The Maine Bookhouse, ME

Maine Bookhouse

The Maine Bookhouse is a family-owned bookstore in an old pumpkin-colored house with slanted floorboards and low ceilings in Oxford, Maine. I ended up putting back ten books while tallying up my embarrassingly large order at the cash register (my boyfriend and I were the only customers in the store for an hour, so I’m hoping this wasn’t as irritating as it sounds). In another display of Maine kindness, the delightful woman who helped me (the daughter of the owner) dashed out to my car just as I was pulling out of the parking lot with two of the books I put back to thank me for my impressive purchase of 40-something books.

Like most Maine bookstores, the Maine Bookhouse has a significant Stephen King collection. One of the books she gave to me in the parking lot was Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

The bookstore also had a particularly large section on “Homesteading,” which ended up forming the bulk of my purchases. During our trip we had hoped to reach Rabelais Books in Biddeford, Maine, a specialty bookstore that only carries rare food literature, with a focus on cookbooks and a large selection of farming and horticulture works. But with scheduling conflicts and an appointment-only shopping policy, we never made it to Rabelais. But just when I found myself feeling stupidly upset about the whole thing (Rabelais is likely to exist for a long, long time anyway) the Maine Bookhouse unexpectedly satisfied my hunger for food and farming literature.

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