“Set Yourself Free” at Whitlock’s Book Barn in Bethany, CT
I recently visited Whitlock’s Book Barn with my Book Cougars buddy Emily. This was a first visit for both of us.
Whitlock’s has been in business since 1948. Meg, the manager, told us a little history of the place. There’s a link to their website at the end of this post if you’d like to know more about the place. They’ve been written up in a variety of publications, including the New York Times.
I’m happy to have finally made it to Whitlock’s Book Barn. I’d first learned about it through LibraryThings‘ now defunct Readar app, which allowed users to pull up all the libraries and/or bookstores in their area. Readar was super helpful when I first moved to Connecticut four years ago and when I’ve been traveling. I recently asked LibraryThing if they’re going to update the app and was told they’re working to include some of that information in their main app. Friends from Chicago have also asked me if I visited Whitlock’s and I can now report that I have.
The contemporary fiction selection seemed a little on the light side this first visit and the classics section was surprisingly tiny. I look forward to going back in a month or two to see what kind of turn over they have. I’ll also hone in on some of my favorite categories like history and ships. And that literary criticism section, too, if I’m in the mood.