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Greetings From Politics and Prose!
Happy Holidays from Politics & Prose!
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A reminder about our holiday hours:
Sunday, December 20 - We will stay open until 9 p.m.
LETTER FROM BARBARA AND CARLA
We’re having a very good holiday season, so good that some of our customers might want to ease the stresses of shopping by taking advantage of one of our personal services. Of course, you can still read about our holiday recommendations in our 2009 Holiday Newsletter, our 2009 Favorite Books from the Children and Teens' Department, or at www.politics-prose.com. However, after considering the options, if you want to shop by phone, just call us at 202-364-1919 or email us at email@example.com. We will gather your shopping list together, wrap it, and ship it anywhere it needs to go. If you know the titles you want to give, all the better, but if you don’t, we’ll be your personal shoppers and make suggestions for you!
Another option is the gift of our Book-a-Month program, which sends the recipient six to twelve gift-wrapped books during the coming year. Our staff will handpick a book for the person of your choice or use your suggestions. This has been a very popular program for the last dozen years. Here’s an email that just came recently “Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you when the December book is ready. My dad, at 86, is increasingly frail, but the monthly book in the mail is a treat that he continues to enjoy and, although I talk with my parents daily, the day the book arrives never fails to bring me a special call from him.” Let those who live elsewhere also experience Politics & Prose!
You can read more about our personal services at this online link, but these are two more gift suggestions to make your holidays less stressful: A gift card from Politics & Prose for any denomination you choose, or the gift that lasts the whole year, a Politics & Prose membership, which still only costs $20 until the New Year. With a membership, we will mail you our monthly calendar of events, featuring talks by current authors nearly every night and weekend afternoons; you receive discounts on all author event titles and a preview of opportunities to order books signed by authors; you also receive discounts on our weekly bestseller list and four store-wide member sales, as well as other special promotions. After January 1, the membership rate will increase to $25 for one year, $45 for two years, and $100 for five years.
Happy Holidays to all our customers!
Barbara and Carla
SIGNED BOOK OF THE WEEK
Jeannette Walls stopped by on Wednesday to sign copies of her critically acclaimed new novel, Half Broke Horses as well as her backlist title, The Glass Castle. We have a cornucopia of author-signed books. Many of them are first editions; and many are discounted to Politics & Prose members. Click here for an just-updated listing of our selection! And remember: It’s first come, first served for these autographed books!
HALF BROKE HORSES
As she did in her memoir The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls spins family dysfunction into a riveting, triumphant tale. Walls writes HALF BROKE HORSES, a “true-life novel,” in the voice of her spirited, defiant grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Lily grew up in the Depression’s grueling rural poverty, moving from a Texas dugout to a failing New Mexico ranch. She was forced to leave school when her father spent her tuition money on a pack of Great Danes, but she still became a teacher, a rancher, and a pilot. Think Little House on the Prairie with a bit more grit and a lot more sass. - Elizabeth Sher
OF LOCAL INTEREST
Our top twelve hardcover FICTION and NON-FICTION bestsellers are always 20% off for P&P members. This week, to help your holiday shopping, we are printing our complete bestseller lists along with our booksellers' recommendations from our catalogue. Click here to read our 2009 Holiday Newsletter and more about all of our favorite books which we are discounting 20% until the end of the month!
WOLF HALL By Hilary Mantel
TOO MUCH HAPPINESS: Stories By Alice Munro
THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE By Orhan Pamuk
BRIGHT WINGS: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds By Billy Collins, David Allen Sibley
NEW YORK: The Novel By Edward Rutherfurd
STONES INTO SCHOOLS By Greg Mortenson
WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED By Gail Collins
READ MY PINS: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box By Madeleine Albright
HALF THE SKY By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn
WHAT THE DOG SAW: And Other Adventures By Malcolm Gladwell
INSIDE OF A DOG: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know By Alexandra Horowitz
THE LEXICOGRAPHER'S DILEMMA By Jack W. Lynch
“Politics & Prose Climate Action Project goes to Copenhagen!”
Thursday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 the day of the event. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets and books can be purchased through www.sixthandi.org. If you have questions, please call 202.408.3100.
FROM THE CHILDREN AND TEENS' DEPARTMENT
If you're still looking for the perfect gift book, we may have it among the remainders. TEACHER PRESENTS
MAKING IT NEW: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy, edited by Deborah Rothschild, is the first comprehensive history of the couple at the center of a circle of artists and writers, who were pivotal to the rise of Modernism. Counting among their friends Hemingway, Picasso, Man Ray, and Fitzgerald, the Murphys were collectors and promoters of new art as well as being painters themselves. This oversize volume contains essays on the Murphys, music, theatre, and literature by various critics, and full color reproductions of the Murphys' works as well as those of Picasso, Juan Gris, and Leger. Lots of great photos, too. Available in paperback, $9.98.
The self-portraits of Frida Kahlo are among her most instantly recognizable images, but what about Kahlo's work in other genres? In FRIDA KAHLO: The Still Lifes, the art historian Salomon Grimberg discusses the 40 documented still lifes Kahlo painted, along with others that have recently come to light. He places these pictures in the context of the great Mexican painter's life and overall oeuvre, illuminating both in the process. With full color reproductions and many black-and-white photos. Available in hardcover, $9.98.
EL NIŅO BY JOHN ADAMS
And don’t forget the paperback version of Adam’s autobiography, HALLELUJAH JUNCTION (Farrar Strauss Giroux, $16), has recently appeared.
Call the store 202-364-1919 or email András Goldinger if you would like to order any of the above albums.
Politics & Prose currently hosts sixteen different book groups in the store each month.
Fascinating History Bookgroup
We are happy to offer a new tea choice to you-- rooibos. This tea is made from the "red bush" plant, and hails from South Africa. It is best known for being caffeine-free, having high levels of antioxidants, and a sweet, vanilla-like flavor. It is a reddish brown hue and delicious either plain or with a little honey or sugar. It is not traditionally served with milk, but I think the addition of steamed soy milk (a "rooi soy latte"-- you heard it here first!) makes a very fine, slightly sweet and nutty drink.
For more news from the coffeehouse and information about the current photography exhibit, visit the Modern Times blog.
Politics & Prose
Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Fax: (202) 966-7532