With the arrival of summer, our thoughts have turned again to good reads, either to take with you while traveling or just to relax with around the house during the warm months ahead. So we’ve revived P&P’s “Summer Newsletter” following a three-year hiatus and filled it with more than 50 titles worth considering.

Unlike many other “best of” lists that are available, P&P’s handy guide focuses mainly on lightweight paperbacks. Also included are several new hardcover editions that we just couldn’t resist—among them, Elizabeth Strout’s Anything is Possible, Colm Tóibín’s House of Names, Dennis Lehane’s Since We Fell, and Richard Russo’s Trajectory. Even if you’re staying put this summer, these picks should be just as conducive to enjoyment in the backyard or front porch as on a plane or a beach.

Work on the newsletter began in April with many P&P staff members contributing their favorite selections. Suggestions ranged widely across both fiction and non-fiction. The final list was edited by Jonathan Woollen, who coordinates P&P’s program of staff picks.

If you’re interested in books for children and teens, we have them covered, too, with a separate “Summer Favorites” guide that includes recommendations for all ages. Both newsletters are free to pick up in our Connecticut Avenue NW store.

--Brad and Lissa

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With the arrival of summer, our thoughts have turned again to good reads, either to take with you while traveling or just to relax with around the house during the warm months ahead. So we’ve revived P&P’s “Summer Newsletter” following a three-year hiatus and filled it with more than 50 titles worth considering. Unlik... read more

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Attention writers, artists, and photographers: P&P is now accepting submissions for our annual anthology.

Submitted works should capture a sense of people and place in D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan area.

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