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Events
Friday, March 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature—A New Evolutionary History Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781615195312
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: The Experiment - March 19th, 2019

Of the many questions science has tackled through the centuries, one of the most difficult has been to define human nature. We’ve always seen ourselves as distinct from all other forms of life even as our investigations have steadily shown that we’re not as different as we think. We aren’t, after all, the only species that communicates, makes and uses tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. In this detailed exploration of our uncertain place in the animal kingdom, Rutherford, a broadcaster and the author of Creation and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, argues that the essence of being human is exactly this ability to formulate the paradox of ourselves as both like other animals and distinct from them. Rutherford will be in conversation with David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene and the forthcoming book Range.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, March 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092211
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 12th, 2019

In her wide-ranging collection of essays, Lessard, a longtime New Yorker writer, founding editor of The Washington Monthly, and a self-described “collector of places,” combines sharply observed description, history, and philosophical reflection to explore the meaning of landscapes. As she guides us through places that have meant something to her personally—the Hudson River Valley, a neighborhood in Brooklyn—as well as those with larger resonance, such as preserved Civil War battlefields, whitewashed Southern plantations, the King of Prussia shopping mall, and the Columbia University campus, Lessard shows not only how different places shape the lives that inhabit them, but presents American landscape itself as a metaphor for recent shifts in national consciousness.

Lessard will be in conversation with Howard Norman, winner of the Lannan Award for literature and author of many novels, most recently the upcoming The Ghost Clause.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, March 23, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being (American Lives ) Cover Image
By Xi Xu
$19.95
ISBN: 9781496206824
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 2019

An Indonesian of Chinese descent with roots in Hong Kong and citizenship in the U.S., Xi rejects notions of borders, and her essays—like her life—cover wide swaths of ground. Writing from multiple centers at once, she combines the intensely personal with the analytical to reflect on the Dreamers and on Hong Kong as well as to consider what it means today to “belong”—a question she interweaves with accounts of her role as caregiver during her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, her two marriages and current partnership, and the long deliberation about career choices that took her first to the corporate world and then to literature and academia. Co-director of the international MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Xi has written two novels and a memoir.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, March 23, 4:00 pm
SHOUT Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670012107
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374311254
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 15th, 2019

Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250302359
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

Speak: The Graphic Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374300289
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 6th, 2018

The Impossible Knife of Memory Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147510723
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Speak - June 2nd, 2015

The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781568588438
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Published: Bold Type Books - May 2018

Join Laurie Halse Anderson, the award-winning author of SPEAK, who presents SHOUT, a searing poetic memoir for the #MeToo era. Anderson will be joined in conversation by a special guest special guest Jill Filipovic.

Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in SHOUT (on sale March 12, 2019).

In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, devastating and triumphant, SHOUT is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is for mature audiences only. Children under 13 will not be admitted.

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.

Jill Filipovic is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, lawyer, and the author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, she is also a weekly columnist for CNN and a current New America Future of War fellow. Formerly a columnist for the Guardian and Cosmopolitan.com’s senior political writer, her work on law, politics, gender and foreign affairs has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, Vice, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, and others.

Tickets:

1 ticket and 1 copy of SHOUT - $22 ($20 members)
1 student ticket and 1 copy of SHOUT - ($19.00) Valid student ID must be shown at Will Call
1 student ticket only - $10.00 ($8.00 GWU students) Valid student ID must be shown at Will Call

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GW Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052
Saturday, March 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735221048
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Published: Penguin Press - March 12th, 2019

Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl left his post in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and was held by the Taliban until May 31, 2014. He later pleaded guilty to desertion and was dishonorably discharged, but the case has been surrounded by questions and controversy ever since. In this comprehensive report of both the government’s clumsy handling of the incident—which reflects the larger problems of the conflict in general—and Bergdahl’s actions, motives, and background, Ames, a military reporter who lived in Bergdahl’s hometown for nine years, sets the record straight. Co-authored with Afghanistan War vet Matt Farwell and drawing on more than one hundred interviews with sources including cabinet-level officials, diplomats, intelligence officers, and Bergdahl’s friends, he proves that Bergdahl deliberately abandoned his post to protest the way the U.S. was conducting the war.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Gardener of Eden Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781643130040
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Published: Pegasus Books - March 5th, 2019

Best known for his guides to and celebrations of the City of Light—A Passion for Paris, Paris to the Pyrenees, and A Taste of Paris—Downie is also an accomplished fiction writer. His third novel is a haunting story of ghosts and secrets set in the fading coastal town of Carverville. James, something of a prodigal son, returns to the town after forty years. Not exactly welcomed with open arms, he finds work at a dilapidated resort. Then he makes a grisly discovery, one that forces him to confront his past and endangers his future, leaving him open to the full brunt of the town’s festering suspicions and conspiracy theories. Downie will be in conversation with Colleen Daly, an editor and writing coach who has run a library and worked at the American Academy in Rome.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, March 24, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781632869609
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 15th, 2019

Pipher gained national recognition in 1994 with her now classic Reviving Ophelia, which challenged assumptions about teenage girls. Now the psychologist who earned the title “cultural therapist” to a generation examines the myriad issues people face as they age. Addressed primarily, but not exclusively, to women, Pipher focuses on cultural and developmental challenges ranging from misogyny and ageism to illness and mortality. With insightful stories drawn from her experience as a mother, daughter, and caregiver and from her long clinical practice, she illustrates how to accommodate change by cultivating new interests; how to avoid isolation by joining groups and focusing on friendships; and how to reframe even loss as a positive experience by letting go of the “false selves” that have inhibited joy and authenticity in the past.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, March 24, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Outsmarting Autism, Updated and Expanded: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization, and Behavior at All Ages Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781623173203
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: North Atlantic Books - March 19th, 2019

This event has been postponed.

