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Lee Drutman - Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America

Thursday, January 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780190913854
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - January 2nd, 2020

A senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America and author of The Business of America is Lobbying, Drutman combines history, democratic theory, and cutting-edge political science research to argue that the main reason for the current political deadlock is the two-party system. While in the past the two parties contained multiple factions, today, without conservative Southern Democrats and liberal Northeastern Republicans, they have hardened into a rigid partisanship that runs counter to the anti-majoritarian, compromise-driven governing institutions. The answer, Drutman says, is to increase the number of parties through electoral reform, a change that won’t require a constitutional amendment.

 

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Clifford Thompson - What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues

Friday, January 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$19.99
ISBN: 9781590519059
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Published: Other Press - November 12th, 2019

An award-winning journalist, essayist, and professor, Thompson grew up in D.C., where he absorbed both the lessons of racism and the ideal of equality. Jolted by Trump’s election and the surge of white elitism, Thompson questioned his sense of his nation—and his own values—as never before. In an eloquent exploration and analysis of the state of the country today, Thompson interweaves his own unsettling experiences, the wisdom of writers such as James Baldwin, Albert Murray, and Joan Didion, and, most of all, stories from a variety of people, including Trump supporters, community organizers, and the founder of the National African American Gun Association.

 

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Jonathan Rosenberg - Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War Through the Cold War

Saturday, January 4, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$39.95
ISBN: 9780393608427
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 10th, 2019

A professor of U.S. history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as well as a Juilliard-trained musician, Rosenberg combines his areas of expertise for a unique look at the nexus of 20th-century world politics and classical music. During World War I, for instance, American concert audiences rejected German works and some German musicians were even dismissed or imprisoned. By contrast, the focus during the Second World War was on Russian compositions, with the work of Shostakovich, in particular, being used to cement the U.S.-Russian alliance. Rosenberg carries his story through the Cold War, as the State Department began sending symphony orchestras around the world to act as anti-Communist ambassadors.

 

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Harvey Solomon - Such Splendid Prisons: Diplomatic Detainment in America During World War II

Saturday, January 4, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$34.95
ISBN: 9781640120846
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Published: Potomac Books - January 1st, 2020

When the U.S. entered the Second Word War, the Roosevelt administration, hoping to spark benign treatment for American diplomats trapped abroad, sequestered the personnel of Axis embassies in luxury hotels. In his engaging history of this largely forgotten episode, Solomon, a D.C.-based freelance writer and author of Book of Days, recreates the tense atmosphere surrounding the controversial decision and traces its outcome by profiling five of the hundreds of German, Japanese, Italian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian diplomats, families, staff, servants, journalists, students, businessmen, and spies who were eventually repatriated after doing their time, variously, in the Greenbrier, the Homestead, the Grove Park Inn, and the Hotel Hershey.

 

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Suzanne McConnell - Kurt Vonnegut's Pity the Reader: On Writing With Style

Saturday, January 4, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$32.95
ISBN: 9781609809621
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Published: Seven Stories Press - November 5th, 2019

McConnell, a writer, teacher, and fiction editor for the Bellevue Literary Review, studied with Kurt Vonnegut at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop from 1965 to 1967—during the time he was writing Slaughterhouse Five—and the two later became friends. In the first book devoted to the great novelist as a teacher, McConnell has gathered everything she could find among Vonnegut’s papers that reflects his ideas about the art and craft of writing. A unique look into the mind of a master, supported by McConnell’s personal reflections and philosophies, this book is both an invaluable primer on how to approach and shape fiction and a glimpse of Vonnegut’s own goals, ambitions, and personality.

 

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David E. Lowe - Touched with Fire: Morris B. Abram and the Battle against Racial and Religious Discrimination

Sunday, January 5, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$34.95
ISBN: 9781640120969
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Published: Potomac Books - December 1st, 2019

Lowe, a retired vice president for government relations and public affairs for the National Endowment for Democracy, here delivers an elegant biography of Morris B. Abram (1918-2000), saluting a tireless advocate of human rights who deserves to be better known, and illuminating issues—legislative apportionment, affirmative action, campus unrest, and the enforcement of international human rights—that have continually challenged the country. Raised in the rural south, Abram became a leading civil rights lawyer, and, after some 14 years of working to end discriminatory voting, at last successfully established the "one person, one vote" principle. He went on to lead the American Jewish Committee and to serve as permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva. 

 

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Laura DeNardis - The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch — in conversation with Shane Harris

Sunday, January 5, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9780300233070
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Published: Yale University Press - January 7th, 2020

Once primarily a communication network, the Internet can now link a variety of physical devices and everyday objects, from cars and appliances to crucial medical equipment. Known as “the Internet of Things,” this system blurs distinctions between the virtual and the real, and, as DeNardis argues in this groundbreaking study, confers something tantamount to political power on whoever controls it. Showing how countries can use this cyber infrastructure to reach across physical boundaries, DeNardis, a professor in American University’s School of Communication and one of Slate’s 2016 Most Influential People in the Internet, lays out the threats it poses and offers policy prescriptions to protect our future. DeNardis will be in conversation with Shane Harris, national security reporter for The Washington Post.

