Summer Reads by Local Authors

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Looking for some good books to read this summer? Support local authors by reading some of these.  A couple are even about the DMV area! I have included a few best-sellers and some more hidden gems, as well as a mix of genres, so there should be something for everyone!  


Absolute Power

David Baldacci, who resides in Vienna, Virginia, is one of the most famous local authors in the DMV. He’s written over 30 best-sellers, his first and one of the most popular being Absolute Power. When Luther Whitney witnesses the President of the United States having an affair and committing a murder, he becomes a wanted man and must go on the run . If you like political thrillers and crime dramas then this is the book for you. Plus, it takes place in DC and the surrounding Virginia suburbs, so you’ll know the ins and outs of the setting. 


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Planning for Love 

If romance is more your style then this book by Ellen Butler, another resident of the Virginia suburbs, is a great choice. The book follows a workaholic named Poppy who catches her boyfriend cheating, which spurs her search for her soulmate. Fun, light, and sweet- this is the perfect summer beach read!

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The Hunt for Red October

Another household name from the DMV area, specifically Maryland, is Tom Clancy. This book was his first and was wildly popular, even garnering praise from President Ronald Reagan. It tells the story of a CIA analyst, a group of US Naval officers, and a Soviets submarine crew who are defecting. It was also turned into a movie with a star-studded cast, but the book is well-worth reading.


Skipping a Beat

Author Sarah Pekkanen grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and spent years working as a journalist covering Capitol Hill. Her book Skipping a Beat is another romance novel, although it’s a little darker. The protagonists Julia and Michael move from a small in West Virginia to the big city: Washington DC. Then Michael has a near-death experience which makes him rethink everything, including his relationship with Julia. Can they make it through? Read to find out!


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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Laura Hillenbrand is a famous, best-selling author who’s been all around the DMV. She grew up in Fairfax, spent time on her father’s farm in Maryland, and is currently living in the district. Unbroken is a biography of Louis Zamperini, a World War II hero and prisoner of war. If non-fiction or WWII stories interest you then this is a great choice.

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Thomas Mallon is not a DC native, but he lives in the District currently and teaches at George Washington University. He is famous for writing historical fiction and Watergate follows the pattern. The book has been praised for its drama, comedy, and believability.  If you’re a fan of political dramas and/or are interested in the Watergate scandal, definitely check this book out.


Roosevelt’s Beast

Louis Bayard grew up in NOVA and currently lives in DC, making a living by writing historical mysteries and teaching at George Washington University. Roosevelt’s Beast draws upon the real-life expedition that Teddy Roosevelt and his son Kermit took in 1913, but Bayard adds a twist: A monster. Three men really did die on the expedition, and Bayard take it into his own hands to explain why. This book is a unique combination of the historical, the political, and the supernatural, which is sure to capture your attention.


In addition to supporting local authors, support your local library by checking out these books from them. Happy reading!


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Jamie Schoshinski

Jamie Schoshinski

Jamie is an avid writer and copy editor who is excited to be making her dream of working in the editing and publishing business into a reality.

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