Now revised and updated, Lemer’s award-winning guide to autism and Asperger syndrome, first published in 2014, remains essential for patients, families, teachers, and caregivers. A licensed professional counselor with over forty years of experience as an educational diagnostician, Lemer in this comprehensive book addresses autism identification and treatment from conception through adulthood. Emphasizing that each child on the autism spectrum is unique, Lemer uses “Total Load Theory,” considering multiple possible factors in order to find the proper diagnosis and treatment for each case. She describes more than fifty approaches, ranging from modifications in diet and sleep to stress reduction and environmental adjustments.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, March 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Solitary Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

Convicted of armed robbery in his twenties, Woodfox was sentenced to fifty years in Angola prison. There he learned about the Black Panther’s code of living and commitment to social justice and joined the party. Then in April 1972 he was accused of killing a white guard and, without evidence, put into solitary confinement. For more than forty years, until he was freed in February 2016, he spent 23 hours a day in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell. In this extraordinary memoir, Woodfox, who began his activismfor prisoners’ rights while still in solitary, recounts his harrowing experience as one of the Angola Three. His book is both a searing indictment of the criminal justice system and a tribute to the Black Panther Party, whose principles helped keep him hopeful and compassionate during his long ordeal.

Woodfox will be in conversation with Katherine M. Kimpel, current Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and formerly one of Woodfox's legal representatives.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224933
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - March 26th, 2019

Eberhardt, a professor of psychology at Stanford, is one of the foremost experts on unconscious racial bias. Her important new book draws on research—both in the lab and in real-world contexts such as courtrooms, prisons, boardrooms, and on the street—and her own experience to show that you don’t have to be racist to be biased. Nearly all of us are biased, she argues, however much we believe in equality. Tracing bias through all level of society, Eberhardt illustrates how it affects representations and interactions in the media, education, and business. But because these inherent prejudices are in some sense a basic part of human nature, Eberhardt, named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers, believes that we can work together to eradicate them.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11 Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781541762220
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 26th, 2019

Now president of the University of California, Napolitano served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. Created in the wake of 9/11 and charged with making America safer, the department oversees some 230,000 employees in twenty-two federal agencies, including those related to intelligence and law enforcement, natural disasters, commercial aviation, border security and ICE, cybersecurity, and terrorism. Answering critics of such a large, wide-ranging, and untraditional agency, Napolitano draws on her experiences—which range from countering security threats during Obama’s inauguration to coordinating responses to Hurricane Sandy and the “Underwear Bomber”—and on the fact that the nation has not had another 9/11, to show that Homeland Security plays an effective and essential role in keeping the nation safe.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984822802
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harmony - March 5th, 2019

Gretchen Rubin has found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. Unfortunately, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work for all of us. In Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room For Happiness, Rubin helps us tailor our approach to order and organization to suit our own particular challenges and habits. By getting rid of things we don't use, don't need, or don't love, we’re able to create the order that will make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment—one that helps us to create the lives we want. This event will include an author discussion, audience Q&A, and book signing.

Single ticket: $18
1 Ticket and 1 Book: $30 ($28 for members)
2 Tickets and 1 Book: $40 ($38 for members)

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Raise Your Hand Cover Image
By Alice Paul Tapper, Marta Kissi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524791209
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Workshop - March 26th, 2019

When Alice Tapper noticed that the girls in her class weren’t participating as much as the boys, she knew she had to do something about it. With help from her Girl Scout troop and her parents, she came up with a patch that other girls could earn if they took a pledge to be more confident in school. Alice even wrote an op-ed about the experience for the New York Times! Inspired by that piece, this picture book illustrates her determination, bravery, and unwillingness to accept the status quo. With Marta Kissi’s delightful illustrations depicting Alice’s story, young readers everywhere will want to follow Alice’s lead and raise their hand! Ages 4-8

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524747145
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2019

Lalami won multiple awards for The Moor’s Account, her breakout fictional memoir of the forgotten Moroccan slave who was the first black explorer of America. Her new novel shows this talented author equally adept at capturing the socio-political currents of contemporary life. This powerful story starts with the hit-and-run death of a Moroccan immigrant. The incident sparks a series of revelations, confessions, and unexpected connections among a diverse cast of characters including the victim’s daughter, compelled to return to a town she thought she’d left forever; an undocumented man afraid to report what he saw for fear of deportation; a detective unwittingly investigating his own son; an Iraq war vet; and more. Blending elements of a murder mystery, a love story, and a family saga, Lalami deftly explores the divisive terrain of America today.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Gondra's Treasure Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544546691
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Published: Clarion Books - April 2nd, 2019

Xander's Panda Party Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547558653
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Clarion Books - September 3rd, 2013

What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Maggie Smith (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781328886118
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarion Books - March 13th, 2018

Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544391017
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarion Books - March 8th, 2016

Bee-Bim Bop! Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547076713
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Clarion Books - November 10th, 2008

Project Mulberry Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544935211
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Published: Clarion Books - June 6th, 2017

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547577319
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Published: Clarion Books - October 4th, 2011

Gondra is a curious little dragon. Her mom is from the West, and her dad is from the East. Their daughter is a wonderful mix of both and wholly herself. When she asks her parents questions about her ancestry, their answers reveal the beautiful similarities and differences in dragon myths from Eastern and Western cultures—Gondra’s mom breathes fire and uses her wings to fly, while her dad breathes mist and flies by magic. Captivating and richly detailed illustrations pair with quirky and sweet text to pay homage to the cultures and history that make Gondra who she is. Ages 4 to 8.

