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. .

Learn and talk about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery this Saturday at 5:30. From Anne of Green Gables to Emily of the New Moon, Montgomery created many memorable characters and stories; share your favorites and perhaps learn of new tales that await your reading! All are welcome, and no specific advance reading is necessary.

[11/17/17]   LITERARY TRIVIA ANSWERS. This week's literary quiz tested your knowledge of Charles Dickens and "A Tale of Two Cities" in particular. Here are the answers:

1. The novel was set in 1775, and the famous opening line is:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

2. "A Tale of Two Cities" was first published in Dickens' periodical All the Year Round.

3. Dickens read Watts Phillips' play "The Dead Heart,"" which had a similar historical setting and story line as "A Tale of Two Cities." The play was produced while the novel was published.

4. Dickens' other historical novel was "Barnaby Rudge," set largely during the Gordon Riots of 1780.

Thomas J. Hudner Jr., military and civil rights hero of Korean War, dies at 93

As he begins his final journey today from Concord, Massachusetts, to Arlington National Cemetery, take a moment to remember Medal of Honor recipient Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr.. "The brave die never, though they sleep in dust. Their courage nerves a thousand living men." - Minot Savage Capt. Hudner crash-landed his plane in an effort to save the first black naval aviator.

LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: On this day in 1859, the final installment of Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" was published. Test your Dickensian knowledge with the following questions:

1. In what year was "A Tale of Two Cities" set and what is the famous opening line?

2. In what periodical was "A Tale of Two Cities" published in serial form?

3. What play by Watts Phillips did Dickens read that had a historical setting and story line similar to that used by Dickens in "A Tale of Two Cities"?

4. What was the name of Dickens' other historical novel? (bonus points, in what time period was it set?)

Harvard’s long-ago student risings

ANSWER to Wed. LITERARY TRIVIA: Question: What famous 19th century American Transcendentalist was expelled from Harvard University for association with a food fight? ANSWER: Ralph Waldo Emerson,Philosopher-Poet. From the Harvard Gazette: "In Nov. 1, 1818, in quiet Harvard Yard, undergraduates gathered for Sunday dinner at University Hall. As usual, each of the four classes assembled in its own dining room on the first floor. It was a peaceful collegiate scene, typical of Harvard in that period.
Then all hell broke loose. A major food fight set off a cascade of disturbances, and within a week the entire sophomore class was expelled."
Ralph Waldo Emerson was a member of that class. Following expulsion, Emerson had to re-apply to Harvard and sign a pledge to abide by the University's rules. For the full story have a look at the Harvard Gazette article below. A century of occasional unrest at American colleges reflected a time of unbridled liberty and questionable self-discipline.

Corte, the book-loving (and chewing) Keeshound (and only dog banned from the Barrow Bookstore) wants to look up some words, but this old dictionary is just out of reach.

Wed. LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: What famous 19th century American Transcendentalist was expelled from Harvard University for being associated with a massive food fight in the dining hall?

Jane Addams Book Shop - Rare, used, and out-of-print books

BOOKSHOP SPOTLIGHT: Reader friends, if we could catch a train from Concord, Massachusetts to 1855's railroad town of Champaign, Illinois, we would end up at the Jane Addams Bookshop! Located in Champaign, IL, this three story (we want!) bookshop has something for all from new, used and rare books, ephemera, photos, and more. Specializing in rare books, out-of-print books, used books, secondhand books, and other hard-to-find books.

Looks like Benjamin and Peter had company last night in the bookstore character garden.

"The quality of imagination is to flow, and not to freeze." -Ralph Waldo Emerson in his lecture "The Poet".
Painting artist: Rhads.

Nice to see local author David Kruh in the Barrow Bookstore, shown here with a copy of his book “Always Something Doing,” about Boston’s infamous Scollay Square.

Barrow Bookstore BOOK CLUB & PIZZA DINNER! Join us tomorrow for a discussion of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's "The Shadow of the Wind," a novel featuring a Cemetery of Lost Books. All are welcome; start time is 5:30 p.m.

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Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
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Friday 09:30 - 17:00
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Sunday 12:00 - 16:30
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