CLASSES at Politics and Prose:

Our in-person classroom spring classes are postponed. Classes are now being offered online. Please see the Classes webage for listings.

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Featured Classes

ONLINE CLASS: Jill Lepore’s "These Truths" (2080)

Jill Lepore’s These Truths takes its title from Thomas Jefferson’s contention that Americans considered certain principles “self-evident.”  US history is defined by struggles over core principles – what they mean, and to whom they apply – and Lepore’s book chronicles these struggles.  In this class, we will discuss Lepore’s interpretation of prominent figures, events and trends from American history, and consider what her book shows us about the remaining work of fulfilling the United States’s revolutionary promise. Six Wednesday: July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ONLINE CLASS: Memoir and Personal Essay Workshop (2051)

This workshop will home in on the aspects of craft and habits of introspection that writers use to elevate their good drafts to compelling essays. Dates: Four Mondays, starting July 27 and August 3, 10, 17 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Online Class.

ONLINE CLASS: Ulysses: An Introduction (2061)

This course is an introduction to James Joyce’s Ulysses, which many consider the seminal novel of the 20th Century.  If Ulysses has been on your bucket list but you never got round to reading this great novel, this course will make it easier for you.  In our five sessions we will look at the overall structure of the novel and concentrate on the more accessible and humorous sections. Five consecutve Fridays: July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28  from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Class Online.

Next Book Group Meetings



July 12, 5:00 pm
LOCKING UP OUR OWN, by Forman NOTE: Meeting Online
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374537449
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2018


Women's Biography

July 13, 7:30 pm
WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, by Purnell NOTE: Meeting Online
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735225312
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - March 24th, 2020



July 15, 12:30 pm
CORNER THAT HELD THEM, by Townsend Warner NOTE: Meeting Online
The Corner That Held Them Cover Image
By Sylvia Townsend Warner, Claire Harman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681373874
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: NYRB Classics - September 10th, 2019