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

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Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm
The Perfect Seat Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Gus Gordon (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368020046
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 12th, 2019

Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 5th, 2018

Let Me Finish! Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484721735
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 7th, 2016

A well-dressed moose and his adoring calf have a new book to read, but where will they sit? As they wander through town looking for the best place to snuggle, they test out several options—many of them delightfully absurd—but perfection eludes them until they find the satisfying end. Carefully-crafted prose and warm, comical illustrations highlight humor and love in this unique celebration of parent-child bonding. Ages 3-6.

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler's Hidden Soldiers in America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316449656
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Published: Hachette Books - November 12th, 2019

In 1990, historians working in Prague unearthed previously unknown documents naming some 700 people who had been recruited by the Nazis to help purge occupied Poland of its Jews. Trained at an SS camp in the village of Trawniki, many of these individuals had disappeared into the U.S. after the war. In this gripping account, Cenziper, a multi-award winning Washington Post investigative reporter and author of Love Wins, draws on unprecedented access to federal agents, Nazi documents, and government records to tell the story of the Justice Department’s intensive effort to locate these war criminals and bring them to justice. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Movie Musical! Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781101874066
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Published: Knopf - November 5th, 2019

One of our foremost film scholars, Basinger founded both the department of film studies at Wesleyan—now ranked among the country’s top ten film schools—and curates the university’s celebrated cinema archives. She’s also the author of popular, accessible books on film, including The Star Machine and American Cinema: One Hundred Years of Filmmaking, the companion book for a ten-part PBS series. Her new book crowns her achievements with a comprehensive survey of the Hollywood musical from the end of the silent era through today. Written with her trademark enthusiasm and wit, the text offers analyses of both iconic and overlooked films, profiles stars ranging from Fred Astaire to Ann-Margret to Elvis, and includes lavish spreads of both black-and-white and color photos. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 14, 10:30 am
Book of Flight: 10 Record-Breaking Animals with Wings Cover Image
By Sam Brewster (By (artist)), Gabrielle Balkan
$19.95
ISBN: 9780714878638
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Published: Phaidon Press - June 5th, 2019

Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals Cover Image
By Gabrielle Balkan, Sam Brewster (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780714875125
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 18th, 2017

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Meet ten fascinating flying creatures through a series of superlatives—from the fastest flyer to the most unpredictable to the best at parachuting. Each flyer is described using playful, curious text and blueprint illustrations. Once the page is turned, the flyer’s species name, along with their full-color portrait and facts about what makes them so special, is revealed. Both an informative test and a fun guessing game, this book is sure to captivate inquisitive and imaginative minds, old and young alike. Ages 7-10.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm
With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250266552
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 12th, 2019

In her new book, With All Due Respect, Nikki Haley brings us a revealing, dramatic, deeply personal book about the most significant events of our time.

Haley is widely admired for her forthright manner ("With all due respect, I don't get confused"), her sensitive approach to tragic events, and her confident representation of America's interests as our Ambassador to the United Nations during times of crisis and consequence. In With All Due Respect, she offers a first-hand perspective on major national and international matters, as well as a behind-the-scenes account of her tenure in the Trump administration. A diplomat and politician who served as US ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2019, Haley also previously served as Governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and three terms as a representative in the legislature.


Single GW Student Ticket (ID Required): $10
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1 Ticket and 1 Book: $35 ($33 for members)
2 Tickets and 1 Book: $45 ($43 for members)

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm
Leading the Way: Women In Power Cover Image
By Janet Howell, Theresa Howell, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Foreword by), Kylie Akia (Illustrator), Alexandra Bye (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536208467
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Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019

Scout Moore, Junior Ranger: Yellowstone Cover Image
By Theresa Howell, Jeffrey Ebbeler (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781630763459
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Published: Muddy Boots - July 17th, 2019

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544357693
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

Women interested in politics, or even voting rights, have been dismissed and scoffed at throughout American history. Meet many of the brave women who wouldn’t be stopped—like Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress; Soledad Chávez Chacón, the second woman and first Latina to serve as governor; and Patsy Takemoto Mink, who coauthored the Title IX Amendment while she was the first woman of color and Asian American in Congress. Beautifully illustrated and clearly written, this introduction to trailblazers concludes with a guide to inspire young readers to take action themselves. Ages 10 and up.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dictionary of the Undoing Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli (Afterword by), John Freeman
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374538859
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - November 12th, 2019

For Freeman, an essayist, poet, former president of the National Book Critics Circle, and editor—formerly of Granta and now of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing—the 2016 election was a shock that left him speechless; rather than writing about Trump’s assault on rights, he joined the community of protesters taking to the streets. But the administration’s attacks on truth and decency threatened the integrity of language itself—a provocation Freeman answers with this book. An “agitate”-to-“zygote” catalog of the words he feels are most vital and essential to helping us imagine, describe, and shape a better world, this unique lexicon builds from one entry to the next, restoring the authority of language and wielding its power on behalf of our fundamental values. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, November 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781501169717
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Published: Scribner - November 12th, 2019

Originally published in 1931 and regularly revised, Irma Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking has proved indispensable for millions of cooks. The newest edition, based on the 1975 version, was overseen by John Becker, great-grandson of Irma Rombauer, and his wife Megan Scott, who has worked for Joy since 2010, and thoughtfully balances tradition with content designed for modern tastes and lifestyles. Strengthening the original focus on home-style American cooking, Becker and Scott have updated the work for today’s audiences with 600 new recipes, including generous selections of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes; the latest nutrition and food safety guidelines; tips on “streamlined cooking,” and much more. Becker and Scott will be in conversation with Bonnie Benwick, The Washington Post's deputy food editor and recipe editor.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, November 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501169434
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Published: 37 Ink - October 15th, 2019

