Remembering What a Bookstore Should Be in Washington, DC
Most of us have done it—succumbed to the bland but easy allure of a quiet hour in a chain bookstore with a bestseller and a latte. But there are still a handful of independents around that remind you what the experience used to be, and still can be. Case in point: Kramerbooks, in Dupont Circle. It's the perfect spot to start a weekend getaway, since no matter how late you arrive Friday, it will be open. (It's open around the clock on weekends and quite late otherwise.) Browse the inviting book selection to find a quirky novel you've never heard of, or pick something political for an apt souvenir. Those who value literary privacy will be happy to know that, even when pressured to disclose Monica Lewinsky's purchases (this is where she allegedly bought Bill the racy novel, Vox), Kramerbooks held firm in protecting the first amendment rights of its customers. You can take your new reads to the Afterwords café/bar area for a late-night bite (real food, not stale muffins) and flip a few pages, but save the studying for the library—with live music and an even livelier crowd, this place gets rowdy.
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