Politics and Prose: Bookstore of the Washington Cognoscente
If you are having no luck at all finding a parking place near Connecticut Avenue and Fessenden Streets, it's probably because some Pulitzer Prize winner is doing a lecture and book signing at my favorite book store, Politics and Prose.
It's a book store.
It's a coffee house.
And oops! It's a cell phone free zone. Well, I do put mine on vibrate when I go inside, but then if it rings, I run outside to answer.
Whether it's a children's book for a friend's new baby or a volume on Washington neighborhood history, you can find it at Politics and Prose. And whether you are liberal or conservative, all of your favorite presidents will be on their shelves. I remember getting Bill Clinton's autograph in his autobiography when it came out.
Politics and Prose sponsors many local book groups, and any group can register and arrange to order whatever you are reading at the special book club discount. And they offer many courses with themes, like literature set in Paris - my personal favorite.
Visit their web site for a calandar of events, a list of courses they offer and book groups they host.
Or if you're hungry, drop by for lunch or a healthy afternoon snack at the cafe downstairs.
In addition to any book you could want, they also have a great collection of music, greeting cards, and T-shrts in all sizes with their "So many books! So little time!" motto printed on the back.
There is free parking in the rear of the store (all bets are off when someone famouse is doing a book signing).
Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW.
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