During the time the Underground Railroad was helping Black slaves escape into free states, a parallel network—the Reverse Underground Railroad—was abducting thousands of free African Americans and selling them into slavery. In this compelling account of a little-known episode, Bell, who teaches Early American history at the University of Maryland, tells the story of five Black boys who were kidnapped from Philadelphia in 1825. Lured onto a boat, they were blindfolded, shackled, and transported to Mississippi. Determined to regain their freedom, the five worked together to escape and eventually returned home, where they initiated a manhunt to bring their captors to justice. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, November 16, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Jefferson's White House: Monticello on the Potomac Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538108468
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 23rd, 2019

While a vast scholarship exists on Monticello, the ambitious neoclassical home Thomas Jefferson designed and built in Charlottesville, Virginia, few have considered his influence on the White House. Living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from 1801 to 1809, Jefferson was the first president to occupy the residence for his full term. In this detailed account, Conroy, author most recently of the award-winning Lincoln’s White House, combines research and storytelling to bring the period to vivid life by profiling Jefferson’s life and legacy through the lens of his presidential home, receiving dignitaries, peers, and enslaved persons alike as he worked to unify a deeply divided young nation. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, November 16, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524761738
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 5th, 2019

Tipton-Martin, a culinary journalist, community activist, and founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, won a James Beard Award for The Jemima Code, her groundbreaking history of the role of Black Americans in the development of the cuisines of the American South. Building on that research—much of it drawn from her own collection of 300-plus African American cookbooks—Tipton-Martin complements the story of the food with a rich selection of the actual recipes, updated and adapted for today’s kitchens. Much more than “soul food,” these dishes were created by skilled and imaginative Black cooks who drew on a wide range of cuisines—and in turn influenced later American cooking.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, November 17, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501104794
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Published: Scribner - October 8th, 2019

In this deft blend of sports, history, and memoir, now available in paperback, Colt, author of The Big House and Brothers, takes readers back to the legendary 1968 Harvard-Yale football game. Both teams were undefeated when they went head-to-head on the last day of the season, and Colt, a Harvard grad who was in the stands, gives a nearly play-by-play account of the tense contest. He also recaps the season, introduces the players, and ties the action on the collegiate field to the issues that were playing out nationally, from civil rights, religious freedom, and class struggle to white privilege and the Vietnam War. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, November 17, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Preacher's Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691179612
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 1st, 2019

Bowler—best-known for her compelling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason, in which her stage IV colon cancer provoked a reckoning with her Christian upbringing—is associate professor at Duke Divinity School and her new book is a revelatory look at the lives of prominent women in the staunchly male world of American evangelicalism. Though prohibited from becoming ordained ministers, women such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, and Victoria Osteen have embarked on a quest for spiritual power, mastering the delicate art of carving out unofficial niches for themselves by writing books, hosting radio programs, and even leading events, while also meeting traditional expectations of modesty and subservience. 

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, November 17, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Out Loud: A Memoir Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735223073
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Published: Penguin Press - October 22nd, 2019

 

Regarded as the country’s greatest contemporary choreographer, Morris grew up in Seattle where his passion for dance manifested itself early. He absorbed the area’s rich culture of Balkan, Greek, and other folk dances, then at age 16, went to Spain to study flamenco. In 1980, he formed his legendary Mark Morris Dance Group in New York; by 1986, the company was featured in the PBS Dance in America series and soon Morris was collaborating with figures including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, and Lou Harrison. Written with energy and wit, this memoir offers an intimate look into the heart and mind of a great visionary artist as joyful as he is provocative. Morris will be in conversation with his co-author Wesley Stace.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, November 18, 7:00 pm
M is for Movement Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781609809355
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Published: Triangle Square - November 5th, 2019

A is for Activist Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609806934
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Published: Triangle Square - November 10th, 2016

The Wedding Portrait Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609808020
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Published: Triangle Square - October 17th, 2017

My Night in the Planetarium Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609807009
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Published: Triangle Square - November 10th, 2016

The author of bestselling books including A is for Activist is no stranger to resistance and revolution. His latest book, inspired by the social movement he witnessed as a child in Jakarta, follows a boy as he watches family and friends use their different strengths to fight back against a corrupt regime. As an adult, he uses his skills as a writer and photographer to call attention to abuses of power. With vivid, accessible prose and bold, layered illustrations, this empowering book is a celebration of the myriad ways people can be brave and make a difference. Ages 9-12. In conversation with Hena Khan.

 

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tuesday, November 19, 10:30 am
The Dog Who Lost His Bark Cover Image
By Eoin Colfer, P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536204421
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Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland's Good Fortune Cover Image
By P. J. Lynch, P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781536202960
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Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Can a boy and a small dog help each other recover from loss and loneliness? Before he met Patrick, a puppy named Oz was thrown from one cruel human to the next—traumatized until he lost the will to bark. Before he met Oz, Patrick felt more isolated than he had been in a long time. Boy and dog form a close bond as Patrick draws Oz out of his crate with patience and a violin. When Patrick is the one who needs drawing out, Oz hatches a brilliantly simple plan. This lushly-illustrated, touching tale is a luminous ode to the healing power of music and friendship.

