Barrett Bookstore offers a deluxe, signed copy of Barack Obama’s memoir A Promised Land at online auction to benefit Phase Two of Corbin Cares, in partnership with The Darien Foundation - New Canaan & Darien Moms

January 12, 2021 (Darien, Conn) – The spirit of goodwill is alive and well in Darien. Many local companies and community members have raised their hands to help others during this challenging time. The owner of Barrett Bookstore, Sheila Daley, is no exception.

Compelled to support the Corbin Cares Phase Two initiative to provide meals for essential workers, Barrett Bookstore will offer a rare, deluxe edition signed copy of Obama’s highly anticipated memoir via online auction for one week only. The online auction is hosted on The Darien Foundation’s website at and will close on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The proceeds will benefit Corbin Cares.

The book is valued at $350; bidding will start at $450, and increase in minimum increments of $50. The highest bidder will take home this rare and timely treasure while helping to support one of our town’s most meaningful community collaborations: Corbin Cares.

Said Sheila Daley, owner of Barrett Bookstore: “Barrett Bookstore is proud to support Phase Two of Corbin Cares. This rare, deluxe, signed edition of President Obama’s deeply personal memoir is garnering praise for its candid account of Obama’s journey as the first African American President of the United States. While the bidding starts at $450, it is nearly impossible to find a sealed copy for under $1,000. We hope that bidding is robust; the significance of the timing of this auction, ending on midnight of MLK Monday bears particular significance this year, as well.”

Added Sarah Woodberry, executive director of The Darien Foundation, “We were thrilled when Barrett Bookstore contacted us with this offering and inventive idea for collaboration. We know that this gesture of thanks is resonating with essential workers, including teachers, volunteer firefighters, police officers and town workers – as we ‘support those who support Darien.’”

WHO: Barrett Bookstore, in partnership with The Darien Foundation on behalf of Phase Two of Corbin Cares

WHAT: The rare, highly anticipated, deluxe signed edition of the first of two of President Barack Obama’s personal memoirs, A Promised Land, chronicles Obama’s journey as the nation’s first African American President. Crown Publishing notes that this beautifully written book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high, but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day. The book includes two 16-page full-color inserts.

Valued at $350, this sealed clothbound book is signed and comes in a slipcase. Bidding will start at $450.

For more information, visit:

WHERE: The online auction is accessible at:

WHEN: Auction is open until MLK, Jr. Day Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST


About A Promised Land, Barack Obama’s Memoir

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In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency — a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective — the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.


“[A Promised Land] is the most anticipated presidential memoir in living memory, largely because of the quality of the writing than for any possible revelations….Obama has been called the most literary president since Abraham Lincoln…” The Guardian


“Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come…. [A Promised Land] is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid…. The story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history, and how America changed while also remaining unchanged.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The New York Times Book Review


About Barrett Bookstore
Barrett Bookstore is the largest and oldest independent bookstore in Fairfield County. Since 1997, it has been under the care and leadership of Darien resident Sheila Daley. The 3,600 foot store carries literary fiction, non-fiction, classics, biographies and memoirs, history, poetry, essays, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and thrillers, cooking, wellness, business, fine and performing arts, sports, nature science, gardening and picture/gift books. In addition, Barrett prides itself on its wide selection of books and games for children of all ages. Barrett Bookstore is committed to creating a vibrant literary space where all are welcome.

Barrett Bookstore is located at 6 Corbin Drive, right next to the Darien Post Office. Our phone number is 203.655.2712. During these unusual times, we offer in-store browsing, back-door pick up, and in-town (Darien and Rowayton) delivery. Our website is open for shopping 24 hours a day.

For more information about Barrett Bookstore:
Facebook: @barrettbookstore
Instagram: @barrettbookstore_
Twitter: @barrett_books

For inquiries: [email protected]

About Corbin Cares

Corbin Cares is a philanthropic initiative managed by the co-developers of The Corbin District, a transformational redevelopment of a significant part of downtown Darien.  Conceived of during the initial wave of the COVID-19 crisis by Baywater Properties founder David Genovese and PG Properties founder Penny Glassmeyer, Corbin Cares leverages its relationships with the community to support local businesses and our community, working with local nonprofits such as The Darien Foundation, The Community Fund of Darien, The Darien Lions Club and Food Rescue US.  

For more information about Corbin Cares
Facebook: @thecorbindistrict 
Instagram: @thecorbindistrict

About The Darien Foundation
The Darien Foundation is an independent, community-based, 501(c)(3) public charity. Since 1998, The Darien Foundation has awarded over $4.7 million in grants for technology and capital initiatives, which create opportunity for Darien’s youth, support our town’s safety and security services, and enhance the overall quality of life in Darien. Our volunteer Board of Directors—who reflect the many constituencies of Darien—thoroughly evaluates grant requests and assists grant recipients in achieving their goals. Public donations are directed to supporting grants awarded by The Darien Foundation, as all operating costs have been funded by Board member and Officer contributions. Most recently, The Darien Foundation has awarded grants to Corbin Cares, DAF Media, the Darien Police Department, The Depot Youth Center, Person-to-Person, STAR, Inc., and TV79.

For more information about The Darien Foundation, visit 
Facebook: @darienfoundation
Instagram: @thedarienfoundation
Twitter: @DarienFDN
LinkedIn: @the-darien-foundation

Media Contact: Lesley Osborn, 203.524.3801 [email protected]

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