Right after Simon said he wanted to at least drive through Detroit on our roadtrip, I stumbled across a click-bait list of the 25 best bookstores in the U.S. Much to my surprise one of those stores was a giant used bookstore I had never heard of. John K. King Books. Four floors of used book mayhem. Online reviewers sometimes complain about how cold or hot the store is. Apparently the old industrial building doesn’t have much in way of climate control. Thankfully the weather was perfect for our visit. Not too warm and not too cold. Also thankfully they have a customer bathroom, although the key chain is about the size of a phone book.
If I lived in Detroit, John K. King would be a regular stop for me. It’s the kind of place that just begs to be browsed. It’s organized pretty well, but given the limited time we had I only got to see a fraction of what I wanted to see. Still, as you will see, I found a few things to buy.