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Events
Thursday, January 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781610398008
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 15th, 2019

When Ellin was swept off her feet by a man who called himself The Commander and regaled her with incredible stories of international espionage, the Pentagon, and Osama bin Laden, it took her awhile to realize that something was wrong. Then when she wrote about her experience in a Psychology Today cover story, she got another surprise: she wasn’t the only to have fallen for a persuasive liar. Many people—mainly women—have been similarly conned, primarily by men. In this fascinating study of double-lives, Ellin, an award-wining journalist and former New York Times “Preludes” columnist, explores the psychology of both perpetrators and victims, looks at how lies work, why people believe them, and what all this tells us about human nature.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, January 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9781610395694
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 15th, 2019

Zuboff’s 1988 In the Age of the Smart Machine is still considered one of the most important assessments of the impact of computers on society. Her new book updates the picture with a comprehensive analysis of the social, political, business, and technological meaning of recent advances in digital technology. The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal and the continuing Facebook headlines are just glimpses of the ways big tech companies exploit personal data without our knowledge, and how those data are used to shape our behavior. And yet the crisis we face today is neither digital technology nor the practices of Facebook and Google. A board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Charles Edward Wilson Professor emerita at Harvard Business School, Zuboff exposes the real menace: the unprecedented economic logic she calls “surveillance capitalism” invented at Google, duplicated at Facebook, rampant in Silicon Valley, and now infecting every industry. Its tools of behavior modification and social engineering, threatens basic freedoms, challenges individual autonomy, and increases social inequality, and our challenge now is to move past the shock and revulsion to ask the most important question of our time: Will we be the masters of the information age or will it master us? 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, January 19, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781421426914
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - December 9th, 2018

A tale of spies, sabotage, and industrial ingenuity, Taylor’s third book starts with a little known incident from June 1940: the explosion at Baltimore’s Crown Cork and Seal factory. Because cork was used in gaskets, bomber insulation, and ammunition, it was essential to the war effort, and rumors circulated about Nazi involvement in the blast. Drawing on interviews with surviving family members, personal collections, and recently declassified government records, Taylor traces the FBI investigation and along the way recreates secret missions to North Africa and the machinations by undercover agents. At the heart of his story are three men who played prominent roles at Crown, in particular the Catalan manager who was perfectly positioned to be a spy.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, January 19, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Insurrecto Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781616959449
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Published: Soho Press - November 13th, 2018

In her latest novel, Apostol, winner of the PEN Open Book Award and two-time winner of the National Book Award in the Philippines, pulls out all the literary stops to chart the repercussions of an especially bloody chapter of the Philippine-American War. When forty-eight Americans were killed in the 1901 Balangiga massacre in Samar, U.S. troops retaliated by massacring between 5,000 and 50,000 Filipinos, depending on who you ask. The truth is still contested decades later when an American woman is making a film about the incident from the perspective of a white photographer. Her translator rewrites the script to convey the experiences of a Filipino schoolteacher. Apostol gives us both versions along with an intricate tapestry of the voices of the many women who were involved in the war. Kaleidoscopic and deeply affecting, the novel probes the truth in ways unavailable to conventional histories.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, January 19, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781541767812
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 20th, 2018

Co-founder of Experience Corps, which mobilizes people over age fifty to help under-served children of low-income communities, Freedman, also the founder, CEO, and president of Encore.org, has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs by a wide variety of organizations. His work is rooted in the belief that connecting older and younger generations will benefit everyone in ways both practical and spiritual. Drawing on his work with people of all ages and including stories of those who have mentored, encouraged, and inspired him, Freedman explores philosophical ideas of meaning and purpose and shows how we can make the best use of our increasingly long life spans.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 20, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781586422431
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Published: Steerforth - December 4th, 2018

Robert "Bobby" Cutler (1895-1974) earned a law degree at Harvard and served two stints as Eisenhower’s National Security Advisor. While historians have recognized his contributions to the country’s Cold War policy, until now, none have assessed his work in light of his private life. A closeted gay man, Cutler worked with several other gay men in Washington at a time when Executive Order 10450 banned gays from government employment and made them subject to relentless persecution. Shinkle, a longtime investigative reporter and Cutler’s great-nephew, draws on his subject’s six-volume diary as well as on thousands of personal letters, interviews, and other documents for a vivid picture of the nation during the 1950s Lavender Scare and a belated tribute to the work of men forced to lie in order to serve their country. Shinkle will be in conversation with Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo! News.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 20, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
It Will Yet Be Heard: A Polish Rabbi's Witness of the Shoah and Survival Cover Image
By Leon Thorne, Daniel Magilow (Editor), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Preface by), Emanuel Thorne (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781978801653
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Published: Rutgers University Press - November 12th, 2018

Miracle Child: The Journey of a Young Holocaust Survivor (Holocaust: History and Literature) Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781618118592
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Published: Academic Studies Press - April 15th, 2018

Rabbi Leon Thorne was born in Schodnica in Eastern Galicia and was ordained as a rabbi at age nineteen. He became a chaplain in the Polish army in 1944, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1948. His extraordinary memoir, written in part while in hiding in a small underground bunker below a Polish peasant’s pigsty, recounts his harrowing experience during the Holocaust. Part of it was published in 1961 as Out of the Ashes. Back in print after forty years, the original text has been revised, annotated, and expanded to include previously unpublished accounts of Rabbi Thorne’s post-war experiences. Emanuel Thorne, Rabbi Thorne’s son, will discuss his father’s life and legacy.

