents and regularly top the front page, at 11,000 words, their 2017 narrative on the Chibok kidnapping is one of the longest stories the newspaper has published in its 125-year history. It is cited internally as a model for digital-era longform journalism. They are both experienced public speakers and regularly appear on national television and radio shows.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, March 3, 4:00 pm
Michelle's Garden: How the First Lady Planted Seeds of Change Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316458573
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

When former First Lady Michelle Obama wanted to showcase the power of plants, she decided to grow the biggest kitchen garden the White House had ever seen. But because she’d never gardened before, she knew she’d need a lot of help. With a group of local students, the White House staff, and President Barack Obama, the First Lady built something beautiful and delicious. Celebrated author/illustrator Sharee Miller shares this inspiring true story with her characteristic warmth and humor.

We are excited to announce that the first 50 attendees/families to join the event and select the "free event admission + free book" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of Michelle’s Garden: How the First Lady Planted the Seeds of Change for their home library (one book per family please). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their books up at the Connecticut Ave. location beginning March 2 (books can be transferred to one of our other locations upon request). These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.

Sharee Miller is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of Princess Hair and Don't Touch My Hair! She lives and works in Jersey City with her husband and their two cats, Pumpkin and Spice. Her illustrations combine bright colors, patterns, and expressive characters to tell the stories she wishes she had as a kid.

Ages 4-8

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, March 3, 6:00 pm
Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

This event is presented in partnership between Politics and Prose and Harvard Bookstore.

Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. This thrilling book offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Ishiguro will be in conversation with Dr. Kate Darling , a leading expert in Robot Ethics and a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. She is the author of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals About Our Future With Robots. Her work has been featured in VogueThe New YorkerThe Atlantic, and many others. She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her Pleos Yochai, Peter, and Mr. Spaghetti.

The first 250 registrants will receive a special bookplate signed by the author (book must be purchased on Eventbrite to qualify).

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 pm
Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593116722
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Philomel Books - March 2nd, 2021

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525514657
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 2nd, 2021

Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524737276
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Puffin Books - December 26th, 2017

Major League Baseball trailblazer Glenn Burke was a talented player and gregarious teammate credited with inventing the “high five”. He was also the first openly gay player in a game that is not known for supporting LGBTQ+ athletes. Not willing to compromise who he was, Burke left professional baseball at age 27 to live his truth. A compelling memoir of Burke’s life, Singled Out shares photographs and details of Burke’s childhood through his iconic days in the gay community before his tragic death from complications of AIDS at age 42. Join Andrew Maraniss and Dave Zirin as they discuss Glenn Burke’s legacy in baseball and the LGBTQ+ community.

Andrew Maraniss writes sports-and history-related nonfiction, telling stories with a larger social message. His first book, Strong Inside, received the Lillian Smith Book Award for civil rights and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize for social justice, becoming the first sports-related book ever to win either award. His young readers adaptation of Strong Inside was named one of the Top Biographies for Youth by the American Library Association. Andrew is a contributor to ESPN's D.C.-based sports and race website, TheUndefeated.com, and is a visiting author at the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Nashville.

Dave Zirin was named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World" by The Utne Magazine. He writes about the politics of sports for the Nation magazine (where he is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence) as well as the Progressive, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times. Zirin is also the host of the "Edge of Sports Podcast."

Ages 12 and up

Each purchase of Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke will come with a signed bookplate, while supplies last.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, March 3, 8:00 pm
Infinite Country: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781982159467
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family in the north.

In Infinite Country, award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. And all the while, the metronome ticks: Will Talia make it to Bogotá in time? And if she does, can she bring herself to trade the solid facts of her father and life in Colombia for the distant vision of her mother and siblings in America?

Engel will be in conversation with Carolina de Robertis, author of the novels Cantoras and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, March 4, 10:00 am
Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper Cover Image
By Candace Fleming, Julie Downing (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443185
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Neal Porter Books - August 4th, 2020

Kate's Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443482
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - January 12th, 2021

Helen Martini raised orphaned big cat cubs in her home in the 1940s, which led to her become the first female zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. In 1890, Kate Walker bravely stepped into her husband’s shoes after he died to became the first woman in charge of an offshore lighthouse in 19th century New York Harbor. Both of these extraordinary women didn’t intentionally strive to be firsts in their fields. Instead, they found jobs that they put their hearts into and nothing was going to deter them from doing what they loved. Join us for a Women’s History Month event with authors Candace Fleming and Elizabeth Spires to learn more about the remarkable lives of Helen and Kate.

