Titcomb’s Bookshop East Sandwich

We loved visiting the bountiful Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich on Cape Cod. The shop offers a wide array of new releases, classics, children’s books, toys, and gifts. The walls to the downstairs children’s area are hand-painted with flowers, bunnies, and bumblebees. We especially loved their many excellent staff picks. We could have spent all day at Titcomb’s, and nearly did! The wrought iron colonial man statue out front was crafted by Ted Titcomb, the eldest son of founder Ralph Titcomb 50 years ago. With a fresh coat of paint every other year, “Colonial Man” has been a local landmark for half a century. On the day of our visit, he was looking a little grumpy due to a futile effort to keep his book dry in a thunderstorm.

This decades old family business changed its name from The Paper Barn to Titcomb’s Bookshop in the 70s. A business that began inside an abandoned barn grew to a thriving 3-story retail store selling new and old books, toys, games, puzzles and cards.  Titcomb’s has enjoyed a warm relationship with customers and authors alike, including visiting writers Geraldine Brooks, Jodi Picoult, Alice Hoffman, Henry Winkler, Jeff Kinney and Jan Brett. In 2022, Titcomb’s won the Independent Spirit Award presented by the Book Publishers Representatives of New England (BPRNE), recognizing the New England independent bookstore of the year.

In addition to new releases, Titcomb’s offers many deep resources, including works on local indigenous culture and history.

Staff picks are abundant and excellent.



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