Anita Epstein, born three years into the Holocaust, is one of its youngest and rarest survivors: just one half of one percent of Jewish children in Poland managed to live through the Nazi era. Epstein owes her survival to her parents’ having hidden her with a Catholic family. Remarkably, her mothersurvived as well, despite having been imprisoned in four concentration camps. In her deeply affecting memoir, Epstein recounts her wartime experience, her miraculous reunion with her mother, and her later life in the U.S., which included auditioning to play Anne Frank in the film. Epstein will be joined by her husband and co-authorNoel Epstein, former education editor of The Washington Post. 

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 20, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781629635095
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Published: PM Press - December 15th, 2018

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The Escuela Moderna was founded in Barcelona in 1901 to "educate the working class in a rational, secular and non-coercive setting" with the eventual goal of ushering in a new society free of authority. Though it was closed only five years later and its founder, Francisco Ferrer (1859–1909), was executed for sedition, the initiative became an international movement, with Modern Schools opening in Cuba, London, and, in 1911, New York. In this collection of writings by and about Ferrer, Bray, author of Antifa and Translating Anarchy, and Haworth, editor of Anarchist Pedagogies, have gathered pieces never before available in English to present a comprehensive picture of Ferrer’s anarchist vision and put his ideas in the wider context of those of his comrades and critics.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, January 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781524732714
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Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019

In a string of engaging memoirs and five novels, including Hourglass, Black & White, and Family History, Shapiro has explored the infinite nuances of identity—looking closely at the people, events, and memories that make us who we are. Her new book calls all of that into question, recounting what happened when a genetic test revealed that the man she’d always known as her father was not in fact her biological parent. Told with the urgency of a psychological mystery, Shapiro’s story is both an assessment of the role of technology in our lives as well as an utterly engaging look at a woman struggling not just to put a shattered self back together, but to come to terms with a lineage of secrets and deceptions.

Shapiro will be in conversation with Jennifer Mendelsohn, a seasoned journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Slate. An avid genealogist, she serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and founded the social media movement known as #resistancegenealogy.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Come with Me: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062459138
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Published: Harper - November 27th, 2018

Schulman’s This Beautiful Life dramatized how a videotaped misjudgment could wreak havoc in a family. Her new novel explores what happens when technology gives us access to the lives we might have lived, had we made different choices. When Donny, a young prodigy, develops an algorithm that allows people to experience their multiverses, he tries it out on Amy. The mother of three and wife of a journalist whose career has stalled, Amy is skeptical, but gives it a try. Meanwhile, to get himself out of his rut, her husband goes to Japan with a glamorous photographer to cover Fukushima. Combining timeless issues of loyalty and betrayal with the wild card of powerful new digital tools, Schulman’s intriguing fiction looks at life on the frontier of new realities. Schulman will be in conversation with Susan Coll, author most recently of The Stager.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781455591381
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Published: Twelve - January 22nd, 2019

In many ways 1980 was a landmark political year: it marked the last time an American president received a serious re-election challenge from within his own party, the last contested convention, and the last all-out floor fight over the nominee. A senior political correspondent for Yahoo News, Ward brings two decades of experience to the story of the fight between Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy for the Democratic presidential nomination. His account details the assumptions behind Kennedy’s challenge, considers the personalities involved, the crippled state of the Party, and the wider geo-political context of the nation. He also traces the effects of the Democrats’ civil war, showing how it meant the end of an outdated system and the advent of a political landscape shaped by figures including Bill Clinton, Tom Donilon, Anita Dunn, Joe Trippi, and Bob Shrum.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm
Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison—Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062691576
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - January 22nd, 2019

In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police and accused of spying for America. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized that it was much more dire as it became an eighteen-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes. In Prisoner, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial, his bond with his Iranian father, and his life-changing decision to move to Tehran. Written with wit, humor, and grace, Prisoner brings to life a fascinating, maddening culture in all its complexity.

Rezaian will be in conversation with Frank Sesno, author, former CNN correspondent, and director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University.

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GW Betts Theatre
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052
Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm
A Circle of Elephants: A companion novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368016582
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 22nd, 2019

What Elephants Know Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781484746479
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 16th, 2017

Nandu, first introduced in What Elephants Know (2016), has been adopted by Subba-sahib, the head of the king of Nepal’s elephant stable. Now 13 years old, Nandu has grown into a skilled elephant driver, finally finding a home that is threatened by a seemingly endless drought and animal poachers. Motivated by his love for his diverse community and by his strong bond with Hira Prashad, a powerful bull elephant at the stable, Nandu and his friends will do anything they can to keep the animals safe and to preserve the careful balance of nature in the Nepalese Borderlands. Ages 9 to 12.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Team Human Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780393651690
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 22nd, 2019

Through writing, teaching, and hosting the Team Human podcast, Rushkoff seeks “people-driven solutions” to the problems of living in a technological age. Professor of media theory at CUNY/Queens and the author of books including Program or Be Programmed, Rushkoff has distilled into one hundred aphorisms a manifesto for remaking society in the image of our common humanity. Reminding us that “we cannot be fully human alone,” he shows how to reverse the trends that have made education merely occupational training, have turned money from a means of exchange into a tool for exploitation, and that threaten to replace human workers with robots, individual judgment with algorithms, and undermine democracy with social media.

