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Can't beat the best

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book browsing

wide open and always with its bar-
gain tables out front. These tables
are a good place to watch for inex-
pensive reference books and an-
thologies you may need for class.
You can also find other odds and
ends, from children's books to clas-
sics for anywhere from $2 to $10.
Not only is Borders one of the
biggest bookstores around in terms
of numbers, but it also has an enor-
mous variety of books. Borders
claims that, "the original premise
was to have as much depth as possi-
ble, not just breadth." This book-
store's size and success allows them
to keep unusual and non-bestsellers

UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS
One thing you will have to get
used to in Ann Arbor is finding
smaller bookstores. They tend to be
up and down flights of stairs and
through ominous doorways. This can
be a intimidating at first, not know-
ing what you will find at the top, or
behind the door. Don't be scared.

Ann Arbor resident Cory Hinman takes a break from his job as clerk in a used

bookstore and practices inking and copying.

more often than not you will be
pleasantly surprised at what you
find. Hopefully you won't walk into
someone's apartment.
Not only is Shaman Drum

Bookshop (313 S. State) up a flight
of stairs, but its door is fairly ob-
scure. I know seniors who still pass
the entrance every time (no names,
please). This store is easiest to find
during the first week of the semester
- the line often reaches out into the
street. If you have books to buy here,
it may be less stressful if you wait
about a week into the semester.
Shaman Drum is definitely the
most unique of the "new books"
bookstores on campus. It is a retail
bookstore, but they also sell text-
books for some of the liberal arts
classes. For one reason or another
(could it be ... better service?), some
professors prefer to order their text-
books from Shaman Drum. Because
this store often carries a supply of
texts exclusively, you may hear ru-
mors that the books are more expen-
sive. This really isn't true. The store
only charges the cover price (less on
the used copies), which is what you
will pay anywhere else.
Beyond textbook season, Shaman
Drum, "specializes in scholarly titles
in the humanities." They do carry
some fiction, "mostly stuff over-
looked by the mainstream" says em-
ployee/creative writing instructor,
Keith Taylor. Also, the poetry sec-
tion is very good and may be of par-
ticular interest to hopeful writers or
poetry buffs.
One of the hardest bookstores to
define is After Words (219 S.
Main). This shop sells, for the most
part, new books. It's greatest claim
to fame is inexpensive, new, hard-
cover books. You can usually get a
hardcover copy for what you would
expect to pay for a paperback else-
where. After Words also sells used
and rare books. The selection here is
not as large as many of the other
shops in Ann Arbor, but the prices
make it a fun place to browse.
Ann Arbor has another peculiar
"type" of bookstore; one you proba-
bly won't need academically, but
you may want spiritually. Com-
monly called "New Age" book-
stores, they specialize in spiritual
and self-help subjects. New age mu-
sic plays in the background to sooth
you the moment you enter. You can
find books about Taoism, Buddhism
and Hinduism, books to relieve
stress, interpret your dreams and
books of daily meditations.
These stores are usually a combi-
nation book, card, and gift shop; ev-
erything is unusual and interesting.
Falling Water (213 S Main) carries,
along with their spiritual books,
some of the best, most recent litera-

ture in fiction and poetry. They have
unique sterling silver and crystal
jewelry, candles, wind chimes and
unusual musical instruments; many
things to add to the serenity and
beauty of your life. Crazy Wisdom
(206 N. Fifth) is another New Age
book store. It also carries many in-
teresting "stuff" besides books.
Among the assortment of crystals
(mounted and loose) and medicine

around to find what you need. Since
used book shops buy books all year
round, their stock is always chang-
ing, and always uncertain.
The used shops closest to campus
are David's, Dawn Treader, and
Books In General. All of these stores
carry an exhaustive variety of books.
The subjects range from literature to
physics, from engineering to cook-
books. They are especially useful to

If Shakespeare or Stats are just blowing your
mind, you can go to Dave's and find anything
from The Archies to an X-rated comic. Surely, a

copy of Butt-Biscuit can
perspective.

help put things back in

bags, there is an incredible selection
of incense and burners. Located near
Kerrytown, this store's atmosphere
is more bohemian than Falling
Water's.
If the strain of academics is really
wearing you down, Dave's II.
Comics & Collectibles (623 E.
William) is a great place to get
away. This store is connected to the
Dave's Comics in Royal Oak.
Together, they have access to over
1,000,000 books. They also carry
posters and collectibles of comic
book heroes (interesting decor for
your dorm or apartment). If
Shakespeare or Stats are just blow-
ing your mind, you can go to Dave's
and find anything from The Archies
to an X-rated comic. Surely, a copy
of Butt-Biscuit can help put things
back in perspective.

students looking for convenience
(close to campus), variety, and low
prices. Although they have their sim-
ilarities, each one has a very distinct
character.
David's Books (622 E. Liberty
St.) is one of the best known used
book stores in Ann Arbor. It has be-
come something of a landmark with
its muraled building on the corner of
State and Liberty. David's may
overwhelm you, with its books
stacked up to the ceiling. If you
wander around it long enough you
will probably figure out the
"system." If you don't have time for
this, just ask one of the employees
for help; they are always glad to
point you in the right direction. And
if you run into a cat among the
shelves, don't be alarmed, he lives
there.
Dawn Treader is Ann Arbor's
schizophrenic book shop. It has two
See BOOKS, Page 4

'PREVIOUSLY OWNED'
The used bookstores in Ann
Arbor cater to a wide variety of
needs; from bargains for students, to
treasures for the connoisseur. They
have some similarities; they tend to
smell like somebody's attic, they're
dark, and have peculiar shelving sys-
tems (like being in a library without
a card catalog!). Fortunately there
are usually nice, helpful employees
to guide you through the maze of
rooms and stacks - if you know
what you need. If you are just
browsing, leave a trail of bread
crumbs.
If you are trying to same money
by finding as many of the books you
need for class used; you need two
things: Time and Patience. If you are
really intent on buying the books
used (and you aren't quick enough to
get one of the few copies at the text-
book stores) you may have to shop

West Side
Book Shop
Used & rare books
bought & sold
Literary first editions,
travel, Americana, art &
illustrated books
Large selection of quality
used paperbacks
Qualified Appraisals
113 W. Liberty 995-1891
......
Member Antiquarian
. Bookellers' Association
of America 7%

Kirby Gosnell checks out the caligraphy books at Kaleidescope, an Ann Arbor used book store.

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