Bettie’s Pages

Bettie’s Pages is a fantastic lens to see Lowell Michigan through (and honestly, most of Western Michigan). The owner is motivated, organized and resilient and her love for the bookstore pops in every nook and cranny. The bookstore has a defined vision and you can see it reflected in every shelf. It’s exciting to visit a place like this and know that in a short period of time it’ll be expanding (see the chalk board in some of the pics, right behind there is construction). The brick wall accents and contrasts the white of the shelves which lends itself to a stylish composition.

The bookstore itself is only two years old and in it’s second location (the first unfortunately was flooded). The second opening happened right on the onset of the Covid pandemic but the bookstore pivoted to online “Boredom Boxes” and various gift packages (that’s actually how my wife and I heard about the bookstore, gifts for the family). We’re already planning our second visit to Lowell once the expansion is done so I can take some more photos of the planned childrens reading area in the back. If you’d like more information or some great ideas for gifts please visit their website.

Bettie’s Pages

Paperback Outlet

My wife and I found this bookstore due to her mother being familiar with it and we were glad we did. The staff were friendly and the store was just packed with paperbacks of all kinds. Offering trades and rental programs it’s a great community bookstore with a dedicated userbase.

For more information, please visit their website

John King Books

John King Books has over 1 million books in stock, I had to sit and think about that before I started taking photos. I could barely comprehend the amount of space that would take up (as it is, 4 stories and an entire other bookstore in Ferndale, not to mention the off limits basement with overflow). I made sure I had my fitbit on when I visited.

I also collected a few videos and did a quick edit, showing the delightful books on books of shelves. Walking around the store’s halls was a delight and I look forward to visiting many times in the future.

For more information on the bookstore please visit their website

The Book Beat

This eclectic bookstore holds inspiration from the great beat poets like William S. Burroughs to the many varied pieces of African art decorating it’s tight shelves. Filled to the brim with not only books but creativity I couldn’t help feel inspired to document it’s many wonders. To learn more about this Oak Park Michigan bookstore please visit their website here :

Squirreled Away Books

I was very fortunate to hear about this bookstore from a family friend and I enjoyed my time there immensely.  The store is laid out with passion and the book selection is varied and fun.  The owner obviously loves books and her neighborhood in Armada, where she is very active.

You can find out more about this awesome bookstore here!

Prospero’s Books and Media


I had the good fortune to find this bookstore in Kansas City a few weeks ago while visiting my brother and his wife.  Three stories with an excellent selection of used and new books.  Plenty of space in the top floor while the basement housed many unique art installations as well as some really cool old telephones.

You can find more about this bookstore at their website here.

The following is an interview that my brother Anthony completed while I took the pictures.  You can find out more about him here.

Read It Again Books

Read It Again Books has been a mainstay in Novi Michigan for nearly twenty years.  I was happy to find that the owner and staff were warm and open people who graciously allowed me to visit and take photos.  The following is a two part interview (big thanks to Anthony Cojocari who edited them for me) I conducted with the owner as well as some photos.  Enjoy!

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