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.
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.
134 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 207-729-5083; gulfofmainebooks.blogspot.com
THE ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP — South Hadley, MA
An errand to pick up a single book can easily turn into a personal odyssey for hours as you explore the two floors.
9 College St., South Hadley, MA 800-540-7307, 413-534-7307; odysseybks.com
THE TOADSTOOL BOOKSHOP — Peterborough, NH
Lose yourself in the dazzling used section, recover while scanning the new titles, reflect over slices of the cafe’s heavenly pies.
12 Depot Square, Peterborough, NH 603-924-3543; toadbooks.com