Salem Bookshelf

Spines of books about Salem

Salem is a bit of a literary darling. Nathaniel Hawthorne, considered America’s first great novelist, wrote glorious novels about Salem including The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851), and the Salem Witch Trials inspired Arthur Miller’s award-winning play, The Crucible (1953). These books are prerequisites on any Salem reading list.

Here are a few other titles we love:

Salem Witch Trials

Modern Witch



Graphic Novel


Young Adult Novels

For Children

Click the links above to order some of our favorite “Salem bookshelf” titles online, or plan to do some shopping next time you’re in town. Wicked Good Books, Salem’s independent book store located right on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall sells many of these titles. Piece by Piece is available at the Peabody Essex Museum shop (no admission required to shop, but we recommend exploring the museum too!). Others can be picked up in museum shops following your visit to the Salem Witch Museum and The House of the Seven Gables, and if you’re searching for some new Salem reading material along with other uniquely Salem souvenirs don’t miss Trolley Depot on Essex Street or The Marble Faun on Pickering Wharf.


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