Part of the Kojo Nnamdi Show team bookshelf

Part of the Kojo Nnamdi Show team bookshelf

Washington is the center of America’s political universe, but it’s also a complicated local place with a distinctive culture of its own. Books, both fiction and non-fiction, give us a window into what makes D.C. the unique place it is–diverse, international, and a city of neighborhoods and people. Kojo chats about the essential reading list for better understanding the Washington region.


  • Elsbeth Purdy D.C. Public Library
  • E. Ethelbert Miller Poet, Writer and Literary Activist; Board chair, Institute for Policy Studies; Author, "The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller"
  • Marita Golden President and Founder of the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Foundation; also author of "Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex" (Doubleday)

2017 Summer Reading List

2017 Summer Reading: Books To Help You Better Understand Washington - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Many pop culture portrayals of Washington put the nation's capital front and center. But beyond the politics, D.C. has a local side that deserves attention too. This year, we asked some of this region's biggest book lovers to recommended books to help you better understand D.C. from a uniquely local angle.

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