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 Second Home (Available 6/8)
by Christina Clancy
After a disastrous summer spent at her family’s home
on Cape Cod when she is seventeen, Ann Gordon is
very happy to never visit Wellfleet again. If only she’d
stayed in Wisconsin, she might never have met Anthony Shaw, and she would have held onto the future she’d so carefully planned for herself. Instead, Ann ends up harboring a devastating secret that strains her relationship with her parents, sends her sister Poppy to every corner of the world chasing waves (and her next fling), and leaves her adopted brother Michael estranged from the family.
Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and Poppy are left to decide the fate of the beach house that’s been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is forever tainted with bad memories. And while Poppy loves the old saltbox on Drummer Cove, owning a house means settling, and she’s not sure she’s ready to stay in one place.
Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about what happened that long-ago summer that changed all of their lives forever. As the siblings reunite after years apart, their old secrets and lies, longings and losses, are pulled to the surface. Is the house the one thing that can still bring them together––or will it tear them apart, once and for all?
Told through the shifting perspectives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael, this assured and affecting debut captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again. It is about second homes, second families, and second chances. Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget.
Update June 6, 2021
We are now open for in-store browsing from 10:00-5:30 Monday-Saturday.
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 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org at any time (please include your phone #) Our orders arrive as early as the next day, with no shipping charges.