307 East Grand River
East Lansing, MI 48823
Audrey Hepburn on a movie poster, Jesse Jackson on the cover of a 30-year-old Ebony magazine, a Captain Midnight badge, MSU Spartan memorabilia, superheroes on vintage comic book covers, superheroes larger than life on the wall, maps, playbills, National Geographic, Life, and a 12-volume, 1933 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary . . . what do these things have in common? Curious? Exactly. I saw them all at Curious Book Shop in East Lansing, Michigan. In front of the understated entrance in a simple red brick building, a hand-painted sign displayed the specials of the month while the store's wares spilled out onto the sidewalk on book carts of 50-cent and 1-dollar specials. As I grew closer to the door, bright colors drew my attention to the left where a quirky red door stood open revealing a multi-colored staircase leading to "Upstairs" and "More Nostalgia." What fun, I thought. As I entered what already impressed me as quite a unique shop, I was enthusiastically greeted by two gregarious and bubbly staff members, and I knew this would be a pleasurable visit indeed. Curious? Read on.