Rushkoff will be in conversation with Cal Newport, associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of five self-improvement books, including the forthcoming Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, January 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250137715
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 2nd, 2018

The four authors—Brazile, a Democratic political strategist and TV commentator; Caraway, a public relations executive and Democratic strategist; Daughtry, a preacher, organizer, and CEO of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions; and Moore, a former assistant to Bill Clinton—are among the most accomplished and influential African-American women in politics today. Though they have distinct approaches and experiences, their joint memoir/history highlights much that they have in common, from their upbringing in families engaged in the struggle for civil rights to their inspiration by Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, and Myrlie Evers to their three-decades of campaign work for figures ranging from Jesse Jackson and Dukakis to Obama and Hillary Clinton. Truly trail-blazers, these women have an important message for coming generations on how to “dare to enter the halls of power.”

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, January 26, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062843586
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Published: William Morrow - January 22nd, 2019

McFate’s first rule for the world’s next wars is that conventional war is dead. In his provocative update of On War, McFate combines his academic experience as professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with the practical grounding in warfare he gained as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division to outline ten truths that will guide us in waging the wars of the future. To negotiate the new age of Durable Disorder—the period of unrest created by factors including China’s rise, Russia’s resurgence, global terrorism, international criminal empires, and climate change, McFate warns that technology will not save us, mercenaries will return, hearts and minds do not matter, there will be wars without states, and victory is fungible.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, January 26, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781610396950
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 22nd, 2019

Decades of war have taken a heavy toll on Afghanistan’s natural environment. In this uplifting book, Dehgan, an evolutionary biologist and former chief scientist of USAID, recounts how international organizations and local Afghans have found common cause in restoring the land, wildlife, and the human culture that grew from them. His story begins in 2006 and includes reports of international teams working unarmed in some of the most dangerous territory on Earth as well as descriptions of rare and beautiful species such as the iconic snow leopard. Since the project began it has created the country's first national park, completed the first extensive wildlife surveys in thirty years, and worked to stop the poaching of Afghanistan’s endangered animals.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, January 26, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780999745427
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - October 9th, 2018

Simon’s question is urgent and complicated: should governments pay ransom to terrorists? Many European countries, including France, Spain, and Germany, have paid millions of dollars to terrorist groups while the U.S. and Britain have argued that paying ransom would encourage kidnapping and further endanger their citizens. Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, explores the ethical, legal, and strategic aspects of this issue by tracing the consequences of a recent kidnapping by ISIS. After the group abducted Western aid workers and journalists in Syria in 2012, it eventually released the Europeans, but executed the British and Americans, including journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Will this uncompromising stand deter future abductions or was this too high a price to pay? Simon, executive director of Committee to Protect Journalists, will be in conversation with Indira Lakshmanan, executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, January 26, 8:00 pm

Join us for a night of DC trivia!

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.

Beer and wine will be available.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 27, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation's Founding (Nathan I. Huggins Lectures #18) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780674972223
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Published: Harvard University Press - January 1st, 2019

Since a number of the nation’s founders were slave-holders, many historians have interpreted the Constitution as not merely tolerating slavery but positively enshrining it. In this revisionist account, Wilentz demonstrates that while proslavery interests influenced the framing of the Constitution, they were limited by anti-slavery arguments; some Southern delegates actively rejected seeing slaves solely as chattel property, and the document did not explicitly sanction “property in man.” But abiding slavery without legitimizing it, the Constitution offered support for both sides, and Wilentz, professor of history at Princeton and author of the award-winning The Rise of American Democracy, astutely traces the evolution of the nation’s debates on slavery from the 1770s to the 1850s.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 27, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781610397513
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 27th, 2018

In this probing analysis of contemporary American Jewish identity, Mnookin, a leading scholar of conflict resolution and Harvard Law School professor, observes that being Jewish in the U.S. is as likely to be a matter of personal choice and public self-definition as it is of family heritage. To investigate whether such broad criteria for inclusion threatens to weaken American Judaism, Mnookin identifies four challenges the community needs to address: rampant intermarriage, weak religious observance, diminished cohesion in the face of waning anti-Semitism, and deeply conflicting views about Israel. He argues that the greatest danger to American Jews is disengagement and advises that the community can stay strong through actively embracing diversity and debate.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 27, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465048700
Availability: Backordered
Published: Basic Books - October 9th, 2018

When the NFL was founded in August 1920, it called itself the American Professional Football Association and, compared to baseball, boxing, horseracing, and college football, it was laughable. Yet now the NFL brings in millions of dollars annually and the 2017 Super Bowl drew over 111 million viewers, making it the third-most watched broadcast in U.S. television history. Drawing on archival research and dozens of interviews, Eisenberg, a former Baltimore Sun sportswriter and author of That First Season, tells the little-known story of how the NFL became the powerhouse it is. At the center of his story are five owners: Art Rooney, George Halas, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, and Bert Bel, men with a vision who were ready to risk everything for it.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, January 28, 7:00 pm
A Curse So Dark and Lonely Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781681195087
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - January 29th, 2019

Letters to the Lost Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781681195919
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - March 6th, 2018

More Than We Can Tell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681190143
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - March 6th, 2018

The Darkest Star (Origin Series #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250175731
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Published: Tor Teen - October 30th, 2018

