DC By the Book

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DC By the Book

Gilded and Jaded

DC By the Book mapping project is in full bloom with many sites of D.C. literature placed on the map.

Two more novel candidates are the classic Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Young Adult fave author Rachel Cohn's You Know Where to Find Me.

Gilded Age by Mark TwainThe first offers satire at its best describing the functioning of the Federal Government and its management of financial storms leading to the Black Friday of 1868 when the gold market collapses, followed up a few years later with the fall of the market on Black Friday 1873.

Plots abound with Americans seeking their fortunes throughout the land. Prominent roles are played by hapless and corrupt congressmen in shaping the nation's economy. Readers of today can find much that signifies the current Congress and economic outlook.

You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn
You Know Where to Find Me is about jaded teens who try to cope with the suicide of a close friend. This is a story of loss and forgiveness about a popular teen who confounds family, friends, and classmates with her death. The author's tale leads those affected by the suicide along a path to reconciliation.

Washington, D.C. is brought to life with painfully funny descriptions of such places as Georgetown University and events such as garden party fundraisers for local politicians. The novel engages the dual personalities of Washington, D.C. -- the federal and local.

Teens check out DC By the Book website at dcbythebook.org to explore your town's literary geography.