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).


How Hemingway Helps Other Authors

As I was reading today’s Sunday Boston Globe I came across a story in my favorite section, Ideas & Books, that mentioned Ernest Hemingway. In the “Bibliophiles section (page K4) writer Amy Sutherland discusses the work of mystery writer Patricia Cornwell. Ms. Cornwell is a big Hemingway fan and uses his work at times when she hits a roadblock.

Books: What kind of books do you gravitate towards?

Cornwell: …I also enjoyed “Hemingway’s Boat” by Paul Hendrickson. It’s a biographical study of Hemingway through his boat (Pilar). I’m incredibly intrigued by Hemingway. He can create so much with so few words. I keep a whole shelf of his work in my office. When I really get stuck with my own work I pull down something like “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and savor it a little bit. See the full Boston Globe story here.

The Atlantic (1954 copy)

You just never know when you may come across Ernest Hemingway. For me it could be while walking the streets of Manhattan and find a 1st edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) at a sidewalk book sale or most recently while in Camden, Maine I found a copy of The Atlantic (1954) with Hemingway on the cover. In regard to the second, Charles Fenton was featured as the cover story in a great 10-page story entiled, Ernest Hemingway: The Young Years. This particular copy was found at a great little book store called the Goose River Exchange which had a sign out front that first caught my eye – Antiques, Books Ephemera. This 1954 copy, in good condition, was just 50 cents back in the day (I purchased it for $25). I also found a 1952 copy of The Old Man and the Sea (which is still there!).

Finding Hemingway on Cape Cod

1964 jacket
1964 jacket

The title of this post refers to some great books I came across while vacationing in Cape Cod last week.  I ended up finding a great old bookstore in Cotuit, MA called Isiah Thomas Books & Prints on 4632 Falmouth Road.  My first find was Geniuses Together by Humphrey Carpenter that looks at American writers in Paris in the 1920’s that included of course, Ernest Hemingway et al.  Other great finds for me included a 1964 1st edition of A Moveable Feast, a copy of Rovit & Brenner’s Ernest Hemingway (revised edition), and a signed copy (by Philip Young) of Ernest Hemingway – Rinehart Critical Studies – I recently read the revised copy of this but this is the original book that Young published in 1952. The things (books) you can find on a rainy day on the Cape. Upon returning home I received my copy of the revised edition of A Moveable Feast and Ernest Hemingway – The Collected Stories edited and introduced by James Fenton. I’m currently reading the New Yorker article (May 13, 1950 issue) by Lillian Ross about Ernest Hemingway. Talk about a nasty profile of EH..

My Visit to The Owl at the Bridge

I found a great book store (by appt. only) in Cranston, RI called Owl at the Bridge. Owned by a great husband and wife team, Sam and Penelope Hough.  I had access for an hour or so at their warehouse that hold approximately 44,000 titles covering all genres including Ernest Hemingway – which was the reason why I was there.  I ended up buying a copy of The Only Thing That Counts: The Hemingway and Max Perkins Correspondence and The Enduring Hemingway.