P.J. Lynch was the fourth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland's laureate for children's literature.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm
Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780190862121
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2019

This event was originally scheduled for November 18.

Siegel will be in conversation with Aviva Goldfarb. This event is part of the Parenting Series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481497060
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442472464
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

Dry Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481481977
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

In the highly anticipated finale to the bestselling Arc of a Scythe trilogy, tensions rise as do dictators and prophets. Rowan and Citra have disappeared. Endura is gone. Through this turmoil, the Thunderhead remains silent to all except Greyson Tolliver; everywhere, the reverberations of the Great Resonance can still be felt. Suddenly, it seems that nothing stands between the evil Scythe Goddard and absolute power of the scythedom. Is there anyone left who can stop him? Or will humanity be ripped apart by the immortal beings it created? The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder. Dripping with intrigue and suspense, fans will devour this epic ending to one of this contemporary dystopian series. Ages 12 and up.

7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982117399
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

Award-winning New York Times correspondents covering Congress and the White House, respectively, Davis and Shear have followed the Trump administration from the start. In this deeply reported account, they focus on the defining issue of Trump’s presidency: immigration. Taking us behind the scenes and including previously unreported stories, they document a disorganized, paranoid decision-making process; show how Trump has used immigration to polarize the country and stoke unreasonable fears; and detail the ways the administration has blocked asylum seekers, separated families, threatened deportation, and undermined the nation’s longstanding commitment to immigration and the positive benefits newcomers offer the nation. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Machado’s electrifying Her Body and Other Parties—a finalist for the National Book Award—expanded our sense of what a short story could be and do. Her powerful new book draws on a similarly wide range of tones, cultural references, and formal innovations to redefine the memoir. Organizing each chapter around different themes—a haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—Machado explores an abusive lesbian relationship from multiple angles. As she chronicles her attraction to a charismatic and volatile woman, Machado looks back at the role of religion in her adolescence, interrogates the assumption that lesbian relationships are safe, and explores the history and reality of abuse within the queer community. Machado will be in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn’t Talk about When I Was a Girl. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm
Sick Kids In Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781640637320
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Published: Entangled: Teen - November 5th, 2019

Salt: (Middle Grade Novel, Kids Adventure Story, Kids Book about Family) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452131511
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 30th, 2018

Isabel’s rheumatoid arthritis isn’t exactly a secret—she runs a school newspaper column called “Sick Girl Wants to Know”—but she knows her friends can’t truly understand what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Even her doctor father avoids talking about it. But when she meets Sasha, a boy who is also chronically ill, she has a chance to bond with someone who really gets it. Falling in love with Sasha is intoxicating, but the adults in Isabel’s life haven’t modeled the healthiest relationships. Is letting someone get to know her too complicated to be worth it? With plenty of heart and witty banter, this groundbreaking novel introduces an outgoing heroine with a unique, deeply relatable voice. Ages 14 and up.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627798556
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Metropolitan Books - January 28th, 2020

NOTE: Due to a new publication date, this event has been canceled and will be rescheduled for February 2020.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250220639
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - November 19th, 2019

Detroit declared bankruptcy in 2013, a move intended to spark the city’s resurgence. Some 40% of the population still falls below the poverty line, however, and as Kirshner shows in her detailed stories of seven struggling Detroit residents, the new austerity budget has failed to fix the broken real estate and job markets or improve the school system. As she lays out the costs of the financial reorganization, Kirshner, a research professor at NYU who teaches bankruptcy law at Columbia Law School, illuminates how the economics of Detroit—as of many American cities—are tangled with ill-conceived urban policies and state and federal negligence of infrastructure.  

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, November 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Natural Wine for the People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399582431
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ten Speed Press - August 6th, 2019

This event has been canceled.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Friday, November 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062945716
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 5th, 2019

In this non-partisan analysis of today’s political divisiveness, Lessig identifies unrepresentativeness as the one problem that underlies the others. He sees it both in institutions—such as the media’s response to narrow interests rather than to those of the wider citizenry—and in the people, who are uninformed about the issues. Lessig, host of the podcast Another Way, co-founder of Creative Commons, and Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, proposes a number of solutions to fix both the “them” and the “us,” ranging from Electoral College reforms to new forums that offer citizens the chance to speak in an informed and deliberative way. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Days of Blue and Flame Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780996972697
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Published: Passager Books - June 15th, 2019

One of the first women to earn a Harvard architecture degree, Yerkes, born in 1918, worked as a landscape architect and sculptor for most of her adult life. When she joined a poetry workshop at Ingleside and turned to writing in her mid-nineties, she found revelatory “how satisfying it could be to shape, build and form a piece with words rather than with wood, aluminum, stone and iron pipe.” In her first collection of poems, published at the age of 101, Yerkes writes about childhood, family, travel, aging, and art, remarking, “…what a host of memories I have! / I’ve seen such splendor one can barely grasp. /Never mind mortality. /The opulence was always built to last.” 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, November 23, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Season: A Social History of the Debutante Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608731
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 19th, 2019

Building on her Rookie article, "The Last Debutantes," Richardson offers an engaging and surprising history of the high society coming-out party. The descendant of debutantes but not one herself, Richardson casts a critical feminist eye over this coming-of-age ritual.  Starting with the Tudor era and looking at Jane Austen’s England, colonial Philadelphia, Mrs. Astor’s New York, African American communities, and today’s Infirmary and International balls, Richardson draws on diaries, letters, and interviews to let debutantes speak for themselves about how the white dresses and objectification foster or thwart their own desires. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, November 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
American Resistance: From the Women's March to the Blue Wave Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780231187640
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Published: Columbia University Press - November 5th, 2019

In this insightful analysis of the surge of protests that followed Trump’s election, Fisher shows us who the resisters are, how they’ve organized, and what they’ve achieved. Starting with the Women’s March and working through successive demonstrations, Fisher, professor of sociology and director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, uses interviews and data to illustrate how resistance groups adapted methods such as distributed organizing to mobilize angry citizens into activists, charting the success of this network of grassroots efforts in the gains made by Democrats, women, and people of color in the 2018 elections. Fisher will be in conversation with James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute, who was appointed by Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party’s platform committee.  