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Ben Franklin’s Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; Gabriella’s Song; and When Agnes Caws; all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Elizabeth Spires is a critically acclaimed poet and has written several books for children, including The Mouse of Amherst. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches at Goucher College.

Ages 6-10

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, March 4, 6:00 pm
You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541768208
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PublicAffairs - February 23rd, 2021

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join Elizabeth Becker as she discusses her new book, YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE, with Helene Cooper on P&P Live!

The long-buried story of three extraordinary female journalists who permanently shattered the barriers to women covering war. 

Elizabeth Becker is an award-winning journalist and author who began her career as a war correspondent for the Washington Post in Cambodia. She later became the Senior Foreign Editor of the National Public Radio and a New York Times correspondent covering national security and foreign policy. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including accolades from the Overseas Press Club, DuPont Columbia's Awards and was a member of the Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in covering 9/11. She is the author of two previous books, When the War was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, the definitive book on the event that has been in print for thirty-five years and Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, an exposé of the travel industry.

Helene Cooper is a Pentagon correspondent with The New York Times. She joined the paper in 2004 as assistant editorial page editor, before becoming diplomatic correspondent in 2006 and White House correspondent in 2009. In 2015, she was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, for her work in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic. She is also the winner of of the George Polk award for health reporting (2015) and the Overseas Press Club Award (2015). She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood” (Simon and Schuster, 2008), a memoir of growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, as well as “Madame President: The Extraordinary Story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” (Simon and Schuster, 2017).

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

CLICK HERE to register for the Live! event.

P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780593189696
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 2nd, 2021

In Dusk, Night, Dawn, Lamott explores the tough questions that many of us grapple with. How can we recapture the confidence we once had as we stumble through the dark times that seem increasingly bleak? As bad news piles up—from climate crises to daily assaults on civility—how can we cope? Where, she asks, “do we start to get our world and joy and hope and our faith in life itself back . . . with our sore feet, hearing loss, stiff fingers, poor digestion, stunned minds, broken hearts?”

We begin, Lamott says, by accepting our flaws and embracing our humanity.

Drawing from her own experiences, Lamott shows us the intimate and human ways we can adopt to move through life’s dark places and toward the light of hope that still burns ahead for all of us.

Lamott will be in conversation with Bob Goff, author of the New York Times bestsellers Love Does; Everybody, Always; and Dream Big. He's a lover of balloons, cake pops, and helping people pursue their big dreams. Bob's greatest ambitions in life are to love others, do stuff, and, most importantly, to hold hands with his wife, Sweet Maria Goff, and spend time with their amazing kids.

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A limited numbers of signed copies of the book are available on a first come, first served basis. This event will be pre-recorded and live-streamed to a private YouTube page. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to submit their questions for the author up to two days before the recording.

P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, March 5, 6:00 pm
Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781734420722
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Columbia Global Reports - February 23rd, 2021

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join Harriet A. Washington as she discusses her book, CARTE BLANCHE, with Carl Elliott on P&P Live!

Carte Blanche is the alarming tale of how the right of Americans to say "no" to risky medical research is being violated. Patients' right to give or withhold consent is supposed to be protected by law, but for decades medical research has been conducted on trauma victims--who are disproportionately people of color--without their consent or even their knowledge.

Harriet A. Washington is the author of Medical Apartheid, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award. She has been a research fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, and the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She lectures in bioethics at Columbia University. Her books also include A Terrible Thing to Waste and Infectious Madness. Follow her at @haw95.

Carl Elliott is Professor in the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Pediatrics, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is the recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Elliott is the author or editor of seven books, including White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine (Beacon, 2010) and Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (Norton, 2003.) His articles have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, Mother Jones, The New York Times, The American Scholar and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is currently working on a book about whistleblowing in research on human subjects.

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

CLICK HERE to register for the Live! event.

P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, March 5, 8:00 pm
Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525574224
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown - March 2nd, 2021

In Lucky, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes use their unparalleled access to key players inside the Democratic and Republican campaigns to unfold how Biden’s nail-biting run for the presidency vexed his own party as much as it did Trump. Having premised his path on unlocking the Black vote in South Carolina, Biden nearly imploded before he got there after a relentless string of misfires left him freefalling in polls and nearly broke.

