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.
Owner, The Town Book Store
Anne's Pick of the Month
The Four Winds
by Kristin Hannah
From the number-one bestselling author of The
Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful
American epic about love and heroism and hope, set
during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.
“My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family.”
Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.
By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.
In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa―like so many of her neighbors―must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.
The Four Winds a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it―the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.
Update January 31, 2021
We are now open for in-store browsing from 10:00-5:30 Monday-Saturday.
Due to the size of our store we have some rules (see below) that we are respectfully asking you to follow, not only for your protection but also, for ours. WE CONTINUE TO OFFER CURBSIDE PICKUP (see below for details).
TBS RULES FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING:
- Only one or two unrelated groups will be allowed in the store at the same time.
- All children must be kept close to their parents and supervised.
- Face masks are required for anyone over the age of 2. If you don’t have one, we will provide you with one before you can
- Hands must be thoroughly sanitized upon entering using our wall mounted dispenser.
- Do thoughtful browsing and only touch what you are interested in purchasing.
- Each customer will be asked to limit their time in the store to 15 minutes to minimize wait times for others wanting to come
We reserve the right to refuse admittance to anyone, or ask anyone to leave, who does not comply with these rules.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com at any time (please include your phone #) Our orders arrive as early as the next day, with no shipping charges.