 

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 200912
Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780465093274
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Published: Basic Books - March 26th, 2019

Biskupic’s authoritative portrait of Chief Justice Roberts presents a brilliant and deeply driven man whose twin goals of carrying out a conservative agenda while also protecting the Court’s image and place in history has led to divisiveness and distrust on and off the bench. Not arguing for or against Roberts’s ideas but striving simply to understand him and his legal philosophy, Biskupic, a legal analyst for CNN and the author of highly praised books on Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Sonia Sotomayor, delves into all facets of Roberts’ life to trace the evolution of his thinking. Her revelatory account is informed by her twenty-five years of experience covering the Court as well as by extensive interviews with Roberts’s friends, family, colleagues, and former classmates, and many off-the-record discussions with Justice Roberts himself.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, March 30, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780815736912
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - March 26th, 2019

West grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family in rural Ohio, a background that may seem surprising for someone who has long been part of the liberal East Coast establishment. In this analysis of the deep divisions tearing the country apart, West, founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and editor-in-chief of TechTank and former Director of Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy, draws on his personal background as well as his professional experience to explain the views of both sides in the angry stand-off between progressives and conservatives. Warning that the divisiveness has become a tribalism that threatens to subvert democracy, he issues a call to action to people to bridge their differences and work together to make a new way forward.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, March 30, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Trial of Lizzie Borden Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501168376
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 12th, 2019

A writer and lawyer, Robertson has been researching the Lizzie Borden case since she was a senior at Harvard; she published her first paper on the trial in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities in 1997. Separating facts from the many myths that surround the grisly 1892 axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, Robertson draws almost exclusively on primary sources, including trial transcripts, contemporary accounts, and recently discovered letters from Lizzie. Her meticulous examination of the case emphasizes how the social expectations and biases of the Gilded Age influenced Lizzie’s treatment and set the stage for the enduring legend Borden has become.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, March 30, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
White Elephant: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062857750
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2019

The residents of tony Willard Park have their own vision for their community, and when Nick, an ambitious developer, builds a flashy, outsize house in the neighborhood, they resent it. Then when Nick gives the property more visibility by cutting down the neighbors’ red maple, the simmering resentments explode. As order breaks down and people argue their competing versions of the American Dream, Langsdorf follows the chaos through its effects on the lives of three couples. Like her short fiction, Langsdorf’s debut novel is sharply observed and darkly funny, with a cast of vivid characters that include a lawyer with a pot habit, an outwardly unassuming wife compulsively drawn to trouble, a teenage girl caught up in a prank, and the complex community of Willard Park itself. Langsdorf will be in conversation with Susan Coll, author most recently of The Stager.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, March 30, 8:00 pm

Join us for a night of D.C. 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, March 31, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Sing to It: New Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781982109110
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - March 26th, 2019

Hempel published her first collection of short fiction, Reasons to Live, in 1985 and was instantly recognized as a master of the short story form. Since then she’s honed her suggestive, minimalist art through several additional award-winning collections, culminating in The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel in 2006. Coming a dozen years later, her new collection is a literary event. Showcasing Hempel’s command of the form, the book ranges from the one-page title story that conveys an entire narrative with just a few bits of dialogue, a proverb, and a gesture, to a novella-length piece about a Florida caregiver haunted by memories of the child she gave up years before. Written with Hempel’s signature compressed prose and expansive emotional power, each story stands out for its spirit, compassion, and technical virtuosity.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, March 31, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525573524
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown - March 26th, 2019

A frequent speaker on espionage, national security, cybersecurity, corporate defense, hacking, and Russia, O’Neill got his experience early: at age twenty-six, he was assigned to investigate an FBI agent suspected of funneling nuclear and other secrets to Russia for two decades. Working undercover as a computer security specialist, O’Neill gathered sufficient information for the government to successfully prosecute Robert Hanssen, who was sentenced to fifteen consecutive life sentences for spying. Using the case as a lens through which to view Russia’s post-Cold War cyberespionage activities, O’Neill also gives a fascinating inside view of spy craft and tells a true story with all the drama and psychological suspense of a thriller.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, March 31, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wherever the Sound Takes You: Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9780226477558
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 22nd, 2019

Rowell is best known as deputy editor of the Washington Post Magazine and author of The Train of Small Mercies, but he’s also a devoted amateur drummer, and his new book chronicles his passionate quest to understand what lies behind the tremendous emotions music evokes in those who make it. Traveling across the country, Rowell visited a wide range of musicians—from Peter Frampton to death metal bands to a reclusive Christian drummer—asking each about their relationship to their instrument and their music. The result is a combination love letter to the art, lively tour of clubs, concert halls, and street corners, and a philosophical meditation on our most profound feelings. Rowell will be accompanied by Bob Funck, a singer-songwriter based in Durham, N.C., and cofounder of NC Songsmiths, a collective of North Carolina songwriters.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501162541
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Published: Atria Books - March 26th, 2019