Allen and Parnes brilliantly detail the remarkable string of chance events that saved him, from the botched Iowa caucus tally that concealed his terrible result, to the pandemic lockdown that kept him off the stump, where he was often at his worst. More powerfully, Lucky unfolds the pitched struggle within Biden’s general election campaign to downplay the very issues that many Democrats believed would drive voters to the polls, especially in the wake of Trump’s response to nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd. Even Biden’s victory did not salve his party’s wounds; instead, it revealed a surprising, complicated portrait of American voters and crushed Democrats’ belief in the inevitability of a blue wave.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, March 6, 5:00 pm
American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984820891
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books - March 2nd, 2021

Join Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo, authors of American Cider: A Modern Guide To A Historic Beverage, for a virtual tasting of four ciders. Beverages will include:

  • ANXO’s Cidre Blanc
  • Transcontinental
  • Grand Cru
  • Lubrication (Oliver’s Cider & Perry of Herefordshire, UK)

Cider today runs the gamut from sweet to dry, smooth to funky, made from apples and sometimes joined by other fruits—and even hopped like beer. In American Cider, aficionados Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo give a new wave of consumers the tools to taste, talk about, and choose their ciders, along with stories of the many local heroes saving apple culture and producing new varieties. Like wine made from well-known grapes, ciders differ based on the apples they’re made from and where and how those apples were grown. Combining the tasting tools of wine and beer, the authors illuminate the possibilities of this light, flavorful, naturally gluten-free beverage.

American Cider is a guide to enjoying cider, but even more so, it is a guide to being part of a community of consumers, farmers, and fermenters making the nation’s oldest beverage its newest must-try drink.

Cider purchases will be available for pick-up & delivery starting Monday, March 1.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, March 7, 5:00 pm
Known By Heart: Collected Stories Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781627202633
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Apprentice House - May 1st, 2020

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Love is necessary but not easy in these stories of love's joys and challenges, regrets and uncertainties. Complicated people fall in and out of love, care for each other, delight each other, disappoint each other, hurt each other, yearn for each other. In Known By Heart, Ellen Prentiss Campbell tells of all sorts of love: young love, lost love, love found perhaps too late, family love, love between friends. Her writing has been praised for its realism and grace. These untraditional love stories illustrate that love is essential, but not for the faint of heart.

Ellen Prentiss Campbell's first collection of stories Contents Under Pressure was nominated for the National Book Award. Her debut novel The Bowl with Gold Seams received the Indy Excellence Award for Historical Fiction. Short fiction has been recognized by the Pushcart Press. Essays and reviews appear in journals including The Fiction Writers Review, where she is a contributing editor, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. A graduate of The Bennington Writing Seminars and the Simmons School of Social Work, for many years she practiced psychotherapy. She is at work on a novel.

Deborah Kalb is a freelance writer and editor. She spent about two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for news organizations including Gannett News Service, Congressional Quarterly, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill, mostly covering Congress and politics. Her book blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, which she started in 2012, features hundreds of interviews she has conducted with a wide variety of authors.

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, March 8, 6:00 pm
Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982113773
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

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Dr. Robert White was a friend to two popes and a founder of the Vatican's Commission on Bioethics. He developed lifesaving neurosurgical techniques still used in hospitals today and was nominated for the Nobel Prize. But like Dr. Jekyll before him, Dr. White had another identity. In his lab, he was waging a battle against the limits of science, and against mortality itself--working to perfect a surgery that would allow the soul to live on after the human body had died.

Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher follows his decades-long quest into tangled matters of science, global politics, and faith, revealing the complex (and often murky) ethics of experimentation and remarkable innovations that today save patients from certain death. It's an enthralling tale that offers a window into our greatest fears and our greatest hopes--and the long, strange journey from science fiction to science fact.

Brandy Schillace is a historian of medicine and the critically acclaimed author of Death's Summer Coat: What Death and Dying Teach Us About Life and Living and Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk. The editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Humanities, she previously worked as a professor of literature and in research and public engagement at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum.

Lindsey Fitzharris is the creator of the popular websites The Chirurgeon's Apprentice and Grave Matters, and the YouTube series Under the Knife. She writes for The Guardian, The Lancet, and other publications. She received a doctorate in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford and a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine is her first book.

