Union Market

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We are proud to announce the opening of our new store, Politics and Prose at Union Market! We bring to this fast-growing neighborhood in Northeast DC a wide selection of books and gifts, interesting author talks, and the exceptional customer service that you've come to expect of P&P. You can view our upcoming events below, and we look forward to seeing you soon at Politics and Prose at Union Market.

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Events at Union Market
Wednesday, June 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Body Papers

Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Talusan’s memoir is a powerful testament to resilience, hope, and—for better and worse—family. When she and her parents immigrated from the Philippines to Boston in the 1970s, they seemed to have fulfilled the American Dream of a thriving middle-class life. But after Talusan’s father’s student visa expired they lived in fear of deportation for a decade. Talusan herself, mistaken for Chinese at school, felt alienated from her white classmates and, worse, was abused by her grandfather at home. Later she discovered other threads of violence in her family’s past as well as a genetic predisposition to cancer. Facing this painful legacy with courage and compassion, Talusan was able to thrive as a student, then as a teacher and a remarkable storyteller.

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The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez

A professor of politics at Whitman College, Bobrow-Strain worked on the U.S. border as an activist and educator in the 1990s and is a founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition in Washington State. His book draws on years of field research to give a powerful and intimate account of the realities of immigration as experienced by one woman. Aida Hernandez, born in 1987, lived in Agua Prieta, Mexico, until she was nine. Then her mother, escaping an abusive marriage, took her to Douglas, Arizona, crossing a border that was little more than a worn-down fence. Aida married and had a child with an American citizen but, still undocumented, was deported in 2008. Her battle to regain her life in the United States give an in-depth, emotional glimpse into detention centers, immigration courts, and more.

 

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Washington, DC 20002
The Body Papers Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781632061836
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Restless Books - April 2nd, 2019

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374191979
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 16th, 2019

Friday, June 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

An essential tool for helping us protect our rights, Wehle’s book presents the full text of the U.S. Constitution along with a clear and thorough guide to its provisions. Wehle, a law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and an On-Air and Off-Air Legal Expert, Analyst and Commentator for CBS New, lays out in plain language what the Constitution says, what it means, and how its protections are being threatened.  Offering a firm grounding in what is constitutional and what is not, Wehle illuminates what it means to have individual rights—from the right to free speech to the right to an abortion—shows how the three branches of government hold each other accountable, and outlines the powers of the president.

Wehle will be in conversation with A. B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics.

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Washington, DC 20002
How to Read the Constitution--and Why Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062914361
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - June 25th, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The only Western journalist based in Damascus from 2012 to 2014, Dagher, who has reported from the Middle East for more than fifteen years—most recently for The Atlantic—shows in chilling detail how what began as a regional struggle during the Arab Spring of 2011 has grown into an explosive global crisis. Drawing on exclusive access to Assad’s former ally, the Syrian army commander Manaf Tlass, Dagher takes readers inside the highest levels of the Syrian government, profiling the ruling families and the roots of their determination to destroy the country rather than yield power.

 

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1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316556729
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 28th, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Pastiloff was eight when her father died and soon after she began to lose her hearing. Denying her deafness, she became anorexic, quit college, and was stuck for 13 years waiting tables. Yoga helped her turn her life around; as she silenced her inner self-doubt, she realized she could help others do the same. Relatable, authentic, and always upbeat, the book, titled after the author’s unique yoga/writing/sharing motivational workshop, will show readers how to overcome their disappointments, embrace life in all its messiness, and prosper. Pastiloff will be in conversation with Abby Maslin, author of Love You Hard.

 

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
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Washington, DC 20002
On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524743567
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dutton - June 4th, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

In a serendipitous meeting, Gordinier, Esquire’s food and drinks editor, met Danish chef René Redzepi, proprietor of Noma, when both were ready for new challenges. In this compelling report of their four-year global expedition, Gordinier takes us through the Yucatán peninsula in search of the perfect taco and the secrets of mole; goes beach combing for sea rocket and wild celery off Sydney, Australia; samples the world’s finest sea urchins in an obscure site on the Arctic Circle, and finally ends up back in Copenhagen, where Redzepi recognizes the possibilities in an abandoned lot, and resurrects his restaurant.