White Hot Kiss (Harlequin Teen) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780373211104
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Published: Harlequin Teen - February 25th, 2014

If There's No Tomorrow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780373212224
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Published: Harlequin Teen - September 5th, 2017

Moonlight Scandals: A de Vincent Novel (de Vincent series #3) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062674579
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Published: Avon - January 29th, 2019

Harper is no stranger to hardship. Her father is long gone, her mother is dying of cancer, and her brother is struggling to pay off their father’s debts. Harper also has cerebral palsy, and is constantly being underestimated for
it. So one night when she sees a man dragging an unconscious woman down an alley in Washington, DC, she chooses to act. In doing so, she is magically transported to Emberfall, a kingdom abandoned by its rulers and plagued with a savage beast. Harper meets the cursed Prince Rhen, with whom she finds herself in a surprising alliance. A retelling of “The Beauty and the Beast” story, A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a richly ambitious and fast-paced feminist epic. In conversation with Jennifer Armentrout, author of The Darkest Star and other YA titles. Ages 12 and up.

In Conversation with Jennifer Armentrout, author of The Darkest Star and other YA titles.

Kemmerer and Armentrout will both sign their books after the in conversation.

 

 

 

Connie Morella Library (formerly Bethesday Library)
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
Monday, January 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316505116
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Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

As of 2017, there were at least two million domestic workers in the U.S., the majority of them women. These housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers seldom get minimum wage, let alone overtime, sick leave, or vacation pay. They disappear as individuals. “I’d become a nameless ghost,” Land writes about her years working as a maid. A single mother who tried to survive on $9 an hour, Land gives an unforgettable first-hand report of America from below the poverty line, recounting the frustration and humiliation of arduous labor, poverty, and inadequate government programs. Determined to provide a better life for her daughter, Land, now a staff writer at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and a fellow at the Center for Community Change, sheds much needed light on the realities of today’s economic inequality. Land will be in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the classic Nickel and Dimed.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101986721
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Published: Dutton - February 5th, 2019

In this presentation based on the companion volume to Pledged, her groundbreaking look at sororities, Robbins, an award-winning investigative journalist, will tell parents of both genders what they should know about boys of all ages, drinking, sex, and the college social scene. Intended to help parents and students who are in college, applying to college, or someday college-bound, Fraternity portrays the challenges, pressures, and expectations of today’s college boys. Robbins works to shift the common narrative of “boys will be boys” to “boys will be good humans.” To get to the truth behind the headlines, she interviewed dozens of current and former fraternity brothers, giving an honest look at the realities of an institution that dominates college social life. Join us for an exclusive pre-release opportunity to purchase and discuss the book.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324001768
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

A writer, lawyer, and founder of Common Good, Howard is a leading critic of over-regulation and excessive litigation. As he argued in The Rule of Nobody, good government doesn’t depend on laws and bureaucratic hierarchies, but simply on asking what is the right thing to do. His new book is based on the similarly clear and straightforward premise that the nation has fallen away from the founders’ vision. Where they saw government’s role as enhancing freedom of choice and protecting citizens with the rule of law, today’s government is too mired in its own operations to act sensibly or provide needed services. To establish the truly practical society the founders intended requires that we stop relying on rules and instead take responsibility by making meaningful choices.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250177513
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 29th, 2019

Leamer’s new book is both an update of his 2009 Madness Under the Royal Palms, a definitive insider portrait of Palm Beach, and a profile of Trump, the community’s most visible member. Starting with Trump’s arrival in the early 1980s, Leamer recounts how the future president turned property he paid $3000 for into the glitzy Mar-A-Lago—worth perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars—how he was initially blackballed by the reigning WASPs, how he fought back, and how he was able to integrate Palm Beach’s restricted clubs. In telling these stories of Trump’s tangles with Palm Beach high society, many of which have not come out before, Leamer gives valuable insight into how Trump developed the ambitions and hubris that led him from Palm Beach to Washington.

 

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Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm

It’s 1889, and Paris is readying itself for the Exposition Universelle, a world fair that has both reinvigorated the city and dredged up ancient secrets. In the thick of it all is Séverin Montagnet-Alarie, a treasure hunter and hotelier, and his diverse band of teenage thieves, some of whom are gifted with the divine art of Forging. The Order of Babel—an all-powerful society tasked to protect the fallen fragments of the Tower of Babel—tasks the troupe to hunt an artifact for the ultimate reward: Séverin’s stolen inheritance. The Gilded Wolves weaves fantastical elements and fully-wrought characters together into a gripping heist adventure that will have readers on the edge of their seats. Ages 12 and up.

 

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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 28th, 2017

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Published: Wednesday Books - August 7th, 2018

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Published: Wednesday Books - March 6th, 2018

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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - March 27th, 2018

Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This event has been canceled.

 

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Downhill from Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality Cover Image
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Published: Metropolitan Books - January 29th, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

When Ellin was swept off her feet by a man who called himself The Commander and regaled her with incredible stories of international espionage, the Pentagon, and Osama bin Laden, it took her awhile to realize that something was wrong. Then when she wrote about her experience in a Psychology Today cover story, she got another surprise: she wasn’t the only to have fallen for a persuasive liar. Many people—mainly women—have been similarly conned, primarily by men. In this fascinating study of double-lives, Ellin, an award-wining journalist and former New York Times “Preludes” columnist, explores the psychology of both perpetrators and victims, looks at how lies work, why people believe them, and what all this tells us about human nature.

