Bookstores: Best 5 in New England
Suzanne Strempek Shea, one of the Pioneer Valley’s best-loved writers, is the author of five novels and three memoirs, including Shelf Life, about her year working at a local independent bookstore in Western Massachusetts. She’s also read her work at dozens of shops around New England. These are her favorites.
BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP — Northampton, MA
The stacked-to-the-rafters literary conscience of the Connecticut River Valley and a coveted reading venue for any touring author.
247 Main St., Northampton, MA 413-586-4235; broadsidebooks.com
BAKER BOOKSHOP — North Dartmouth, MA
A handsome Hollywood movie set of a bookstore — but it’s not all just show. This welcoming shop has a book-savvy staff and a great cafe.
69 State Road, North Dartmouth, MA 508-997-6700; bakerbooks.net
GULF OF MAINE BOOKS — Brunswick, ME
Small, serene, and nobody bugs you when you browse for hours. Don’t miss the magazines and cool postcards.