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Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans Cover Image
$27.00
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How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250093639
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 2nd, 2016

Hunter-gatherer communities [or cultures] have had tens of thousands of years to fine-tune their parenting strategies, and although most of us live in vastly different societies today, we can learn a great deal from ancient practices – practices that, not that long ago, were common in Western culture as well. Joined by her three-year-old daughter Rosy, Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff lived with families in three of the most revered cultures in the world to find out why their children are less easily angered and more independent and thoughtful than our western offspring. It turns out that raising a child is a TEAM effort, and Doucleff breaks this down into four elements: togetherness, encouragement, autonomy, and minimal interference. With specific, easy-to-follow instructions and a wealth of resources, this book will simplify and soften interactions with the tiny humans in your household.

Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD is a reporter for NPR's Science Desk and the global health and development blog Goats and Soda. Prior to joining NPR, Doucleff was an editor at the journal Cell, where she wrote about the science behind pop culture. She has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis. She lives with her husband, daughter, and German shepherd, Mango, in San Francisco.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult and is a regular contributor with CBS This Morning on parenting. She has also authored the prose poetry memoir Real American, and a third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, will be out in April 2021. Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, serves on the board of Common Sense Media and on the advisory board of LeanIn.Org, and is a former board member at Foundation for a College Education, Global Citizen Year, The Writers Grotto, and Challenge Success. She volunteers with the hospital program No One Dies Alone. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their young adults, and her mother.

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Simon B. Rhymin' Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316538978
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Simon is a young boy with a head full of dreams and a heart full of lyrics he wants to rap out in to the world. Doing oral presentations for class finally gives shy Simon the opportunity to address a problem in his community. With the help of his friends and an unlikely ally, Simon finds the courage to use his magnificent voice and creativity to make a difference. The story is inspired by Dwayne Reed’s own experiences teaching 4th grade students in his hometown of Chicago.

Dwayne Reed is America's favorite rapping teacher from Chicago. In 2016, the music video for his hit song, "Welcome to the 4th Grade," went viral and has since been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube. When he's not writing, rapping, or teaching, Dwayne can be found presenting at educator conferences across the U.S., or loving on his beautiful wife, Simone.

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The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524748838
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Published: Pantheon - March 9th, 2021

Ghost stories tap into our most primal emotions as they encourage us to confront the timeless question: What comes after death? Here, in tales that are by turn scary, funny, philosophic, and touching, you’ll find that question sharpened, split, reconsidered—and met with a multitude of answers.

A spirit who is fated to spend eternity reliving the exact moment she lost her chance at love, ghostly trees that haunt the occupant of a wooden house, specters that snatch anyone who steps into the shadows, and parakeets that serve as mouthpieces for the dead: these are just a few of the characters in this extraordinary compendium of one hundred ghost stories. Kevin Brockmeier’s fiction has always explored the space between the fantastical and the everyday with profundity and poignancy. As in his previous books, The Ghost Variations discovers new ways of looking at who we are and what matters to us, exploring how mysterious, sad, strange, and comical it is to be alive—or, as it happens, not to be.

Brockmeier will be in conversation with Karen Russell, author of several works of fiction including Swamplandia!, Orange World, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and most recently, Sleep Donation.

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Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476793375
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

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The definitive biography of one of the 19th century’s greatest statesmen, encompassing his decades-long fight against slavery, his key role in the Union war effort, and his postwar struggle to bring racial justice to America. 

Bruce Levine is the bestselling author of four books on the Civil War era, including The Fall of the House of Dixie and Confederate Emancipation, which received the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship and was named one of the top ten works of nonfiction of its year by The Washington Post. He is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois.

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Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780815738961
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - April 13th, 2021

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Marvin Kalb, the award-winning journalist who has written extensively about the world he reported on during his long career, now turns his eye on the young man who became that journalist. Chosen by legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow to become one of what came to be known as the Murrow Boys, Kalb in this newest volume of his memoirs takes readers back to his first days as a journalist, and what also were the first days of broadcast news.

Kalb captures the excitement of being present at the creation of a whole new way of bringing news immediately to the public. And what news. Cold War tensions were high between Eisenhower's America and Khrushchev's Soviet Union. Kalb is at the center, occupying a unique spot as a student of Russia tasked with explaining Moscow to Washington and the American public. He joins a cast of legendary figures along the way, from Murrow himself to Eric Severeid, Howard K. Smith, Richard Hottelet, Charles Kuralt, and Daniel Schorr among many others. He finds himself assigned as Moscow correspondent of CBS News just as the U2 incident--the downing of a US spy plane over Russian territory--is unfolding.

