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Small businesses are what give a town its unique character.  They also support  the community by donating generously to a great variety of  local organizations.  Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for holiday shoppers to support, in turn,  the many brick and mortar businesses in Darien.

At Barrett Bookstore, we are making this Saturday, November 29, a special day by inviting Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life,  a book that has become a favorite of many book groups,  to be our "guest bookseller." Kate grew up in Darien and is an enthusiastic fan of independent bookstores.  Ken Oxman, a local author, will be on-hand to sign copies of his new book "The Reluctant Assassin."

Created  by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is the cornerstone of the Shop Small Movement. As an incentive to shoppers, they offer a special rebate to their card holders.To learn more click on the 'Shop Small' icon. Hope to see you!

Join Us to Celebrate Our 75th Anniversary!


Thursday, December 4

9:00 am to 7:00 pm


and 10% Discount on all Purchases

Raffle and Prizes


The year was 1939. A gallon of gas cost 10 cents, the top song was “Over the Rainbow,” and Barrett Bookstore opened for business in downtown Stamford. The story of Barrett Bookstore is really the story of small businesses everywhere. While the store has hopscotched around to different locations throughout the years, both in Stamford and Darien, it has been constant in its committment to provide great customer service in a friendly atmosphere. We are so grateful to our customers who have made it possible to continue this tradition.  On Thursday, December 4, we will celebrate our 75th anniverary. As a 'thank you'  we will offer a 10% discount on all purchases made that day. Ww will extend out hours to 7:00 pm to accomodate busy schedules and will have refreshments all day. Please come and join us!

Then & Now


Congratulations Award Winners!


Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

Moving deftly from the POW camp to contemporary Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo and his comrades to those of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of love, death, and family, exploring the many forms of good and evil, war and truth, guilt and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.





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