A few weeks ago I was visiting Rob Hickey at his tidy shop. He has a furniture refinishing business. I knew I would enjoy lively conversation about the things of the Lord and he promised me a sample of Greek coffee. While I was there his son Steven came in. He told me about the Russell Street Deli. I said, “You and your dad and my son Chuk and I should go there together some time.”
He said, “There is a huge bookstore down there, too.”
Now he really had my attention. About a week later we all went there together. I had Curried Yellow Split-Pea Soup and a sandwich called Slim Charles. After lunch the Hickeys showed us to the bookstore. The store was the largest bookstore in the State of Michigan. It is a four-story warehouse building that used to be a glove factory. Every square foot of it was stacked with books. I immediately found a story collection by Harold Kohn that I didn’t already have. The book had been out of print for a long time. It was mine for only two dollars.
I have a new book a couple new friends and two more reasons to like living in the Detroit area.
Here is a tour of King Books in two parts:
ANOTHER STORE THAT CAUGHT MY EYE A LITTLE FARTHER FROM HOME
Some day I am going on a road trip to Pennsylvania. I am going to toss the Wiggy Bag in the trunk with a tent and spend the night camping of the property of the Baldwins Book Barn.