Kalb will be in conversation with Ted Koppel, a 42-year veteran of ABC News and author of Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

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Amina's Song (Amina's Voice) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534459885
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Amina's Voice Cover Image
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 1st, 2018

More to the Story Cover Image
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Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
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Amal Unbound Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - January 7th, 2020

Join us for the launch of Amina's Song, Hena Khan’s standalone sequel to the highly acclaimed Amina's Voice. Amina is back in Greendale after an amazing vacation to Pakistan and she’s ready to share everything with her friends—the food, the shops, and her Pakistani heroine, Malala Yousafzai. Unfortunately, her classmates are uninterested and they focus on the worst part of Malala Yousafzai’s story. Amina finds herself torn between two parts of her identity in this engaging story for middle-grade readers, sure to spark discussion.

Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer, and the first author published under Salaam Reads. She is the author of the middle grade novels Amina’s Voice, Amina’s Song, and More to the Story. She is also the author of several picture books including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Under My Hijab, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George. A local author, Hena lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her basketball-loving family.

You can learn more about Hena and her books by visiting her website at HenaKhan.com or connecting with her @HenaKhanBooks.

Aisha Saeed is a Pakistani American writer, teacher, and attorney. Her books for children and teens include, among others, the bestselling Amal Unbound, Written in the Stars, Yes No Maybe So (with Becky Albertalli), and Diana and the Island of No Return. She has been featured on MTV, the Huffington Post, NBC, and the BBC. As one of the founding members of the We Need Diverse Books Campaign, she is helping change the conversation about diverse books. Aisha lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and sons.

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Black Girl, Call Home Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780593197141
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Published: Berkley - March 9th, 2021

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From spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity.

With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Mans writes to call herself—and us—home. Each poem explores what it means to be a daughter of Newark, and America—and the painful, joyous path to adulthood as a young, queer Black woman.

Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering Black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.

 

Jasmine Mans is a Black American poet, artist from Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison, with a B.A. in African American Studies. Her debut collection of poetry, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels, was published in 2012. Mans is the resident poet at the Newark Public Library. She was a member of The Strivers Row Collective.

 

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2034: A Novel of the Next World War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984881250
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Published: Penguin Press - March 9th, 2021

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From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034--and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

Elliot Ackerman is the author of several novels, most recently Red Dress In Black and White. His books have been nominated for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal in both fiction and non-fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize among others. His writing often appears in Esquire, The New Yorker, and The New York Times where he is a contributing opinion writer, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C. Website: www. ElliotAckerman.com; Twitter: @elliotackerman

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) spent more than thirty years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of four-star Admiral. He was the Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and previously commanded U.S. Southern Command, overseeing military operations in Latin America. At sea, he commanded a Navy destroyer, a destroyer squadron, and an aircraft carrier battle group in combat. He holds a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he recently served five years as dean. He has published nine previous books and hundreds of articles and is a frequent national and international television commentator as well as a Bloomberg Opinion weekly columnist, and a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine. He is chairman of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates, an international consulting firm, and an operating executive of the Carlyle Group, an international private equity firm. Website: www.AdmiralStav.com ; Twitter: @stavridisJ

Ackerman and Admiral Stavridis will be in conversation with ABC News' Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, Martha Raddatz.

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The Committed Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

The long-awaited new novel from one of America's most highly regarded contemporary writers, The Committed follows the unnamed Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing.

Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese "aunt," he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose world views put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail.

Nguyen will be in conversation with Tommy Orange, author of the national bestseller There There. Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

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Bird Show Cover Image
By Susan Stockdale, Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781682631287
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2021

Fabulous Fishes Cover Image
By Susan Stockdale, Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781682630990
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2019

With their decorative plumage patterns and rich hues, birds are truly the fashionistas of the natural world. From suits and gowns to headdresses and tailcoats, bird watchers enjoy spying the “clothes” of both the familiar and exotic birds around them. In lyrical prose, Susan Stockdale’s new picture book, Bird Show, introduces a new generation of children to 18 amazing birds including the magnificent Grey Crown Crane from Africa and the Marvellous Spatuletail of Peru. Rich backmatter outlines details about each bird, including where they are from and courtship rituals.

Susan Stockdale, a former textile designer for the apparel industry, is the author-illustrator of critically acclaimed picture books that celebrate nature, including Fabulous Fishes, Stripes of All Types, and Fantastic Flowers. Her books have appeared on various lists including the ALSC Notable Children’s Books, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12, and the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year. Susan lives in Maryland with her husband.

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