Can’t Forget the Motor City; a gift guide

A selection of  Detroit-centric gifts for your browsing pleasure. Please check back again soon. We will be adding more new arrivals as inventory changes daily  – thank you for supporting independent bookstores and shopping local! Happy Holidays!

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution (SIGNED)Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution (SIGNED)

This updated edition (signed by Dan Georgakas) includes the original Foreword by Manning Marable, a new Preface by the authors, Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin and new chapters on the ‘Legacy of Drum’ by Sheila Cockrel, Herb Boyd, Edna Ewell Watson and Michael Hamlin.  Also available are signed copies of Dan Georgakas memoir My Detroit: Growing Up Greek and American in Motor City

“First-rate and absolutely fascinating. This particular piece of American history has never been covered in such depth…everyone who is concerned with political change will learn a lot from this book.” — New York Times


Iggy Pop BobbleheadIggy Pop Bobblehead even more frightening than the original!! a solid and sturdy  “raw power” 7-inch bobblehead–or “throbblehead”–that looks just as frightening as the leathery singer himself…  yes, kinda creepy but we love it – makes the perfect punk guardian to watch over your Stooges altar. Made out of a heavy wood resin (unlike the flimsy plastic bobblehead junk)  Issued in a limited edition of 1000 pieces.

Also available;  the more lightweight, durable, back-bending and eternally shirtless  Iggy Pop Action Figure


Forgotten Landmarks of DetroitForgotten Landmarks of Detroit

Dan Austin, author of Lost Detroit and creator of, recaptures stories and memories of a forgotten Detroit, giving readers a glimpse into some of the most stunning buildings this city has ever known.

Easily one of the best written and historically interesting books on Detroit’s lost architectural gems… a non-stop greatest hits book  you won’t be able to put down.


The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit (paperback) – not real new but we love these weird and kooky stories of Detroit’s depravity and sainthood by that second-hand bard Michael Zadorian.


Book Beed: African colonial figure at a computer Exclusive! a Book Beat colonial figure, hand carved in West Africa.


Great Female Artists of DetroitGreat Female Artists of Detroit (signed)

Discover the historically significant landscapes, portraits and still lifes of Detroit’s earliest professional artists who reached the pinnacle of the art world. Get privileged access to the artists and the methods that made them great through in-depth interviews and new research.


Not Only Women Bleed (SIGNED)Not Only Women Bleed (SIGNED)

“Wagner is one of the few truly “star” sidemen in the history of rock. His intensely melodic and biting style had propelled him into the limelight since the late 1960s, when he emerged as a member of Detroit area band the Frost – one of the few groups to match the six-string firepower of their regional contemporaries the MC5. From there his work as a sideman began, wrangling pick-up gigs behind such formative artists as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison.” — Dick Wagner Interview at

Dick Wagner “The Maestro of Rock” takes readers on a literary journey, sharing a lifetime of experience as lead guitarist and songwriter for Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Kiss and more. In his captivating, witty, literate, and often touching memoir, Wagner delivers colorful tales of reckless behavior and intimate debauchery with an emotional reverberation that resonates with a wide audience.


Detroit's Historic Places of WorshipDetroit’s Historic Places of Worship (signed copies by the photographer Dirk Baker)

In Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship, authors Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, and Dorothy Kostuch profile 37 architecturally and historically significant houses of worship that represent 8 denominations and nearly 150 years of history. The authors focus on Detroit’s most prolific era of church building, the 1850s to the 1930s.  Full-color photos by Dirk Bakker bring the interiors and exteriors of these amazing buildings to life, as the authors provide thorough architectural descriptions, pointing out notable carvings, sculptures, stained glass, and other decorative and structural features.


Ghost Hunting Michigan Ghost Hunting Michigan

As part of the America’s Haunted Road Trip series, Ghosthunting Michigan takes readers along on a guided tour of some of the Great Lake State’s most haunted historic locations. With a background in library science, author Helen Pattskyn researched each location thoroughly before visiting, digging up clues for the paranormal aspect of each site. Her approach to each site allows readers to decide whether or not the ghost stories are really true.


thanks for the view, mr. mies: lafayette park, detroit. thanks for the view, mr. mies: lafayette park, detroit.

This book is a reaction against the way that iconic modernist architecture is often represented. Whereas other writers may focus on the design intentions of the architect, authors Aubert, Cavar and Chandani seek to show the organic and idiosyncratic ways that the people who live in Lafayette Park actually use the architecture and how this experience, in turn, affects their everyday lives. While there are many publications about abandoned buildings in Detroit and about the city’s prosperous past, this book is about a remarkable part of the city as it exists today, in the twenty-first century.


Jimbo Easter: Deep in the Peanut coloring bookJimbo Easter: Deep in the Peanut coloring book (signed copies!)

A psychedelic mind-melting coloring book by local weirdo Jamie Easter.


Hungry for Death: Destroy All Monsters w/CDHungry for Death: Destroy All Monsters w/CD

“Hungry for Death: Destroy All Monsters” is a catalog with the emphasis and focus on the music produced by DAM, including an extensive discography.  With essays by Byron Coley and Brandon W. Joseph – and bound inside the back of the catalog is a 32 track, 74 minute CD of previously unreleased DAM music titled “Get Out of My Bedroom! -a mix tape.”

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