It wasn’t until she was in graduate school that Bhagwati, now a writer and activist, rebelled against the expectations her family had imposed on her and left the Ivy League to join the Marines. She deliberately chose the toughest branch of the military, determined to prove herself in new ways. The experience turned out to be harder than she’d expected, and her memoir recounts her battles against racism, misogyny, and abuse of power. When she left the service she vowed to change the system, and by founding the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), she did. Working to call attention to sexual violence in the military, SWAN has helped initiate substantial policy reforms with the Departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs, including overturning the ban on women in combat. Bhagwati will be in conversation with Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm
Giraffe Asks for Help Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781433829468
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Magination Press - April 2nd, 2019

Gary Giraffe is so excited for his sixth birthday because that is when he’ll finally be able to reach the acacia leaves on his own. But then the day comes, and he’s still not tall enough to reach the yummy, distant leaves. Gary gets frustrated. If all the other giraffes can do it, why can’t he? He doesn’t want to ask for help, but his friends convince him that everyone needs a helping hand now and then. Punchy and emphatic text complements sweet illustrations of safari animals and demonstrate that it’s always okay to ask for help. Ages 4-8. In Conversation with Panama Jackson, Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First: Sandra Day O'Connor Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780399589287
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - March 19th, 2019

Writing with the same narrative flair, sense of history and politics, and deep insight into people and institutions that made his Being Nixon, Ike’s Bluff, and Wise Men essential Washington reading, Thomas now delivers an authoritative, compelling, and intimate portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor. Drawing on exclusive access to Justice O’Connor, her papers, and internal Supreme Court documents, along with interviews with the Justice’s family, friends, law clerks, and colleagues, Thomas chronicles in detail the life of the first woman Supreme Court Justice from her upbringing on an Arizona cattle ranch, her stellar academic career, and her shattering of glass ceilings in law, academia, and state government, to her tenure on the High Court from 1981 to 2006 and her resignation due to ill health. As Thomas masterfully shows, O’Connor left a powerful legacy in both jurisprudence and the popular imagination.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm
Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House Cover Image
By Molly Dillon (Compiled by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984848451
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 5th, 2019

When Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States, one of his many priorities was to ensure that his staff reflected the population of his country. That meant hiring women—women of all ages and colors—to be part of his White House. Yes She Can is a collection of essays written by those very women. They came of age in the Obama era and dedicated their lives to public service. In poignant and inspiring essays, these women recall what it was like to be part of a team changing the world. Join Politics & Prose as we welcome Nita Contreras, former Assistant Staff Secretary, and Andrea R. Flores, former Policy Assistant for Immigration and Rural Affairs for an evening discussing their experiences in the Obama administration.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 am
The Great Indoors Cover Image
By Julie Falatko, Ruth Chan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368000833
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 9th, 2019

No Boring Stories! Cover Image
By Julie Falatko, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451476821
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

Georgie's Best Bad Day (Georgie and Friends) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722705
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 18th, 2017

This event has been postponed until May 16.

 

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Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador - February 9th, 2016

Transit: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250151797
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Published: Picador - December 19th, 2017

Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250207395
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Published: Picador - April 2nd, 2019

When Outline appeared in 2015 it was hailed at once as a departure not only from Cusk’s realist fiction, but as a truly revolutionary step in the evolution of the novel form itself. The book introduced Faye, a writer going through a traumatic divorce that changes her relationship to her sons, her work, and herself. The opening volume finds her teaching in Greece and tracks her through nine conversations in which she mostly listens. She remains, yes, an outline. In the second volume Faye is back in England, renovating a house, just as she’s renovating her life. Again, Cusk reveals her through her shadowy role in conversations. Finally, in Kudos, Faye, remarried, travels through an uneasy Europe to a literary conference. In a series of penetrating monologues, Cusk suggests a frustrating elusiveness at the center of these lives focused on language and representation.

 

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Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Dig Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994917
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Still Life with Tornado Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781101994900
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

The Dust of 100 Dogs Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780425290576
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Published: Speak - October 3rd, 2017

A thousand secrets linger beneath the surface of the Hemmings family. Marla and Gottfried Hemmings, only a generation removed from Pennsylvania potato farmers who traded digging potatoes for developing subdivisions, now live happily with their fortune. They don’t share this wealth with their numerous children, instead wanting them to build lives for themselves. But their children and grandchildren’s resentment about this slowly, steadily grows. The far-flung Hemmings descendants gradually find their ways back to each other, just in time to learn a tragic truth about their family. Overflowing with engrossing surrealism, this winding story is a deeply meditative insight into the teenage experience. Ages 14 and up. In conversation with Petra Mayer, NPR Books Editor.

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Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Horizon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780394585826
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

One of our finest nature writers, Lopez has produced distinguished work in several genres and is best known for his classic Arctic Dreams, winner of the 1986 National Book Award. Much of his writing focuses on environmental and humanitarian issues, exploring the complex relationship between human cultures and physical landscapes. His research has taken him through some seventy countries, and in this new collection of essays he combines memoir, history, travel writing, and philosophy to give us an indelible portrait of the current state of the planet. Ranging pole to pole with stops in Oregon, the Galápagos, Africa, and Australia, Lopez explores both geography and the history of exploration itself, from movements of the earliest peoples across Skraeling Island to today’s eco-tourists. Talking with scientists, artists, and local residents, Lopez offers a deeply considered vision of how to live in a broken world.

