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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

The Lost Generation (1992)

Willa Cather said that “the world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts,” with the older Americans of the Progressive Era divided from the younger, more cynical Lost Generation that was disillusioned from the outcome of World War I. Although Ernest Hemingway first used the phrase “lost generation” in print, Scott Fitzgerald became their spokesman with his electric This Side of Paradise published in 1920 (he also gave the era its nickname: the Jazz Age). In this class, we’ll explore four authors from the 1920s in a time of disillusionment and nonconformity. Four Tuesdays: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2-4 p.m.

Historical Fiction: How much history, how much fiction? (1987)

Historical novelists all bend the past to suit their narratives, but writers differ on their approach to the historical record. This class will consider novels ranging from narrowly factual to revisionist to blithely fantastical, and we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each form. Three Thursdays:  August 15, 22, 29, from 6- 8pm

Personal Histories of Gender from Latin America (1999)

Join us for a discussion of first account narratives by a Basque transvestite nun who traveled to the New World in the early XVII century, an enslaved man in Cuba who lived during the period of independence from Spain, and a poor Brazilian woman living in the slums of São Paulo, Brazil, in the late 1950s. These marginalized people’s words and experiences will serve as starting points to learn about the history of Latin America and how gender prescriptions operated in the region from the early 1600s to mid 20thCentury. Three Mondays: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 6- 8 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings



August 21, 12:30 pm
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525434818
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - May 2018


Fascinating History

August 22, 7:00 pm
Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596915992
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 2nd, 2009


Oh! The Horror!

August 25, 11:30 am
The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062679116
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 2nd, 2019

Travel with Politics & Prose

English Homes and Gardens

September 18 through 25, 2019

This September, join P&P and a group of like-minded travelers in exploring the castles, estates, and gardens in the Southeast of England. We’ll be touring famed gardens and historic towns, as well as several sites overseen by the National Trust, which is a charitable organization with a mission to protect many of Britain’s most culturally and historically important landmarks. Our base will be the popular Georgian spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, which has been an attraction for visitors since a mineral water spring was discovered here more than 400 years ago, bringing royal visitors looking for eternal health.


The Jazz History Tour

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon


Jazz and Prohibition collided in 1920s Washington, and one neighborhood saw it all. We will explore Shaw neighborhood, home to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and visit historical and unusual sites that most Washingtonians never see. Led by author Garrett Peck, the walk will be capped by a prohibition-appropriate happy hour, of course.

Autumn with the Georgetown Set

Sunday, September 29, 1 p.m. to around 3 p.m.


Join Rick Massimo, author of A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set, for a tour of the neighborhood that was home to the bureaucratic, journalistic, and spy elites of Washington during the Cold War. Discover the house where a tea set was knocked over to stave off an international incident, the restaurant where a Soviet defector escaped through a bathroom, the house Kennedy made his last stop on Inauguration Night, and a whole lot more.