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.

Rare Books

We have added a Rare Book Room.

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." 


Book Talk to Celebrate

Centennial Year of Local

Author's Masterpiece,

Liberty Hyde Bailey's

The Holy Earth, Saturday

July 23, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

At 1:30 Editor, South Haven's Own,

John Linstrom will speak about his

dectective work and research in the

editorial process and will also share

some of Bailey's fascinating life story.




South Haven was Liberty Hyde Bailey's birthplace and childhood home. His experiences in the woods and fields of southwest Michigan helped shape his environmental vision. The Holy Earth is one of Bailely's most influential works and has influenced many environmental thinkers of the past century.


Summer Hours

Through Labor Day

Sun: 1 - 5
Mon: - 11 - 6
Tue: - 11 - 6
Wed: - 11 - 6
Thu: - 11 - 6
Fri: -  11 - 6
Sat: - 11 - 6 

If you're still shopping at closing time, we'll stay open unless we have another engagement.

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 nearly 150 copies. We, Pam and Dick, both loved the book. So did the Chicago Writers Association. They voted Old Heart Novel of the Year 2015. We have signed copies of it and of Pete's first novel, Travel Writing.


Bonnie Jo Campbell's Newest Book

"Mother's Tell Your



Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award Finalist for her book of short stories, "American Salvage," chats with customers and reads excerpts from her newest book of short stories, just out in October. We have signed copies of "Mothers Tell Your Daughters," as well as signed copies of "Once Upon a River" and of "American Salvage."