Jul 23, 2023 - Things to Do

Books to read this summer, according to D.C. bookstores

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We asked local bookstores what books should be on our summer reading lists.

🪵 Solid State Books: "Loot" by Tania James.

  • A historical fiction novel by a D.C.-based author about a young woodcarver whose prized work is stolen by British forces.

🗣️ Politics & Prose: "Do Tell" by Lindsay Lynch.

  • A gossipy romp through Hollywood's Golden Age, written by an author originally from D.C. who briefly worked at the bookstore. Politics & Prose tells Axios that Lynch wrote the first draft in their break room.

⭐ East City Bookshop: "The Daydreams" by Laura Hankin.

  • A fun read about the reunification of stars from a popular teen show — 30 years later.

👀 Kramers: "What the Neighbors Saw" by Melissa Adelman.

  • A new thrilling mystery set in the D.C. area. When a devoted father is found dead on the banks of the Potomac River, the community is divided and suspicions grow.
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