We here in the DMV are lucky to have many great authors in the area, as well as dozens of books that are set in our great states!

To celebrate all things bookish, we’re starting the Great DMV BookClub. Over the next few months, we’ll be reading and chatting about some of our favorite books and authors that make their home in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Each month will have a theme, and we’ll choose one book (or maybe more!) to read as a group. The book selection will happen at the beginning of each month. Then, at the end of the month, I’ll share my thoughts about it, and hopefully, you’ll join in on the conversation!

So without further ado, our October Great DMV BookClub selection is:

Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti

From the Publisher:

“Cady Davenport is living the American dream. At least she’s supposed to be. But when her husband-to-be hits the road for the upcoming presidential election, Cady realizes she’s on her own—and that her dream life might not be all she’d imagined. Until she finds herself thrust straight into the heart of the most influential inner circle in Washington, DC: the campaign widows. As friends, they’re an unlikely group. But they share one undeniable bond: their spouses are all out on the trail during a hotly contested election season.”

As you may have guessed, October’s theme is Elections. Because November 6 will see the end of this year’s election cycle (By the way – vote!), we thought it might be fun to see the glitzier side of political campaigns. Let’s face it: politics can get dramatic, but sometimes, it's even more so behind the cameras.

Please don’t be turned off by the title. While it does involve the insider world of D.C. politics, the book is much more glitz and glam than bills and laws. Think more Sex & the City and less All the President’s Men. Though there is a great scene in the book that happens to take place at the Watergate. Along the way expect lots of drama and some comedy. Campaign Widows is perfect for all those Washington insiders that are over the current never-ending news cycle, but still need their fix of D.C. politics.

If that sounds like you, feel free to check out Campaign Widows at the library or purchase through Amazon or wherever great books are sold, and follow along with us as we read and chat!

Food for Thought

  1. The character of Rocky Haze is a pop-star running for office. In the novel, she seems to have some really great ideas to shake up the politics of DC. What pop-star would you like to see run for public office?
  2. Which “widow” are you most like?
  3. If you were attending one of Birdie’s fabulous soirees, who would you most like to meet?
  4. In the book, Parker opens a NW-based bar called “Preamble.” Is that not the best name for a bar ever? Also, if it’s not the best, what’s a better name?

As always, we’d love to hear from you, so if you have a favorite DMV author or a great book that’s set in the area, comment away. We’re always looking to discover new and wonderful writers!

And make sure to check back on Tuesday, October 30, for our review and discussion of Campaign Widows!

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