John K. King Used & Rare Books (Detroit, Michigan)
Stationed in an old glove factory on the outskirts of Downtown Detroit is John K. King Used & Rare Books. The mammoth bookstore has four floors filled with books—about 1 million books in all, and all of them used. (If you’re a Detroit history or automobile buff, you’ll definitely be able to find some great picks.) Interested in rare books? Head across the alley—you’ll find 30,000 more books including signed presidential books, first editions, incunabula, leather bindings, foredge paintings, and much, much more.
Book recommendation: The Origins of the Urban Crisis, Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas J. Sugrue. “It is by far the most honest and accurate account of Detroit's downfall in the last half of the 20th Century (and, simultaneously in other major cities in the “rust belt”). It’s a great read, and probably our most popular title, especially with those who are now moving back to Detroit and trying to turn it around.” – Tom Heitjan, manager