The book is a Guide highlighting author Richard F. Wright’s view of the best independent full-service bookstores and the best used or antiquarian bookstores near vacation travel destinations in New England. The book is divided into three sections: Full-Service Independent Bookstores, Used-Rare Book Shops, and One-Day Bookstore-Tours that feature recommended itineraries for visiting several book shops in one day.
“This is the Guide I would have liked to have had handy during the past 30 years I have been vacationing in New England,” said Wright. “The Guide describes 70 bookstores, including 39 full-service bookstores and 31 used book shops that I would recommend to anyone who has a serious interest in books and bookstores,”
Wright, 62, of Jefferson MA has converted a lifetime avocation of book-reading and book-collecting into a mini-cause to save what he describes as a threatened species; namely, the rural bookseller. On his blog, Richard-Wright.blogspot.com, Wright comments regularly about the fate of rural bookstores and his findings as he visits the shops throughout New England.
He also maintains a website: http://guidetonewenglandbookstores.com/
Following the lead provided by one Vermont bookshop, Wright has added a series of One-Day Bookstore-Tours for visitors to use in planning a personalized itinerary of book shop stops. “On its website, The Book Shed, of Benson, VT, owned by Joseph Trenn, suggested four bookstores to visit on a single day,” said Wright. “This gave me the idea to assemble several more “one-day” adventures for the serious bibliophile,”