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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2019—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

Balzac’s "Le Père Goriot" (19135)

Dubbed the father of realism, Honoré de Balzac’s most famous fictional father is Père Goriot, the wilted maker of vermicelli at the center of an 1835 novel that forms the cornerstone of the author’s sprawling project,  La Comédie humaine.  A retelling of King Lear that is perhaps even more tragic for its lack of a loving Cordelia, Balzac’s style is colorful rather than dark, a textured painting of the kinds of people post-Napoleonic France left behind to fend for themselves. Please note new dates: Two Thursdays Dec. 12th from 2 to 4 p.m. and Dec 19th from 3 to 5 p.m.

Tartt's "The Goldfinch" (19134)

Donna Tartt’s  Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch  (2014)  involves a terrorist incident, a stolen artwork, and a motley cast of con-artists, orphans, and surrogate parents. The Goldfinch is a giant in pages—sprawling, gripping, powerful, and colorful in storytelling— but, the critics opined, a sparrow in style, uneven in substance.  Readers largely disagreed, and the novel flew off the shelves by the thousands. Now the Goldfinch is back, as a 2019 movie. This class will welcome thoughtful debate about the novel, with a focus on the highlights of the reading experience, in contrast to the film. One Monday: December 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

Chodron's "Welcoming the Unwelcome" (2004)

In Pema Chodron’s new work Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World, Pema offers a way to say yes to all parts of life, opening to even those situations that we find the most problematic, the most challenging. Often using her own life as as example, she helps us to make friends with ourselves and  develop compassion towards others.  She exhorts us to wake up wholeheartedly to our entire life.  Pema does provide a guide for basic sitting meditation and for techniques to develop one’s compassion. Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Next Book Group Meetings



December 8, 6:00 pm
ROYAL HOLIDAY, by Guillory
Royal Holiday Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984802217
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Berkley - October 1st, 2019


Women's Biography

December 9, 7:30 am
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451495334
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Broadway Books - April 2nd, 2019


Evening Fiction

December 10, 7:30 pm
The Silence of the Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525564102
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Anchor - August 27th, 2019

Travel with Politics & Prose

Lincoln in the Bardo Winter Walking Tour

Sunday, February 9, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Join Andr
éa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk in this elegant and peaceful cemetery, the setting of George Saunders prize-winning Lincoln in the Bardo. Sunday, February 9, from 1:00  to 3:00 pm

Art and Culture in Barcelona Spain

March 22 through 29, 2020

Politics and Prose invites you to join us for a week of Art and Culture in Barcelona, Spain.


Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This spring, Politics and Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the serenity of the surroundings and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement and now a UNESCO World Heritage site! Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8 am to 8 pm.