DC gets hot during the summer. Really hot. Good thing there are so many places around Capitol Hill to post up and rest for a few hours. But no lazy afternoon is complete without a good book. For our guests in Washington, we’ve compiled a few of the season’s great reads that are flying off the shelves here in the District.


This new novel by speculative fiction writer Neal Stephenson has critics and audiences raving all around the world. The story focuses on a society of futuristic humans who are struggling with a decision to live on earth or in outer space following the moon’s explosion. The thought-provoking and wildly original work by the renowned writer behind Snow Crash will stir your imagination and inspire some speculation on how the United States government surrounding you on Capitol Hill may handle the same situation.

Clinton Clash

You can’t get anywhere in Washington before hearing the name “Clinton” pop up in conversation. Former secretary of state and first lady Hillary is currently running for president, and her husband and former president Bill is never far from the public eye. This breakthrough new book, focused on questionable trends of foreign governments giving the Clintons money, and currently ranked number 10 on the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List, is the perfect blend of politics and scandal for a summer read on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill Haunts

Okay so it came out in 2012, but we still love this riveting and hilarious piece of work by Tim Krepp. Capitol Hill Haunts takes readers through a series of local urban legends aimed to spook. Apparently, our neighborhood is one of the most haunted in the world, with ghosts of Founding Fathers like John Quincy Adams, and old war heroes like Commodore Thomas Tingey showing up constantly around town. Tap into the neighborhood and see if you can handle the scary fun with this favorite from Capitol Hill Hotel’s Summer Book List.