Capitol Hill Books: A must-read neighborhood gem, filled with character

Jim Toole is the owner of Capitol Hill Books, a used bookstore home to more than 20,000 books. (WTOP/Geet Jeswani)
Capitol Hill Books: A bookstore with character

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 9:20 pm

Geet Jeswani, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON – When shoppers enter a historic, converted house at 657 C St. SE in Eastern Market, they are greeted by a sage voice, emanating from a man who claims to be 103 years old.

“Fiction is upstairs, non-fiction this level,” says Jim Toole, who recites the information on autopilot once the creaky door is opened.

Toole is the owner of Capitol Hill Books, a used bookstore in Southeast that is home to more than 20,000 books. No, that is not a typo.

“There are many, many exceptions to that statement


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