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Wednesday, October 1st 6:30pm

Kramerbooks Presents Jess Row for YOUR FACE IN MINE


"The premise is headline–catching, but the subtlety and grace with which Row tells the story is even more remarkable... We book reviewers are fond of calling books 'brave,' but Your Face in Mine is genuinely courageous."

–NPR

One afternoon, not long after Kelly Thorndike has moved back to his hometown of Baltimore, an African American man he doesn't recognize calls out to him. To Kelly's shock, the man identifies himself as Martin, who was one of Kelly's closest friends in high school – and, before his disappearance nearly twenty years before, skinny, white, and Jewish. Martin then tells an astonishing story: After years of immersing himself in black culture, he's had a plastic surgeon perform "racial reassignment surgery"–altering his hair, skin, and physiognomy to allow him to pass as African American. Unknown to his family or childhood friends, Martin has been living a new life ever since.

Inventive and thought–provoking, Your Face in Mine is a brilliant novel about cultural and racial alienation and the nature of belonging in a world where identity can be a stigma or a lucrative brand.



Monday, October 6th 6:30pm

Lindsay Smith for SEKRET
and
Elizabeth Kiem for HIDER, SEEKER, SECRET KEEPER


In SEKRET Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one—not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention—and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

In HIDER, SEEKER, SECRET KEEPER Lana travels to New York City, on tour dancing with the world famous Bolshoi Ballet in this thrilling follow up to Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy.



Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30pm

Linda Tirado for HAND TO MOUTH


In–conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like–on all levels.

In her thought–provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower–middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle–class America thinks they should."





Sunday, October 12th at 7:00pm

Stephen Hansen for A HISTORY OF DUPONT CIRCLE


During the Gilded Age, Dupont Circle was Washington's undisputed center of wealth, power and status. Over twenty years, it evolved from small farms and an overrun city cemetery to a community of grand homes for society's elite. Residents included future president William Taft, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, newspaper publisher Cissy Patterson and many more.

From the intimate dinners and receptions of the Cave Dwellers to the lavish balls of Mary Townsend and others in the "smart set," Dupont Circle marked each social season in the capital. Satirized in Mark Twain's novel The Gilded Age, the nouveau riche lifestyle of Dupont Circle was fodder for newspaper celebrity gossip. Author Stephen Hansen brings to life the intriguing history of Washington's famed Dupont Circle.



Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30pm

Peyton Marshall for GOODHOUSE


A bighearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love.

"Like the best science fiction, Goodhouse transcends genre, posing uncomfortable questions that feel depressingly urgent. This is a powerful, lyrical meditation on chance, freedom, and what it means to be alive. Peyton Marshall can do it all." –Daniel Alarcon, author of At Night We Walk in Circles



Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30pm

Kramerbooks Presents Luke Dempsey for CLUB SOCCER 101


Everything any fan needs to know.

Club Soccer 101 is the essential guide to 101 of the most storied soccer clubs in the world. The book covers the history of European powerhouses like Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint–Germain, and Real Madrid; historic South American clubs like Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Penarol, and Santos; and rising clubs from Africa, Asia, and America, including such leading MLS clubs as LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders.

Writing with the passion and panache of a deeply knowledgeable and opinionated fan, Luke Dempsey explains what makes each club distinctive: their origins, fans, and style of play; their greatest (and most heartbreaking) seasons and historic victories and defeats; and their most famous players–from Pele, Eusebio, and Maradona to Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo.



Sunday, October 19th at 7:00pm

Hannah Pittard for REUNION


The author of the highly acclaimed The Fates Will Find Their Way returns with a novel about a far–flung family reunited for one weekend by their father's death.

"A nuanced and intriguing study of family and love, money and debt, failure and success, starring one of the most likeable flawed narrators to come along in some time."–Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions







Monday, October 20th at 6:30pm

David Shafer for WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT


Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty–something problems—boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy—in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel.









Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30pm

Jen Lin–Liu for ON THE NOODLE ROAD


A food writer travels the Silk Road, immersing herself in a moveable feast of foods and cultures and discovering some surprising truths about commitment, independence, and love.

"Thrilling... While carbo–loading in Tibet, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and Iran, among many other stops, Lin–Liu serves up insights on these societies–with a focus on women's roles–along with generous helpings of detail and humor. A–." –Entertainment Weekly







Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm

Harry L. Katz for MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA


An unflinching account–in words and pictures–of America's longest war by an outspoken graphic journalist.

MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA features spectacular examples of Twain memorabilia and period Americana from the unsurpassed collections of the Library of Congress: rare illustrations, vintage photographs, popular and fine prints, period views, caricatures, cartoons, maps, and more. Excerpts from Twain's writings are framed in a lively narrative by author Harry L. Katz.





Sunday, October 26th at 7:00pm

John Derek Croteau for MY THINNING YEARS


As a child, Jon tried desperately to be his father's version of the all–American boy, denying his gayness in a futile attempt to earn the love and respect of an abusive man. With this he built a deep, internalized homophobia that made him want to disappear rather than live with the truth about himself. That denial played out in the forms of anorexia, bulimia, and obsessive running, which consumed him as an adolescent and young adult.

It wasn't until a grueling yet transformative Outward Bound experience that Jon began to face his sexual identity. This exploration continued as he entered college and started the serious work of sorting through years of repressed anger to separate from his father's control and condemnation.

My Thinning Years is an inspiring story of courage, creativity, and the will to live—and of recreating the definition of family to include friends, relatives, and teachers who support you in realizing your true self.



Monday, October 27th at 6:30pm

Kramerbooks Presents Laura Kasinof for DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE BULLETS


Laura Kasinof studied Arabic in college and moved to Yemen a few years later-after a friend at a late–night party in Washington, DC, recommended the country as a good place to work as a freelance journalist. When she first moved to Sanaa in 2009, she was the only American reporter based in the country. She quickly fell in love with Yemen's people and culture, in addition to finding herself the star of a local TV soap opera.

When antigovernment protests broke out in Yemen, part of the revolts sweeping the Arab world at the time, she contacted the New York Times to see if she could cover the rapidly unfolding events for the newspaper. Laura never planned to be a war correspondent, but found herself in the middle of brutal government attacks on peaceful protesters. As foreign reporters were rounded up and shipped out of the country, Laura managed to elude the authorities but found herself increasingly isolated–and even more determined to report on what she saw.



Tuesday, October 28th at 6:30pm

Emily St. John Mandel for STATION ELEVEN


Nominated for a National Book Award. An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would–be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

"Station Eleven is so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn't have put it down for anything."

– Ann Patchett





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