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The Curious Book Shop

Curious Book Shop is a used and rare book store located in downtown East Lansing. Originally started in a basement in 1969, the store has since expanded to three floors of over 50,000 well-organized books, magazines, and other paper items.

We take great pride in supplying books to the community - everything from recent paperbacks to scarce antiquarian titles. Our staff members are knowledgeable and dedicated to good customer service. Shop specialties are science fiction, mystery, children's books, Michigan history, sports memorabilia, and old magazines of every variety. We invite you to stop by and browse.

Regular Hours:


10:00 AM to 8:00 PM  Monday-Saturday
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM  Sunday

If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter, please email us at curiousbooks@gmail.com


Latest News

We're having our huge ANNIVERSARY SALE! Take a look!


Classicon will be Saturday, November 22, 2014!

If you're interested in pulp fiction, pulp magazines, comics, pin-up art, or vintage mysteries and science fiction, this show is absolutely worth a look!

The show features pulp magazines and pulp-related items, including magazines, digests, paperbacks, comic books, pinups, original paperback art, posters, calendars, classic pin-up art, and more.

If you're interested in The Shadow, Doc Savage, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the X Men, Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, classic dime novels, classic science fiction . . . this show might be too good to miss!


New Arrivals


We have expanded our comics section! We currently have boxes of Mad Magazine, Vintage Disney, Spiderman, Classic X-Men, Western Comics, Romance Comics, DC's, Harvey comics (Casper, Richie Rich, etc), and more.

We've recently stocked up on Stephen King, Magic Treehouse, vintage paper dolls and coloring books (unused), blank journals, Doctor Who, and fabulous SIGNED science fiction!

Did you know? You can now find NEW BOOKS at Curious! Our selection includes local authors, Michigan-specific titles, counter-culture titles, modern favorites (including John Green, Neil Gaiman, and Howard Zinn), and some of the latest new releases.

Book Reviews

Some of Ray's book reviews can be found on our blog, where you can read the full review and browse others from the archive. Take a look!