 

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Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married Cover Image
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 15th, 2019

Friday, January 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Zuboff’s 1988 In the Age of the Smart Machine is still considered one of the most important assessments of the impact of computers on society. Her new book updates the picture with a comprehensive analysis of the social, political, business, and technological meaning of recent advances in digital technology. The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal and the continuing Facebook headlines are just glimpses of the ways big tech companies exploit personal data without our knowledge, and how those data are used to shape our behavior. And yet the crisis we face today is neither digital technology nor the practices of Facebook and Google. A board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Charles Edward Wilson Professor emerita at Harvard Business School, Zuboff exposes the real menace: the unprecedented economic logic she calls “surveillance capitalism” invented at Google, duplicated at Facebook, rampant in Silicon Valley, and now infecting every industry. Its tools of behavior modification and social engineering, threatens basic freedoms, challenges individual autonomy, and increases social inequality, and our challenge now is to move past the shock and revulsion to ask the most important question of our time: Will we be the masters of the information age or will it master us? 

 

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power Cover Image
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 15th, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

A tale of spies, sabotage, and industrial ingenuity, Taylor’s third book starts with a little known incident from June 1940: the explosion at Baltimore’s Crown Cork and Seal factory. Because cork was used in gaskets, bomber insulation, and ammunition, it was essential to the war effort, and rumors circulated about Nazi involvement in the blast. Drawing on interviews with surviving family members, personal collections, and recently declassified government records, Taylor traces the FBI investigation and along the way recreates secret missions to North Africa and the machinations by undercover agents. At the heart of his story are three men who played prominent roles at Crown, in particular the Catalan manager who was perfectly positioned to be a spy.

 

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Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II Cover Image
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - December 9th, 2018

Saturday, January 19, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

In her latest novel, Apostol, winner of the PEN Open Book Award and two-time winner of the National Book Award in the Philippines, pulls out all the literary stops to chart the repercussions of an especially bloody chapter of the Philippine-American War. When forty-eight Americans were killed in the 1901 Balangiga massacre in Samar, U.S. troops retaliated by massacring between 5,000 and 50,000 Filipinos, depending on who you ask. The truth is still contested decades later when an American woman is making a film about the incident from the perspective of a white photographer. Her translator rewrites the script to convey the experiences of a Filipino schoolteacher. Apostol gives us both versions along with an intricate tapestry of the voices of the many women who were involved in the war. Kaleidoscopic and deeply affecting, the novel probes the truth in ways unavailable to conventional histories.

 

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Insurrecto Cover Image
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Published: Soho Press - November 13th, 2018

Saturday, January 19, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Co-founder of Experience Corps, which mobilizes people over age fifty to help under-served children of low-income communities, Freedman, also the founder, CEO, and president of Encore.org, has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs by a wide variety of organizations. His work is rooted in the belief that connecting older and younger generations will benefit everyone in ways both practical and spiritual. Drawing on his work with people of all ages and including stories of those who have mentored, encouraged, and inspired him, Freedman explores philosophical ideas of meaning and purpose and shows how we can make the best use of our increasingly long life spans.

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How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations Cover Image
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 20th, 2018

Sunday, January 20, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Robert "Bobby" Cutler (1895-1974) earned a law degree at Harvard and served two stints as Eisenhower’s National Security Advisor. While historians have recognized his contributions to the country’s Cold War policy, until now, none have assessed his work in light of his private life. A closeted gay man, Cutler worked with several other gay men in Washington at a time when Executive Order 10450 banned gays from government employment and made them subject to relentless persecution. Shinkle, a longtime investigative reporter and Cutler’s great-nephew, draws on his subject’s six-volume diary as well as on thousands of personal letters, interviews, and other documents for a vivid picture of the nation during the 1950s Lavender Scare and a belated tribute to the work of men forced to lie in order to serve their country. Shinkle will be in conversation with Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo! News.

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Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler Cover Image
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Published: Steerforth - December 4th, 2018

Sunday, January 20, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Rabbi Leon Thorne was born in Schodnica in Eastern Galicia and was ordained as a rabbi at age nineteen. He became a chaplain in the Polish army in 1944, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1948. His extraordinary memoir, written in part while in hiding in a small underground bunker below a Polish peasant’s pigsty, recounts his harrowing experience during the Holocaust. Part of it was published in 1961 as Out of the Ashes. Back in print after forty years, the original text has been revised, annotated, and expanded to include previously unpublished accounts of Rabbi Thorne’s post-war experiences. Emanuel Thorne, Rabbi Thorne’s son, will discuss his father’s life and legacy.

Anita Epstein, born three years into the Holocaust, is one of its youngest and rarest survivors: just one half of one percent of Jewish children in Poland managed to live through the Nazi era. Epstein owes her survival to her parents’ having hidden her with a Catholic family. Remarkably, her mothersurvived as well, despite having been imprisoned in four concentration camps. In her deeply affecting memoir, Epstein recounts her wartime experience, her miraculous reunion with her mother, and her later life in the U.S., which included auditioning to play Anne Frank in the film. Epstein will be joined by her husband and co-authorNoel Epstein, former education editor of The Washington Post. 