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, November 24, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101871935
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Pantheon - November 19th, 2019

Reinhardt's Garden Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895620
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 1st, 2019

As appealing to readers of Joyce and Pynchon as to fans of Neal Stephenson, Palmer’s Version Control and The Dream of Perpetual Motion energetically reimagined science fiction, time travel, thrillers, The Tempest, and more. Continuing his fascination with the blurred line between the real and the fantastic, Palmer’s third novel draws on the true story of Mary Toft, a farmer’s wife from Godalming, England, who in 1726 began giving birth to dead rabbits. Verified by both the local surgeon and a royal physician, Mary’s failure to repeat this strange miracle in London led to even larger and stranger questions for the medical community. 

 

Set at the turn of the 20th century, Haber’s quixotic—and paragraph-long—first novel follows Jacov Reinhardt and his faithful scribe as they travel the world in pursuit of Reinhardt’s hero and mentor, Emiliano Gomez Carrasquilla, who may have discovered the very essence of melancholy.  Fueled by cocaine and philosophy, the pair travel from a small Croatian village to Germany, Hungary, Russia, and the Americas. Writing in the vein of Thomas Bernhard and László Krasznahorkai, Haber, operations manager at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore and author of a collection of short stories, Deathbed Conversions, has composed a fiction that’s both adventurous and absurdist, focused and digressive, and as consumed with melancholy as it is ridden with sly humor. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, November 24, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374185428
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 19th, 2019

The Levy family established itself in Salonica (now Thessaloniki, Greece) in the 18th century and for some two hundred years published books and newspapers for the region’s Sephardic Jews. With the Ottoman Empire’s collapse, the Levys scattered throughout the world, but kept in touch through letters. Drawing on this rich correspondence, Stein, award-winning author of Extraterritorial Dreams and the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and the Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA, uses the family’s experience to trace the history of Sephardic Jews through the twentieth century, showing how individual lives were affected by world wars, shifting political boundaries, and the Holocaust—which wiped out several branches of the Levy family. In partnership with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, November 24, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781632869241
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 5th, 2019

While Thanksgiving has been enshrined as a celebration of the 1621 alliance between the Plymouth Pilgrims and the Native American Indians, aside from the presence of a group of Wampanoag at the feast marking the colonists’ first harvest, Indigenous peoples are largely absent from the story. In this fresh account, Silverman, professor of history at George Washington University and the award-winning author of Thundersticks, restores the Wampanoags to their central role, and, by tracing Native tribes’ long struggle for self-determination, he exposes the myths of this national holiday and shows why many Native Americans observe the fourth Thursday of November as a National Day of Mourning. 

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Monday, November 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062293541
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Published: Ecco - November 12th, 2019

Contributing editor and restaurant critic for New York magazine since 2000, Platt won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Restaurant Reviews in 2010 and has been a major voice in food writing for some twenty-five years. As he recounts in his funny, personable memoir, his love of different cuisines—along with an appetite for travel—began early; as the child of a diplomat, he grew up on the dishes of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, and later sampled the cuisines of many other countries. Rich in travel tales, his book also features anecdotes that convey the realities and foibles of life as a restaurant critic. Platt will be in conversation with Corby Kummer, senior editor and food columnist for The Atlantic. 

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, November 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984823984
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Published: Currency - November 5th, 2019

Taking her title from Google’s early mantra, Foroohar, the award-winning CNN global economic analyst and Financial Times columnist and associate editor, chronicles how far Big Tech has fallen from its original vision of free information and digital democracy. Drawing on nearly thirty years of experience reporting on the technology sector, Faroohar traces the evolution of companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon into behemoths that monetize people’s data, spread misinformation and hate speech, and threaten citizens’ privacy. She also shows how we can fight back by creating a framework that both fosters innovation and protects us from the threats posed by digital technology. 

 

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Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In 1990, historians working in Prague unearthed previously unknown documents naming some 700 people who had been recruited by the Nazis to help purge occupied Poland of its Jews. Trained at an SS camp in the village of Trawniki, many of these individuals had disappeared into the U.S. after the war. In this gripping account, Cenziper, a multi-award winning Washington Post investigative reporter and author of Love Wins, draws on unprecedented access to federal agents, Nazi documents, and government records to tell the story of the Justice Department’s intensive effort to locate these war criminals and bring them to justice. 

 

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Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler's Hidden Soldiers in America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316449656
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Published: Hachette Books - November 12th, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

One of our foremost film scholars, Basinger founded both the department of film studies at Wesleyan—now ranked among the country’s top ten film schools—and curates the university’s celebrated cinema archives. She’s also the author of popular, accessible books on film, including The Star Machine and American Cinema: One Hundred Years of Filmmaking, the companion book for a ten-part PBS series. Her new book crowns her achievements with a comprehensive survey of the Hollywood musical from the end of the silent era through today. Written with her trademark enthusiasm and wit, the text offers analyses of both iconic and overlooked films, profiles stars ranging from Fred Astaire to Ann-Margret to Elvis, and includes lavish spreads of both black-and-white and color photos. 

