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December 02, 2004

Now What Am I Going to Do When I Go Home?

by Ron Hogan

Wordsworth, a Harvard Square institution where I used to do the majority of my book shopping in my high school years--and where I'd continue to stockpile books when I was on break from college and grad school--has closed.

The demise of WordsWorth [writes Jack Thomas in the Boston Globe] is another blow to Harvard Square, which has experienced, in recent months, the closings of Tweeter, HMV music, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Brine's Sporting Goods, which moved to Belmont after more than 130 years on Brattle Street. Among institutions that have closed in recent years are the Tasty diner, the Wursthaus, and Sage's market, which had been in business for more than a century.

Co-owner Hillel Travis is philosophical about the situation, however, and (at least in front of reporters) isn't blaming the closing on everyone from publishers to so-called readers, as others faced with shuttering their shops have done this year.


Their children's book store Curious George is going to remain open thankfully. We are all sorry that Wordsworth is gone however. Even though I work at a competing store, I don't like to see independents disappear.

Posted by: bookdwarf at December 2, 2004 12:47 PM

Wow, that's depressing.

I'd put Wordsworth in my top five of small independent bookstores. (I'd also put Book Soup in LA, 23rd Avenue Books in Portland and The Community Bookstore in Brooklyn on that list.) The thing I'll miss most about Wordsworth is the staff -- they were always well-read and savvy about making picks.


Posted by: Erik Barmack at December 2, 2004 02:47 PM
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