 

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Tom Rosenstiel - Oppo — in conversation with Karen Tumulty

Sunday, January 5, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062892607
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Published: Ecco - December 3rd, 2019

Executive director of the American Press Institute and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Rosenstiel has put his day-job experience to stunning literary use in his acclaimed Peter Rena series. Following Shining City and The Good Lie, his third political thriller is set during a particularly fraught presidential primary season. After a respected centrist senator, Wendy Upton, is offered the vice presidential slot by both major parties, she receives death threats and hires Rena, Washington’s premier fixer, to find the culprits. As they investigate, Rena and his partner, Randi Brooks, find themselves tangled in a volatile web of conflicting ideologies and political secrets where things could blow at any time. Rosenstiel will be in conversation with Karen Tumulty, political columnist at The Washington Post.

 

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Ganesh Sitaraman - The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, January 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781541618114
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Published: Basic Books - December 10th, 2019

As a professor at Vanderbilt Law School, a longtime advisor to Elizabeth Warren, a former lecturer at Harvard Law School, and onetime law clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams, Sitaraman has an extraordinary breadth of experience. In his new book he draws on the lessons of these various political, legal, and academic sectors to outline two contrasting visions of the post-neoliberal era. One set of choices will bring us to a nationalist oligarchy, with entrenched inequality and other social ills. An alternative course, however, will establish a great democracy, and Sitaraman shows what we must do to put in place a system that fights corruption and extends political and economic power to everyone.

 

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Erika Lee - America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

Monday, January 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9781541672604
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Published: Basic Books - November 26th, 2019

In her new book, Lee, the award-winning author of The Making of Asian America, draws on her experience as director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota to give a comprehensive survey of xenophobia in America. Showing that hatred of and violence against immigrants has been a feature of the country since the Colonial days, when Benjamin Franklin disparaged Germans, Lee offers a new framework for understanding xenophobia, one that puts Trump’s vitriol against migrants into a wider context and also illuminates how anti-immigration sentiment has spawned and fed off related problems such as racism, sexism, and classism.

 

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Peggy Wallace Kennedy - The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter's Journey to Reconciliation — in conversation with Diane McWhorter

Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781635573657
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 3rd, 2019

The daughter of George Wallace, who uttered the infamous “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever” in his 1963 inaugural address as governor of Alabama, Kennedy has devoted her life to racial reconciliation, earning the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Rosa Parks Legacy Award, the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation Woman of Courage Award, and many others. In her clear-eyed and insightful memoir, she delves into the origins of her father’s racism and gives an intimate look at events such as Wallace’s efforts to block desegregation at the University of Alabama, his 1972 run for president, the assassination attempt that left him a paraplegic, and his late-life recantation of his supremacist views. Kennedy will be in conversation with Diane McWhorter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Carry Me Home.

 

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Chris Liddell-Westefeld - They Said This Day Would Never Come: Chasing the Dream on Obama's Improbable Campaign — At Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781541730618
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 7th, 2020

One among the hundreds of young people inspired by Obama’s vision for America, Liddell-Westefeld joined Obama’s presidential campaign in 2007, then became part of the White House staff, where he prepared the president’s daily briefing book. Now a D.C.-based oral historian, Liddell-Westefeld draws on a wide range of interviews with former staffers, volunteers, and many others who were part of the Obama presidency—including Obama himself—to give a compelling inside-look at that special era. From the earliest rallies and primaries through the major events of Obama’s two terms, we witness history from the perspectives of those who were there.

 

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Andrew J. Bacevich - The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781250175083
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Published: Metropolitan Books - January 7th, 2020

With books including The Limits of Power, America's War for the Greater Middle East, and Twilight of the American Century, Bacevich, professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University, has proven one of our most incisive foreign policy analysts. In his new book he charts the remarkable period since the end of the Cold War, showing that while the West’s victory seemed to validate American-style liberal democratic values, the nation’s engagement in several wars and expanded globalization led not to world peace and prosperity but to inequality, divisiveness, and Trump.

 

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Melissa Rogers - Faith in American Public Life — in conversation with Mike McCurry — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Melissa Rogers, E. J. Dionne (Foreword by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781481309707
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Published: Baylor University Press - October 15th, 2019

In her timely analysis of the role of religion in the public sphere, Rogers shows how important religious pluralism is to democracy and how vulnerable both are amid today’s surge of hostility to religious minorities. As executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships under Obama Rogers was charged with protecting the constitutional rights of all religious individuals and organizations, and here she describes the legal framework that has fostered the nation’s religious freedom and proposes ways policymakers and religious leaders can restore common ground and reinforce weakened constitutional bars on governmental establishment of religion. Roger will be in conversation with Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary and co-director of the Wesley Theological Seminary National Capital Semester for Seminarians. 

 

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Mark Parascandola - Once Upon a Time on Shanghai — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, January 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Mark Parascandola (Photographer), Michael Berry (Contribution by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781942084747
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Published: Daylight Books - November 19th, 2019

A D.C.-based photographer interested in “how movies can shape our beliefs about other cultures and about history,” Parascandola follows his 2017 Once Upon a Time in Almería, which  documented Hollywood’s extensive use of locations in southeastern Spain for films during the 1960s and ‘70s, with a photo-essay on the world’s fastest growing film producer: China. With images of massive sets including a full-size replica of the Forbidden City and a reconstruction of several blocks of Shanghai’s shopping hub as they would have appeared in the 1930s—sites that have themselves become tourist attractions—the book explores China’s increasingly global influence via the soft power of its films.

