". . . desperately trying to coax sleep, opening my eyes every few seconds to check their faded gleam, and imagining paradise as a place where a sleepless neighbor reads an endless book by the light of an eternal candle." 
— Vladimir Nabokov

“The individual member of the social community often receives his information via visual, symbolic channels.” I went back and forth over it, and translated. You know what it means?

“People read.” 
― Richard P. Feynman




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a few of our favorites




Briars & Brambles Books is a dream come true for owner & part-time Windham resident, Jen Schwartz. Jen has combined her love of books (BA in English and MA in school administration) - she’s a former English teacher and school dean - with her experience as a long-time library volunteer and past library board president to create an inviting, knowledgeable and professional atmosphere.

Jen’s hand-picked team includes:

  • A retiree who adores golfing and is a rare-book aficionado

  • A former teacher with her own line of children's decor and a fledgling social media marketing business.

  • A recent college graduate with remarkable curiosity and a budding resin art business.

The Briars & Brambles team understands that being a bookseller involves so much more than simply “selling books” and is committed to providing unparalleled personal attention.

The Briars & Brambles team takes pride in offering personal suggestions and regularly updates the Staff Picks section of the store.

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“Once, in my father's bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.” 
― Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” ― Samuel Johnson