Marie Arana’s new book, Bolívar: American Liberator, is the first popular biography in English about Venezuelan revolutionary Simón Bolívar. Known as the Great Liberator and often compared to George Washington, Bolívar was a larger-than-life figure who liberated six South American countries from Spanish rule.
One of publishing’s great partnerships began in 1984 when an out-of-work Barbara Meade, back in Washington after a four-year stint in Portland, Oregon, responded to a classified ad in the Washington Post for a bookstore manager. “I just knew the phone would ring in the morning,” she says. “And it did!”
In 2011, DC native and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg delivered a rousing commencement address at Barnard that challenged the all-female graduates to close the professional leadership gap between men and women. “So go home tonight and ask yourselves: What would I do if I weren’t afraid?” she concluded. “And then go do it.”
Thriller author Brad Meltzer—a former Washingtonian who now lives in Florida—is back this month with the second novel in his Beecher White series, The Fifth Assassin. White, an archivist at the National Archives, is on the heels of a Washington copycat killer who’s recreating, with striking historical accuracy, the four US presidential assassinations. And he’s not stopping there.
If your idea of a page turner includes millinery, quilting, and Quaker life, Tracy Chevalier’s new novel, The Last Runaway, might have you panting from page one. For others, it’s going to take a bit longer. But hang in there—the book is worth it.