 

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Adam Davidson - The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century

Thursday, January 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780385353526
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Published: Knopf - January 7th, 2020

As the 20th century’s economy of scale evolves into a new economy of passion, Davidson, the award-winning founder of NPR's Planet Money podcast and a staff writer at The New Yorker, argues that we have a bright future ahead of us, showing how the last century’s economy of scale is evolving to accommodate individuals’ unique drives, interests, and dilemmas. Writing with his signature mix of hard statistics, lucid explanations, and compelling stories from a wide range of innovators —crusading descendants of sweatshop workers and Amish craftsmen alike—Davidson illuminates an economy that will operate by new rules of intimacy, insight, attention, automation, and passion.

 

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Eric Nuzum - Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling — in conversation with Scott Simon — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, January 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$18.95
ISBN: 9781523504558
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 10th, 2019

In his comprehensive guide to creating and distributing podcasts, Nuzum, who as former head of NPR podcast development oversaw shows including TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, Sincerely X, and The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, goes beyond just the basics. Offering practical information, insider’s advice, and tips on the big picture, he identifies core principles, such as thinking like the audience while staying focused on your own message; establishes best practices for interviews and for developing character, story, and voice; shares strategies for refining ideas and developing an audience; and shows how to use audio effectively as a means of expression. Nuzum will be in conversation with Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.

 

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Kiley Reid - Such a Fun Age

Friday, January 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

When a supermarket security guard sees a young Black woman out late with a white child, he assumes the worst. By the time he understands that the woman is the child’s babysitter, she’s angry and humiliated and her employer is determined to rectify the wrong. Herself a long-time babysitter to wealthy Manhattanites, Reid infuses her eagerly-awaited literary debut with pitch-perfect details of class and race; writing with energy and insight, Reid, who was awarded the prestigious Truman Capote Fellowship at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, tells a rich, compelling, and urgent story about transactional relationships, showing what it really means to make someone “family,” and exploring the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

 

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Matthew L. Schuerman - Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents — At Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, January 11, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780226476261
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 7th, 2019

In this deeply researched study, Schuerman, senior editor at WNYC, develops a national history of gentrification by following changes since the 1950s in northwest Brooklyn, San Francisco’s Mission District, and the onetime site of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project. Offering vivid, even-handed profiles of the driving figures behind gentrification as well as the individuals caught up in it, Schuerman illuminates a situation with no easy answers, showing that gentrification is a complex process driven by both local realities and wider social and economic forces, one that is never all good or all bad and is always more complicated than its proponents and opponents admit.

 

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Jody Bolz - The Near and Far & John Balaban - Empires

Saturday, January 11, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$20.00
ISBN: 9781625493255
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Published: Turning Point - September 30th, 2019

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595707
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 17th, 2019

An award-winning poet, translator, and authority on Vietnamese literature, Balaban was profoundly shaped by his experiences as a conscientious objector teaching and working with children in Vietnam during the war. Using that experience as one lens for a wide-ranging exploration of empire, his new collection features lyrics, narratives, elegies, and translations from Vietnamese and Romanian poets to illuminate how art has buoyed the human spirit through some of history’s darkest times, from the ancient world to the fall of the Twin Towers.

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From the opening image of a falling tree that’s “beautiful/and sad—like chance/itself. Like safety,” to precise descriptions of the house where “we thought the kids felt safe,” to the closing poem’s celebration of a successful return from a difficult Oregon trek—“we made it we were safe we pitched our tent/we built a fire pine logs snapping”—Bolz’s new book is a lyrical evocation of domestic life and love. The former co-editor of Poet Lore and the author of Shadow Play and A Lesson in Narrative Time, Bolz writes with warmth and precision, showing how everyday moments—children sleeping, a walk around the yard, settling into a new house—can be life’s biggest milestones.

 

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Chip Walter - Immortality, Inc.: Renegade Science, Silicon Valley Billions, and the Quest to Live Forever — in conversation with Hilary Black

Saturday, January 11, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781426219801
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Published: National Geographic - January 7th, 2020

Living forever has always been a dream, but with today’s science, technology, and visionary billionaires, it may be a distinct possibility. At the very least, as Walter reports in this compelling investigation, immortality researchers are changing the way we view aging and death. Looking at the science, business, and culture of this radical endeavor, Walter, a science journalist, author of Last Ape Standing, and former CNN bureau chief, lays out the latest research into stem cell rejuvenation, advanced genomics, and artificial intelligence; talks to key thinkers such as Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey; and takes us into the Silicon Valley labs of human genomics trailblazer Craig Venter and molecular biologist and Apple chairman Arthur Levinson. Walter will be in conversation with Hilary Black, executive editor at National Geographic Books.

 

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Burt Solomon - The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt

Saturday, January 11, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780765392671
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Published: Forge Books - December 3rd, 2019

Less than a year into his tenure as president, Theodore Roosevelt was nearly killed when his horse-drawn carriage collided with an electric trolley. But was the incident really an accident? In his second historical thriller, Solomon, author of The Murder of Willie Lincoln and a contributing editor for The Atlantic and National Journal, draws on his deep familiarity with presidential lore to spin a fascinating alternative history, replete with compelling real-world figures including Henry Adams, Emma Goldman, and J.P. Morgan, and featuring Roosevelt’s Secretary of State John Hay as an amateur sleuth on the trail of a would-be assassin.

 

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Jessica Trisko Darden - Aiding and Abetting: U.S. Foreign Assistance and State Violence — At Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, January 11, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781503610996
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Published: Stanford University Press - November 19th, 2019

Assistant professor of international affairs at American University’s School of International Service and a frequent media commentator on foreign policy and conflict, Darden analyzes four decades of data on U.S. economic and military aid to ask whether such assistance always has the positive outcome it’s designed for. Through detailed historical studies of Indonesia, El Salvador, and South Korea, Darden shows that U.S. aid often has unintended consequences such as propping up unstable regimes, indirectly funding terrorists, and generally increasing state violence and repression. Calling for a rethinking of American foreign aid policy, Darden advocates focusing international aid efforts on the expansion of human freedom.

 

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Cassie Chambers - Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains

Sunday, January 12, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781984818911
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

In her eye-opening memoir, Chambers recounts her journey from Owsley County, the poorest county in Kentucky, to Harvard Law School and a position as vice chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party. The key to her mobility is the strength of Appalachia’s women. Though the region has been hit hard by the collapse of the coal industry, the opioid crisis, and widespread domestic violence, its communities are held together by the wisdom and perseverance of women like Chambers’s grandmother, a child bride and mother of seven; her aunt, a hard-working tobacco farmer; and her mother, the first of her family to finish high school and college. In telling their stories Chambers overturns “hillbilly” myths and shines much-needed light on these oft-neglected women.

 

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Thane Gustafson - The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe

Sunday, January 12, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$39.95
ISBN: 9780674987951
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Published: Harvard University Press - January 7th, 2020

Gustafson, professor of government at Georgetown University and author of books including Wheel of Fortune, is a leading authority on the global energy market with a special expertise in Russian oil and gas. In his new study he draws on his extensive connections with key Russian and European figures to trace the past and future of relations between Russia and Europe. While a rise in East-West tensions suggests Russia is unlikely to find a peaceful role within a reunited Europe, Gustafson reminds us that the two are already united by a network of pipelines, and shows how natural gas is at the heart of the region’s economics as well as its geopolitics.

 

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Sid Balman Jr. - Seventh Flag

Sunday, January 12, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781684630141
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Published: Sparkpress - October 8th, 2019

A Pulitzer-nominated former national security correspondent for United Press International and specialist in behavior-change communications, Balman turns to historical fiction to explore what it means to be an American in a divided nation. Set in a small West Texas town, his novel follows the intertwined stories of two families, one Irish American, the other descended from a Syrian Muslim man who came to the U.S. in the 1800s to help President Pierce start the Army’s Camel Corps. As one generation follows another, Balman traces shifting socio-cultural paradigms, outlining the growth of a diverse, global Texas, united under a seventh flag.

 

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Olaf Olafsson - The Sacrament — in conversation with Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir

Monday, January 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062899873
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Published: Ecco - December 3rd, 2019

Written with the lyrical prose that distinguished The Journey Home, Absolution, and other novels, Olafsson’s new book is an intricately plotted psychological thriller that centers on unanswered questions surrounding a Catholic school in his native Iceland.  Sent by the Vatican to investigate charges of sexual abuse, a nun arrives the day the school’s headmaster falls to his death from the bell tower. Was this an admission of guilt, an accident, or a crime? Twenty years later, summoned by the only student who witnessed the death, the nun returns to Iceland and reckons with the unknowns of her own past.

 

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Alexander Boxer - A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for Our Destiny in Data— at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, January 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9780393634846
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

Often treated as pseudoscience, astrology can more accurately be seen as a rigorous mathematics problem—and may well be civilization’s first algorithmic system. Casting a data scientist’s eye over the ancient practice of drawing up horoscopes, Boxer—a former Atlas Obscura field agent who holds a PhD in physics and degrees in classics and the history of science—examines the ancient texts of thinkers including Ptolemy, al-Kindi, and Kepler to lay out the science behind the precise astronomical charts and calculations while also showing how this discipline both grew from and fostered the human penchant for finding patterns and telling stories. 

 

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Bob Garfield - American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves — in conversation with Mark Leibovich

Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092808
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 14th, 2020

As Garfield demonstrates in this brisk, no-nonsense book, Trumpism has been fifty years in the making, the product of heightened individualism and the disintegration of mass media into partisan reporting—all overseen by Facebook and Google and fomented by technology’s proclivity for identity bubbles. None of this is cause for despair, however, and Garfield, cohost of WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning On the Media, follows his analysis with six clear, actionable steps we can take to counter divisiveness and pull our country back together. Garfield will be in conversation with Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine.

 

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Eliza Nellums - All That's Bright and Gone & Damien Angelica Walters - The Dead Girls Club — At Politics and Prose at the Wharf

Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9781643852379
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - December 10th, 2019

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781643851631
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - December 10th, 2019

A member of the local Metro Wriders writing group, Nellums makes her fiction debut with a mystery that features a touch of magic realism and an endearing six-year-old narrator. Aoife, along with her imaginary friend Teddy and nosy next-door neighbor, is determined to find out what happened to her brother, Theo; she knows he’s dead, but remains puzzled by the details. Another question: why is her mother in the hospital, and will she ever come home? As her search takes her from Theo’s secret hideout to far flung locations in Detroit, Aoife also plunges deeper into her family’s secrets.

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Walters, a prolific short-story writer, who won This is Horror’s Short Story Collection of the Year for Sing Me Your Scars, turns to the novel to tell this chilling supernatural coming-of-age story. It follows Heather Cole, a happily married, successful child psychologist, as the sudden reappearance of a necklace turns her world upside down. The jewelry belonged to her childhood friend, Becca, who, with Heather, was part of a group of preteens who told each other scary stories—until Becca became obsessed with one concerning the Red Lady and was killed. As Heather plunges back into memories, she must confront her role in her friend’s fate and test the reality of the Red Lady’s penchant for supernatural vengeance.

 

Politics and Prose at Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Jane McAlevey - A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy — in conversation with Sara Nelson

Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062908599
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Published: Ecco - January 7th, 2020

In this rigorously argued follow-up to her acclaimed Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), Nation correspondent and Jacobin columnist McAlevey demonstrates that the answer to most of the nation’s seemingly intractable problems is labor unions. Drawing on her twenty-plus years as a union organizer, consultant, and activist, McAlevey looks closely at a wide range of workplaces across the country—from embattled schools to Pennsylvania hospitals, where nurses are fighting to develop a patient-centered unionism, and Silicon Valley, where tech workers are using old-fashioned collective action—to illuminate how unionization can help close  income inequality, negotiate climate justice, and end sexual harassment and racial disparities on the job. McAlevey will be in conversation with Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants.

McAlevey will be joined in conversation with Sara Nelson, national President of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).

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Washington, DC 20008

Kate Aronoff, Peter Dreier, and Michael Kazin - We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism--American Style — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, January 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism--American Style Cover Image
By Kate Aronoff (Editor), Peter Dreier (Editor), Michael Kazin (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781620975213
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

For the first time since the Great Depression, a majority of Americans under thirty view socialism more favorably than they do capitalism. In their primer on what this shift could mean, Aronoff, a contributor to Harpers, The Guardian, The Nation, and others; Dreier, chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College;  and Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown and a co-editor of Dissent magazine, have collected essays by some of the country’s foremost political activists, including Naomi Klein, Robert Kuttner, Tejasvi Nagaraja, Michelle Chen, and David Zirin. Together, the editors present a brief history of democratic socialism, offer a scenario of what a socialist America could look like in practice, and show various ways we can get there from here.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch - Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump

Thursday, January 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593134153
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Published: Random House - November 26th, 2019

A former Wall Street Journal senior reporter and national security editor, respectively, Simpson and Fritsch founded Fusion GPS in 2010 to conduct open-source investigations. In 2015 they were hired to look into Trump’s finances, and as they sifted through the documents of bankruptcies and overseas projects, a recurrence of Russian names alerted them to a larger, more serious matter. Working with Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, they compiled the evidence that became known as the Steele Dossier and launched the Mueller investigation. Telling the full story of Fusion’s work for the first time, Simpson and Fritsch add to the record their findings of Trump’s ties to organized crime and their account of how they unsuccessfully tried to raise alarms over Russia’s bid to sway the vote.

 

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Helen Zughaib - Stories My Father Told Me—in Children & Teens

Thursday, January 16, 7:00 pm

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Joshua Yaffa - Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia — in conversation with Julia Ioffe

Friday, January 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524760595
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - January 14th, 2020

In his important new book, Yaffa, Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and a resident of Russia for the last eight years, lays out the realities of living in Putin’s authoritative state, where, in order to be successful everyone—from entrepreneurs to health-care providers to journalists—must find a way to adapt to the autocratic regime’s capricious will. In eight detailed profiles—of the director of the country’s main television channel, an Orthodox priest challenging the church hierarchy, a Chechen humanitarian who ignores persecutions, among others—Yaffa illuminates the tactics of Putin and his cohorts and demonstrates the range of compromise, manipulation, and frustration endemic to daily life. Yaffa will be in conversation with Julia Ioffe a Russian-born American journalist who covers national security and foreign policy topics for GQ.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

William Wheeler - State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador's World of Violence — in conversation with Thomas Edsall

Saturday, January 18, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
State of War: Ms-13 and El Salvador's World of Violence Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781733623728
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - January 14th, 2020

In his important new book, Yaffa, Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and a resident of Russia for the last eight years, lays out the realities of living in Putin’s authoritative state, where, in order to be successful everyone—from entrepreneurs to health-care providers to journalists—must find a way to adapt to the autocratic regime’s capricious will. In eight detailed profiles—of the director of the country’s main television channel, an Orthodox priest challenging the church hierarchy, a Chechen humanitarian who ignores persecutions, among others—Yaffa illuminates the tactics of Putin and his cohorts and demonstrates the range of compromise, manipulation, and frustration endemic to daily life. Yaffa will be in conversation with Julia Ioffe a Russian-born American journalist who covers national security and foreign policy topics for GQ.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Kay Cosgrove - Tony Hoagland's The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice — in conversation with Jody Bolz and Richard McCann

Saturday, January 18, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393357912
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

In his last book, Tony Hoagland, the award-winning poet, essayist, and teacher, worked with Cosgrove, his former student, to distill some of the lessons from his distinguished writing career into this primer on poetic voice. Covering the basic elements of voice such as speech-register, authoritative statement, and tone-shifting, the book also includes models and exercises. Joining Cosgrove to read, demonstrate Hoagland’s teachings, and celebrate the legacy of the late author of What Narcissism Means to Me and Twenty Poems that Could Save America, will be Jody Bolz, former co-editor of Poet Lore and author, most recently, of The Near and Far, and Richard McCann, professor in the American University MFA program and author of Mother of Sorrows.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Garth Greenwell - Cleanness — in conversation with Nate Brown

Saturday, January 18, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cleanness Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374124588
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 14th, 2020

Greenwell’s stunning debut, What Belongs to You, won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year and was named a Best Book of 2016 by more than fifty publications in nine countries. His eagerly awaited follow-up returns to Sofia, Bulgaria, exploring desire, discovery, loss, and love through the reflections of an American teacher. Preparing to leave the city that’s become home, the man revisits an array of vulnerable encounters with a queer student who confesses his feelings, a stranger whose seduction turns sadistic, and others. Greenwell’s lyrical and haunting prose powerfully evokes both the beauty and violence of masculine passion. Greenwell will be in conversation with Nate Brown, managing editor of American Short Fiction and former Deputy Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. 

The author will be joined in conversation with Nate Brown, Baltimore-based writer and editor who teaches at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities, and serves as the managing editor of the Austin-based literary magazine American Short Fiction. 

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Washington, DC 20008

L. H. Stallings - A Dirty South Manifesto: Sexual Resistance and Imagination in the New South & Lazaro Lima - Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question

Sunday, January 19, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
A Dirty South Manifesto: Sexual Resistance and Imagination in the New South (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present #10) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780520299504
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Published: University of California Press - December 10th, 2019

Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present #9) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780520300897
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Published: University of California Press - November 12th, 2019

Stallings’s report from the New South chronicles the region as the front of the new sex wars. Focusing on issues of reproductive freedom, HIV/AIDS, and partner and transgender rights, Stallings, professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University and author of Mutha' is Half a Word! and Funk the Erotic, shows how the New South has become a dystopia for groups such as the sexually and gender marginalized and the racially oppressed; at the same time, the struggle for freedom and equality has spurred the rise of anti-racist, decolonial, and transnational sexual resistance expanding outward from the region.

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Author of The Latino Body and co-editor of Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, Lima in his new book restores the story of Sonia Sotomayor’s life and accomplishments to its full context, presenting her achievements as due in part to civil rights policies and social programs that no longer exist. Tracing what was left out when Sotomayor took her seat on the Supreme Court, Lima argues that turning the Justice into a “possibility model” erases the reality of Latinx experience in an increasingly racist country. Detailing the vast odds against Sotomayor’s success, Lima shows that understanding the Latinx body politic—the country’s largest “minority majority”—is crucial to the nation’s future.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

William Rosenau - Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America's First Female Terrorist Group

Sunday, January 19, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America's First Female Terrorist Group Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501170126
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Published: Atria Books - January 7th, 2020

As the radical 1960s and ‘70s mellowed into the Reagan years, six women who had grown up protesting the Vietnam War and fighting for Black and Native American rights vowed to carry on the struggle. Calling themselves the May 19th Communist Organization (M19), from 1978 to 1985 they launched a string of violent actions which included prison breaks, bank robberies, and bombings—one of which, on November 7, 1983, targeted the U.S. Capitol. In this long overdue account of the nation’s first female terrorist organization, Rosenau, a senior research scientist and former State Department counterterrorism advisor, charts in chilling detail the roots of homegrown extremism.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Carrie Callaghan - Salt the Snow — in conversation with Tayla Burney

Sunday, January 19, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Salt the Snow Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781948705646
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Published: Amberjack Publishing - February 4th, 2020

Callaghan, an editor and contributor with the Washington Independent Review of Books, follows her fictional portrait of Dutch artist Judith Leyster, A Light of Her Own, with this compelling story of a bold female journalist working during the 1930s. Starting with local California events and widening her range to Hawaii and China, Milly Bennett is eager to take on new challenges when she relocates with her Russian husband to Moscow. But she hadn’t expected her husband to be arrested, and as she struggles to sort things out, she discovers unnerving truths about both the Soviet state and her marriage. Callaghan will be in conversation with Tayla Burney, WAMU Events Manager.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Anna Wiener - Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Monday, January 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374278014
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Published: MCD - January 14th, 2020

When Wiener left New York publishing for the bright promise of Silicon Valley, she found a world almost too good to be true: lavish and extravagant, it was full of brilliant and idealistic people determined to reshape the future. But as she recounts in this acutely observed memoir, it was also reckless, unregulated, and power hungry. Building on her 2016 n+1 article—which was so popular that demand for it shut down the magazine’s website for two weeks—Wiener, now a contributing writer to The New Yorker online, combines the story of her own journey into and out of the big-tech bubble with an even-handed and trenchant analysis of the Valley’s shift from idealism to the latest iteration of corporate tyranny.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández - Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants — at Politics and Prose at the Wharf

Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781620974209
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Published: New Press - December 3rd, 2019

A practicing immigration lawyer and professor of law at the University of Denver, García Hernández is a pioneering scholar in the new field of “crimmigration,” which operates at the juncture of criminal and immigration law. Unknown some thirty years ago, the field has grown in recent decades alongside the practice of incarcerating people for violating immigration laws. In his revelatory book, he looks at the trend’s origins in the 1980s, when it was deployed most heavily against Latinos, explores the outsize role of private prisons in the matter, and examines the political use of the myth linking immigration to national security threats. Interweaving stories of some of the 400,000 people detained annually for immigration violations, Hernández makes a powerful case for ending immigration prisons.

 

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70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Isabel Allende - A Long Petal of the Sea—at Sixth & I

Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 pm
A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

This event does not include a public signing. All books will be pre-signed.

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Scott Simon - Sunnyside Plaza

Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 pm
Sunnyside Plaza Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316531207
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Nineteen-year-old Sally Miyake can’t read, but she has a keen eye for detail. Her life at Sunnyside Plaza, a group home for adults with developmental disabilities, is upended when two beloved residents die in quick succession—and one more becomes dangerously ill. Is this a series of unfortunate coincidences, or is something more sinister going on? If more people are indeed in danger, will the public pay attention? Putting her observational skills to the test, Sal is determined to figure out what’s happening. Based on the author’s experiences working in a group home, this empathetic novel by the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition demonstrates the endlessly rich world of a quick-witted, infectiously kind protagonist. Ages 10-13.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Jeanine Cummins - American Dirt

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
American Dirt: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

In her powerful new novel, Cummins, author of The Crooked Branch and A Rip in Heaven, traces the experience of a successful, middle-class Mexican woman who never expected she’d have to leave her home. Lydia Quixano Pérez, married to a journalist and the mother of a son, runs a bookstore in Acapulco. She’s relatively untouched by the drug violence around her—one cartel jefe is a loyal  customer, and even shares Lydia’s taste in books. But when Lydia’s husband exposes this man’s brutality in print, the family loses everything. Fleeing by train with her son, Lydia is plunged into the physical and emotional trials of la bestia, one of which is the uncertainty of what she is running to.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Sarah Wagner - What Remains: Bringing America's Missing Home from the Vietnam War — at Politics and Prose at the Wharf

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
What Remains: Bringing America's Missing Home from the Vietnam War Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780674988347
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Published: Harvard University Press - November 5th, 2019

The U.S. government spends roughly $130 million each year to find, identity, and repatriate its war dead. These efforts have both fostered and benefitted from advances in forensics, and in her study of the ongoing challenge to resolve the fates of some of the 1,600 Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, Wagner, associate professor of anthropology at George Washington University and author of To Know Where He Lies, follows forensics experts into the jungle and the labs—where tiny bone chips can reveal an identity—chronicles families’ petitions for action, traces how forensics have  changed the way we mourn and commemorate our war dead, and follows forensics experts into the jungle and the labs, where tiny bone chips can reveal an identity.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn - Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope—at Sixth & I

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 pm
Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525655084
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Published: Knopf - January 14th, 2020

Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Kristof and WuDunn now issue a plea—deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans—to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.With stark poignancy and political dispassion,Tightrope draws us deep into an "other America." The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof's old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. But here too are stories about resurgence, among them: Annette Dove, who has devoted her life to helping teenagers as they navigate the chaotic reality of growing up poor, or Daniel McDowell, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation's drug epidemic. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.

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Bradford R. Kane - Pitchfork Populism: Ten Political Forces That Shaped an Election and Continue to Change America — at Politics and Prose at the Wharf

Thursday, January 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pitchfork Populism: Ten Political Forces That Shaped an Election and Continue to Change America Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781633885820
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Published: Prometheus Books - August 27th, 2019

Kane is a veteran government insider whose experience includes serving as counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and as a strategy council member for the UN Global Alliance on ICT. His new book is a penetrating analysis of the major political, social, and cultural forces that have fueled the resurgence of populism and led to Trump’s election. Isolating ten major trends, such as the historical divide between collectivists and rugged individualists and the current demographic shift toward a majority of combined minority groups, Kane assesses each for their impact on today’s political landscape and projects their role for the future.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Steve Inskeep - Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War

Thursday, January 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780735224353
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Published: Penguin Press - January 14th, 2020

In his new book, Inskeep, award-winning co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition and author of Instant City and Jacksonland, tells the riveting story of Wild West icons John and Jessie Frémont, whose lives embraced quintessentially American themes, from Westward expansion to the cult of celebrity. Combining history, biography, adventure, and a love story, Inskeep recounts John’s rags-to-riches rise from poverty to a career as an army officer, explorer, one of California’s early senators, and—in part due to his abolitionist stance—the first Republican Party candidate for president. Through all this he was assisted by his wife Jessie; a senator’s daughter, she used her connections to support her husband’s ambitions, served as his closest political advisor, joined his travels, and wrote several books on their experiences.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Andrea Bernstein - American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power — in conversation with Franklin Foer

Friday, January 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324001874
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

In her riveting exposé, Bernstein traces the rise of the Trump and Kushner families from their arrival as immigrants to the U.S. during the Gilded Age to their current position atop the oligarchy. Along the way she also illuminates the system they were able to work to their advantage. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and more than 100,000 pages of documents—many previously unseen—Bernstein shows how both families built fortunes from government money intended to help the middle class, something they got away with by blurring lines between public and private interests and leveraging their growing political power. Bernstein, the Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award-winning cohost of the WNYC/ProPublica podcast Trump, Inc., will be in conversation with Franklin Foer, a staff writer for The Atlantic.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

E.J. Koh - The Magical Language of Others & Julia McKenzie Munemo - The Book Keeper — in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, January 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781947793385
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Published: Tin House Books - January 7th, 2020

The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780804012218
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Published: Swallow Press - January 14th, 2020

Koh was fifteen when her parents, after more than ten years in the U.S., returned to Korea for work. Though she received many letters from her mother, they were in Korean and Koh wouldn’t begin to understand them until years later. In this compelling and lyrical memoir, Koh, a translator, fiction writer, and award-winning author of the poetry collection A Lesser Love, delves into her family’s history, telling the stories of mothers and daughters through four generations. As she reflects on her grandmothers’ experiences and puts them into the wider context of Korean history, she also meditates on the meanings of forgiveness, reconciliation, legacy, and intergenerational trauma.

