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. .

"There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us." -Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Image: "Story Time" by Alector Fencer

Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers and Heart Mothers of every kind. We wish you a beautiful day, today and always.

"It is amusing to see how a kitten regards the attic, kitchen, or shed where it was a bred as its castle to resort to in times of danger." - Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry, May 14, 1861.

Thanks to Rick Frese for a fabulous presentation this evening! If you have not yet read his book "Concord and the Civil War," we highly recommend it. And we thank Rick for his research and advocacy on behalf of George Washington Dugan, Concord's 49th fallen Civil War solider.

TODAY at 5:30 - CONCORD'S 49th FALLEN CIVIL WAR SOLDIER.. Presentation by Rick Frese about the life of Concord's George Washington Dugan, a farmer who fought in the Civil War with the famed 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, the first black regiment in the Civil War.

Dear Book Club: It’s You, Not Me

This New York Times article on book clubs got us thinking: Can you imagine what a book group would be like if its members were all your favorite authors? Perhaps Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Margaret Fulller all jammed into Thoreau's cabin discussing the latest Dickens novel? What authors would be in your (potentially problematic) book club? Book clubs can be the epicenter of fierce friendships and enmity; a breeding ground for resentments large and small.

ANSWER to WED. LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: WENDY. Scottish Author James Barrie was friends with editor and poet William Ernest Henley ("Invictus"). Henley's young daughter Margaret called Barrie her 'fwiend" and then 'Fwiendy Wendy." Margaret died at age 5 of cerebral meningitis. In her memory, Barrie used Margaret's affectionate "Wendy" name for the heroine of Peter and Wendy (Peter Pan). This was the first use of the complete name 'Wendy' for a girl. Following the book's publication, "Wendy" became a popular girls name.
(Thanks to Nancy J. for this answer!)
Photo below: Margaret Emma Henly, c. 1893

Rare Collection of Letters of Hamilton As Treasury Secretary Up For Sale | The Raab Collection

We think we could find a nice home for these in our special collections case. How about you? Alexander Hamilton: The Dawn of the Nation’s Modern Financial System Original Letters Documenting the Dawn of America’s Financial System Scarce letters signed by Hamilton, never before offered for sale PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 9, 2017 – The Raab Collection, the nation’s leading dealer in important his...

LITERARY TRIVIA QUESTION: Previously in existence only as a surname, Scottish Author J.M. Barrie made WHAT NAME a well-known first name?




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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