 

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1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524759643
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 9th, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

To many it may seem like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burst out of nowhere, but as Young Turks political commentator Grim reports in this history of the last thirty years of the Democratic Party, her election is rooted in events dating back to 1988. That year saw the rise of the Rainbow Coalition under the leadership of Jesse Jackson, who nearly won the Party’s nomination for president. Jackson was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, then mayor of Burlington, who in 2016 narrowly lost his own bid for the presidency, but whose supporters, including Ocasio-Cortez, continued to resist Party centrists by organizing AOC’s triumphant run for Congress.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
We've Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement Cover Image
$17.76
ISBN: 9781947492387
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Strong Arm Press - May 23rd, 2019

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

A teacher, speaker, and writer, Cafritz, founder of Experience Breath, is trained and certified in Integrative Breathwork and Transformational Breath. As she does in both individual and group sessions, in her book she shows how breath has the power to transform us by fostering courage, confidence, creativity, peace, and more. Combining her own experience and lessons from her classes, Cafritz helps readers overcome the fears that stand between them and their dreams.

 

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Washington, DC 20002
Breath Love Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781733795548
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Warren Publishing, Inc - June 11th, 2019

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

Awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Gander’s collection is a powerful look at grief, displacement, and dementia. In uncompromising poems that scrutinize both individual moments and larger legacies—“you who were given a life, what did you make of it?”—Gander, a prolific poet, essayist, and translator, takes language itself to the breaking point. Countering loss with a series of fragmented long poems, Gander challenges notions of solace with a version of a work by St. John of the Cross, defies boundaries with narratives written in English and Spanish, and mourns his late wife, fellow poet C. D. Wright, with a set of raw, angry, and beautiful lyrics. 

 

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Washington, DC 20002
Be with Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811226059
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 28th, 2018

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

During his thirteen years as Washington’s chief financial officer, Gandhi ushered the near-bankrupt city back to financial health. As he recounts in this stirring memoir, triumphing against the odds has been the pattern of his life: born in an Indian village that had no electricity or running water, Gandhi left for Mumbai at age 17 then made his way to the U.S. when he was 25—arriving with just $7. His story of hard work, determination, and resilience is at once the portrait of an extraordinary individual and a testament to the potency of another great survivor: the American dream itself. Gandhi will be in conversation with Robert Rimm, managing editor of Arch Street Press.

 

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Washington, DC 20002
Still the Promised Land Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781938798238
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Published: Arch Street Press - July 4th, 2019

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

Starting with the slave trade, Blyden’s study charts the long, complex, and often ambivalent relationship between African Americans and Africa. Attentive to the wide range of African American identities, Blyden, associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University and author of West Indians in West Africa, 1808–1880, reads this often overlooked history through a careful examination of different diasporas variously defined by region, ethnicity, and immigration. 

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African Americans and Africa: A New History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780300198669
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Published: Yale University Press - May 28th, 2019

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

In this analysis of the Republican Party’s 1970s Southern Strategy, Maxwell and Shields show that the GOP’s move to appeal to Democrats in the South was based not only on racial issues but also on feminism and religion. Just as they had abandoned civil rights, Republicans dropped support for the Equal Rights Amendment, while at the same time joining forces with an increasingly fundamentalist Southern Baptist Convention. Writers and scholars based at the University of Arkansas, the authors show how the GOP used a language of absolutes, encouraged defensiveness, and accused the media of bias—all of which had national ramifications. Maxwell and Shields will be in conversation with Bill Press, author most recently of Trump Must Go.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780190265960
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 23rd, 2019

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

Now available in paperback, Larison’s cinematic western delivers plenty of adventure and bravado in a tough, challenging landscape. It also overturns standard assumptions of the West with its observations of late 1880s race, class, and gender issues and its sharp, no-nonsense female hero. Orphaned at seventeen when her father dies, Jessilyn disguises herself as a man and leaves her homestead to track down her brother. An outlaw, Noah is also wanted by a territorial governor who hires Jess to help, though she’s troubled by the clash between her real and apparent identities as well as all the male swagger around her.

 

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1270 5th Street NE
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Whiskey When We're Dry: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735220454
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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In this groundbreaking essay collection, Hankir, a widely published Lebanese-British journalist, presents essays by nineteen of today’s most accomplished Arab and Middle Eastern women journalists. Outspoken and brave, these writers recount their experiences covering stories ranging from the Iraq war to the Syrian refugee crisis. By turns chilling, ironic, and wrenching, the stories include the special challenges they faced as women—such as the difficulty of traveling without a male relative in Yemen and the constant threat of sexual harassment—as well as the unique advantages of being able to speak to women at a medical clinic. Hankir will be in conversation with contributor Hannah Allam, reporter for Buzzfeed News.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
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Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World Cover Image
By Zahra Hankir (Editor), Christiane Amanpour (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133414
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Published: Penguin Books - August 6th, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Looking primarily at literature, but also at music and film, Row traces a literary “white flight” that parallels and bolsters the social movement of white Americans into segregated suburbs and gentrified communities. With attentive readings of work by mainstream authors including Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, and Jonathan Franzen, Row, author of the novel Your Face in Mine, shows how white writers have limited themselves to insulated imaginative spaces that have stymied any meaningful engagement with race. By contrast, James Baldwin, Dorothy Allison, James Alan McPherson, and others offer models for how fiction can address matters of race and become not just a reflection of society but a reparative act. Row will be in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott, winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and author of The World Does Not Require You.