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For most of her life Munemo knew little about her father aside from that he’d suffered from depression and died by suicide when she was five. Years later, she was completely unprepared to discover that he’d written several books featuring interracial porn. In her powerful literary debut, she describes the shock that led her—as the white wife of a Black man from Zimbabwe and mother of two mixed-race sons—to try to deny what her father had done. But with an upsurge of violence against African American men going on all around her, she knew she had to confront this legacy and its wider national context. Koh and Munemo will be in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

James S. Gordon, MD - The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma

Saturday, January 25, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062870711
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Published: HarperOne - September 10th, 2019

As founder and director of the Center for Mind Body Medicine, Gordon, also a clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown Medical School, has developed the first program to successfully treat groups suffering from trauma. Presenting the culmination of some fifty years of work at the forefront of integrated approaches to healing, Gordon’s book uses an engaging blend of research, anecdotes, and prescriptive supports to illustrate how his methods can alleviate trauma in populations ranging from refugees to members of the military, as well as helping to reduce stress for stay-at-home mothers, inner-city children of color, and people struggling with severe emotional and physical illnesses.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

James Mann - The Great Rift: Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and the Broken Friendship That Defined an Era

Saturday, January 25, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Great Rift: Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and the Broken Friendship That Defined an Era Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781627797559
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 14th, 2020

Dick Cheney and Colin Powell worked closely together during the George H. W. Bush administration, advising on policy through successful wars in Panama and Iraq. When they returned to government service in 2001 under George W. Bush, however, the two quickly fell out, turning from allies to adversaries. Drawing on dozens of original interviews and deep research in presidential archives, Mann, a fellow in residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the author of books including Rise of the Vulcans, charts the two men’s different sensibilities and ideologies regarding national security in a world fraught with terrorism and traces the effect of their differences on recent American history, both in foreign policy and within the Republican Party.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan - Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

Saturday, January 25, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781324001706
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

In 2017 the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT)—a research initiative begun at Columbia in 2015—released a shocking report revealing that one in three women at Columbia experience sexual assault by the end of their senior year. Hirsch and Khan, leaders of the ethnographic team of SHIFT, draw on the project’s findings to present a new, scientifically rigorous perspective on the problem of campus sexual assault. Moving away from cultural criticism and personal accounts, the authors introduce the concepts of sexual projects, sexual citizenship, and sexual geographies; rather than debate consent or the dangers of hooking up, they emphasize the roots of sexual assault and frame the issue as a public health problem.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Philippe Lançon - Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo — at Politics and Prose at Union Market, presented with the French Embassy

Saturday, January 25, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo Cover Image
By Philippe Lancon, Steven Rendall (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781609455569
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Published: Europa Editions - November 12th, 2019

A French journalist, Lançon was gravely wounded in the 2015 terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. His powerful memoir, an award-winning bestseller in France, confronts this experience neither as a critique of terrorism nor from the perspective of a witness, but as a life-changing event. In the year it took him to return to writing—he’s still a cultural critic at Charlie Hebdo—Lançon focused on healing both physically and emotionally. As he endured grueling treatment for his maimed face while reading and rereading Proust, Mann, Kafka, and others in search of guidance, he also reassessed his relationship to the world, his work, and to love and friendship. In partnership with the French Embassy

 

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Daniel H. Weiss - In That Time: Michael O'Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam — in conversation with Peter Osnos

Sunday, January 26, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781541773905
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 5th, 2019

In his moving new book, Weiss, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art revisits the Vietnam War via the life and legacy of Michael O’Donnell. A promising poet and folksinger, Army Captain O’Donnell served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, until he was shot down at age 24 during a rescue mission in Cambodia in March 1970. Though he was officially MIA until his remains were recovered in 2001, O’Donnell’s legacy has survived through his many poems that speak eloquently of his generation’s experience, especially the often anthologized piece that closes with the request that survivors “take one moment,/to embrace these gentle heroes you left behind.” Weiss will be in conversation with Peter Osnos, founder and consulting editor of PublicAffairs.

 

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Fanchon Jean Silberstein - Art Insight: Understanding Art and Why It Matters

Sunday, January 26, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Art inSight: Understanding Art and Why It Matters Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781789381177
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Published: Intellect Ltd - February 28th, 2020

In this innovative guide to experiencing art, Silberstein, a writer, teacher, and trainer who served as director of the U.S. Department of State Overseas Briefing Center and was a Hirshhorn docent for more than thirty years, shows that looking at pictures or sculptures is only the beginning: to get the most out of a masterpiece, we need to engage with the artist and the artist’s world. Organizing her refreshing primer by ideas rather than by chronology, history, or cultures, she presents a series of dialogues that imagine interactions between paintings, often works created many years and miles apart. By emphasizing the relationship between object and viewer, she allows readers to discover meaning in their own ways.

 

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William Gibson - Agency

Sunday, January 26, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781101986936
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Published: Berkley - January 21st, 2020

In books including NeuromancerPattern Recognition, and The Peripheral, Gibson—the creator of cyberpunk—created futuristic visions of the Internet, virtual reality, and more years before they truly existed. His new work, which evolved in response to the 2016 election, traces urgent questions at the nexus of technological and political power. Verity Jane, a beta tester for a new digital assistant, for a new digital assistant, discovers that the bot possesses both a sketchy past and a remarkable skill with combat strategy. As she puzzles over what to make of this information, from a century in the future she’s being watched by Wilf Netherton, who is considering how to change the past to affect the apocalyptic Jackpot that’s shaped life as he knows it.

 

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Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes - Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office

Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374175368
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 21st, 2020

Known for their deeply informed and hard-hitting commentary, Hennessy and Wittes, executive editor and editor in chief of the Lawfare website, respectively, analyze Trump’s presidency from the wider context of the history of the office itself. Basing their arguments on the discrepancy between our traditional expectations of a chief executive and Trump’s performance in the first half of his term, the authors explore the origins of the normative view of the presidency, assess where Trump is following the model of predecessors and where he is behaving in radically new ways, and ask if the damage being inflicted on the office is reversible.

 

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