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Jul 27, 2006, 2:32pm

Welcome to the DC Librarything group!

So, to start the discussion, what's your favorite book about DC or politics or really anything that's at all related to this city?

I must confess to having read most of the Margaret Truman DC mysteries at some point or another and really enjoyed them. They're not great lit but they're a fun easy read if you like mysteries.

Jul 27, 2006, 4:31pm

I read The Last Debate by Jim Lehrer a few years ago and remember finding it fairly exciting. How he found time to write a novel while reporting the news every night, I'll never know.

I've also read most of the American Chronicle series by Gore Vidal and found them entertaining.

I try to avoid reading non-fiction books on politics in my spare time. It's too easy to go on political overload living here!

Jul 27, 2006, 9:05pm

Try Ward Just. His recent "Echo House" is probably one of the best fictional portrayals of Washington I've ever read. Just is, in general, one of the most underappreciated contemporary authors out there, and most of his novels revolve around either politics or journalism or both.

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Edited: Aug 10, 2006, 5:20pm

It's not about DC politics, but All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren is incredible.

Breaking Her Fall by Stephen Goodwin is set in Upper NW. Really good family drama.

Phillip Roth's The Plot Against America has a few interesting scenes in DC towards the end.

Aug 3, 2006, 10:19pm

Forgive me, but I want to rave about Rockville Pike by Susan Coll. Alright, so it's not about DC, per se, but close.

The author lives in Bethesda. Her book is great! It's a local chick lit book, but really good. I'm not a big chick lit fan, but this book is both fun and full of local flavor. I'd love to see other locals read it and tell me what you think. I got it at my library, but it is available at bookstores in this area.

Aug 4, 2006, 11:31am

I'll try to check that out, sounds fun.

Another DC book that I've liked is Washington, a memoir by Meg Greenfield. It's an interesting perspective on the types of people who work in DC.

Aug 5, 2006, 6:59am

Uh, oh! *shivers*

I wonder if Greenfield's book would include me since I live in Maryland but was transferred to my agency's DC office this year! :-)

Aug 28, 2006, 3:21pm

So today I saw that the National Book Festival is scheduled for September 30.


Anyone planning to go? Looking forward to a specific author? Tips for first timers?

I went last year to a couple of readings and wandered around the state-sponsored exhibit tables. There were one or two authors that I wanted to have sign a book but the lines were way too long.

Aug 28, 2006, 10:51pm

I'm planning to go. There's a group here at LT just about this topic.


I really want to see Khaled Hosseini and may stick around for Alice McDermott. Then it's any of the other authors that my friend would like to see.

I think it would be fun to meet other LibraryThingers there. Any ideas how we can arrange that? Perhaps we can bring books to exchange. I did that with two BookCrossers last year and that was fun. I got to put some faces to screen names.

Aug 29, 2006, 11:34am

I'll have to check out the Book Festival group, thanks.

It would be very cool to do some sort of meet up for LibraryThingers. The Maine LTers got to have a barbeque, we get to go to the book festival! I guess we'll have to wait until the full day's schedule is available before we can make any plans.

Aug 29, 2006, 7:23pm

Sounds good to me!

Aug 29, 2006, 7:47pm

I am so there!

Sep 29, 2006, 2:18pm

Some LTers on the National Book Festival thread suggested a meet up during the festival tomorrow so the plan is to meet at 2:00pm on the steps of the Natural History Museum.

Details are here:

Sep 29, 2006, 2:38pm

How will we identify each other?

Sep 29, 2006, 4:01pm

One of the people on the other thread has said that they'll be wearing a black hat so that's what I'd say to look out for.

Sep 29, 2006, 4:11pm

I don't do hats! :-)