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Our flagship store on Connecticut Avenue NW has served the Washington area since 1984. It continues to offer a wide selection of books and non-book items for all ages, author talks, literary classes, trips, and a popular coffeehouse called The Den.

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Events
Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062896445
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper - July 16th, 2019

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

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, July 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780674987333
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harvard University Press - July 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, July 20, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C. (American Heritage) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781625859754
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: History Press - January 21st, 2019


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

and

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, July 20, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250070524
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Flatiron Books - July 9th, 2019

This event has been canceled.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, July 20, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Wisdom of the Renaissance Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781633885189
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Prometheus Books - July 9th, 2019

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, July 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Natural Encounters: Biking, Hiking, and Birding Through the Seasons Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300243482
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Yale University Press - May 21st, 2019

Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia Cover Image
By Bruce M. Beehler, Middleton Evans (Photographer)
$49.95
ISBN: 9781421427331
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - March 26th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, July 21, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780674976351
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Belknap Press - March 28th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, July 21, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982106980
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Monday, July 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525561965
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Press - July 16th, 2019

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

 

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Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062880109
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Published: William Morrow - June 25th, 2019

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

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

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525508960
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - June 25th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, July 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Lady in the Lake: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062390011
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow - July 23rd, 2019

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

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Friday, July 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316509435
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Spark - July 23rd, 2019

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, July 27, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Crude Oil, Crude Money: Aristotle Onassis, Saudi Arabia, and the CIA Cover Image
$37.00
ISBN: 9781440863943
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Praeger - May 31st, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, July 27, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520412
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062872357
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Published: Ecco - April 2nd, 2019

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

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

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Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, July 27, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780190625368
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 4th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, July 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781784539092
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Published: I. B. Tauris & Company - June 27th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, July 28, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501163586
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 25th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, July 28, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

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

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

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Washington, DC 20008
Monday, July 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Three Women Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092198
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 30th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631491979
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 30th, 2019

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, August 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism Cover Image
By Terry McAuliffe, John Lewis (Contributions by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250245885
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - July 30th, 2019

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

 

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Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008
American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062896445
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper - July 16th, 2019

Friday, July 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780674987333
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harvard University Press - July 2019

Saturday, July 20, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

and

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C. (American Heritage) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781625859754
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: History Press - January 21st, 2019


Saturday, July 20, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

This event has been canceled.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250070524
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Flatiron Books - July 9th, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
The Wisdom of the Renaissance Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781633885189
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Prometheus Books - July 9th, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Natural Encounters: Biking, Hiking, and Birding Through the Seasons Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300243482
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Yale University Press - May 21st, 2019

Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia Cover Image
By Bruce M. Beehler, Middleton Evans (Photographer)
$49.95
ISBN: 9781421427331
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - March 26th, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780674976351
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Belknap Press - March 28th, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982106980
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2019

Monday, July 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

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Washington, DC 20008
The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525561965
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Press - July 16th, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

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

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The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow - June 25th, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

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I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution Cover Image
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Published: Random House - June 25th, 2019

Thursday, July 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

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

 

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Published: William Morrow - July 23rd, 2019

Friday, July 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

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ISBN: 9780316509435
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - July 23rd, 2019

Saturday, July 27, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

 

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Crude Oil, Crude Money: Aristotle Onassis, Saudi Arabia, and the CIA Cover Image
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Published: Praeger - May 31st, 2019

Saturday, July 27, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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

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

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Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

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Published: Ecco - April 2nd, 2019

Saturday, July 27, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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

 

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The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History Cover Image
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 4th, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

 

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America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump Cover Image
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Published: I. B. Tauris & Company - June 27th, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

 

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Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 25th, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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

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

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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

Monday, July 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

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Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World Cover Image
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 30th, 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

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Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World Cover Image
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 30th, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

 

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Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism Cover Image
By Terry McAuliffe, John Lewis (Contributions by)
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - July 30th, 2019

Thu
18
7:00 pm
Tim Alberta - American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump — in conversation with Jonathan Swan
Fri
19
7:00 pm
Ganesh Sitaraman - The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality
Sat
20
1:00 pm
Jenny Masur - Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C. & Heather M. Butts - Healing Civil War Veterans in New York and Washington, D.C.
Sat
20
3:30 pm
CANCELED: William D. Cohan - Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short
Sat
20
6:00 pm
Michael K. Kellogg - The Wisdom of the Renaissance
Sun
21
1:00 pm
Bruce M. Beehler - Natural Encounters: Biking, Hiking, and Birding Through the Seasons and Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia
Sun
21
3:00 pm
William Sturkey - Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White
Sun
21
5:00 pm
Mary Beth Keane - Ask Again, Yes
Mon
22
7:00 pm
Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake - The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats
Tue
23
7:00 pm
Joy-Ann Reid - The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story — in conversation with E. J. Dionne
Wed
24
7:00 pm
Emily Nussbaum - I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
Thu
25
7:00 pm
Laura Lippman - Lady in the Lake — in conversation with Neely Tucker
Fri
26
7:00 pm
Harriet A. Washington - A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind
Sat
27
1:00 pm
Thomas W. Lippman - Crude Oil, Crude Money: Aristotle Onassis, Saudi Arabia, and the CIA
Sat
27
3:30 pm
Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth & Melissa Rivero - The Affairs of the Falcóns — in conversation with Angie Kim
Sat
27
6:00 pm
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen - The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History
Sun
28
1:00 pm
Lawrence Pintak - America and Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs, and the Road to Donald Trump
Sun
28
3:00 pm
Russell Gold - Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy — in conversation with Amy Harder
Sun
28
5:00 pm
Oyinkan Braithwaite - My Sister, the Serial Killer — in conversation with Tayla Burney
Mon
29
7:00 pm
Lisa Taddeo - Three Women — in conversation with Olivia Nuzzi
Tue
30
7:00 pm
Neil Shister - Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World
Wed
31
7:00 pm
Philip Mudd - Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World
Thu
1
7:00 pm
Terry McAuliffe - Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism