Union Market

Located in one of DC's most vibrant neighborhoods, Politics and Prose at Union Market offers a wide selection of books and gifts, interesting author talks, and the exceptional customer service that you've come to expect of P&P.

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1270 5th Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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November 27 - 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Thanksgiving - Closed
December 23 - 10 a.m.
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December 24 - 10 a.m.
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December 26 - 12 p.m.
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December 31 - 10 a.m.
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Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction, Bump has contributed both fiction and nonfiction to venues including Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, and Springhouse Journal. Writing with style and bravado, in his first novel he explores issues of race, identity, social injustice, and family through the story of Claude McKay Love. A young Black man from the South Side of Chicago, Love was raised by his grandmother, who hoped to see him carry on the struggle for civil rights. But after a riot tears apart his community, Love escapes for college and a new life—only to discover that the place and people who shaped him are not so easily left behind.

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A senior editor of Electric Literature and a staff writer at Literary Hub, Taylor is known as a powerful essayist for the pieces he’s published in The New Yorker online, Catapult, Out magazine, and Roxane Gay’s anthology, Not That Bad. In his eagerly awaited debut novel, he turns his acute understanding of human emotions to the story of Wallace, an introverted young Black Southern man in a Midwest college. Though Wallace has friends, he keeps his distance, navigating a deep loneliness that’s tied to his sense of self-preservation. Then a series of confrontations with colleagues and an unsettling encounter with a young straight man threaten to overturn his precarious stability.

 

 

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1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Everywhere You Don't Belong Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616208790
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 4th, 2020

Real Life: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020

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

In her first book, Cote draws on her academic interest in Victorian literature and her professional experience as a former contributing writer at Jezebel to explore how patriarchal culture from the nineteenth century to the present has stifled and cramped women’s lives. Looking at how women have been demonized for “excessive” behavior—whether talking too much, laughing too loud, taking up too much space, or expressing too much desire—Cote profiles transgressive figures ranging from Jane Eyre and Lizzie Bennet to Lana Del Ray and Britney Spears. As she did in her Los Angeles Review of Books web site essay on Taylor Swift and Victorian female friendship, Cote offers a truly revelatory account of female intensity. Cote will be in conversation with Caitlin Gibson, a Washington Post feature writer.

 

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Washington, DC 20002
Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781538729700
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 25th, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Set in Tehran in the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 elections, Missaghi’s searching, formally innovative narrative is as much an exploration of the limits, purposes, and shapes of storytelling as a series of haunting stories itself. Unfolding in fragments, the book uses reportage, critical theory, and other documentary strategies to chart a woman’s search, first, for the statues that have suddenly disappeared from Tehran’s public places, and then for the missing demonstrators—or their bodies. A writer and translator both into and out of Persian, Missaghi, visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, raises urgent questions about language and memory while affirming the necessity of witness.

 

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1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Trans(re)Lating House One Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781566895651
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Published: Coffee House Press - February 4th, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm

A cookbook for the #MeToo era, this collection takes baking for change as its theme, and pairs recipes with essays, inspirational quotes, interviews, and photos of women’s marches to demonstrate that activism starts in the kitchen. Curated by Katherine Alford—whose wide-ranging career includes running a New York Times four-star kitchen, managing a Greenmarket, and putting in twenty years at the Food Network—and James Beard Award-winning journalist, Kathy Gunst, the book leavens anger with wit and features the impassioned voices of a diverse group of women including Preeti Mistry, Pati Jinich, Genevieve Ko, Rebecca Traister, Cecile Richards, and many more. Alford will be in conversation with Bonnie Benwick, former Washington Post recipe editor and now a freelance editor, writer, recipe developer, and food stylist.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women's Voices Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781982132675
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Published: Tiller Press - February 4th, 2020

Friday, March 6, 9:00 am to Sunday, March 8, 8:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 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!

Please note: Items purchased online during the member sale are not eligable for the "Pay at store" option.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, March 8, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

In his deeply researched account of the 1989 Howard University protest—which broke out when the university appointed Republican strategist Lee Atwater to its Board of Trustees—Myers illuminates an important act of Black student revolt and also demonstrates how it helped shape wider national resistance to the rightward shift of American politics. A teacher of Africana Studies at Howard and editor of A Gathering Together: Literary Journal, Myers focuses on the Black Nia F.O.R.C.E organization founded by Ras Baraka to trace the events of the three-day occupation that shut down the school, showing how the action both continued the movements of the sixties and drew new power from the rise of “conscious” hip hop.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781479811755
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Published: New York University Press - December 24th, 2019

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm

Beams follows her story collection, We Show What We Have Learned—a Kirkus Best Debut of 2016—with a page-turner as thought provoking as it is viscerally fascinating. Set in 1871 but eerily contemporary, the narrative opens with Samuel Hood, a philosopher known for his romantic idealism, opening a school for girls. Though he has the best of intentions, the institution falls into chaos when the students begin manifesting strange symptoms, necessitating help from a predatory minister who subjects the patients to treatments as outrageous as their malady. In evocative, often lyrical prose, Beams explores issues of trust and authority and asks who has the right to young women’s bodies and stories.

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The anonymous narrator of Beyda’s elegant psychological thriller is selling popcorn in a small-town movie house when a stranger named Max hires her as a stand-in for Rosanna Feld, a troubled celebrity whose breakdown is keeping her out of the public eye. Studying videos and immersing herself in Feld’s life, the narrator gradually loses a sense of her own identity. Then, as she makes her public debut as Feld, she’s troubled by a host of questions: is Max being honest, or is he hiding something? What really caused Feld’s collapse--and will she recover? Could the same thing befall Feld’s body double? Written in the vein of du Maurier’s Rebecca, Beyda’s debut is a fast-paced and chilling exploration of identity.

 

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
The Illness Lesson: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385544665
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Published: Doubleday - February 11th, 2020

The Body Double: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385545273
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Published: Doubleday - March 3rd, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

When Ramey was in college a seemingly minor illness flared up into—well, into what, exactly? When doctors couldn’t make a specific diagnosis—despite Ramey’s ongoing pain, fatigue, and other symptoms—they suggested it was all in her head. In her sharp and defiant memoir, Ramey recounts the decade she spent solving her own medical mystery. As she investigated a host of auto-immune and chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia and Lyme disease, Ramey discovered connections between these misunderstood conditions and fundamental facts of modern life; illuminating new ways of understanding disease, she offers hope to the millions of other women suffering very real, if unrecognized, maladies.

 

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Washington, DC 20002
The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385534079
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Published: Doubleday - March 17th, 2020

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

In books including The Morning After, In Praise of Messy Lives, and Uncommon Arrangements, Roiphe has delved into complex and difficult subjects such as date rape, the moral disapproval surrounding divorce and single motherhood, and creative ways of approaching marriage. Her new work is a series of brief takes exploring the fraught relationship between women and power. Combining feminist investigation, her own experience, and the lives of writers such as Simone de Beauvoir and Sylvia Plath, Roiphe’s bold and provocative reflections expose the contradictions of contemporary womanhood and examine how—and more importantly, why—strong women tend to compromise their own talents and ambitions.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
The Power Notebooks Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982128012
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Published: Free Press - March 3rd, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 6:00 pm

Based on the still unexplained 1953 death of the biological warfare scientist Frank Olson, Vidich’s taut thriller opens in 1975, when revelations about the CIA’s experiments with LSD reawaken interest in the decades-old case of Charles Wilson, who died in a fall from a Washington, D.C. hotel. But when Jack Gabriel, an old friend of the Wilson family, tries to investigate, he meets resistance at every turn, especially from agents involved in the initial probe who have since risen to powerful positions. As several of them, too, meet mysterious ends, Gabriel begins to develop new and chilling theories. Vidich, author of An Honorable Man and The Good Assassin, vividly evokes the tense ambience of Cold War spycraft.

 

1270 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
The Coldest Warrior: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781643133355
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Published: Pegasus Books - February 4th, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Ide introduced Isaiah Quintabe, an African American detective from a tough neighborhood in East L.A., in his phenomenal debut novel, IQ. Intended as a stand-alone mystery, the book won the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus awards, and launched a bestselling series. Following Righteous and Wrecked, the fourth installment finds IQ calling on all his considerable powers of reasoning to reconstruct a murder. The problem isn’t a dearth of facts or even of a suspect. Instead, the main witness—the daughter of a West Coast arms dealer—has multiple personalities, and no one of the five saw everything. 

 

1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Hi Five (An IQ Novel #4) Cover Image
By Joe Ide
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316509534
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 28th, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm

In her engaging memoir, Jen Gotch, founder and chief creative officer of ban.do, writes with a winning combination of self-deprecating humor and a deep-seated commitment to raising awareness and erasing the stigma of mental illness. Struggling from childhood with what turned out to be bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, and ADD, Gotch bounced from job to job, watched her marriage dissolve, and even hallucinated that her skin was green. Finally getting a proper diagnosis and medication, she teamed up with a friend to start a small hair accessories company, and with its phenomenal growth, Gotch was able to embrace her flaws and to understand her mental illness as the source of not only her failures but her success.

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1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
The Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982108816
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Published: Gallery Books - March 24th, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 1:00 pm

An assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Bonner focuses on African American history and the nineteenth-century United States. His illuminating study of citizenship starts from the Constitution’s vague definition of the term and charts the myriad ways Blacks in the ante-bellum free states used that ambiguity to claim certain specific rights and protections. Combining stories and analysis, Bonner traces the connections between these grassroots movements and Reconstruction-era constitutional developments, showing how Black people grappled with the limits of formal legal change and, through these efforts, helped shape the development of citizen status.

