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From DCPL:

“This year, more than 3 million items have been borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library. These are the most popular titles by type and format.



  1. The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins
  2. All the Light We Cannot See; Anthony Doerr
  3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Junot Díaz
  4. Americanah; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. Fates and Furies: A Novel; Lauren Groff
  6. All Aunt Hagar’s Children; Edward P. Jones
  7. The Sympathizer: A Novel; Viet Thanh Nguyen
  8. Go Set a Watchman: A Novel; Harper Lee
  9. The Nest; Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  10. Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice; Curtis Sittenfeld


  1. The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins
  2. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel; Anthony Doerr
  3. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Series, Book 1; Elena Ferrante and Ann Goldstein
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1; J. K. Rowling
  5. Fates and Furies: A Novel (unabridged), Lauren Groff
  6. Go Set a Watchman (unabridged); Harper Lee
  7. The Goldfinch; Donna Tartt
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter Series, Book 2; J. K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry Potter Series, Book 3; J. K. Rowling
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee


  1. Fates and Furies: A Novel; Lauren Groff
  2. The Goldfinch: A Novel; Donna Tartt
  3. The Martian: A Novel; Andy Weir
  4. All the Light We Cannot See; Anthony Doerr
  5. Americanah; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. The Girl on the Train: A Novel; Paula Hawkins
  7. Station Eleven: A Novel; Emily St. John Mandel
  8. A Little Life: A Novel; Hanya Yanagihara
  9. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Series, Book 1; Elena Ferrante
  10. The Nightingale; Kristin Hannah



A discussion in yesterday’s rant/revel about feeling obliged to read a book given as a gift got me thinking about, well, gifts. Obviously I’m not talking about cars or super expensive gifts I’m talking about realistic gifts. So if you could chose what your significant other, in laws, parents, siblings, whoever, get you for Christmas/Hanukkah – what would you really honestly like to receive?


Much like the last time I asked this question back in 2008, I’m simply exhausted and don’t want to fight today. And in honor of the last days of Fye in Union Station – What was the first CD you ever bought? If applicable what was the first cassette you ever bought? And finally what was the first concert you ever went to? And be honest!!

First cassette I owned – Michael Jackson Thriller
First cd I owned was U2 Joshua Tree
First concert I ever went to was Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet Tour – 1986. Oh oh livin on a prayer!

So what was the first cassette, cd and concert you owned/went to?


I was having an interesting discussion with a friend about what our red lines are and what would compel us to take to the streets if they were crossed. So first let me ask how many folks are planning on attending the Women’s March on Washington the day after the inauguration?

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.


This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.

If you are going are you concerned at all that there could be violence since it is so close to the inauguration? If you are going, anyone bringing kids? If so, what age do you think is appropriate?


And if you do not plan on marching, have you thought about what would compel you to march at some point, if any?

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Since Friday is a Federal Holiday and I’ll be in no shape to do anything after the 10 year anniversary party let’s push up the discussion a day. And hopefully folks have had a bit more time to digest the election results because I’ve been hearing some folks talk about moving away from DC as a result and I’m wondering how widespread and how serious that sentiment is? I know there was a lot of frustration yesterday but I’m also curious how serious some people are about looking for new jobs? Some have been tongue and cheek about “moving to Canada” but are any federal employees, or otherwise, considering packing up from the District? Do you think this will change/slow down the massive population growth the District has been seeing?

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I can’t remember the last time everyone I know was talking about the same thing. I mean there are obvious examples like 9/11 and the 2000 election aftermath and Bill Clinton’s, uh, indiscretions and subsequent impeachment. What other past national obsessions come to you?

As for “regular”, even presidential, elections they don’t seem to come close, for me, as to how all consuming this one is. For obvious reasons. So I’m just curious what you guys think will fill the void in a couple weeks? The weather? Every restaurant the Obamas go to after they retire to Kalorama?

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing with a suggestion for a Friday Question of the Day: how often are DC residents called for jury duty?

I get called every 2 years pretty much like clockwork (and I’ve lived in DC for 20 years), whereas my husband has been called maybe twice in the 11 years he’s lived here. In fact, this year I got called twice – once for District Court and once for Superior Court. However, I was excused from Superior Court jury duty because I had served as a juror for District Court (technically didn’t serve, but got credit for having to go into Court one day, wait around, and ultimately was not selected for a jury panel).”

I’ve lived in DC for 19 years and I’ve been called four or five times and served once (a drug case.)

Crowds of January 20th, 2009

“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if others in Washington are thinking of renting their homes out for the inauguration. We have never rented our out before, but are thinking about it for this year. Wondering what pitfalls to be aware of when doing short-term rentals, and what those who have rented their places out before for big events usually charge per night (for reference, we have a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom about 10 min walk from Columbia Heights metro stop.)”

For those who are considering it, when will you list yours and who will you list it with?

Ed. Note: Reminds of Eric Nuzum’s post about what it will take to rent his home out for the inauguration during the frenzy of 2008.

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A few weeks ago WTOP reported:

“Amazon will be required to collect sales tax [5.75%] in Washington, D.C. beginning on October 1,” Amazon said in a statement emailed to WTOP. When asked for clarification as to why, Amazon responded it would have no further comment beyond the one-line statement.”

There was speculation that this could mean a brick and mortar Amazon could be coming but for today I’m just curious if you think this will effect your shopping habits. So do you think still order from them as usual?

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We talk about a lot of good stuff that goes on in DC and we talk about a lot of bad stuff that goes on DC. We all have different perspectives on what “better” means so the more you can explain in the comments the better. Since we’re hot in the political season, I’ll be interested to see these poll results turn out: