Whittier & Garrison & Anti-Slavery


W.L. Garrison Join us on Sunday afternoon November 30 at 2:00 pm as Dianne Cole, an expert on John Greenleaf Whittier, informs us about the lifelong anti-slavery involvement of the poet Whittier (of Haverhill and Amesbury) and the journalist William Lloyd Garrison (of Newburyport), in the years 1829 to 1892.

Garrison did not mince words. His statue on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston bears this declaration: “I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch. And I will be heard.”

Whittier is claimed by the Unitarians, but most sources call him a Quaker.

It will be a stimulating afternoon at the bookstore. There will be cider and cookies, and 10% off all the books.


Thanksgiving Weekend Hours, Nov. 26 – 30


The store will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 26 – 28. We will be open on Small Business Saturday, November 29, from 10:00 to 6:00. Open as usual noon to 4:00 on Sunday November 30.

New Hours for the Fall


We are open 10:00 till 6:00 Tuesday to Friday; till 7:00 on Thursday; and on weekends from noon till 4:00. On the weekends, please call 978-448-BOOK before coming out — the proprietor sometimes attends book fairs or the like.

Fall 2014 hours

We have lots of events in the works for the fall. Stay tuned here and on our mailing list (sign up for that below right).


Second Hand Prose Books Has Moved to Groton!


After 6 years on Great Road in Acton, we moved the store to Groton, Massachusetts. We wound down in Acton the last day of June, 2013, and reopened to the public in Groton on Tuesday, July 9th at

30A Hollis Street
Groton, MA 01450
978-448-BOOK [-2665]

It's simple to get there: 23 minutes is all it takes to drive the 12.7 miles out Route 119. (Bear right on Hollis Street just past the Groton town hall. The store will be on your right in 1/4 mile.)

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Hope to see you in Groton!