 

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Washington, DC 20002
Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship (America in the Nineteenth Century) Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780812252064
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - March 20th, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

A novelist and editor of StoryQuarterly, Lisicky follows his moving memoir of friendships dating from the 1980s, The Narrow Door, with a powerful account of love and loss in the 1990s. Provincetown on the eve of the AIDS crisis was a haven of inclusiveness, acceptance, and art, and Liskcky, escaping a history of family trauma for a residency fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, found it everything he’d dreamed. But with some 10% of Provincetown’s gay population dead of AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses by mid-decade, Lisicky’s search for love and companionship was always as weighted by tragedy as it was buoyed by joy.

 

1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Later: My Life at the Edge of the World Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450161
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 17th, 2020

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

 

 

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Washington, DC 20002
Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374272081
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Published: MCD - March 3rd, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Providence Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085172
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 31st, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm

 

 

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Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385543002
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Published: Doubleday - April 14th, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Snowden's Box: Trust in the Age of Surveillance Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788733434
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Published: Verso - March 31st, 2020

Sunday, April 19, 6:00 pm

 

 

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The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501194108
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Published: Scribner - April 14th, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Washington, DC 20002
My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780393239720
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2020

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Washington, DC 20002
What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family's Search for Answers Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781951213077
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Published: Unnamed Press - April 21st, 2020

Friday, May 8, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Washington, DC 20002
Daughter of the Boycott: Carrying On a Montgomery Family's Civil Rights Legacy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781641603034
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - May 5th, 2020

Saturday, May 9, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

 

 

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Washington, DC 20002
The Index of Self-Destructive Acts Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781947793828
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Published: Tin House Books - May 5th, 2020

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

 

 

1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Exile Music: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525561811
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Published: Viking - May 5th, 2020

Friday, June 12, 9:00 am to Sunday, June 14, 8:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14, 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!

Please note: Items purchased online during the member sale are not eligable for the "Pay at store" option.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 11, 9:00 am to Sunday, September 13, 8:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13, 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.

Please note: Items purchased online during the member sale are not eligable for the "Pay at store" option.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thu
27
7:00 pm
Gabriel Bump - Everywhere You Don't Belong & Brandon Taylor - Real Life — at Union Market
Fri
28
7:00 pm
Rachel Vorona Cote - Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today — in conversation with Caitlin Gibson — at Union Market
Tue
3
7:00 pm
Poupeh Missaghi - trans(re)lating house one — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Wed
4
7:00 pm
Katherine Alford - Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women's Voices — in conversation with Bonnie Benwick — at Union Market
Fri
6
9:00 am
Spring Member Sale
Sun
8
5:00 pm
Joshua M. Myers: We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989 — at Union Market
Tue
10
7:00 pm
Clare Beams - The Illness Lesson & Emily Beyda - The Body Double — at Union Market
Tue
17
7:00 pm
Sarah Ramey - The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness — at Union Market
Fri
20
7:00 pm
Katie Roiphe - The Power Notebooks — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Sat
21
6:00 pm
Paul Vidich - The Coldest Warrior — at Union Market
Sun
22
5:00 pm
Joe Ide - Hi Five — at Union Market
Thu
26
7:00 pm
Jen Gotch - The Upside of Being Down—at Union Market
Sat
28
1:00 pm
Christopher James Bonner - Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship — at Union Market
Sat
28
6:00 pm
Paul Lisicky - Later: My Life at the Edge of the World — at Union Market
Wed
1
7:00 pm
Kawai Strong Washburn - Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel — at Union Market
Thu
9
7:00 pm
Max Barry - Providence — at Union Market
Wed
15
7:00 pm
Mark O'Connell - Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back — at Union Market
Thu
16
7:00 pm
Jessica Bruder and Dale Maharidge - Snowden's Box: Trust in the Age of Surveillance — in conversation with Sharon Bradford Franklin — at Union Market
Sun
19
6:00 pm
Valerie Hansen - The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World--And Globalization Began — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Thu
23
7:00 pm
Hooni Kim - My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Thu
30
7:00 pm
Jessica Pearce Rotondi - What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family's Search for Answers — At Union Market
Fri
8
7:00 pm
Karen Gray Houston - Daughter of the Boycott: Carrying On a Montgomery Family's Civil Rights Legacy — At Union Market
Sat
9
1:00 pm
Christopher Beha - The Index of Self-Destructive Acts — at Union Market
Sun
17
1:00 pm
Jennifer Steil - Exile Music — at Union Market
Fri
12
9:00 am
Summer Member Sale
Fri
11
9:00 am
Fall Member Sale