John K. King Books

John K. King Books

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901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226, United States

The sort of store bibliophiles dream about is housed in an old glove factory in the shadow of historic Corktown. Row after row of books—more than a million in total—fill four hardwood-floor levels permeated with that wonderful, slightly musty smell of old paper. Selections run the gamut, from topics on fondue to 18th-century woodworking. Biographies alone take up almost the entire third floor. (Want a biography of Dickens?There are about 50 choices.) Run by King himself since opening in 1965, the store also sells rare volumes to collectors the world over.

 

Tip: Some sections of the store are barely heated, so wear a coat in winter.

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