Browse. Relax. Enjoy. Black River Books.


Welcome to Black River Books, an independently owned and operated quality used bookstore, designed to offer a pleasant browsing experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Over 40 thousand books occupying over 2000 square feet of space and covering a broad range of subjects are arranged on well-labeled shelves. Two walls of windows bring in plenty of natural light. Comfortable chairs afford a place to relax, enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa, or to examine possible purchases. Black River Books welcomes children with a room furnished for them. This room also houses the cooking and gardening books, so moms or dads can browse while the little ones are entertained.


Although we are primarily used, we do carry some new books: a selection of Michigan books, children's books and books with a local connection, either through topic, author or illustrator.

We, Dick and Pam, welcome you to Black River Books. We hope you find our store a comfortable place to hunt for a special book for yourself, a friend or a family member. Perhaps it's also a place to meet a friend or find a new one. Sometimes it's a place to get a dog fix from our resident Labradoodles. Whatever brings you to our store, we hope you enjoy your visit, tell your friends about us and come again.

WOW Weekend at Black River Books

Jennifer Murphy &  Leslie Helakoski Return

Saturday, Nov. 11th 2:00 - 4:00pm

They will meet and greet visitors, read excerpts from and sign their books. We will be serving wine from nearby Fenn Valley Vineyards and Michigan cheeses from Farmhouse Deli in Douglas.  

Jennifer Murphy's "I Love You More" is a quirky whodunit murder mystery, a psychological thriller with a twist. Leslie Helakoski's "Woolbur" is a delightful children's story about a wooly lamb with a mind of his own. Jennifer's newest, "Hoot and Honk," she both wrote and illustrated. It is about a owlet and gosling whose eggs got switched after a storm. 













Children's Books by Amy Young,

Resident of Spring Lake, MI. 


New Purchase of Books

We have purchased a large variety of Civil War Books. Some focus on the battles and others on the generals. This purchase also includes many books on Lincoln as well as a 12 volume set of "The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln." 

Oct - Dec Hours

Sun: - 1pm - 5pm 

Mon: - 11am - 5pm

Tue: - Closed

Wed: - Closed

Thurs: - 11am - 5pm

Fri: - 11am - 6pm

Sat: - 11am - 6pm




Kid's Books

Our Kid's Room houses an ever changing array of used kids and young adult books. Come check it out. The Booker & Dewey Corner has “Something to Chew On” with the dog's favorite New Kid's Books. 

Booker & Dewey's Corner

Peter Ferry's Old Heart

Pete Ferry, travel writer for the Chicago Tribune, is a local summer resident. His second novel, Old Heart, came out last May. Since then we have sold over 220 copies. We, Pam and Dick, both loved the book. So did the Chicago Writers Association. They voted Old Heart Novel of the Year 2015. If your book club buys Old Heart Pete will come to your club. We have signed copies of it and of Pete's first novel, Travel Writing.


Travels with Gannon & Wyatt

New to Us Adventure Series

     6 Different Books on

     6 Different Adventures

From Africa to the South Pacific these Twin Brothers have traveled to all corners of the globe. Their real-life expeditions provide the foundation for these educational and action-packed adventure books: Botswana, Great Bear Rain Forest, Egypt, Greenland, and Ireland and now Hawaii.

Here are the books