The fourth bookstore we visited on July 12, 2016 in Ann Arbor. Here I am in front of Motte & Bailey Booksellers in Ann Arbor, Michigan…
Motte & Bailey offers over 10,000 volumes of used and rare books in a spacious and well-organized store located at 212 N. Fourth Avenue.
“Motte & Bailey” is a type of medieval Norman castle, a wooden palisade rising on a mound of earth, found in many places in England, Wales, and Scotland…this name was chosen to reflect the specialty of the store’s inventory, books concerning all the various aspects of history. But there are books from nearly all genres here, and all in lovely condition. We found Gene Alloway manning the desk at the front of the book store; he has been active in the business since 1996.
Here is an example of a title we purchased at Motte & Bailey:
I highly recommend a visit to this bookstore if you are in Ann Arbor — it was one of my favorites there.
The fifth book shop we visited in Ann Arbor was charming beyond belief. I felt as if I had stumbled into a time machine and stepped into a bookshop on some old London street.
A wiry, spry man with pale gray hair and glasses greeted us as we came into the shop, in his crisp white shirt and a neatly tailored charcoal gray vest. This turned out to be Richard Leahy, who takes charge of the night shift at the store. You must envision him from my description, because he does not like his picture taken. A shame, because he added so much to our visit at this store…but I guess you will just have to go there yourself (in the evening) if you want to experience the pleasure of meeting him.
By now it was about 6:00pm, and we were starving. We were assured that the store would be open until 8:00pm, and asked Richard for advice on where to eat dinner nearby. He directed us to an Italian restaurant just a few blocks away. It was a delightful place called Gratzi.
Gratzi had an excellent wine list and their food was fabulous. You know how we usually take photos of what we are served in restaurants? Especially when it is beautifully presented?? Well, we were so hungry we didn’t even pause for those photos this time! Take it from me, the food and wine was top notch.
With full tummies, we walked back to West Side Book Shop, where Richard was waiting to assist us as we combed through their beautiful inventory.
Here are a few of the items we spirited away from this book shop:
Join us in the next post, we will be leaving Ann Arbor (sob!) and driving to East Lansing, Michigan.