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Politics & Prose Bookstore

Politics & Prose Bookstore

Chevy Chase, Washington
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    Matt B.
    "Great selection of books on every subject and genre."(4 Tips)
    Jessica B.
    "And the discount book section is amazing."(2 Tips)
    Aleksandra A.
    "Number 1 bookstore in dC"(2 Tips)
    Camille W.
    "Cute café in the back to enjoy your newly purchased book!"(17 Tips)
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  • author readings
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  • Murad G.heart icon on user image
    Murad GürmeriçMarch 7, 2017
    Heaven on earth for readers. Daily book readings and book signing occasions. Lots of signed books & huge selection of books. Downstairs discount section was amazing. Very well curated music section!
  • Hannah L.heart icon on user image
    Hannah LuddyAugust 16, 2016
    Amazing selection of books! If you've run out of things to read, this is definitely the place to discover great books. Highly recommend the author events.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    At twenty-five years old this is the grand dame of independent book stores in DC. Their selection is unmatched and the caliber of author readings beats any national chain. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Politics & Prose caters to a well-read and politically savvy clientele. The cozy basement cafe serves coffee, drinks, sandwiches, salads and a vegan soup of the day. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Dean S.
    Dean SuhrMay 1, 2014
    Great little coffee/tea and bookstore a few blocks north of UDC. Will probably make a stroll back her when the weather is nicer. Nothing modern and chain like here!
  • Bayard B.
    Bayard BrewinApril 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    DC's best bookstore for bibliophiles. This is the shop you see so often on CSPAN Book TV. Awesome indie selection, great staff, curated book groups, very nice coffeehouse downstairs -- but not cheap.
  • Aleksandra A.heart icon on user image
    Number 1 bookstore in dC, with a cute cafe; ginger lemonade is my favourite choice!
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimJanuary 6, 2014
    Not to be missed at the cafe: the homemade toast with jam. It's homemade and from Lyon bakery in D.C. It's literally the best I've ever tasted.
  • Thomas V.heart icon on user image
    Thomas Vander WalOctober 31, 2018
    Been here 50+ times
    The staff’s knowledge and love of their books is the best around.
  • Katie W.heart icon on user image
    Katie WillardJune 21, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Great author talks, but also great when not crowded and you can just sit and tap away on your laptop.
  • Robinson C.heart icon on user image
    Robinson CookAugust 14, 2016
    Amazing book selection and ambiance, as well as wonderful events. I ment Rick Riordan here.
  • Giulia P.heart icon on user image
    Giulia PratiJune 23, 2015
    My favorite local book store, try the London Fog drink at the cafe instead of a regular latte
  • Tyler R.heart icon on user image
    Tyler RoseAugust 4, 2013
    Such an amazing book store in DC- you must go there while in town if you haven't been before!
  • Amanda
    AmandaOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sale books are downstairs! They always have a great selection. If for some reason they don't have a book they'll order it for you. :-)
  • Lora N.
    Lora NunnOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place but was annoyed the cashier rang up my order for 2 books for a book event so that it cost me MORE than it would have if I had only purchased each book individually
  • Jazmin V.heart icon on user image
    Jazmin VitulloNovember 27, 2015
    There food is good but I'm usually there for the prize. The books!!! They always have a new book I discover.
  • Dennis M.heart icon on user image
    Dennis MurrayApril 3, 2018
    Great coffee shop downstairs. Interesting selection of books throughout.
  • Angela
    AngelaAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely love this bookstore, and they are always hosting interesting talks. The coffee is pretty decent too.
  •  Frank S.
    Nice, but Internet is cut off during lunch time which staff said is between 11am and 3pm. I guess this frees up tables for customers buying food and not just sipping and surfing. A bit inconvenient.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BellJanuary 9, 2021
    Many of the author events are recorded for their podcast - tune in to Bruce Bartlett from January 2018
  • Sunjay K.heart icon on user image
    Sunjay K.May 20, 2017
    They have ARCs that they give away regularly. Their author signing events are great!
  • afrofuturistscholar
    afrofuturistscholarJune 25, 2011
    Order the Peppermint Tea and you'll get a huge cup of hot, tasty tea. Very good for an early morning walk and read!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Not only is the children's section well-stocked but every spring the bookstore raises caterpillars into butterflies that the young readers help release. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Matt B.heart icon on user image
    Matt BruceNovember 8, 2018
    Great selection of books on every subject and genre.
  • Aurora d.heart icon on user image
    Aurora de PeraltaMarch 30, 2015
    The staff are all GREAT curators--definitely browse the staff picks!
  • Camille W.heart icon on user image
    Camille WrightMarch 5, 2015
    Cute cafe in the back to read the books you just bought! Love it!
  • Camille W.heart icon on user image
    Camille WrightMay 25, 2015
    Cute café in the back to enjoy your newly purchased book! Super adorable!
  • Laurenellen M.
    Laurenellen McCannFebruary 16, 2013
    Soup of the day is always vegan and always delicious.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Donald Antrim on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new collection of short stories, The Emerald Light in the Air.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CJuly 27, 2013
    Why won't they rent me space for an apartment? I don't need much room. One of the discount rooms will do, or the alcove where the travel books are. I won't bother the customers. I'll just be reading.
  • Angie H.heart icon on user image
    Angie HarmonAugust 24, 2014
    Perhaps the most literary bookstore in DC. Something has clearly changed here.
  • Blake S.
    Blake StilwellJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pricey! But the discount section is a great one. Great titles in hard cover for between 8 and 10 dollars.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BellFebruary 23, 2010
    Fantastic in-depth graphic novel section and love sneaking downstairs to kids' section to hide in kid cave and read YA literature. Also best author readings in town. Read more
  • Diana M.
    Diana MetzgerOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Go downstairs to the room across from the children's section--best discount book selection ever!
  • Miles F.heart icon on user image
    Miles FawcettApril 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing open face sandwitches
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite bookstore on the planet. Great lectures and awesome neighborhood.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AntelmanDecember 31, 2010
    Expensive! But the discount book section by the cafe downstairs is a great selection and has cheap prices!
  • Georgetown Bagelry
    Georgetown BagelryAugust 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Polly's homemade graham's w/tea or coffee are especial thing in the coffee shop. Not easy to find around DC....
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BatesOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The hot chocolate here is perfect. And the discount book section is amazing.
  • Silvia
    SilviaMarch 10, 2013
    enjoy a cup of coffee at the cafe downstairs and take your eyes off the clock for a bit.
  • Melvinheart icon on user image
    MelvinApril 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Good latte and chocolate chip scone.
  • Geoff W.heart icon on user image
    Geoff WilsonApril 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Independent bookstore, and the best cup of coffee in the district to boot!
  • Miles F.heart icon on user image
    Miles FawcettMay 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    New coffeehouse is best in upper NW
  • Annelieseheart icon on user image
    AnnelieseJune 25, 2016
    Don't forget about Open Mic in the morning Friday nights!
  • Iz W.heart icon on user image
    Iz WAugust 28, 2015
    Lots of options for all ages
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxDecember 19, 2012
    Meet Sam Lipsyte on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new collection of stories, The Fun Parts. Read more
  • Rachel W.heart icon on user image
    Rachel WebbAugust 12, 2014
    The events and staff are always fantastic!
  • Ben H.heart icon on user image
    Ben HundleyMay 2, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Eggplant open-face sandwich
  • Ken S.
    Ken SandsNovember 23, 2009
    A great local bookstore, with lots of interesting readings/book signings. Nice coffee shop in lower level. Read more
  • Xuan
    XuanDecember 21, 2013
    Great books and great tea.
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