 

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Thursday, March 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

From her 1997 Flower Net to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, See has drawn a strong following and many awards—the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum—for her compelling fictional portrayals of strong Chinese women. Her new novel takes place on Korea’s Jeju Island and follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, members of a women’s diving collective, through several decades. Devoted friends, the two play very different roles in their community, and as the era of Japanese colonialism gives way to the Second World War and then the Korean War, their relationship reflects the social and political tensions at work around them.

 

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The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501154850
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

Friday, March 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Of the many questions science has tackled through the centuries, one of the most difficult has been to define human nature. We’ve always seen ourselves as distinct from all other forms of life even as our investigations have steadily shown that we’re not as different as we think. We aren’t, after all, the only species that communicates, makes and uses tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. In this detailed exploration of our uncertain place in the animal kingdom, Rutherford, a broadcaster and the author of Creation and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, argues that the essence of being human is exactly this ability to formulate the paradox of ourselves as both like other animals and distinct from them. Rutherford will be in conversation with David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene and the forthcoming book Range.

 

 

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Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature—A New Evolutionary History Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781615195312
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Published: The Experiment - March 19th, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

In her wide-ranging collection of essays, Lessard, a longtime New Yorker writer, founding editor of The Washington Monthly, and a self-described “collector of places,” combines sharply observed description, history, and philosophical reflection to explore the meaning of landscapes. As she guides us through places that have meant something to her personally—the Hudson River Valley, a neighborhood in Brooklyn—as well as those with larger resonance, such as preserved Civil War battlefields, whitewashed Southern plantations, the King of Prussia shopping mall, and the Columbia University campus, Lessard shows not only how different places shape the lives that inhabit them, but presents American landscape itself as a metaphor for recent shifts in national consciousness.

Lessard will be in conversation with Howard Norman, winner of the Lannan Award for literature and author of many novels, most recently the upcoming The Ghost Clause.

 

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The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092211
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 12th, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

An Indonesian of Chinese descent with roots in Hong Kong and citizenship in the U.S., Xi rejects notions of borders, and her essays—like her life—cover wide swaths of ground. Writing from multiple centers at once, she combines the intensely personal with the analytical to reflect on the Dreamers and on Hong Kong as well as to consider what it means today to “belong”—a question she interweaves with accounts of her role as caregiver during her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, her two marriages and current partnership, and the long deliberation about career choices that took her first to the corporate world and then to literature and academia. Co-director of the international MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Xi has written two novels and a memoir.

 

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This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being (American Lives ) Cover Image
By Xi Xu
$19.95
ISBN: 9781496206824
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 2019

Saturday, March 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl left his post in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and was held by the Taliban until May 31, 2014. He later pleaded guilty to desertion and was dishonorably discharged, but the case has been surrounded by questions and controversy ever since. In this comprehensive report of both the government’s clumsy handling of the incident—which reflects the larger problems of the conflict in general—and Bergdahl’s actions, motives, and background, Ames, a military reporter who lived in Bergdahl’s hometown for nine years, sets the record straight. Co-authored with Afghanistan War vet Matt Farwell and drawing on more than one hundred interviews with sources including cabinet-level officials, diplomats, intelligence officers, and Bergdahl’s friends, he proves that Bergdahl deliberately abandoned his post to protest the way the U.S. was conducting the war.

 

 

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American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735221048
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Published: Penguin Press - March 12th, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Best known for his guides to and celebrations of the City of Light—A Passion for Paris, Paris to the Pyrenees, and A Taste of Paris—Downie is also an accomplished fiction writer. His third novel is a haunting story of ghosts and secrets set in the fading coastal town of Carverville. James, something of a prodigal son, returns to the town after forty years. Not exactly welcomed with open arms, he finds work at a dilapidated resort. Then he makes a grisly discovery, one that forces him to confront his past and endangers his future, leaving him open to the full brunt of the town’s festering suspicions and conspiracy theories. Downie will be in conversation with Colleen Daly, an editor and writing coach who has run a library and worked at the American Academy in Rome.

 

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The Gardener of Eden Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781643130040
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Published: Pegasus Books - March 5th, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Pipher gained national recognition in 1994 with her now classic Reviving Ophelia, which challenged assumptions about teenage girls. Now the psychologist who earned the title “cultural therapist” to a generation examines the myriad issues people face as they age. Addressed primarily, but not exclusively, to women, Pipher focuses on cultural and developmental challenges ranging from misogyny and ageism to illness and mortality. With insightful stories drawn from her experience as a mother, daughter, and caregiver and from her long clinical practice, she illustrates how to accommodate change by cultivating new interests; how to avoid isolation by joining groups and focusing on friendships; and how to reframe even loss as a positive experience by letting go of the “false selves” that have inhibited joy and authenticity in the past.

 

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Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781632869609
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 15th, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

This event has been postponed.

Now revised and updated, Lemer’s award-winning guide to autism and Asperger syndrome, first published in 2014, remains essential for patients, families, teachers, and caregivers. A licensed professional counselor with over forty years of experience as an educational diagnostician, Lemer in this comprehensive book addresses autism identification and treatment from conception through adulthood. Emphasizing that each child on the autism spectrum is unique, Lemer uses “Total Load Theory,” considering multiple possible factors in order to find the proper diagnosis and treatment for each case. She describes more than fifty approaches, ranging from modifications in diet and sleep to stress reduction and environmental adjustments.

