Lauren Leto

Leopold’s Books

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 15, 2010

Leopold’s Books is a new bookstore in Detroit. It’s well-stocked and I suggest you go down there (next to Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes – good idea for a lazy Sunday morning). I asked how they select the books and he said it was whatever interested them. Leopold’s Books is obviously interested in awesome shit.

The layout is open, minimalist and modern. Usually layouts like that make me nervous but I was fine in there.

At first, I thought it was all art books (my interest level in art books is about as high as my interest level in Miley Cyrus). Then I noticed the other side of the room was devoted to real literature. The mix was eclectic: Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City, Detroit’s own Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: The Original Scroll (which I ALMOST got), Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (which I definitely did NOT almost get) and Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.

I ended up purchasing Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (but not the same versions as the ones I’ve linked to – the books I bought had the vintage look…so hot…). I decided on Moby-Dick because I’m twenty-three and haven’t read it yet (secret shame). I picked up Marquez because I was reading about magic realism the other day and wanted to see what it’s all about.

The man at the checkout (I think he’s the owner, but don’t quote me) mentioned that Moby-Dick is one of his favorite American lit books. He also said there are long passages in the book that I might want to skim, but he personally found interesting. After, @brandonbayer and I talked about how much of a loaded statement it is to say that Mody-Dick is one of your favorite books. I stated, and I stand by this: anyone who tells you their favorite book is Moby-Dick is not lying. Mainly because you can’t lie about that. It’d be bibliophile blasphemy.

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  1. Stephen K said, on February 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Would it similarly be blasphemy to admit that I never finished Moby Dick? I tried when I was an optimistic pre-teen, inspired by (oops) the ending of “Matilda” but the dense and daunting thickness of the thing put me off and I escaped to books that didn’t threaten to engulf my hands!

    But I have recently reread “100 Years…” and you are in for a treat! Once you get past the initial shock of magic realism, where it can switch from the charmingly mundane to the disarmingly strange in a blink of a… paragraph? I did have to reread a fair few pages, something I’m not normally forced to do!

  2. The Secret History « Lauren Leto said, on February 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

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  3. Kevin said, on February 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Glad you checked out Leopold’s Books! Neat place with an eclectic selection. My mainstream tastes struggled to find much intrigue. Then again, as you know, I read way too much non-fiction, which he had like…none of.

    He’s an interesting dude, the owner that is. English major, got his masters I think, was in a PhD program but dropped out. Lived in Brooklyn for 3 years or so and just moved back.

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