REVIEW: Head House Books

I love a good quirky, local bookstore, and Head House Books is such a great shop, it deserves to be my first bookstore post.

Here’s the thing about bookstores: You can go to your basic Barnes & Noble or Amazon anytime. As an independent bookstore, you need to do something that sets you apart and offers more than just the usual New York Times Bestsellers browse. Head House Books has done just that.

When you walk through the doors, you see two giant wooden bookcases filled with books – but not in a way you’d expect. Instead of spines out or covers only, these books are layered like the petals of a tulip, separate enough to show their beauty and grab your attention, yet subtly shadowed by the next book, then the next.

This is an awesome book display, and something I’ve never before seen.



Walking through the store, I noticed dozens of titles on display that I had never noticed either on Amazon lists or in Barnes. To me, this is another sign of an independent bookstore making its mark – a refreshing curated collection.


Walking toward the back of the store, wooden floors creaking and the warm glow of fairy lights brightening the way, you reach the children’s section.

What a joy!

Not only did Head House feature adult literature I’ve never seen, but it holds the record for the most picture books I’ve seen in an independent bookstore, as well as a fresh collection of Middle Grades lit.

And, of course, I was in love with their display featuring books about strong women. And just my luck, two chairs dotted this back section, where I perused and previewed to my heart’s content.

My best find? I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy (required reading for every American!)