 

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Outsmarting Autism, Updated and Expanded: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization, and Behavior at All Ages Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781623173203
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Published: North Atlantic Books - March 19th, 2019

Monday, March 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Convicted of armed robbery in his twenties, Woodfox was sentenced to fifty years in Angola prison. There he learned about the Black Panther’s code of living and commitment to social justice and joined the party. Then in April 1972 he was accused of killing a white guard and, without evidence, put into solitary confinement. For more than forty years, until he was freed in February 2016, he spent 23 hours a day in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell. In this extraordinary memoir, Woodfox, who began his activismfor prisoners’ rights while still in solitary, recounts his harrowing experience as one of the Angola Three. His book is both a searing indictment of the criminal justice system and a tribute to the Black Panther Party, whose principles helped keep him hopeful and compassionate during his long ordeal.

Woodfox will be in conversation with Katherine M. Kimpel, current Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and formerly one of Woodfox's legal representatives.

 

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Solitary Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Eberhardt, a professor of psychology at Stanford, is one of the foremost experts on unconscious racial bias. Her important new book draws on research—both in the lab and in real-world contexts such as courtrooms, prisons, boardrooms, and on the street—and her own experience to show that you don’t have to be racist to be biased. Nearly all of us are biased, she argues, however much we believe in equality. Tracing bias through all level of society, Eberhardt illustrates how it affects representations and interactions in the media, education, and business. But because these inherent prejudices are in some sense a basic part of human nature, Eberhardt, named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers, believes that we can work together to eradicate them.

 

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Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224933
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Published: Viking - March 26th, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Now president of the University of California, Napolitano served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. Created in the wake of 9/11 and charged with making America safer, the department oversees some 230,000 employees in twenty-two federal agencies, including those related to intelligence and law enforcement, natural disasters, commercial aviation, border security and ICE, cybersecurity, and terrorism. Answering critics of such a large, wide-ranging, and untraditional agency, Napolitano draws on her experiences—which range from countering security threats during Obama’s inauguration to coordinating responses to Hurricane Sandy and the “Underwear Bomber”—and on the fact that the nation has not had another 9/11, to show that Homeland Security plays an effective and essential role in keeping the nation safe.

 

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How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11 Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781541762220
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 26th, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm

When Alice Tapper noticed that the girls in her class weren’t participating as much as the boys, she knew she had to do something about it. With help from her Girl Scout troop and her parents, she came up with a patch that other girls could earn if they took a pledge to be more confident in school. Alice even wrote an op-ed about the experience for the New York Times! Inspired by that piece, this picture book illustrates her determination, bravery, and unwillingness to accept the status quo. With Marta Kissi’s delightful illustrations depicting Alice’s story, young readers everywhere will want to follow Alice’s lead and raise their hand! Ages 4-8

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Raise Your Hand Cover Image
By Alice Paul Tapper, Marta Kissi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524791209
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Published: Penguin Workshop - March 26th, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lalami won multiple awards for The Moor’s Account, her breakout fictional memoir of the forgotten Moroccan slave who was the first black explorer of America. Her new novel shows this talented author equally adept at capturing the socio-political currents of contemporary life. This powerful story starts with the hit-and-run death of a Moroccan immigrant. The incident sparks a series of revelations, confessions, and unexpected connections among a diverse cast of characters including the victim’s daughter, compelled to return to a town she thought she’d left forever; an undocumented man afraid to report what he saw for fear of deportation; a detective unwittingly investigating his own son; an Iraq war vet; and more. Blending elements of a murder mystery, a love story, and a family saga, Lalami deftly explores the divisive terrain of America today.

 

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The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524747145
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Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2019

Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Biskupic’s authoritative portrait of Chief Justice Roberts presents a brilliant and deeply driven man whose twin goals of carrying out a conservative agenda while also protecting the Court’s image and place in history has led to divisiveness and distrust on and off the bench. Not arguing for or against Roberts’s ideas but striving simply to understand him and his legal philosophy, Biskupic, a legal analyst for CNN and the author of highly praised books on Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Sonia Sotomayor, delves into all facets of Roberts’ life to trace the evolution of his thinking. Her revelatory account is informed by her twenty-five years of experience covering the Court as well as by extensive interviews with Roberts’s friends, family, colleagues, and former classmates, and many off-the-record discussions with Justice Roberts himself.

 

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The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780465093274
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Published: Basic Books - March 26th, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

West grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family in rural Ohio, a background that may seem surprising for someone who has long been part of the liberal East Coast establishment. In this analysis of the deep divisions tearing the country apart, West, founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and editor-in-chief of TechTank and former Director of Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy, draws on his personal background as well as his professional experience to explain the views of both sides in the angry stand-off between progressives and conservatives. Warning that the divisiveness has become a tribalism that threatens to subvert democracy, he issues a call to action to people to bridge their differences and work together to make a new way forward.

 

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Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780815736912
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - March 26th, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

A writer and lawyer, Robertson has been researching the Lizzie Borden case since she was a senior at Harvard; she published her first paper on the trial in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities in 1997. Separating facts from the many myths that surround the grisly 1892 axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, Robertson draws almost exclusively on primary sources, including trial transcripts, contemporary accounts, and recently discovered letters from Lizzie. Her meticulous examination of the case emphasizes how the social expectations and biases of the Gilded Age influenced Lizzie’s treatment and set the stage for the enduring legend Borden has become.