 

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The Movie Musical! Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781101874066
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Published: Knopf - November 5th, 2019

Thursday, November 14, 10:30 am

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Meet ten fascinating flying creatures through a series of superlatives—from the fastest flyer to the most unpredictable to the best at parachuting. Each flyer is described using playful, curious text and blueprint illustrations. Once the page is turned, the flyer’s species name, along with their full-color portrait and facts about what makes them so special, is revealed. Both an informative test and a fun guessing game, this book is sure to captivate inquisitive and imaginative minds, old and young alike. Ages 7-10.

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Book of Flight: 10 Record-Breaking Animals with Wings Cover Image
By Sam Brewster (By (artist)), Gabrielle Balkan
$19.95
ISBN: 9780714878638
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Published: Phaidon Press - June 5th, 2019

Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals Cover Image
By Gabrielle Balkan, Sam Brewster (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780714875125
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 18th, 2017

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm

Women interested in politics, or even voting rights, have been dismissed and scoffed at throughout American history. Meet many of the brave women who wouldn’t be stopped—like Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress; Soledad Chávez Chacón, the second woman and first Latina to serve as governor; and Patsy Takemoto Mink, who coauthored the Title IX Amendment while she was the first woman of color and Asian American in Congress. Beautifully illustrated and clearly written, this introduction to trailblazers concludes with a guide to inspire young readers to take action themselves. Ages 10 and up.

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Washington, DC 20008
Leading the Way: Women In Power Cover Image
By Janet Howell, Theresa Howell, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Foreword by), Kylie Akia (Illustrator), Alexandra Bye (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536208467
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Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019

Scout Moore, Junior Ranger: Yellowstone Cover Image
By Theresa Howell, Jeffrey Ebbeler (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781630763459
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Published: Muddy Boots - July 17th, 2019

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544357693
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

For Freeman, an essayist, poet, former president of the National Book Critics Circle, and editor—formerly of Granta and now of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing—the 2016 election was a shock that left him speechless; rather than writing about Trump’s assault on rights, he joined the community of protesters taking to the streets. But the administration’s attacks on truth and decency threatened the integrity of language itself—a provocation Freeman answers with this book. An “agitate”-to-“zygote” catalog of the words he feels are most vital and essential to helping us imagine, describe, and shape a better world, this unique lexicon builds from one entry to the next, restoring the authority of language and wielding its power on behalf of our fundamental values. 

 

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Dictionary of the Undoing Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli (Afterword by), John Freeman
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374538859
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - November 12th, 2019

Friday, November 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Originally published in 1931 and regularly revised, Irma Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking has proved indispensable for millions of cooks. The newest edition, based on the 1975 version, was overseen by John Becker, great-grandson of Irma Rombauer, and his wife Megan Scott, who has worked for Joy since 2010, and thoughtfully balances tradition with content designed for modern tastes and lifestyles. Strengthening the original focus on home-style American cooking, Becker and Scott have updated the work for today’s audiences with 600 new recipes, including generous selections of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes; the latest nutrition and food safety guidelines; tips on “streamlined cooking,” and much more. Becker and Scott will be in conversation with Bonnie Benwick, The Washington Post's deputy food editor and recipe editor.

 

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Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781501169717
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Published: Scribner - November 12th, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

During the time the Underground Railroad was helping Black slaves escape into free states, a parallel network—the Reverse Underground Railroad—was abducting thousands of free African Americans and selling them into slavery. In this compelling account of a little-known episode, Bell, who teaches Early American history at the University of Maryland, tells the story of five Black boys who were kidnapped from Philadelphia in 1825. Lured onto a boat, they were blindfolded, shackled, and transported to Mississippi. Determined to regain their freedom, the five worked together to escape and eventually returned home, where they initiated a manhunt to bring their captors to justice. 

 

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Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501169434
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Published: 37 Ink - October 15th, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

While a vast scholarship exists on Monticello, the ambitious neoclassical home Thomas Jefferson designed and built in Charlottesville, Virginia, few have considered his influence on the White House. Living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from 1801 to 1809, Jefferson was the first president to occupy the residence for his full term. In this detailed account, Conroy, author most recently of the award-winning Lincoln’s White House, combines research and storytelling to bring the period to vivid life by profiling Jefferson’s life and legacy through the lens of his presidential home, receiving dignitaries, peers, and enslaved persons alike as he worked to unify a deeply divided young nation. 

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Jefferson's White House: Monticello on the Potomac Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538108468
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 23rd, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tipton-Martin, a culinary journalist, community activist, and founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, won a James Beard Award for The Jemima Code, her groundbreaking history of the role of Black Americans in the development of the cuisines of the American South. Building on that research—much of it drawn from her own collection of 300-plus African American cookbooks—Tipton-Martin complements the story of the food with a rich selection of the actual recipes, updated and adapted for today’s kitchens. Much more than “soul food,” these dishes were created by skilled and imaginative Black cooks who drew on a wide range of cuisines—and in turn influenced later American cooking.

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524761738
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 5th, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

In this deft blend of sports, history, and memoir, now available in paperback, Colt, author of The Big House and Brothers, takes readers back to the legendary 1968 Harvard-Yale football game. Both teams were undefeated when they went head-to-head on the last day of the season, and Colt, a Harvard grad who was in the stands, gives a nearly play-by-play account of the tense contest. He also recaps the season, introduces the players, and ties the action on the collegiate field to the issues that were playing out nationally, from civil rights, religious freedom, and class struggle to white privilege and the Vietnam War. 

