Kramerbooks & Afterwords

It’s been a while since I’ve been to downtown D.C., considering it’s practically in my backyard. But after getting off the metro with a few minutes to spare before a meet-up, I took a quick stop into Kramerbooks & Afterwords, a favorite spot of my husband’s, to pass the time.

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Kramerbooks is one of the few independent booksellers of Washington, D.C. Opened in 1976, the small store boasts a strong local following, thanks in part to the supply of both popular and lesser-known works, as well as the cafe/bar combo, Afterwords, it has squirreled away in the back of the store.

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You can cozy up to the bar with your purchases, or treat yourself to a Kramer burger while people watching just off the busy Dupont Circle. I didn’t have time to venture into the bar on this visit, but the food and drinks are delicious, if a little overpriced. Still, it’s well worth paying the extra for the ambient atmosphere, and I’d advise all D.C. travelers to stop in at least once!

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Although the space is smaller than your big-name bookstores, it packs a variety onto its shelves. I picked up a copy of Shusaku Endo’s Silence (Yes, I’m one of those people who wants to read the book before watching the movie), while my husband grabbed a historical novel, The Devil in the White City, that looked interesting. The shop also fully embraces its political roots, and offers a huge collection of historical and biographical works on politicians from Hillary Clinton to John F. Kennedy.

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The employees at Kramerbooks are extremely knowledgable, and are more than happy to give you a recommendation or to point you through the maze of shelves to the item you’re looking for.

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Whether you’re on the hunt for a cookbook, biography, or a  stiff drink, Kramerbooks has you covered.

… See what I did there? Because books?

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