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. .

Uncooperative characters. Peter, Benjamin, Paddington, and Pooh, are refusing to go back into their books for the night, and are remaining in the Barrow Bookstore literary character garden. Come visit!

Babar welcomes you to the Barrow Bookstore; come say hello to him and other childhood friends in our Character Garden. Join the rabbits in the garden, take a seat with Pooh, or high-five Paddington; children and the young at heart all welcome!

"The White Old Maid" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Out of the pages of a Nathaniel Hawthorne book, an Old Maid in a winding sheet is walking into this misty Concord morning. Listen for her rap on the door.

Welcome to the Barrow Bookstore Audio Series. Join us today for a reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The White Old Maid". Originally titled "The O...

A visit to the Vatican Library

Take a tour with CBS's 60 Minutes inside the Vatican Library.

No one is allowed to borrow from the Vatican Library, except the pope. And no wonder: the archive holds some of the oldest and most precious works of art and...

Vatican Publishes Knights Templar Papers

On this day: Friday the 13th, October, 1307: Deeply in debt to the Knights Templar (who had helped finance his war against England), King Philip the IV of France ordered hundreds of Knights Templar be arrested and charged with heresy, Just over a month later, under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement issued a document calling for all Christian Monarchs throughout Europe to arrest all the Templars and seize their assets.
Centuries later, in 2001, "misplaced" documents were discovered in the Vatican archives detailing the trials of the Templars and the fabricated charges against them. In 2007, Scrinium Publishers published 800 copies of these documents. 799 were sold for $8,377.00 each, and the remaining copy given to Pope Benedict the XVI.
For more about the Scrinium publication, follow this link to a 2007 article from the Washington Post: VATICAN CITY -- It's not the Holy Grail, but for fans of

ANSWER to Wed. LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: Richard Frederick Fuller. On July 19, 1842, Henry David Thoreau and Richard Fulller (younger brother of Sarah Margaret Fulller Ossoli) began a four day trek from Concord to Wachusett Mountain in central Massachusetts. Recounting their journey, Thoreau's essay "A Walk to Wachusett" was published a year later in The Boston Miscellany.

Paddington and Aunt Lucy. Photo by Alina Biliakova.

LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: In his essay "A Walk to Wachusett" (first published 1843 in The Boston Miscellany), Henry David Thoreau describes walking from Concord to Mount Wachusett with a friend. WHO was the walking companion?

Thanks to a young reader friend who recommended today THE GREEN GLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford.
Looks great! Here's a description of the book:

It's wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler's inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo's home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House -- and themselves.

Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Barrow Bookstore Audio Series slips into a moment of Hindu-inspired mysticism in Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem "Brahma". Written in 1856, "Brahma" was published in 1857 in The Atlantic Monthly.

Welcome to the Barrow Bookstore Audio Series reading of Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Brahma". Written in 1856, the poem was published in 1857 in the Atlantic Monthly.

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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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