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24B - The Michigan Daily Best ofnn Arbor 1998 Thursday, April 16, 1998



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Best of Books

Best of Business
Area businesses offer excel

Shaman Drum, Borders vie for top
spots in this year's literary categories

Best Bookstore:
Shaman Drum Bookshop
Shaman Drum, located at 313 S.
State, is everything that a bookstore
should be. It's open, friendly and there
is always a great display of new books
for those times when you have the lux-
ury of not knowing exactly what you
want. The staff members are knowl-
edgeable and always willing to order
something if they don't have it in stock.
And best of all, they're independent.
Best Used Bookstore:
Dawn Treader
Once again (for the second year),
Dawn Treader, at 514 E. Liberty,
deserves recognition for its amazing
selection, comfortable atmosphere and
a staff that seems to actually care about
the books they sell. If you need it, they
have it, and it will be reasonably priced
... unless you're one of those strange
people who doesn't like used books.
Best Location for
Borders Books and Music
It's large enough to hold a crowd,
and set up so you can wander through
the travel books while you're waiting.
Unfortunately, Borders, at 612 E.
Liberty, hasn't been able to take full

advantage of the location in the past
year. Which brings me to ...
Location with the Best
Shaman Drum Bookshop
Often the authors who visit are up-
and-coming, but their readings are fre-
quent (several times a week) and always
worth the time. Shaman Drum has a
wide variety of events for every taste.
Best Place to Browse:
Borders Books and Music
. There are tons of comfortable places
to sit, and nobody pesters you to make
a purchase if you sit and read for more
than five minutes. There is an amazing
magazine section. and it's open late
enough to spend several hours looking
without ever feeling rushed.
Best Student Literary
State Street Poetry
Although the November reading, on
the night of the Ohio State football
game, could be considered ill-timed, it
presented several of the best student
writers on campus. Thankfully, this
seems to be evolving into a regular
University event.

Best CDs:
Tower Records
If you want to put all the smaller
cooler independent record stores out of
business, Tower, located on South
University, is a great place to start.
Best Used Records:
This store on State Street carries a
wide selection of other people's CDs
for a good price.
Best Men's Clothing:
It's the place to find the wardrobe of
the conformist. Every college man can
buy his Polos, hiking boots and khakis
here, on State Street.
Best Women's Clothing:
Urban Outfitters
Stocked with tank tops and skirts
with Indian designs for the Gwen
Stefani wannabes. The former ground
floor of the State Theater, this State
Street apparel stores cotton cardigans
and colored nail polish go great with

the cute little T-shirts. Everyone can go
in and come out taller with new, two-
inch platforms.
Best Thrift/Used Clothing:
An abnormally large and well-orga-
nized thrift store on East Liberty with
many good finds. Unfortunately, it's
going out of business, so it couldn't
have been that good.
Best Shoe Store:
Any place on East Liberty that car-
ries Converse and Birkenstocks as well


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523 E. Liberty in the Michigan Theater Building
Open 10-9:30pm Mon - Thu
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www.schoolkids.com email: schoolkids.com

Central Campus'
Full Service
G rocery
"Best Liquor/Party Store"
The Michigan Daily "Best of Ann Arbor" Poll
4000 Wines " 600 Spirits
200 Beers & Ales " 300 Cigars
Full line of Groceries
Fresh Produce, Meat & Dairy " Ice Cream & Frozen Foods
Bottled Waters, Juices & Pop " School & Household supplies
Magazines & Comics & Lots More
Serving Ann Arbor Since 1970
Corner of S. University & S. Forest
Daily 8am-lam * Fri/Sat 8am-2am

Courtesy of Vintage
Offbeat author Mark Leyner visited Ann
Arbor to read from his latest novel.
Most Unusual Student
Literary Event:
State Street Poetry
Project Concert
This was hard to classify as either a
musical event or a literary event; the
poets were often difficult to under-
stand or drowned out by the back;
ground noise in the Michigan League,
but with better organization this sort of
performance has real potential.
Best University-Affiliated
Jonis Agee
This English professor's novel,
"South of Resurrection," tells a laid-
back story about a small-town
lifestyle. It's a wonderful book to curl
up with, or to hear at a reading by
Best Ann Arbor Author:
Laura Kasischke
"Suspicious River," Kasischke's
first novel, is a book about choices:
specifically:*it is about the choice to be
a prostitute. Hopwood winner
Kasischke has been here for a while,
and we can claim her as one of Ann
Arbor's finest.
Funniest Reading:
Mark Leyner
Leyner, the author of "I Smell
Esther Williams," "My Cousin, My
Gastroenterologist," "Tooth Imprints
on a Corn Dog" and "The Tetherballs
of Bougainville,' read at Borders last
October. In an interview, Leyner said,
"My great-grandchildren will know
that their great-grandfather wrote
probably the first and only tetherball
novel." That is definitely something to
be recognized.

203 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Borders Books and Music is always a popular place for shoppers.


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