Kramerbooks' Winter Reading List

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Our favorite D.C. book emporium shares what's at the top of their must-reads

Kramerbooks’ staff has curated a cozy winter reading list worthy of a quiet evening at home. Explore a postmodern narrative with converging storylines, or one of two selections from a New York Times bestselling author who received double billing on this favorite D.C. book emporium’s list.

Jim: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 
This classic Hercule Poirot whodunit takes place on the Orient Express,  a train bound for London. Hercule Poirot is investigating the murder of Mr. Ratchett, whom, before his murder, tried to hire Poirot because he was receiving threatening letters. The train is in the mountains and stopped by an avalanche, and this is where Hercule Poirot will unravel the mystery and narrow the 13 suspects down to the one who actually committed the murder. Published on January 1, 1934, this 86 year old novel has stood the test of time and is one of Agatha Christie’s most well-known titles! If you’ve never read this book and enjoy mysteries, now is the time to read it!   

Blaire: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 
What do you do as a young girl in feudal Russia when you'd rather not be a wife or a nun? A proper feminist heroine, Vasya opens our eyes to a winter fantasy world we have only ever dreamed of. I've read this book many times already, and each time it surprises me with some new magic or insight. The perfect book to read by the fire in the depths of winter.

Isabel: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
This classic fantasy novel follows its hero Lyra on her adventures to try to save her friend and discover the truth about her world. The combination of a snowy wasteland, with armored bears no less, and the metaphysical discussion of souls makes this the perfect winter read.

Mary Ann: Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age by Michael Chertoff 
The hair-raising story of (so-called) cybersecurity and the dangers with which the cyber-world now confronts us by a brilliant legal mind, former U.S. Attorney of New Jersey and Secretary of Homeland Security under Bush.

James: Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming by Laszlo Krasznahorkai 
This dizzying novel, full of dark humor and satire, recounts Baron Wenckheim's return to the provincial town of his youth. Anyone looking for a challenge, or a good thick novel to deconstruct this winter, should consider it!

Jordan: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
When book lover Ollie comes across a crazed woman who is trying to throw a book into a lake, Ollie jumps into action and quickly grabs the book. As she begins to read the book, she begins to learn of a creepy story about a girl named Beth and the two brothers who loved her and a deal made with someone called the smiling man. So when she goes on a field trip the next day to a farm haunted by its own history she discovers graves of all the people she is reading about and discovers that the creepy story she is reading is real that's when everything gets flipped upside down. This Middle Grade Horror will have you guessing till the end of the book. This story involves a terrifying smiling man, scarecrows that seem to be watching her every move and a watch that is repeatedly telling her to run. This chilling story is  the perfect book to spend a cold winter’s day

Tom: If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino 
A brilliant, postmodern mind-melting meta narrative that weaves together ten different incomplete stories into an entirely new experience, Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler shows why he is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest storytellers. It’s the perfect book to read on a snowy day when you can’t bear to go outside.

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