Two Classic Book Stores with Many Hemingway Titles


This past summer I came across a fantastic old book store in Niantic, CT, called the Book Barn. There were multiple locations in this small, sea-side village which was fortunate for me.  Niantic is a small village, with a population of barely 3,000 in the town of East Lyme, CT.  One of the locations had books literally housed everywhere on every inch of the property (see photo).  The first question I typically ask is when walking into any bookstore is, “Do you have anything regarding Hemingway?” I ended up getting a mint copy of Hemingway in Spain (Double Day & Co., 1974) by Jose Luis Catillo-Puche, a copy of Peter Griffin’s Along With Youth: Hemingway the Early Years (Oxford University Press, 1985).  This book also has a 1988 inscription from Peter Griffin himself to a student by the name of “Joan.”  I also picked up a hard copy of A.E. Hotchner’s Papa Hemingway (Random House, 1966).  I had only read the paperback version of his book and this was in excellent condition.  I always liked Hemingway’s quote that is before the foreword of the book and reads:

“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring.  They are very simplest things, and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.”  Ernest Hemingway


The second book store was called Books on the Square located on 471 Angell Street in good ole’ Providence, R.I. This book has a great location and included a great collection of books with a few Hemingway titles as well. I ended up getting an updated copy of The Sun Also Rises (Scribner, 2014). This was The Hemingway Library Edition. If you’re in the area check out these two classic book stores.

Additional Reading

Edition Has Alternate Opening of ‘Sun Also Rises’ by Patricia Cohen (New York Times, July 2014).

To Use And Use Not by Julie Bosman (New York Times, 2012).


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