 

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White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978327
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 6th, 2019

Thursday, August 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Edozien’s book is at once a memoir, a love-letter to Africa, and a remarkable group portrait of same-gender loving Africans. Traveling around the world—from Lagos to Brooklyn, Accra to Paris—Edozien introduces gay men and women who live and love on their own terms, finding joy against considerable adversity.  Writing with urgency and compassion, Edozien tells these stories of courageous individuals against the backdrop of Africa’s increasingly homophobic political climate whose pressures often force gay Africans to seek refuge in the West. Edzoien will be in conversation with Kai Wright, host of WNYC's Narrative Unit and a columnist for The Nation.

 

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1270 5th Street NE
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Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780995516236
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Team Angelica Publishing - November 24th, 2017

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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A Door in the Earth Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316451574
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 27th, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hoberman’s new book follows The Dream Life and An Army of Phantoms to conclude his Found Illusions Trilogy with a retrospective of the Reagan years as seen through the films of the era. Tracking the synergy between American politics and pop culture, Hoberman looks at Reagan in the context of cinematic peers such as Indiana Jones and John Rambo, illuminates how films like Earthquake commented on the fading Watergate scandal, and tracks the complex intersections of events such as the Iran-Contra scandal and the Strategic Defense Initiative with films like Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and Blue Velvet. Hoberman will be in conversation with Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer-winning journalist for The Washington Post and author most recently of High Noon.

 

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Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781595580061
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Published: New Press - July 2nd, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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The Warehouse: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984823793
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Published: Crown - August 20th, 2019

Friday, September 6, 12:00 am to Sunday, September 8, 11:00 pm

 

All weekend long, Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, we invite Politics and Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

Enjoy the benefits of your membership at any of our locations.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member!

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
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Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Doxology: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062877789
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Published: Ecco - August 27th, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Black Light: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525563501
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Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

 

 

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Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524748258
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Published: Pantheon - September 10th, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Heaven, My Home (A Highway 59 Mystery #2) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316363402
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 17th, 2019

Friday, September 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Night Boat to Tangier: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385540315
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Published: Doubleday - September 17th, 2019

Friday, December 6, 12:00 am to Sunday, December 8, 11:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8, we invite Politics and Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

Enjoy the benefits of your membership at any of our locations.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member!

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wed
26
7:00 pm
Grace Talusan - The Body Papers & Aaron Bobrow-Strain - The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Fri
28
7:00 pm
Kim Wehle - How to Read the Constitution and Why — in conversation with A. B. Stoddard — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Tue
9
7:00 pm
Sam Dagher - Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Sat
13
1:00 pm
Jennifer Pastiloff - On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard — in conversation with Abby Maslin — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Sat
13
6:00 pm
Jeff Gordinier - Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Tue
16
7:00 pm
Ryan Grim - We've Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Thu
18
7:00 pm
Lauren Chelec Cafritz - Breath Love — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Fri
19
7:00 pm
Forrest Gander - Be With — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Sat
20
6:00 pm
Natwar Gandhi - Still the Promised Land — in conversation with Robert Rimm — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Tue
23
7:00 pm
Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden - African Americans and Africa: A New History — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Wed
24
7:00 pm
Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields - The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics — in conversation with Bill Press — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Wed
31
7:00 pm
John Larison - Whiskey When We're Dry — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Tue
6
7:00 pm
Zahra Hankir - Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World — in conversation with Hannah Allam — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Tue
13
7:00 pm
Jess Row - White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination — in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Thu
15
7:00 pm
Chiké Frankie Edozien - Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man — in conversation with Kai Wright — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Wed
28
7:00 pm
Amy Waldman - A Door in the Earth — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Thu
29
7:00 pm
J. Hoberman - Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan — in conversation with Glenn Frankel — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Wed
4
7:00 pm
Rob Hart - The Warehouse — in conversation with James Grady — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Fri
6
12:00 am
Fall Member Sale
Tue
10
7:00 pm
Nell Zink - Doxology — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Thu
12
7:00 pm
Kimberly King Parsons - Black Light — in conversation with Mark Doten — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Sat
14
6:00 pm
Gary Marcus - Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Wed
18
7:00 pm
Attica Locke - Heaven, My Home — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Fri
20
7:00 pm
Kevin Barry - Night Boat to Tangier — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Fri
6
12:00 am
Holiday Member Sale