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Best Used Bookstores in New England | Honorable Mentions

Best Used Bookstores in New England | Honorable Mentions
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Book Bear
The corny bear statue outside shouldn’t discourage you from browsing the impressive 90,000-volume collection here. For more than three decades, these wide aisles and well-labeled sections have been a book collector’s best friend. 80 West Main St., West Brookfield, MA. 508-867-8705;

The Book Shed
On the shores of Lake Champlain, this spot is as rural as things get in New England. The Book Shed has thrived in this town of fewer than a thousand residents by attracting used-book buyers to the 15,000 hand-picked volumes of owner Joseph Trenn. 733 Lake Road, Benson, VT. 802-537-2190;

Henniker Book Farm
The current owners are keeping a 48-year tradition alive at the Henniker Book Farm, which is just five minutes from New England College. Its 30,000 used and rare volumes range from general to scholarly interest, with strong sections on history, biography, and science. 34 Old West Hopkinton Road, Henniker, NH. 603-428-8888;

Myopic Books
This collection of 25,000 used books is clearly influenced by its proximity to many colleges, with emphasis on history, philosophy, science, architecture, and literature. The staff is knowledgeable and can help you find that rare volume you need. 5 South Angell St., Providence, RI. 401-521-5533;

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7 Responses to Best Used Bookstores in New England | Honorable Mentions

  1. Kathy January 7, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    Clearly, the author has never been to the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT. The reading nooks, the comfy seats, the smell of the old wood shelves, the most knowledgeable staff… I could go on! It is my favorite place on earth.

    • Richard Wright January 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

      The AUTHOR loves Northshire Bookstore. It’s a favorite in my book, A Vacationer’s Guide to Rural New England Bookstores. If you want to see the book, they have been carrying it for the past two years in the shop and online through the shop. It’s also on Amazon. The Best 5 is a challenge as you can imagine! I list 70 shops in the book, and the new edition will have 100.

  2. Jo Duhaime January 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    So glad to see the Chicken Barn in Ellsworth, Maine and the BookBarn in Niantic, Ct. My 2 favorite books nooks in all of New England!!

  3. Patti January 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    check out Titcomb’s Bookshop on Cape Cod, East Sandwich, MA. :)

  4. MB January 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi Patti @ 1/7/15 6:55pm. I was just going to post the same thing about Titcomb’s. My family and I love Titcomb’s to pieces. They have some great visiting authors there too!

    • Richard Wright January 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

      Titcomb’s is definitely a favorite. i included it in my book, A Vacationer’s Guide to Rural New England Bookstores. The book is in a lot of local shops and on Amazon. There were so many great book shops on Cape Cod that I treated it as a seventh state in New England.

  5. jim hildreth May 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Harding’s in Wells Maine has been open for at least 30 years, always worth a stop. Freeport Book Shoppe is my latest find, and has a large selection of old postcards in addition to rooms full of books.

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