 

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The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501104794
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Published: Scribner - October 8th, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Bowler—best-known for her compelling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason, in which her stage IV colon cancer provoked a reckoning with her Christian upbringing—is associate professor at Duke Divinity School and her new book is a revelatory look at the lives of prominent women in the staunchly male world of American evangelicalism. Though prohibited from becoming ordained ministers, women such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, and Victoria Osteen have embarked on a quest for spiritual power, mastering the delicate art of carving out unofficial niches for themselves by writing books, hosting radio programs, and even leading events, while also meeting traditional expectations of modesty and subservience. 

 

 

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The Preacher's Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691179612
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 1st, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

 

Regarded as the country’s greatest contemporary choreographer, Morris grew up in Seattle where his passion for dance manifested itself early. He absorbed the area’s rich culture of Balkan, Greek, and other folk dances, then at age 16, went to Spain to study flamenco. In 1980, he formed his legendary Mark Morris Dance Group in New York; by 1986, the company was featured in the PBS Dance in America series and soon Morris was collaborating with figures including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, and Lou Harrison. Written with energy and wit, this memoir offers an intimate look into the heart and mind of a great visionary artist as joyful as he is provocative. Morris will be in conversation with his co-author Wesley Stace.

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Out Loud: A Memoir Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735223073
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Published: Penguin Press - October 22nd, 2019

Monday, November 18, 7:00 pm

The author of bestselling books including A is for Activist is no stranger to resistance and revolution. His latest book, inspired by the social movement he witnessed as a child in Jakarta, follows a boy as he watches family and friends use their different strengths to fight back against a corrupt regime. As an adult, he uses his skills as a writer and photographer to call attention to abuses of power. With vivid, accessible prose and bold, layered illustrations, this empowering book is a celebration of the myriad ways people can be brave and make a difference. Ages 9-12. In conversation with Hena Khan.

 

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
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Takoma Park, MD 20912
M is for Movement Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781609809355
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Published: Triangle Square - November 5th, 2019

A is for Activist Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609806934
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Published: Triangle Square - November 10th, 2016

The Wedding Portrait Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609808020
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Published: Triangle Square - October 17th, 2017

My Night in the Planetarium Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609807009
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Published: Triangle Square - November 10th, 2016

Tuesday, November 19, 10:30 am

Can a boy and a small dog help each other recover from loss and loneliness? Before he met Patrick, a puppy named Oz was thrown from one cruel human to the next—traumatized until he lost the will to bark. Before he met Oz, Patrick felt more isolated than he had been in a long time. Boy and dog form a close bond as Patrick draws Oz out of his crate with patience and a violin. When Patrick is the one who needs drawing out, Oz hatches a brilliantly simple plan. This lushly-illustrated, touching tale is a luminous ode to the healing power of music and friendship.

P.J. Lynch was the fourth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland's laureate for children's literature.

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Washington, DC 20008
The Dog Who Lost His Bark Cover Image
By Eoin Colfer, P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536204421
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Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland's Good Fortune Cover Image
By P. J. Lynch, P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781536202960
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Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm

This event was originally scheduled for November 18.

Siegel will be in conversation with Aviva Goldfarb. This event is part of the Parenting Series.

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Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780190862121
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm

In the highly anticipated finale to the bestselling Arc of a Scythe trilogy, tensions rise as do dictators and prophets. Rowan and Citra have disappeared. Endura is gone. Through this turmoil, the Thunderhead remains silent to all except Greyson Tolliver; everywhere, the reverberations of the Great Resonance can still be felt. Suddenly, it seems that nothing stands between the evil Scythe Goddard and absolute power of the scythedom. Is there anyone left who can stop him? Or will humanity be ripped apart by the immortal beings it created? The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder. Dripping with intrigue and suspense, fans will devour this epic ending to one of this contemporary dystopian series. Ages 12 and up.

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The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481497060
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442472464
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

Dry Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481481977
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Award-winning New York Times correspondents covering Congress and the White House, respectively, Davis and Shear have followed the Trump administration from the start. In this deeply reported account, they focus on the defining issue of Trump’s presidency: immigration. Taking us behind the scenes and including previously unreported stories, they document a disorganized, paranoid decision-making process; show how Trump has used immigration to polarize the country and stoke unreasonable fears; and detail the ways the administration has blocked asylum seekers, separated families, threatened deportation, and undermined the nation’s longstanding commitment to immigration and the positive benefits newcomers offer the nation. 

 

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Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982117399
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Machado’s electrifying Her Body and Other Parties—a finalist for the National Book Award—expanded our sense of what a short story could be and do. Her powerful new book draws on a similarly wide range of tones, cultural references, and formal innovations to redefine the memoir. Organizing each chapter around different themes—a haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—Machado explores an abusive lesbian relationship from multiple angles. As she chronicles her attraction to a charismatic and volatile woman, Machado looks back at the role of religion in her adolescence, interrogates the assumption that lesbian relationships are safe, and explores the history and reality of abuse within the queer community. Machado will be in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn’t Talk about When I Was a Girl. 

