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 Dearly Beloved
by Cara Wall
Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in
Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James
are jointly hired to steward the historic Third
Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.
Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not?
James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James’s escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life.
In The Dearly Beloved, Cara wall reminds us of “the power of the novel in its simplest, richest form: bearing intimate witness to human beings grappling with their faith and falling in love,” (Entertainment Weekly, A-) as we follow these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, Wall offers a poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives. The Dearly Beloved is a gorgeous, wise, and provocative novel that is destined to become a classic
Update September 1, 2020
We are now open for in-store browsing from 10:30-4:30 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), WHICH IS OUR PREFERRED WAY TO SERVE YOU.
TBS RULES FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING:
- Only one person or family will be allowed in at a 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.