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

  • Stand the Storm

    By Breena Clarke

    Back Bay Books

    Buy

  • The Treason of Mary Louvestre

    By My Haley

    Koehler Books

    Buy

  • <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Symbol-Robert-Langdon/dp/0307950689?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307950689" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/416y0n7%2BUtL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Symbol-Robert-Langdon/dp/0307950689?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307950689" target="_blank">The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)</a></p><p class="book-author">By Dan Brown </p><p class="book-publisher">Anchor</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Symbol-Robert-Langdon/dp/0307950689?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307950689" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Fortress-Thriller-Dan-Brown/dp/B0009SS00A?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0009SS00A" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51PCCP4PNQL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Fortress-Thriller-Dan-Brown/dp/B0009SS00A?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0009SS00A" target="_blank">Digital Fortress: A Thriller</a></p><p class="book-author">By Dan Brown </p><p class="book-publisher">St. Martin's Griffin</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Fortress-Thriller-Dan-Brown/dp/B0009SS00A?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0009SS00A" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Along-Came-Spider-Alex-Cross/dp/0446692638?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0446692638" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51V8gwP0PRL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Along-Came-Spider-Alex-Cross/dp/0446692638?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0446692638" target="_blank">Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross)</a></p><p class="book-author">By James Patterson </p><p class="book-publisher">Grand Central Publishing</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Along-Came-Spider-Alex-Cross/dp/0446692638?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0446692638" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/When-Washington-Was-Vogue-Renaissance/dp/0060555467?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0060555467" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51EGpTVbKHL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/When-Washington-Was-Vogue-Renaissance/dp/0060555467?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0060555467" target="_blank">When Washington Was in Vogue: A Lost Novel of the Harlem Renaissance</a></p><p class="book-author">By Edward Christopher Williams </p><p class="book-publisher">Harper Perennial</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/When-Washington-Was-Vogue-Renaissance/dp/0060555467?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0060555467" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cane-New-Jean-Toomer/dp/0871402106?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0871402106" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/411c2l2qr8L._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Cane-New-Jean-Toomer/dp/0871402106?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0871402106" target="_blank">Cane (New Edition)</a></p><p class="book-author">By Jean Toomer </p><p class="book-publisher">Liveright</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cane-New-Jean-Toomer/dp/0871402106?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0871402106" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    

    Anthony Ross’s Picks

  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

    By Dinaw Mengestu

    Riverhead Books

    Buy


  • The Big Blowdown

    By George Pelecanos

    Minotaur Books

    Buy


  • Children of Power

    By Susan Richards Shreve

    Berkley Pub Group

    Buy


  • Contenders: short stories

    By Terence Winch

    Story Line Press

    Buy


  • Odyssey to the North

    By Mario Bencastro

    Arte Publico Pr

    Buy


  • Silenced

    By Kia (Author) on Oct-18-2011 Paperback Silenced SILENCED by Dupree

    Grand Central Publishing

    Buy


  • Watergate: A Novel

    By Thomas Mallon

    Vintage

    Buy

  • When Washington Was in Vogue: A Love Story

    By Edward Christopher Williams

    Amistad

    Buy

  • Susan Richards Shreve’s Picks

  • Fellow Travelers

    By Thomas Mallon

    Vintage

    Buy

  • Long Distance Life

    By Marita Golden

    Doubleday

    Buy

  • Supporting the Sky

    By Patricia Browning Griffith

    Diane Pub Co

    Buy

  • The Bowl Is Already Broken

    By Mary Zuravleff

    Picador

    Buy

  • All Aunt Hagar's Children

    By Edward P. Jones

    Amistad Press

    Buy

  • Breaking Her Fall

    By Stephen Goodwin

    Mariner Books

    Buy

  • Mother of Sorrows

    By Richard McCann

    Vintage

    Buy

  • Thank You for Smoking: A Novel

    By Christopher Buckley

    Random House Trade Paperbacks

    Buy

  • Grief

    By Andrew Holleran

    Hyperion

    Buy

  • The Man Who Loved Children: A Novel

    By Christina Stead

    Picador

    Buy

  • Best Intentions: A Novel

    By Kate Lehrer

    Little Brown & Co

    Buy

  • Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates

    By Jim Lehrer

    Random House Trade Paperbacks

    Buy

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

  • You Are the Love of My Life: A Novel

    By Susan Richards Shreve

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

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