 

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Washington, DC 20008
In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm

Isabel’s rheumatoid arthritis isn’t exactly a secret—she runs a school newspaper column called “Sick Girl Wants to Know”—but she knows her friends can’t truly understand what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Even her doctor father avoids talking about it. But when she meets Sasha, a boy who is also chronically ill, she has a chance to bond with someone who really gets it. Falling in love with Sasha is intoxicating, but the adults in Isabel’s life haven’t modeled the healthiest relationships. Is letting someone get to know her too complicated to be worth it? With plenty of heart and witty banter, this groundbreaking novel introduces an outgoing heroine with a unique, deeply relatable voice. Ages 14 and up.

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Sick Kids In Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781640637320
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Published: Entangled: Teen - November 5th, 2019

Salt: (Middle Grade Novel, Kids Adventure Story, Kids Book about Family) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452131511
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 30th, 2018

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

NOTE: Due to a new publication date, this event has been canceled and will be rescheduled for February 2020.

 

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Washington, DC 20008
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627798556
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Metropolitan Books - January 28th, 2020

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

Detroit declared bankruptcy in 2013, a move intended to spark the city’s resurgence. Some 40% of the population still falls below the poverty line, however, and as Kirshner shows in her detailed stories of seven struggling Detroit residents, the new austerity budget has failed to fix the broken real estate and job markets or improve the school system. As she lays out the costs of the financial reorganization, Kirshner, a research professor at NYU who teaches bankruptcy law at Columbia Law School, illuminates how the economics of Detroit—as of many American cities—are tangled with ill-conceived urban policies and state and federal negligence of infrastructure.  

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250220639
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - November 19th, 2019

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

In this non-partisan analysis of today’s political divisiveness, Lessig identifies unrepresentativeness as the one problem that underlies the others. He sees it both in institutions—such as the media’s response to narrow interests rather than to those of the wider citizenry—and in the people, who are uninformed about the issues. Lessig, host of the podcast Another Way, co-founder of Creative Commons, and Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, proposes a number of solutions to fix both the “them” and the “us,” ranging from Electoral College reforms to new forums that offer citizens the chance to speak in an informed and deliberative way. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062945716
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 5th, 2019

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

This event has been canceled.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Natural Wine for the People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399582431
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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 6th, 2019

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

One of the first women to earn a Harvard architecture degree, Yerkes, born in 1918, worked as a landscape architect and sculptor for most of her adult life. When she joined a poetry workshop at Ingleside and turned to writing in her mid-nineties, she found revelatory “how satisfying it could be to shape, build and form a piece with words rather than with wood, aluminum, stone and iron pipe.” In her first collection of poems, published at the age of 101, Yerkes writes about childhood, family, travel, aging, and art, remarking, “…what a host of memories I have! / I’ve seen such splendor one can barely grasp. /Never mind mortality. /The opulence was always built to last.” 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Days of Blue and Flame Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780996972697
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Published: Passager Books - June 15th, 2019

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

Building on her Rookie article, "The Last Debutantes," Richardson offers an engaging and surprising history of the high society coming-out party. The descendant of debutantes but not one herself, Richardson casts a critical feminist eye over this coming-of-age ritual.  Starting with the Tudor era and looking at Jane Austen’s England, colonial Philadelphia, Mrs. Astor’s New York, African American communities, and today’s Infirmary and International balls, Richardson draws on diaries, letters, and interviews to let debutantes speak for themselves about how the white dresses and objectification foster or thwart their own desires. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Season: A Social History of the Debutante Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608731
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 19th, 2019

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

In this insightful analysis of the surge of protests that followed Trump’s election, Fisher shows us who the resisters are, how they’ve organized, and what they’ve achieved. Starting with the Women’s March and working through successive demonstrations, Fisher, professor of sociology and director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, uses interviews and data to illustrate how resistance groups adapted methods such as distributed organizing to mobilize angry citizens into activists, charting the success of this network of grassroots efforts in the gains made by Democrats, women, and people of color in the 2018 elections. Fisher will be in conversation with James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute, who was appointed by Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party’s platform committee.  

 

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American Resistance: From the Women's March to the Blue Wave Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780231187640
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Published: Columbia University Press - November 5th, 2019

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

As appealing to readers of Joyce and Pynchon as to fans of Neal Stephenson, Palmer’s Version Control and The Dream of Perpetual Motion energetically reimagined science fiction, time travel, thrillers, The Tempest, and more. Continuing his fascination with the blurred line between the real and the fantastic, Palmer’s third novel draws on the true story of Mary Toft, a farmer’s wife from Godalming, England, who in 1726 began giving birth to dead rabbits. Verified by both the local surgeon and a royal physician, Mary’s failure to repeat this strange miracle in London led to even larger and stranger questions for the medical community. 

 

Set at the turn of the 20th century, Haber’s quixotic—and paragraph-long—first novel follows Jacov Reinhardt and his faithful scribe as they travel the world in pursuit of Reinhardt’s hero and mentor, Emiliano Gomez Carrasquilla, who may have discovered the very essence of melancholy.  Fueled by cocaine and philosophy, the pair travel from a small Croatian village to Germany, Hungary, Russia, and the Americas. Writing in the vein of Thomas Bernhard and László Krasznahorkai, Haber, operations manager at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore and author of a collection of short stories, Deathbed Conversions, has composed a fiction that’s both adventurous and absurdist, focused and digressive, and as consumed with melancholy as it is ridden with sly humor. 

