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Barrett Bookstore is joining 20 Connecticut bookstores to celebrate INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!

WHEN: Saturday, April 28 from 9am to 5pm

               Sunday, April 29 from 12pm to 4pm

HOW:   Pick up a copy of the Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day Passport (one per family) at any participating store and get moving! Visit 15 of the 20 participating stores across the state on April 28 and April 29 and get your passport stamped at each location. If you complete the passport (15 stamps), you will receive a $25.00 gift card from EACH participating location- all 20 stores – for a total value of $500. WOW!  Join the party and show Connecticut indie bookstores some LOVE! Click icon for some rules.

* Passports will be available Monday, April 23, but won't be stamped until the weekend. **Check hours for each store

Paula McLains's New novel Love and Ruin

Paula McLain

in conversation with Greg Cowles

 about her new novel


Wednesday, May 2nd

at The Darien Community Association

6:45 reception

7:30 book discussion

Register here

Ticket includes a signed hardcover book and a glass of wine

Paula McLain will be in conversation with Greg Cowles,

Darien resident and senior editor at The New York Times Book Review


The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn--a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would becwould become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century .

In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.


Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life—and why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. The owners watch one another’s children grow up. They use the same handyman. They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the ultimate status symbol: a spot in the block’s small parking lot.
Then one morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and her enviable street turns into a potent symbol of a divided city. The fault lines begin to open: on the block, at Nora’s job, especially in her marriage. With an acute eye that captures the snap crackle of modern life, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.

“Quindlen’s quietly precise evaluation of intertwined lives evinces a keen understanding of and appreciation for universal human frailties.”








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