 

 

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It Will Yet Be Heard: A Polish Rabbi's Witness of the Shoah and Survival Cover Image
By Leon Thorne, Daniel Magilow (Editor), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Preface by), Emanuel Thorne (Editor)
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Published: Rutgers University Press - November 12th, 2018

Miracle Child: The Journey of a Young Holocaust Survivor (Holocaust: History and Literature) Cover Image
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Published: Academic Studies Press - April 15th, 2018

Sunday, January 20, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

This event has been cancelled.

The Escuela Moderna was founded in Barcelona in 1901 to "educate the working class in a rational, secular and non-coercive setting" with the eventual goal of ushering in a new society free of authority. Though it was closed only five years later and its founder, Francisco Ferrer (1859–1909), was executed for sedition, the initiative became an international movement, with Modern Schools opening in Cuba, London, and, in 1911, New York. In this collection of writings by and about Ferrer, Bray, author of Antifa and Translating Anarchy, and Haworth, editor of Anarchist Pedagogies, have gathered pieces never before available in English to present a comprehensive picture of Ferrer’s anarchist vision and put his ideas in the wider context of those of his comrades and critics.

 

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Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader Cover Image
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Published: PM Press - December 15th, 2018

Monday, January 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In a string of engaging memoirs and five novels, including Hourglass, Black & White, and Family History, Shapiro has explored the infinite nuances of identity—looking closely at the people, events, and memories that make us who we are. Her new book calls all of that into question, recounting what happened when a genetic test revealed that the man she’d always known as her father was not in fact her biological parent. Told with the urgency of a psychological mystery, Shapiro’s story is both an assessment of the role of technology in our lives as well as an utterly engaging look at a woman struggling not just to put a shattered self back together, but to come to terms with a lineage of secrets and deceptions.

Shapiro will be in conversation with Jennifer Mendelsohn, a seasoned journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Slate. An avid genealogist, she serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and founded the social media movement known as #resistancegenealogy.

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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
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Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Schulman’s This Beautiful Life dramatized how a videotaped misjudgment could wreak havoc in a family. Her new novel explores what happens when technology gives us access to the lives we might have lived, had we made different choices. When Donny, a young prodigy, develops an algorithm that allows people to experience their multiverses, he tries it out on Amy. The mother of three and wife of a journalist whose career has stalled, Amy is skeptical, but gives it a try. Meanwhile, to get himself out of his rut, her husband goes to Japan with a glamorous photographer to cover Fukushima. Combining timeless issues of loyalty and betrayal with the wild card of powerful new digital tools, Schulman’s intriguing fiction looks at life on the frontier of new realities. Schulman will be in conversation with Susan Coll, author most recently of The Stager.

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Come with Me: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper - November 27th, 2018

Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In many ways 1980 was a landmark political year: it marked the last time an American president received a serious re-election challenge from within his own party, the last contested convention, and the last all-out floor fight over the nominee. A senior political correspondent for Yahoo News, Ward brings two decades of experience to the story of the fight between Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy for the Democratic presidential nomination. His account details the assumptions behind Kennedy’s challenge, considers the personalities involved, the crippled state of the Party, and the wider geo-political context of the nation. He also traces the effects of the Democrats’ civil war, showing how it meant the end of an outdated system and the advent of a political landscape shaped by figures including Bill Clinton, Tom Donilon, Anita Dunn, Joe Trippi, and Bob Shrum.

 

 

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Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party Cover Image
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Published: Twelve - January 22nd, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm

Nandu, first introduced in What Elephants Know (2016), has been adopted by Subba-sahib, the head of the king of Nepal’s elephant stable. Now 13 years old, Nandu has grown into a skilled elephant driver, finally finding a home that is threatened by a seemingly endless drought and animal poachers. Motivated by his love for his diverse community and by his strong bond with Hira Prashad, a powerful bull elephant at the stable, Nandu and his friends will do anything they can to keep the animals safe and to preserve the careful balance of nature in the Nepalese Borderlands. Ages 9 to 12.

 

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A Circle of Elephants: A companion novel Cover Image
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 22nd, 2019

What Elephants Know Cover Image
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 16th, 2017

Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Through writing, teaching, and hosting the Team Human podcast, Rushkoff seeks “people-driven solutions” to the problems of living in a technological age. Professor of media theory at CUNY/Queens and the author of books including Program or Be Programmed, Rushkoff has distilled into one hundred aphorisms a manifesto for remaking society in the image of our common humanity. Reminding us that “we cannot be fully human alone,” he shows how to reverse the trends that have made education merely occupational training, have turned money from a means of exchange into a tool for exploitation, and that threaten to replace human workers with robots, individual judgment with algorithms, and undermine democracy with social media.

Rushkoff will be in conversation with Cal Newport, associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of five self-improvement books, including the forthcoming Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.

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Team Human Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 22nd, 2019

Friday, January 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The four authors—Brazile, a Democratic political strategist and TV commentator; Caraway, a public relations executive and Democratic strategist; Daughtry, a preacher, organizer, and CEO of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions; and Moore, a former assistant to Bill Clinton—are among the most accomplished and influential African-American women in politics today. Though they have distinct approaches and experiences, their joint memoir/history highlights much that they have in common, from their upbringing in families engaged in the struggle for civil rights to their inspiration by Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, and Myrlie Evers to their three-decades of campaign work for figures ranging from Jesse Jackson and Dukakis to Obama and Hillary Clinton. Truly trail-blazers, these women have an important message for coming generations on how to “dare to enter the halls of power.”