 

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The Trial of Lizzie Borden Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501168376
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 12th, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The residents of tony Willard Park have their own vision for their community, and when Nick, an ambitious developer, builds a flashy, outsize house in the neighborhood, they resent it. Then when Nick gives the property more visibility by cutting down the neighbors’ red maple, the simmering resentments explode. As order breaks down and people argue their competing versions of the American Dream, Langsdorf follows the chaos through its effects on the lives of three couples. Like her short fiction, Langsdorf’s debut novel is sharply observed and darkly funny, with a cast of vivid characters that include a lawyer with a pot habit, an outwardly unassuming wife compulsively drawn to trouble, a teenage girl caught up in a prank, and the complex community of Willard Park itself. Langsdorf will be in conversation with Susan Coll, author most recently of The Stager.

 

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White Elephant: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062857750
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Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 8:00 pm

Join us for a night of D.C. 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.

 

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Sunday, March 31, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Hempel published her first collection of short fiction, Reasons to Live, in 1985 and was instantly recognized as a master of the short story form. Since then she’s honed her suggestive, minimalist art through several additional award-winning collections, culminating in The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel in 2006. Coming a dozen years later, her new collection is a literary event. Showcasing Hempel’s command of the form, the book ranges from the one-page title story that conveys an entire narrative with just a few bits of dialogue, a proverb, and a gesture, to a novella-length piece about a Florida caregiver haunted by memories of the child she gave up years before. Written with Hempel’s signature compressed prose and expansive emotional power, each story stands out for its spirit, compassion, and technical virtuosity.

 

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Sing to It: New Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781982109110
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Published: Scribner - March 26th, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A frequent speaker on espionage, national security, cybersecurity, corporate defense, hacking, and Russia, O’Neill got his experience early: at age twenty-six, he was assigned to investigate an FBI agent suspected of funneling nuclear and other secrets to Russia for two decades. Working undercover as a computer security specialist, O’Neill gathered sufficient information for the government to successfully prosecute Robert Hanssen, who was sentenced to fifteen consecutive life sentences for spying. Using the case as a lens through which to view Russia’s post-Cold War cyberespionage activities, O’Neill also gives a fascinating inside view of spy craft and tells a true story with all the drama and psychological suspense of a thriller.

 

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Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525573524
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Published: Crown - March 26th, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Rowell is best known as deputy editor of the Washington Post Magazine and author of The Train of Small Mercies, but he’s also a devoted amateur drummer, and his new book chronicles his passionate quest to understand what lies behind the tremendous emotions music evokes in those who make it. Traveling across the country, Rowell visited a wide range of musicians—from Peter Frampton to death metal bands to a reclusive Christian drummer—asking each about their relationship to their instrument and their music. The result is a combination love letter to the art, lively tour of clubs, concert halls, and street corners, and a philosophical meditation on our most profound feelings. Rowell will be accompanied by Bob Funck, a singer-songwriter based in Durham, N.C., and cofounder of NC Songsmiths, a collective of North Carolina songwriters.

 

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Wherever the Sound Takes You: Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9780226477558
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 22nd, 2019

Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm

Gary Giraffe is so excited for his sixth birthday because that is when he’ll finally be able to reach the acacia leaves on his own. But then the day comes, and he’s still not tall enough to reach the yummy, distant leaves. Gary gets frustrated. If all the other giraffes can do it, why can’t he? He doesn’t want to ask for help, but his friends convince him that everyone needs a helping hand now and then. Punchy and emphatic text complements sweet illustrations of safari animals and demonstrate that it’s always okay to ask for help. Ages 4-8. In Conversation with Panama Jackson, Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas.

 

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Giraffe Asks for Help Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781433829468
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Published: Magination Press - April 2nd, 2019

Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

It wasn’t until she was in graduate school that Bhagwati, now a writer and activist, rebelled against the expectations her family had imposed on her and left the Ivy League to join the Marines. She deliberately chose the toughest branch of the military, determined to prove herself in new ways. The experience turned out to be harder than she’d expected, and her memoir recounts her battles against racism, misogyny, and abuse of power. When she left the service she vowed to change the system, and by founding the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), she did. Working to call attention to sexual violence in the military, SWAN has helped initiate substantial policy reforms with the Departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs, including overturning the ban on women in combat. Bhagwati will be in conversation with Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her.

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Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501162541
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Published: Atria Books - March 26th, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm

When Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States, one of his many priorities was to ensure that his staff reflected the population of his country. That meant hiring women—women of all ages and colors—to be part of his White House. Yes She Can is a collection of essays written by those very women. They came of age in the Obama era and dedicated their lives to public service. In poignant and inspiring essays, these women recall what it was like to be part of a team changing the world. Join Politics & Prose as we welcome Nita Contreras, former Assistant Staff Secretary, and Andrea R. Flores, former Policy Assistant for Immigration and Rural Affairs for an evening discussing their experiences in the Obama administration.

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Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House Cover Image
By Molly Dillon (Compiled by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984848451
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 5th, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Writing with the same narrative flair, sense of history and politics, and deep insight into people and institutions that made his Being Nixon, Ike’s Bluff, and Wise Men essential Washington reading, Thomas now delivers an authoritative, compelling, and intimate portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor. Drawing on exclusive access to Justice O’Connor, her papers, and internal Supreme Court documents, along with interviews with the Justice’s family, friends, law clerks, and colleagues, Thomas chronicles in detail the life of the first woman Supreme Court Justice from her upbringing on an Arizona cattle ranch, her stellar academic career, and her shattering of glass ceilings in law, academia, and state government, to her tenure on the High Court from 1981 to 2006 and her resignation due to ill health. As Thomas masterfully shows, O’Connor left a powerful legacy in both jurisprudence and the popular imagination.

