Stop into White Birch Books, an independent bookstore in North Conway, New Hampshire, and you will find a strong selection of resources for hiking and outdoor pursuits, reflecting the interests of the shop’s White Mountains locale.
Two hours to the northeast, the large collection at The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, Vermont, focuses on farming and agriculture, reflective of the number of small family farms in the area and support for local food.
Around New England, independent bookstores offer a snapshot into local interests while serving as outposts of community. Visitors can find good reads, of course, but also perhaps a recommendation for the best sandwich around or a special hiking trail. Denizens discover everything from community scuttlebutt to monthly book clubs, where neighbors can become lifelong chums. Here’s a selection of places where you might just find your new favorite author—or a new friend.