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DC By The Book

The nation's capital has served as the backdrop for many works of fiction. Monuments and landmarks have made for settings familiar to locals and visitors alike. And authors with local roots have used tightly-knit communities and gritty streets to share their connections to D.C. with audiences. We explore the literary fabric of the city and learn about a new mapping project that will help readers explore the city through books.

Best Books Set In Washington, D.C.

The D.C. area has been the backdrop for many books, whether short stories, novels or nonfiction. Our guests highlight the best books set primarily in and around Washington, including those penned by authors with local roots and books with strong allusions and mentions to the area.

Dana Williams's Picks

Image of Stand the Storm
by Breena Clarke
Back Bay Books

Image of The Treason of Mary Louvestre
by My Haley
Koehler Books

Image of The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown
Anchor

Image of Digital Fortress : A Thriller
by Dan Brown
St. Martin's Griffin

Image of Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross)
by James Patterson
Grand Central Publishing

Image of When Washington Was in Vogue: A Lost Novel of the Harlem Renaissance
by Edward Christopher Williams
Harper Perennial

Image of Cane (New Edition)
by Jean Toomer
Liveright

Anthony Ross's Picks

Image of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
by Dinaw Mengestu
Riverhead Trade
Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Image of The Big Blowdown
by George Pelecanos
Minotaur Books
Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Image of Children of Power
by Susan Richards Shreve
Berkley Pub Group (Mm)
Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Image of Contenders: short stories
by Terence Winch
Story Line Press
Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Image of Odyssey to the North
by Mario Bencastro, Susan Giersbach Rascon
Arte Publico Pr
Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Image of Silenced
by Kia DuPree
Grand Central Publishing
Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Image of Watergate: A Novel (Vintage)
by Thomas Mallon
Vintage
Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Image of When Washington Was in Vogue: A Love Story
by Edward Christopher Williams
Amistad
Find it at a D.C. Public Library

Susan Richards Shreve's Picks

Image of Fellow Travelers (Vintage)
by Thomas Mallon
Vintage

Image of Long Distance Life
by Marita Golden
Doubleday

by Patricia Browning Griffith
Diane Pub Co

Image of The Bowl Is Already Broken: A Novel
by Mary Kay Zuravleff
Picador

Image of All Aunt Hagar's Children
by Edward P. Jones
Amistad Press

Image of Breaking Her Fall
by Stephen Goodwin
Mariner Books

Image of Mother of Sorrows
by Richard McCann
Vintage

Image of Thank You for Smoking: A Novel
by Christopher Buckley
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Image of Grief
by Andrew Holleran
Hyperion

Image of DC Noir (Akashic Noir)
by
Akashic Books

Image of The Man Who Loved Children: A Novel
by Christina Stead
Picador

by Kate Lehrer
Little Brown & Co (T)

Image of Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates
by Jim Lehrer
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Shreve has written eight books featuring the Washington region. This is her most recent.

Image of You Are the Love of My Life: A Novel
by Susan Richards Shreve
W. W. Norton & Company

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