Welcome to The Town Book Store
The Town Book Store has been serving Westfield and neighboring communities since 1934. We are one of the last independent bookstores located in Union County, New Jersey. In today’s rapidly changing retail environment, The Town Book Store remains one constant where shoppers can find a first-rate literary selection with friendly, personalized service in an attractive, convenient setting. Whether you are reading for escape, for comfort, to gain knowledge, for pure pleasure or as a source of lively conversation, visit or call us at The Town Book Store and we can match you up with the right book.

Anne Laird
Owner, The Town Book Store


THE TOWN BOOK STORE
~ Satisfying Book Lovers Since 1934 ~
Anne's Pick of the Month

                       Horse
                       by Geraldine Brooks
                       $28.00

                            A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an
                            attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history:
                            from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a
                            sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. 

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.

Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse—one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.





Voted Best Independent Book Store in NJ!
Update April 2, 2022 

Open for in-store browsing from 10:00-5:30 Monday-Saturday.  Closed on Sundays.  

TBS RULES FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING:
Our whole staff is fully vaccinated and while we will not require you to wear a mask to
come into the store, we do respectfully ask that, if you are not fully vaccinated, that you continue
to wear one for the safety of yourself and others.

IF YOU WANT TO DO NO CONTACT CURBSIDE PICKUP:
Please call the store during these hours to speak to someone personally or leave a message at any time and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also email anne@townbookstore.com or lisa@townbookstore.com at any time (please include your phone #) Our orders arrive as early as the next day, with no shipping charges.