 

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 2nd, 2018

Saturday, January 26, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

McFate’s first rule for the world’s next wars is that conventional war is dead. In his provocative update of On War, McFate combines his academic experience as professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with the practical grounding in warfare he gained as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division to outline ten truths that will guide us in waging the wars of the future. To negotiate the new age of Durable Disorder—the period of unrest created by factors including China’s rise, Russia’s resurgence, global terrorism, international criminal empires, and climate change, McFate warns that technology will not save us, mercenaries will return, hearts and minds do not matter, there will be wars without states, and victory is fungible.

 

 

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The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow - January 22nd, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Decades of war have taken a heavy toll on Afghanistan’s natural environment. In this uplifting book, Dehgan, an evolutionary biologist and former chief scientist of USAID, recounts how international organizations and local Afghans have found common cause in restoring the land, wildlife, and the human culture that grew from them. His story begins in 2006 and includes reports of international teams working unarmed in some of the most dangerous territory on Earth as well as descriptions of rare and beautiful species such as the iconic snow leopard. Since the project began it has created the country's first national park, completed the first extensive wildlife surveys in thirty years, and worked to stop the poaching of Afghanistan’s endangered animals.

 

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The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation Cover Image
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 22nd, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Simon’s question is urgent and complicated: should governments pay ransom to terrorists? Many European countries, including France, Spain, and Germany, have paid millions of dollars to terrorist groups while the U.S. and Britain have argued that paying ransom would encourage kidnapping and further endanger their citizens. Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, explores the ethical, legal, and strategic aspects of this issue by tracing the consequences of a recent kidnapping by ISIS. After the group abducted Western aid workers and journalists in Syria in 2012, it eventually released the Europeans, but executed the British and Americans, including journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Will this uncompromising stand deter future abductions or was this too high a price to pay? Simon, executive director of Committee to Protect Journalists, will be in conversation with Indira Lakshmanan, executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom Cover Image
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - October 9th, 2018

Sunday, January 27, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Since a number of the nation’s founders were slave-holders, many historians have interpreted the Constitution as not merely tolerating slavery but positively enshrining it. In this revisionist account, Wilentz demonstrates that while proslavery interests influenced the framing of the Constitution, they were limited by anti-slavery arguments; some Southern delegates actively rejected seeing slaves solely as chattel property, and the document did not explicitly sanction “property in man.” But abiding slavery without legitimizing it, the Constitution offered support for both sides, and Wilentz, professor of history at Princeton and author of the award-winning The Rise of American Democracy, astutely traces the evolution of the nation’s debates on slavery from the 1770s to the 1850s.

 

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No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation's Founding (Nathan I. Huggins Lectures #18) Cover Image
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Published: Harvard University Press - January 1st, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In this probing analysis of contemporary American Jewish identity, Mnookin, a leading scholar of conflict resolution and Harvard Law School professor, observes that being Jewish in the U.S. is as likely to be a matter of personal choice and public self-definition as it is of family heritage. To investigate whether such broad criteria for inclusion threatens to weaken American Judaism, Mnookin identifies four challenges the community needs to address: rampant intermarriage, weak religious observance, diminished cohesion in the face of waning anti-Semitism, and deeply conflicting views about Israel. He argues that the greatest danger to American Jews is disengagement and advises that the community can stay strong through actively embracing diversity and debate.

 

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The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610397513
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 27th, 2018

Sunday, January 27, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

When the NFL was founded in August 1920, it called itself the American Professional Football Association and, compared to baseball, boxing, horseracing, and college football, it was laughable. Yet now the NFL brings in millions of dollars annually and the 2017 Super Bowl drew over 111 million viewers, making it the third-most watched broadcast in U.S. television history. Drawing on archival research and dozens of interviews, Eisenberg, a former Baltimore Sun sportswriter and author of That First Season, tells the little-known story of how the NFL became the powerhouse it is. At the center of his story are five owners: Art Rooney, George Halas, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, and Bert Bel, men with a vision who were ready to risk everything for it.

 

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The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465048700
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Published: Basic Books - October 9th, 2018

Monday, January 28, 7:00 pm

Harper is no stranger to hardship. Her father is long gone, her mother is dying of cancer, and her brother is struggling to pay off their father’s debts. Harper also has cerebral palsy, and is constantly being underestimated for
it. So one night when she sees a man dragging an unconscious woman down an alley in Washington, DC, she chooses to act. In doing so, she is magically transported to Emberfall, a kingdom abandoned by its rulers and plagued with a savage beast. Harper meets the cursed Prince Rhen, with whom she finds herself in a surprising alliance. A retelling of “The Beauty and the Beast” story, A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a richly ambitious and fast-paced feminist epic. In conversation with Jennifer Armentrout, author of The Darkest Star and other YA titles. Ages 12 and up.

In Conversation with Jennifer Armentrout, author of The Darkest Star and other YA titles.

Kemmerer and Armentrout will both sign their books after the in conversation.

 

 

 

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - January 29th, 2019

Letters to the Lost Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - March 6th, 2018

More Than We Can Tell Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - March 6th, 2018

The Darkest Star (Origin Series #1) Cover Image
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Published: Tor Teen - October 30th, 2018

White Hot Kiss (Harlequin Teen) Cover Image
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Published: Harlequin Teen - February 25th, 2014

If There's No Tomorrow Cover Image
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Published: Harlequin Teen - September 5th, 2017

Moonlight Scandals: A de Vincent Novel (de Vincent series #3) Cover Image
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Published: Avon - January 29th, 2019

Monday, January 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

As of 2017, there were at least two million domestic workers in the U.S., the majority of them women. These housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers seldom get minimum wage, let alone overtime, sick leave, or vacation pay. They disappear as individuals. “I’d become a nameless ghost,” Land writes about her years working as a maid. A single mother who tried to survive on $9 an hour, Land gives an unforgettable first-hand report of America from below the poverty line, recounting the frustration and humiliation of arduous labor, poverty, and inadequate government programs. Determined to provide a better life for her daughter, Land, now a staff writer at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and a fellow at the Center for Community Change, sheds much needed light on the realities of today’s economic inequality. Land will be in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the classic Nickel and Dimed.

 

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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
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Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In this presentation based on the companion volume to Pledged, her groundbreaking look at sororities, Robbins, an award-winning investigative journalist, will tell parents of both genders what they should know about boys of all ages, drinking, sex, and the college social scene. Intended to help parents and students who are in college, applying to college, or someday college-bound, Fraternity portrays the challenges, pressures, and expectations of today’s college boys. Robbins works to shift the common narrative of “boys will be boys” to “boys will be good humans.” To get to the truth behind the headlines, she interviewed dozens of current and former fraternity brothers, giving an honest look at the realities of an institution that dominates college social life. Join us for an exclusive pre-release opportunity to purchase and discuss the book.

 

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Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101986721
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Published: Dutton - February 5th, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A writer, lawyer, and founder of Common Good, Howard is a leading critic of over-regulation and excessive litigation. As he argued in The Rule of Nobody, good government doesn’t depend on laws and bureaucratic hierarchies, but simply on asking what is the right thing to do. His new book is based on the similarly clear and straightforward premise that the nation has fallen away from the founders’ vision. Where they saw government’s role as enhancing freedom of choice and protecting citizens with the rule of law, today’s government is too mired in its own operations to act sensibly or provide needed services. To establish the truly practical society the founders intended requires that we stop relying on rules and instead take responsibility by making meaningful choices.

 

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Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Leamer’s new book is both an update of his 2009 Madness Under the Royal Palms, a definitive insider portrait of Palm Beach, and a profile of Trump, the community’s most visible member. Starting with Trump’s arrival in the early 1980s, Leamer recounts how the future president turned property he paid $3000 for into the glitzy Mar-A-Lago—worth perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars—how he was initially blackballed by the reigning WASPs, how he fought back, and how he was able to integrate Palm Beach’s restricted clubs. In telling these stories of Trump’s tangles with Palm Beach high society, many of which have not come out before, Leamer gives valuable insight into how Trump developed the ambitions and hubris that led him from Palm Beach to Washington.

 

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Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250177513
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 29th, 2019

Wed
16
7:00 pm
Roshani Chokshi - The Gilded Wolves (#1) — at Connie Morella Library (formerly Bethesda Library) *For Adults and Teens*
Wed
16
7:00 pm
CANCELED: Katherine S. Newman - Downhill from Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality
Thu
17
7:00 pm
Abby Ellin - Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married
Fri
18
7:00 pm
Shoshana Zuboff - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
Sat
19
1:00 pm
David A. Taylor - Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II
Sat
19
3:30 pm
Gina Apostol - Insurrecto
Sat
19
6:00 pm
Marc Freedman - How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations
Sun
20
1:00 pm
Peter Shinkle - Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler — in conversation with Michael Isikoff
Sun
20
3:00 pm
Emmanuel Thorne - Leon Thorne's It Will Yet Be Heard: A Polish Rabbi's Witness of the Shoah and Survival & Anita and Noel Epstein - Miracle Child: The Journey of a Young Holocaust Survivor
Sun
20
5:00 pm
CANCELLED: Mark Bray and Robert H. Haworth - Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader
Mon
21
7:00 pm
Dani Shapiro - Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love — in conversation with Jennifer Mendelsohn
Tue
22
7:00 pm
Helen Schulman - Come With Me — in conversation with Susan Coll
Wed
23
7:00 pm
Jon Ward - Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight That Broke the Democratic Party
Thu
24
7:00 pm
Eric Dinerstein - A Circle of Elephants — in Children and Teens
Thu
24
7:00 pm
Douglas Rushkoff - Team Human — in conversation with Cal Newport
Fri
25
7:00 pm
Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore - For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics
Sat
26
1:00 pm
Sean McFate - The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder
Sat
26
3:30 pm
Alex Dehgan - The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation
Sat
26
6:00 pm
Joel Simon - We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom — in conversation with Indira Lakshmanan, executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Sun
27
1:00 pm
Sean Wilentz - No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation's Founding
Sun
27
3:00 pm
Robert Mnookin - The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World
Sun
27
5:00 pm
John Eisenberg - The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire
Mon
28
7:00 pm
Brigid Kemmerer - A Curse So Dark and Lonely — at Connie Morella Library (formerly Bethesda Library)
Mon
28
7:00 pm
Stephanie Land - Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive — in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich
Tue
29
7:00 pm
Alexandra Robbins - Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men
Wed
30
7:00 pm
Philip K. Howard - Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left
Thu
31
7:00 pm
Laurence Leamer - Mar-A-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace