Barrow Bookstore

Specializing in Concord authors and history, children's books and literature, the Barrow Bookstore also has a general selection of used and rare titles.

Specializing in Concord authors and history, children's books and literature, the Barrow Bookstore also has a general selection of used and rare titles from art, crafts and cooking, to gardening, natural history and science. There are many options for the eclectic. The Barrow Bookstore also features a line of literary-themed gifts, including postcards, note cards, sachets, kleenex boxes and birdhouses, and carries home-made Bee of the Woods beeswax candles. .

"Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners." Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: Yesterday was the publication anniversary of George Orwell's last novel - "1984." Test your knowledge about the author by answering the following questions:
1. What was George Orwell's real name?
2. In what country was he born?
3. What was the title of the first novel he published?

"Thoreau," by Amos Bronson Alcott

WHO nearer Nature’s life would truly come
Must nearest come to him of whom I speak;
He all kinds knew,—the vocal and the dumb;
Masterful in genius was he, and unique,
Patient, sagacious, tender, frolicsome.
This Concord Pan would oft his whistle take,
And forth from wood and fen, field, hill, and lake,
Trooping around him in their several guise,
The shy inhabitants their haunts forsake:
Then he, like Æsop, man would satirize,
Hold up the image wild to clearest view
Of undiscerning manhood’s puzzled eyes,
And mocking say, “Lo! mirrors here for you:
Be true as these, if ye would be more wise.”

He’s No Phony: How Fighting in World War II Changed J. D. Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield

Remembering all the brave souls who stormed the shores of France on the longest day of June 6, 1944, "D-Day". Among them was author J. D. Salinger. Below, a Vanity Fair article takes a look at his war experiences and their impact on his life and writing. “It is with Salinger’s experience of the Second World War in mind that we should understand Holden Caulfield’s insight at the Central Park carousel, and the parting words of The Catcher in the Rye: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

Thank you to Concord's Middlesex Savings Bank for its support of local businesses. Barrow Bookstore is the bank's "Business of the Month;" stop by to see our display and meet the great people at Middlesex.

By the shore of Walden, some days you may meet "Thoreau", other days, Jim the beautiful bubble creator.

"Mrs. Bullfrog" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

She's back! It's wedding season; her teeth are in, her flask is full, and she's ready to tie the knot with the pomp and vain (and wealthy!) Mr. Bullfrog. Climb into the carriage with the newly weds and hold on to your hats ladies and gentleman because Nathaniel Hawthorne's story is about to overturn!

An audio reading of "Mrs. Bullfrog" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Found within the pages of Hawthorne's MOSSES FROM AN OLD MANSE, this tale will have you holding o...

Thoreau: American Resister (and Kitten Rescuer)

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Henry David! Article below is from today's New York Times. A model of resistance for our time, Thoreau was not just the antisocial man of legend. He was a sensualist, his journal, a New York treasure, shows.

LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: Lands full of curious words and alternate realities. Name an alternate world created by an author. Examples: Lewis Carroll created ----------. The Brontës created ------. C.S. Lewis created ------. Etc. Good luck!



79 Main St
Concord, MA

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5pm
Thursday 9:30am - 5pm
Friday 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 4:30pm
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