HOUSE OF BOOKS carries all of The New York Times Best Sellers, Fiction and Non-Fiction, as well as the Regional Indie Best Sellers, updated weekly.  

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Sunday – Thursday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

UPS pick up time is now 4:00 PM

Please note that House of Books will be closed on Easter Sunday 4/21.

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“There’s always a moment to begin a new story. There are no words that can properly convey to those of you – and you know who you are – who support the House of Books and have rallied for me these past 7 years. If you have the dream of owning an independent bookstore, please contact me. Neil Gaiman said, “A town is not a town without a bookstore,” and Kent wouldn’t be Kent without the House of Books. It has been Kent’s Literary Landmark for 43 years and my hope is that it will continue to be.
It has been such a great honor and an enormous privilege to own such a place of solace, curiosity, inspiration, and escape, and to recommend books to our dear readers. I hope you will continue your support of HOB in 2019.”
With my gratitude,
Robin J. Dill, Owner, House of Books


Remaining in the #1 spot for the eighth week in a row, on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, (April 22, 2019) is Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (31 weeks on the list).  A woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

Becoming by Michelle Obama remains in the #1 spot on The New York Times hardcover non-fiction best seller list (21 weeks on the list as of April 22, 2019).  The former First Lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This summer we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a book signing by Connecticut author Joyce Lapin.  Her non-fiction picture book, If You Had Your Birthday Party On The Moon takes young readers on a rocket ride to the moon where their birthday would last as long as a month!  Party goers romp in a low gravity playground, watch candles and balloons behave weirdly in the moon’s atmosphere and see why “moon angels” they make in the thick carpet of lunar dust will last for thousands of years.  With each discovery, young readers learn the science behind the surprise explained in terms they’ll understand.  Complete with sidebars and a glossary, this entertaining adventure is perfect for sharing at home and at school.

Courting Mr. Lincoln is the most recent novel from New York Times Notable Book Author, Louis Bayard.  Inspired by historical events, Courting Mr. Lincoln gives a beautiful portrait of Mary Lincoln during the days she and the future president were courting.  Alternating between Mary’s voice and that of Abraham Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed, we are treated to a moving portrayal between the two friends, Mary and the man who would eventually become one of our most beloved presidents.  Courting Mr. Lincoln is available at House of Books.


Author Hallie Rubenhold is a social historian whose expertise lies in revealing the stories of previously unknown women and episodes in history.  Her latest book, The Five, sets the record straight on the victims of Jack The Ripper.  Drawing on a wealth of formerly unseen archival material, Rubenhold provides context to the lives of Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane.  Not prostitutes as the press was quick to note, but women from different walks of life who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Five is available at  House of Books.