Do Haeng Michael Kitchen

Writer. Attorney. Detroit City FC Til I Die.

Every month, I visit my nearest independent book store  (Book Beat in Southfield, Nicola’s Books and Literati Book Store in Ann Arbor, and both Brilliant Books and Horizon Books when I’m in Traverse City) to pick up the Indie Next List by IndieBound.  I’ve come to rely on this monthly guide, finding good reads, such …

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I saw this article on the Condè Nast Traveler website listing 11 Mega Bookstores We Love.  I’m a bit of a book store connoisseur myself, so I thought I’d do something similar. My criteria is simple: they must be book stores I have physically set foot in, and their main revenue is derived by the …

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It was in my hands.  Its soft cover pressed firm against the pages between.  Its title and author matching one of the many listed on the two index cards in my wallet. Then, there was the other one.  Another soft cover.  It was not listed on my index card.  I had come across the Detroit-area …

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Sherman Alexie, National Book Award winner and author of over twenty books, issued a letter on September 1, 2013 to authors to become “a superhero for independent bookstores” by spending Small Business Saturday (November 30, 2013) hand-selling books at their local independent bookstore.  When I first saw the letter, I was intrigued, but The Y …

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I love book stores.  I especially love independent book stores.  These are businesses where the owners have a true love for their product.  They care about books because they love books.  Their business is focused on their community and the readers within it.  And they are knowledgeable about the vast area of books and authors …

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If you are the kind of person that can lose yourself in the maze of book shelves of a book store; who cherishes the physical structure of the book with its artistic covers surrounding the thickness of pages between; who can smell the wood of the shelves you lean upon as you open one, seeing …

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“A ‘text’ existing only on a screen and in the mind is not, to me, a book. To me, it is not enough that a book is thought realized in language; it must also be language further realized in print on paper pages bound between covers. It is a material artifact, a thing made not …

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