 

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Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101871935
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Published: Pantheon - November 19th, 2019

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ISBN: 9781566895620
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 1st, 2019

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

The Levy family established itself in Salonica (now Thessaloniki, Greece) in the 18th century and for some two hundred years published books and newspapers for the region’s Sephardic Jews. With the Ottoman Empire’s collapse, the Levys scattered throughout the world, but kept in touch through letters. Drawing on this rich correspondence, Stein, award-winning author of Extraterritorial Dreams and the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and the Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA, uses the family’s experience to trace the history of Sephardic Jews through the twentieth century, showing how individual lives were affected by world wars, shifting political boundaries, and the Holocaust—which wiped out several branches of the Levy family. In partnership with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

 

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Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374185428
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 19th, 2019

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

While Thanksgiving has been enshrined as a celebration of the 1621 alliance between the Plymouth Pilgrims and the Native American Indians, aside from the presence of a group of Wampanoag at the feast marking the colonists’ first harvest, Indigenous peoples are largely absent from the story. In this fresh account, Silverman, professor of history at George Washington University and the award-winning author of Thundersticks, restores the Wampanoags to their central role, and, by tracing Native tribes’ long struggle for self-determination, he exposes the myths of this national holiday and shows why many Native Americans observe the fourth Thursday of November as a National Day of Mourning. 

 

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This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632869241
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 5th, 2019

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

Contributing editor and restaurant critic for New York magazine since 2000, Platt won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Restaurant Reviews in 2010 and has been a major voice in food writing for some twenty-five years. As he recounts in his funny, personable memoir, his love of different cuisines—along with an appetite for travel—began early; as the child of a diplomat, he grew up on the dishes of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, and later sampled the cuisines of many other countries. Rich in travel tales, his book also features anecdotes that convey the realities and foibles of life as a restaurant critic. Platt will be in conversation with Corby Kummer, senior editor and food columnist for The Atlantic. 

 

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The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062293541
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Published: Ecco - November 12th, 2019

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

Taking her title from Google’s early mantra, Foroohar, the award-winning CNN global economic analyst and Financial Times columnist and associate editor, chronicles how far Big Tech has fallen from its original vision of free information and digital democracy. Drawing on nearly thirty years of experience reporting on the technology sector, Faroohar traces the evolution of companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon into behemoths that monetize people’s data, spread misinformation and hate speech, and threaten citizens’ privacy. She also shows how we can fight back by creating a framework that both fosters innovation and protects us from the threats posed by digital technology. 

 

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Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984823984
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Published: Currency - November 5th, 2019

Tue
12
7:00 pm
Debbie Cenziper - Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler's Hidden Soldiers in America
Wed
13
7:00 pm
Jeanine Basinger - The Movie Musical!
Thu
14
10:30 am
Gabrielle Balkan - The Book of Flight: 10 Record-Breaking Animals with Wings
Thu
14
7:00 pm
VA State Senator Janet Howell and Theresa Howell - Leading the Way: Women in Power—in Children & Teens—In Conversation with Emily Cain, EMILY's List Executive Director
Thu
14
7:00 pm
John Freeman - Dictionary of the Undoing
Fri
15
7:00 pm
John Becker and Megan Scott - Joy of Cooking, 2019 Edition — in conversation with Bonnie Benwick
Sat
16
1:00 pm
Richard Bell - Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home
Sat
16
3:30 pm
James B. Conroy - Jefferson's White House: Monticello on the Potomac
Sat
16
6:00 pm
Toni Tipton-Martin - Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking: A Cookbook
Sun
17
1:00 pm
George Howe Colt - The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968
Sun
17
3:00 pm
Kate Bowler - The Preacher's Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities — In Conversation with Elizabeth Dias
Sun
17
5:00 pm
Mark Morris - Out Loud: A Memoir — in conversation with Wesley Stace
Mon
18
7:00 pm
Innosanto Nagara - M is for Movement—in Conversation with Hena Khan—at Takoma Park Library (MD)
Tue
19
10:30 am
P.J. Lynch - The Dog Who Lost His Bark
Tue
19
7:00 pm
Bettina Elias Siegel - Kid Food—a Parenting Series Event in Children and Teens
Tue
19
7:00 pm
Neal Shusterman - The Toll (The Arc of A Scythe series #3)—at Connie Morella Library
Tue
19
7:00 pm
Julia Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear - Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration
Wed
20
7:00 pm
Carmen Maria Machado - In the Dream House: A Memoir — in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco
Thu
21
7:00 pm
Hannah Moskowitz - Sick Kids in Love - in Children & Teens
Thu
21
7:00 pm
CANCELED: Rashid Khalidi - The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
21
7:00 pm
Jodie Adams Kirshner - Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises
Fri
22
7:00 pm
Lawrence Lessig - They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy
Fri
22
7:00 pm
CANCELED: Alice Feiring - Natural Wine for the People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It — in conversation with Sam Fromartz — at Union Market
Sat
23
1:00 pm
Sarah Yerkes - Days of Blue and Flame
Sat
23
3:30 pm
Kristen Richardson - The Season: A Social History of the Debutante
Sat
23
6:00 pm
Dana R. Fisher - American Resistance: From the Women's March to the Blue Wave — in conversation with James Zogby
Sun
24
1:00 pm
Dexter Palmer - Mary Toft; Or, the Rabbit Queen & Mark Haber - Reinhardt's Garden
Sun
24
3:00 pm
Sarah Abrevaya Stein - Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century — in partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Sun
24
5:00 pm
David J. Silverman - This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving
Mon
25
7:00 pm
Adam Platt - The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony — in conversation with Corby Kummer
Tue
26
7:00 pm
Rana Foroohar - Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us