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


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Anne's Pick of the Month

                       The Exiles
                       by Christina Baker Kline 
                       $27.99

                             The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller
                             Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally
                             resonant novel about three women whose lives are
                             bound together in nineteenth-century Australia and the hardships they weather together as they fight for redemption and freedom in a new society.

Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land.

During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel—a skilled midwife and herbalist—is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors.

Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen’s Land.

In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy

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Update October 1, 2020 

We are now open for in-store browsing from 10:30-5:00 Monday-Saturday and 12:00-4:00 on Sunday.  

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:
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   - 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
     enter.
   - 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
      in.

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 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.