 

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First: Sandra Day O'Connor Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780399589287
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Published: Random House - March 19th, 2019

Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 am

This event has been postponed until May 16.

 

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The Great Indoors Cover Image
By Julie Falatko, Ruth Chan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368000833
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 9th, 2019

No Boring Stories! Cover Image
By Julie Falatko, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451476821
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

Georgie's Best Bad Day (Georgie and Friends) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722705
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 18th, 2017

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

When Outline appeared in 2015 it was hailed at once as a departure not only from Cusk’s realist fiction, but as a truly revolutionary step in the evolution of the novel form itself. The book introduced Faye, a writer going through a traumatic divorce that changes her relationship to her sons, her work, and herself. The opening volume finds her teaching in Greece and tracks her through nine conversations in which she mostly listens. She remains, yes, an outline. In the second volume Faye is back in England, renovating a house, just as she’s renovating her life. Again, Cusk reveals her through her shadowy role in conversations. Finally, in Kudos, Faye, remarried, travels through an uneasy Europe to a literary conference. In a series of penetrating monologues, Cusk suggests a frustrating elusiveness at the center of these lives focused on language and representation.

 

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Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador - February 9th, 2016

Transit: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250151797
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Published: Picador - December 19th, 2017

Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250207395
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Published: Picador - April 2nd, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm

A thousand secrets linger beneath the surface of the Hemmings family. Marla and Gottfried Hemmings, only a generation removed from Pennsylvania potato farmers who traded digging potatoes for developing subdivisions, now live happily with their fortune. They don’t share this wealth with their numerous children, instead wanting them to build lives for themselves. But their children and grandchildren’s resentment about this slowly, steadily grows. The far-flung Hemmings descendants gradually find their ways back to each other, just in time to learn a tragic truth about their family. Overflowing with engrossing surrealism, this winding story is a deeply meditative insight into the teenage experience. Ages 14 and up. In conversation with Petra Mayer, NPR Books Editor.

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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

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Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

One of our finest nature writers, Lopez has produced distinguished work in several genres and is best known for his classic Arctic Dreams, winner of the 1986 National Book Award. Much of his writing focuses on environmental and humanitarian issues, exploring the complex relationship between human cultures and physical landscapes. His research has taken him through some seventy countries, and in this new collection of essays he combines memoir, history, travel writing, and philosophy to give us an indelible portrait of the current state of the planet. Ranging pole to pole with stops in Oregon, the Galápagos, Africa, and Australia, Lopez explores both geography and the history of exploration itself, from movements of the earliest peoples across Skraeling Island to today’s eco-tourists. Talking with scientists, artists, and local residents, Lopez offers a deeply considered vision of how to live in a broken world.

 

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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

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7:00 pm
Lisa See - The Island of Sea Women
Fri
22
7:00 pm
Adam Rutherford - Humanimal: How Homo Sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature--A New Evolutionary History — in conversation with David Epstein
Sat
23
1:00 pm
Suzannah Lessard - The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape — in conversation with Howard Norman
Sat
23
3:30 pm
Xi Xu - This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being
Sat
23
6:00 pm
Michael Ames - American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan
Sun
24
1:00 pm
David Downie - The Gardener of Eden — in conversation with Colleen Daly
Sun
24
3:00 pm
Mary Pipher - Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age
Sun
24
5:00 pm
POSTPONED: Patricia S. Lemer - Outsmarting Autism: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization, and Behavior at All Ages
Mon
25
7:00 pm
Albert Woodfox - Solitary — in conversation with Katherine M. Kimpel
Tue
26
7:00 pm
Jennifer L. Eberhardt - Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Wed
27
7:00 pm
Janet Napolitano - How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11
Thu
28
7:00 pm
Alice Tapper - Raise Your Hand — in conversation with Jake Tapper
Thu
28
7:00 pm
Laila Lalami - The Other Americans
Fri
29
7:00 pm
Joan Biskupic - The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts
Sat
30
1:00 pm
Darrell M. West - Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era
Sat
30
3:30 pm
Cara Robertson - The Trial of Lizzie Borden
Sat
30
6:00 pm
Julie Langsdorf - White Elephant — in conversation with Susan Coll
Sat
30
8:00 pm
Nerds! Trivia Night
Sun
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1:00 pm
Amy Hempel - Sing to It: New Stories
Sun
31
3:00 pm
Eric O'Neill - Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy
Sun
31
5:00 pm
David Rowell - Wherever the Sound Takes You: Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making — with accompaniment by Bob Funck
Mon
1
7:00 pm
Nyasha Chikowore - Giraffe Asks for Help—in Children and Teens
Mon
1
7:00 pm
Anuradha Bhagwati - Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience — in conversation with Soraya Chemaly
Tue
2
7:00 pm
Nita Contreras and Andrea R. Flores - YES SHE CAN: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House—in Children and Teens
Tue
2
7:00 pm
Evan Thomas - First: Sandra Day O'Connor
Wed
3
10:30 am
POSTPONED: Julie Falatko and Ruth Chan - The Great Indoors
Wed
3
7:00 pm
Rachel Cusk - The Outline Trilogy (Outline; Transit; Kudos)
Thu
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7:00 pm
A.S. King - Dig—in conversation with Petra Mayer in Children and Teens
Thu
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7:00 pm
Barry Lopez - Horizon