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locations and they are completely
different. The shop at 1202 S.
University is similar to David's in
that they have a lot of books. The
shelves are overflowing and stacks
creep up off the floor. Not only to
they have tons of books in many
subjects, but their occult/mysticism
sections is stocked with "acces-
sories." such as candles, potions, and
porcupine quills. The whole atmo-
sphere is very relaxed in this shop.
The other Dawn Treader is lo-
cated at 525 E. Liberty. This store's
shelves are all terribly neat, just ag-
onizingly straight. They carry a good
variety of books but seem to special-
ize in the locked behind glass kind.
These "do not touch" books are
usually rare, first editions, and/or
signed copies. If you want to see
these you have to ask. Some of the
staff are pleasantly helpful, hope-
fully you will ask the right person.
One of the nicest used book
stores that happens to be close to
campus is Books In General (332S.
State St.). Paul Spater, the store's
owner says, "that comes from
putting in a lot a work." The atmo-
sphere is unique in this shop. It's
bright and clean, less like an attic or
basement than other used book-
stores. Books in General is very
inviting, with large windows along
one wall and its shelves in straight
rows - so it is less likely you will
get lost.
The most important part of a
bookstore though is its books, and
this shop has really beautiful books.
Even the paperbacks are in superb

condition. Spater says, "I try to be
selective. There are books I don't
put out if they aren't in good enough
condition." The quality of the books
doesn't affect the price, they are still
as inexpensive as other used book-
stores. Spater carries the wide selec-
tion one comes to expect of a used
bookstore but says, "I stock more
science than any one else, I'm the
only one that makes the attempt."
To find what are probably the
lowest prices on used books in Ann
Arbor, you have to get up early on
Kaleido-scope is like a
bookstore and mini
museum. But, unlike a
museum, you can buy
anything you see.
Saturday. The Bookshop of the
Friends of the Ann Arbor Public
Library or FAAPL (is that any bet-
ter?!) is a non-profit organization lo-
cated downstairs in the Ann Arbor
Public Library (343 S. Main). All the
profits go to the library itself. The
store is only open on Saturdays and
Sundays during the regular academic
year (mid September through April).
They have a wide variety of
books and prices that seem unbeat-
able ranging, mostly, from 50o to
$1.00. They also have "really big
sales" twice a year when you can get
books for $4.00 per grocery bag!
Elizabeth Ong, one of the volunteers,
thinks that students should ad-
vantage of their selection and low

prices. This is also a great place for
anyone wishing to expand their own
personal library, or just to pick up a
cheap read.
Ann Arbor also has used book
shops to appealsto the connoisseur,
someone looking for a treasure, or
someone who likes to snoop through
other people's treasures. These
shops are very distinctive and tend to
carry a variety of art and unusual
Perhaps the most interesting used
bookstore is Kaleidoscope Books &
Collectibles (217 S. State St.).
Jeffrey Pickell, one of the owners
calls it, "An Escape from the ordi-
nary." Kaleidoscope carries a large
selection of books in both hardcover
and paperback. The books col-
lectable and general fiction, special-
izing in science fiction, also with a
large section of children's books.
The most notable thing about the
store is its collection of "stuff". This
store doesn't just seem like some-
one's attic, it practically is. It is
wonderfully eclectic. There are old
toys as well as old technology. This
shop has a baseball signed by Babe
Ruth, and some very mod things,
such as a rare 1959 television (that
still works!). There are old radios,
typewriters and cameras, all in beau-
tiful condition. Price says, "(his) last
interest in technology was landing
on the moon."
The only way to describe it is to
say it has a little of everything.
There are Ensians dating back as far
as 1887; old magazines from Life to
Playboy, some dating back as far as
1890. In the center of the store there
is a 1880 Barber's Chair that was
once used for readings. Kaleido-
scope is like a bookstore and mini


George Dodson rummages through piles of books in the West Side Book Shop. SHARON MUSHER/Daily

museum. But, unlike a museum, you
can buy anything you see.
The West Side Book Shop (113
W. Liberty) is a great find for people
who love books, history and art.
Doug Price calls the store "a refuge
from things unsatisfying." This book
shop carries books from the eigh-
teenth and nineteenth century as well
as the twentieth. "Books that span
the history of printing," says Price.
Even though there are a good
number of recent books, the store
makes you feel like you've stepped
into the past; especially in the room

farthest back, where it is quietest,
you can hear the pendulum clock
ticking patiently on one wall. One
wall is covered with old Indian pho-
tographs. There are also some origi-
nal photos from the pioneer in twen-
tieth century photography Alfred
Stieglitz, as well as Eduard Steichen,
and Clarence White.
One example of the treasures you
will find at The West Side Book
Shop is a signed copy of Harriet
Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
from 1852. If this is a little rich for
your blood, they also have many less

exotic hard cover books in great
condition. They have a paperback
section less extensive that some
stores in the area but all the books
are 50% off the cover price.
The goal of the store is to, "buy
books in good shape and offer them
at a fair price." If you are just look-
ing for bargain copies of your
schoolbooks, there may be more
convenient, better stocked stores. If
you really love books and plan to
start your library through college,
this is one of the best stores in Ann



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