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. .
"Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." - from the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, Dec. 1948.
Do you have the appetite for one more presidential scandal? A few months ago, we posted in our online Facebook shop a book called THE PRESIDENT'S TABLE. Detailing a history of entertaining in the White House, the book was written in 2007 by presidential historian Barry Landau. With an extensive (and often unverified) resume of interactions and travels with U.S. Presidents, Landau was trusted and invited into the special archives sections of many libraries and private collections. He was known as "a character", a unique historian who wore clothes inappropriate for his size or the weather; baggy clothes, heavy overcoats in hot weather, etc. Yet, like table manners, fashion faux pas can often be excused. Bearing gifts of cup cakes and sweet treats for library and archive staff, the presidential historian was a welcome visitor. But, as Louisa May Alcott might say, "behind the mask" was a man with hidden pockets in his clothes, and a handsome young partner in crime, Jason Savedoff. In 2011, their antics were laid out on a jury table. The charge? "Allegedly stealing thousands of rare documents from national museums... a crime of unparalleled scope, said by investigators to be the largest seizure of valuable documents in U.S. history, with losses to museums totaling well into the millions." In exchange for a deal, Savedoff ladled out a rotten cabbage truth-soup about his partner. Landau pleaded guilty, and in 2012 was sentenced to seven years in prison.
For more on their story, see the article below.
thedailybeast.com Jacob Bernstein on how Barry H. Landau’s lifelong obsession with presidential memorabilia went wrong.
ANSWER to Wed. LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: Literary houses Thornfield Hall and Misselthwaite Manor share a similar secret. What is the secret and in which books are these homes found?
ANSWER: In each of these Yorkshire literary houses, an invalid is hidden away, their existence kept secret to most of the world. Locked in the attic of Thornfield Hall (JANE EYRE), is Rochester's insane wife Bertha Mason, wife. In Misselthwaite Manor (THE SECRET GARDEN), Colin Craven, the invalid son of a grieving widower, cries out from a hidden room. But, like any secret, it's only a matter of time until it comes out (i.e. Bertha stealing the attic keys and escaping), or is found out (I.e. Mary finding a hidden door and hallway leading to her cousin Colin).
To the unknown book re-arranger who visited Barrow Bookstore: Well played! 😅
LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: Literary houses Thornfield Hall and Misselthwaite Manor share a similar secret. What is the secret and in which books are these homes found?
Reader friends, we are having a debate and need your suggestions please. A member of Barrow Bookstore is going on a two-week remote mountain hiking trip. Always prepared with what's important, our sturdy hiker is planning to bring "only two books": WAR AND PEACE, and a Charles Dickens novel. (Why not throw in the Gutenberg Bible, or the complete Webster's Dictionary?) We are wondering what slightly more packable (and lighter weight!) books would you recommend? Due to power charging issues, an eBook is not an option. Thank you!
Perhaps more welcoming than the For-sale Stephen King "Pet Semetary" house that we shared earlier in the week, here's another literary-related property for sale in New England:
realestate.boston.com 'Radiant' Maine home of the late E.B. White listed for $3.7 million
LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: author Laura Miller writes, "Literature is full of reminders that houses have souls, a fact characters forget at their own peril." NAME A HOUSE or HOUSES that are central to a book/s story.
npr.org Literature is full of reminders that houses have souls, a fact characters forget at their own peril. In some novels, the house is as much a force as any of the people in the story. When that happens, the human characters had better beware.
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The Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond is located across the street from Walden Pond, where world-famous author Henry David Thoreau, wrote his classic WALDEN OR LIFE IN THE WOODS. Visit us on your next trip, and discover Thoreau Country.
A fun read about adventure, legal snafus, scam artists, a Russian mafiioso, and Steve Bliss' love for a beautiful bank teller. Go to www.lulu.com.
The Barefoot Books Concord Studio is a creative place where families can come to explore Barefoot books and experience the stories coming to life through a dynamic array of creative programs, events and classes.